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Meet the Trainers


Aidan Burke

Aidan is a junior Kinesiology major from Medway, MA planning on furthering his education in medicine. He is certified through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) and is excited to pass his knowledge and love for fitness to his clients. Aidan began his fitness lifestyle with a passion for endurance training during sports, but has shifted his focus to strength training and hypertrophy. He is determined to develop effective workout programs to help clients reach their goals and give them more confidence to continue their healthy lifestyles.

Areas of focus: Strength and hypertrophy training, muscular endurance, core strengthening, general health and wellness

Fall 2016 General Availability: Weekday afternoons and evenings, weekends

Aidan Burke

Alex Neary

Alex is a sophomore student who majors in biochemistry and has a passion for educating people on fitness. He obtained his personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) after his senior year in high school and has worked for UMass Campus Recreation since his first semester attending UMass. Alex’s favorite part about training is helping clients discover for themselves the joy that comes with living an active and healthy lifestyle. In high school he created his own club, organizing team fitness challenges and when he is home from school he volunteers to help out local athletes with their offseason training.

Areas of focus: Client self-sustainability, muscle building, time efficient workouts, and weight management

Fall 2016 General Availability: Tuesdays and Thursdays most times, all other weekday evenings, and open to weekends

Alex Neary

Bethany Welch

Bethany is a senior Public Health major with a minor in Education and is certified through AFAA. She is a Nutrition Advisor as well as a group fitness instructor teaching Spinning, Boot Camp, TRX, and other high intensity classes at UMass. She looks to bring her group fitness background and experience into a more personal setting. Bethany hopes to help her clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals through personal training. 

Area of focus: weight loss, weight management, HIIT training, general strength training

Fall 2016 general availability: Weekday mornings and evenings

Bethany Welch

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 toward achieving their fitness goals. Brian is highly motivated and prides himself on doing his best to pass his enthusiasm and dedication to fitness onto his clients. Brian is the President of USOR (UMass Students of Recreation) and also participates in boxing and Spartan Races.

Areas of Focus: strength training, mass training, weight loss, power lifting, boxing

General Availability: mornings and evenings

Brian Armold

Carolyn Monnette

Carolyn is a senior majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in psychology. She earned her personal training certification through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is excited to get started in helping people change their lives. As a former volleyball and basketball player, she has always had a passion for fitness and being active. She is now looking forward to passing on her love of fitness to her clients and helping them reach their fitness and wellness goals.

Area of Focus: HIIT training, strength training, and general health and wellness

General availability: MWF mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends

Carolyn Monnette

Danielle Weiss

Danielle is a senior Kinesiology major from New Jersey planning to continue her education in the field of physical therapy. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is excited to be passing on her passion for fitness to her clients. Danielle is dedicated to making others feel comfortable in the gym with correct form and motivating workouts. 

Area of Focus: strength training, core, HIIT training

Fall 2016 General Availability: weekday afternoons and evenings, weekend mornings

Danielle Weiss

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.

Areas of Focus: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness, mobility, flexibility

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

Dylan Discenza

Emily Rice

Biography: Emily is a sophomore nursing major from Medway, Massachusetts and is certified through ISSA, the International Sports Science Association. Emily has experience in areas from boxing and volleyball to throwing events and tennis, but has become most passionate about strength and hypertrophy training at the gym. Emily is determined to share her love and dedication for fitness with her clients by teaching proper form and technique, helping to reach fitness goals and most importantly by giving her clients the confidence that they are truly capable of whatever they set their mind to.

Area of Focus: Strength/ hypertrophy training for all fitness levels, weight-loss, general health and wellness

Fall 2016 General Availability: weekday afternoons and evenings, possible weekends

Emily Rice

Jamele Watkins

Jamele is a PhD 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!

Areas 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 Economics major. 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.

Areas 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 senior Kinesiology major from Melrose, MA and is a certified trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Rachel grew up playing sports and constantly working with coaches and personal trainers. After having so many great experiences with conditioning, training, and weight management, she loves being able to give back by helping others reach their fitness and wellness goals as well. 

Area of Focus: 
HIIT, endurance training, general strength training, weight management, core strength, general health and wellness

Availability:
Weekday evenings, Mondays and Fridays, some weekends

Rachel Johnson

Shauntel Farland

Shauntel Farland is a junior from Burlington, MA studying Nutrition and is certified through ACE Fitness. She loves to bike, meditate, lift, run and engage in activities that improve her total wellbeing. Currently, Shauntel is pursuing this passion for wellness and fitness through personal training and nutrition advising. She believes that health is a lifestyle habit that stems from self-love and self-respect. Shauntel makes it her personal mission to guide her clients towards their envisioned life through lifestyle/habit alterations and by showing her clients how to make exercise and healthy eating fun and enjoyable! 

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

Availability: early morning, afternoon, evening, weekends

Shauntel Farland

Taylor Marcon

Taylor is a senior Psychology and Political Science major from Norton, MA.  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.

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

Fall 2016 General Availability:  weekday afternoons and evenings

Taylor Marcon

Tom Sandberg

Tom 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. Tom enjoys pushing himself and his clients. Thomas is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School and is a 2015 finisher of the Boston Marathon.

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

Fall 2016 General Availability:  weekday afternoons and evenings

Tom Sandberg