Meet Our Trainers

Work with our certified trainers to reach your full potential and achieve your fitness goals!

Our personal trainers help individuals of all ages level up in their fitness and sport. Weekend warriors and youth athletes alike improve their speed, agility, strength, and overall performance through their work with our trainers.

Call 540-825-0000 to schedule your personal training session with Marcus, J.T. or Karen!


Marcus Haywood

Marcus joined the team at Culpeper Wellness Foundation in 2014. In addition to his current role at PATH Recreation & Fitness Center supporting individual and small group training programs, he has also shared his expertise with those same programs at the Foundation’s Powell Wellness Center. His prior experience includes working with members at Charlottesville’s ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center to support the center’s occupational therapy and personal training programs.


Marcus was named BEST PERSONAL TRAINER in the 2022 & 2023 Culpeper community survey for “Best of Your Hometown.”

Marcus holds a degree in kinesiology and sports management from James Madison University, where he also played football. He is a certified functional strength coach and certified personal trainer. More than ten years of working with clients has developed his expertise in supporting clients with their athlete performance training, strength and conditioning, and weight loss goals. He works with individuals and small groups, and his training programs can be inclusive of all ages from children to adults, and modified as needed to respond to a client’s specific needs and interests. He also develops strength and conditioning programs for sports teams.

Marcus sees his role as serving as a client’s partner to enable them to reach the goals they have set for their personal fitness. He says, “I’m here to challenge you safely and push your limits so that you reach your individual goals and continue to progress! Trust the process!! You are the only one that determines how well you succeed and what you will accomplish. Remember the hardest part is showing up. I’m here to help you with the rest!”

Marcus’s training tip: foam rolling


Client comment

I am the mother of two boys, Nate & Gabe, who have been training with Marcus the past year and a half. They have loved their sessions with Marcus! My son Gabe aspires to play college football and Marcus has the personal experience as well as the physical knowledge to help Gabe get stronger and quicker to help him reach his goals. Both of my boys have connected with Marcus on a higher, more personal level, as they have complete trust in him to push them past their comfort zones, overcome physical plateaus and hurdle mental obstacles. Marcus has created stronger young men both physically and mentally all the while respecting their individuality and personal goals. I often stay to watch them train, not only to witness the growth in my boys, but to watch someone so passionate about his job, having so much fun, truly enjoying being able to help my kids become more physically & mentally fit. Marcus is a wonderful trainer and friend to our whole family. He brings out the best in my boys and I couldn’t ask for anything more out of their time with him!

James “J.T.” Thompson

J.T. offers more than 11 years of experience in instructing and setting up members on personalized workouts. He charts and updates each member’s progress to help them obtain their fitness goals. J.T. has helped weight train and condition numerous high school and collegiate athletes for various sports.

J.T. holds a Bachelor’s of Science from George Mason University’s School of Nursing and Health Science. He also has a degree in Physical Education/Health Fitness & Nutrition from Chowan College. He holds a personal training certification from the International Sports Conditioning Association.

J.T. is available by appointment only.

Read J.T.’s training tip: building balance

Client comment

For 8 or 9 years now I’ve been working with JT. When working out, JT advises me to think about what I’m doing. What’s working in my body? Which muscle? To be in that moment is such a mindful approach. His suggestion for breathwork and focus on the activity is a game-changer for stability and balance.

Karen Irvin

Karen’s credentials:

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Weight Loss Specialist

Senior Specialty Fitness and Mobility Coach

POUND Pro Group Fitness Instructor

Generation POUND Pro Instructor (Youth)

Kickboxing Instructor and former TEAM USA/World Congress Martial Arts Member

Karen says, “My 25 years of training and instruction has included many types of exercise and programs to provide support for others to feel their best and add longevity to their mobility. I particularly enjoy the personal aspect of training and creating a fun, high energy environment for group exercise! I have always had a passion for sports and fitness and the older I get I understand the value in movement and strength to maximize longevity and better health. I achieved certification as a Personal Trainer to help people look and feel their best for years to come. It’s never too late to level up our health!”

Karen says that her 3 children and 5 very busy grandchildren keep her moving on the sidelines and with sleepovers. She loves the outdoors, boating, snorkeling, and fishing. She also enjoys planning fundraising events to support funding of research and education for the American Cancer Society and multiple cancer organizations.

Why You Need a Personal Trainer

One of the main ways people benefit from  personal training services is that having a trainer can boost the client’s motivation to stick with a consistent exercise program. Certified personal trainers can provide structure and accountability, and help you develop a lifestyle that encourages health.

Weight management
There is a good reason that the number one reason people hire personal trainers is to lose weight and get into shape – it works. If you’ve made a resolution to lose the fat and build the muscle, a trainer can keep you on track and help you realize that goal.

Personal trainers help you focus on results and stop wasting your time doing inefficient workouts. A personal trainer has a plan and will help you get maximum results in minimum time.

Break through plateaus
Do you feel like you’ve been at the same level of fitness for years? If you are stuck in the same routine and want to break out of a rut, a personal trainer is the perfect solution. A trainer will jump start not only your motivation, but your overall routine as well.

Individualized program
If you have any chronic health conditions, injuries or training goals (running a marathon, for example) a trainer will work with you and your health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that considers these needs and enables you to reach your health goals.

Ready to partner with a trainer who will support your fitness goals? Give us a call at 540-825-0000!

Hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday:
5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday: 5:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Contact Us

19002 Crossroad Parkway
Culpeper, VA 22701

(540) 825-0000