Meet Our Coaches

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

B.S. Exercise Science

NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D)

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

CrossFit Level 3

CrossFit Kids

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, which has since expanded to it’s current location.  Daniel started Advantage Fitness, LLC, a personal training business, in 1999 and currently trains personal clients in home and at CrossFit The Ville.  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 programming at The Ville!

Melissa Barnett

CrossFit Level 1 

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Licensed Massage Therapist

Melissa has been doing CrossFit with us since 2011.  She received her CrossFit Level 1 in February 2015, recertified 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 here at The Ville.

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Glenn Belew

CrossFit Level 1

Glenn Belew acomes to us from the Louisville Fire Department, where he was introduced to CrossFit in 2009. Despite his busy life as a Captain 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.

Jeanette Salgado

Current Doctor of Occupational Therapy Student

M.S. Sports Administration

B.S. Exercise Science

CrossFit Level 1

Jeanette was first introduced to CrossFit in 2013 after her career as a Collegiate Division 1 soccer player looking to maintain that competitive edge. CrossFit quickly became a passion in her life as it proved to be a way to stay physically fit, have a blast, and become an active member in a great community among fellow athletes. Jeanette is on the road to becoming an Occupational Therapist, and brings her knowledge of human anatomy and physiology along with the compassion for helping people in all aspects of health and wellness, to CrossFit the Ville.

Jeanette says, “What I love about coaching CrossFit (CF) is being able to connect with a variety of people, encouraging them during their CF journey, and helping them accomplish new goals and set new PR’s!”