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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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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.

Fall Mentorship Program

Complete the following to participate in our Fall 2019 Mentorship Program:

  1. Apply to be a Personal Trainer by September 13, 2019
  2. Attend all mandatory group workshops on Wednesdays 4:30 – 7:30 pm
    1. October 2: Introduction to Personal Training & Anatomy
    2. October 9: Anatomy & Exercise Physiology
    3. October 16: Functional Training for Back & Core
    4. October 23: Assessments
    5. October 30: Exercise Analysis & Teaching
    6. November 6: Programming
    7. November 13: PT Employee Program Policies & Procedures
  3. Complete a minimum of three shadow sessions
  4. Complete a mock assessment, program and session
  5. ACSM, ACE, or NSCA certification exam to be completed individually by November 16

For Established Trainers

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


To begin working with a personal trainer, please complete this registration form so we can hand-select a trainer for you. Once you’ve submitted a form, you can expect to receive a phone call from our program manager to discuss your goals and what you’re looking for in a trainer. After that conversation, you’ll be matched with a trainer who will reach out to you. Due to a dramatic increase in inquiries, it may take longer to begin the match process. If you are looking for a quicker turnaround time, check out our Small Group Training offerings, which offer a personal, progressive exercise experience.


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.


Personal training rates effective  starting September 1, 2018.

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

Runner’s Clinics sponsored by Running Fit

Enrolled U‑M students can get a free 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.  Located at the CCRB. Provided by University Health Service in collaboration with Recreational Sports.

Fall 2019 Clinics

  • September 19
  • October 10 & 24
  • November 7 & 21

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Meet Our Trainers

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Aaron’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is all of the great hills to longboard on. In fact, he makes longboards from scratch in his garage and can rarely be found without a board. He says that exercise has been life changing for him and he wants to share that with other people as best as he is able, which is why he became a personal trainer.


AJ enjoys being a personal trainer because finds it rewarding to help improve someone’s life and confidence through fitness. He says that as University of Michigan students, we have a lot to worry about. Staying consistently active can mitigate doubts about health and appearance and allow you to focus on school, friends, and fun! (Fun fact: AJ used to own a mantis shrimp named Dave)


Alexis is a personal trainer because she loves fitness and she loves watching people make progress towards their goals. She works on her own fitness and progress by being a member of the club triathlon team. Alexis believes that physical activity is important for U of M students because it is essential to keeping both the mind and body healthy.


Amy is passionate about personal training because she wants to empower people to feel healthy, strong, and confident in their bodies. She does this for herself through weightlifting but also through running: Amy has been an avid long distance runner for many years now and loves running as a way to release stress as well as a way to challenge herself by competing in road races. (Fun fact: her favorite healthy snacks are fresh fruit – especially watermelon – and homemade trail mix)


Annie loves to cook, which makes sense why her favorite part of Ann Arbor is the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. She became a personal trainer because she loves having the opportunity to learn about her clients and work with them to reach their envisionments of improving their own selves. (Fun fact: Her favorite healthy snack is homemade kale chips)


Audrianna’s health philosophy is that health is happiness and exercise is her way to peace (Fun Fact: she was formerly on the cross country and track team at U of M). She likes being a personal trainer because it gives her the opportunity to help people achieve their goals, and improve their quality of life; seeing a client light up when they overcome a barrier and realize their true potential is an amazing feeling.


Benjamin likes being a personal trainer because he likes to see his client gain strength, both physically and mentally. His favorite part of Ann Arbor is all of the parks and green areas to explore and enjoy. He believes that physical activity is important for U of M students because various aspects of student life can encourage an unhealthy lifestyle that is bad for your physical and mental health; physical activity and proper nutrition help to balance that out (Fun Fact: Benjamin likes cats)


Brandon’s favorite thing about U of M are the football Game Days. He likes to do personal training because he is passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves. Brandon’s health philosophy is simple but effective: You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent. He thinks physical activity is important for U of M students because on top of the physical benefits, physical activity is a great way to reduce stress, lift your mood, and take your mind off things (Fun Fact: Brandon’s favorite healthy snack is yogurt and granola)


Brittany’s favorite part about Ann Arbor is spending time in the “Arb.” She likes to do personal training because she loves being able to teach others the importance of positive self-talk. Your thoughts and words affect your actions/achievements – you CAN do it, now tell yourself so! In addition to being a personal trainer, Brittany is also a certified Health Coach through American Council on Exercise (ACE).


Bryan’s health philosophy is that fitness is a journey with no end point. Once one goal is attained, another appears. The key is to have a clear direction with fitness goals, monitor progress periodically, reevaluate when barriers emerge, and celebrate accomplishments. His favorite part of Ann Arbor is the welcoming and interestingly diverse community of thinkers.


Chanpreet likes being a personal trainer because he thinks health and fitness are very important for everyone and it is necessary for people to have someone to help and guide them in that realm. Chanpreet also enjoys dance for health and fitness: he has enjoyed dance his whole life, specifically the Indian Folk Dance of Bhangra. His health philosophy is that hard work, dedication, and consistency are essential to make lifelong changes to your body and health. Always strive to be better than before!


Damilare teaches group exercise and is also a personal trainer. Damilare’s health philosophy is that fitness should be safe and fun while promoting the health and wellness of the body, mind, and spirit. He likes to teach Zumba because he enjoys dancing, spreading joy, and encouraging, inspiring and lifting people up. Zumba/Dance Fitness provides him the perfect format to do all that. Damilare also likes traveling (currently at 34 U.S. States visited, 24 countries internationally travelled to, and 8 countries lived in across 4 continents).


Dean’s health philosophy is find the activities that you enjoy doing, whether that be running, weight lifting, walking, or ice skating. As long as you are active and enjoying yourself, you’re winning. This is in line with why Dean became a personal trainer: people learning to exercise on their own with proper form empowers them to make health and fitness a part of their lifestyle (Fun fact: Dean’s favorite healthy snack is oatmeal, flaxseed, and almond butter energy balls)


Dylan’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is the people that I meet and create various friendships/relationships. Dylan’s health philosophy is that the most difficult thing to do is to start healthy habits, but once you start seeing the results and changes in your life it gets easier. Also, do these things for you in order to better your own lifestyle. Keep pushing forward!


Elise’s favorite part of Ann Arbor are all the great restaurants. Her health philosophy is that treating your body well and doing what feels right will set you up for lifelong health and success. This is exemplified by Elise’s reason for being a personal trainer: she loves helping people learn to love exercise and help them find the kind of exercise they enjoy.


Gabriela’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is the Arboretum. She feels that physical activity is important for U of M students because coming to college creates many different pressures and stresses so fitness usually falls to the back of the list for many people; it’s so important to promote fitness because it’s one of the things that helped Gabriela get back into a routine, get settled in college, and relieve stress. (Fun Fact: Gabriela has been riding horses for over 10 years!)


Jacob’s favorite part about Ann Arbor is the early morning running weather and the changing colors in autumn. He also likes being a doctoral student at U of M because he loves teaching undergraduate courses on Civil Rights and Constitutional Law. Jacob likes being a personal trainer because people don’t always realize the secondary benefits of physical fitness – improving everyday life tasks and mood. It’s always rewarding to see people change their attitude and outlook as they structure their lives with an exercise program.


Jesse’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is U of M Game Days. He says,”We have the greatest fan/alumni base in the nation!” Jesse’s health philosophy is simple: Choose a fitness plan that becomes a part of your lifestyle instead of trying to make fitness your life (he says this generally leads to better long-term adherence, long-term results, while reducing stress/injuries). He believes physical activity is important for U of M students because t’s very easy to get carried away with your career or educational goals but often times, people fail to devote even a fraction of their free time for their own health; you should be working your body just as much your mind to achieve a healthy balance and maximize your output.


Katie is both a personal trainer and a Group X instructor. She trains and teaches because fitness has given her health, confidence, and happiness within her body. She wants to share that with everyone she can! Her favorite part of U of M is how there is a place for everyone. There are so many clubs/groups/activities always going on–you can always find your niche. (Fun fact: Katie’s favorite healthy snack is baby carrots and spicy hummus).


Kennedy is a personal trainer because she wants to help people feel the best they can about themselves. Her health philosophy aligns perfectly with that: always listen to both your body and mind in order to train effectively for your goals. Kennedy says that physical activity can make good days great and bad days better and above all, it will never let you down (Fun fact: She has a rescue cat named Cleo)


Kiana’s health philosophy comes from the World Health Organization: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being-not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” She believes physical activity is important for U of M students because regular physical activity confers both immediate and long-term health benefits, which leads to an enhanced quality of life! (Fun fact: She is a classical pianist and vocalist)


Lynn became a personal trainer because she started weight lifting in high school, and it really helped her with her body image issues, energy level, and confidence. Back then, only male athletes used the weights section of her high school fitness center. Lynn’s goal as a trainer is to get as much female presence in the weight room as possible! (Fun fact: Lynn is a technical scuba diver)

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Maddi enjoys being a personal trainer because she loves and has the ability to encourage a healthy change in someone’s lifestyle, even if it is one day every other week. When she isn’t training, she likes to go swimming with her yellow lab, Sophie. Maddi’s health philosophy is one that can inspire balance for all U of M students: “Make a decision to do one active thing every day get up, go outside, take your bike, go to the gym, take a yoga class. It doesn’t matter how big or small.”

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Madeline likes to do personal training because she enjoys learning about and connecting with clients in order to successfully help them approach their fitness goals. Building relationships with clients and witnessing them succeed is what makes personal training a particularly special and rewarding experience! (Fun fact: Madeline has a 7-year-old sister who she loves to be active with)


Michael likes being a personal trainer because he enjoys teaching people about taking care of their bodies and especially their minds because it’s so important to take care of yourself; we push our bodies beyond our limits every day but we never seem to give them a break or a time to relax. He believes physical activity is important for U of M students because he hears about students sleeping in late, chugging down gallons of energy drinks, or just sitting and studying all day. Michael says, “Go out. Be active. Live a little, it’s hard being a student but it’s important to take care of yourself.”


Mikayla’s health philosophy is that health and fitness is a lifestyle, not just something you do for a “quick fix” or because it’s popular. It should be something you genuinely enjoy! And this is why Mikayla does personal training: fitness is her passion and she wants to share that passion with her clients and peers (Favorite part of U of M: Football Game Day!)


Natalie likes being a personal trainer because she likes forming relationships with people, getting to know them, and helping them reach their goals. She believes that physical activity is important for the U of M community because bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. Physical activity now will help you stay physically active for years to come! (Fun fact: Natalie is a Flag in the Michigan Marching Band. Keep an eye out for the 4th flag back on the left hand side of the field!)


Noel’s personal health philosophy is to go out and learn and find what works best for you. A healthy lifestyle is just that, a lifestyle. It is a journey with ups, downs, work, and fun. Enjoy what you’re doing! And in regards to enjoying what you are doing, Noel enjoys being a personal trainer because it allows me to build relationships, instill confidence, and help people reach their goals that they may otherwise never of thought attainabl (Fun Fact: Noel used to play volleyball and run track)


Patrick likes personal training because he loves to see the lightbulb go off when somebody really intuitively understands a movement pattern for the first time.He loves seeing people surprise themselves with how capable they are. Patrick enjoys getting to know people through helping them challenge themselves and succeed (Fun fact: Patrick has been to every continent except Australia, and that includes Antarctica!)


Rishane’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is riding a Bird from the Intramural Sports Building to the North Campus Recreational Building. Every student should do this (at least) one time! Rishane’s health philosophy is “wellness through fitness” which explains why he feels physical activity is important for U of M students: We can’t be the leaders, unless we feel our best! (Fun fact: Rishane loves playing the harmonica)


Ryan got into weight-lifting his freshman year and had to teach himself along the way. He made a lot of mistakes so personal training allows him to share those learning experiences and help people make a positive change in their own lives. (Favorite healthy snack: protein popcorn. Ryan loves regular popcorn but adding protein to each serving is just a game-changer!)


Tatiana’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is all of the friends she has made over the years, and her family. Her health philosophy is to find something you have fun doing so exercise doesn’t feel like work. She found something fun by competing with her horse, Callisto, in the sport of eventing (AKA the “equestrian triathlon”)


Tim likes personal training because as someone who has experienced this himself, it’s really difficult to get started at the gym and to begin being mindful of your personal fitness and health, but it’s so much better to have someone to guide you who can help remove those barriers, and open up a whole new side of life! (Favorite healthy snack: a handful of mixed nuts)

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