Personal Training Testimonials:
I've really loved working with Rice's Personal Trainers. Everyone I've trained with has been knowledgeable and fun, so training is incredibly helpful and also motivating -- even inspiring. With their help, I've also been able to work with -- and sometimes work through! -- some of my body's limitations, whether arthritis or major illness. I always look forward to my next session. It's a great program staffed by wonderful people! –Elizabeth L.
The Personal Training Program at the Rice Rec Center is Fantastic! I worked with a trainer to set up a program to get me into workout regimen to stay in shape. She developed a set of routines that keep me challenged and that have enough variety that they don’t get boring, which keeps me coming back. Thanks, keep up the good work.–Al G.
Working with D’Ondra has been life changing. In under a year she has helped me go from a sedentary lifestyle and needing to lose weight to being 60lbs lighter and training for my first triathlon! My sessions are always fun, challenging, and educational and she always includes something new and exciting for me. She goes above and beyond every step of the way and truly is concerned about the health, wellness, and personal success of her clients. Working with my trainer has given me the knowledge, strength, and ability to accomplish great things! – Jennifer B.
Rice Recreation Center’s nationally certified and experienced personal trainers provide individual, buddy, or small group training sessions to people desiring a program tailored to their specific needs. Trainers take time to evaluate their clients' physical fitness and keep track of their progress.
Please note: Sessions, orientations, fitness assessments, and packages purchased prior to June 30, 2013 must be used by July 1, 2013 or the remaining balance will be forfeited. All personal training services are non-refundable.
Buddy Session Packages allow you and a friend, co-worker or roommate to get in shape together, share the expenses and have fun on your journey of getting in shape. Buddy Session packages may include any variation of student/non-student and/or non-members. Pricing for all groups is the same.
Buddy Package 1(3 sessions)
Buddy Package 2(5 sessions)
Buddy Package 3(10 sessions)
Please Note: Sessions, orientations, fitness assessments, and packages purchased prior to June 30, 2013 must be used by July 1, 2013 or the remaining balance will be forfeited. All personal training services are non-refundable.
Small group sessions will allow you and your friends (3-4) to work with a trainer and reach your goals together. Groups may include any variation of student/non-student and/or non-members. Pricing for all groups is the same.
Fitness testing is a wonderful way to chart your current fitness level and track your progress over a period of time. The fitness assessments include general tests of cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, flexibility, blood pressure, body composition, and more. Fitness assessments are administered by the Personal Training staff within the Recreation Center.
*Prior to purchasing an assessment, please complete the registration form here. You will automatically be directed to the payment page once registration is complete.
Weight Room Orientation
If you would like to start weight training and using some of the machines in the weight room, the weight room orientation is a perfect start to your basic weight training goals. A weight room team member and/or trainer will take time to guide you through set-up on 8-10 machines targeting major muscle groups, ensure proper techniques, explain muscle groups being worked and provide you with all of the information covered at the end of the session.
Weight Room Orentation Rates:
Students: $10 | Non-Student Members: $20 | Non-Members: $30
*This is NOT a personal training session, but if you are interested in personal training the weight room team will be happy to provide you with more information.
Cardio Room Orientation
Are you interested in using the cardio equipment in the Rice Recreation Center but not sure how or where to start? Is this your first time working out and you would like some guidance? With the cardio room orientation a weight room team member and/or a personal trainer will spend 45-60 minutes explaining the general layout of the cardio room, guide you through set-up on the cardio equipment and discuss features characteristic to each brand of equipment. You will leave feeling empowered and with a booklet including pictures and explanations of how to use each piece of cardio equipment we have to offer.
Cardio Room Orentation Rates:
Alex Goodwin has worked in the UK and the U.S. as a
Personal Trainer and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine
(NASM). He is also ViPR (Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning training),
Kettle Bell, USAW Weightlifting, and CrossFit Level I certified.His personal philosophy is ‘perfect practice makes perfect. Drive and determination to change his own lifestyle
and fitness levels makes him highly motivated to help others achieve their
personal fitness goals in new and exciting ways.
Evans Amoako brings with him a strong athletic background. He has participated in Soccer, Track & Field, Cross-Country and Boxing.He is a certified Personal Trainer by International Sports Science Association. He also holds a CPR/AED certification from the American Heart Association. Evans holds a degree in Business Administration-Marketing from Southwestern College.Evans believes that working through physical challenges in the gym strengthens not only your muscles, but also your ability to conquer everyday stresses, leading to an elevated quality of life.He also specializes in strength and conditioning program. He will help educate, motivate and support his clients with a positive attitude throughout the entire program. He offers comprehensive health and fitness training programs for clients to transform their physique. Evans unique programs provides state of the art exercise, and health information specifically structured to meet the individual needs of men and women from beginner to advanced levels.
Jada is a Houstonian who has a competitive background in swimming, both at Rice University, as an undergraduate, and the U.S. Olympic Trials. She received her BA from Rice University in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s of Science in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. For the past seven years, she served as the assistant swim coach for the Rice Women’s Swim Team. Jada recently stepped down from that position to focus more on personal training and more time with her family. She is an avid runner and has competed in many triathlons, and looks to one day compete in an Ironman Triathlon.Jada enjoys training all fitness levels! She likes to mix things up between circuit training, body weight exercises and high intensity interval training. She loves to challenge her clients and help push themselves further than they ever imagined. Her clients would probably describe workouts with her as HARD CORE FUN!
Ayshe is an ACE certified personal trainer who strives to motivate and help her clients achieve their goals. She likes to work with a variety of clients and to help them see that every workout is an accomplishment. Ayshe is also a group exercise instructor with over seven years of experience teaching classes such as Spin and Boot Camp. She is certified to teach group exercise through AFAA and to teach spin through Mad Dogg Athletics.
Ayshe completed her M.Ed. in Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin in May 2012. Ayshe's educational background and experience in wellness programming has instilled a training philosophy that emphasizes every dimension of personal wellness and injury prevention. She believes that physical wellness is important for improving not just physical appearance and strength but for the profound impact it has on every aspect of our lives for overall greater well-being.
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