Darrell Patterson


Darrell “iAmTheRealDP” Patterson is an international fitness trainer and nutrition specialist who has been changing lives one pound at a time. He is from Cleveland, OH, but currently resides in Atlanta, GA.  As the founder and CEO of Raising the Bar Fitness (RTB), Patterson’s mission is to inspire and motivate men and women to live a healthier lifestyle.  His life's motto which he also applies to his passion of fitness training is “We Will Either Find a Way or Make One".


Patterson earned two Bachelors of Science degrees one in Technology Management and the other in Marketing from the University of Findlay.  He next embarked upon working eight years in the corporate setting.  Starting out as an athlete from childhood, he has always been drawn to and loved fitness and physical activity.  He found a natural affinity for and excelled at playing basketball, in which he was voted an All American Athlete.  Patterson decided to answer his true calling to fitness after an on-the-job injury.  During his rehabilitation, the passion he lived with for most of his life was ignited; thus, choosing to take on a brand new career as a fitness trainer.

Patterson is a certified American Muscle & Fitness Personal Trainer.  He specializes in a number of different training methods such as Athletics Training, CrossFit, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Muscle Building, and Weight Loss. Patterson is the creator of Hardcore Extreme Active Training, which is better known as H.E.A.T.  This program he developed is a uniquely orchestrated grouping of exercises in which the body exerts itself to its extreme capacity for 30 minutes non-stop. This signature workout includes a "resting" exercise to keep the heart rate increased which allows the body to burn the maximum amount of body fat in a short amount of time. As a result of his expertise, hard work, and dedication in developing this strategic program, Patterson’s online H.E.A.T. challenges and DVDs are a tremendous success. H.E.A.T. is the go to choice as one of the top programs for people who look for a diverse online wellness and fitness program that delivers the results promised.


Patterson’s knowledge and expertise led him down several pathways to success. He consistently renders quality results for all of his clients. He takes his vast knowledge of fitness and tools for living a healthy lifestyle on the road all across the country allowing him to share his passion with countless numbers of people.  His training sessions and classes continually remain full and sought after.  Patterson has trained numerous celebrity clients as a result. He has been a featured trainer with Destination Fit Trip and Rickey Smiley’s Caribbean Getaway.  He has also been featured in Krave FIT Magazine and continues to receive numerous accolades for his results driven training style.


When he is not training he enjoys spending time with family, traveling and getting involved with charitable organizations and activities, which includes his work with Susan G. Komen in Greater Atlanta.