UCI Campus Recreation - Personal Trainer


B.A. Business Economics, University of California, Irvine (Expected 2017)


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certified


Won 1st place at the USPA Southern California Open
United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Class 1 Ranked Powerlifter


Powerlifting (Gaining strength on the squat, bench, and deadlift), Bodybuilding (Gaining lean muscle mass and sculpting the body), Mixed martial arts (MMA), Conditioning, Fat loss, and "Toning".


Non-fitness related interests include: Playing music (mainly the guitar), cooking, baking, eating, and raving. 


My personal philosophy is that anyone can turn their life around and go from "shit" to fit (excuse my French). I have all the tools my clients need to accomplish any goal they want to achieve whether that be gaining strength, gaining muscle mass, losing fat, "toning" up, or just becoming healthier overall. However, it is up to my clients to determine whether or not they want to use those tools to change their lives around. Real change comes from within; it comes from the drive, the passion, and the hunger to better yourself each and every day. 

My goal is to teach my clients everything they need to know so that one day they won't need me anymore. What I can promise my client is that he/she learns something new each and every session. Whether that information be on technique, diet, nutrition, etc. my client will leave the gym with more knowledge than he/she had at the beginning of the session and will always be a step closer towards his/her goal. 

What I can also promise my client is a customized program tailored to his/her needs. I am completely against cookie-cutter programs and meal plans. Each and every one of my clients will be different in the way they function and will have different goals, and in turn should deserve individualized programs. 


Growing up, I was always a chubby kid. I was overweight, had asthma, and was always the last one to finish running the mile in middle school. I was called fat and bullied by kids at school almost every day of my life. It got to the point where I was so insecure about myself that would constantly ask my mom to buy me weight-loss pills and things of that sort. I was willing to do anything to make the bullying stop. I specifically remember one day at the park, someone made a harsh joke about me being fat and I just couldn't take it anymore. That was the day I committed to making a change in my life.

That day, I went to Target and bought exercise DVDs like "Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred" and Insanity. After months of running these programs, I lost a bunch of weight but started realizing how small my frame was. I was at the point where I was "skinny fat". Realizing how small I was, I decided to incorporate some strength training into my lifestyle to gain some muscle mass. This is when my life really started to change. I started watching hours upon hours of YouTube videos on correct exercise technique and reading articles upon articles on strength training and nutrition. Hungry for more knowledge, I decided to buy a personal training certification course and in six months got certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

After several months of applying everything I knew into my training, I started seeing noticeable muscle gains. Going to the gym every day, however, I started seeing incredibly strong people at the gym lifting extremely large amounts of weight and soon decided that I didn't just want to look strong; I wanted to be strong. I became friends with these guys/girls and learned most of what I know about powerlifting from them. I now compete in powerlifting competitions with these guys/gals, whom I can now call my close friends, in our powerlifting team, Team Kilo. Today, I am a Class 1 ranked powerlifter with a 1,146 lbs total (squat, bench, and deadlift combined), and on my way to reaching the elite level.

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.