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 do not purchase sessions if you have yet to complete the registration form above).
Please note: Sessions, orientations, fitness assessments, and packages purchased will expire 1 year from the date of purchase. All personal training services are non-refundable.
Buddy Session Packages
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)
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, and are a full hour in length. The cost of a fitness assessment includes the test (approx. 35 minutes), explanation of the results, and future goal setting, if desired, with the Personal Trainer.
*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:
Romain Garcia worked in Bordeaux, France as a physical trainer, evaluator and mental coach for semi-pro golfers and tennis players. He had the chance to evaluate the Professional French Rugby team for the 2007 World Cup, as well as the French soccer team. He has been a Personal Trainer for different type of clients (overweight, sedentary people, young athletes and athletes) since 2006. He graduated in France with Master's degrees in Science of Education and Science of Sports. Romain is also a certified mental coach from the "Methode Target" and is certified as a physical trainer and evaluator for pro athletes.
His philosophy is, "Men sane in corpore sano." To keep a prolific mind, feed your brain with oxygen, good nutrients, water and exercise. Then your inspiration, creativity and focus will be at their peak! Whatever you set your mind to, you will do. To quote Paolo Coelho in the Alchemist, "When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." Get ready for the journey, it is worth it.
David Crain is a 10 year veteran personal trainer and deeply passionate about fitness and a healthy lifestyle. He is certified through NASM and has extended his education with NASM CES ,PES, as well as being certified as a massage therapist. He was also an amateur kickboxing competitor going 4 and 1 in his amateur record. Despite a combat sports background, David is a peaceful, fun-loving an energetic person both in and out of the fitness world and uses that energy to inspire others. Having no youth or college-related athletic history, David was a "late-bloomer" into the fitness world.
After starting a weight training and cardio program shortly after college, David found that in two years of working out he had barely gained any muscle tone and had actually GAINED body fat. It was at this point that he took a more scientific approach, got educated in the field , and went at his goal again armed with new knowledge. This time he put on 10 pounds of muscle and got his body fat down from 18% to 7%. For ten years he's made passing on that energy and lifestyle a hobby and a profession.
Emma Terrell is currently a student at Rice University and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. She also holds a CPR/AED certification from the American Red Cross. Emma has a twelve-year background in gymnastics and participated in the Junior Olympics for five years. She also has work experience in a physical therapist’s office and is knowledgeable about competitive training and recovery. She was also a varsity track and field athlete in high school for four years and currently participates in powder-puff for Baker College. Emma loves to work with anyone eager to improve and from any physical background.
Joseph Madamba considers himself both a student and teacher of movement. He has practiced or studied many different
types of sports, martial arts, dance, and movement styles. He believes that movement or any kind of
physical activity is an essential part of each person’s life.
is a certified personal trainer for both the National Academy of Sports
Medicine and the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He is also a Crossfit Level 1 Certified
Trainer. Joseph believes in keeping up
with the latest research in order to keep his clients as current as
possible. He tailors programs
specifically for each client’s individual goals/needs. Joseph believes in incorporating methods and
techniques from various disciplines in order to get the best results. As Bruce Lee said, “Absorb what is useful,
discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.” He enjoys working with people of all ages, skill, and fitness levels. He loves sharing their struggles and triumphs
on the way to their goals.
Ewa Jankowska was born in Poland and raised in Texas. Her life has always revolved around sports and outdoors. From family kayaking trips during the summers to after school sports programs, she was always moving. She was in kindergarten when she first stepped onto a tennis court and tennis quickly became her favorite sport. A close second was swimming, then biking, and later kickboxing and weightlifting.
Ewa studied Exercise Sports Science at Texas State University in San Marcos and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness Management. She is NASM certified, and currently working on her Corrective Exercise Specialist and Spinning certifications.Ewa is always looking for new ways to incorporate exercise into her daily routine, and to learn more in order to find what works best for her clients. She is always eager to help, educate, and motivate whoever is willing to learn and improve their physical strength and overall wellbeing.
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