UCI Campus Recreation - Personal Trainer Ben Ernst


University of California, Irvine
B.A. Economics (Class of 2018)


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM): Certified Personal Trainer
Red Cross CPR & AED Certified


As a former athlete and current personal trainer, I have had the privilege to learn from, train with and teach a variety of athletes, professionals and individuals--of all ages-- seeking to increase their well-being & functional ability alike. From advanced athletes, to absolute fitness beginners, I will have the know how and dedication to get you to where you want to be.

*Current UC Irvine F45 Trainer: Instruct a 36-participant class through a circuit training workout which combines elements of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training.

Knowledgeable Areas: -Core Strength & Functional Movements -General Strength & Mobility -Muscular & Cardiovascular Endurance -Injury Prevention and Corrective Exercise -Speed-Agility-Explosion -Powerlifting & Sport Specific Movements -Bodybuilding & Physique: Increasing hypertrophy (size) of muscles and altering body composition + aesthetics *Weight/Fat Loss


-A sports fanatic, who absolutely loves playing and watching athletes compete.
-Food, food, food. Searching for the best grub is by far one of my favorite things and there are truly few other things I’d rather do than eat. Let me know what spots you think are the best!
-Studying & Reading: sounds weird, but I truly love school. I’m currently gearing up for graduate school and I am excited to start applying here in the next couple months.


-I’m a firm believer in that the things you want done in life, lie behind a single decision to get them done. As we are all now accustomed to being plugged-in and entertained with tech, we have also seemed to invite this sense of complacency previously unknown. the wasting of time doing something, but not really getting anything done. It sounds so Nike-ish, but if you have a goal in your life, simply make the decision to get it done.. literally “Just do it”.
-Albeit cliche, but if there is a will, there truly is a way.. all it takes is proactivity (not waiting around for things to happen) and having the courage to ask for help with the questions that you do not yet understand--whatever the topic may be.
-Above all else, I think it’s imperative for us all to have the perpetual will to grow and a constant desire to get better in all aspects of life--always acknowledging that there is something we can get better at and that we’re by no way perfect.

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
    •   LaVonne Beacom
    •   Priscilla Castaneda
    •   Josh Chen
    •   Janina Emery
    •   Alana Hodge
    •   Lucy Kim
    •   Veronica Lopez
    •   John Macauley
    •   Haylesh Patel
    •   Carolyn Reynolds
    •   Yvony Richards
    •   Merritt Robinson
    •   Hannah Segal
    •   Zurich Solomon
Please fill out our Personal Training Online Inquiry form to get started or for more information, please contact Courtney Burkes.