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Personal Training

You’re ready to make the commitment. We’re here to offer support every step of the way. No matter your fitness level, limitations, or goals, our Personal Trainers have the expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm to help you on your fitness journey. Stop by for a single Fitness Assessment—just to get you started —or opt for a package plan that delivers long-term results. Whatever your 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 an email from 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 an assessment session with you.

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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.


Rates

PackageStudentsRecreational Sports Members
Body Composition$25$25
Fitness Assessment and Program Design$50$55
Starter Package$85$95
2 Training Sessions$90$100
4 Training Sessions$170$190
6 Training Sessions$240$270
12 Training Sessions$450$495
2 Partner Training Sessions$45/person$50/person
4 Partner Training Sessions$80/person$90/person
6 Partner Training Sessions$115/person$130/person
12 Partner Training Sessions$210/person$240/person

Become a Trainer

For New Trainers

  1. Apply for a mentoring position. Our Mentoring program offers a paid position with Recreational Sports and practical experience. The mentoring program is highly recommended for newly certified trainers, and required for those who do not have a nationally accredited certification.
  2. Become certified by a nationally accredited organization. Our top four preferred certifications are ACE, ACSM, NASM, and NSCA. If you are not currently certified, a requirement is to schedule your certification exam before you complete the mentoring program.

Mentorship Program

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

Please see the dates below for the Fall 2024  mentoring process. Applications are due September 6, 2024. Apply here.

Mandatory Workshop Dates: Every Wednesday from 3:30 pm-6:30 pm starting September 25-November 13, 2024

For Established Trainers

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


Runner’s Clinics

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Enrolled U‑M students can register for a session with a Physical Therapist and 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. Registration opens two (2) weeks in advance of upcoming clinics.

Clinic Overview  – Watch this short video to get an overview of what happens in a Runner’s Clinic 

Cost: $50

Location: IMSB Personal Training Studio

Days & Times: 

  • Fridays – 1:00-2:00pm; 1:45-2:45pm; 2:30-3:30pm; & 3:15-4:15pm

Dates:

  • January 12 & 26
  • February 9 & 16
  • March 8 & 22
  • April 5

Meet Our Trainers

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Aditya

Major/Area of Study: Economics

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: To share my passion of health and fitness with others.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Anybody looking to build muscle and get stronger

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… playing soccer, working out at the gym, and eating chipotle.

Alyson

Major/Area of Study: Nutritional Sciences in Dietetics

PT Certification: NASM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I want to empower people to get active in the ways that make them happy and confident! I also love increasing confidence in the gym.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): I love working with women who are new to the gym and are looking to begin lifting weights.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… lifting, reading, thrifting, cooking, and spending time outside.

Fun fact: If you look up my name on PubMed, I come up twice!

Alyssa

Major/Area of Study: Communications with a minor in Art & Design

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I want to be able to help people appreciate and enjoy fitness as much as I do!

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Clients that want to become more comfortable in the gym and with lifting weights!

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… Running, working out, painting, watching reality TV, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun fact: I am a triplet!

Ayza

Major/Area of Study: Chemical Biology PhD Candidate

PT Certification: ACSM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I want to mesh my love of teaching and fitness.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Those interested in weight training.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… cooking a variety of foods, binge watching tv shows, and indulging in at-home spa days.

Fun fact:  I have fraternal twin brothers and identical twin nieces

Brennan

Major/Area of Study: BCN, Pre-Med

PT Certification: ISSA

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I’ve learned the importance between physical and mental health, and I want to help people feel better about themselves in all areas, just as weightlifting and exercise did for me.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): People looking to become more comfortable in the gym, and are interested in improving their physique and/or physical performance.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… learning guitar, listening to vinyl, playing story games, and hiking.

Fun fact: I have a completely healthy obsession with collecting LEGO.

Charlie

Major/Area of Study: Undeclared

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I wanted to pursue meaningful, personalized work that helps people.

Specialty area/preferred client(s):  Weightlifting, Bodybuilding, Strength and Conditioning.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…Woodworking, reading, spending time with people.

Eleanor

Major/Area of Study:  Biology, Health, and Society

Certification:  NASM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer:  Not good at having casual hobbies and wanted to learn more about exercise.

Specialty area/preferred client:  People who want to get into weightlifting but find the weight room intimidating.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… cooking, getting coffee with friends, or online shopping.

Fun fact:  I am one of very few people from Nebraska and don’t like corn.

Erin

Major/Area of Study:  Movement Science/Kinesiology

Certification:  NASM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: Through my own fitness journey, I discovered a love for health and wellbeing when the gym became my happy, stress-free place. I want to share this feeling and create this environment for others while also helping them reach their own fitness goals.

Specialty area/preferred client:  strength training and general fitness, clients who are new to the gym or want to gain more confidence in the gym

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…trying new foods/restaurants (I’m a foodie), long walks, listening to new music, skiing, and working out

Fun fact: I am an Aerial Silks performer (aka an Aerialist) and I used to coach in high school!

Grace

Major/Area of Study: Computer Science

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I remember feeling lost surrounded by all of the gym equipment, but with consistency and friends who made the gym feel like home, I eventually learned more and more and gained so much confidence. Now, I want to be that friend to help others find confidence and joy in fitness and walk with them in their journey to improving all areas of their lives.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Those interested in strength/hypertrophy, functional training, or anyone new to the gym

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… recreational volleyball, spending time with friends, working out, and listening to music

Fun fact: I broke my arm while arm wrestling (for fun)

Hannah

Major/Area of Study: Neuroscience

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer:  To help people find their strength both physically and mentally.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Clients looking to gain confidence in the gym, general fitness, weight training.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy….. backpacking/hiking, crochet, watching Netflix documentaries, and reading

Something that you didn’t know about me/fun fact: I’ve paraglided off a mountain!

Jackson

Major/Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer:  I had awesome experiences with a couple of personal trainers who helped get me back to sports after injuries in high school. I fell in love with fitness through their mentorship, and decided I wanted to help others in the same way!

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Endurance Training (runners, cyclists), Athletic Performance

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… running, lifting, watching sports w/ friends, and listening to country music

Fun fact: I love all things outdoors, especially hiking and rock climbing!

Jacob

Major/Area of Study: Economics/Spanish

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I became a personal trainer because fitness has always been a hobby of mine and I want to help others achieve their fitness goals

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Beginners looking to familiarize themselves with fitness and the gym

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… singing, playing the piano, and working out

 

Jake

Major/Area of Study: Computer Science

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I have gone through periods of athletic training, weight loss, marathon training, and clean muscle gain throughout the last several years. I believe my personal experiences can greatly assist those looking to achieve their fitness goals.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Clients looking to increase their strength or begin working out.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy working on projects for my consulting group, and my other club involvements.

Fun fact: I am an avid fan of Seinfeld.

Joe

Major/Area of Study: Political Science (Pre-Law)

Certification: ISSA

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: When embarking on my journey into weight training, I faced the challenge of finding a mentor to provide guidance, forced to learn all on my own. Now, as someone experienced in the realm of lifting, I aspire to be that go-to person for newcomers, offering direct guidance to help them reach their fitness goals.

Specialty area/preferred client: Possessing a specialized certification in bodybuilding, coupled with my personal commitment to hypertrophy training, equips me with immense knowledge in physique building and aesthetic training.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…hitting my own training sessions, calling my family back home, and getting myself involved with my other passions on campus.

Fun fact: I serve as a volunteer firefighter in my hometown!

Joelle

Major/Area of Study: Nutritional Science/Dietetics

Certification: Canadian Fitness Professionals Personal Training (CanFitPro)

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I really enjoy being a positive influence on people and helping them better themselves through physical activity and healthy living.

Specialty area/preferred client: Athletic Performance (Strength and Conditioning)

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…Hiking, biking, kayaking! Anything outdoors. I also really enjoy baking and art.

Fun fact: I’m training for a triathlon.

Jordan

Major/Area of Study: Psychology Major; Stats Minor

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I love fitness and going to the gym with my friends. I’ve always had my best lifts when a friend is supporting or watching, and I am excited to motivate others.

Specialty area/preferred client: Strength/hypertrophy training, flexibility, and agility.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…going out with my friends, swimming at the NCRB, and playing for the club frisbee team at Michigan.

Fun fact: I went to the same high school as SZA

Josie

Major/Area of Study: Neuroscience/Pre-Med

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I absolutely love working out and being active. Although I have always done my own workouts, I wanted to become more knowledgeable about exercising to the point I could help others with their fitness journey :)

Specialty area/preferred client: Strength and Conditioning

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… I enjoy weightlifting, watching anime, or crocheting.

Fun fact: When I went to Spain in the summer of ‘23 and I met Machine Gun Kelly in the airport!

Josue

Major/Area of Study: Movement Science

PT Certification: NASM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I wanted to be a trainer to teach more people about the benefits of exercising and spread the love of exercise further.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Prefer clients on the younger side beginning their fitness journey.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…breakdancing and playing video games

 

Justin

Major/Area of Study: Applied Exercise Science

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I want to help people navigate the confusing and over-complicated world of fitness.

Specialty area: Strength and bodybuilding clients

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… watching lots of YouTube. ;-)

Fun fact: I’m on the men’s rugby team!

Maddie

Major/Area of Study:  Nutritional Sciences with Dietetics

Certification: NASM-CPT

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: My “why” when it comes to personal training is to create an environment in which one can become confident in stepping into a gym or weight room. I am inspired by the growth of individuals and in having an impact on someone’s journey. I aim to help improve the sense of belonging for those who may otherwise be uncomfortable or nervous to enter a weight room alone.

Specialty area: My preferred client is someone who is motivated and dedicated to improving overall strength and wellness. My areas of experience are in resistance and weight training.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…being outside in nature!

 

MJ

Major/Area of Study: Major in Computer Science, Minor in Entrepreneurship

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: When I was younger, I absolutely hated the way that I looked. I did not feel confident at all. I felt insecure in my own skin and felt terrible. But after finding the gym, and learning exercises and routines, I started to gain more confidence. I started to gain more love and more self-efficacy for myself. I learned and trained and gained more trust in myself. I would like to share that feeling with others. Teaching others about the gym, and helping others find that confidence and love for themselves inside the gym… as well as outside. I wanted to become a PT to help individuals transform themselves in all aspects of life: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Muscular hypertrophy and strength, powerlifters, individuals that want to better themselves in all aspects.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…working out (more specifically, powerlifting), playing video games, reading, walking in the Arb, eating No Thai!, and listening to podcasts.

Something that you didn’t know about me/fun fact: I can play the: guitar, piano, violin, drums, and know how to produce music!

Olivia

Major/Area of Study: Applied Exercise Science

PT Certification: NASM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer:Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, I discovered my passion for fitness, utilizing it as a means to alleviate stress and bolster my self-confidence. I hope to share this passion with others, helping them in finding a love for exercise, as it has greatly benefited me.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): General fitness and strength training, people who want to become more comfortable in the gym and improve their confidence

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…Cooking new meals, thrifting, working out and watching the Office.

Fun fact: I used to do show choir and am always down for some karaoke!

Riley

Major/Area of Study: International Studies (Political Economy and Development)

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: To help share the lifestyle that has changed my life.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Bodybuilding/Athletics

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…playing different sports, reading, and watching films.

Fun fact: I used to play professional soccer in Europe.

Sakshi

Major/Area of Study: MS Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics

PT Certification: NASM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: Becoming a personal trainer stemmed from my passion for guiding individuals toward holistic wellness. Witnessing the transformative power of fitness in my own life inspired me to help others discover their strength and potential. It’s not just about workouts; it’s about empowering individuals to embrace a healthier lifestyle, fostering confidence and vitality in every step of their journey!

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Strength training and general fitness

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…lifting or traveling new places.

Fun fact: I’ve still got a soft spot for Tom and Jerry and can dance in about 12 different forms

Shannon

Major/Area of Study: Movement Science

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I have always had a passion for everything health and fitness related. Specifically, exercise has always been an important way for me to both destress and better myself. Being a personal trainer allows me to share this passion with others. Nothing is more rewarding to me than watching someone find a love for exercise and work to achieve their unique goals.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Most of my experience is in resistance training but I would love to work with any client no matter what their specific goals are.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…hiking, reading, lifting

Fun fact: I have a goal of hiking all of the high peaks on the east coast.

Shirley

Major/Area of Study: Movement Science

PT Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I love exercising, so I want to help others get into working out and to enjoy it as much as I do.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Strength training, hypertrophy

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… lifting, doing gymnastics, and spending time on our family farm.

Fun fact: I like to cook.

Sophie

Major/Area of Study: Master of Management

PT Certification: NASM

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: Since a young age, being active and playing sports was a part of my everyday life, and it helped grow my passion for health and fitness. As a personal trainer, I hope to share this passion with others and help people build their confidence in the gym.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): General fitness & strength training.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… hiking, water sports, skiing, watching hockey & football, road trips, country music, and puzzles.

Fun fact: I was on the rowing team for two years and then played club softball.

Suhas

Major/Area of Study: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I enjoy fitness and setting different fitness goals and working to achieve them. Since the world of fitness can seem overwhelming at first, I want to help others overcome this and achieve their fitness goals in an understandable, sustainable, and enjoyable way.

Specialty area/preferred client(s):  People new to the gym/people interested in strength training

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… watching sports, working out, and listening to different kinds of music.

Fun fact: I can speak 4 languages

Tej

Major/Area of Study: Aerospace Engineering

Certification: ACE

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: When I started going to the gym consistently, the biggest difference people around me noticed was my newfound confidence. It is very fulfilling for me to see others gain this confidence from the gym.

Specialty area/preferred client: clients with goals of muscular strength, hypertrophy, speed & agility, power, or bodybuilding

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… lifting, playing the piano, fishing

Something that you didn’t know about me/fun fact: I haven’t outgrown my love of Legos

Trey

Major/Area of Study: Earth & Environmental Sciences

Certification: NASM-CPT

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer: I am passionate about utilizing resistance training to empower people to do the things they love doing. I love sharing positive energy and helping others reach their goals.

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy… golfing, disc golfing, swimming, reading classic novels and listening to environmental science related podcasts.

Fun fact: My freshman year at Willamette University in Salem, OR, I led the baseball team in batting average and earned All-Conference honors as a catcher.

Will

Major/Area of Study: Economics and Applied Exercise Science

Certification: NASM-CPT

Reason for becoming a Personal Trainer:After going through an injury recovery process myself, I discovered just how much fitness and exercise can improve a person’s quality of life, however, I also understand how intimidating getting into the fitness community can be. I would love to introduce people into the community and help spread a positive message around fitness so everyone can see for themselves what they can accomplish.

Specialty area/preferred client(s): Runners

When not studying or personal training, I enjoy…hitting the gym myself, running in the arb, or playing soccer with friends.

Fun fact: I overcame tendonitis in my right knee and now feel like I can move even more pain free than before!


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