About Designer Fitness

Darla O'Brien

Designer Fitness was founded in 1989. Darla O’Brien, Certified Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer and educator, maintains more than a dozen nationally recognized certifications.

Each client’s workout and plan for success is customized. Working together, we strive to improve overall fitness and correct underlying muscular and structural imbalances.

Designer Fitness clients are detail oriented. They want to be sure their time spent in exercise is well spent. The ME System ℠ workout program can benefit people with chronic aches and pains resulting from poor posture and alignment and those who want to lose weight through proper exercise. As the program is customized for the client, it delivers results for virtually anyone.

Darla brings to her clients the latest in research and industry practices. She dedicates a major portion of her professional time to staying informed on recent exercise science research and she attends and lectures at health and fitness industry conventions, continually updating her professional credentials.

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DARLA O’BRIEN

OWNER & CERTIFIED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

“There is nothing more satisfying than working one-on-one with a client and seeing my client flourish through exercise,” says Owner Darla O’Brien. Her personal touch is exactly what sets her apart in the industry.

Twice nominated as “IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year”, Darla motivates and inspires her clients and fellow trainers while guiding them toward the ultimate goal – “Perfect Balance through Exercise”.

“While it’s important to exercise,” says Darla, “it’s more important to keep the correct form.

Keeping correct form dramatically lowers the likelihood of injury and maximizes the efficiency of each workout to achieve results in a shorter time. Limiting our practice to individuals and small groups allows us to focus on those objectives.”

Darla’s clients include professional athletes, cultural icons, celebrities and medical professionals. She holds multiple certifications from ACSM, ACE, NASM, NFPT, NSCA and The Cooper Institute® – more NCCA-accredited certifications than any other fitness professional in the State of Florida.

“There is nothing more satisfying than working one-on-one with a client and seeing my client flourish through exercise,” says Owner Darla O’Brien. Her personal touch is exactly what sets her apart in the industry.

Twice nominated as “IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year”, Darla motivates and inspires her clients and fellow trainers while guiding them toward the ultimate goal – “Perfect Balance through Exercise”.

“While it’s important to exercise,” says Darla, “it’s more important to keep the correct form.

Keeping correct form dramatically lowers the likelihood of injury and maximizes the efficiency of each workout to achieve results in a shorter time. Limiting our practice to individuals and small groups allows us to focus on those objectives.”

Darla’s clients include professional athletes, cultural icons, celebrities and medical professionals. She holds multiple certifications from ACSM, ACE, NASM, NFPT, NSCA and The Cooper Institute® – more NCCA-accredited certifications than any other fitness professional in the State of Florida.

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CERTIFICATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Cooper Institute, Certified Personal Trainer (CI-CPT) 2016-Present
  • Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, ACSM/American Cancer Society 2012-Present
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist, ACSM 2011-Present
  • Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM 2011-Present
  • Certified Group Exercise Leader, ACSM 1997-Present
  • Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, ACE 2011-Present
  • Certified Personal Trainer, ACE 2011-Present
  • Certified Weight Loss Specialist, NASM 2014-Present
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM 2014-Present
  • Certified Women’s Fitness Specialist, NASM 2014-Present
  • Youth Exercise Specialist, NASM 2014-Present
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist, NASM 2014-Present
  • Senior Fitness Specialist, NASM 2014-Present
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM 2014-Present
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM 2014-Present
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA 2014-Present
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NFPT 2010-Present
  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, AFAA 2009-Present
  • FiTOUR™ Educator/Instructor/Personal Trainer 2009-Present
  • Master Member, IDEA 1989-Present

TRAINING/CONFERENCES

  • ACSM Health & Fitness Summit: Pre-conference for Exercise is Medicine® Credential 2016
  • ACSM “Exercise is Medicine” Pre-Conference Planning Session, Las Vegas NV 2012
  • University of Kansas, MBA Essentials, “Decision-Making in an Uncertain Environment” 2012
  • AFAA Personal Training 3-Day Workshop 2009
  • Peak Pilates Tower Intensive Workshop 2006

EDUCATION

  • Harvard Medical School “Lifestyle Medicine 2015: Tools for Healthy Change” 2015
  • Harvard Medical School “Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients” 2013
  • State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota A.A. 1999
  • University of Florida, College of Medicine “Exercise Rehabilitation of the Spine” 1993

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