UCI Campus Recreation - Personal Trainer


BS Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, CA


USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (PFT) through NESTA
American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED certified


Jeff is focusing on becoming a better Olympic Weightlifting athlete and coach. He is a two time competitor at the USA Weightlifting American Open (2015, 2016). He has also coached several athletes to the National University Championships for the last two years.


Jeff has been professionally training people in the gym for the last 6 years. He has been training himself and helping others for the past 15 years. Prior to working at UCI, he assisted at a physical therapy clinic in Mission Viejo, CA. There, he absorbed a lot of valuable information that he uses to keep clients injury free.


In addition to helping others change their lives and go above and beyond their goals, Jeff enjoys improving his athletic abilities every day. He found an interest in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting in 2013 and competes in local and national competitions. Outside of the gym, Jeff enjoys snowboarding, hiking, music, and eating.


Jeff's philosophy on training is that everyone is capable of much more than they may believe. When training, Jeff enforces mental development and belief in oneself. He structures his training sessions differently for each individual client, based on their unique goals and fitness levels. His main areas of expertise in training include: aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, strength development, power and speed, Olympic Weightlifting, fat loss, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and the need to have fun!

Our trainers are certified by nationally recognized programs such as American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), or National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and set the standard in the fitness industry for their knowledge and education.

To better serve you, we select trainers with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to provide you the opportunity of finding a trainer that best fits your needs and availability
    •   Mark Adkins
    •   LaVonne Beacom
    •   Levan Dolidze
    •   Janina Emery
    •   Michele Goodman
    •   Alana Hodge
    •   Matthew Kendrick
    •   Haylesh Patel
    •   Carolyn Reynolds
    •   Yvony Richards
    •   Merritt Robinson
    •   Hannah Segal
    •   Byron Spain
    •   Zurich Solomon
    •   Araceli Velasco
    •   Nesve Yaylar
Please fill out our Personal Training Online Inquiry form to get started or for more information, please contact Courtney Burkes.