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Trojan Fitness Bios

 

USC Workout Instructors: Village & LRC

Cycling Dance Classes Yoga Barre TRX/Queenax Muscle Conditioning
Karrin Jennifer Brooke Aliyah Cassie Emily
Ben Mitchell Daniel Kim Laura Justine
Jenna Nikita Keisha Tori Evelina
Caitlin Kat Natalie
Kelly Srushti Lauren
Hima Elisa Clarissa
Stephanie   Lena  
Whitney Rhonda
Kailey Katarina

 

USC Workout Instructors: HSC

Britney Aileen Sarah Trevor

 

Personal Trainers

Justin C Cristian Rachel Abby Jay Justin
Noelle Brook Milo Simone Yoni Bowen
Lekesia Andrew       

 

Private Instruction

Pilates/Yoga Ana        

 

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USC Workout Instructors: Village & LRC

KARRIN
Job: Fitness Coordinator

Fitness Certification(s): American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer, NSCA (CSCS) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, AASDN Nutrition Specialist, Spinning, Schwinn Cycling Instructor, Zumba, PiYo, and Boot Camp.

Favorite classes to teach: Cycling

Favorite fitness quote: “Fit is not a destination it is a way of life”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Italy

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I get to motivate, encourage, and push people to achieve their fitness goals! It feels good to be a part of such a positive component of their day.

 
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BEN
Job: Enterprise Software Manager

Favorite Class to Teach: SCycling

Favorite Fitness Quote: “Those weights aren’t going to lift themselves.”

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be:  I’d like to go on a trans-continent bike ride/hike/kayak in South America.

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I like to see people suffer.  If I can make someone writhe in agony on the bike, I feel like my work is done.  Just kidding. Honestly I enjoy seeing people in class get stronger as the semester progresses;  I enjoy seeing them improve their health and outlook.

 
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JENNA
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Fitness Certifications: Spin

Favorite classes to teach: SCyling

Favorite fitness quote: “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I would love to travel to Madrid or Barcelona, but ultimately want to live in the bay area!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love feeling the energy in the room and having a positive effect on people’s days

 
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CAITLIN
Fitness Certifications: MadDog Spinning Instructor, Immersion Express/ Mat (Barre/Mat), Immersion Cycle

Favorite classes to teach: Cycle

Fitness Quote: “Health is not about the weight you lose, the number of times you frequent the gym, nor the muscle you gain. It is the acquisition of a lifestyle that enables you to push your physical and mental limits through the constant practice of patience and determination.”

Travel Dreams: Peru first, Spain second. The world is a book and I have only read a page!

Teaching MixxedFit grants a sense of freedom and playfulness to students that sometimes cannot be experienced on a treadmill. I believe that learning how to coordinate bodily movements to upbeat familiar music enhances our abilities to multitask and challenge under-used muscles required for balance and stability. Mainly, I teach for the sense of community this program seems to inevitably foster amongst its students. As individuals who seek fun and efficient modes of exercise, we need support from friends and family to achieve our fitness goals!

 
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KELLY
Major: Industrial & Systems Engineering

Favorite classes to teach: Cycling!

Favorite fitness quote: No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Santorini or Mykonos would be an absolute dream!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Group fitness classes are no different than being a member of a team. The person to your right and left are your teammates, your motivation to fight until the end. We sweat, we shake, we burn, and we get stronger, TOGETHER!

 
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HIMA
Major: Computational Neuroscience, Social Entrepreneurship

Favorite class to teach: SCycling

Favorite fitness quote: The only workout you regret is the one you didn’t do.

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Canada!! I want to hike the Canadian rockies!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love sharing my passion for health and fitness with so many people, and watching them improve week after week.

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Whitney

Major: Public Relations

Favorite class to teach: Cycling

Favorite fitness quote: “What seems impossible today will one day become your warm-up”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Paris

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I like teaching group fitness because I like inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves and showing them that they are capable of more than they think. You won’t change yourself until you challenge yourself, and I want to challenge people and lead them in a fun way to workout.

 
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KAILEY
Fitness Certification and/or Major: Business Administration, Advertising Minor

Favorite class to teach: Spin

Favorite fitness quote: “When you feel like quitting think about why you started.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Ireland

Why do you like teaching group fitness: It’s just so much fun. I love to see the joy on people’s faces during my classes and their look of satisfaction at the end of the ride. It motivates me to work even harder and I hope to inspire those who come to my classes in any way I can!

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JENNIFER
Major: Health and Human Sciences (Psych concentration)

Favorite Class to Teach: Hip Hop Cardio!

Favorite Fitness Quote: : “Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward”

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be: I’d love to visit Thailand for the scenery and exotic fruits!

Why do you like teaching group fitness:  I love the high energy of the class and dancing always puts everyone in a better mood!

 
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MITCHELL
Major: B.S. Biomedical engineering

Fitness certification: Zumba and hip hop cardio

Favorite classes to teach: Zumba

Favorite fitness quote: If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I would love to live in Barcelona. The culture and the city is exactly the environment I want to find myself in one day.

Why do you love teaching group fitness: I love being able to help people challenge themselves and lead them on the road to a healthy lifestyle. I love being able to watch people attain their goals and be proud of themselves and their accomplishments.

 
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NIKITA
Fitness Certifications: Dance instructor

Favorite classes to teach: Pilates, dance, HIIT conditioning

Favorite fitness quote: “Sore today, strong tomorrow”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Paris

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love the energy, sweat, and enthusiasm from the students while teaching classes. The students inspire me with their dedication, and I enjoy motivating and pushing others to follow their health and fitness goals. The opportunity to also connect with students, while taking part in their fitness journeys to becoming healthier and stronger brings me back every time!

 
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KAT
Fitness Certification and/or Major: Zumba Fitness, Nutritional Therapist – The Health Sciences Academy

Favorite class to teach: Zumba!

Favorite fitness quote: “Abs are made in the kitchen.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Bali

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Every single class is unique and creates their own energy. One day we might be passion-driven and fired up!…the next, we might be focused more on expression and control.  Being able to be a part of that is something special and invigorating.

 
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Srushti
Job: Graduated as Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering, currently work at Ernst & Young LLP

Favorite class to teach: Zumba 🙂

Favorite fitness quote: “Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I would like to be an astronaut for a while and visit more planets 😀

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love the energy and positivity that people bring in. It feels more like a party than an effort, and group ex is fun!

 
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Elisa

Major: Global Health Major and Minor in Dramatic Arts 

Favorite class to teach: Zumba

Favorite fitness quote: “When in doubt, dance it out!”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: If I could travel anywhere I would go to Africa and Antartica in my goal to reach all seven continents

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love giving people the opportunity to get a great workout in a fun and carefree way! I strive to get people out of their comfort zones and become comfortable with their own bodies. Plus you end up learning some great dance moves 😉

 
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BROOKE
Major: Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts

Fitness Certification: RYT 200, Yoga Alliance

Favorite Classes to Teach: Vinyasa Yoga

Favorite Fitness Quote: “The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough” –Amy Weintraub

Why do you like teaching group fitness: As I continue to grow and figure out who I am and want to be, I hope to help others do the same by giving them the foundation to connect their mind and body through their breath.

 
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DANIEL
Major/Minor: Gender studies/Political Science

Job: Web designer

Fitness Certification: YogaWorks 200-hour teacher training

Favorite classes to teach: Yoga

Favorite fitness quote: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I like British Columbia

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I’ve met so many wonderful people through teaching yoga at USC and taking other teachers’ classes.  These classes have helped me to integrate mind and body, feel better, and become more fully myself. I hope others find the same.

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KEISHA
Favorite classes to teach: Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga

Favorite fitness quote: “We learn more about ourselves by stretching our mind and body to their edges. From that point we adjust to discover new strengths, and center ourselves.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I would live in Ubud (Bali)

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I like helping people discover new things through fitness. Yoga especially allows people to access unique skills such as intensive mental focus, enhanced mind body connection, and the ability to harness vulnerability and strength equally

 
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NATALIE
Fitness Certifications: Fitness Certification: RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification

Favorite classes to teach: Yoga

Favorite fitness quote: “Create healthy habits, not restrictions”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be:India

Why do you like teaching group fitness: It’s a humbling, challenging, and connective experience unlike anything else.

 
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LAUREN
Major: Business

Fitness Certification:200 Hour Power Yoga certification

Favorite class to teach: Vinyasa yoga

Favorite fitness quote: “In standing poses, imagine your toes are like roots, growing into the ground”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Paris, France!

Why do you like teaching group fitness:  I love teaching group fitness because it’s so excited to see my students grow and improve week by week.

 
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CLARISSA
Major: International Relations Global Business

Fitness Certification: Yoga Sculpt

Favorite class to teach: Yoga Sculpt!

Favorite fitness quote: “The body achieves what the mind believes”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I would LOVE to travel to Bali and explore Vietnam!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Teaching group fitness allows me to have fun doing what I love and to become part of someone else’s day. The strength and positive energy in the room creates a new and unique community every single time.

 
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LENA
Major: Business Administration Major, Classical Piano Performance Minor

Fitness Certification: Yoga Alliance RYT Certified

Favorite class to teach: Yin Yoga

Favorite fitness quote: “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”.

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: The next destination on my travel bucket list is Bora Bora.

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Studying yoga in a group setting provides you with an unconscious support group that pushes you to your maximum capabilities. While it is important to bring your awareness to your own practice and not compare yourselves to others, group fitness is a positive environment that allows you to view others’ progress on their yoga journey and spark motivation to go out of your comfort zone.

 
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Rhonda

Certification: Yoga Alliance – 200 YTT (200-hour Teacher Training)

Favorite class to teach: Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Quote: Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your well-being. –Joel Kramer

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I’d love to live and travel in Europe, exploring as many cities and countries as possible.

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Teaching allows me to dive deeper into my yoga practice; teaching requires thought, effort and energy, and I like connecting with people through sharing something I love.

 
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ALIYAH
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Favorite classes to teach: Barre

Favorite Quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”

Travel Dreams: I would love to travel to Switzerland to ski!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love teaching group ex because I like helping my peers feel good about themselves and see improvement in their strength over the semester. It has also taught me that it is possible to smile no matter how much pain you are in because when everyone is counting on me to be motivational, I never want to let them down or do my routines halfway.

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KIM

Fitness Certification: Zumba & Barre

Favorite class to teach: Barre

Favorite fitness quote: “But, did you die?”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Italy

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love dance and want others to love it as much as I do! It’s also nice to have someone else think about what fitness routine you should do today instead of having to come up with it yourself! Plus the music is great!

 
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CASSIE
Fitness Certifications: TRX Instructor

Favorite classes to teach: TRX

Favorite fitness quote: Strong is the new skinny

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I would stay in LA – there’s good food and good weather. As for traveling, I’ll go anywhere, but someday I’d love to go to Antarctica.

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I like the camaraderie that comes from group fitness, and I like helping people be healthy and work toward their goals.

 
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LAURA
Major: Business Administration

Favorite class to teach: TRX

Favorite fitness quote: “Hustle for that muscle”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: New Delhi, India 

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I started getting into group ex while I was in Spain. Although I didn’t speak the language, I fell in love with those classes. There was something about the pumping energy of the disco-lit room, the blasting party music, the high-fiving after every set, and the instructor shouting “Uno mas!” that made me feel invincible. That’s what I want my classes to feel like!

 
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EMILY
Fitness Certifications: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, Les Mills Body Pump

Favorite Classes to teach: Core conditioning and aerobics

Favorite Fitness quote: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Italy or any place with a beach!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love motivating people and having them see their dreams become a reality!

 
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JUSTINE
Job: Senior Director, Recreational Sports

Fitness Certification: ACE

Favorite classes to teach: Muscle Conditioning

Favorite fitness quote: “Work hard, play hard.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Africa

Why do you like teaching group fitness: The camaraderie and energy

 
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Evelina

Major: Public Policy Major

Favorite class to teach: Stretch and Core

Favorite fitness quote: “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” —Unknown

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: New Zealand

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love the power that working out with others have. They push you further than you would yourself plus you get to enjoy great company. I can’t think of the last time that I workout on my own and I love bringing that energy and support into my job.

 
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USC Workout Instructors: HSC

BRITNEY
Certification: Licensed MixxedFit Instructor

Favorite Classes: I love teaching Mixxedfit and enjoy a good spin and yoga class!

Favorite fitness quote:”Health is not about the weight you lose, the number of times you frequent the gym, nor the muscle you gain. It is the acquisition of a lifestyle that enables you to push your physical and mental limits through the constant practice of patience and determination.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Peru first, Spain second. The world is a book and I have only read a page!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Teaching MixxedFit grants a sense of freedom and playfulness to students that sometimes cannot be experienced on a treadmill. I believe that learning how to coordinate bodily movements to upbeat familiar music enhances our abilities to multitask and challenge under-used muscles required for balance and stability. Mainly, I teach for the sense of community this program seems to inevitably foster amongst its students. As individuals who seek fun and efficient modes of exercise, we need support from friends and family to achieve our fitness goals!

 
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AILEEN
Fitness Certification and/or Major: NSCA-CPT, Occupational Therapy Student

Favorite class to teach: Guts, Butts, & Thighs

Favorite fitness quote: “If it doesn’t CHALLENGE you, it won’t CHANGE you”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Anywhere near the ocean!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love teaching group fitness classes because the environment is always so fun. I love pushing people to do their best and get the most out of their workout!

 
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SARAH
Favorite classes to teach: Barre, gymnastics

Favorite fitness quote: “Be strong, never stop”

If you could live/travel anywhere where would it be: I’d love to see as many beaches as possible.. anywhere with sunshine!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Everyone needs a workout buddy, and having a whole class full of people is great motivation to push yourself harder than you may have thought you could. Everyone is in it together with you!

 
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Personal Trainers

BRIAN 
Major/Minor: Architecture/Digital Entrepreneurship

Personal Training Certification: American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Specialty: Strength-Based Training

Favorite fitness quote:“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” –Socrates

Why do you enjoy personal training: I would not be where I am today if it were not for having seriously involved physical fitness throughout my life.Having experienced the power of allowing the human body to perform exactly what it was designed to do, I want to be able to show others just how effective physical fitness can be in empowering their lives.

 
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CRISTIAN
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering

Personal Training Certification: ACE

Specialty: Muscular Hypertrophy, HIIT, Strength Training

Favorite fitness quote: “Success isn’t given. It’s earned. With every rep. Every set. Every workout. It’s yours, go get it!”

Why do you enjoy personal training: The main reason that I enjoy personal training is that I really like to see others improve their quality of life, appearance, and attain their goals. I like assisting them throughout the journey and helping them succeed in making a positive change in their life.

 
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RACHEL
Major/Minor: Human Biology — Applied Physiology/ Health Care Studies and Neuroscience

Year of Graduation: 2019

Personal Training Certification: ACE

Specialties: Strength Training, Hypertrophy Training, Body Recomposition, Functional Training

Favorite fitness quote:” Civilize the mind, and make savage the body.”

Why do you enjoy personal training: I enjoy personal training because I love to help people progress towards their goals and show them the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

 
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ABBY
Major/Minor: Acting Major

Personal Training Certification: ACE

Specialties: Conditioning/Weight Training

Favorite Fitness Quote: “Fall in love with the process.”

 
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JAY
Graduate School Program: Writing for Film and Television/Neuroscience

Year of Graduation: 2018

Personal Training Certification(s): The American College of Sports Medicine

Specialty: Cardiovascular Training and Core Strength

Favorite fitness quote: “The best project you’ll ever work on is you.”

Why do you enjoy personal training:Every aspect of my life improved once I paid serious attention to my health and  I want everyone to know what that kind of miraculous transformation feels like.

 
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JUSTIN
Major: Acting

Year of Graduation: 2018

Personal Training Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Resistance training for athletic performance, martial arts.

Favorite fitness quote: Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow, so just do it. JUST. DO IT!!! – Shia LaBeouf
When you’re about to give up, remember those who said you’re not good enough.

Why do you enjoy personal training: I’ve personally experienced the incredible mental, emotional, and physical benefits that exercise brings, and I love helping people achieve their fitness goals, no matter what stage a client may be in. I love watching people grow in confidence and learn how to maximize their physical potentials.

 
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NOELLE
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies – Sustainability, Energy and Society

Year of Graduation: 2018

Personal Training Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties:

Favorite fitness quote: Fit is not a destination; it is a way of life.

Why do you enjoy personal training: I love motivating and inspiring people!  It is truly an honor to be a part of someone’s journey to achieving their fitness goals and leading healthier, more active lives.

 
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YONI
Major: Master of Business Administration

Personal Training Certification: Wingate Sports Institute – Israel

Specialties:Strength and condition, weight loss, personal training, group training, TRX, core and flexibility

Favorite Fitness Quote:”I didn’t come here to be average” Michael Jordan

Why do you enjoy personal training: As a personal trainer I take an important role in helping others change their lives for the better.

 
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BOWEN
Major: Mathematics

Personal trainer certification: ACE

Specialities: Muscle Building

Favorite fitness quote: It never gets easier, you just get stronger

Why do you enjoy personal training: I like to show people the full potential of their body. It’s often greater than they think.

 

 
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LEKESIA
Major: Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Personal Training Certification: American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Specialties: None yet! Looking into nutrition and post pregnancy training in the future.

Favorite Fitness Quote: “Abs are made in the kitchen.” “Hurts so good!” & “In 2 weeks, you’ll feel it. In 4 weeks, you’ll see it. In 8 weeks, you’ll hear it.”

Why do you enjoy personal training: Training others is an honor. People who want change allow you to peek into their lives and share their personal goals with you; it’s an awesome feeling to be able to cheer them on as they begin and continue to progress through their journey. Also, proper form is crucial and training is a great way to help share knowledge on how to stay safe while striving toward a personal goal.

 
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ANDREW
Major: ActingPersonal Training Certification: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Specialties: Circuit Training; Weight Loss; Hypertrophy Training; Corrective/Functional Exercise

Favorite Fitness Quote: “Man can not remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor.”

Why do you enjoy personal training: It is an honor to take part of a client’s journey towards personal health and well being. I love being able to make a positive impact on their lives.

 
SIMONE
Major: Computer Science

Certifications: ISSA

Specialty: Hypertrophy, Body Recomposition, Strength training, Bodybuilding

Favorite Fitness Quote: “No Pain, No Gain”

Why do you enjoy personal training: Because it gives me the opportunity to help people become a better version of themselves and live a healthier life

 

 
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Pilates/ Yoga Private Instruction

 
ANA
Ana Campos began dancing African, modern and ballet at a young age. She then taught youth dance for three years.  While attending California State University, Long Beach she discovered Pilates and began her studies under Karen Clippinger.  Upon receiving her BA in Dance she also completed BASI (Body Arts and Science International) with a dance specialization. She has taught many classes and privates in many different levels and will create a workout specific to you and your needs.