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Personal Trainers

Kayla Burgess, CPT

Kayla is originally from Keyser, W.V. where she attended Potomac state college before coming to WVU to complete a major in nursing.  Growing up sports had always been a part of her life, but overall fitness had never been the primary focus.  Towards the end of high school, Kayla’s fitness obsession began to take over, first as a need to stay in shape with the ending of sports, but then as a way of life.  After many friends and family began to come to her for workouts and fitness guidance, Kayla decided to obtain her personal training certification in the summer of 2016 through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).

Throughout the past five years Kayla has explored many different types and styles of workouts ranging from fitness classes and videos, to sports conditioning and weight lifting.  Kayla’s primary focus is finding a style of training that her clients enjoy, and giving them the tools they need to begin living a healthier lifestyle. “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

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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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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 Plantz HeadshotSam 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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