Our Team


Meet Your Team

Here at EIF, we believe in providing each client with a full team of coaches to help them achieve their individual excellence. Rather than being limited to working with one trainer, you will get a well-rounded team to support you in your progress.

EIF Personal Trainer Tony

With over 20,000 training sessions under his belt, Tony still considers himself a student in the health and fitness industry. Born and raised just south of Annapolis, his love for sports and fitness started at an early age. Upon graduating from Southern Senior High School, Tony began working at the Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center as a student fitness instructor on the campus of Florida Southern College. After returning home he quickly got a job at Bowie SportFit and continued his love for working out and training. During this time, Tony received a great opportunity to work in the chiropractic field, which only expanded his knowledge of the human body. After becoming a licensed Chiropractic Technician by the Maryland Chiropractic Board of Examiners and spending four years at Advanced Chiropractic Center in Crofton, Tony began studying for the American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainers exam and passed it with flying colors. With energy through the roof and a passion for helping people, Tony started training clients and hasn’t looked back since. In 2008, Tony met Joe Aben in Arnold and begin coaching at Excellence in Fitness. Tony is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Strength Professionals Association and most recently became a Certified Physical Preparation Specialist. When he’s not in the gym, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. They travel frequently and enjoy all types of sports and outdoor activities. With his ambition and wealth of knowledge in the health and fitness industry constantly expanding, his number one priority is making sure every client obtains all of their specific goals utilizing the Body of Excellence program here at Excellence In Fitness.

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EIF Personal Trainer Bobby

Bobby played football and basketball at South River High School. He graduated in 2008, and accepted an athletic scholarship to continue his football career at Old Dominion University. Two years later he transferred to Shepherd University where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Fitness and Exercise Science. During his three years at Shepherd, the football team won two conference championships in addition to reaching the NCAA Division 2 final four. He was named team MVP in 2012. After college, he worked as a Performance Coach at Athletic Republic where he trained athletes of all ages. Bobby is CPR/AED certified and NSPA certified. Bobby also has experience at Excellence in Fitness as a client. In 2004 he was trained by the owner, Joe Aben, for his first season of high school football. Bobby draws upon his experience as an elite level athlete and his thorough understanding of the Body of Excellence Training Program & Protocol to deliver safe and highly effective professional fitness coaching to the clientele at EIF.

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EIF Personal Trainer Rob

Rob is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer who received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Salisbury University with a minor in Psychology. Rob was born in Euclid, Ohio but was raised in Annapolis, MD since the age of three. He grew up playing a wide variety of sports, sparking his interest in the exercise field. Rob attended Broadneck High School and ran 4 years of varsity track & field. Rob’s main events included triple jump, long jump, and the 400m dash. While on the track team Rob found that he was 6 ft tall and only 120 pounds, making him underweight. After consulting a personal trainer for strength training and nutritional advice, Rob began a hypertrophy/strength training program. By his second year of college, Rob gained roughly 50 pounds while still maintaining a low body fat percentage. During his years at the university, Rob studied the exercise sciences, learning about strength training techniques, special populations, anatomy, and the physics of human movement. Post-graduation, Rob stayed in Salisbury, MD and acquired years of experience as an Exercise Specialist in the physical therapy field through rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient clinics. Through his degree in Exercise Science and experience in physical therapy, Rob has an extensive knowledge of proper body mechanics, contact-guard, full-body stretching, and special populations. Before joining EIF’s team of coaches, Rob was also the Head Personal Trainer at a fitness center in Laurel, Delaware. There he worked 1-on-1 with clients of all fitness levels to help reach their fitness goals. Ready for more opportunity, Rob moved back to Annapolis, MD and joined the EIF team. Rob is certified in the Body of Excellence training protocol and is excited to encourage and motivate every EIF client.

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EIF Personal Trainer Elee

Elee grew up right down the road from Excellence in Fitness in Millersville and attended Severna Park High School, where he played varsity football for the Falcons. To train for upcoming seasons, he spent his summer afternoons in the weight room. He was introduced to strength training by a gym teacher, and from there learned how essential proper strength training is critical to remaining injury free and performing at the highest caliber. Elee immediately fell in love with the weights and continued to train and began studying and testing dozens of different methods and programs to become stronger and gain muscle mass. Elee entered into his first powerlifting meet at age 18 and set the Maryland state record in the squat, bench press, and deadlift for his weight class at the 2014 USAPL American Open in Washington, D.C. He continues to compete in the USAPL, the nation’s leading drug-free powerlifting federation and at the 2015 USAPL Raw National Championship, he squatted 500 lbs. for the first time. Elee is a graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. While completing his degree, Elee worked as a technician at several Physical Therapy clinics, gaining valuable experience in injury rehabilitation and corrective exercise. He received his personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 2018 and is also certified in the Body of Excellence training protocol. Elee is excited to be a part of the professional fitness coaching team at Excellence In Fitness and enjoys working with individuals who are looking to increase strength, flexibility and stamina. He also has the ability to safely and progressively guide clients whose goals include injury prevention and body-fat loss.

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EIF Personal Trainer Joe

Joe was born and raised in Calvert County, Maryland. He started playing football, baseball and basketball at the ripe age of 8. Joe then continued playing all three sports throughout his high school career at Huntingtown High. Joe also encountered and overcame his first of many sports injuries and surgeries (shoulder and hand) at this time. Joe then attended Immaculata University. He continued to play baseball and lettered as a four-year varsity starter in college. Unfortunately, injuries halted his collegiate baseball career at the end of his senior season. Joe underwent his first knee surgery during exam finals of his senior year. Due to complications, Joe was forced to undergo a second reconstructive knee surgery later that year. Joe graduated from Immaculata with his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. Joe is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist by the Academy College of Sports Medicine. He is also certified as a Speed Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Joe furthered his education at California University of Pennsylvania by acquiring his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus in Orthopedic Rehabilitation. As a full-time graduate student, he completed this two-year program in 1 full year and graduated with a 3.8 GPA. While he was acquiring his Master's Degree, Joe also worked full time (40-60 hours a week) as a Physical Therapy Technician. He proceeded to work as a technician for another year after graduation. Joe then moved back to Calvert County where he became a personal trainer for Georgetown University at Yates Field House. Through personal and professional experience with health, fitness and wellness, Joe is able to relate to and work with a wide range of clientele. Postural awareness, technique and proper form are key elements in his approach to all forms of training and greatly complements Excellence In Fitness' philosophy and Body of Excellence protocol. Joe's goal is to first educate, then strive to maximally enhance and positively impact all aspects of EIF clients' lives.

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EIF Personal Trainer Greg

Greg grew up in Howard County and attended Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. His passion for fitness comes from his sports background and his desire to help others. His involvement in sports has been from childhood to the collegiate level. He was knocking down jump shots and beating his older brothers in basketball when he was only five! At Centennial, Greg lettered in baseball, track and football. During Greg’s high school career, he was personally trained by Joe Haden, Sr., whose son, Joe Jr., went on to an All-Pro career in the NFL. Greg draws inspiration and motivation from the workouts during that time and insists they were the hardest of his life. Unfortunately, concussions cut short his college football career but he recovered quickly thanks to the efforts of the Concussion/Mental Health Program at Brain Train America. Exercise was an integral part of his recovery also. Greg attributed his newfound focus and efficiency to the work with Brain Train America as well as making fitness a part of his lifestyle. Greg also gained inspiration from his college strength and football coaches who really helped him focus on what he wanted to do as a profession. Greg earned a degree in Exercise Science from Howard County Community College and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Coppin State University. Greg is certified as a Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). He is currently completing his Nutrition Fitness Specialist certification also through ACE. As a fitness professional, Greg has held positions at Merritt Athletic Club, YMCA, Columbia Association and, most recently, URecFit at the University of Maryland. He has seen success with clients in helping them gain strength,lose weight and increase flexibility. Greg is excited about being a part of the team at Excellence In Fitness and looks forward to motivating and improving clients’ lives.

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EIF Personal Trainer Cameron

Cameron grew up in Crofton, MD and attended Arundel High School. He started playing sports,specifically baseball, when he was five years old and played up until high school. It was during high school where he began working with a personal trainer at a local gym. Cameron began to learn about the importance of exercise and the benefits that come along with it. During his senior year, he began to train more seriously and experimented with different training programs and philosophies. Cameron successfully combined the various components from these programs to create his own regime and lost nearly forty pounds during his freshman year of college. Cameron attended the University of South Carolina and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in three and a half years. During his undergraduate career, he was active in intramural sports through his fraternity. Cameron was team captain for his flag football, softball, and basketball teams, and also competed in the tug-of-war championship. Academically, he was taught anatomy, physiology, motor skill development, nutrition, and strength training. After graduating college, Cameron moved back to Maryland and worked as a rehabilitation tech at ATI Physical Therapy in Edgewater for two years. During this time, he also applied to graduate school to obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. In the summer of 2018, Cameron earned his Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM). His goal is to provide quality workouts using the Body of Excellence Resistance Training protocol and at the same time educate clients about the science behind exercise and ways to prevent injury.

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EIF Personal Trainer Chris W.

Chris grew up in Elkridge, Maryland and graduated from Long Reach High School. During high school, Chris was a two-sport varsity athlete in baseball and football. After receiving the junior varsity offensive player of the year honor as a quarterback his freshman year, he later received the same honor as a wide receiver at the varsity level. As a senior, Chris made the All- Howard County Varsity baseball and football team and competed in the Maryland High School Senior All-Star Baseball Game. During his junior year, Chris signed a NCAA Division 1 Baseball athletic and academic scholarship to Mount St. Mary’s University. As a freshman, Chris studied business marketing and management while competing in the North East Conference as The Mount’s starting centerfielder. After two years, Chris decided to transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park to pursue his passion in the field of Kinesiology. The University of Maryland’s Kinesiology program ranks among the top three athletic training and exercise science degree programs in the nation. Prior to EIF, Chris worked as a Physical Therapy Technician at Catonsville Physical Therapy where he aided the rehabilitation and recovery of patients. The experience as a PT technician enhanced his understanding of methods used to strengthen and restore physical function. Chris’s passion and understanding for living a healthy lifestyle will be evident when he is working directly with clients. Chris is extremely enthusiastic to augment the lives of individuals to further their fitness and nutritional goals in a safe and productive manner.

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EIF Personal Trainer Chris C.

Chris was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia and attended Jamestown High School where played both basketball and baseball. Entering his senior year, Chris ran on the school’s cross-country team to be conditioned for the upcoming basketball season, but instead developed a love for running. Rather than furthering his baseball and basketball careers, he continued to train as a middle-distance runner for the remainder of his senior year and improved so drastically that he was recruited to the D1 track team at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Since he was raised with a passion for sports and fitness, Chris chose to study as an Exercise Science major while attending Liberty. Continuing his career on the University’s track team, he worked hard to improve his 800m and 1-mile times and by his sophomore year had earned All Conference honors as a silver medalist. Unfortunately, his career was cut short as he suffered an ACL tear. Chris recently suffered his third ACL injury, underwent surgical treatment and physical therapy and has regained his mobility and strength. Through his experience in rehabilitation of his injuries, Chris continues to reinforce his knowledge of exercise and recovery. Now graduated, Chris continues to be a student of his profession and is dedicated to pursuing excellence as a Professional Fitness Coach at EIF. He is a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and he is ecstatic to help people improve their quality of life via physical fitness and wellness.

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Meet EIF Co-Founders, Joe & Erin 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 10 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.”

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Co-Founder, Erin Aben 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 worked with children with autism. In 2006, Erin and Joe had their third child and Erin decided to put all of her energy into raising their children while also devoting 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.

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About Excellence In Fitness

The Team

Each member of our elite team is professionally trained in accordance with EIF founder Joe Aben’s exclusive Body of Excellence training program.

We provide our clients with the safest and most effective personal training. Excellence in Fitness trainers take the time to get to know your needs and understand what you can and cannot do. Our professional staff is held to a high standard of excellence and integrity both on and off the job.

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