What is personal training?

Rec personal trainer Sharon works out with a weighty box found at home.

Rec personal trainer Sharon works out with a weighty box found at home.

Personal training is one-on-one instruction that incorporates exercise screening, goal-setting and health education. Following a fitness consultation, the trainer will design a challenging workout routine specifically designed for each individual’s needs. All of our personal trainers are certified through a nationally recognized organization and are CPR/First Aid certified.

How can a personal trainer help me?

  • Individual exercise plans
  • Fitness/health goal setting
  • Weight loss/gain plans
  • Monthly workout “tune-ups”
  • Sport-specific training

New Clients

Introductory Session $30 Employees/ $15 Students!

*Due to an overwhelming demand for training services, we are having to pause accepting new clients at this time. Please add yourself to the waitlist so we can email you if there are openings. For more questions, please email Jeff at

All new clients are required to complete the introductory session. 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.

If you are a UW Employee who has never been a member of the IMA, or you need to update your contact information, please contact to get started. 
Purchase online now!

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: $25.00*

4 Sessions: $80.00*

8 Sessions: $150.00*

12 Sessions: $210.00*

UW employee/spouse/plus one

Single Session: $48.00*

4 Sessions: $180.00*

8 Sessions: $345.00*

12 Sessions: $480.00*

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

Meet the Trainers:


Education & Certification

  • B.S. Kinesiology, Western Washington University
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), American College of Sports Medicine
  • USA Rowing Level 2
Day Availability
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


A photo of Becky.

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.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
Day Availability
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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.S. Kinesiology, Washington State University
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
Day Availability
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


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

  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
Day Availability
M/W/F 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
T/Th 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday  Anytime after 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Anytime after 9:00 a.m.


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

  • 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
Day Availability
Monday Unavailable
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday Unavailable


(not accepting new clients)

A photo of Kari.

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

  • Kinesiology, University of Tennessee
  • School of Physical Therapy, University of Washington
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Day Availability
Monday 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.


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

  • NASM certified personal trainer
Day Availability
Monday 6:00 – 8:00 a.m., 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday Unavailable
Thursday 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 – 8:00 a.m., 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.


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

  • 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
Day Availability
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


(Virtual Training only and not accepting new clients at this time)

A photo of Sharon Branson

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. Kinesiology, Washington State University
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
Day Availability
Monday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


( not accepting new clients currently)

A photo of Travis.

Travis is dedicated to helping each client optimize their health and longevity. His training focuses on full body dynamic movements in order to challenge core strength and cardiovascular health. He enjoys helping clients master their lifting form to become confident in controlling barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells. He also incorporates mobility and injury prevention techniques into his workouts for pain free training. Travis likes to keep his workouts interesting, fun, and challenging by incorporating balance and body weight training to improve body control and awareness.

He developed a love of running and from this, utilizes leg and core exercises specific to running with his own training. He believes this benefits the body not only when running, but also when walking and sitting.

Travis grew up playing baseball, and now he enjoys running, hiking, and golfing. You can also find him watching movies and sports.


  • Barbell Training
  • Kettlebell Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Running Economy


Education & Certification

  • B.S. Psychology, University of Washington
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Day Availability
Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. + 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Tues/Thurs 4:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.


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



Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible for personal training?

Students and eligible Fac/Staff can work with their trainer in person at the IMA.

Non-IMA members can continue to train virtually.

What is the personal training session duration?

All personal training sessions are up to one hour.

What software is needed to train virtually?

You will need to have a steady internet connection and access to Zoom.

What attire should I wear for my personal training session?

Masks are required! Come prepared to each training session in proper workout attire and footwear. Participants arriving unprepared for their training session 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 email their trainer 24 hours in advance of the scheduled training session. You will be charged for appointments cancelled with fewer than 24 hours notice. Failure to contact your trainer will result in a session loss.

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 personal training packages expire six (6) months from the date of purchase. All packages are non-refundable/non-transferable.

Who do I contact with questions regarding personal training?

Jeff Palmer, Fitness Programs Manager

Your health and well-being are important to us at UW Recreation. The purpose of this disclaimer and notice is to make you conscious of the potential risks connected with any exercise, physical fitness, or training program, to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not you should participate in these types of activities.

UW Recreation recommends that you obtain a comprehensive physical examination and consult with a licensed physician before beginning this or any exercise program. When participating in this exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release UW Recreation from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising from the use of these video or livestream productions.

UW Recreation does not provide accident/medical coverage for participants. It is recommended that participants obtain their own personal coverage. Students may obtain additional information on student accident/sickness insurance by contacting:

Student Insurance Office
Room 459 Schmitz Hall
(206) 543-6202