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Personal Training

Personal Training is an excellent way to get started exercising, or to take your workouts to the next level. Our certified Personal Trainers will design an individualized training program that can help you prepare for a particular sport or event, recover from an injury or manage your weight.

Our team of trainers will give you the attention and motivation you need to be successful, regardless of age, experience or skill level. Invest in yourself and take the next step toward becoming your best.
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Gina Hogan

Major: Exercise Science

Certifications:

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Passion for Training:

I love seeing my clients grow inside and out; becoming a better version of themselves every day.

Fitness Background:

I was always into sports as a kid and played sports in high school. I was lifting as a kid, but never consistently. After the death of my grandfather and a man who could be my second dad within a month of each other my first semester of college, I decided to take that time to truly focus on myself to get myself out of the hole I was in. It was then I realized that fitness was my passion and only wanted to help others who may or may not have been in my situation. I want to teach others that fitness can be a scapegoat from reality. I focus mostly on strength training and bodybuilding, but truly love to do any type of workout!

Javiohn Seymore

Major: Exercise Science

Certifications:

  • IFA Certified Personal Trainer

Passion for Training:

I enjoy working with and inspiring my clients to achieve any goal that they have in life (in and outside of fitness). I know my position as a trainer is to be a leader but I do not want to create followers, my ultimate goal is to create other leaders.

Fitness Background:

Fitness has always been a big part of my life ever since I can remember. From the the time I was 13 years old involved with martial arts, all the way until now with bodybuilding. I was first introduced to weight training/fitness while I was in high school due to my current interest in team sports (football to be more specific). However, I soon realized that team sports weren’t for me. Ever since then, everything I’ve done involving fitness has primarily been focused on my own self-effort. (bodybuilding) As of now, I’m currently an NGA Natural Men’s Physique pro bodybuilder and also soon to be NPC competitor. My specialty in training is weight loss, building muscle , and strength and conditioning.

Jessica Whitacre

Major: Exercise Science

Certifications:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Passion for Training:

I love helping people reach their goals and seeing the impact I can have on someone while also helping them discover their own passion for fitness.

Fitness Background:

I have always been very active and loved any activities that were sports related or just being outdoors. I used to barrel race and became a horseback riding instructor in high school, then realizing I had a passion for coaching. Around that same time, I got into long distance running and discovered HIIT and CrossFit style training and began to fall in love with fitness. Soon after that I found myself in a gym, and have been in love with weight training ever since. Coming to college I realized I missed the coaching aspect of horseback riding and applied it to my passion in the gym. I find that HIIT and weight training are my favorite ways to train but am constantly trying out different types of exercises and am open to anything that comes my way.

John Rast

Major: Biology

Certifications:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Passion for Training:

I’m a strong believer in the vast number of physical, mental, and emotional benefits that exercise provides, and I enjoy getting my clients excited about what I’m excited about.

Fitness Background:

I’ve been involved in soccer most of my life. In high school, my passion for soccer began to transition into a passion for fitness. My focus shifted from sports-oriented workouts to strength training, muscular endurance, and building lean muscle mass. My passion for exercise and helping people inspired me to become a personal trainer as well as my career decision to become a doctor. I have used and enjoyed many forms of exercise and love to learn new things in the gym, but I focus mostly on strength and muscle building programs as well as cardiorespiratory fitness and fat loss programs.

Jonathan Owens

Major: Exercise Science

Certifications:

  • AAAI/ISMA Certified Personal Trainer

Passion for Training:

Being able to help and motivate others to achieve their fitness goals has always been a passion to me. It’s something to watch people come to the gym daily for their goals, it’s another step when that person is willing to ask for help and guidance from me to help achieve their goals.

Fitness Background:

I was involved in many different sports and activities throughout my life that would range from running the 100m in Track and Field to playing catcher in baseball. I became interested in weight lifting during the end of my high school freshman year. Sadly, incorrect exercise techniques caused me to injure my shoulder, which would take a while to be healed. Now after learning from my mistakes and asking others for advice, I’m trying to help others avoid similar mistakes I had.

Jonathan Tang

Major: Music Performance – Instrumental

Certifications:

  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Passion for Training:

I have always wanted to help people but was never sure where to start. Training has allowed me to help people become healthy, confident, and empowered individuals.

Fitness Background:

Believe it or not, I didn’t exercise or play any sports growing up. I was a fairly scrawny boy entire life until one day in 7th grade my friend told me in order to get a six pack all I had to do was 100 sit-ups for 3 months and I would be set. However, 3 months later and a couple thousand sit-ups later I didn’t have a six-pack. Ever since then I have been on a journey to become the best version of myself that I can be. I enjoy primarily strength training workouts, calisthenics, and plyometrics.

Lexie Burke

Major: Exercise Science

Certifications:

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Passion for Training:

Exercising pushes a person mentally and physically, and I want to inspire my clients to find their passion for fitness. I believe that everyone will be able to see the benefits of working out, and I want to be there for my clients and continually motivate them.

Fitness Background:

My family has always instilled in me the importance of working out, and I got into weight lifting my senior year of high school. I quickly realized that the gym was the main place I wanted to spend my time. Working out gives you such a sense of accomplishment, and I love learning about new exercises to challenge myself and changing up my workouts. I mainly focus on strength training and interval training, but I also enjoy cardiovascular training.

Are you interested in joining the CRI Personal Trainer Team? Contact Georgia Southern Fitness at fitness@georgiasouthern.edu for more information.

Prices

Session Package Student Faculty and Staff
1 session $30 $40
3 sessions $70 $90
5 sessions $110 $125
12 sessions $250 $282
5 sessions (for 2 people) $140 $160
12 sessions (for 2 people) $288 $336

 

  • All initial Personal Training packages include a Fitness Assessment and Consultation.
  • All sessions are 1 hour in length.
  • Payment must be received prior to the first training session.
  • All Personal Training payments must be submitted at Member Services in the RAC. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
  • All training sessions expire when your RAC membership expires.

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  • Complete and submit the online Client Interest Form.
  • Clients will be matched with a Personal Trainer based on availability, goals and preferred training modalities.
  • Starting Fall 2019, you will no longer need a RAC membership to purchase Personal Training sessions. Please email Fitness Director, Keagan Kiely, to find out more information. Kkiely@georgiasouthern.edu

Please contact Georgia Southern Fitness with any questions at fitness@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-5436.


Client Testimonials

I have a love-hate relationship with my personal trainer, Savannah McLain! Seriously, she loves to torture me and I hate the pain (really not too bad)! I am a 62 year old retired GS employee and my goal is to stay healthy and active so that I can enjoy travel and my grandchildren for many more years. Since working with Savannah I have lost 25 pounds and many inches. She has helped me feel comfortable at the RAC among so many young people. I do choose to come during the morning hours or on Saturday or Sunday when the younger population is less evident. I do love feeling GOOD!

Susan – Current Client

 

From trainee to trainer, the RAC has helped me grow mentally and physically in so many ways. I would not be at the current point in my life if it was not for them and their awesome support and guidance. I now get to help others how the RAC has helped me, and I could not have made a better decision!

Savannah – Past Client, Current Trainer

Exercise Behavioral Consulting

In collaboration with the Georgia Southern Sport and Exercise Psychology Graduate Program, Exercise Behavioral Consulting will now be offered as a supplementary service for RAC personal training clients. This program is being offered by advanced sport and exercise psychology students trained in behavior change, and is 100% free and confidential.

The aim of the EBC program is to help you get the most that you can out of your fitness experience. First time exercising? Have trouble sticking to your fitness plan? Recovering from an injury? Training for an event? The Exercise Behavioral Consultants can help. With theory and research-based behavioral strategies, our trained consultants will design an individualized plan to help you reach your fitness goals. You have the freedom to meet with your Exercise Behavioral Consultant as frequently as you would like, separate from your personal training sessions. Your Personal Trainer and your Exercise Behavioral Consultant will, with your consent, collaborate to ensure that you are receiving a comprehensive wellness service, working to strengthen both your mind and your body.

If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please collect an EBC information packet from the RAC Member Services Desk, or ask your Personal Trainer.

Feel free to contact the EBC program coordinator, Dr. Brandonn Harris, with any additional questions or concerns.

Brandonn S. Harris, Ph.D., CC-AASP
Associate Professor and Program Director
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Phone: 912.478.7900
E-mail: bharris@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 6/19/2019