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Meet the Trainers


Alex Neary

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


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

Fall 2016 General Availability: mornings and evenings

Brian Armold

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


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


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 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. Rachel trained intensely in high school, and fitness has continued to be her passion. 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, MA 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, 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