Micaela is a sophomore double majoring in Nutrition Science and Food Science. In addition to being an ACE-certified personal trainer with a CPR/AED certification, Micaela works with the 4-H Department through NC State to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the community. Micaela has led an active life from a very young age. Her gymnastics career lasted 10 years allowing her to compete as a level nine gymnast. Following gymnastics, she cheered all four years of high school and senior year was captain of her cheerleading team.
Since high school, Micaela has become an avid lover of the gym. She enjoys changing her workouts to make them fun and exciting and to be continually motivated to stay active. She believes that health is the foundation upon which we build our lives, and that staying active is one key to building a strong foundation. For this reason she designs workouts for her clients to improve their everyday activities. Her desire to be a personal trainer stems from her want to see others succeed in all aspects of their life in response to living a healthy life. No matter the goals of the client, one goal for Micaela as a personal trainer is that all of her clients leave their session feeling motivated and accomplished.
Olga is a graduate student in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program. Before coming to NC State, she completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Olga regularly attends group exercise classes such as H.I.I.T, TRX, Cycling, and Abs Solutions. After sitting in the office and classrooms all day, she enjoys exercise as a way to release stress and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
In addition to group exercise classes, Olga also participates in the YMCA Run Club. She is currently registered for several races and is training to participate in her first half-marathon.
Olga is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and by the American Red Cross in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Olga decided to become a personal trainer to learn more about the body during exercise and effective exercise modifications to get more out of her group exercise classes. She also has a passion in motivating and coaching others to make the most out of their exercises.
Pete is currently a junior majoring in Nuclear Engineering with a minor in Physics, looking to enter the cancer detection and treatment field upon graduation. During high school Pete played goalkeeper for his soccer team, and in college played D-2 Rugby at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Pete incorporates a wide variety of sports into his life, and brings that philosophy into his workouts by never doing the same workout twice. Pete is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certified.
Pete’s fitness and wellness lifestyle has been a long and ongoing journey. Beginning in high school, it became very apparent how important nutrition is to becoming a more active individual. After committing to a healthy and more active lifestyle, Pete began to see changes in his body that became addicting. Pete’s desire to be a Personal Trainer stems from the joy he has experienced from living a healthy lifestyle, and hopes to inspire, educate, and motivate others to make beneficial changes in their lives.
Haley, a senior majoring in Biochemistry, is from the mountains of western North Carolina. In high school, Haley ran cross country, as well as track and field. She fell in love with running, and it became a way of life for her that she still enjoys today. It was during her years as a distance runner in which she was first introduced to the weight room. The empowering feeling she received from lifting weights prompted her to pursue strength training further in college.
Haley believes that strength of the mind and body go hand in hand, and that everyone can benefit from becoming more knowledgeable about fitness. She uses her workouts as an everyday means to relieve stress and clear her mind. She would like to inspire others to achieve their best self and instill in them a passion for leading a healthy lifestyle. By setting goals and with proper motivation, she believes anyone can achieve this. For this reason she decided to become certified as a Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She would like her clients to leave sessions feeling both mentally and physically stronger, and to aid them in realizing they are in control of changing their bodies as well as their mindset.
Kendall has an unmatched passion for physical fitness and healthy living. As a junior at NC State majoring in Food Science with a minor in Agricultural Business Management, she has further developed these passions in an enriching collegiate environment. Her passion for fitness led her to work for University Recreation since her sophomore year. She has since become a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM®) certified personal trainer, and also works as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant. In addition to working for University Recreation, she spends a great deal of her time working out there because of the fun and motivating atmosphere it provides.
Starting at the young age of 4, Kendall discovered her passion for the arts through dancing. She has continued this active lifestyle ever since. Kendall competitively danced for 14 years and placed at many national level dance competitions and received numerous awards and recognitions.
Upon attending NC State, Kendall was a dancer on the 2013-2014 NC State Dance Team. After spending a year on the dance team, Kendall realized her new found passion: weight training. At NC State, she discovered a whole new world when she was introduced to the weight room. Her love for exercising and lifting emerged from attending group fitness classes and only progressed from there.
With a very technical background in dance, Kendall has a great understanding of proper form and the body's mechanics, allowing her to provide every client with safe, effective, and customized workouts. Kendall is passionate about sharing her love for fitness and helping people achieve their own personal fitness goals.
Zachary is currently a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sports Science. In addition to Personal Training, he is also a Strength & Conditioning assistant for University Recreation. Zachary earned his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is First Aid/CPR certified through the American Red Cross. He plans to pursue graduate school and specialize in Sports Psychology as a way to apply his expertise even further down the road.
Zachary has always enjoyed being active and involved in sports, and now as a personal trainer he has found a way to give back and help promote living a healthier lifestyle. His passion and dedication are what motivate him both in and outside of the gym. Throughout high school Zachary was a member of the wrestling team all four years and was also a team captain his senior year. In addition, he was the Class President of his high school. After high school, Zach still needed a way to express his interest in fitness and that is when he found his long lost love, the gym.
He believes strongly in living a healthy lifestyle and decided to be a personal trainer with the hope to reach out to anyone with even the slightest interest in fitness and wellness. He enjoys helping others achieve their goals and bettering themsleves in anyway he can.
Dallas is a current sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and planning to graduate one year early. With this degree, he hopes to move onto Medical School to pursue his interest in Orthopedics and other fields of study. Dallas has always had a heart for sports which would later turn into a love for fitness. He played football, basketball, and golf during his high school career. Due to a couple of injuries, he decided to hang up the cleats and focus on weightlifting.Taking the powerlifting and heavy compound movements that he had loved when training for football, he formed his own kind of “powerbuilding” routine: mixing powerlifts with a traditional bodybuilding routine.Dallas knows that without the guidance of his father and strength coach in high school, he would have felt lost in a gym. He knows that although fitness may be one’s own health, it is a team effort and cannot
be accomplished without the help of others. Dallas desires to offer the same help and guidance that he was given throughout his fitness journey. Certifications:
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid
Christopher Gottberg is a freshman in Statistics with dreams of doing analysis of statistics in the sports industry. While in high school, Christopher had a passion for soccer and was a captain of the soccer team for three seasons. While in his senior year he was awarded the Tom Suitor Extra Effort award. Christopher is an Eagle Scout and has had a passion for exercising since his sophomore year in high school. After talking to the Assistant Director of the Fitness Program at an employment fair, Christopher realized personal training at NC State was a perfect fit. Christopher is now a certified personal trainer through NASM and has built on the passion for working out even more.
Christopher believes everyone can reach their fitness dreams. He feels by convincing yourself that the goal is worth the temporary struggle anyone can become healthier and more enthusiastic in their everyday lives. Christopher wants to help anyone that has a fitness goal that seems just out of reach and then start another journey that comes after that goal is reached. He wants every client to feel confident about their goals and keep clients motivated and focused while on the journey.
Conner is a sophomore at NC State majoring in Industrial Engineering and he plans to pursue a minor in business administration as well. He has been active since before the age of five because of swimming and basketball. Conner was involved in various other sports as he grew up but he continued swimming until his junior year in high school and he played basketball all the way through his senior year. This love for sports and an active lifestyle led him to find his passion for personal fitness in the form of weightlifting. He first discovered weightlifting in early middle school during a cross training elective but he began to pursue this interest on a much larger scale at the start of his junior year in high school with a particular interest in physique competition. Because he began weightlifting while still playing sports, he valued maintaining athleticism while increasing size and strength. Conner is a firm believer in the value of personal fitness and he wants to grow his knowledge in this field. He also wants to help others in their own fitness journeys which is why he decided to pursue personal training at NC State.
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid
Dillon Fontanella is a graduate student striving for his masters in secondary education to become a high school anatomy and physiology teacher. During his high school years in NY, he was a year-round lacrosse player who played for many different travel teams and won MVP for his high school team multiple years. Dillon completed his B.S. in Exercise Science at the University of Scranton, where he interned as a strength and conditioning coach assistant for the girls’ volleyball and field hockey teams. He has also volunteered his time to help run an exercise program for the elderly that did not have the luxury of leaving their retirement home nor access to exercise professionals in Scranton, PA. He has extensive coursework in orthopedics, anatomy, neurology, and kinesiology, making him the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to exercise.
Dillon is an intrinsically motivated individual who wants to help people to reach their goals. From those who are just taking their first steps towards a healthy lifestyle to athletes who want a competitive edge to make them stand out from the others. He developed his love for exercise from his father who was an amateur bodybuilder. Dillon Fontanella would be the perfect trainer to share his extensive knowledge and passion of exercise with people of all fitness levels.
Austin Paytes became a NASM certified personal trainer so that he might help people who may need a little extra motivation, or more information regarding exercise and fitness accomplish their goals. His background is as a long distance runner, and therefore, he likes to include a lot of fast-paced exercise into the programs he creates. The ultimate goal he always has when designing a program is to make it fun and enjoyable, so as to create a positive association with exercise!