Therapeutic Fitness; Medical Exercise   Fairfax Fitness & Self-Defense

Personal Training & Personal Protection

Education & Experience Are What Set Us Apart

Corrective Exercise – Clinical Fitness – Functional Movement

Self-Defense – Tactical Fighting – Combat Martial Arts


About Dr. Dan Mikeska

My mission is to make you a healthier person so you can improve the quality of your life.  I started training clients in 1997 because it was time someone offered individualized, evidenced based, fitness and self-defense programs rather than hype or fad. Human Movement is a complicated and coordinated effort between your muscles, skeleton, and metabolism, and everyone is different. Knowing how each of the systems of the body work, independently and in concert, is essential in the development of an effective fitness or self-defense training program. I am a student of my profession, and for almost 20 years I have offered my experience and extensive education to clients who are serious about achieving results. 


  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine Credential Level 2
  • American Council on Exercise Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
  • American Council on Exercise Therapeutic Exercise Specialist

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine-Advanced Certification Performance Enhancement Specialist  
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine-Advanced Certification Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine-Certified Fitness Instructor
  • Certified P90X instructor
  • International Fitness Professionals Association-Personal Fitness Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid certificate
  • Other certifications include:
    • Senior Adult Fitness
    • Breast Cancer Recovery
    • Fitness & Pregnancy
    • Children’s Fitness
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Cardiovascular Disease & Exercise

Martial Arts

  • Inducted into United States Martial Arts Assoc. International Hall of Fame
  • Senior Instructor - Jeet Kune Do Concepts and Filipino Martial Arts under Paul Vunak and Progressive Fighting Systems
  • D.E.F.T.A.C. System Tactical Ground Defense for Law Enforcement –Law Enforcement Training Consultants
  • Manadnock Defensive Tactics System Course – Law Enforcement Training Consultants
  • Manadnock Expandable Baton Advanced Course - Law Enforcement Training Consultants
  • Law Enforcement - Force Continuum Instructor under Paul Vunak
  • Level Three Coach in Combat Submission Wrestling/ Shootfighting under Erik Paulson
  • Certified Tai Chi Kung Instructor
  • Inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame-2003
  • Team USA and US Tang Soo Do team competitor for Australian Goodwill games
  • Sixth degree black belt in American Kickboxing

Formal Education

    • Doctorate of Health Science with a minor in education
    • MS-Human Movement
    • BS-Sports Medicine with Honors
    • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
    • Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society
    • Golden Key International Honor Society


Mikeska. J. D. (2015). A SWOT analysis of the scope of practice for personal trainers. Personal Trainer Quarterly, 2(1), 22-25. Retrieved from

Mikeska, J. D. (2014). A 12-week metabolic conditioning program for a mixed-martial artist. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36(5), 61-67. doi:

Mikeska, J. D. (2017). Continuous quality improvement to ensure personal training scope of practice. Personal Trainer Quarterly, 4(3), 24-28. doi:

Mikeska, J. D., & Alexander, J. L. (2017). Fitness Professionals’ Perceptions and Attitudes toward Certification, Online Education, and Medical Fitness. International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, 1-14. doi:

In addition to Personal Fitness Training, Corrective Exercise, and Medical Fitness, I offer lessons in Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Defensive Tactics, and Self-defense.  My studio is easily accessable from Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties and serve Chantilly, Fairfax, Centreville, South Riding, Oak Hill, Greenbriar, Reston, Herndon, Tyson’s Corner, Manassas, Vienna, Oakton, Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow