Dave Johnston PT lightening bolt

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About Dave

Hi, I’m Dave, I'm a Personal Trainer in Annapolis and I've worked in a wide variety of training, coaching and leadership roles. I've been fortunate to work with hundreds of clients and live my passion. My goal is to empower, educate and inspire you to lead a strong, healthy and confident life. I keep it fun yet honest, realistic yet bold, and above all, results focused.


There is no "one size fits all" approach because everyone has different goals and dreams, baselines and timelines, and various life demands, so I coach based on the context of your life. In addition to training, I provide nutritional support, help you to develop healthy daily habits and behaviors and use a variety of strategies to ensure you take control and achieve outstanding results.


As an expert in Fat Loss and Functional strength training, the vast majority of my clients hire me for that. However, my programs and coaching are for anyone looking for real and sustainable ways to feel better, live better, and become happier, healthier and fit. I've spent the past 14 years and 30,000+ personal training sessions working with clients on their health and fitness goals, as well as trained over 30 trainers to become incredible at delivering results for their clients.


 So, if you find yourself continually falling off the proverbial fitness bandwagon, or find yourself getting frustrated, confused and need direction, I'd love to help.


I know you have a choice when hiring a professional trainer, and I'd be honored to show you why I'm a great choice. Thank you!

My favorite exercise

Personally, I enjoy performing barbell and dumbbell work.
But, my favorite exercises are irrelevant when it comes to my clients goals and needs - I pick exercises that make sense for the individual based on a variety of factors.

My favorite quote

"Methods are many, principles are few, methods come and go, principles never do."

My training philosophy

I keep it simple, safe and effective. Above all, my training is client-centered. If they "hate" an exercise, I'm not going to keep revisiting it when there are hundreds of viable substitutes. I look at training as a lifelong endeavor, so it has to be fun, sustainable and results focused.

My training experience

I have completed over 25 thousand sessions over the past 12 years. I am certified through many of the best and accredited organizations - including specialties in corrective exercise, performance enhancement, sports nutrition, TRX and many others.
I have worked with athletes, stay at home parents, post-rehab patients, seniors and everyone in-between. I have been a featured speaker for local tv news channels and regularly attend fitness conferences. I can often be found reading up-to recent peer reviewed research - I know, it sounds dorky, but I love it.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscular Definition
  • Injury Prevention
  • Core and Balance
  • Muscle Gain
  • Posture
  • Kettlebells
  • Functional Training
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Stress Reduction

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Additional Certifications

NASM Core Training, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1, FMS Level 1 and 2, CPR/AED, TRX, Certified Post-rehab Specialist, AAHFRP Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist


Exercise Science

Who I Especially Like Working With

Beginners, Brides-to-be, Law Enforcement, Men, Middle-aged, Military, Models, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Post-rehab, Pre/post-natal, Rehab, Runners, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women, Youth

Medical Conditions Experience

Addiction, Ankle Injury, Anxiety, Arthritis, Artificial Hips, Artificial Knees, Asthma, Autism, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain/Issues, Bad Posture, Bone/Joint Injury, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Eating Disorders, Hamstring Issues, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hip Pain/Issues, Hip Replacement, Hypertension, Joint Pain, Joint Replacement, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Neck Pain, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Piriformis Syndrome, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Pregnancy, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shoulder Issues, Sleep Apnea, Stress

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