The Dynamic Living Fitness Team

Maryam Shah

Dynamic Living founder and owner Maryam Shah has over fifteen years of experience providing personal training services to a loyal and diverse client base. She is a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor who has managed the personal training programs at two well-known Washington-area health clubs. Ms. Shah also has experience as a business owner, having previously run a successful small business.

She was inspired by her own personal metamorphosis and was driven to share this with others. She likes helping those with physical limitations reach their maximum potential. Let her help you implement new and exciting programs to further your goals and accomplishments.

Select Accomplishments/Awards/Achievements

  • Blackbelt Tae Kwon Do

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • BS – Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Psychology
  • NARS Rehab
  • MADDOG spinning
  • Pilates Reformer
  • MAT Jumpstart
  • ACE – Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/First Aid/AED - American Heart Association

Kathryn Pilkington

Kathryn has been a personal trainer and educator in northern Virginia for over four years. She is also a professional contemporary dancer and enjoys combining her two loves of dancing and fitness to create interesting and balanced programs for her clients.

Kathryn believes in not only challenging the body to achieve great fitness results, but also challenging the mind to learn new and fun ways of moving. Each session, for her, is an opportunity to explore and enjoy new possibilities.

Joe Castro

Joe began personal training in 2005. His past experiences include military fitness and sports with the Air Force, Navy, and Army. He enjoys power lifting and running marathons.

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • MPH – The George Washington University, Physical Activity in Public Health
  • BS – George Mason University, Exercise Science
  • NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • ACSM – Certified Personal Trainer

Waqar Shah

Waqar is an accomplished Fitness Professional with over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. An alumni of Drexel University, College of Health Professions, he is a graduate of their Physician Assistant Program who has specialized in many fields including exercise therapy, pre- and post- surgical patient rehab, and corrective exercise. Waqar is experienced in working with special populations such as the surgical individual, hypertensive, and diabetic clientele, the over-trained athlete, people with muscular imbalances or anyone who feels the need to address their various aches and pains. Waqar is MAT (Muscle Activation Technique-Jumpstart) qualified. MAT is a revolutionary process for correcting muscular imbalances in the body. This technique has dramatically improved functional capabilities in people of all age groups, providing a pain free lifestyle. MAT has successfully elevated sports performance and career longevity in several professional athletes. A specialized athletic program coupled with MAT Jumpstart is a dynamic combination which provides tangible results. Ask Waqar for a quick five-minute evaluation on postural distortions. Most individuals don't realize the extent of the imbalances they are forced to live with. Waqar is among a handful of trainers in the area who are able to practice this cutting edge methodology.

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • BS School of Health Professions (Physician Assistant)
  • Certified Personal Trainer - International Sports Sciences Association
  • Specialist in Exercise Therapy - International Sports Sciences Association
  • Muscle Activation Techniques - Jumpstart Program (Lower Extremity, Upper Extremity, Trunk and Spine)

Elizabeth Spatz

Elizabeth has been teaching movement in the forms of dance, Pilates, yoga and fitness for the past 20 years. She started her movement journey as a ballet and modern dancer, working professionally in NYC for 12 years. After leaving NYC in 2001, Elizabeth studied at Soma Yoga in Newport, RI, eventually doing their teacher training program. Elizabeth currently teaches dance at George Mason University and yoga, Pilates and dance at Northern Virginia Community College. She completed her studies in Pilates apparatus at Centeredbeing Studio in Lorton. Elizabeth believes in the power of movement to transform lives and loves working hard to bring everyone to the next level (whatever that may be!). Though a stickler for proper form, she meets students where they are, offering lots of different options for a truly individual experience.

Will Ratcliffe

If you have a body, you're an athlete. That is the approach Will takes to his personal training and coaching. He has worked with a wide range of athletes, ranging from middle school-aged to NCAA Division I, active duty military and weekend warriors. Most if his personal training experience is with adults looking to get back in shape, prepare for road races or simply improve quality of life through exercise. Will believes in a systematic and planned approach to training by working within the limitations of each client. By using short and long term goals to track progress, Will ensures each client is meeting his or her fitness objectives, whatever they may be!

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • MS - Kennesaw State University (Applied Exercise and Health Science)
  • BS - University of Connecticut (Strength and Conditioning)
  • NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA - Tactical Strength and Conditioning Specialist (Pending)
  • USAW - Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • AHA - CPR/AED Certified