Our Best, For Your Better

Devoted to the way you feel, look, and perform. 


Carmen Sturniolo, head coach/owner

Our founder Carmen Sturniolo, fueled by his passion for helping individuals move better, lose fat, gain muscle, and boost confidence, created Ambitious Athletics in 2010 after experiencing glaring problems in personal training.

Sick of seeing so many clients walk away from big box gym training programs without any results, he took matters into his own hands. What initially started with training clients in back alleys beside apartment trash dumpsters, Carmen spent the last 8 years training a range of clients and producing numerous transformations that allowed him to build Ambitious Athletics into a highly rated Washington, DC, fitness program.

Previous Experiences:

From 2007 - 2010, Carmen trained at a big box commercial gym in Washington, DC, where he noticed the incomplete systems used to attempt to deliver a satisfied result to each member. He wanted to provide a better customer experience.

From 2009 - 2012, Carmen assisted the head Strength and Conditioning coach at the Landon school in Bethesda, Maryland, and also served as a coach for the Landon Bears 6th grade baseball team.

Through the US Department of State, Carmen has helped educate adolescents from around the world through smart exercise and nutrition, including children from: Maldives, Russia, Bolivia, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, and the Palestinian territories.

Carmen continues to be a student of advanced physical education and stays up-to-date with the latest athletic research and understanding of the human body. His certification credentials include: IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist II, Resistance Band Training, TRX, Gray Cook Functional Movement Screening, Annette Lang Integrated Stretch, AED/CPR.

Carmen is a 2X Half Ironman finisher, Savageman brick holder, and a 2006 BA graduate of Penn State University.

NSCA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
NASM, Certified Personal Trainer
NASM, Corrective Exercise Specialist
Precision Nutrition, Exercise Nutrition

USAW1 Sports Performance Specialist

Connect with Carmen @Sturniolo on Instagram.


Gina Nelson, yoga

Gina first started practicing yoga while living in Philadelphia in 2002 as a way to combat the daily stresses of her day job. From her first class, she was hooked! The connection she found to her own inner wisdom through the physical practice was transformative. In 2014 she completed her 200 hour teacher training with Laura Urgelles of Yoga Fusion and has been teaching regularly since. She is registered with Yoga Alliance. Her classes offer an energetic Vinyasa flow, suitable for all levels as she aims to make yoga accessible to everyone. Strong breath and alignment cues along with words of encouragement and a little humor are anchors of her teaching style. She is passionate about creating opportunities for students to explore their potential, both on and off the mat.

She has been influenced by Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandell, Max Strom and Ana Forrest. Gina also programs online yoga videos for Acacia TV, available through us.acacia.tv.

When not teaching yoga, Gina is a personal chef, preparing fresh, healthy and delicious meals for individuals in their home kitchens.

Connect with Gina on Instagram

Your Name Here*, assistant coach

*We are always hiring. 

If you lead a healthy and active lifestyle, are a passionate, charismatic, and dedicated individual who enjoys helping others, and are seeking to be a part of a like-minded community that truly breathes the "better together" motto,  then you might be the person we are looking for.  

We are hiring Full-Time and Part-Time coaches to assist with the Ambitious Athlete group training program located at 2021 K Street NW, Washington, DC. 

You should hold a current and up-to-date Personal Training certificate or have the desire to obtain one in the nearing months.

Our Full-Time position is salaried and pay will reflect your certifications and experience. Our Part-Time positions are hourly.

Whether or not you have trained in a group setting, we can provide you with a learning experience to help you understand the ins and outs of the coaching paradigm, you just have to want to learn and help others. 

Duties for both the Full-Time and Part-Time positions include assisting the head coach during group training, leading group training, understanding and demonstrating exercises, and communicating with members from all types of backgrounds and ensuring they are encouraged, supported and provided the Ambitious experience each time they enter the facility.

Duties for the Full-Time position also include working hand-in-hand with the head coach on business matters including, but not limited to, the member experience and community outreach. 

Email info@ambitiousathletics.com explaining why you are our ideal candidate for the Assistant Coach position at Ambitious Athletics along with an updated resume. 


Jack Penner, wellness associate

Jack Penner is a current medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine and a former NCAA Division I athlete with a lifelong passion for human health and performance.

He shares the Ambitious Athletics mindset that we are all athletes, and has a particular interest in helping individuals navigate the areas outside the gym that will help them look, feel, and perform better.

From nutrition, to sleep, to stress management, Jack will help you fine tune your lifestyle so that you achieve your goals in the healthiest way possible.

Connect with Jack on Instagram