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Meet the Trainers


Dylan Discenza

Dylan is a junior from Rockland County, New York and is majoring in Kinesiology. After college, he plans on pursuing a pHd in physical therapy. He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is currently studying for a corrective exercise specialization. His mission as a personal trainer is to prescribe an effective exercise program that will not only increase general fitness and wellness, but also prevent injury through all activities in daily life. He has a bright smile and welcoming personality with a passion for fitness. He is constantly learning and developing himself as a personal trainer, and strives to listen and guide his clients towards optimal health.

Dylan Discenza

Jamele Watkins

Jamele is a PhD candidate in German and Scandinavian Studies. After tearing her ACL playing rugby, she came to the UMass gym to rehab the muscles in her knee. With group fitness classes and weight training, her muscles are finally identical again. Lately, Jamele goes to the gym to keep her sanity while working on her dissertation. Her Pilates class focuses on control and “makes it burn so good.” Pilates has given her more awareness of her body and movement. As Joseph Pilates said, “In ten [Pilates] sessions, you will feel the difference. In twenty, you will see the difference. And in thirty, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” Join her in your healthy body and mind journey Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am. Her certifications include AFAA Personal Training, Pilates, yoga and Pilates on the ball.

Jamele Watkins

Kyle Wells

Kyle is a junior 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 program that meets their specific goals and needs. Participating in fitness and sports are a couple of Kyle’s favorite ways to stay in shape. 

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


Tom Sandberg

Tom is from South Deerfield, MA and is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  He is a sophomore Geography major and a cadet in the school's Army ROTC program.   He likes running and lifting weights in his free time. He will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation from UMass. 

 

Tom Sandberg