Personal Trainers

Alex Francis

ALEX F.

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "You're Going Down" - Sick Puppies


Alter Ego Name: The Third


I got into fitness a few years ago after a lifetime of being physically unfit. It was time for a change, so I made the most of the resources available to me and made a change in my life. I let go of those constant unhealthy habits and adopted a new lifestyle of fitness and exercise.  People think exercise and pain are synonymous, but that is not the case! Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress, one of the easiest ways to put a smile on your face, and one of the most fun things to do! It is my goal to help motivate others to make the transition from an unhealthy lifestyle to a much more rewarding and satisfying lifestyle of fitness.

Anaissa Ruiz Tejada

ANAISSA T.

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Group Fitness - Les Mills, Insanity, PiYo Live, Turbo Kick, and TRX Suspension Training


Theme Song: "Under Control" - Calvin Harris


Alter Ego Name: Mini Mounstrita


I am originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico. I decided to move to the United States to continue with my undergraduate studies. Back in Mexico, I started lifting weights and I discovered my passion for fitness. I began to teach group fitness classes when I was 15 years old because of my parent's influence; my dad is a bodybuilder and my mom used to teach group fitness classes as well. By the time I moved to Houston, one of my priorities was to continue growing in the fitness industry. For that reason, I decided to get Insanity, PiYo and Turbo Kick certified and then I became a personal trainer. I love being a trainer because it has given me the opportunity to help people achieve their goals, just as I did. I started working in the Rec Center last year, and it has been one of the best experiences I've ever had. My objective as a fitness instructor and personal trainer is to inspire people to do things they thought were impossible.

Brandon Denison

BRANDON D.

Certification: NPTI Personal Training Diploma, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist. NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NPTI Kettlebell, NPTI TRX, NPTI Osteoblast, NPTI SpeedBlast, Functional Movement Systems

Theme Song: "Live to Rise" -Soundgarden


Alter Ego Name: The Wolverine


Being a personal trainer isn't just a job for me. It's a career and lifestyle that I'm very passionate about. I've been a trainer at the Rec for over a year now. Since then, I have tripled my credentials by getting certified through the National Personal Training Institute, National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Functional Movement Systems. I've also attended multiple fitness conferences across the U.S. to further my knowledge of exercise science, kinesiology, program design and nutrition. As a professional in an industry that is constantly evolving, I truly grasp the concept that there's always more to learn, which is why I frequently research fitness and nutrition so I can train and educate my clients more efficiently. My training has introduced me to all types of clients: beginners, military personnel, runners, and even athletes who are seeking to play professional sports. I love training each and every one of them. There's no greater feeling for me than getting someone to not only accomplish their fitness goals, but switch to a healthy lifestyle!

Bryan Bostick

BRYAN B.

Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)

Theme Song: "Til I collapse" -Eminem


Alter Ego Name: Thor


Being involved in sports and fitness started for me at a young age. I played soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. I'm a firm believer in being balanced in all areas of life. I strive to be the best person I can be physically, academically and socially. As a trainer, I have the privilege of sharing my fitness knowledge with others to help them lead a healthier, more active, and happier life. I'm aspiring to be a physical therapist and can't wait to spend the rest of my life in the field that I love.

Canyon Sanford

CANYON S.

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "Heard the World" - O.A.R.


Alter Ego Name: The Grand Canyon


When I was young, I was as active as any guy. I played football and baseball, and I love to be involved in sports. However, I was never the fittest guy on the team. In my junior year, I went to a military boarding school where I learned to improve my diet and exercise. When I came to college, my friends started asking me to help them exercise and workout. Working with them made me realize that I enjoyed helping others get into better shape and reach their goals. I became a personal trainer so that I can share the fitness lifestyle that I love with others.

Enny Audu

ENNY A.

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "The Fever" - Lacrae


Alter Ego Name: E-Flex


I love all things fitness and athletics! My favorite sport is track and field, and I ran throughout high school. Track and field can be symbolic of many things in life, hurdles that need to be passed and standards that can always be cleared and raised higher. That is part of my love for track. Challenging yourself to do things that seem "impossible" is like a game that can only be won once hard work and dedication are put in, and that is why I am a trainer. I hope to one day work as a specialist in sports dietetics for a professional athletic team. I love people and I love wrecking goals! Let’s go!

Evan Kinat

EVAN K.

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "Remember The Name" -Fort Minor


Alter Ego Name: Coach K


I have always been active and played multiple sports. After playing baseball in high school, I grew to appreciate the training and conditioning necessary to perform at a high level. I came across information about collegiate strength and conditioning coaches and was immediately interested. I became a certified personal trainer as a stepping stone to becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I also completed an internship with the UH Athletics Sports Performance department. After graduation, I hope to one day become a strength and conditioning coach for a collegiate or professional sports team. I've been training at the Rec for more than 2 years and have trained everyone from beginners to marathon runners.

John Moore

JOHN M.

Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song:


Alter Ego Name: Superman


I became a personal trainer because I wanted to use my passion for fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle to help others. I have always been in involved in athletics. I played football and baseball, as well as participated in powerlifting. These experiences helped me develop my knowledge of strength and conditioning. My passion for the weight room grew as I applied my knowledge of strength training to my own workouts. I experienced substantial strength development through the past 2 years which has in turn benefitted the way I feel. I believe strongly in functional movements. That is what I base my programming around: helping individuals become stronger in the gym so that they can become stronger physically and mentally outside of the gym.

Kevin Reid

KEVIN R.

Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "Cinderalla Man" Eminem


Alter Ego Name:


I graduated from UTSA with a degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and a minor in health. I received the 2014 Employee of the Year Award for the Fitness Department as well as the Student Service Award from UTSA's Campus Recreation. I look forward to furthering my professional career with the Department of Campus Recreation at UH while helping others along the way!

LAUREN T.

Lauren

Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "The Fighter" -Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder


Alter Ego Name: Lulu


I have a passion for fitness, health and nutrition, and I strive to improve the lives of others with my knowledge. After playing varsity tennis throughout high school, I grew a tremendous interest in maintaining my athletic abilities and overall fitness. The weight room used to intimidate me because I knew that people would look at me and judge my form, which I knew very little about. After working out with friends who were much more experienced and doing my own research, I learned my way around the weight room. Since becoming a personal trainer, I have applied what I learned to programming for my clients. My approach is to spend as much time in the weight room working as efficiently as possible. It is not about how long you spend in the gym but what you do in the gym that counts. Fitness has completely changed my life and I've become the best person I can be, and I hope to instill this sense in everyone I work with!

MIKE K.

Mike K

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer,
Group Fitness - Insanity, USA Hockey-Level 1


Theme Song: "A New Level" - Pantera


Alter Ego Name: Sargeant Keller


I am a 5 year veteran of the Army's infamous 82nd Airborne division where I served as a long range reconnaissance team leader, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice.  I also train and coach hockey players city-wide and am a USA Hockey Level 1 certified hockey instructor.  Between playing hockey my entire life and my military service, I have come to value physical fitness, being a member of a team, and hard work.  All of these values are things I try to build into each group fitness or personal training session.  I believe that fitness is for everyone, regardless of background, and that it is a lifetime investment in yourself.

Montrey Jackson

MONTREY J.

Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "Ambition" - Wale


Alter Ego Name: Beast Mode


I was a former high school varsity athlete in football, powerlifting and wrestling. After high school, I wanted to pursue my career in the health field to become a strength and conditioning coach. I became a personal trainer to help others reach their fitness goals, and I want to gain more experience in order to excel in my career. Before I became a trainer, I was interning for UH Athletics as a strength and conditioning coach. I love training, not just for the physical benefits, but also for the internal benefits that comes with training as well!

Nathan Ator

NATHAN A.

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Theme Song: "Immigrant Song" - Led Zepplin


Alter Ego Name: Nathanater


Baseball has always been my passion, and I was a starting varsity pitcher for two years. I hope to take my love of sports and transform it into a career. In addition to working as a trainer, I am also a member of Pi Kappa Phi.