What is personal training?

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Personal training is one-on-one fitness instruction that incorporates fitness assessments, goal setting and exercise education. Following an introductory session, the trainer will design challenging workout routines specifically designed for each individual’s needs.

How can a personal trainer help me?

  • Goal setting and maintenance
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Sport-specific training
  • Monthly workout “tune-ups”
  • Injury prevention

New Clients

Introductory Session $50 Employees / $40 Students!

*Please add yourself to the waitlist so we can email you when there are openings. Approximate wait time for PT is 1 week.

Mandatory for new clients! This introductory session with your trainer will give you a detailed analysis of where you should take your fitness program. Throughout this session, expect basic assessments such as info gathering and physical fitness tests.

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Current Clients: Your personal trainer will contact you when she/he has been notified by the fitness manager of your purchase. Please allow three business days for the trainer to be notified. All clients are required to purchase additional training sessions prior to scheduling more sessions.

Session pricing:


Single Session: $40.00*

4 Sessions: $155.00*

8 Sessions: $310.00*

12 Sessions: $465.00*

UW employee/Plus One

Single Session: $50.00*

4 Sessions: $195.00*

8 Sessions: $390.00*

12 Sessions: $585.00*

*Washington State Sales tax is not included and will be applied at checkout.

Customized Exercise Programs

Are you looking for some structure in your fitness journey? Our certified personal trainers will provide you with a four-week plan that will help you reach your fitness and wellness goals in a timely and realistic manner!

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Meet the Trainers:


Relocated from sunny California, Alani is an ACE certified personal trainer. Her passion for an active lifestyle started at an early age through cheer, dance, track & field and soccer. Alani’s experience, coaching gymnastics, strengthened her love for teaching and supporting others through movement. She enjoys helping her clients set and reach their goals, specifically working towards sustainable healthy habits.

As a student at the University of Washington, she is studying Informatics to understand how the use of data and knowledge can improve areas such as human health and wellness. While not in the gym or class, she spends her time chasing sunsets and sunrises, listening to island reggae and spending time with her family and friends.


  • Beginner Programs
  • Sport Performance
  • Functional Movement
  • Weight Loss and maintenance

Education & Certification

  • Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • University of Washington, Informatics


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Alysha is a first year graduate student at the University of Washington’s Physical Therapy program. Alysha moved from North Dakota where she completed an Associates of Applied Science Fitness Trainer Technician program as well as her Bachelors in Exercise Physiology. Alysha has served in the Army National Guard for 6 years and is an Army Master Fitness Trainer.
Although Alysha played many Varsity sports in high school such as, Softball, Volleyball, Hockey, and Dance! In her free time she races on the National Guard Endurance team, competing in Spartan races and other OCR endurance events! Alysha has experience and knowledge in many areas to include lifting, HIIT, endurance training, and stretching/recovery.


  • Military Fitness
  • Endurance Training
  • Weight Lifting
  • Stretching and Recovery

Education & Certification

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • School of Physical Therapy, University of Washington


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Becky studied kinesiology in college with the intention of becoming a physical therapist. After volunteering at various physical therapy clinics, she realized that she enjoyed preventative training more than treating and releasing. She shifted her focus from physical therapy to personal training, initially training athletes, and now works with all types of exercisers. She is quick to notice inefficient movement patterns along with muscle imbalances, and weaves in exercises to improve both.

Growing up, Becky was a competitive gymnast, and switched to rowing in college when she successfully walked on to Western’s women’s rowing team. She has coached rowing at Pacific Lutheran University, worked as an Exercise Specialist at Valley Medical Center, and most recently, was one of the trainers at Eastlake Performance.

In her free time she rows on Lake Union, rock climbs, runs, crochets, and reads. She loves to try new things and isn’t scared to struggle through the learning process.


  • Functional Training
  • Rowing
  • Sport-Specific Training

Education & Certification

  • B.S. Kinesiology, Western Washington University
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), American College of Sports Medicine
  • USA Rowing Level 2


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In the classroom, Chris is a Biochemistry/Nutrition student and an aspiring Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist. Outside of the classroom, Chris is a certified personal trainer, competitive USA Powerlifting powerlifter, and Marvel enthusiast.

Chris has not looked back since stepping his foot in the gym in 2018. Chris recently became NASM-certified, intending to not only help others achieve their goals but also further develop as a fitness professional himself.

Regardless of where you may currently stand in your fitness journey, Chris is ready and determined to empower you as a lifter and as an individual.


  • Powerlifting
  • Bodybuilding
  • Beginner programs
  • Weight Loss

Education & Certification

  • Certified Personal Trainer—National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • CPR/AED—American Safety Training Institute (ASTI)


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*Not accepting new clients*

Doubling as a dental student, Christine is a NASM-certified personal trainer with a diverse fitness background.

After many years of unenthusiastic and tenuous athleticism, Christine eventually discovered weightlifting and later became fully immersed in the bodybuilding community.  While studying at Pomona College, she balanced strength training with dance, athletic conditioning courses, and recreational sports to develop a more flexible and holistic approach to training.

Whether someone is expert and active, novice but eager, or even brutally apathetic about fitness, Christine is excited to help everyone improve their health and achieve their goals!  She feels it is not only her passion but her personal obligation to help others view fitness as a positive and lifelong experience.

Outside of dental school and the gym, Christine loves playing basketball, improving her golf game, brewery hopping, enjoying the classic but controversial pineapple on pizza, and pretending to like hiking.


  • Bodybuilding
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Group Fitness
  • Functional Training

Education & Certification

  • B.A. Neuroscience – Pomona College
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) – National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • CPR/First Aid- American Red Cross
  • Private Pilot License– Federal Aviation Administration
  • D.D.S. Candidate – UW School of Dentistry


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Although Dante is a WSU alumnus, but don’t hold that against him—he was a huge Husky fan growing up and is excited to work at UW. He’s trained a range of clients, including professional athletes, weekend warriors, desk jockeys and the elderly. He believes exercise is fundamental to living a well-balanced life, and truly enjoys helping people. He is confident an inner athlete lives inside everyone, and it’s his job to motivate clients to unlock their physical potential.

Dante incorporates functional training in his workouts, making sure that each workout helps clients improve physical performance outside the gym. He strives to make each workout a challenging learning experience with a focus on optimal range of motion and proper mechanics. Ensuring each client reaches their potential and is inspired to pursue a healthier and more physical lifestyle.

During his free time, he enjoys reading anything sports or health-related, working on his car and spending time outdoors. He’s an avid basketball player and enjoys football and baseball as well.


  • Sport-Specific Training
  • Conditioning
  • Functional Training
  • Core Strength
  • Proprioception/Balance Training

Education & Certification

  • B.S. Kinesiology, Washington State University
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association


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On top of studying business at UW and pursuing a career in law, Dylan is also an NFPT certified personal trainer eager to help others achieve their goals through the most efficient and studied methods of health and wellness.

Dylan grew up in Washington playing a variety of sports, but was mostly focused on baseball. It was here that he developed a passion for weightlifting and bodybuilding through his commitment to athletics. While researching ways to improve himself, his passion grew to helping his friends and family achieve similar goals until personal training presented itself as a potential calling.


  • Bodybuilding
  • Strength Training
  • Speed and Agility
  • Sport Performance
  • Weight Loss and Maintenance

Education & Certification

  • NFPT Certified Personal Trainer


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Elijah is a first year graduate student in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at UW. She has completed her B.S. in Kinesiology, is an ACE certified personal trainer, and has been training clients for 6 years. She has completed continuing education in corrective exercise, Pilates, workout program design, HIIT workout programming, and nutrition for weight management. She became a personal trainer because she loved to learn about the human body and finding ways to help it function best. Along the way, she has trained many people who have struggled with their body image and confidence. She has a holistic approach to personal training and will not only help you achieve your goals, but help you in a way where you learn to love yourself and appreciate what your body can do.

She has played lots of sports throughout her life such as volleyball, track, softball, and dance. She loves to weightlift, do yoga, and go hiking. During her free time, she loves to cook, bake, take care of her dozens of plants, go camping, and play with her 3 cats!


  • Exercise programming
  • Weight management
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Pilates

Education & Certification

  • Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • University of Washington, Kinesiology
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Washington ( in progress)


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*Emme is not accepting new clients at this time*

Armed with problem-solving skills, a goal-oriented mentality, and empathy, Emme is eager to help people of all backgrounds move toward healthier lifestyles. She deeply values fitness and recognizes that exercise enriches our lives with joy.

Emme’s athletic career highlights include competing in varsity, soccer, basketball, and track, and leading her cross country team to the podium at the State Championships for two consecutive years. Since then, she has competed in numerous obstacle course Spartan Races and begun a self-initiated strength training program to promote body confidence, strength, and optimal health.

Stemming from a diverse background in exercise, Emme’s training philosophy incorporates a holistic, balanced approach. Additionally, she recognizes the importance of mental training in improving athletic performance and reaching goals. With her clients, Emme incorporates various strategies to improve mental resilience, including visualization and breathing techniques. Outside of the gym, she loves mountain biking, hiking, writing in her journal, and exploring different cuisines!


  • Running Performance and Technique
  • Muscular Hypertrophy
  • Speed and Agility Training
  • Lifestyle Improvements

Education & Certification

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certification
  • CPR and First Aid Certified


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Gina is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is currently a senior at the University of Washington working on her B.A. in Dance. She has been dancing all her life, and practices Hip-Hop and heels. Gina also has a passion for fitness and is currently a dance instructor/group fitness instructor in the Seattle area!

Growing up as a dancer Gina has experienced many injuries related to vigorous training. She found rehabilitation and strength through exercise, and eventually became a certified personal trainer. She loves helping others reach their fitness goals and specializes in injury prevention and rehabilitation.


  • High Intensity Training
  • Dance Instruction
  • Injury Prevention/Rehabilitation
  • Functional Movement

Education & Certification

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • University of Washington, Department of Dance


Justin started his training journey in 2020, where he worked in big box gym settings as well as running his own private practice. He has had the privilege of working with a variety of people, from retired seniors trying to improve everyday functions,  to fitness enthusiasts having trouble breaking their long standing plateaus.

Justin is well versed in a multitude of training modalities. His favorites include kettlebell training, calisthenics and martial arts training. He is a detail oriented individual who not only wants you to look the part but move the part in an efficient, safe and vital manner. Whether it is doing a kickboxing workout on the pads or learning how to deadlift, he is able to cater to a wide variety of client interests. Above all, his training philosophy is centered around taking responsibility for one’s physical health and the values that come with it such as self-discipline and mental resiliency.

Outside of the IMA, Justin is also an avid competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and regularly competes. He is also an outdoorsman, aspiring grill master and mediocre guitarist.


  • Functional Training
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Calisthenics
  • Martial arts- Kickboxing, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling

Education & Certification

  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer


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To Kari, exercise is an important, meaningful part of daily living. Although our schedules are busy, she believes exercise should be incorporated to become routine. Kari is an ardent supporter that exercise can prevent health problems and improve quality of life, and she looks forward to helping everyone achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals.

Kari’s love of fitness started at an early age with team sports. She grew up playing volleyball, basketball and soccer, and since then has added snowboarding, surfing, running and yoga. A native Canadian, she ran her own personal training business in the Vancouver area for six years before moving to Seattle, working with a wide variety of clients.

Kari loves to craft, read health books (non-fiction, of course!) and travel around the world, particularly to Vancouver to visit friends and family. An obvious Canucks fan, she enjoys eating poutine and drinking Canadian beer.


  • Rehabilitation
  • High Intensity Training
  • Sport-Specific Training
  • Circuit Training
  • Functional Training

Education & Certification

  • B.S. Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology


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Kate has been an athlete and coach since 2013, when she started playing and coaching roller derby. Kate has a background in healthcare, having worked ten years as a nursing assistant and paramedic. In 2019 she moved to Bellevue with her husband and cat, and decided to work full time as a personal trainer. She has been training with a small studio for the past three years doing personal and group fitness coaching. She specializes in athletic performance, injury prevention, and functional movement. She is highly passionate about the mind body connection and finding joy in movement!


  • Sports Performance
  • Functional Movement
  • Injury Prevention
  • Prehab/Rehab
  • Mindful Movement

Education & Certification

  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • Functional Movement Systems


*Not accepting new clients*

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Lauren grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area with sports consuming her interests and time, enjoying the social and competitive aspect, but not always the exercise components. She oftentimes found exercise too daunting to keep up with every day. Obtaining a degree in Kinesiology during her undergrad at the University of Tennessee (go vols!!), she was opened up to a whole new understanding of what fitness means for leading a healthy life and achieving goals, as learning the science and blocking out the Instagram “fitspos” made it all seem manageable, even enjoyable.

From here, Lauren set out on a journey to expand her knowledge of exercise, studying methods of concurrent training (cardio and strength training combined) and debunking the fads of the fitness industry. She wants to give people the science-backed tools to create their own desired, exercise-filled lifestyle. Specifically, she loves introducing clients to strength training and getting people on board to lift smart and heavy just like her! As someone that understands the difficulty in carving time out to exercise, Lauren is all about incorporating fun ways and strategies to stay active! With a passion and motto of looking at movement as medicine and prevention of disease, coupled with studying to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy here at UW, Lauren wants to share her knowledge and aid in your fitness journey by reframing your perception of exercise and fitness!

As someone new to Seattle from Ohio, Lauren is ready to hear about your favorite local food spots, breweries, and things to do! She enjoys hiking and outdoor activities in her free time, including rowing leisurely, SUPing, and biking. She loves to cook, listen to exercise science podcasts, pretend to be a photographer, shop way too much for her own good, play piano, and watch Cleveland sports (don’t get her started on how hyped she is for the Browns or you’ll never hear the end of it).


  • Weight Training
  • Rowing
  • Sport Performance
  • Weight Maintenance

Education & Certification

  • Kinesiology, University of Tennessee
  • School of Physical Therapy, University of Washington
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer


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Maeve is an NASM certified personal trainer that has a wide ranging background in fitness! Currently she studying at UW as a nursing student and she is an Air Force ROTC cadet!

Being an elite athlete in field hockey, lacrosse, and Irish dancing, Maeve likes to focus on cardio-based workouts that incorporate strength training, stamina, and balance. She is eager to help anyone and everyone in achieving their goals whether it is to get stronger, establishing a healthy workout routine, or finding the motivation to be your best self!

Outside of school and the gym, Maeve enjoys hiking, watching Sunday night football, photography and telling people she is 5’4” when she is actually 5’ 3.5″.


  • Beginner Weight Training
  • Cardiovascular Improvement
  • Working with Athletes and Military
  • Dance Skills

Education & Certification

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer


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Growing up in Olympia, Washington my first love was baseball. Playing competitively growing up, I went on to play college baseball at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California while also getting a degree in Applied Exercise Science. After college, I signed with the Seattle Mariners and played in their minor league system until an Achilles tendon rupture ended my career. It was at that point I decided I wanted to help other people overcome their injuries and live healthier lives, which has led to me studying Physical Therapy here at the University of Washington.

I have always had a passion for exercise and fitness. Helping people push past their limits and achieve their goals is one of the most exciting and rewarding things to experience. I am a firm believer that exercise and movement are essential components to a healthy life, so making exercise fun and reasonable for people is a goal of mine. Whether it be getting back to the basketball court or getting you started with an exercise program for the first time, I am here to help.  Away from school I love following baseball, working out and playing sports, hiking and backpacking, drinking great coffee and beer (suggestions welcome), and listening to rock or the blues.


  • Sport Performance
  • Weight Training
  • Beginner Workouts
  • Working with Diabetic clients

Education & Certification

  • NASM Behavioral Change Specialist
  • CPR/First Aid/BLS


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O’nalisa is a NASM-CPT with a passion for helping people find a healthy balance between fitness and life. O’nalisa has been a competitor all of her life. She played travel softball growing up and was able to play all over the country. While playing softball, she was introduced to CrossFit when she as 15 years old. It was here where she found her love for physical fitness. She likes to think of CrossFit as her “fitness gateway.”

Once she entered college, she decided to take a break from CrossFit and experiment in the gym on her own. Her CrossFit background made it easier for her to plan her own workouts and execute them. After taking the gym more seriously, she fell in love with the process of planning and wanted to design programs that helped others. O’nalisa is energetic, outgoing, social, and ready to help you achieve your goals!

O’nalisa is a Communications major and Nutrition minor. When she’s not personal training, working out, or doing homework, you can find O’nalisa working at Lululemon, spending time with her family and friends, and relaxing in bed while watching any Investigation Discovery show. “


  • Muscle Building
  • Sport Performance
  • Barbell Training

Education and Certification

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED First Aid – National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)


(Virtual Training only)

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Sharon worked in the tech industry after university but was dissatisfied with her lack of social impact. She became a personal trainer in 2003 and has never looked back, evangelizing healthy lifestyle choices to all who would listen.

Sharon has trained clients ranging from athletic to terminally ill, from highly motivated to highly social. She is a stickler for excellent form and technique, not letting you cheat through your exercises. She knows just how much to push you to get the most out of your workout, safely and without injury. Sharon has also taught indoor cycling classes, and has competed in triathlons and open-water swims.

Sharon enjoys cooking (and loves eating!) flavorful dishes from around the world and learning French for her retirement on the French Riviera one day. Sharon also volunteers, speaking to middle-schoolers on making positive choices.


  • Teaching beginners
  • Strength training
  • Training for life’s activities and passions
  • Senior fitness

Education & Certification

  • B.S. Computing Science (Kinesiology minor), Simon Fraser University
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), American Council on Exercise


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Sydney is an avid lifter and runner. Growing up playing multiple sports, Sydney has always had a passion for physical activity. She is a member of the UW Women’s club soccer team, participates in the Club Northwest track team and loves to weight train. She also spent two years as a UW athletic training intern where she aided athletes in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, and is an ACE certified personal trainer. She is passionate about holistic health and enjoys a hybrid form of training, programming strength and conditioning, running, and lifting into her routine.

She loves working with others to reach their fitness goals and form a well-balanced, healthy relationship with exercise. She is committed to helping each individual get stronger, learn proper mechanics, challenge themselves, and have fun!


  • Strength and conditioning
  • Athletic performance
  • Weightlifting
  • Barbell training
  • Running training

Education & Certification

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR Certified


While studying both Psychology and Informatics, Youseph is also an NASM-certified personal trainer with a passion for guiding himself and others towards reaching their fitness and wellness goals!

After growing up overweight and always being self-conscious about his looks, Youseph realized that things needed to change. But rather than suffer running laps or jumping rope all day, he looked more towards weightlifting as his route to success. One day, Youseph decided to pick up a pair of 40lb dumbbells… And then put them back down and replace them with 15’s! While it was a slow and extensive journey, there was never a day where he didn’t enjoy stepping into the gym and working hard!

Physical activity had started as a dreadful part of his day and transformed into something he looked forward to and he wanted to share with others. Whether it’s someone who’s never even been inside of a gym in their life or an aspiring bodybuilder trying to be the next Chris Bumstead, Youseph wants to make the journey easier for those warry of taking the first steps of bettering their lives.

When not at the gym, Youseph still holds on to many unrelated interests such as video games, fashion, music, and photography


  • Powerlifting
  • Bodybuilding
  • Beginner programs
  • Weight loss and maintenance

Education & Certification

  • B.S. Psychology, University of Washington
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer


Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible for personal training?

You must be an IMA member to work with your trainer in person.

Non-IMA members can continue to train virtually.

How long are sessions?

Personal Training sessions are 50 minutes.

What attire should I wear for my personal training session?

Come prepared to each training session in proper workout attire and footwear. Participants arriving unprepared for their workout will lose the session.

What is your late arrival policy?

Clients are responsible for arriving on-time to their training sessions. Trainers are obligated to wait only 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, the trainer is not required to lead the remaining time of the session and the session will be lost.

What is your cancellation policy?

Clients are asked to contact their trainer 24 hours in advance of the scheduled training session. You will be charged for appointments cancelled with fewer than 24 hours’ notice. 

Do personal training packages expire?

Individuals registering for personal training must complete all personal training sessions by the end of the client’s eligibility to participate in the program (current IMA membership) or by the expiration date of the training package, whichever comes first. All packages are non-refundable/non-transferable.

Who do I contact with questions regarding personal training?

Jeff Palmer, Fitness and Mindfulness Manager

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