UCI Campus Recreation - Personal Trainer


I was born and raised in a small farming town in Colorado where my High School graduation class was a whole 77 people. So I am a very down to earth person with great values. I moved to California 24 years ago and have raised a beautiful daughter who is 23 years old. Family means everything to me. Fitness is my life and I love to share knowledge and see individuals grow into a healthier person.


UCI- Fitness Instruction Certification
ISSA- Personal Training Certified- International Sports Science Association
TRX -Suspension Training Certified
Senior Fit-Personal Training Certified
Bosu Certified
CPR/AED/First Aid


The unforeseen, the difficulties, and the busy schedules will always be present in your life (that is how you grow as an individual). However, always try to keep in mind that your health, your happiness, and your overall mental balance should hold a high priority over anything that tries to overtake what is essential to your life. When you turn progression into a daily habit, then that is when you make your life more prosperous.


I have been in the fitness industry for more than 21 years and work for many gyms, private facilities, and organization including running my own business throughout the OC. I have been a Trainer for UCI at the ARC BLDG for over 5 years and teach an Indoor Cycle class here every Thursday at 630 PM .

I worked as a Drill Instructor for Extreme Boot Camp for three years. (come rain or shine 530 AM it was GO TIME outside) As a Master Trainer and Group X Instructor for several gyms I have taught a number of classes such as Aqua Fit, Core/Balance, Boot Camp (indoor as well as out), Indoor Cycle, Body Pump, TKB (Turbo Kick Boxing), Sculpting, Senior Fit, Kid Fit, and TRX.

As a trainer I specialize in core, balance, weight loss, post-rehab, and muscle toning. I do group and buddy training as well. (friends, husband and wife, mom and daughter ext.) I have worked with Pre and post pregnancy and many individuals with different hurdles to cross from Fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, hip and knee replacement, back issues, Parkinson's, diabetes, scoliosis and obesity.

I pay close attention to form and make each workout productive, safe, yet fun. I work with beginners, athletes and seniors. I will keep you motivated and show you things to advance you to your next level. No matter what your ability is you will always be learning and challenging yourself.

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.