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Daniel Barnett, Owner of Advantage Fitness, llc & CrossFit the Ville

B.S. Exercise Science

NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

CrossFit Level 2

CrossFit Kids

Daniel has over 22 years of personal training experience, with over 25 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 is also 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. He acquired his CrossFit Level 1 Certificate in February 09, his CrossFit Level 2 Certificate in October 16, and is the owner of CrossFit Louisville East and CrossFit The Ville as well as Advantage Fitness, LLC.



Melissa Barnett

CrossFit Level 1 

Licensed Massage Therapist


Michael Hadley

B.S. Exercise Science

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

CrossFit Level 1 

Once an avid basketball player, Michael’s desire to try CrossFit in 2011 came from the unique modality is brought to the table. “I had never seen anything like it,” he says. Michael’s desire to help others at The Ville is evident, where he loves to show members the most “efficient and correct” way to do movements. “I love receiving thanks from people for helping them grind through a workout or just for being…positive and helpful the whole time they are here,” he adds.

A University of Louisville grad (go Cards!), Michael won the Intermural Championship in basketball during his freshman year, and still tries to get back on the court when he’s not training or coaching. He also enjoys drumming, camping & outdoor activities, and reading everything from fiction to textbooks.






Sean McAdam

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

CrossFit Level 1

As is the case with many CrossFitters, Sean found the desire to compete in broad time and modal domains through firefighting. After playing football for DeSales High School and running a variety of marathons (full and half), Sean turned to golf and also spent time in the U.S. Coast Guard.

As an employee of the Louisville Fire and Rescue team, acting as an EMT and Dive Rescue Team, Sean brings his many years of experience with CrossFit and sport to The Ville. “Watching members do something they never believed possible…and having something to do with [that]…is a really good feeling,” Sean says. Sean spends time outside the gym with his ten year old son Nathan and wife Debbie.

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Glenn Belew

CrossFit Level 1

Glenn Belew also comes to us from the Louisville Fire Department, where he was introduced to CrossFit in 2009. Despite his busy life as a sergeant and family man (whose wife and kids do CrossFit as well!), Glenn still finds time to play recreational volleyball and basketball.

“My favorite part of coaching is building relationships with people from all walks of life, supporting them and pushing each other to get better…seeing these people get excited about overall health,” says Glenn.




Eric V. Walters, MBA

Eric V. Walters, MBA

ACSM –Health Fitness Instructor

NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

I’ve been around fitness and athletics all my life.  I played baseball in high school and began lifting weights at about 16 years old.  I have 5 years experience as a strength and conditioning coach for Division 1 Athletics.  I was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky for three years (1995 – 1998), and two years at Morehead State University (1998 – 2000).  During my time as a D-1 coach I  had the opportunity to coach athletes in every sport imaginable:  Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Dance and even Cheerleading.  While coaching at UK, I was fortunate enough to train with many professional athletes returning to their alma mater in the off season as well as Olympic Medalist in Baseball and Track & Field.

Along with my practical experience, I have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Athletic Training.  I also have an MBA.  I’ve worked in the wellness industry performing exercise testing, managed a wellness center, and have been involved in personal training off and on for the last 16 years.

All that being said, I stumbled onto Crossfit about a year ago and started playing around with some of the WODs.  It didn’t take long to realize that I had found something pretty special. In December I took my level 1 certification and have been drinking the Kool-Aid ever since.

I definitely have a strength bias; it’s what I’ve always been good at. That’s what I love about Crossfit. It makes me train the things that I don’t really enjoy.  Champions train their weaknesses. Losers train their strengths.

3, 2, 1, GO!….Let’s get better together.



Miranda Van Winkle


CrossFit Level 1

I primarily train on an individual basis, but do small groups as well. I am the bootcamp instructor for CrossFit Louisville East, and Crossfit the Ville, and also a CrossFit instructor. My passion for health developed early on in my life, but recently I’ve discovered my passion for teaching others about the importance of health.  After graduating high school, I spent the four years at Purdue University, majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development.

I moved back to Louisville, thinking I wanted to go to nursing school, but after working at a major area hospital for 6 months realized that wasn’t the case…I wanted to work with people before they got sick.  I stayed at the hospital for the next three years, while spending my free time researching and studying the importance of prevention and how the choices we make everyday have a cumulative effect on our health, and ultimately, our happiness.  I had always known that the two biggest factors in our overall health were diet and exercise, but it wasn’t until after I found CrossFit that was I able to really notice the changes in my health and happiness.  It’s now my goal to teach others what I’ve learned, and continue to learn everyday.  Being happy and healthy really doesn’t require much from you, but it does require discipline, and occasionally some encouragement from your trainer.




Headshot photos by Shaughn Tillman, Jr.

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