All trainers have both in-house and national training certification by groups including
the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association,
and National Academy of Sports Medicine.
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Sara is a physical therapy student here at USC and has been a personal trainer with
Campus Recreation for four years. Along with being a personal trainer, she also serves
as the Director of the Personal Training Prep Program, teaching others to become certified
personal trainers. She discovered her interest in weight training and nutrition as
a cross country and track athlete in high school. She now dedicates her time to strength
training and playing for a local ultimate frisbee team. Sara believes that everyone
can find their strength with the right motivation and programming. She is dedicated
to helping clients feel comfortable in a gym and make the positive changes to achieve
their goals. Focusing on fitness has changed her life and she knows that it can do
the same for others.
Alex is a 2nd year Professional Master of Athletic Training Student here at USC. She
graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a B.S in Exercise and Sport Science.
Alex knows that her background with Athletic Training has given her a greater knowledge
in her program structure and designs, always targeting each individual client’s weak
areas. She believes in caring not only for the physical health of her clients but
the mental health as well. Alex is determined to help each client she works with gain
the confidence they need to be successful in their fitness journey.
I am a sophomore studying Marine Science and in Marine/Navy ROTC, commissioning into
the Marine Corps after college. My passion for weightlifting came from wanting to
get strong and confident for myself and my future. My background is mainly powerlifting
but within the last year I have gotten more into bodybuilding. I have a great understanding
of the different types of training over the broad spectrum that exists. I love the
way that weightlifting has changed my life entirely, mentally, and physically, and
I love helping other people accomplish the same, no matter what their end goal may
I am NASM-CPT certified.
Hi, my name is Carter Venancio and I am from Davidson, NC. I'm currently in graduate
school here at USC studying to obtain my Doctor of Physical Therapy. I've been personal
training for about a year now in various settings from group personal training and
one on one personal training. My love for fitness started from running Track and Field
and Cross Country at UNC Wilmington in Undergraduate. Since then, I have obtained
my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification to help further
my knowledge of strength and conditioning principles, specifically to improve athletic
performance. On top of personal training, I also serve as a teaching assistant for the Physical
Therapy musculoskeletal and gross anatomy course. My goal as a personal trainer is
to make my clients feel more comfortable in the gym by building confidence and knowledge
in exercise technique and purpose to achieve their personal goals.
Dominic is a junior student majoring in computer science here at USC. He discovered
his love for the weight room while training with his high school football team. Once
he began to lift on a consistent basis, he was able to utilize strength building to
cut fat and gain muscle through the specific process of body re-composition. With
his experience, gained knowledge, and personal insight, it is Dominic’s goal to assist
others on their journey to reaching their goals. Having a strong and healthy family
is a core value for Dominic, and he believes that exercise is not simply for aesthetics,
but also to have an impact on holistic wellness as it relates to mental, physical,
social, emotional, and financial dimensions. Dominic actively engages in strength
training daily with the weight room being a space to clear his mind and working towards
becoming the best he can be.
Kai is currently a second-year graduate student in the Physical Therapy program at
USC. Kai has a background working with a variety of age groups, various sports settings,
and various levels of sport competition in a strength and conditioning capacity. Kai
believes that all aspects of health can be improved with exercise whether it be someone’s
weight, body composition, mental health, or simply dealing with the normal life stressors.
Kai focuses on building comfort and confidence in the gym and giving his clients the
tools that they need to enjoy a lifetime of physical fitness. He focuses on tailoring
his approach uniquely to each client’s own fitness or wellness goals.