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Nathan Blamick, CPT

Nathan BlamickNathan is a senior Sport and Exercise Psychology student from Mt Dora, Fl. He also studies Strength and Conditioning and Spanish. Nathan understands the struggles that may accompany a transition from high school team sport involvement into self-motivated and self-directed exercise, as he was a varsity letterman in basketball, football, and tennis. He has trained 17 year-olds and 72 year-olds, athletes and weekend warriors and everyone in between. He will be happy to meet you where you are, and direct your first steps towards accomplishing your health and fitness goals. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys playing basketball, skiing, and lifting weights. “The obstacle is the path.”

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Jason Gibson, CPT

Jason GibsonOriginally from Downingtown, PA, Jason came to WVU in 2015 as a freshman to pursue his love for math and physics by studying Aerospace Engineering.

As a high school athlete, Jason wrestled, played football, and rugby. Playing three diverse sports meant he had to bulk up for one season and then cut down for another. After his final high school sport season ended, he knew he had to find a better balance in maintaining a fit and healthy physique for lifestyle instead of for sport. While self-educating about healthy weight loss and maintenance, Jason found a passion and motivation for living a well lifestyle which he wanted to pass on to others; he obtained his Personal Training Certification through AFPA in July 2015.

Jason enjoys educating his clients on proper technique and weight room safety and strives to help each client reach their individual fitness goals; he works to create programs that are individualized to each client. Jason enjoys working with clients with weight loss goals as well as those who wish to build strength and muscle. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

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Matt Graff, CPT

Matt GraffMatt holds a degree in Athletic Coaching with a minor in Strength and Conditioning. In addition, he is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Exercise Training Association (NETA). Matt has been working with both male and female clients of various ages since 2014. Currently, he is interning with the West Virginia University football Strength and Conditioning staff while obtaining his masters degree in Athletic Coaching Education. His goal is to become a Strength and Conditioning coach at the Division 1 level.

Matt believes hard work never goes unnoticed and nothing worthwhile comes easy; this applies to exercise and health more than anything. He feels his clients’ success becomes his own success; he holds himself accountable for the achievement of their goals. Working together with his clients, Matt devises a plan to most efficiently achieve their goals. “Your success is my success, lets achieve this together.”

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Kim Le, CPT

Kim LeKim first stepped into a gym at the age of 17; fitness instantly became one of her passions. Kim found that working out made her feel strong and unstoppable which led her to major in Exercise Physiology in order to gain a fuller understanding about the human body and the physiological effects of exercise. Her love for health has grown through personal research and learning about exercise and nutrition. Kim became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2016. Kim hopes to dedicate her time and passion to help each one of her clients incorporate fitness into their lives.

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Michaela Piendel, CPT

Michaela PiendelMichaela calls Erie, Pennsylvania home. She is a junior Exercise Physiology major minoring in Sport and Exercise Psychology. At age six, Michaela was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It has always been important for her and her family to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition and fitness have helped Michaela maintain this lifestyle, and through her studies at WVU, her knowledge continues to grow. Throughout high school, Michaela participated in basketball for her school team and travel teams. Within these experiences, she became more interested in improving her athletic ability. Michaela began to do her own research and found a love for exercise and proper nutrition. She earned her personal training certification through NETA in January of 2016 and now specifically strives to help individuals learn proper lifting techniques and feel confident in the weight room, but more importantly in their own skin.

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Sam Plantz, CPT

Sam is a Junior nursing student from Charleston, W.V. He first attended Concord University where he played a semester of football as starting long snapper before deciding to hang up his helmet and cleats. After transferring to WVU, his love for the medical field combined with his enjoyment of interacting with people drove him into nursing.

Sam’s passion for working out began in high school with summer lifting to grow size and strength. Once his football career ended, fitness became his outlet to fuel his competitive nature. Sam earned his Personal Training Certification in July 2016 through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA). His philosophy is based around living a healthier lifestyle. Sam writes workout programs specific to his client’s goals. Seeing his clients’ progress and sharing his passion for fitness is what drives his love for personal training.

“My hope is for you to be the best YOU that YOU can be. My goal is to aid in your success.”

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Adam Shuldman, CPT

Adam ShuldmanAdam is a senior working on a Multidisciplinary Studies degree. Sports and physical activity was a big part of Adam’s upbringing. He was involved in everything from soccer and cross-country in middle school to football and varsity baseball in high school. His passion for sports inspired him to want to learn more about training, nutrition, and overall fitness when he came to college; to truly learn how to become the biggest, fastest, and strongest version of himself.

His overall goal is to show each and every one of his clients that they can achieve any goal they set for themselves and through time and persistence, anything is possible. “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without ever seeing the true beauty and strength of which his or her body is capable of.”

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