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Do you need help creating an exercise routine? The new fitness center will offer one-on-one training sessions with one of our several nationally certified personal trainers who can help you improve your current routine or design something completely new. Check out our trainers below.

To obtain a personal training contract, please stop by the new fitness center after Aug. 29, 2016. Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, money order or check made out to The University of Tampa.

All packages begin with a fitness assessment consisting of body composition, flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance components. A consultation to determine needs and goals will follow the assessment. Sessions are one hour.

All sessions/packages are non-refundable except in cases of health issues with doctor's note prohibiting physical activity. Packages purchased during the academic year must be used by the end of the spring semester of the same academic year, or remaining sessions will be forfeited.

Need help learning how to properly use and adjust all equipment with the guidance of a personal trainer? All students, faculty, and staff are able to schedule a free (ONE-time only) meeting with a McNiff Fitness Center Personal Trainer, where you will be given a guided "tour" of all machines, learning proper adjustment and technique. You must schedule a time at the McNiff Front Desk. 

Meet Our Trainers

Serista Budhram

AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer Certification
Certified Spinning Instructor
American Red Cross CPR/AED Certified
Major: International Business & Finance
Minor: Entrepreneurship

Over the years I have experienced it all - weight gain, weight loss, and then bulking to shredding. I have had a variety of trainers over the years who both helped and harmed my health. I was an athlete my entire life and giving up sports in college became a real challenge for me.

I find joy in helping others and teaching them about fitness, which is why I first pursued my passion for group fitness, specifically Indoor Cycling. As my desire to help people persisted I decided to pursue my personal training certification.

My passion lies in the weight room. I am amazed by the positive effects that weight training has on the physical and emotional being. My favorite thing about fitness is that no matter how much you think you know, you will never stop learning – it is a universe of endless possibilities.

As your trainer, your goals will become my goals. We will work towards them together! It’s all about balance and moderation. Listen to your body and let’s find out what works for you!

Eric Masters 


National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer 
National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Weight Loss Specialist 
Ellis & Associates Instructor License CPR  
Major: Human Performance

"I've had a passion for health and fitness for as long as I can remember. One thing that sets me apart from other trainers is that I hold my clients accountable in and out of the gym. I understand that going to the gym can be intimidating for some people. That's why I make it my goal to give you the confidence and skills to continue exercising long after we're done. 

My areas of specialty include beginners fitness, women's fitness, athletic enhancement (speed and strength development), high intensity training and nutrition. Whatever your goals may be, I'll work with you to not only meet, but exceed them!

Joel Metzger 

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science

"I served in the United States Navy from 2007-2011. It was during that time that I developed an acute passion for physical fitness. As my knowledge grew, I found myself helping fellow shipmates. Upon getting an honorable discharge out of the service, my predisposition to become a personal trainer was top priority. I received my certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I am now at UT in a strong pursuit of a bachelor's degree in exercise science emphasizing athletic training. I am confident I have the capability to train and get anyone to their specific goals with a constantly expanding, diversified knowledge of training techniques. I look forward to meeting you and am excited to guide you into your pursuit of excellence."

Chris Murphy


NSCA-CPT (National Strength and Conditioning- Certified Personal Trainer) Certification: #7247977281
NSCA TSAC-F (National Strength and Conditioning- Tactical Strength and Conditioning) 

EXOS XPS (Exos Performance Specialist)
FMS (Functional Movement Screen)
 
Major: Exercise Science

"I was born and raised in Tampa, FL, where I found my passion for playing soccer. I was driven my whole life to be physically fit so I could reach the highest level possible in my sport. I formerly played NCAA division 1 soccer in Connecticut, and after taking a year off of the game due to injury, I found myself continuing my dream of playing soccer at a school in North Carolina and then one summer of fourth-tier professional soccer in the US. Finally, I decided to hang up my cleats and focus on my other passion - performance coaching!  

I train all my clients with four building blocks in mind: nutrition, mindset, movement and recovery. Each of these has an equally important role in developing a well-balanced personalized training program based on your sports-specific and individual needs, which include body composition, plyometric, speed, strength, power, regeneration and energy system development based on scientifically proven principles. I also use the functional movement screen, or FMS, to screen for limitations and asymmetries in seven basic human movement patterns. This will allow for injury prevention and for building a solid foundation."

Nick Natale


Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer
Major: Allied Health with a concentration in Physical Therapy

I played varsity football in high school for four years, where I won two Long Island Championships as well as All-State Team honors. Once my football days ended I realized my true passion, becoming a better athlete on and off the playing field, as well as pushing others around me to do the same.

To me, being a personal trainer is my way of taking an individual sport such as weightlifting, and turning it into a team sport, where myself and the client can work together to reach any goal they may have. These goals may include losing weight or body fat, building healthy muscle, building cardiovascular endurance and as well as becoming a healthier, happier person. This is very rewarding for me because I am very passionate about helping others, in and out of the gym.

Rohan Trench


National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
Major: Human Performance with a focus on adult fitness 

"Physical fitness and improving athleticism are my passions. I was born and raised in Boston, MA, where I played football and ran track for four years in high school. There sprinting became my favorite physical activity to participate in, so I continued running track at The University of Tampa. When I am not on the track, I also love being in the weight room, going on Bayshore Boulevard for a bike ride by the water and relaxing with yoga.

I genuinely enjoy helping others reach their fitness goals. When any of my friends are trying to lose weight or become better athletes, they always come to me for workout plans and exercises to efficiently reach their goals."

Rachel Wilson 


Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer
Major: Human Performance 

For as long as I can remember, I was always involved in sports and training. I was very committed to volleyball throughout my high school career and would always be doing some type of lifting or speed training in order to make myself the best athlete possible. My junior year of high school I became very involved in physical fitness, I loved working out and eating nutrient dense foods in order to fuel my body in the most efficient way possible. I began teaching myself different training methods with my own research, and now I’ve learned even more about developing fitness programs and how the body works through my classes here at UT. My goal is to help others become the healthiest they can possibly be, and I would love to help you no matter what your goals are!