DEHENZEL TRAINING SYSTEMS was created by husband and wife team, Jason and Sophie DeHenzel.  After meeting in NYC while working for a high-end personal training company, they decided it was time to leave the city and opt for a “quieter” life.

Jason and Sophie relocated to Northern Virginia with the goal to couple their entrepreneurial skills with their passion for fitness and for helping people.  In 2012, DeHenzel Training Systems was born.

Over the years, our team has been fortunate enough to have helped (and continues to help) numerous clients reach their health and fitness goals.  We like to think that our personal training speaks for itself through our glowing client success stories.

We are also proud to be an on-going contributor for Northern Virginia Magazine in their Health and Fitness section; check out our press mentions!

Our Story

Why Choose DeHenzel Training Systems?

We understand that you have many choices when it comes to hiring a personal trainer.  To set our company apart from the rest, we’ve created a completely unique mentoring program that all trainers take part in on an on-going basis.

Our mentoring program is taught by veteran trainers and owners, Jason and Sophie, who work with each trainer one-on-one to help them develop new skills and grow their professional abilities.  Trainers are taught a foundation of skills that covers everything from how to work with a client with a knee injury, to safe lower back exercises, to exercise selection, to how to appropriately pace a workout, and much more.

Not only is our mentoring program completely unique to our company, but it is above and beyond what our competitors are doing.  Our program ensures that each and every one of our personal trainers is 100% qualified to work with your specific needs and goals.  Additionally, all of our trainers pass a background check so you can assured you are in great hands.

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Get to Know Our Team

    Jason DeHenzel

    Owner, Personal Trainer, Pre/Post Natal Specialist

    Jason has trained some of New York’s most prestigious clients, including high-profile lawyers, advertising executives, movie producers, and musicians. He has also worked with a wide range of clientele, varying in age, training goals, physical ability, and limiting health conditions.

    Jason has great experience working with clients wanting to achieve weight loss, strength gain, and overall health and wellness. He specializes in the utilization of high intensity circuits, sport specific training, weight lifting, boxing, and assisted stretching to achieve desired results.

    Meet Jason

        Sophie DeHenzel

        Owner, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, Pre/Post Natal Specialist

        At the age of four Sophie began downhill skiing and went on to become a downhill ski racer for the Green Mountain Valley School. Although Sophie no longer skis (she now prefers snowboarding), she loves to stay active through weightlifting, interval training, and hiking.

        Sophie has immense experience working with a wide clientele base, ranging in ages from 12 – 82 years old, and varying in physical limitations and health conditions. She enjoys working with clients who are committed to their health and fitness journey and truly delights in helping each individual client reach their goals.

        Meet Sophie

            Andres Paz

            Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

            Andres was born & raised in Northern Virginia where he played competitive soccer growing up. Along the way he came across numerous knee injuries that kept him off the field which ignited his passion for Health & Wellness & went on to graduate with a bachelors in Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

            In addition to personal training, Andres is also a physical therapy technician. He specializes in corrective exercise modalities, mobility training, functional movements & helping people of all back rounds regain their strength & confidence!

            Meet Andres

                Christi Sherman

                Personal Trainer, Pre/Post Natal Instructor, RYT-200 Yoga Alliance, Basic Mat Pilates, Zumba Instructor

                Christi grew up traveling in a military family. As a teenager, Christi fell in love with running and strength training. Both activities allowed her to move her body in a way where she experienced her inner power.

                Christi has worked with people of all ages (4-80 years old) with varying physical mobility, ability, and health conditions. She believes movement should be effective, enjoyable, and sustainable. When we pursue our physical goals, we learn a lot about ourselves and what we are truly capable of. The lessons we learn through moving our bodies transfer into strength, power, courage, and flexibility in other areas of our lives. Christi is excited to walk alongside you as you move towards your goals and become more of the person you are striving to be.

                Meet Christi

                    Erika Stepter

                    Personal Trainer, Pre/Post Natal Specialist

                    Erika is a graduate of Howard University, where she received her degree in Business Administration and Management. While Erika has extensive experience in management, her true passion lies within fitness, healthy living and helping others reach their prospective goals.

                    Erika is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainer (NCCPT) and an Annette Lang Pre/Post Natal Specialist.  Erika is well-versed working with clients ranging in ages from 14 – 76 years old and enjoys incorporating circuit training, weight lifting and strength and conditioning into her client workouts.

                    Meet Erika

                        Patrick DeRocco

                        Personal Trainer, USATF Level 1

                        Pat has worked with a wide range of individuals, he gained vast experience working in a physical therapy clinic as an exercise specialist taking patients through their detailed and varied programs. He has also worked with many athletes from youth, high school, collegiate as well as Olympic qualifier caliber.

                        Excited to work with anyone with any goal, Pat does specialize in runners and has high interest in anyone aiming to train for a 5k, Triathlon or Spartan/OCR race.  Patrick is certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Revolution Running and is a USATF Level 1 Coach. 

                        Meet Patrick

                            Michael Valceanu

                            Personal Trainer

                            Michael is a graduate of Marist College, where he was an NCAA Division I swimmer and scholarship recipient. It was after college that Michael decided to devote himself to helping others to improve their fitness and overall health with a career in personal training.

                            A lifelong athlete, Michael grew up in Northern Virginia competing in multiple sports. Michael is devoted to leveraging his experience and knowledge, while staying informed about current fitness industry standards and best practices in order to help his clients reach their maximum potential.

                            Meet Michael

                                Tayler Nick

                                Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Level 1 Crossfit Trainer, Pre/Post Natal Specialist

                                Tayler grew up in Illinois and went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.  Tayler continued her education, receiving her Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology also from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

                                Tayler’s passion for fitness and for helping her lead her to become a Certified Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a Certified Group Fitness Instructor from the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and an Annette Lang Pre/Post Natal Specialist.

                                Meet Tayler

                                    Francesca Dixon

                                    Certified Personal Trainer, Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor

                                    Francesca “Fancy” Dixon is originally from White Plains, New York. She began her fitness lifestyle early on in her childhood as she took dance classes and karate. As early as 10 years old, Fancy began to play basketball which lead her to begin weight lifting her freshman year in high school. This was the beginning of her love for weight training.

                                    Fancy has been involved in the fitness industry since 2014 after competing in her first NPC body building competition. Her training philosophy is to help people be the best they can be by improving their health behavior. She has coached children, trained young adults, and worked with senior citizens.

                                    Meet Francesca

                                        Valley Bennett

                                        Certified Personal Trainer, Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor

                                        After owning a natural healthy food store for many years, Valley decided to switch gears and enter the fitness industry. Valley’s competitive athletic experience involves swimming, marathons, trail running, off-road triathlons, and karate (first degree black belt!), which include: boxing, kickboxing, and self-defense.

                                        Valley’s experience has given her the opportunity to be proficient with strength & conditioning training which includes body weight drills, balancing exercises, boxing pads & heavy bag drills, water-resistance strengthening, light contact sparring, and kickboxing, as well as basic self-defense knowledge.

                                        Meet Valley

                                            Jodi Atkinson

                                            Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Pre/Post Natal Specialist, GGS-1 Coach

                                            Jodi graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University.  She was raised in Northern Virginia and currently resides in Ashburn with her husband, four children and chocolate lab.

                                            Jodi is a certified personal trainer through National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT).  As a youth, Jodi played basketball and softball but more recently has completed a marathon, half marathon, duathlon, triathlon, Ragnar races and various mud runs.

                                            Meet Jodi

                                                Michael Haslam

                                                Certified Personal Trainer, Movement & Mobility Specialist, Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor

                                                Michael is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a strong background in baseball/softball and basketball. He loves to use a client’s personality and needs to reach their desired goals. Creating effective workout plans and ensuring proper technique are his two biggest priorities, but he likes to mix it up to keep workouts fun and challenging.

                                                In his free time, Michael betters himself through CrossFit, weightlifting, obstacle races, and clean cooking. These allow him to explore the outdoors via hiking, play a pick-up game with friends, or keep up with anything life throws at him. Michael hopes to inspire others to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and give them the ability to reach their own goals.

                                                Meet Michael


                                                    Moiz Khan

                                                    Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist , Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor

                                                    Moiz grew up in central New Jersey, where he ran on his high school track team and enjoyed playing lacrosse. As a biology student that was constantly looking to improve his performance, he spent much of his free time learning about exercise science to further develop his athleticism, with an emphasis on strength and power training.

                                                    Moiz is a Certified Personal Trainer and lives in Northwest Washington DC, where he enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and listening to investigative journalism podcasts in his free time. He strives to help his clients reach their personal goals through long-term planning and empowering them to be their best selves.

                                                    Meet Moiz


                                                        Kristi Bzdafka

                                                        Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor

                                                        Kristi was born and raised in Ohio and attended Kent University where she earned her degree in Exercise Science. Inspired by her own weight loss journey, Kristi went on to become a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist.

                                                        Kristi hopes to use her personal experience with athletics, injury, coaching, weight loss and education to help clients reach their fitness goals. Most importantly she wants to be her client’s biggest cheerleader. She hopes to do this by utilizing a wide variety of tools to create unique and diverse workouts.

                                                        Meet Kristi

                                                            Susan Snyder

                                                            Certified Personal Trainer, Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor

                                                            Susan was born and raised in Massachusetts (Go Sox!) and moved to the Washington, DC area after graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a B.A. in Political Science. She subsequently earned an M.A in Economics from The George Washington University.

                                                            Susan’s love of exercise and desire to help people who want to be more fit and achieve their best, at any age and ability level, led her to pursue fitness as a second career and become a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Susan will engage you with a variety of workouts in a fun, supportive environment!

                                                            Meet Susan

                                                                Michael Schuchert

                                                                Certified Personal Trainer, Matter of Balance Coach

                                                                After working for over 25 years in higher education research and planning, Michael made the decision to pursue his dream of helping people live healthier lives through exercise and fitness. Michael has extensive running experience and understands the importance of a varied, well-rounded, and fun exercise programs in reaching short-term goals and promoting long-term health outcomes.

                                                                Michael is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE as well as an Matter of Balance Coach. When he’s not helping clients to achieve their health and fitness goals, Michael loves to read, cook, and hike extensively.

                                                                Meet Michael

                                                                  Join the DTS Team!

                                                                  We are always looking to expand our team.  If you’re interested in being a part of our team, follow the link below and apply today.

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