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Our Trainers

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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Personal trainer Sara Steger

Sara Steger

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.

Personal trainer Alex Erskine

Alex Erskine

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. 

Andrea Simko

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 be.

I am NASM-CPT certified.

Personal trainer Carter Venancio

Carter Venancio

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. 

Personal trainer Dominic Campbell

Dominic Campbell

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.

Personal trainer Kai Miller

Kai Miller

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.

 


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