About Carson: Carson is a senior studying Biochemistry. Throughout high school, at John T. Hoggard in Wilmington, NC, Carson played football and ran track. As a senior, Carson was elected as a captain of the football team. He recieved recognition as an honorable mention to the all-area football team during his senior year. He also ran track at Hoggard High School, competing in the 400m and 4x400m relay.
At NC State, Carson has continued his commitment to health and fitness through consistent strength training and running. Carson enjoys going to local parks such as Lake Johnson and Fred G. Bond Metro Park in his free time to run on trails. Carson's favorite part about exercising is being outside and having a sense of challenge in Nature. As a personal trainer, Carson has the opportunity to share with others his passion for fitness. Ultimately, he desires to demonstrate to others the joy of accomplishing fitness goals and challenges. Carson is a certified personal trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness.
About Germain: Germain is a junior in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Biomaterials. Supplementary to personal training, Germain is a Group Fitness Instructor, teaching formats such as: Boot Camp, TRX, H.I.I.T, and Ab Solutions. He is also the Program Assistant for Strength and Conditioning for University Recreation.
Germain attended high school at the International School of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas where he was on the soccer team for 4 years. His junior year of high school he tore his meniscus and in order to continue playing had a Meniscectomy. Due to complications with articular cartilage degeneration, later in his senior year of high school, Germain received a cadaver meniscus transplant. This hardship he faced coupled with multiple other injuries and periods of physical rehabilitation sparked Germain’s passion for the medical field and the drive to help improve others’ lives.
The adversity Germain faced with his own fitness and wellness allowed him to obtain a perspective on how important exercising is to one’s health not only physically but mentally as well. Everyone starts from a different point in life and has different goals and needs; and through proper guidance and direction, in due time goals can be achieved and surpassed. The only thing someone needs is the proper mindset and desire to instigate momentum for success. Germain’s favorite thing about fitness is the control and initiative that he takes to reach his goals; and that he can use exercising as a mean to alleviate stress and improve cognizance.
Germain is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness, Primary Group Exercise Certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and First-Aid/CPR/AED certified through the American Red Cross. He attended the 2013 Southeast Collegiate Fitness Expo at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He also attended the AFFA Fighting Obesity: A Practical Approach workshop in 2013.
In the spring of 2014 Germain received the Personal Trainer of the Year award, and in the spring of 2013 he received the Rookie of the Year award from University Recreation.
Germain now plans to graduate with his B.S. in Materials Science Engineering and attend medical school in hopes of one day becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon.
About James: James is a senior at NC State studying Nutrition Science and pursuing a minor in Sports Science. Complementary to being a certified personal trainer he is also a certified group fitness instructor. James instructs many fitness classes throughout the week ranging from indoor cycling, H.I.I.T, TRX, Boot Camp, Cardio Combo, general strength classes, Ab Solutions, Yoga, and Step Aerobics.
James’ hometown is Mooresville, NC where he attended Lake Norman High School. As a result of poor body image and low self-esteem at a young age, James was not heavily involved in sports and did not have an intense fitness background. However, when he got to college, James picked up running from his roommate and went from struggling to complete a mile to running 5Ks, 10Ks and more. He has also picked up weight and flexibility training to help become better-rounded in his overall fitness.
James became a personal trainer because at one point he was where most people are now: wanting a healthier body image but having no idea what to do to. He wanted to learn how to work each muscle, which exercises help you lose weight or gain muscle, and reps and sets that are required to reach those goals. After gaining knowledge and experience, James can now help clients so that they may reach any goal they set for themselves, and also to maintain it for the long run.
When it comes to fitness, James believes there are three main pillars: Diet, Rest and Exercise. Because you would not normally go a day without eating or sleeping, you should not go a day without some form of exercise. One the great thing about exercise is that it does not have to be hours in the gym: there are many options. This vast variety of workouts and exercises is what James believes keeps everything enjoyable, interesting and gets results.
James received his training from the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Group Exercise Instructor. James is also trained in Yoga and Pilates by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. James is also currently certified in Adult First Aid, CPR and AED through the American Red Cross.
James has been recognized as one of the top employees on the fitness staff every semester he has worked at the gym. Personal training and helping people become healthier and reach their goals is a passion of his and is something James wishes to pursue after finishing his degree here at NC State.
About Jay: Jay is a Senior in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Integrative Physiology and Neurology. He also holds a minor in Sports Science. In addition to Personal Training, he is also a Program Assistant for both Intramural Sports and Club Sports at University Recreation. Prior to attending NC State Jay was heavily involved in Strength Training and Conditioning while playing football all 4 years of High School. As a Senior in High School, he was able to set his personal best in the 1 Rep Max Squat test by squatting 465 lbs while setting his 1 Rep Max Test record at 315 lbs. Jay now focuses primarily on Plyometric and Interval Training in addition to his Strength training. By taking advantage of Group Fitness classes in conjunction with his own training, Jay plans on to continue reducing his body fat percentage while maintaining lean body mass. Jay decided to become a Personal Trainer because he enjoys training with his peers while also motivating those who seek to achieve their fitness goals. With his vast academic knowledge about the human body in tandem with his own personal experience, he feels that he has the skills needed to train a wide range of clients.
He believes that in order to be &amp;quot;truly fit&amp;quot; one must stay balanced in all aspects of fitness from proper stretching to correct lifting. Jay believes that any life or fitness goal can be achieved as long you have the right Attitude, Character and Effort. His favorite thing about exercising is knowing that you will never become unhealthy by exercising and how it helps relieves stress, while promoting self satisfaction from dedicated hard work. Jay is a nationally certified ACE Personal Trainer. He is also currently certified in Adult First Aid, CPR and AED training. In the future he plans to add onto his ACE Personal Trainer certification by specializing in both Sports Conditioning and Fitness Nutrition
About Nick: Nick is a senior in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing with a Minor in Health. As well as being a Personal Trainer and Coach of Wolfpack WOD for University Recreation, he is also a Crossfit Coach for a CrossFit Box in Holly Springs. His hometown is Cary, NC and he has been involved in CrossFit for the past 6 years.
Nick found his true passion for fitness when he lost 30 pounds going into his first year of High School. Ever since then he has been on his own journey of becoming a successful fitness athlete, as well as helping as many people as he can along the way. His weight loss in the past allows him to connect with clients and help them achieve their goals. He believes that results come with hard work and a positive attitude. His favorite quote relating to fitness is, “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no 'I'll start tomorrow.' Tomorrow is disease."- Terri Guillemets
Nick is an avid Crossfitter and weightlifter and believes that more people should experience the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. He tries to incorporate strength movements (squats, press, deadlifts) as well as the Olympic lifts with all of his clients. He says his favorite part of being a trainer and coach is seeing the face of someone who just hit a PR (personal record) on a lift, especially when they surprise themselves with the amount they lifted.
- NSC CPR/First Aid
- NCSF-CPT(Certified Personal Trainer)
- Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
- USAW Sports Performance Coach
About Sarah: Sarah is senior studying Nutrition Science. Sarah has played basketball, tennis and ran track for the past 13 years being involved in these sports, she was exposed to many strength and endurance training programs. Coming to college her passion for fitness lead to working for University Recreation. She has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 2 years at NC State. Sarah uses her love for fitness and nutrition to drive others to live healthier lives.
One of her favorite parts about training others is seeing the joy on their face when they have reached their fitness goals. Her philosophy on fitness is that it should be challenging but enjoyable and that the key to success is having a positive attitude and determination. Sarah's favorite thing about exercising is feeling accomplished and knowing that she is doing something beneficial for her health. She is currently a NCSF certified personal trainer and studying for her ACE personal training certification. She is also CPR/First Aid certified. She is continuing her knowledge on nutrition and fitness by interning with two local registered dietitians as well as a personal trainer.
About Sean: Sean is a senior in Civil Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Studies. He is a member of NC State’s Air Force ROTC detachment and plans to pursue a career in the military. Sean has experience with a wide variety of sports including ice hockey, swimming, tennis, soccer, and water polo. He has played ice hockey for over 15 years, including 3 years at the collegiate level and 2 ACC regular season championships.
In addition to personal training, Sean volunteers as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NC State Ice Hockey Club, writing and implementing workout plans that are targeted at improving each individual player’s athleticism. This has given him a strong background in functional and strength training. Sean became a personal trainer with the goal of helping others to increase their knowledge of fitness and improve their quality of life. He believes that fitness is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and anyone at any level of fitness can benefit from personal training. Sean specializes in functional training, which involves training movements that are used in the client’s everyday lives. Functional training takes advantage of all of the body’s natural degrees of freedom and increases joint mobility and stability.
- NCSF – Personal Trainer
- Red Cross - CPR/AED/First Aid
- Red Cross - CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
- Red Cross - Administering Emergency Oxygen
Favorite Thing About Exercising: The sense of accomplishment you get after completing an intense workout.