About Germain:Germain is a senior in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Biomaterials. He is an instructor for: Group Fitness, the American Red Cross, and the NASM Certified Personal Training Course as well as the UREC Program Assistant for Personal Training.
His passion for exercise began with soccer at a young age playing competitively up until his junior year of high school. During a game he tore his meniscus and subsequently underwent surgery to continue playing. Due to cartilage degeneration in his knee, he later received a cadaver meniscus transplant. Facing this hardship sparked his passion for the medical field. As a result, Germain obtained his personal training certification during his freshman year of college and has been working with clients since then to guide them to achieving their fitness goals. His belief is that personal wellness is an investment of both heart and time and with the right mindset and proper guidance, goals become attainable. His training style focuses on exercise form, giving clients the knowledge to become successful in the gym independently and through client tailored exercise programs.
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.
Certifications and Awards
- NCSF: Certified Personal Trainer
- Functional Movement Systems: FMS Level 1
- American Red Cross Instructor (First-Aid/CPR/AED)
- American Red Cross: First-Aid/CPR/AED Adult, Child & Infant
- AFFA: Primary Group Exercise
- John F. Miller: Nominee (2015)
- Personal Trainer of the Year (2014)
- Rookie of the Year (2013)
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.
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.
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.
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.
About Meredith:Meredith, a senior studying Nutrition Science, is from southeastern coastal North Carolina. She enjoyed playing soccer, baseball, and dance since age 5 but she eventually focused on soccer, playing varsity all four years of high school. She also joined other club teams throughout the years enabling her to play nearly year round at higher levels, including multi-state USYS Region 3. Additionally, she found a love for SCUBA, being certified since the age of 13 and having since dove many wrecks and reefs off the NC and Florida coastal waters. Meredith’s interest for fitness and nutrition sparked in high school, but it was not until battling a more sedentary college lifestyle that she began to further educate herself on proper nutrition, weight, and physical activity. Her passion for weightlifting eventually resulted in Meredith becoming a NASM Certified Personal Trainer including First Aid and CPR certifications.
Achieving her own fitness goals has been an ongoing series of life-learning experiences including miss-steps along the way. From these, she learned that success is not obtained in one single step, but rather comes via many smaller steps along the journey. Strength begins by overcoming obstacles and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. Drawing upon her own personal knowledge and lessons learned, Meredith is passionate in her desire to help others achieve their individual physical fitness goals in a realistic, planned, systematic journey.
After completing her senior year in Nutritional Science, Meredith plans to pursue her Masters in Nutrition, as well as become a Registered Dietician.
About Pete:Pete is currently a junior majoring in Nuclear Engineering with a minor in Physics, looking to enter the cancer detection and treatment field upon graduation. During high school Pete played goalkeeper for his soccer team, and in college played D-2 Rugby at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Pete incorporates a wide variety of sports into his life, and brings that philosophy into his workouts by never doing the same workout twice. Pete is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certified.
Pete’s fitness and wellness lifestyle has been a long and ongoing journey. Beginning in high school, it became very apparent how important nutrition is to becoming a more active individual. After committing to a healthy and more active lifestyle, Pete began to see changes in his body that became addicting. Pete’s desire to be a Personal Trainer stems from the joy he has experienced from living a healthy lifestyle, and hopes to inspire, educate, and motivate others to make beneficial changes in their lives.
About Christina:Christina is currently working on her last year as a Physiology Master's student. Throughout her undergraduate degree she trained to attend Officer Candidate School to become a Marine Officer. Unfortunately, due to a couple knee injuries during the course she was forced to change her career goals, but has discovered a new passion. After her Master's degree, she plans on attending Physical Therapy school to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Christina also has a passion for running and swimming.
Christina wants to help clients learn how to better themselves, to hopefully avoid injuries like she had, and have a happier life. Her favorite part is exercising outside and enjoying the fresh air as a break from the day.
- NASM PT certification
- American Red Cross CPR/ AED/ O2 Admin/ First Aid for the professional responder
About Francis:Francis is a second year graduate student studying Biomathematics with a concentration in physiological modelling.
His first love is, and always will be soccer. In high school, he competed in both soccer and football which lead him to begin weight training during the winters and summers. After graduating, he went on to Hampden Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia. After attempting to walk-on the varsity soccer team, he fell short. As a result, his exercise focus began to heavily favor bodybuilding. After graduating from college, he competed in men’s physique and is still in pursuit of his ‘ideal physique’. His philosophy in regards to health and wellness is that a combination of resistance training, cardiovascular conditioning, and a healthy, knowledgeable relationship with food that is enjoyable (sustainable) is best for a fit lifestyle. The style of training Francis has adopted is somewhat old school. He focuses on large compound lifts using various forms of progressive overload adding fun isolations as secondary movements. He believes in a simple effective routine with exercise choices based on his clients’ preferences to promote both an enjoyable workout and confidence in the gym. Rather than have a client copy and paste workouts found online or in magazines, Francis tries to give some insight into the thought process of exercise programming with the end goal that a client will one day be able to customize their own routine.
Francis plans to earn his graduate degree and work in an industrial research position.
- AFFA: Certified Personal Trainer
- American Red Cross: First-Aid/CPR/AED
About Josh:Josh is a senior, majoring in Nutrition Sciences. In addition to a NASM personal training certificate, Josh is also CPR certified. In high School, Josh was a 6 time letterman, serving 4 years as a varsity wrestler, and two in varsity football. Josh is an active participant in the Crossfit and fitness communities, and finds great pleasure in motivating and inspiring others to achieve their goals.
Following a successful high school wrestling career, Josh returned to the mats to act as an assistant coach focusing on heavyweight wrestling for two high schools in the Charlotte area. Josh is well known in the local professional wrestling circuit, holding many local wrestling championships.