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Trojan Fitness Bios

USC Workout Instructors: Lyon Center

Karrin Amanda Ben Melissa Brooke Caitlin
Cassie Daniel Emily Justine Keisha Kelly
Mitchell Natalie Nikita Peggy Rachel Ren
Shelby          

 

USC Workout Instructors: HSC

Britney Caleb Sarah Trevor

 

Personal Trainers

Brian R. Cristian Rachel Abby Jay Kyle
Noelle Brook Erin Steve Yoni Mishaal
Lekesia Andrew Simone      

 

Private Instruction

Pilates/Yoga Brook        

 

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 ANDREW

Major: Acting

Personal 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.


 

USC Workout Instructors: Lyon Center

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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AMANDA
Fitness Certifications: Yoga Sculpt with Weights

Favorite classes to teach: Yoga Sculpt with Weights

Favorite fitness quote:  “Every day is a challenge and every completed workout is a reward.” – Me

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: LOS ANGELES!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love to create a happy, fun, and fit community within USC! Go Trojans! #FightON!

 
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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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MELISSA
Job: Yoga Instructor

Favorite Class to Teach: Iyengar Yoga

Favorite Fitness Quote: “Good things take time”

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be: Australia

Why do you like teaching group fitness: seeing their progress overtime makes me happy

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PEGGY
Fitness Certifications: RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Favorite classes to teach: A sweaty vinyasa flow

Favorite fitness quote: “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self,to the self”-The Bhafavad Gita

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Hands down, I would live in Paris. Next on my travel list is Croatia and Cuba!

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love the challenge of teaching a group of people with mixed of different strengths and practices. It keeps things fun and interesting!

 
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RACHEL
Major/Minor: Business Administration/Nutrition and Health Promotion

Fitness Certification: 200 Hour Yoga Alliance

Favorite Classes to teach: Any yoga class! However, I really enjoy teaching a slow flow style class and seeing everyone really relax.

Favorite Fitness Quote: “Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”

Why do you like teaching group fitness: I love teaching group fitness because it provides a community for people who are passionate about health and fitness. When people exercise together they are often more inspired and nurtured then they would be on their own and get to explore fitness with other like-minded individuals who may become great friends!

 
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REN
Fitness Certification: CorePower Yoga 200-Hour Vinyasa Power Yoga Teacher (Huntington Beach)

Favorite Classes to teach: Mat Pilates, Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga.

Favorite Fitness Quote: “If you’re afraid to fail, you are probably going to fail.” – Kobe Bryant

If I could travel anywhere: Full disclosure I do not watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but in the one episode I saw they went to Santorini and now I really want to go there

Why do you like teaching group fitness: Group fitness is the best because there are a lot of first-timers and I get to be the one to expose them to something new! I love having the opportunity to help a wide range of people not only get stronger, but feel better about themselves after my yoga class. After all – the ultimate benefits of yoga are mental as much as physical!

 
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SHELBY
Fitness Certifications: Hip Hop Cardio Instructor, Experience dancing with the Golden State Warriors

Favorite Classes to teach: Hip Hop Cardio!

Favorite Fitness Quote: “You’ve always been beautiful.  Now you’re just deciding to be healthier, fitter, faster, and stronger. Remember that.”

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: I would live in either Madrid or Barcelona, Spain since recently vacationing there. I absolutely love it there!

Why do you like teaching group fitness:  My main goal every single day of my life is to make people happy.  Having the opportunity to make a room full of people feel happy and good about themselves through dance and exercise is amazing to me!

 
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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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CALEB
Major/Minor: Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student

Year of Graduation: 2018

Personal Training Certification(s): National Council on Strength & Fitness Personal Training Certificate

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:  Personal health and fitness is the foundation on which a happy and successful future is built upon. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), physical activity controls your weight, reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, reduces your risk of some cancers, strengthens your bones and muscles, improves your mental health and mood, improves your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls as you age, and increases longevity. In short, what’s not to love about a healthy active lifestyle?!! My passion is too see every man and woman enjoying themselves as they achieve their fitness goals. As a physical therapist student, I have collected a vast knowledge on a variety of subjects, ranging from biomechanics, physiology, neuromuscular control, and more, to help anyone reach their personal fitness goals, and as an exercise physiologist enthusiast, I love to take those already active in the gym and help them overcome that dreaded plateau to become faster, stronger, and leaner. I love to share my passion of exercise and fitness.

 
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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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TREVOR
Major: Health Behavior Research

Fitness Certifications: Les Mills (Bodypump, Bodycombat), TRX, TurboKick, AFAA

Favorite classes to teach: That’s like asking to choose a favorite kid. (And even if you had one, you wouldn’t admit to it!)

Favorite fitness quote: Just do it?

If you could live/travel anywhere, where would it be: Live: LA (for the food). Travel: somewhere to the north to see the aurora borealis

Why do you like teaching group fitness: The power a group has to keep us motivated, on-track, and having fun.

 
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Personal Trainers

BRIAN R.
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.”

Why do you enjoy personal training: It is my greatest joy and inspiration to see clients push through and crush any goal or fear they may have.  It creates a domino affect in every area of their lives.  I’m a strong believer in the power of fitness to overcome anything life throws at you.

 
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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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KYLE
Graduate School Program: Physical Therapy

Year of Graduation: 2018

Personal Training Certification: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

Specialty: High Intensity Cardio Training & Women’s Resistance Training

Favorite fitness quote: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” – Jim Rohn

 
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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: Circuit training for fat loss, Women’s training,     Sport-specific training and Pull-ups

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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MISHAAL
Major: business administration

Personal trainer certification: NASM CPT

Specialities: weightlifting (for weight loss and muscle mass gain) and currently learning about corrective exercises & performance enhancement exercises

Favorite fitness quote: the body achieves what the mind believes

Why do you enjoy personal training: making people feel better and more confident makes me feel better and more motivated

 
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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

 
BROOK
Brook is a certified Pilates instructor and graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Brook earned her Comprehensive Certification in Pilates through Body Arts and Science International after discovering its powerful impact on her posture, core stability and body awareness. Originally from Brawley, California, Brook has always been an athlete and avid runner. While working at a private health club in college she was introduced to the work of Joseph Pilates and it has been her passion ever since. In 2013, Brook founded FrameWork Pilates and Conditioning in Downtown Los Angeles. Brook holds additional certifications in Pilates for Athletes, Fascia and Functional Movement, and Pre and Post Natal Pilates. Brook enjoys rediscovering movement every day with her clients and hopes to pass this enthusiasm on to them during every session.  
 

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