Personal Trainers



Ahmed is from Wappingers Falls, New York and is a NCSF Certified Personal Trainer. Growing up, he didn’t consider himself a very athletic or strong individual, but this motivated him to take working out more seriously. After graduating high school, he spent most of his time in the gym, building a foundation of strength and a knowledge of exercise. He began going to physical therapy and working with personal trainers to learn new corrective exercises and delve deeper into the details of working out. He hopes to learn more while teaching others what he has learned over the years. His favorite exercise is the Glute Bridge. 
Alex Rodriguez


Alex, from San Jose, CA, is a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer and ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer. He has a B.S. in Athletic Training and is currently a Doctor of Physical Therapy student. He specializes in injury prevention, bodybuilding, weight loss, and resistance training. His fitness journey began when he purchased his first gym membership at 16 years old. He grew up feeling skinny most of his life, and found inspiration in bodybuilding to get stronger and improve his self-confidence. Over the years he has found satisfaction helping others with personal fitness goals. A fun fact about Alex is he has competed in two bodybuilding competitions. His favorite exercise is the back squat.


Cole, from Dublin, Ohio is an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology (in progress). He got into fitness his freshman year in college when he began weightlifting, but quickly realized he had a lot to learn. Cole soon found mentors in friends who were personal trainers. As someone passionate about science, he enjoys learning and sharing what he learns about the human body, physiology, and training with his clients. He specializes is functional resistance training, and HIIT training.


Forrest, from McLean, Virginia is a NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is currently a Doctor of Physical Therapy student. Forrest specializes in sport and strength training and his favorite exercise is the back squat. He became interested in fitness in search of a never ending endeavor with a new challenge around every corner. A fun fact about Forrest is that his favorite food is ice cream.



Giselle, from Miami, Florida is currently a second year physical therapy student at the University of Miami. She also received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology degree at the U. Giselle is a ACSM certified trainer and specializes in functional & balance training, weight loss, and strength training. Her favorite exercise to do are squats, she says there are so many great variations, progressions and regressions for any population. Giselle became interested in fitness because growing up she was a gymnast and has always loved physical activity. She believes movement is medicine, not only physically but also for your mental health! A fun fact about her is that she has worked at the Herbert Wellness Center every semester since the Friday before her classes started freshman year in 2013.


Gregory is a NASM, CPT, and FMS1 certified trainer. He specializes in postural correction, functional movement, corrective exercise, and kettlebell training. Gregory’s favorite exercise is the animal flow exercise. He says he believes in a mind - body connection. Early in life, the scale was tilted for him in the mind over matter direction and it wasn’t until he met a great coach and mentor, who gave him the knowledge to balance the scale the other way. Through that, he learned to practice matter over mind and entered the fitness world respecting both the science and performance aspects. Now he enjoys helping others through education and coaching.


llias, from Casablanca, Morocco is a certified ACE (American Council on Exercise) personal trainer. He specializes in strength, conditioning and weight loss training. Illias’ interest in fitness began as a challenge for him when he was 14 years old and overweight. He chose to better his life, knowing only he had the power to change his future and he hasn’t looked back ever since. In his free time, Illias enjoys playing intramural soccer and basketball.


Isabella, from Waltham, Massachusetts, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer with a Red Cross CPR/AED Certification. She got interested in fitness because she’s always had a passion for health science and the human body. Growing up dancing, she learned technical movements and how to stretch and train the muscles of the body. Her favorite exercise is running stairs and sprints at Harvard Stadium or whatever staircase she can find. Her specialties include strength/conditioning, plyometric training, and circuit training.


Jose is from Miami, Fl and he attended the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology with a specialization in exercise physiology. He received his personal training certification with NASM and started to apply his skills at Gainesville Health & Fitness. When he was around 12 years old, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and after helping her throughout her care he fell in love with physical therapy. It was then that he grew a passion for exercise and fitness. He is now a physical therapy student here at UM. His programming tends to include strength and conditioning principles with corrective exercises. He likes to educate his clients at all times so they know why he picks the exercises and programming the way he does and he is open to all feedback. He started his fitness journey with calisthenics which is why his favorite exercise is a back lever. A fun fact about Jose is that he used to play beach volleyball competitively around the state of Florida.


Matt holds a B.S. in Applied Exercise Science. He is currently working towards a MSEd in Strength and Conditioning here at UM. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) both through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Matt specializes in weight loss as well as building strength/muscle. Matt is originally from Pepperell, a small town in North Central Massachusetts. He started playing sports at a young age and truly got into fitness during his freshman year of high school. His favorite exercise is the deadlift. Outside of the gym, Matt enjoys going on hikes, hanging out with friends, and photography/videography.
PT Mike


Mike, from Chicago, Illinois is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and is currently a Doctor of Physical Therapy student.  He specializes in strength training and agility-sport performance.  Mike played sports his whole life but got into the world of fitness after getting injured and having to rehab his body.  This marked the first time that he really had to strength train and has been dedicated to it ever since.  He loves helping people achieve their fitness goals and seeing the improvement they make.  Although Mike does not have a single favorite exercise, his favorite muscle group to work is shoulders because of the variety of exercises you can do and how a good workout makes him feel afterwards.