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about excellence in fitness

The votes are in! For the tenth year running, our community has declared Excellence In Fitness the best personal training studio in Annapolis and Millersville, MD. And it’s easy to see why: We go the extra mile, giving you the will-power and custom fitness program you need to succeed.

Excellence In Fitness

Dedicated Personal Training for Everyone

OUR MISSION. EVERYDAY.
"To educate, motivate and empower our clients to achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals. We strive to help our clients be the very best they can be... inside and out."

We know your time and health are extremely valuable. That’s why we maximize your fitness levels while simultaneously reducing your workout time. We help our clients see results in just minutes per week. That’s a claim several personal training gyms in Millersville, MD make, but we’re the only one backing it up by pairing each member with their very own fitness expert at every single workout appointment.

At every visit, every exercise and every activity, you’ll be expertly guided, monitored and motivated by a fitness professional who utilizes a proven comprehensive plan to make your efforts count. If you’re looking for dedicated personal training near Severna Park, MD, rest assured that from day one, you’ll be working on your personal fitness goals using a plan tailored to you.

The best part is you’re not alone. The other members have their own trainers as well, so every trip to EIF feels like a team effort. No one has to feel intimidated. No one seems out of place. No one has to worry about drawing unwanted attention either — all common problems at other facilities. Each trainer at EIF is dedicated to you and helping you reach your personal goals. At EIF, there is nothing to interfere with your fitness goals.

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULT & DEMO WORKOUT NOW.  

how does it work?

We train individuals of all ages and all fitness levels in the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington DC area, helping them to achieve dramatic improvements in the way they feel, look and perform using our exclusive Body of Excellence™ training program. The question is, will you be one of them?

We customize the program to your specific needs: weight lossstrength trainingphysical rehabilitationsports conditioning and more.

Get the benefits of the best personal training near Pasadena, Severna Park and Millersville. For every session, you’ll have your dedicated fitness trainer helping you reach your goals. You’ll appreciate that our club is never crowded, and you won’t waste your time waiting for equipment to open up. At EIF, you’ll enjoy an inviting, easy atmosphere, from the plenty of parking always available to the friendly staff who greets you when you walk in the door.

Meet EIF Founder, Joe Aben

EIF Founder, Joe Aben grew up in southern Anne Arundel County on a 25-acre buffalo farm and attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Annapolis, MD.  His parents’ passion for physical fitness naturally trickled down to Joe with early involvement in lacrosse, track, soccer and basketball.

He quickly learned the importance of physical fitness for peak performance on the playing field.  Joe attended prestigious DeMatha Catholic High School where he lettered in lacrosse and football.  Through years of consistent, hard work, Joe earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Virginia, where he lettered in varsity football. 

Upon graduating from UVa, Joe was certified as a Conditioning Specialist and Fitness Instructor through John Philbin and the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA).  John Philbin, founder and president of NSPA, was also head coach for the 1984 Winter Olympic Teams and current strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Nationals.  Joe also studied and trained under Bob Whelan, former military powerlifting champion and off-season conditioning consultant to the Boston Celtics, at Whelan Strength Training (WST) in Washington, D.C.- one of the most challenging and comprehensive personal strength training programs in the world.  Joe was the Fitness Director at Edgewater Fitness and Aerobics in Maryland from 1996 to 1998. There he trained his own clients as well as managed the staff of fitness instructors.  He is certified as a Medical Exercise Specialist with the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals.  He has authored articles published in Your Health magazine and has also been featured in Hardgainer journal.  Joe was a featured speaker at the 6th Annual Capital City Strength Clinic and has also lectured on many other topics pertaining to health and fitness.


In 1998, he founded ProFitness, Inc. -a unique personal training business that provided on-site fitness instruction.  His approach to fitness – building strength and endurance by focusing on form and function – attracted dozens of clients.  As demand grew, Joe found himself increasingly “booked up.”  He created Excellence In Fitness Personal Training Studios (EIF), specializing in exclusive, one-on-one professional fitness coaching in 2004 to answer growing client demand.  Over the last ten (plus) years, he created and implemented the Body of Excellence training method, assisting thousands of clients to achieve mind-blowing results.  Joe has successfully managed and developed an elite team of personal trainers who have been voted by the Baltimore-Washington community as the “Best Personal Trainers” for seven consecutive years.  EIF’s holistic approach to fitness has also garnered awards for “Best Nutrition Program,” as well as “Best Overall Workout,” “Best Weight-Loss Center” and “Best Gym Facilities.”

Meet Co-Founder, Erin Aben

Erin grew up in Annapolis, MD and attended St. Mary’s Elementary School with her husband Joe.  She jokes that she always knew she would marry him. She attended Severn High School in Severna Park and it was not until after graduating from Boston College in 1995 that she and Joe connected again, started dating, and got married.

Erin enjoyed a childhood sailing with her parents on weekends and attending sailing camps in the summer. In college, she raced dinghies competitively and captained the Varsity Women’s Sailing Team.

After graduating from Boston College, she worked for Rueben H. Donnelly selling ads for The One Book Yellow Pages. She was very successful selling but yearned to get back into the sailing industry so she accepted a position selling vacation charters for Sunsail.

Much like sailing, Erin has always been extremely passionate about relationships and people. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001 and began working with children with autism. After she and Joe had their third child, Erin decided to stay home and put all of her energy into raising their children. This also enabled her to work from home and devote more time to the internal workings of Excellence In Fitness. Erin has been a vital part of the growth and success of EIF and especially loves interacting with the clients and coaches.

When Erin has free time, you can find her with family and friends. She secretly enjoys shuttling her children to and from ballet, lacrosse, football, soccer, drum lessons, guitar lessons, and school activities. Erin also loves to travel and study God’s Word.

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