Personal Training in Private Studios

(757) 599-5999

(757) 599-5999

738 City Center Blvd.,
Oyster Point

On the Square,
Port Warwick, Newport News

Our clients are successful and knowledgeable people who expect results. They all come ready to work, and with our help they safely and efficiently achieve their goals. From teens into their 80s, they show that self-improvement has no age limit. They feel better and they have more energy. You Can Too!

We help you feel better, move better and have more energy with better posture and balance.
We also are experienced working with:

We also are experienced working with all of these conditions

  • Post Rehab
  • Hip and Knee Replacements
  • ACL Tears
  • Spinal Fusion, Laminectomy, Discectomy
  • Rotator Cuff/Shoulder Impingements
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Mastectomy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tennis/Golfer Elbow
  • Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What clients are saying about us

“After multiple joint replacements I know the importance of a regular workout program with a qualified trainer who knows my limitations. Thanks initially to Brian Cole and now to my current trainer, Stephen Sibert, I am back to playing golf, enjoying my gardening and living life with as few aches and pains as possible!“

– Merriel Bowditch


“I’ve had more than 15 years of satisfying results. My trainer, Joey Wallen, designs a workout plan for individual needs, to include age, body type and personal goals. Professional trainers keep you safe, motivated and on task. Thank you, Personal Training Associates, for giving me a healthy and fit life.“

– Roy Stallings


“The best group for training any age or fitness level. Knowledgeable, experienced and supportive. Highly recommended!“

– Marsha Hudgins


“I’ve been training at Personal Training Associates for over 5 years. It has been a real plus going into my late sixties. My trainers have given me specifics which have helped me gain strength and stamina. I feel healthier than I have in a long time. Stephen has helped me recover from back issues and helped my cardio too. I am super pleased.“

– Susie Wornom


“I have never liked exercise and if given the chance to sit or move, I would sit. I also walked with a limp due to a weak ankle. I started training with Joey Wallen over five years ago, and he is wonderful. He knows what I can do and patiently encourages me to do more. The results have been great. I am stronger, walk without a limp, have lost more than 20 pounds and play with my grandchildren on the floor, getting up and down as often as needed. For 15 years I’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia and my last bone scan said my bones are now normal! Working with Joey has improved my attitude, strength, health and mobility. As I age, it will be even more critical that I include Personal Training Associates in my life.“

– Libby David


“My exercise partner and I have worked out at Personal Training Associates for 20 years. For the last few years we have worked with Joey Wallen. He keeps our sessions fun, upbeat and ever changing, which keeps us coming back!“

– Terry Arnold


“I started with Milagros Wallen in January 2018 and weighed 224 out-of-shape lbs due to a foot injury. It is August 2018 and I’m now 189 back-in-shape lbs! I've lost 35 lbs, and spent a fortune to replace my wardrobe but my wife loves the new bod! I hate Milagros (she is a bad-ass Trainer) during our sessions but I love her the next day.“

– Michael McNulty


“Since working with Janet, I have increased my strength and flexibility. She adapts each session to deal with my issues and I have seen a decrease in joint pain in addition to improving my flexibility. She takes a holistic approach in dealing with her clients, making suggestions for better health, diet and fitness. She motivates the unmotivated!“

– Chuck Stern


“I have been working out with Ethan for over a year now. His passion for health and fitness shows in his enthusiasm day in and day out. I prefer full body high intensity interval training and he delivers. The variety of his routines have kept me on track with my goals. He is always energetic and positive—great to train with!“

– Stuart Wash


“Ethan has been fantastic to work with. The training has helped tremendously with ongoing back and knee pain. After just a few months of targeted training I was pain free! He is always upbeat and enthusiastic so I am always challenged.“

– Christine Conrad


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“Since working with Janet, I have increased my strength and flexibility. She adapts each session to deal with my issues and I have seen a decrease in joint pain in addition to improving my flexibility. She takes a holistic approach in dealing with her clients, making suggestions for better health, diet and fitness. She motivates the unmotivated!“

– Chuck Stern


“I have been working out with Ethan for over a year now. His passion for health and fitness shows in his enthusiasm day in and day out. I prefer full body high intensity interval training and he delivers. The variety of his routines have kept me on track with my goals. He is always energetic and positive—great to train with!“

– Stuart Wash


“Ethan has been fantastic to work with. The training has helped tremendously with ongoing back and knee pain. After just a few months of targeted training I was pain free! He is always upbeat and enthusiastic so I am always challenged.“

– Christine Conrad


“I have been working out with Joey a little over a year. Prior to coming here I had worked with a trainer at another facility for about 15 years. I quickly began to notice a lot of differences. The level of Joey's knowledge far surpasses my other trainer. I have found that a personal trainer is the only way I can consistently work out. A gym setting makes it too easy not to go when I feel something more important has come up. Also this enables me to work correctly and safely. High praise is due because Brian Cole Personal Training Associates was actually recommended to me by another fitness facility.“

– Bob Murphy


“I am a senior citizen, who after many years of caring for others and neglecting myself, decided to put myself first. My goals were simple: more energy, strength and balance. Weight loss was also important, but not the top priority. Brian Cole Personal Training Associates has such knowledgeable Trainers. Before starting a specific program, they evaluated my personal needs and goals. (This never happens in group classes). In 7+ years I have accomplished so much.

  • I can play 18 holes of golf without huffing and puffing.
  • I no longer stumble and fall from poor balance.
  • I am stronger at age 69 than I was when much younger.
  • And my favorite...I no longer need to sit or lean against furniture to remove my shoes or slacks!

My quality of life has improved because of the professionalism, quality and care of my Trainers. Although I have worked with Janet McMullin and Wendy Stephens, I have observed others and would work with any person Brian hires. Quality...Professionalism...Caring...and Friends.“

– Brenda Epes


“Stephen has been an excellent resource for me in developing a physical fitness program and proper dietary regimen. I have worked with several trainers over the years but I give Stephen my Highest recommendation!“

– Dorothy Burch


“Considerate of one’s limitations but gently encouraging—stretching those limitations to new strength, flexibility and balancing heights! Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere which makes the hard work almost fun!“

– Pamela Martin


“Stephen Sibert’s positive and encouraging approach has enabled both of us to regain our physical well being after surgery. His range of exercises ensures that we are continually challenged to improve.“

– Pat and Willard Hoskins


“Since going to Brian Cole Personal Training Associates the results are great. Prior to working out with Brian I used to go to the gym 4-5 times a week for years. I currently go 2 times per week with much better results. I've saved time and am aware of improvements physically, personally and professionally!“

– Tony Reed


“I started training with Ethan seven months ago and we have been working on getting my Mom Bod back in shape. He is extremely knowledgeable, has taught me a lot about exercising safely, is encouraging and excited for even the smallest improvements and makes me want to keep coming back!“

– Ann Trotter


“When I started working with Personal Training Associates for rehab of a severe shoulder injury, I expected to work for six months or so. I’ve been working out for about six years now and the benefits are still happening. Improvements in my overall fitness including getting out of bed without pain and stiffness and fewer episodes of back pain, make me feel 10 years younger. No one can truly understand the benefits of resistance training unless they’ve done it—especially those over 40 years old.“

– Michael Gross, DVM


“A truly personalized exercise program with Stephen has helped me prepare for and recover from knee replacement surgery as well as strengthening all areas of my body.“

– Charles Wornom


“Joey Wallen is my trainer. He works from a client-specific agenda to address weaknesses and develop individual programs. He took a basket case when he agreed to help me. I am a senior person with age-related issues and particular physical problems. Or, I was! I was faced with increasing disabilities which prevented simple daily personal tasks (get in/out of tub, tuck shirttail into jeans, brush hair, lift pots, carry handbag, climb stairs, rise from chair...). Joey designed a way forward beginning with simple moves and unsophisticated props. Within six months, noticeable improvements and ease of motion were obvious. Two years into the effort, new and more ambitious goals have continuously been advanced.“

– Diana Freeman


“After months of suggesting we need to start a regular scheduled workout period, my wife gave me a non-refundable one-year workout program with Personal Training Associates. Knowing how I feel about the dollar, she knew she had me. Eight years ago to date, our ‘feel better with Wendy’ began.“

– Tom Hunnicutt


“Unfortunately I took a fall February 2017 which resulted in a broken neck. But fortunately after two surgeries, physical therapy, and my doctor's approval, I was able to start working with Stephen Sibert at Personal Training Associates in July 2017. He has helped me regain strength, stamina and to feel better about myself. I am back to normal in a few short months and am actually enjoying my workouts.“

– Jeri W. Greene


“Wendy is a wonderful trainer and a marvelous friend who cares about her clients. I am better off because of her and look forward to my workouts.

– Alan Diamonstein


“My twice-weekly sessions with Wendy are one of the most beneficial regular events in my life. I always leave feeling better than when I came in after the varied protocol she puts me through.

– Saint Lee


“I’ve learned that building muscle can definitely influence the aging process and that you can get stronger as you get older. The training is intense but enjoyable. Besides the strength benefits, there are measurable positive changes to your overall health. The knowledge and the benefits are things all individuals from all age groups should experience.

– Richard B. Chance, D.V.M.


“After months of suggesting we need to start a regular scheduled workout period, my wife gave me a non-refundable one-year workout program with Personal Training Associates. Knowing how I feel about the dollar, she knew she had me. Eight years ago to date, our ‘feel better with Wendy’ began.“

– Tom Hunnicutt

About our Trainers

Our Trainers have college degrees in Exercise Science or Fitness Management and/or have National Certification by the American College of Sports Medicine or the American Council on Exercise. In addition, we regularly earn Advanced Specialty Certifications in a variety of disciplines.

Brian Cole

  • Personal Fitness Trainer (A.C.E.) Certified by the American Council on Exercise
  • Professional Member (N.S.C.A) National Strength Conditioning Association
  • Certified Massage Therapist by the Virginia Dept. of Health Professions
  • Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist by American Academy of Fitness Professionals
  • Associate Member (A.C.S.M.) American College of Sports Medicine

Joey Wallen

  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • Nationally Certified as Personal Fitness Trainer by the American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Orthopedic Exercise Specialist (ACE)

Stephen Sibert

  • B.A. Christopher Newport University
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Nationally Certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Senior Fitness Specialist (ACE)
  • Orthopedic Exercise Specialist (ACE)

Ethan Halfhide

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with concentration in Exercise Science
  • Nationally Certified as Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Milagros Wallen

  • National Certified Personal Fitness Trainer by The American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Janet McMullin

  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Nationally Certified by National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • Advanced Certification-Functional Aging Specialist
  • Bachelor’s Degree Social Work
  • Master’s Degree Family Therapy

A Message from Brian Cole

My father was a Physical Therapist for 42 years. I grew up in a home where helping others came naturally and where discussions of how the body functions, moves, and heals were just a part of everyday conversation. I’m very Thankful to be working in the field that has been my lifelong hobby. I hope it always shows through our clients.

While the emphasis is personalized and changes as you do, your program will involve some combination of:

Cardiovascular/Calorie-Burning Activity

In the United States, heart disease kills almost as many people as everything else combined.

We just don't have to move and do enough anymore. Modern conveniences and technology shelter us. Circulation isn't enough to keep debris from building up in our blood vessels. We need a strong pump to flush a strong flow of healthy nourishing blood through, everyday. The result is stronger hearts and cleaner blood vessels.

Progressive Weight Resistance Training

Muscle is energy! We all need to build new lean muscle tissue or the aging process will combine with reduced activity to replace our natural muscle with fat. We must commit ourselves to change that. And the research is clear, at any age, we can.

Core Stability • Posture • Balance

These are all incorporated into our Training Routines.

Free and Stable Joint Movement

As adults we don't run - jump - reach - climb - play as we did when we were kids. So our joint range of motion becomes very limited which leaves us more susceptible to joint injury and discomfort. Our body's self defense system then tightens these areas to protect them and a cycle of reduced comfortable movement and stiffness has begun. It is gradual but relentless.

Brian has developed a 30 minute Routine, that borrows from Yoga, Pilates, Somatics, and Feldenkrais, to gently coax our joints to move more comfortably through a greater range and to be stabilized by leaner, stronger, not bulkier, muscles.

Sound, Balanced Nutrition

We help you identify bad habits and develop strategies to replace them with better habits. We will help you with guidelines, directions, and facts—but not with strict eating plans. Everyone is different and we all have our challenges.

In general, we recommend following the nutritional guidelines endorsed by the American Heart Association.

Brian Cole

Fitness is not about age.

We all need to lose body fat and work to build new lean muscle tissue. This makes us healthier and more efficient.

Click here to see Brian’s advice on nutrition guidelines

About Nutrition

IF combined with consistent safe exercise, healthy nutrition habits contribute to feeling better, moving better and having more energy.

We’re all different. We’re all going to make compromises. There is no perfect dietary plan for all of us.
Improving will require a willingness to change and self-discipline.

Some General Guidelines

STOP

Eating and drinking what you already know is bad for you.
Then do your personal research.

REDUCE

Processed foods and beverages (simple carbohydrates), fried foods and alcohol.

INCREASE

Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and water.

Nutrition changes are about the long-term health of our body’s functions.

The effects of increased daily exercise are immediate and cumulative.
Our profession is about safe, effective EXERCISE.

Articles by Brian Cole (SEE ALL)

For many years Brian Cole has regularly contributed articles to the Oyster Pointer. The latest are listed below. To see more articles, click here.

Is age just a number?

A framed quote by my desk is: “Everything should be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.” It’s obviously by someone with a subtle sense of humor. It’s by Albert Einstein. And I’m applying it to my opening question. Most of you reading this have experienced something age related that… Read more »

May I be blunt? PART 2

Please read or re-read last month’s column (“May I be blunt?” on our website and Oyster Pointer’s July “To Your Health” column). It’ll make what follows more meaningful. In the closing last month, I said I’d tell you how to get rid of that dangerous, deep, heart-encompassing visceral fat. And the… Read more »

May I be blunt?

A few years ago a very bright lady (but also the most divisive person I’ve known) told me that before she says something uncomfortable she asks: “May I be blunt?” Rarely will someone reply: “No thanks, I’d rather you be vague.” So that gives license to say whatever you want/need… Read more »