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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Rosel

Education:
B.S. Kinesiology, anticipated Winter 2019
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer, 2018
American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid, since 2012

Personal Trainer

For Rosel, fitness, health, wellbeing, and quality of life are synonymous. Her decision to become a Personal Trainer stems from her own passion and love of staying active and healthy, and sharing her knowledge with others so that they can live their best life. Rosel believes that exercise does not always have to take place in a gym setting, and that it can take place outdoors. Her background in kinesiology helps her understand how exercise contributes to a healthy lifestyle and more freedom to do what you love. Having experienced different injuries growing up, Rosel understands how difficult it can be to get back to doing the activities you enjoy, and the importance of giving your mind, body, and soul need a break. Rosel emphasizes providing a safe, enjoyable, and motivating environment for her clients to help them achieve their goals. As a Personal Trainer, Rosel focuses on form, functional movements, stability, flexibility, strength, mindfulness, and balance with her ultimate goal being to help you reach your own goals no matter where you are in your fitness journey.

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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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Katie

Education:
BS in Sport and Exercise Science, anticipated Spring 2019
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise Personal Training, 2018
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Personal Trainer

Katie loves to approach the problem of exercise adherence holistically. When she’s not studying, training for a race, or climbing, she can be found exploring the outdoors. With a specific athletic background in both aquatics and trail running, she believes in helping you develop the fitness gains necessary to participate in what you love. While incorporating your broad range of interests into each program, she pays detailed focus to activities that bring enjoyment to your fitness routine. Whether your goals are to challenge yourself to improve your specific strength and endurance goals or just to escape from the monotonous day-to-day, she’d love to work with you at UREC.

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Melissa

BA in Business, Marketing, 2016
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise (ACE), Personal Trainer, 2015
AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, 2015
TRX Certified Trainer
YogaFit Level 1-3
Pre/Post Natal Certified
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Personal Trainer & Mind-Body Personal Trainer-Yoga

Melissa's passion for Personal Training comes from finding her own fitness journey and helping her body do things she's never thought were possible. Throughout her life, she has been a varsity athlete, overcome health issues and injuries, and through those experiences has found a love for strength training, and grown her personal yoga practice. Many of the positives in her Fitness life have been cultivated through the UREC community and she felt a need to give back to others in the community through education on what exercises are right for each unique body in order to help them find their power.

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 is to help you figure out how to get to the next steps along your fitness journey and get you "better by 80!".

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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. 

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Sammy

Education:
BS Sports and Exercise Science, 2018
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, 2018
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Personal Trainer

Sammy's love for health and exercise was established from a young age. He participated in sports growing up and has had his fair share of injuries too, which have influenced his goal of becoming a personal trainer with hopes of ultimately going on to physical therapy school. He firmly believes that exercise can be used as a way to de-stress after a long day or a way to gain energy prior to one. Sammy wants to instill the benefits of exercise in all populations by focusing on functional movement and proper form while creating a fun and exciting environment. Whether you are a new exerciser or an experienced veteran, Sammy would like to help you achieve your exercise goals and get you to the next step.

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Ella

Education:
BS Sports and Exercise Science, anticipated 2019
Certifications:
American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, 2018
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Personal Trainer

Ella's goal as a Trainer is to help each client discover what makes them feel the best version of themselves through exercising. Ella played many sports growing up, but in the last couple years she has developed a passion for exercise through her commitment to improving her health and wellbeing. She hopes to inspire her clients to do the same by encouraging them work hard to achieve their goals but also having fun and enjoying the process. Ella is here to help each individual find what is enjoyable and exciting about exercise and support them in living an active, healthy life to feel strong and confident.