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 9 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.


Gina Nelson, assistant coach

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

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 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.

Part-Time position pay will reflect your certifications and experience.

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  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.

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