About Us

Breakthrough Fitness, owned by Dunkirk MD personal trainer Linda Copeland, has been getting clients in shape since 1997.  Our focus is on helping people exercise in a friendly, non-intimidating environment. You won’t see us yelling or screaming or wearing paramilitary gear. We won’t make you do crazy, inappropriate things that require a cardiologist and orthopedist on standby. That’s not our style. You will be challenged—but we’ll teach you to listen to your body and adjust your workout accordingly…

…because with fitness, despite what the infomercials tell you, one size doesn’t fit all. Every exercise has benefits; every exercise has risks. Does the exercise make sense for you? We’ll be there to help you decide. We’ll design a program with your goals, lifestyle, strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, and body traits in mind.

We can help you…

Lose weight
Get stronger
Become more flexible
Improve your endurance
Gain confidence in the gym
Build muscle
Break through a plateau in your progress
Improve your coordination
Improve your speed, agility, and quickness
Choose equipment to purchase
Get the most out of your home gym
Learn to use new fitness stuff
Make workouts fun again

We offer…

One-on-one training
Partner and semi-private training
Group classes (small or large)
Home and gym-based program design
Outdoor workouts
Group walking & hikes
Therapeutic yoga lessons (through an affiliate)

Our history…

Owner Linda Copeland started her training career in two health clubs in Bowie, MD, in the late 1990’s. She quickly learned that many people are intimidated by the large, noisy, crowded gym atmosphere—in fact, the people who thrive there tend to be the ones who are already in shape. From a trainer’s perspective, it was not an optimal place to teach, either, with loud music, mass chaos, plus people and equipment packed in like sardines. There had to be a better way!

In January 2000, she opened Breakthrough Personal Training Studio, a private studio for one-on-one training. Located on Main Street in Upper Marlboro, Breakthrough provided a supportive atmosphere where every client could be successful. In 2004, Breakthrough Personal Training Studio became Breakthrough Fitness and moved to a larger space on Crain Highway, where the business stayed until 2010. Breakthrough Fitness now has a business office in Dunkirk, MD, and provides fitness programs to clients at various locations.