Meet the Trainers

Daniel Barnett, Owner of Advantage Fitness, llc 

B.S. Exercise Science

NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

CrossFit Level 3

CrossFit Kids

Former Owner of CrossFit Louisville East and CrossFit the Ville 

Daniel has over 24 years of personal training experience, with over 27 years of personal experience in strength training & conditioning. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science & Sports Medicine from the University of Louisville (1998). He earned the title of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 1999. Daniel has been a professional member of the NSCA and a member of the Kentucky Strength and Conditioning Association (KYSCA) since 1999.  Daniel won the Kentuckiana Health Fitness magazine’s People’s Choice Award for Best Personal Trainer in 2004.

Daniel worked as Louisville Metro Police Department’s Fitness Instructor from 2000-2016 and earned an Exceptional Merit award for outstanding performance for his work with the Police Recruit classes’ physical training program. He was a Certified Police Instructor with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, and taught subjects such as Strength & Cardiovascular Training, Nutrition, Stress, and Body Composition. Daniel has maintained his CPR/First Aid certification since 1999.

Daniel acquired his CrossFit Level 1 Certificate in February 09, his CrossFit Kids in 2013, his CrossFit Level 2 Certificate in October 16, and his CrossFit Level 3 in November 21.  He started CrossFit Louisville East in early 2009 which was so successful it necessitated opening CrossFit The Ville two years later.  Daniel started Advantage Fitness, LLC, a personal training business, in 1999 and currently trains personal clients in their home and at his personal gym.  His personal training clients have varied greatly, from professional athletes to physically challenged individuals.  He has trained children as young as 6 and adults as old as 84.

Daniel has attended over 25 National level Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, Personal Training, and Sport Specific conferences/clinics/symposiums throughout the years.  This along with his 20,000+ hours of CrossFit coaching and Personal Training experience have allowed him to develop a thoroughly proven program for his clients.  The field of exercise science is continually evolving and as such so is the training with Advantage Fitness!


Melissa Barnett

CrossFit Level 1 

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Licensed Massage Therapist

Melissa started CrossFit in 2011 after dabbling in various other fitness routines.  She received her CrossFit Level 1 in February 2015, re-certified in 2019, and received her USAW Level 1 in 2018.  She graduated from Advanced Massage Therapy school in 2014.  Melissa has coached over 3000 hours of classes and individual sessions since starting her coaching career.  She continues to help motivate clients with sound conditioning and nutrition advice.