Elite Certified Personal Trainer & Martial Artist Barney Villa (SFG/RKC/CK-FMS, NASM, M-KBIA).

Barney graduated from Skidmore University in New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 2008, and has been a Personal Trainer ever since.  He further pursued his career and knowledge in the fitness industry by becoming an elite Russian Kettlebell Instructor in 2009 under the RKC and SFG.


Barney's ultimate passion lies in helping his clients with everything from weight-loss goals, to pain management, to strength gains...using his expertise as a Certified Functional Movement Specialist to improve his client's lives on a daily basis.   

 At Higher Strength Fitness, “We believe your fitness routine should give you more than it takes away. Because results are why you’re here."


Barney Villa

Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from The University of Toledo, National Council of Strength & Fitness Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED Certified.

Known as Higher Strength Fitness's Body Transformation Expert, Derran has been involved in the health and fitness industry since 2011.  In addition to his expertise with Holistic Movement Therapy and weight-loss programming, Derran has in-depth knowledge of the Neuro-muscular system from his years as a physical therapist in a Chiropractic setting.

Derran Erb

Tricia Rich 

NASM  Corrective Exercise Specialist, NPTI Personal Trainer, NPTI Certified Nutritionist,  Crossfit Level 2, Crossfit Kids Certified Trainer.


Tricia is Higher Strength Fitness's Holistic Movement Specialist and Pregnancy Training Expert, and has been a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor since 2006.


  "I love working with and helping people, both in group and individual settings. I saw the health and weight issues everyone around me was dealing with, and wanted to change things.  So I got my first certification and fell in love with this profession."

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