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.
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.
Austin 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!
Ricky is currently a first year graduate student in the Masters of Accounting program looking to join one of the big four accounting firms after graduation. During undergrad Ricky played club basketball for East Carolina University and found that his level of fitness was not up to par with his teammates. Ricky began lifting weights to improve his strength and never looked back, he was hooked.
Ricky is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. He has put on over 20lbs of muscle since beginning his fitness journey and specializes in helping others build muscle and strength. Lifting weights not only created a physical change for Ricky, but also a mental change as well. The strength and confidence in the gym carried over to everything in Ricky's life. He now wants to help others make the same transformation that he did in and out of the gym.
Inez is a firm believer in the power of exercise. She is a junior studying political science and communication, and began her fitness journey at a young age, but knows she still has a while to go. In high school, she played volleyball and ran cross country and track, where she was first introduced to the weight room.
It was there that she found true happiness, and built a community with those with the same goals as her. Inez found some of her best friends at University Recreation, and has been an employee since her freshmen year.
Inez competed in her first powerlifting competition in February, and hopes to compete again sometime soon. With such a strong background in weights, she understands how powerful a good exercise routine can be for the mind, body and soul. She hopes to someday open her own gym with her sister.
Molly is a fitness enthusiast. She is a freshman majoring in program management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Her career goal is to run corporate wellness programs and/or be a fitness brand ambassador.
Molly spent several years playing a variety of competitive sports before finding her niche in volleyball. Blessed with coaches who stressed the importance of proper nutrition and cross training she grew physically stronger and craved more action packed fitness workouts.
Molly is a strong believer in the power of community that can be found in a gym. Motivated by the fitness instructors she worked with she became determined to get her TRX Certification and her NASM Personal Trainer Certification. Her personal workouts are centered around functional fitness and always experimenting to find a newchallenge.
Melvin is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with future plans to help adolescents and young adults live a more active and healthy lifestyle. He also spends time as a strength and conditioning assistant for University Recreation and an academic mentor for athletes. Melvin began playing basketball and baseball at the age of 5 and still continues to play when he has the opportunity. The world of fitness entered his life at the age of 13 and ever since, his passion for physical fitness and weightlifting has only grown while he constantly pushes himself to improve and reach his goals in the gym.
Melvin recognizes the many benefits of exercise and strives to spread this to as many people as he can. During his own workouts he puts an emphasis on connecting the mind and body to work as one as a way to increase success and quality of an exercise program. He also believes that challenging yourself, positivity and motivation are essential to accomplishing goals. His desire to instill this in others, matched with his passion for fitness ultimately led him to become certified as a Personal Trainer by The National Academy of Sport Medicine. Melvin wants his clients to leave sessions feeling empowered and ready for any challenge they face while also becoming stronger mentally and physically.
Bennett is a senior majoring in meteorology and in the Air Force ROTC program. In high school, he was on the cross country, swimming and lacrosse team. These sports introduced fitness and athleticism into his life. When he came to college he no longer had a sport to play so he began to work out for general fitness. Because of a desire to better himself, he wanted to focus his attention and chose to by weight lifting. He currently works out almost every day of the week with aspirations of competing in bodybuilding.
Bennett made his commitment to fitness even more serious by becoming a NASM certified personal trainer along with a certification in AED, CPR, and first AID. He enjoys training others as much as he enjoys training himself. He believes that fitness has had such a great impact on his life, so now he wants to help others do the same.
Tripp is currently a junior majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration, and is planning to study Kinesiology after his undergrad in hopes of becoming a Strength and Conditioning coach. During high school, Tripp was a 3-time all-conference baseball player. He went on to play a year of collegiate baseball at the University of Mount Olive. Tripp combines his competitive athletic background with his knowledge as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer to provide others with an exciting personalized workout.
Tripp’s wellness lifestyle was born at the end of his athletic career. After years of strength training with teams, he learned the importance of self-motivation and personal goal setting when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle outside of athletics. Tripp’s passion as a Personal Trainer comes from his desire to help others realize and achieve their full potential, regardless of what their goals are.
Lauren has held jobs in fitness and recreation since 2010. She has enjoyed playing and discovering new sports since childhood and continues to enjoy finding new ways of exercising.
She loves helping people find a passion in fitness and decided to pursue personal training in the summer of 2015. She has fitness interests and experiences ranging from sports training and yoga to TRX, weight lifting, running and endurance training.
Lauren is NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified and is CPR and AED certified.
She is currently a graduate student in the department of Landscape Architecture at NC State.
In her sophomore year, McKenna is pursuing a major in Nutrition while minoring in Sports Science and Psychology. Upon graduation, she plans to enroll in a graduate program to become a Physical Therapist. While at NC State, McKenna has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant, as well as a Personal Trainer, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She is also CPR/AED certified by the American Red Cross.
From a young age, McKenna has had the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports – tennis, basketball, softball, and cheerleading. While in high school, she received Varsity letters in each of these competitive sports, along with many other accolades honoring her performance and abilities, one of which being named the 3A North Carolina Player of the Year West for softball. After high school, McKenna had planned to continue her athletic career – she had verbally committed to play Division 1 softball. However, her dream of playing at the next level was altered while competing in her very last high school game. A complete ACL and meniscus tear in her right knee changed the mindset of McKenna’s original vision for her future. This injury landed her in physical therapy for several months throughout her freshman year of college. Although this situation can be deemed an athlete’s worst nightmare, McKenna eventually saw it as blessing. While relearning how her body worked, she realized her craving for competition had changed – instead of using her athletic knowledge for personal gain, McKenna’s passion transformed into assisting others in their physical endeavors.
McKenna is focused on continuing to learn how to transform the body in order to compete at various levels of athleticism and ability. Her passion lies with helping others perform, both physically and mentally, at heights never before reached. The creation of safe and effective workouts for all types of clients is the facet of her career in which she prides herself. McKenna is creative while building and sculpting fun and unique workouts that have the potential to support each of her clients in reaching their personal goals.
Michael is a sophomore studying Nutrition Science with a minor in Sports Science. He hopes to go to graduate school to get his doctorate degree as a Physical Therapist after his time at NC State is over. Michael spent both his childhood and middle/high school years playing football for his school team. He played three of his four years in high school on the varsity football team, and served as Team Captain during his senior year. He received the Viking Heart Award from his coaches at the conclusion of his senior season, which is given yearly to the player on the team who most clearly exhibits relentlessness, courage, and leadership.
Michael has been an avid weightlifter since high school, so he decided to better himself by working at UREC as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant. Later, he decided to obtain the National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer Certification in order to learn more about the safety and efficiency of an integrated workout routine. He is very excited to use his knowledge of sports and exercise to design a unique, exciting program for clients at any fitness level seeking help!
Current Certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer, American Red Cross Adult and Infant CPR/AED/First Aid
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.