UCI Campus Recreation - Personal Trainer


B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Chapman University (Expected 2020)


National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF)
American Red Cross Adult CPR & AED certified


Joining the 1000 lb. club


Jonathan has experience in soccer, running, weight lifting, strength training, weight loss/control, lean mass gain, and general fitness.


When Jonathan isn’t in the gym weight lifting, he enjoys playing soccer, going to the beach, watching his favorite TV shows, hanging out with friends, and going on new food adventures after scouting high rated restaurants on Yelp.


Fitness is a journey that begins when you take the first step in becoming the greatest version of yourself. When you first become interested in improving your fitness, everyone should set short-term and long-term goals. Many times, people set goals that are out of reach, and get frustrated. They lose their motivation and often times give up. As Benjamin Franklin once said “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Even if you’ve been working out for a while already or you’re just taking the first step to become healthier my goal is to help you create a personalized training regime and plan a way for you to reach your fitness goals.


My name is Jonathan Tam and graduated from UCI with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. I was always into sports, but I first took an interest in weight lifting my freshman year of college. At first, I wanted to get “bigger” because I was always the smaller kid getting pushed around in soccer by bigger individuals. I was tired of having a small frame so I decided to immerse myself in the gym. After a year, I was satisfied with the progress and my motivation changed. Although I still wanted to gain size, weight lifting became more of hobby and a way to relieve my stress. Without a trainer, I utilized YouTube and forums to learn all the exercises to get me started. Although there were many benefits, that way of learning has its negatives too. If you try a new exercise and repeatedly perform the technique wrong, it will become engrained as a movement pattern. Until the movement is fixed, it can lead to functional and muscular imbalances, while increasing your chance for injury in the future. From firsthand experience, I wanted to prevent the injury of others so decided to get my certified personal trainer’s license.

Since graduating UCI, I have been working at a physical therapy clinic as an physical therapy aide and personal trainer. I have worked with all ages and I am knowledgable in rehabilitative and strengthening exercises. I am excited to start graduate school this fall at Chapman University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.

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.