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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Kara is currently a Second-Year Master’s student in the Higher Education Administration Program. Upon graduation, she is hoping to pursue a professional career in collegiate or non-profit recreation, inspiring others to reach their goals through a lifestyle of wellness. During high school, Kara played tennis and swam for the varsity team all four years. She also played Club Tennis at Ohio State during undergrad. A new hobby Kara picked up since moving to Raleigh is officiating basketball, which she does at the intramural, recreational, and high school level. Kara tries to incorporate wellness into every aspect of her life, attempting to find balance between making healthy choices and enjoying her friends and family. Kara is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certified.
Kara’s fitness and wellness lifestyle has been a long and ongoing journey. Kara has struggled with her weight her whole life, ultimately making extreme efforts to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle when she got to college. She lost more than 50lbs during her first year and a half of college through healthy eating and exercising regularly. She went on to run her first half-marathon right before graduation, and has continued to compete in races whenever she can. Her motto will always be “progress, not perfection”, as she works to continue maintaining her wellness. Kara’s desire to be a Personal Trainer stems from her personal experience with transitioning into a healthier lifestyle. She believes anyone can achieve their goals with education, motivation, and commitment.
Dan is an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer. He is Senior majoring in Human Biology at NC State. He also has two minors in Nutrition and Sport Science. Dan became interested in fitness during high school from running track and playing soccer. Although he found it hard to gain muscle in high school therefore he began doing research on nutrition and how to properly exercise. Between his Senior year of high school and Freshman year of University he gained about 25 pounds in 12 months. Dan has continued to pursue his fitness goals at NC State by working at University Recreation since his Sophomore year and discovering Personal Training along the way. On top of being ACSM certified, Dan is a first degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do and also helps organizes Premier League supporters in the Raleigh area. Dan is very passionate about anything he does whether it is watching some footy on TV or helping clients achieve what they never thought possible.
After his undergraduate career, Dan hopes to gain experience under Physical Therapist and eventually enroll in PT school. He believes that both Physical Therapy and Training involve assisting others to reach a common goal of becoming healthier. He is unsure about where his education will take him but he excited for what the future holds in store. “I want to help others reach their goals and get better physically and mentally. I love that I can accomplish that through Personal training!”
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.
Linnea studies creative writing at NC State. In her free time, she passionately leads multiple group fitness classes. She currently teaches Gentle Yoga, TRX, and H.I.I.T.. She also coaches small group training, specifically, an endurance and strength building class entitled Metabolic Madness.
Though she started her fitness journey with running in high school, college opened her up to a whole new world of fitness opportunities. Wanting to learn more about weight lifting, Linnea became certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for personal training. She is also certified by the American Red Cross in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Once she developed a passion for group fitness, she received two TRX certifications, TRX Group Training and TRX Functional Training.
Linnea sees fitness not only as a way to gain and maintain optimal health, but also as a way to have fun, to become empowered, and to escape from the pressures of everyday life. She believes that a regular fitness routine should include a variety of movements and modalities to cultivate strength along with balance, flexibility, and endurance. She meets each day with a positive and joyful attitude, excited to help others achieve their goals in any way she can.
Logan is a fifth-year student majoring in both Civil Engineering and History, and hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. A proud member of the University Recreation team since 2013, Logan works as both a Member Services Specialist and a Personal Trainer. He received his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in April of 2016, and is also CPR/AED and First Aid certified by the Red Cross.
Coming from a family where the important of exercise and fitness were always stressed, Logan developed a passion for being active and healthy throughout his youth. From participating in team sports, to informal recreation, to fitness training, Logan always maintained an active lifestyle, and it has become one of the core parts of his life. Joining University Recreation only increased his involvement in physical activity and his motivation to live healthy, and he has learned a great deal during his time here. He believes that fitness can bring be both mentally and physically rewarding, as well as a lot of fun, and now wants to help others find their own way to an active and happy life. Through personal training, Logan hopes to assist anyone in reaching their fitness goals and to push them to make being active and healthy a part of their present and future life.
Alex is currently a senior in Mechanical Engineering. He has always had an interest in health and fitness. Along with fitness, he has also always had a passion for helping and developing others and thought to combine his two passions by becoming a personal trainer. He has obtained his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and CPR/First Aid/AED certification through American Red Cross.
Alex has always been active in various sports since kindergarten but found his love with basketball during middle school. He’s played basketball every year since 7th grade, football a couple of years, and Golf his senior year of high school. He didn’t get involved with weight training until he got his own personal trainer while away on a co-op. After being trained himself and learning about the benefits of weight lifting and nutrition, his passion for fitness grew exponentially. While working his last internship, he partnered with a chef and another intern to begin a healthy cooking class for interns to teach the basics of healthy cooking.
Since Alex was previously a client of a personal trainer, he understands the expectations that clients have throughout the program. With this, his mission is not only to help his clients attain their goals during the sessions but also to educate them on how they can obtain their goals outside of the sessions. He is a firm believer that every goal can be met with the right amount of determination, motivation, and education.
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.
Suze, a senior majoring in Nutrition Science, is from Salisbury, NC. Throughout her childhood Suze would always find herself outside playing on the playground or participating in sports. She has always had a passion for being active and bettering herself.
When Suze got to college that is when she decided to make a difference. She was very afraid of the rumored “freshman 15.” So instead she decided to workout every day after class. She started asking questions about equipment, starting working on her form, and finally starting to incorporate weights and resistance in her workouts. As it turned out she managed to get into a great routine and even lose weight in the process. When people would ask her for help she would always be eager to response, but was never 100% sure she was telling them the correct things. This is why Suze decided to become a personal trainer. She wanted not only to better herself, but also to help others better themselves. She decided to become certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, one of the top tier personal training certifications. She wants her clients to be able to leave the sessions feeling knowledgeable and confident when it comes to exercising and strength training. She wants to be there to help her clients in any way that she can to ensure their goals are met.
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.
Carson is a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance who is set to graduate in the spring. Along with personal training, Carson is also a strength and conditioning assistant and facility assistant here for NC State University Recreation. Through personal training he hopes to help others reach their fitness goals and teach others how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Carson’s interest in athletics and fitness started at a young age. He grew up playing soccer and basketball all the way up until high school when he decided to focus more on golf. His junior and senior years of high school were spent traveling across the state competing in both individual tournaments and tournaments for his school. Senior year, Carson helped bring his team to a 6th place finish in the state championship. This was his high schools first time ever qualifying for the state tournament.
Upon entering college, Carson fell in love with working out and fitness. With less time to play organized sports or to make it out to the golf course, Carson got more and more involved with University Recreation and the people who share his passion for fitness. With his certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Carson hopes to share his knowledge with others who hope to become a better version of themselves and be more fit.
Susan is a senior studying Nutrition Science here at NC State University. Growing up in the western part of North Carolina, she has always enjoyed being outside and staying active. In high school she played soccer and ran cross country. Before being introduced to the gym she was scared of being “bulky” and overly muscular. A love for fitness and healthier living was sparked after a friend showed her the ropes at a local gym. After two short year Susan became NASM Personal Trainer certified as well as CPR certified.
Her personal passion for fitness stems from watching personal growth. She sees nothing more encouraging and empowering than setting goals for yourself and working to surpass them. Being a full time student and a mother of a 1 year old, she understands the importance of maximizing your time in the gym to achieve desired results. Susan’s ultimate passion is people and to get to know them personally, their strengths and weaknesses. As a personal trainer she wants to help her clients focus on bettering themselves inside and outside of the gym setting, helping them be the best version of themselves.
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.
Ryan Phillips obtained his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in November of 2016, and is also CPR/First Aid/AED certified through the American Red Cross. Along with personal training, Ryan is also a Wellness Assistant for NC State University Recreation. He is a senior majoring in Finance and minoring in accounting and English. He is also involved on campus as the president of the Finance Club and a mentor for the Poole College of Management.
Ryan is an Eagle Scout, enjoys music, and partaking in outdoor recreational activities like skiing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, and disc golf. Ryan began running in high school and was introduced to weight training by one his friends in his freshman year of college. His love of going to the gym encouraged him to spend increasingly more time educating himself about fitness.
Ryan became a personal trainer to fuse his passions of working with people and working out in the gym. He enjoys learning about every client he works with and strives to help them better themselves every day based on their goals inside and outside the gym. His goal is to make sure every client feels comfortable living a healthy lifestyle, by educating and motivating them to improve, so they may continue making healthy choices in the future.
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
Jonathan is a senior in Biomedical Engineering, set to graduate in the spring. After graduating and taking a gap year, he plans to head to graduate school for Orthotics & Prosthetics, so that he can either design and build prosthetics or help patients adapt to their new lifestyle. Jonathan is also a Strength & Conditioning Assistant in addition to being a personal trainer; moreover, he obtained his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Jonathan’s passion for fitness began at the age of 10 when he began participating in Martial Arts. This passion grew as he incorporated weightlifting to his regiment during his preparation for his black belt test. Since then, Jonathan has augmented his knowledge of general fitness and continues to pair weightlifting and martial arts training.
Fitness has not only facilitated a healthy lifestyle for Jonathan, but has helped him find confidence, relief from stress, and a supportive community. He desires to assist his clients in taking control of their fitness, reaping the benefits that he and many others have obtained.
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.