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Personal Training

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You’re ready to make the commitment. We’re here to offer support every step of the way. No matter your level or goal, our Fitness Trainers have the expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm to get you where you want to be. Stop by for one visit—just to get started you on the right foot­­­­—or opt for a package plan that delivers long-term results. Whatever you need, we’ll help you stay focused, safe and motivated.

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To begin working with a personal trainer, please submit the following registration form. Within a few days of completing the form, you can expect to be contacted by our program manager to discuss your goals and to begin the trainer match process. Once you’ve been matched, your new hand-selected personal trainer will reach out to you to discuss your specific goals, barriers, and needs, and will schedule a virtual assessment session with you. We have developed virtual personal training opportunities, working and meeting remotely with a real trainer, to help you reach your goals, should you prefer this route.

Personal Training Inquiry
You must be a member to participate in our Personal Training programs. Not a member yet? Learn more online or stop by any Business Office.
Your eight digit U-M ID number


Body Composition Analysis

We use the three-site skinfold test to measure your body fat percentage. The trainer will explain your results and discuss next steps. Please wear shorts and a t-shirt. Allow 15 to 30 minutes for the analysis.

Fitness Assessment and Program Design

This one-hour assessment includes an evaluation of your movement patterns, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, balance and overall health. Assessments are made while you are exercising and while you are at rest. This information will help to establish a fitness baseline and will be useful in setting goals and monitoring your progress.

Based on the completed assessment, your personal trainer will develop a comprehensive training program for you and will review it with you so you are prepared to undertake your own fitness regimen or to begin one-on-one sessions with your trainer. Wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes.

Starter Package

This package includes the Fitness Assessment & Program Development module plus one 60-minute training session.

Training Sessions

Use these 60-minute one-on-one training sessions to stay motivated and accountable, and to help you establish a top-notch exercise routine. Working with a trainer on a regular basis will help you to push beyond your normal boundaries, monitor your exercise to be sure you understand and use the correct form, and provide constructive feedback on your use of exercise machines, free weights and other fitness tools. Sold in packages of 2, 4, 6 or 12 sessions. Sessions may be used anytime within four months of the purchase date.

Prerequisites: Fitness Assessment & Program Development or Starter Package.

Partner Training Sessions

Train with your friend, spouse or partner when each of you purchase a package of training sessions at the partner rate and meet with your trainer together. Each session is 60 minutes. Sessions may be used anytime within four months of the purchase date.

Prerequisite: Both partners must complete either the Fitness Assessment & Program Development or the Starter Package.


PackageStudentsRecreational Sports Members
Body Composition$20$20
Fitness Assessment and Program Design$45$50
Starter Package$75$85
2 Training Sessions$85$95
4 Training Sessions$160$180
6 Training Sessions$225$255
12 Training Sessions$390$450
2 Partner Training Sessions$40/person$45/person
4 Partner Training Sessions$75/person$85/person
6 Partner Training Sessions$105/person$120/person
12 Partner Training Sessions$195/person$225/person

Runner’s Clinics

Enrolled U‑M students can register for a session with a Physical Therapist & Personal Trainer who will assess your shoes, flexibility, strength and movement patterns; analyze your running biomechanics using video taken on your smartphone and provide personalized recommendations to improve your stride. Provided by University Health Service in collaboration with Recreational Sports.

Location: UHS Physical Therapy Gym

Cost: $40

Runner’s Clinics are currently on hold at this time.

Become a Trainer

For New Trainers

  1. Become certified by a nationally accredited organization. Our top three preferred certifications are ACE, ACSM or NSCA.
  2. Apply for a mentoring position. Our Mentoring program offers a paid position with Recreational Sports and practical experience. It is a requirement for newly certified trainers and must be completed before you work individually with clients.

Mentorship Program

The mentoring program is a paid position that provides practical experience. This is a requirement for all newly certified trainers to complete prior to working with clients. The program consists of group workshops, shadow sessions, mock assessments, mock programming, and mock training sessions.

If you are not certified, you are required to complete your certification exam before you complete the mentoring process.  Please see the dates below for the Fall 2021  mentoring process. Applications are due September 7, 2021. Apply here.

Mandatory Workshop Dates: Every Wednesday from 3:30pm-6:30pm starting October 6 – November 17, 2021

For Established Trainers

Apply here. You can always contact us for more information.

Meet Our Trainers

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Annie is a ACSM certified personal trainer, and also works as a physical therapy technician. Her training niche is endurance training or running. However, she takes a very client-centric approach in her programming and enjoys teaching all types of fitness. Annie is also a member of the University of Michigan Triathlon club. After joining the club she became very interested in how to improve her fitness, later inspiring her to become a personal trainer. (Fun fact: Annie loves smoothies).


Benjamin is a NSCA certified trainer, who pursued training due to his personal passion for weight lifting. His specialty area is resistance training, and his favorite exercise to train is deadlifting. He believes in tailoring the programs he creates to reflect the minimal effective dose, because “less isn’t always more”. He is currently a Junior and studying Movement Science. But, when Ben is not doing school work or training he enjoys snowboarding- a new hobby he just picked up. (Fun fact: Ben enjoys making and drinking protein smoothies).


Cassie is a ACSM certified personal trainer. Her training niche is protective exercise, especially with regards to spinal health, due to her own personal struggles with injury to her lower back. Due to this focus, her favorite exercises to train are for the core, since it is very important to have a strong core for good back health. Cassie wanted to become a trainer because she has always loved fitness, and she believes it is a good way to continue to practice a lot of what she has learned as a Movement Science major. (Fun fact: Cassie volunteers in a pediatric rehabilitation clinic, working closely with occupational and physical therapists).


Charan is a Sophomore studying BCN. He became a ACSM certified trainer in 2020, so he looks forward to training in person when the pandemic is over. Charan became interested in fitness after noticing the physical and mental benefits he felt after the end of his session, an interest only compounded after researching the workouts of professional athletes. Charan’s fitness philosophy is that you should always compete against the person you were yesterday. He enjoys teaching his clients resistance training, especially pull-ups. (Fun fact: His favorite post workout snack is a protein shake and apple).


Laura is a Junior in the Program for the Environment. Not only does Laura believe in living a sustainable lifestyle with regards to the environment, but she also believes that your training regimen must also be sustainable! Her goal as a trainer is to create sustainable fitness habits to improve comfort, health and confidence. She decided to pursue her ACE certification after being a rower for many years, she enjoyed the control and strength that her body gained, and wanted to help others experience the same. Her training niche is weightlifting, and her favorite exercise to train is deadlifts. (Fun fact: Michelle Obama went to her high school).


Sabastien is a sophomore studying business. His training certification is through ACSM, and his specialty is bodybuilding/plyometrics His favorite exercise to train is squats. He was inspired to be a personal trainer based upon his own fitness journey. His own journey influenced his training philosophy: “fitness isn’t about motivation, but instead dedication”. (Fun fact: He loves Krispy Kreme donuts).


Trent is a Junior who is currently studying Athletic Training and Biochemistry. He became certified through ACSM in 2020, and his training philosophy is: “consistency is key”. He enjoys working on resistance training with his clients, and his favorite exercise to teach is tricep dips. Trent first became interested in fitness at the age of five, when he realized the connection between the mind and body while practicing martial arts. (Fun fact: He can do the splits!).


Uma is a  ACSM certified trainer and double major studying Movement Science and IONM (Iter-Operative Neuro Monitoring). She initially became interested in fitness as a form of physical therapy to support her favorite activities- hiking and power tumbling. She believes that in addition to the physical benefits; exercise helps to improve focus, release endorphins, and develop confidence in one’s abilities. As a trainer, she enjoys resistance training, especially for the lower body. (Fun fact: Uma can speak three languages).

Wan Na

Wa Na is a second year masters student in nutritional sciences. She was driven to become a trainer due to the mental, emotional, and physical rewards she felt when she began her own fitness journey. She has found that being a trainer she can help others to find the same happiness that fitness has brought to her own life. Wa na is certified through ACSM, and her training niche is resistance training. (Fun Fact: Wa Na loves cooking and aspires to write her own cookbook someday).

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