Meet Our Trainers

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Brandon

Education:
B.S. Sports and Exercise Science, Fall 2017
Psychology Minor, Fall 2017
Certifications:
ACE Certified Personal Trainer, 2017
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified, 2017

Personal Trainer

Brandon's decision to become a Personal Trainer stems from his own love of exercise as well as the desire to help others stay healthy. His background in team sports, outdoor activities, and recreational lifting has taught him that there is no single definition for exercise. With that in mind, Brandon believes in participating in a wide variety of physical activity to keep exercising fresh and fun.

As a Personal Trainer, Brandon's ultimate goal is to help you reach yours, whether that be achieving a new PR or simply the desire to exercise regularly. With an emphasis on form and function, Brandon believes that everyone can reach their fitness goals in more ways than one. 

 

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Peter

Education:
BA in Sport & Exercise Science, Spring 2017
Certifications:
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Personal Trainer

Peter’s training method revolves heavily around building a strong foundation that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle for years to come. Having lived a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle in his younger years, Peter is able to understand the struggles that come with getting into routine exercising and what it takes to overcome those challenges. He believes that function, strength, and stability are key components that should be included in everyone’s fitness routine and has the tools necessary to help you understand each of them.

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Annie

Education:
BS Sports and Exercise Science, 2016
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise Personal Training, 2016
CPR/AED and First Aid

Personal Trainer

Annie is an incredibly enthusiastic trainer who loves to bring a great time to each session. She not only loves educating her clients about their bodies and mechanics, but also strives to help them feel strong and confident. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science has provided Annie the foundation for human anatomy and physiology. Whether it is working around a pre-existing injury or working towards maintaining a consistent fitness lifestyle, Annie’s knowledge in the field allows her to be flexible and versatile in helping each client achieve their individual goals. Outside of the Fitness Center, Annie is working towards a career in medicine with aspirations of helping others achieve wellness and a higher quality of life.

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Darcy

Education:
M.Ed
Certifications:
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Certified Viniyoga Therapist

Mind-Body Personal Trainer-Yoga

Darcy is a certified yoga therapist and instructor through The American Viniyoga Institute. She has practiced a variety of yoga styles over the last decade and for the last six years has concentrated her study and teaching on adapting yoga in group contexts to serve a wide variety of body types and abilities. Her studies in yoga anatomy and yoga for specific conditions  also support her passion to serve students who benefit from more individualized approaches to yoga than the general class offers. Working one-to-one with those caring for injury, long-term conditions, or general limitations of aging are services she offers as a Mind Body Personal Trainer as well. Her goals are to help students safely develop strength and flexibility, find relief from the stress of busy lives, and experience the focused attention and increased well-being yoga can offer. She loves noodles, yoga philosophy and a good book on a rainy afternoon.

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Melissa

Education:
BA in Business, Marketing, 2016
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise (ACE), Personal Trainer, February 2015
AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, 2015
YogaFit Level 1
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Personal Trainer & Mind-Body Personal Trainer-Yoga

Melissa's passion for Personal Training comes from finding her own version of strength over the last two years and helping her body do things she's never thought were possible! She found a way to overcome the plateau of what her workouts had become since coming to college. She has played varsity sports for over 12 years now and grew up with fitness being integral to her daily life. During her first year of school, she found her workouts falling flat. Soon, however, she found lifting and the UREC community which has elevated her life ever since.

Melissa believes that in order to work towards a healthy body, one must also work on their heart and mind. She wants to help her clients make that special connection. She loves digging deep and helping people find that drive within themselves that helps to push them to the next level. She's here to help you get there. Your sessions will be fine-tuned to what movements and needs you have at that moment; whether that be basic movement patterns, cardio improvements, or overall strength. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, Melissa wants to help you figure out how to get to the next steps.

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Logan

Education:
BS Sports and Exercise Science, anticipated 2017
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, 2015
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Fitness Instructor, 2015

Personal Trainer

If Logan is not helping clients or studying, he loves to exercise himself. He is very passionate about exercise, and he tries to convey that by bringing tons of energy and positivity to each session. For Logan, there is more to exercise than trying to look good. It’s about improving the efficiency of movement, confidence and longevity as we age, and quality of life. He tries to customize each program so that potential clients can feel confident in their abilities to perform physical tasks of every day life, and becoming happier with the way you look is a nice bonus. Seeing clients progress and achieve goals brings him so much joy. So, as long as you want to improve your fitness, Logan would love to work with you.

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Solana

Education:
BA Strategic Communications, anticipated Spring 2018
Certifications:
Vitality Pilates Mat Certification, 2016
Vitality Pilates Instructor Certification, 2017
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Mind-Body Personal Trainer

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” -Joseph Pilates

Solana completed her 460-hour Pilates certification program with Vitality Pilates. Her teaching experience has exposed her to clients of all body types and skill and ability levels, leaving her with the mindset that Pilates is for every body! Having benefitted from one-on-one Pilates sessions with a certified instructor herself, Solana can attest to the value of a customized program and personalized attention of a fitness professional. Pilates focus on uniting mind and body to improve flexibility and strength is something Solana is deeply passionate about as a practitioner, and even more as an instructor. She hopes to share her knowledge of the Pilates method with others in a way that promotes the development of lifelong habits and overall wellness. Whether your goal is to improve mobility and day-to-day functionality or integrate Pilates into a cross-training plan, Solana is eager to help you achieve your balanced body.