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Meet the Trainers


Aaron Karp

A junior from Teaneck, NJ, Aaron became certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. A former high school and collegiate rower, Aaron became involved in fitness/wellness early in high school, but continued even after his departure from rowing. As a Kinesiology major, Aaron is often discovering the latest training and nutritional research to better aid others as well as himself. When he’s not studying or at the gym, Aaron can be found on his bike or at a concert. After college, Aaron hopes to attend graduate school for physical therapy and ultimately be employed by a professional sports team. Aaron’s goal is simply to help everyone reach a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

 

Aaron Karp

Carolyn Viggh

Carolyn is a junior from Boxborough, MA. She is a Nutrition major on the Dietetics track and was certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in January 2014. Carolyn's passion for health and fitness began early when she became involved in martial arts at age 11. She trained and taught martial arts classes through high school and is currently a first degree black belt and level three instructor in American Kenpo Karate. Carolyn plans to become a Registered Dietitian and combine her knowledge of nutrition and fitness to help people live healthier lives.

Carolyn Viggh

Chris Ward

Chris is a junior Political Science major. Certified by the American Council on Exercise and a competitive natural bodybuilder, Chris believes in combining scientific principles with first-hand experience, while also adapting to clients' individual needs and goals. Clients can expect to be educated and empowered to take ownership of their health and fitness while working with Chris.

Chris Ward

Erin Manning

Erin Manning is a Nutrition major from Needham, Massachusetts who hopes to pursue a career as a registered dietician while exploring and promoting the remarkable benefits of holistic health. Her passion for personal training and fitness developed while she was employed for over two years at Gold's Gym. A passion for achieving optimum health has been a core value of Erin's from a very young age. Erin became certified as a personal trainer through AFAA. Erin played ice hockey and lacrosse in high school and instructed figure skating for several years. Last summer she developed a keen appreciation for the sport of bodybuilding, and engaged in several months of vigorous training while following the appropriate diet regimen. Erin plans to enter a natural bodybuilding show as a figure competitor. Erin has also studied martial arts under advanced instructors. Health and fitness-wise, Erin walks the walk and is eager to assist others.

Erin Manning

Jaclyn Capalbo

Jaclyn Capalbo is a senior from West Milford, New Jersey. She has an associate’s degree in Exercise Science and is studying Nutrition at UMass. Jaclyn is a certified personal trainer and a fitness nutrition specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She hopes to become a registered dietician. Jaclyn competed in dance and gymnastics from the age of 3 until she graduated from high school. After high school, she wanted to continue to be healthy and in shape so she started to lift weights and run six days a week as well as take yoga and kickboxing classes. Shortly after starting college, Jaclyn realized she wanted to help others improve their lives through fitness and nutrition, so she decided to become certified. Jaclyn loves being able to make a difference in people's lives with fitness and wellness.

Jaclyn Capalbo

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

Jenn Konjoian

From Andover, MA, Jenn is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Jenn first became interested in nutrition two years ago when she experienced fatigue during field hockey games. She then worked with a nutritionist to advise her on what to eat to sustain energy. Since then, Jenn has been eager to learn more and share her knowledge with others.

Jenn Konjoian

Michael Anzalone

Michael is a senior in Kinesiology from Boca Raton, FL. He is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer. Michael first learned his passion for fitness and wellness as a former high school and collegiate tennis player. After his departure from the competitive world, he has shown a significant interest in helping others adopt a fit and healthy lifestyle, focusing largely on prevention of injury through proper technique and improving the body’s musculature. Following this interest he plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy. Michael loves the rehabilitation process and wants to help those who do get injured return to their daily activities, whether simply walking or competing at a high sports level.

Michael Abzalone

Rena Oliver

Rena, a double major in Chinese and Arabic, is from New Bedford, MA. Growing up with a mother who was a manager of workout facilities and owned a dance studio, and a father who is a personal trainer and fitness model, Rena has always been around health and fitness. Rena started dancing and taking gymnastics at age two. In high school she joined a dance company that held rigorous practices six days a week. After graduating from the company, Rena wanted to continue to be active and healthy, and decided to learn more about the fitness world. After working very hard in the gym and studying for endless hours, she became a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association. Rena looks forward to working with clients and helping them to develop a passion for the health and fitness world.

 

Rena Oliver

Katie Porrello

Katie is from Carle Place, New York and just recently got her personal training certification from the International Sports Science Association. She is a Nutrition major planning to graduate in 2016. In high school, Katie fell in love with the health field by joining the cheerleading team and track and field team. While on the track team she fell in love with running and workouts. She challenged herself by making more rigorous workouts for the team and asked coaches what would help her be better. In college she decided to persue her love for helping others and working out by working hard to obtain her certification. Katie loves to help and always has a positive outlook. 

Katie Porrell