Our Best, For Your Better

As a personal trainer in a big box corporate owned gym, Carmen Sturniolo was tired of watching people overpay to rent access to gym equipment, hire overpriced personal trainers, and make little to no progress toward their ideal self. Carmen describes his vision for bringing Ambitious Athletics to life.

Carmen Sturniolo, head coach/owner

My full and in-depth story here

Fueled by my passion for helping individuals move better, lose fat, gain muscle and confidence, I created Ambitious Athletics in 2010 to provide a better customer experience after experiencing glaring problems in the personal training field.

What initially started with training clients at their work, in their home, or in back alleys transformed into taking on and supporting organizations like Travel Channel and the Optical Society of America.

I've spent the last 12 years working with a range of clients and producing numerous transformations which has allowed me to build Ambitious Athletics into a highly-rated Washington, DC fitness program, according to Yelp.

Other experiences:

From 2007 - 2010, big box commercial gym.

From 2009 - 2012, 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.

2011 - ongoing, through the US Department of State Empower Women Through Sport Initiative, I've had the great pleasure to help educate women from around the world about smart exercise, nutrition, and mental and physical health,  including children from: Maldives, Russia, Bolivia, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, and the Palestinian territories.

Continuing education is and will always be important to me. I stay up-to-date with the latest athletic research and understanding of the human body. My certifications are world class and amongst the best in the field; accredited bodies include the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Additional approved accreditations 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 Level 2
TRX Certified and USAW1 Sports Performance Specialist  

Connect with Carmen @Sturniolo on Instagram.


Dr. Marc Luko, Physical Therapist

Marc Luko is the owner and lead performance coach at Optimal Performance & Reconditioning (OPR). His extensive background in Physical Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, and Sports Performance has given him the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and abilities. His movement-based and  interdisciplinary approach makes him unique and has lead to exceptional results with his clients. As a former track and field athlete whose career was cut short due to injury, his ability to empathize with clients has also lead to significant improvements. He was inspired and driven to start OPR in order to bridge the gaps that are often missed in rehabilitation and help high-level performers reach their optimal level.

BS Health Studies, Boston University

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Boston University

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association

Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Systems

Member, USA Track & Field 

Emily Fobben, assistant coach

 Emily discovered her passion for health and fitness early in life. By the time she started college at Penn State University, she knew the only field she wanted to study was nutrition or exercise.

Her first day at PSU she met the head trainer at the Rec Hall student gym who took her under his wing. He taught her all of the basics of strength training which quickly led to her first personal training job. In her home state of New Jersey, she continued personal training and attended the National Personal Training Institute.

Emily has competed in multiple bodybuilding competitions as well as numerous Olympic weightlifting competitions. Her purpose is to empower and educate women to help develop their perspective on food, exercise, and strength training.  

NASM, Certified Personal Trainer

NPTI, Certified Personal Trainer

NPTI, Certified Nutrition Consultant

TRX Qualified

Connect with Emily @EmilyFobben on Instagram