Dana Mook

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  Summary: The Mystery Illness: My first run-in with Lyme Disease Deja-Vu: My Lyme relapse My Treatment: How I’m coping with it The Mystery Illness My life changed radically in 2008, when I decided to move from my home state of North Carolina to Virginia. It was a huge move, leaving behind my home and…

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"built up my confidence...a great and effective workout"

"built up my confidence...a great and effective workout"

I chose Dana as my personal trainer because I immediately felt comfortable with her when I first met her. This was important to me because I was new to the gym altogether when I joined. I am somewhat shy and was overwhelmed by the gym, but she has built up my confidence in working out and working out properly. I needed to learn the machines and different techniques to focus on losing weight and toning muscles. I also needed to learn basics like proper breathing and posture while doing so. Dana has helped me in many ways to ensure a great and effective workout. We have fun while she kicks my butt and that’s exactly what I was looking for!
-Danner A.

Bio & Schedule

Training Availability

I generally train on weekdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, as well as Sunday afternoons. 

Small Group Training Sessions:

Want to pull your friends together for an affordable and personalized workout? Contact me at 434-249-0048 or danamo@acac.com

Interested in small group strength training for women? In the past, I have run a small group dedicating to learning a variety of fitness equipment and strength training techniques for ladies who want to gain muscle and get stronger, but aren’t sure how. My participants have gone on to individual training, but I would love to build this group again! Email if interested so I can add you to my list. I need at least three interested participants to start the group. 

Biography:

I come from a corporate, 9-5 office background and made a career shift in 2012 to pursue things I am passionate about and help others in a meaningful way. One of those passions is fitness. I have been teaching group exercise and training personal clients ever since. 

I have personal experience with overcoming Lyme Disease as well as mitigating the challenges associated with scoliosis.

I also found that exercise was life-changing (and life-saving) to me postpartum, after having my child in 2017. Coming to ACAC each day, whether it was to lift, teach a class, socialize, or simply have some “me time” was invaluable.

Training emphasis

  • For newcomers or those returning to exercise, I help you develop the confidence and know-how you need to make your experience at the gym effective and worthwhile.
  • I focus on core strength and corrective exercise to address postural issues, back pain, and muscle imbalances.
  • I am trained in aquatic exercise and offer one-on-one aerobic and strength sessions in the pool, using a variety of methods (deep vs. shallow water, cold vs. warm) depending on the client’s goals.
  • I also provide health coaching to introduce exercise and healthy eating habits into your life. Together, we develop plans for sustaining those changes long-term. 
  • I am sympathetic to those managing Lyme Disease and other chronic illnesses.

Certifications

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Health Coach
  • ACE Functional Training Specialist
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • Booty Barre certified
  • SCW Aquatic Exercise and Water-in-Motion certified
  • American Health and Safety Institute CPR Certified

Experience

  • Personal Trainer since 2013
  • Group Exercise Instructor since 2011

Education

  • BS in Business Administration (Information Systems), Appalachian State University