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Meet the Trainers


Brian Armold

Brian is a junior Finance major from Newtown, CT. Brian was certified by the ISSA (International Sports Safety Association) to work with clients towards achieving their fitness goals. This being Brian’s first semester training at the UMass Recreation Center he is highly motivated about getting started. Brian prides himself on doing his best to pass his enthusiasm and dedication fitness onto his clients, and to help them live a healthier fitter life. Brian is the President of USOR (UMass Students of Recreation) and also part-takes in boxing and Spartan Races.

Area(s) of Focus: Strength training, mass training, weight loss, Power-lifting, and boxing.

Fall 2016 General Availability: Mornings and evenings

Brian Armold

Dylan Discenza

Dylan is a senior from Rockland County, New York and is majoring in kinesiology. He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine with a specialization in Corrective Exercise. Additionally, he is qualified to instruct TRX suspension training. He enjoys teaching proper form and technique and helping his clients reach their fitness goals.

Area(s) of Focus: Muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness, mobility, and flexibility

Fall 2016 General Availability: Mornings and evenings (both weekdays and weekends)

Dylan Discenza

Jamele Watkins

 Jamele is a Ph.D. Candidate in German and Scandinavian Studies. Her certifications include AFAA  Personal Training, Group Fitness, and TRX. As a former cheerleader and rugby player, she enjoys a variety of sports and workouts. Currently, she teaches group fit Pilates classes. Stop by and say hello!

Area of Focus: Core Strengthening, general strength training, stabilizing muscles, flexibility 
Fall 2016 General Availability: Afternoons, some weekends

Jamele Watkins

Kyle Wells

Kyle is a senior majoring in Economics. He was raised in downtown Boston and grew up playing soccer and baseball along the Charles River. Certified through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, his specialty is collaborating with clients to create an effective workout routine that meets their specific fitness goals. He enjoys working with clients to develop proper form, focus and overall fitness knowledge.

Area(s) of Focus: General strength training, eccentric training, mind-muscle connection, weight loss, core strength training
Fall 2016 General Availability: Weekday afternoons and evenings

Kyle Wells

Rachel Johnson

Rachel is a junior majoring in Kinesiology, and is certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She played volleyball and basketball very competitively for her high school in Melrose, MA, where they won the DII Volleyball State Championship in 2013. She had been training for these sports intensely since a very young age, and fitness continued to be a passion of hers throughout college. After having so many great experiences with conditioning, training, and weight management, she was inspired to become a personal trainer herself so she could help others achieve their health and wellness goals as well. 

 

Rachel Johnson

Shauntel Farland

Shauntel Farland is a junior from Burlington, Massachusetts studying Nutrition/Dietetics. She ran Cross-Country and Track & Field from her freshman year of high school until her sophomore year of college before she transferred to Umass Amherst. Currently, Shauntel is pursuing her passion for wellness and fitness through personal training and blogging. She believes that health is a form of self-love and makes it her personal mission to show others that exercise and healthy eating can be fun and enjoyable! Shauntel is certified through ACE Fitness.

Areas of focus: general strength training, nutrition, mind-body connection, weight loss, cardiovascular fitness, general wellness

Availability: Early Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Weekends


Taylor Marcon

Taylor is a Senior Psychology and Political Science major from Norton, Massachusetts.  Fitness has been an interest of his since High School when he lost one hundred pounds over the course of his Sophomore year with his own diet and exercise program.  Taylor is certified through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) and is in his second year working with UMass Campus Recreation.

Area of Focus: general strength training, power-lifting, sprinting, mid-distance running

Fall 2016 General Availability:  Weekday afternoons and evenings

Taylor Marcon


Tom Sandberg

Thomas is a senior Geography major from South Deerfield, MA.  He is certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is in his fourth year working for UMass Campus Recreation.  Thomas enjoys pushing himself and his clients and is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School and is a 2015 finisher of the Boston Marathon.

Area of Focus: general strength training, power-lifting, sprinting, mid-distance running

Fall 2016 General Availability:  Weekday afternoons and evenings

Tom Sandberg