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THANKS for checking out my MODEL MAYHEM website.

I appreciate your interest in both my personal training and photography. I have also started and been the head coach of A-Team Xtreme since its inception, as well as, being a professional photographer for over 30 years. I specialize in training athletes for fitness competitions and have numerous champions on our teams all over North America (http://www.ateamxtreme.com) and help athetes and model learn more about photography. I try to combine fitness and photography naturally because of my years of experience in both. If you are looking for a seasoned pro, please give me a call and lets talk about the POSSIBILITIES!


Coach A is also adept in, not only training athletes for competition, but, he also train models for losing weight, toning and sculpting.

Dr Atherton has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He is multi-published in the Fitness industry and currently writes a monthly column for Natural Muscle Magazine entitled, "My Name is Coach A, WELCOME to MY WORLD!"

Coach A excels in working with both known and unknown athletes/models in making porfolios for models, fitness athletes, and competitors. He has the confident manner of experience and also an enthusiam to make you look real and your best. Coach uses his expertise to help get to the NEXT LEVEL in both fitness training and photography.

JWAtherton Photography has a fully equipped studio to shoot digitally and also a modern fitness center for personal training, as well as an obstacle course and outdoor landscaped backgrounds for facilitate the work. He is located in Great Falls, VA

Coach A is a proven professional and member of Professional Photographers of America. Most of Coach's work is fitness related; however, he can and does fo weddings (limited number), portraits and commercial. He shoots the current champs and has shot the hottest atheletes in Fitness (see website for their comments).


EMAIL: ateamx@patriot.net
WEBSITE: http://www.jwathertonimages.com
DIGITAL PORTFOLIO: http://www.onemodelplace.com/jwathertonphotography
Phone: 703 450-1658

Coach is not interested in shooting nudes, erotic, lingerie or other such "body parts" images.

If you are interested in a quality product for a reasonable price in either personal training or photography, Coach A and JWAtherton PHOTOGRAPY, can do and will help you on to the NEXT LEVEL!

I am currently offering a shoot special for OMP models: 5-7 looks (fitness and swimsuits); I will prepare 5 images (similar to those on my site) for your MM pages and also do head shots (2 OMP ready) for $250.


Call the COACH for your next portfolio!


John Warner Atherton, PhD

-Motivator of people through teaching, counseling and coaching.
-Master Trainer and Coach.
-Recognizes strong ties between body, soul and spirit and consistently works to incorporate these disciplines in helping people achieve their maximum potential.
-Excellent leadership skills,
-Ability to help define goals, strategize and implement plans to achieve objectives.
Experienced instructor with 40 years teaching
35,000 hours counseling individuals and families.
-Dynamic public speaker and communicator able to draw from a diverse professional background.
-Strong athletic interests and experience.


Bethany Theological Seminary, 1995; Ph.D. Candidate; Christian Counseling;
Bethany Theological Seminary, 1987; Ph.D., Religion; graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors (3.75 GPA);
University of North Carolina, 1968; Master of Arts, Physical Education;
University of North Carolina, 1966; Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education


1978; Independent Council of Churches


Certified Fitness Instructor, NSPA, 1995;
Certified Conditioning Specialist, NSPA, 1995
Certified Freestyle Specialist, Galaxy Federation, 1997
Certified CPR, First Aid, Pool Safety, 1972-75
Water Safety Instructor Trainer, 1972


1997 to Present: Head Coach, A-Team Xtreme,

Great Falls, VA ; Founder of America's largest, fastest growing and most competitive fitness team; Coached over 125 athletes including 1999 Nova International Ms Galaxy, Mocha Lee; 1999 Ms Galaxy - Masters Champion, Andi Breunig, IFBB Figure, Donna Brady, IFBB & 2001 NPC National Fitness Champion, Tanji Johnson; 2002 Mrs America, Laurett Ellsworth Arenz; World Champion for Fitness Skills, Trista Bernier and World Champion for Obstacle Course, ShaNay Norvell, ATX members included OC World Champions: Vida Garcia, Gina Oakes, Colette Roberts, Beth Patterson, Kristia, Knowles, Tonia D'Anna, ShaNay Norvell, Trista Bierner, Sylvia Hernandez, and Carolyn Evans, plus over 36 top five champions in major competitions
1997 - Present: Master Trainer founded private personal training business, Great Falls, VA; Trained Virginia power lifting champion, Kim Jones; Trained 2 time gold medallist for Senior Olympics - VA, Mavis Rush; Trained 2002 Mrs America, Laurett Ellsworth.
1994 - 1997: Personal Trainer, Worldgate Athletic Club, Herndon, VA; Master Personal Trainer, Sport and Health Clubs, Herndon, VA
1991 - Present: Director, Institute for Biblical Counseling, Great Falls, VA: Established and oversees organization; Wrote, edited and prepared materials, tapes, and training manuals; Conducts workshops and training sessions; Provides pastoral counseling individuals and families; Provides consultation services to churches and other organizations; Diagnoses problems and helps provide scriptural solutions

1983 - 1994: Senior Pastor/Teacher,

Great Falls Bible Church, Great Falls, VA; Provided pastoral services to congregation; Conducted all regular services and provided spiritual oversight to members; Instructed weekly community Bible studies; Provided oversight for staff of professional and lay counselors; Established and monitored goals and objectives for staff; Supervised and established pastoral internship program; Guided graduates working towards advance degrees in counseling
1976-1983: Pastor/Teacher for Counseling, Reston Bible Church, Reston, VA: Provided individual and family counseling; Organized and developed the Christian Counseling Center

1968-1976: Teacher/Coach, Fairfax County Public Schools,

Fairfax, VA: Instructed Health and Physical Education at the secondary & Intermediate levels; Head defensive coach (7 years); Assistant wrestling coach (2 years); Community-Faculty Advisor; Supervising teacher for undergraduate teacher program: George Mason University
1969-1976: Athletic Director, Reston Golf and Country Club, Reston, VA: Analyzed and revamped comprehensive athletic facility for improved profitability; Staffed and supervised sport's professionals and facility employees; Developed, organized, and supervised comprehensive lesson programs in several disciplines: squash, swimming, diving, scuba, diving, and racquetball; Developed and coordinated rental of facility by outside organizations

1969-1976: Coach's Enterprises,

personally owned business, Reston, VA: Started swimming pool management/construction company; Manage local pools including Reston Golf and Country Club, Fairfax Country Club, and Bull Run Regional Park

1974-Present: Professional Photographer, owner/operator, Reston and Great Falls, VA:

Specialize in portrait, fitness, actions sports, and weddings; Published in various magazines: Oxygen; Natural Muscle Magazine; Muscle and Fitness; Galaxy; Racquetball and Body

1967-1968; Assistant Football Coach,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC: Graduate assistant under Jim Hickey; Assistant Coach under Bill Dooley, responsible for recruiting Washington Metro Area, offer 20 scholarship with 19 signing grant-in-aids to UNC; Freshman and defensive red-shirt assignments. Coach Atherton is proud to have signed the current UNC head Football Coach, John Bunting, All-American and All-Pro, to a scholarship. He is a very good one! GO TARHEELS!

1966-1967: Graduate Assistant,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC: Instructor for Physical
Education and football; Varsity End Coach-Spring training

1962-1966: Student, University of North Carolina,

Chapel Hill, NC: Attended UNC on 4 year Athletic Scholarship: football; Most Valuable Player; Academic All-American, Academic All-ACC; President: Monogram Club; Starter: 1962-66; Letters: football (3), baseball (1); Majored in Physical Education with minor in Spanish
1958-1962: Student, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA: Graduated 77th in class of 377 with academic diploma: School Honors include: Student Body President; Faculty Award: Class Honors include: Junior Class President; Most Athletic Superlative; Athletic Honors include: Most Valuable Player (Football); 10 letters: football (3), basketball (3), baseball (4): Starter in all sports every year; Numerous post season accolades in football and basketball.

Coach A's Training and Photography MISSION STATEMENT:
To glorify God in building a tradition of excellence!