Fitness on the Run’s instructors come from many walks of life: law, corporations, teaching, and government affairs. We believe each individual brings a special balance of experience and compassion to help others achieve achievable and sustainable fitness goals.
We are excited to announce two new instructors the ranks: Alex Jones and Dominika Cihanova.
Alex grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia, playing multiple sports in high school. He went on to play soccer at the collegiate level at Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Playing sports non-stop all of his life, Alex had multiple injuries throughout his athletic career. This led him to pursue teaching young athletes and others the importance of proper strength training techniques and programs.
Alex earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science from Shepherd in 2011. Soon after he worked for a physical therapy outpatient office helping patients learn proper exercises for rehabilitation and injury prevention. He began his coaching career as the strength and conditioning/assistant soccer coach at Fairfax High School. Alex is now a strength and conditioning coach for multiple teams and the Men’s Soccer Coach at Shepherd University, an NCAA DII program.
Alex will be graduating from his Master’s in Exercise Science program with a concentration in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention this summer. His ultimate goal is to help people learn proper exercise techniques to prevent or further injury.
Favorite exercises: Deadlift, Lunge with Single Arm Overhead Press
Exercise goal: Run as many marathons as my father, 13
Favorite place to exercise: Anywhere outside (sunny and warm, of course)
Stress relief: Playing soccer
Greatest fitness challenge: Training and running two half marathons and a marathon in one year
Biggest food challenge: Eating pizza in moderation
Rise and shine: I go to bed no later than 9-11pm and wake up between 4-6am
Wellness lesson learned this year: To have some type of balance. With my busy schedule working, coaching, and finishing up my Master’s program, I have learned to reserve time for myself to relax and enjoy myself and time with family and friends.
For Alex’s complete bio, please click here.
Dominika’s love for active lifestyle started in her early childhood as both of her parents were athletes. Most of her free time was spent in the track and field stadium. In 2006, Dominika became the captain of the Slovak National Team in the ISF Cross Country World Championship and was competing in 800m track events.
On the academic side, Dominika followed her passion for sports by earning Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Science and a Master’s of Education in Physical Education from University of Matej Bel in Slovakia. Dominika’s research focused on coaching and motivation based on Atkinson’s Achievement Motivation Theory. Her thesis linked life quality and achievement motivation as a motive power for success in life and sports. While working towards her degree, Dominika switched to long-distance running and raced in multiple international events, such as European Half-Marathon Cup and Supermarathon.
Dominika started working as a personal trainer in 2013 and her professional knowledge and personable approach has helped many clients achieve their health goals. She doesn’t believe in every new fitness trend, embracing instead current training methods that have science behind them.
Favorite exercise: Pull Ups and jumps, any kind
Exercise goal: Ironman Kona
Favorite place to exercise: Mount Vernon Trail and its parks
Stress relief: Yoga, practicing mindfulness, cooking
Greatest fitness challenge: Supermarathon, which consists of 15 miles, every day, for six days
Biggest food challenge: Paleo cookies and sweet treats
Rise and shine: I try to be in bed by 9:30pm. I am used to wake up at 4am, but ideally 5am is the best time to start the day for me.
Wellness lesson learned this year: Less is sometimes more.
For more about Dominika, please click here.