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Name: Carson
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.

Name: Germain
About Germain:Germain is a junior in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Biomaterials. Germain is also a Group Fitness Instructor; teaching formats such as: Boot Camp, TRX, H.I.I.T, and Ab Solutions, an American Red Cross CPR/AED/FA instructor, and a co-instructor for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer course. He is also the Program Assistant for Personal Training at 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 (removal of the damaged meniscus cartilage). 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 through exercise. He believes that personal wellness is an investment of both heart and time; that with the right mindset and through proper guidance and direction goals can be reached and passed.

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.

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.

Name: Jay
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 "truly fit" 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

Name: Nick
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.

Current Certifications:
  1. NSC CPR/First Aid
  2. NCSF-CPT(Certified Personal Trainer)
  3. Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  4. USAW Sports Performance Coach
Nick is planning on sitting for his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification his last semester of college as well as going to grad school for exercise science. He hopes to one day own a Strength and Conditioning Center.

Name: Sarah
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.

Name: Sean
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.

  1. NCSF – Personal Trainer
  2. Red Cross - CPR/AED/First Aid
  3. Red Cross - CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
  4. Red Cross - Administering Emergency Oxygen
Additionally, Sean is working on his Sport Nutritionist certification through the National Council on Strength and Fitness.

Favorite Thing About Exercising: The sense of accomplishment you get after completing an intense workout.

Name: Emma
About Emma: Emma is a senior from Charlottesville, Virginia, majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She works as a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Program Assistant for University Recreation.

Emma's passion for fitness began with a love for running. She ran cross county and track all through high school and from then she knew that fitness would always be a part of her life. After attending many group fitness classes at University Recreation, she finally started working as a Group Fitness Instructor her sophomore year of college. Her love of fitness grew to a new level as Emma decided to pursue personal training. She now delights in helping clients meet their personal fitness goals, and will always be there to cheer them on.

Emma spent the 2014 Summer in Atlanta soaking up as much information as she could, working at a nonprofit gym in an urban environment. She hopes to move back to Atlanta upon graduation and continue encouraging people in their healthy, active lifestyles.

Emma currently holds an ACE Group Fitness Certification, AFAA Personal Training Certification and is CPR Certified through the Red Cross. Recently, she attended the 2014 Atlanta Mania Conference. Emma also is the co-founder and race director of the world renown Cheeto 5K.

Name: Micaela
About Micaela:

Micaela is a sophomore double majoring in Nutrition Science and Food Science. In addition to being an ACE-certified personal trainer with a CPR/AED certification, Micaela works with the 4-H Department through NC State to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the community. Micaela has led an active life from a very young age. Her gymnastics career lasted 10 years allowing her to compete as a level nine gymnast. Following gymnastics, she cheered all four years of high school and senior year was captain of her cheerleading team.

Since high school, Micaela has become an avid lover of the gym. She enjoys changing her workouts to make them fun and exciting and to be continually motivated to stay active. She believes that health is the foundation upon which we build our lives, and that staying active is one key to building a strong foundation. For this reason she designs workouts for her clients to improve their everyday activities. Her desire to be a personal trainer stems from her want to see others succeed in all aspects of their life in response to living a healthy life. No matter the goals of the client, one goal for Micaela as a personal trainer is that all of her clients leave their session feeling motivated and accomplished.

Name: Allison
About Allison:

Allison is Senior studying Nutrition Science with a minor in Sports Science. She is an active member in Kappa Delta Sorority and plans to attend Physical Therapy school after she graduates. Prior to NC State, Allison was a competitive swimmer, swimming both for her High School and Year-Round teams. She also was a member of her cheerleading squad all four years and was captain her senior year. During her senior year of High School, Allison picked up running and joined the Track and Cross Country teams. Currently, Allison is an avid runner, competing in dozens of races each year and hopes to complete her first half marathon this year.

Along with Personal Training, Allison is a Member Services Specialist for University Recreation. Working for University Recreation for the past two years has taught Allison excellent customer services skills, patience, and respect for her fellow co-workers. Allison has always had a strong passion for fitness and health, but her desire to become a certified Personal Trainer began the summer of 2014. She had the opportunity to be a Sports Physical Therapy Intern at Athletes’ Performance Center for 14 weeks. Because the clinic used a very active rehabilitation method, Allison learned the basics of biomechanics and human movement from the beginner to advanced levels. She also got an excellent understanding of the importance of progression and how to implement this into the patient’s next rehabilitation session. Allison loved watching the patients get stronger and feel better about their fitness and overall health and realized she wanted to help people reach these goals on her own.

Because running is so important to Allison, she is very focused on strengthening and injury prevention exercises. Every day, there is so much stress on the human body, causing weakness and tightness in all the major and minor muscle groups. Therefore, Allison concentrates on proper warm up techniques and overall core strength, so overall mobility is easier on the body. Allison’s favorite thing about exercise is the immediate stress relief that is felt once a workout is accomplished. Her day is not the same unless she gotten at least a 3-mile jog in. Her favorite fitness quote is, “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch!”

  • ACE-Personal Trainer
  • Red Cross-CPR/AED/First Aid
Before attending Physical Therapy school, Allison plans to get her Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach certification and concentrate in sports Physical Therapy in the future.

Name: Anthony
About Anthony:

Anthony has been personal training for over two years with a certification from the National Council on Strength and Fitness. He enjoys helping people lose weight and gain muscle. He specializes in functional fitness and making an individual reach their true potential. He finds the key to having strength and a healthy body is squatting and deadlifting, doing so with proper form and high intensity. When combining this with cardio interval training and a healthy diet, one can achieve all their goals. He has been crossfitting for three years and enjoy every single workout.


Name: Jeffrey
About Jeffrey:

Jeffery is currently a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor Cognitive Science. Along with personal training, he is also a Strength and Conditioning assistant for University Recreation. Jeffery earned his personal trainer’s certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is First Aid/CPR certified through the American Red Cross. He plans on earning a Fitness Nutrition specialization to increase his knowledge of healthy living. Along with training, Jeffery is also a photographer for a clothing boutique located in Fayetteville, NC.

Throughout life, Jeffery constantly involves himself in athletics or some type of physically demanding program. From basketball and bowling in high school, to Division I cheerleading and Air Force ROTC in college; Jeffery has seemingly done it all. He believes that exercising and eating healthy is not a seasonal task, it is a lifestyle.

Jeffery became a personal trainer for various reasons. Not only does he have a passion for fitness, but he also loves improving the lives of others. Investing in other people lives brings joy to Jeffery because he appreciates helping people reach their goals.

Upon graduation, Jeffery aspires to earn his graduate degree at North Carolina State in Human Factors and Ergonomics and someday become a UX/UI designer.


Name: Laken
About Laken:

Laken is a senior majoring in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, and a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship. She was first exposed to a sports training program when she was 12 years old as her team prepared for the softball world series. Since then she has participated in team swimming, cheerleading and dance, but also enjoys individual sports like biking and weight-training. After 4 years of following and re-developing her integrated training regimen, she desired to share her knowledge with others. This past fall she earned her Personal Trainer certification with ACE and is CPR/first aid certified.

Her training philosophy is based on reforming the mind and body for success as they experience new challenges. She customizes training programs for each individual’s lifestyle and interests, so that physical wellbeing becomes a source of encouragement into other aspects of one’s personal life. The goal of being healthy is for it to be sustainable.

As May graduation approaches, she plans to integrate her credentials in communication and personal training, to help people gain and maintain a holistic health potential as well as encourage them to practice holistic mindfulness. As an only child, she has crafted the art of turning the mundane into something fun, which any workout regimen should be. She finds joy from spending time with her friends, exploring nature and never passes up an opportunity to travel.


Name: Stephanie
About Stephanie:

Stephanie is a senior majoring in Nutrition Science with minors in Biology and Sports Science. In addition to Personal Training, Stephanie is an Event Supervisor at University Recreation. In high school, Stephanie played soccer and volleyball, and was the captain of both teams senior year. She began consistently working out after going through physical therapy for different injuries throughout high school. Her experience as a patient in physical therapy gave her a strong background in understanding how the human body works and how big of a role proper exercise plays in preventing injuries.

Being without school sports and daily practices in college, Stephanie realized the value of self-motivation and a regular workout routine. Her determination has allowed her to experience the positive effects of a healthy lifestyle and wants to share that with others. Stephanie became certified as a Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine in order to encourage others to reach their potentials. She hopes to combine her interest in fitness and nutrition for a career and is planning to a Fitness Nutrition Specialization certification.


Name: Steven
About Steven:

Steven is a senior in Business Administration concentrating in Supply Chain Management/Operations with a double minor in health & philosophy. Before becoming a personal trainer for UREC, Steven was previously a Division I wrestler at NC State for 3 years. Competing at such a high level of competition gave Steven a great foundation of fitness and weight training that helped greatly in the transition to becoming a personal trainer. Even when he was young, the gym became a very important place in his life. Starting at the age of 12, Steven began hitting the gym and working to incorporate fitness into his lifestyle. It was at a very young age that he realized, there's no better feeling than lifting the same amount of weight that was difficult last time, and having it be light as a feather this time.

Steven knows the importance that feeling good about yourself and has a passion for helping other people achieve their health and wellness goals so that they can feel good about themselves. Also having worked in the past as a high school wrestling coach, coaching middle school and elementary school kids, as well as working as a personal wrestling coach in 1-on-1 situations, Steven has extensive experience as a teacher and loves nothing more than to see where his clients can go with a little guidance in the right direction; He became a personal trainer to help people that have all the motivation and work ethic to make positive changes in their life, and more importantly because he loves the feeling of seeing them succeed. Steven is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.


Name: Olga
About Olga:

Olga is a graduate student in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program. Before coming to NC State, she completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Olga regularly attends group exercise classes such as H.I.I.T, TRX, Cycling, and Abs Solutions. After sitting in the office and classrooms all day, she enjoys exercise as a way to release stress and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

In addition to group exercise classes, Olga also participates in the YMCA Run Club. She is currently registered for several races and is training to participate in her first half-marathon.

Olga is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and by the American Red Cross in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Olga decided to become a personal trainer to learn more about the body during exercise and effective exercise modifications to get more out of her group exercise classes. She also has a passion in motivating and coaching others to make the most out of their exercises.