Personal Training

Personal training is a safe, effective and individualized approach to fitness. Our professional training staff is committed to helping each individual achieve his or her personal health/fitness, post-rehabilitation, and/or sport-specific goals through the utilization and application of sound training principles. All our trainers possess certification from a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited organization, or a National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) affiliate. While each applies his or her own unique approach to training based upon personal philosophy, education and experience, all personal trainers adhere to the fitness guidelines set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Moreover, all fitness training staff are required to possess Emergency Response Certification in First Aid, CPR and AED.

  • Personal Trainer Shadow Program

    Want to become a certified personal trainer without paying hundreds of dollars to get certified? We now have a program designed for you!

    The PantherFit PT Shadow Program is an unpaid mentorship program for aspiring Personal Trainers. The program prepares prospective student trainers to train 1-on-1, partner, and group training by providing hands-on training experience. Attendance is mandatory throughout the entire 12-week program and participants must also attend at least one workshop held by the Wellness and Recreation Center-MMC. After the completion of the PantherFit PT Shadow Program, participants may be granted the opportunity to train a client as an interview for potential employment as an FIU Personal Trainer.

    Participation in this program does not guarantee employment.

    The PantherFit PT Shadow Program is only open to current FIU students who will have at least 2 full semesters worth of instruction left at FIU upon completion of the program.

    Program Objectives: Throughout the PantherFit PT Shadow Program, participants will learn:

    • FIU WRC-MMC Group Fitness Policies and Procedures
    • Safe, effective personal training methods
    • Form cueing techniques
    • Client program and progression design
    • Proper fitness assessment protocols
    • Client motivation techniques

    Program Format: 
    Week 1 - 3: Familiarize with fitness assessment equipment, tools, and protocols.
    Week 4 - 10: Shadow 1-on-1 training sessions, partner and group training sessions
    Weeks 11 - 12: Conduct 2 fitness assessment and 2 personal training sessions.

     

    Program Requirements & Expectations:

    • Attendance & Timeliness:
      • Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at each mentor session.
      • Missed sessions due to a documented family/medical emergency or pre-approved travel are allowed and a make-up session can be held.
      • Mentees must notify his/her mentor of necessary absences.
      • Missed sessions and shadowing without prior approval will not be rescheduled.
      • Mentees must arrive on time; persistent tardiness will result in dismissal from the program.
      • Mentees must remain in class for the entire class session unless approved by the mentor in advance.
    • Attitude & Desire to Learn:
      • Mentees will be representatives of the FIU Wellness and Recreation Center-MMC during the time in the program and should aim to uphold the reputation, policies, and ethics of the department at all times.
      • Mentees must also possess a desire to learn. Constructive criticism will be given by mentor in order to better mentee. Should interpersonal complications arise, a meeting between the mentor/mentee will take place with the WRC Fitness management and all parties.
      • Mentees must possess a positive attitude and willingness to assist all individuals that participate in PantherFit Personal Training services at the WRC-MMC.

    Application: The PantherFit Mentor Program is only open to current FIU students who will have at least 2 full semesters worth of training left at FIU upon completion of the program.

    • Application email must include:
      • Cover Letter: Please compose a thorough, spell-checked email including full name, current year/status at FIU, and overview of current PantherFit class attendance/health and fitness endeavors.
      • Essay Question Answers: Please answer the following questions with approximately 250 words or less.
        • Why are you interested in the PantherFit program?
        • What format are you interested in shadowing and why?
        • What characteristics do you think you possess that would make you a great group fitness instructor?
        • If you were given an unlimited budget and total creative license, what type of fitness event would you bring to the FIU campus?

     

    Applications must be sent via email with the subject line “PantherFit Mentor Program Application” to Sara Holtzman (sholtzma@fiu.edu), Assistant Director of Fitness Programs.


    Application Deadline for Spring 2018 Program is TBA. Any applications submitted after this date will be considered for the following semester.

  • Free Fitness Assessments

    Free Fitness Assessments

    FIU Wellness & Recreation Center-MMC (WRC) is now offering free Fitness Assessments!***

    FIU Students and WRC Members requesting a fitness assessment can schedule an appointment under the "Enrollments" tab on the left-hand side of the FIU Panther Fit app.

    You must use your FIU email address (i.e. rory123@fiu.edu) to create your MindBody account via the app or website.

    If a prompt appears indicating you have an account associated with your FIU email, select "That's Me!" and then "Email My Password" to have a password access email sent to your FIU account.

    Fitness Assessments can be scheduled up to 14 days in advance and open appointment windows will close 3 days prior to the appointment date. Cancellations can also be carried out via the app up to 60 minutes prior to the assessment time. Once you have scheduled the appointment, you will receive an email to the address you have used to create the Mind Body account.  

    If you have issues with your Mind Body account, please email Ashley Allen (aalle076@fiu.edu
    If you have issues scheduling a fitness assessment or would like more information, please email our Head Trainer, Luis Hernandez (lhern298@fiu.edu)

    Location: All fitness assessments will take place at the FIU-MMC Wellness & Recreation Center.

    Measurements Taken:

    Height and Weight
    Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
    Body Composition (Body Mass Index, Waist Measurements, Body Fat via BIA)
    Muscular Strength and Endurance Testing (Grip Strength, Push-up, and Plank)
    Cardiorespiratory Fitness/Estimated VO2max (Step Test or 12-minute Run Test)
    Flexibility Tests
    Overhead Squat Test

    To Prepare for the Assessment:

    Please wear comfortable clothing for exercise (t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers).
    Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity the day of the consultation.
    Avoid food & tobacco 4 hours before the consultation.
    Avoid caffeine & alcohol 24 hours before the consultation.
    Drink an adequate but not excessive amount of water over the 24 hour period prior to the consultation to ensure normal hydration.

    Cancellations:

    Please be on time for the assessment. Your trainer will wait no more than 10 minutes after your scheduled appointment time.
    If you are running late or need to cancel last minute, please attempt to contact your trainer directly or call the Wellness & Recreation Center front desk (305) 348-2951 to have your trainer notified.
    If you fail to show up to your appointment without notification, you will not be granted another appointment until the following semester.

    ***One free fitness assessment per person/per semester. Failure to attend assessment appointment will result in forfeiture of ability to schedule an assessment for the remainder of the semester.

Begin Working with a Personal Trainer Today

  • Review Our Staff: When selecting a trainer, it is important to make sure that he or she can meet your training needs and is someone with whom you are comfortable. We will ensure that your schedule matches with our trainers availability. Please take a moment to Meet Our Trainers by clicking the link above. You can select a specific trainer during registration, or indicate no preference. 
  • Review Personal Training Rates & Packages: We offer three different types of training: one-on-one sessions, partner sessions, and group sessions. Sessions are sold in packages ranging from 2 to 32 sessions. We attempt to keep rates as competitive and affordable as possible. Please review the rates and packages below before submitting a trainer request form.
  • Submit a Trainer Request Form:You will receive an email from Fitness Coordinator Sara Holtzman with your trainer assignment within 2-3 business days. Payment is due at the time of or prior to the initial consultation.
  • Initial Consultation and Fitness Assessment (required of all new clients): Once you receive your trainer assignment email, your trainer will schedule a time to meet with you to review your medical and fitness history with you and conduct a fitness assessment. The results obtained from the assessment will assist the trainer in understanding your current physical fitness level and needs. Your trainer will review your goals and develop a personalized fitness program based on assessment outcomes. 

Services & Costs

  • Bodyfat Assessments

    Basic Bodyfat Composition: Skinfold assessment used to find body fat percentage.

    Cost:
    Student: $10
    WRC Member: $15


    InBody Composition: Our new InBody scale brings you the easiest, quickest, and most precise BIA body composition analysis in the world! This state of the art scale measures your fat, muscle, and water levels in less than a minute. Plus, we will create a personalized profile for you and allow you to return within the semester to get a reading a to help you reach your fitness goals. Curious? Learn More.

    **Cost:
    Student: $25
    WRC Member: $30

    **Cost is included in the price of personal training packages of 6 sessions or more.

    To Prepare for the Assessment:

    Please wear light, comfortable clothing for exercise (t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers).
    Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity 6-12 hours prior to the assessment.
    Avoid food & tobacco 4 hours before the assessment.
    Avoid caffeine & alcohol 24 hours before the assessment.
    Avoid showering or using a sauna before the assessment. 
    Avoid using lotion or ointment on your hands or feet the day of the assessment.
    Drink an adequate but not excessive amount of water over the 24 hour period prior to the assessment.
    Please use the bathroom before the assessment.


    To schedule an appointment, email Luis Hernandez (lhern298@fiu.edu

  • Fit Kit Package

    Fit Kit: A fitness assessment, two personal training sessions, and a metabolic test.

    PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to conduct Metabolic Testing until the WRC Expansion opens in Fall 2017. 

    Cost:
    Student – $75 ($55 without MET test)
    REC Member – $95 ($75 without MET test)

  • 1:1 Training Sessions Costs
    Student (all sessions 1 hour) WRC Member (all sessions 1 hour)
    2 sessions = $65
    4 sessions = $125
    8 sessions = $220
    10 sessions = $255
    12 sessions = $285
    16 sessions = $365
    32 sessions = $680
    2 sessions = $70
    4 sessions = $140
    8 sessions = $230
    10 sessions = $265
    12 sessions = $295
    16 sessions = $380
    32 sessions = $700

    *Payment can be made by cash, credit card, or ONE card.

    *Sessions expire 1 year from date of purchase.

    *Session packages of 6 or more include InBody Assessment.

  • Partner Training Sessions Costs
    Student & Partner (all sessions 1 hour)
    (includes pre-assessment)
    WRC Member & Partner (all sessions 1 hour)
    (includes pre-assessment)
    2 sessions = $32 ea.
    4 sessions = $60 ea.
    8 sessions = $110 ea.
    10 sessions = $130 ea.
    12 sessions = $150ea.
    16 sessions = $190 ea.
    32 Sessions = $350 ea.
    2 sessions = $35 ea.
    4 sessions = $70 ea.
    8 sessions = $120 ea.
    10 sessions = $140 ea.
    12 sessions = $160 ea.
    16 sessions = $200 ea.
    32 sessions = $370 ea.
    (*2 people at the same time; sessions must be done together at the same time)

    *Payment can be made by cash, credit card, or ONE card.

    *Sessions expire 1 year from date of purchase.

    *Partners do not need to make purchase of sessions at the same time. 

    *Session packages of 6 or more include InBody Assessment.

  • Group Training Session Costs
    Student & Partners (all sessions 1 hour)
    (includes pre-assessment)
    WRC Member & Partners (all sessions 1 hour)
    (includes pre-assessment)
    2 sessions = $30 ea.
    4 sessions = $55 ea.
    8 sessions = $100 ea.
    10 sessions = $120 ea.
    12 sessions = $140ea.
    16 sessions = $175 ea.
    32 Sessions = $320 ea.
    2 sessions = $34 ea.
    4 sessions = $65 ea.
    8 sessions = $110 ea.
    10 sessions = $130 ea.
    12 sessions = $150 ea.
    16 sessions = $185 ea.
    32 sessions = $330 ea.
    (*3-5 people at the same time; sessions must be done together at the same time)

    *Payment can be made by cash, credit card, or ONE card.

    *Sessions expire 1 year from date of purchase.

    *Partners do not need to make purchase of sessions at the same time. 

    *Groups consist of 3-5 people.

    *Session packages of 6 or more include InBody Assessment.

  • Metabolic Testing

    Metabolic Test

    Metabolic Testing lets you find how many calories you burn in a day. This test will help you determine exactly how much physical activity you should be doing as well as how many calories you should consuming daily.

    Guidelines: 

    -Avoid eating a meal 4 hours before the test.

    -Avoid exercising on the day of testing.

    -If possible, avoid the use of stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and non-prescription drugs prior to testing.

    -During the test it will be important to get into a comfortable position and relax as much as possible.

    Cost:

    Students & Gold WRC Members = $30

    WRC Members = $40

    PLEASE NOTE: Metabolic Testing will be unavailable as of Wednesday, March 15, 2017 until completion of the WRC Expansion. This notice will be removed once Metabolic Testing is once again available. 

  • Functional Movement Screening

    Functional Movement Screening

    The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. Understand functional limitations and imbalances within your body and every-day movement from the FMS.

    Cost:

    Students & Gold WRC Members = $25

    Blue WRC Members = $30

    To schedule a Functional Movement Screening please email Luis Hernandez (lhern298@fiu.edu

  • Nutrition Counseling

    Nutrition Counseling

    While it is within the scope of practice for our personal trainers to give basic nutritional advice (macronutrient levels and daily intake goals), individuals wanting a more in-depth look at micronutrient intake and/or guidance on nutritional deficiencies should consider scheduling a Nutrition Counseling appointment with the Health Living Program (wellness@fiu.edu). 

Required Paperwork

To prepare for your initial consultation with your personal trainer and/or your free fitness assessment, please download, print, and fill out all of the forms below.

You MUST bring the completed forms with you for your initial consultation. 

PAR-Q

Health History Questionnaire

Informed Consent

Physician's ClearanceIMPORTANT NOTE: You ONLY need to complete the physician's clearance IF you answer "YES" to one or more of the questions on the PAR-Q & You Form!

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