Fitness

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KATIE BERELIN

  

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

Katie Bergelin is a freshman from Winston-Salem, North Carolina studying Journalism, Fashion Media, and History at SMU. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends, enjoying the outdoors on the Katy Trail, and developing her online magazine. Back in North Carolina, Katie swam competitively for ten years, but after a few injuries, she took up cycling as another form of exercise. Katie is super excited to teach cycling at SMU, and is passionate about making classes a fun way to work hard, sweat, and meet personal fitness goals.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Cycle 

CHAD BURRUS

My name is Chad Burrus; the reason and intention for what I do is guided by Powering Unity, Spirituality, Loyalty, Respect, and Friendship. My Sankalpa: I am here to unlock the love, value, and appreciation for one’s mind, body, and spirit through the power of yoga and education.

I completed my Yoga Teacher Training with CorePowerYoga in the Fall of 2020 with a 200-hour certification in Yoga Teaching, an additional certification in Yoga Sculpt (fitness based yoga), and another certification in Hot Yoga Flow. I began working with Southern Methodist University in the Spring of 2022 and I can not wait to continue leading a variety of classes at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. This semester I will teaching Core&More and Yoga Sculpt every Monday and Tuesday evening.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Yoga 

JESSIE LOPEZ

Jessie Lopez, or JLo, is a gravity instructor and loves that the class is a mix between Pilates principles and strength training. If you want to tone your muscles and strengthen your core, come take the class on your lunch! She is on a mission to inspire one new person every day to exercise and prioritize their health and longevity.  

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Gravity

KRISTY OFFENBURGER

A creative at heart and lover of people, Kristy Offenburger serves as the Director of Communications and Marketing at SMU Dedman School of Law where she specializes in graphic design, communications, content management, and marketing. Kristy is a proud member of the SMU community since 2008 and enjoys spending time with friends and family, travel, tennis, and walks on campus or the hike and bike trail behind her house. She obtained her M.L.S. in Arts & Culture from SMU in 2019, volunteers as an English as a Second Language teacher, and is excited to be a brand new instructor of spin classes on campus! Lunch break workouts are a favorite part of her day, and she hopes they are a favorite part of yours.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Cycle

MADDIE WATHANACHAROEN

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Maddie is from Kansas City. She is going to be sophomore this year studying psychology. She trained as a dancer for 15 years doing many dance styles like ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary. Maddie started doing Zumba at SMU last year and found so much love for it. She continued to help teach classes last spring whenever necessary. Over the summer, Maddie was a camp counselor in Minnesota, and her main focus was to teach Zumba to all ages! Coming into enjoy energetic and welcome Zumba class!

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Zumba 

JO-JO STEINE

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

Jo-Jo Steine completed her 200 hour Registered Yoga Training, or RYT 200, while she was still an undergrad at SMU in 2015. Immediately after finishing her training, she began teaching GroupX yoga at Dedman. In 2017, Jo-Jo graduated from SMU with a BFA in Theater, and in 2018 she completed her BA in English Creative Writing. In 2020, she completed her rigorous RYT 500 hour training online. She recently achieved the milestone of teaching 1000 hours of yoga, known as the E-RYT, or Experienced-RYT. Jo-Jo's classes contain an overarching intention or theme, clear verbal cues, and playlists of soft acoustic folk or alternative music. When she’s not teaching yoga, she is working as an actor on a DFW stage, or drinking tea and collecting vintage clothing.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Yoga 

SKYLER CHRISTENSEN

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Skyler is a Level 2 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Skyler is grateful to the Iyengar family for their brilliant teaching and for making yoga accessible to everyone. She continues to study under the guidance of her teacher, Randy Just.

 

Skyler is knowledgeable, serious & dedicated. She genuinely shares her passion for yoga, making her classes uplifting and youthful. Her quick eye allows you to be immersed in asana and fully present in your body. She has a love for helping people which is a real gift to our yoga community.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Yoga 

DIANA VINEYARD

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Diana Vineyard holds an MS in Geological Sciences at SMU with an emphasis in paleontology and joined the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (ISEM) at SMU in 2001. She is Director I and Research Associate for ISEM-at-SMU and serves on the SMU Core Team of Sea Monsters Unearthed, a popular, long-running exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. She teaches earth science courses on a part-time basis and has coordinated STEM education outreach programs in the DFW Metroplex area. Diana is an avid exerciser and fell in love with spinning after enrolling in a studio class over six years ago. She also practices Pilates regularly for total body strength and alignment. She recently achieved her Spinning® Certification and is excited to join the fitness instructors at SMU!  Diana looks forward to motivating you through challenging and fun music-driven rides while promoting a community of group fitness that will make Studio 1 your happy place.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Cycle 

TIDA CHAMBERS

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

Tida Chambers teaches an Evening Flow YOGA class at SMU. She encourages her students to develop a mindful, present-moment awareness to more deeply connect with their mind, heart, body, and to consciously use their breath for greater awareness and harmony. She is currently assists at Jesuit College Preparatory School for the Summer Athletic Performance camps to bring yoga as cross training for athletes. Tida’s wish and intention is that each student begins their own path and journey to experience the greatness that lies within through developing a consistent yoga practice.

 

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Yoga 

REGINA ROMERO-GARZA

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Regina Romero-Garza is a Junior from Monterrey, Mexico, double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with minors in Arabic and Graphic Design. On campus, she is involved as a Residential Assistant, a Belle Tone, and a Student Senator. Regina loves to dance, and loves to teach dance even more. Come get your heart rate up in a Latin music-filled class!!

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Zumba

CHARISE WARREN

PROFFESIONAL BACKGROUND:

Charise’s passion is TEACHING yoga and inspiring a growing and ever-evolving yoga practice to its students.   She acknowledges the asanas benefits from the inside out and also weaves in lessons of how to breath and connect with the breath, a focus on alignment and balance, the effects of the postures on the organs, bones, muscles, nervous system, mind, etc.

Charise believes yoga is for everyone!  All ages, shapes, sizes, and levels.  Our yoga practice strengthens, teaches patience and self-care as well promotes healing, health and overall well-being.  It is also kind and gentle, cleansing and nurturing and nourishing...these virtues that lovingly extend into our lives and the lives of those around us, through us.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Yoga

CARLIE LARA

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

Carlie Lara is a freshman from Bedford, Texas studying Business Management and Spanish at SMU. Here at SMU, she is involved with Younglife, AKPsi, Mustang Heroes, and the Cockrell McIntosh Commons. She is always doing something active, and she loves to be outside, travel, and work on her growing restaurant blog. She played club fastpitch softball from when she was little to her sophomore year of high school. Sophomore year, she tore her rotator cuff, but then took up hot yoga, cycling, and running. Since then, she has ran two marathons, now teaches hot yoga at her studio back home, and now teaches cycle. Carlie is super excited to start teaching group fitness here at SMU and is passionate about making movement a part of a healthy lifestyle. She will always be your biggest cheerleader, and she can’t wait to sweat with you!

 

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Cycle

 

JOHNNA STERETT

 

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

 

Johnna Sterett is a freshman from Orange, California studying Business Finance at Southern Methodist University. She has always had a passion for physical fitness, as
well as creativity. Over the summer, she worked as a personal and group trainer for an all women’s gym, developing plans and classes specific to each person, while
incorporating fun music and personality. Come take her Body Sculpt class Wednesdays at 6:30 pm for a strength training workout for all levels!


FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Body Sculpt

Personal Training

 SMU Fitness offers quality fitness equipment, a positive atmosphere, and exciting programs that can improve cardiovascular function, respiratory health, endurance, strength, body composition, and flexibility.


  

Now Available at SMU Dedman Center:
Body Fat Measurement: $15
Available throughout the semester. Please contact Gina Garcia to set up an appointment. 

To purchase a personal training package please download the personal training new client application. Bring the completed form to the Main Desk at the Dedman Center. We accept the following methods of payment: cash, check, credit (VISA, MasterCard, Discover), & SMU Pony Card.

You will be contacted within 48-hours to schedule your initial fitness assessment and gym orientation with your SMU personal trainer. The assessment includes measurements of your blood pressure, muscular strength, flexibility, body fat, and cardiovascular endurance. Following the assessment, you and your personal trainer will discuss your current level of physical fitness and future exercise goals.

 

PACKAGE DESCRIPTIONS

All packages include a fitness assessment and gym orientation.

Package

Number of Sessions
Cost
Additional Benefits
Bronze 1 $60
Better Bronze
3 $165

Silver

5 $280
Gold 10 $500 Post-Fitness Assessment
Platinum
30 $1350 Post-Fitness Assessment

Pairs*

10 Shared Sessions
$270/person Post-Fitness Assessment

Initial appointment: After the health and wellness coach attempts to schedule the initial appointment three consecutive times with no response from the client, the Health and Wellness Coaching fee/package will be considered null and void. This includes all sessions purchased. 

Cancelling sessions: Clients must notify the health and wellness coach by email at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule a session. If the client fails to do this, that lesson will be forfeited. If a client no-show, he/she will still be charged for that session. There will be NO REFUNDS and NO EXCEPTIONS.

Tardy client: If a client is late for a session, the length of the session is degraded by that amount of time. For instance, if a client signs up for a 1-hour session and is 15- minutes late, the session will only last 45-minutes. There will be no discount for this remission.

Tardy trainer: If a coach is over 5-minutes late for any session, he/she will give that client a complimentary 60-minute session, in addition to the number of sessions already purchased.

Dissatisfaction with assigned trainer: If a client is not satisfied after the FIRST session with the trainer he/she is assigned to, he/she can be reassigned to a new trainer at no additional cost and one complimentary session will be added with the new trainer. If the client waits until all sessions have been completed, then complains that he/she is not satisfied with the trainer, there will be no reimbursement or reassignment (free of charge).

Meal plans: Personal Trainers, without nutrition certification or dietitian license, are not allowed to prescribe meal plans to their clients. Nutritional information/guidelines may be discussed and explained, but specific meal prescriptions are strictly prohibited.

Remaining sessions: After the trainer attempts to contact the client to schedule remaining sessions three consecutive times without a response from the client, all remaining sessions will be considered null and void. At this point the client will no longer be able to access these sessions (regardless of how many are left). Clients will be required to purchase new sessions to continue working out with the SMU Personal Training program. Clients are able to put sessions on “hold” until the client is able to utilize them. It is the client’s responsibility to contact the Fitness Coordinator with this information. There are NO REFUNDS for sessions purchased.

Giuliet Kibler

Certification: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Red Cross CPR/AED
Specialties: Strength Training, Circuit Training, Cardiovascular Fitness, Overall Health
Education: Pre-Medical Student at Southern Methodist University for Major in Biochemistry and Minor in Mathematics
Hobbies: Weight Lifting, Volunteering, Traveling, Shopping, Netflix
Contact: 314-566-3995 or gkibler@smu.edu 

Benjamin Baker

 

Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer, EXOS Certified Performance Specialist
Specialties: Strength Training, Power Lifting, TRX, Mass Building, Circuit Training
Education: Health Promotion & Wellness, BS at UNT
Hobbies: Coffee Addict, Occasional Video Game Player, Strength Training Enthusiast, Netflix Binger Extraordinaire
Contact: 469-323-7928 or benjaminbaker@my.unt.edu

Johnna Sterett

 

Certification: NASM Personal Trainer
Specialties:
Strength Training, General Fitness
Education:
Business Finance major at Southern Methodist University
Hobbies:
spin cycling, weight-lifting, jewelry making, movie-watching
Contact:
714-473-0573 or jojosterett@gmail.com

 

Lewis Milbry

Certifications: NASM Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist 
Specialties: Functional training, sports specific training and weight loss 
Education: BS in Health and Physical education 
Hobbies: Playing basketball, pickle ball and coaching youth football 
Contact: 817-936-0233 or Lmilbry15@yahoo.com

Erick Rodriguez

 

Certifications:SCW Fitness
Specialties:
Strength Training, General Fitness, Muscle Building
Education:
Pursuing a degree in Applied Physiology and Health Management 
Hobbies:
Weight Lifting, Olympic Lifting, Cross-training 
Contact:
972-802-9870 or emrodriguez@smu.edu

Lamont Stano

 

Certifications: CPT-Cooper Institute
Specialties: Weight Loss, Overall Health & Athleticism
Hobbies: Exercise, Healthy Eating & Cooking, Watching Football (go Cowboys!), planet watching with telescope
Contact: 214-293-5253 or lstano@smu.edu

Christian Auerbach

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Specialties: Muscle Stability & Endurance, Strength
Education: B.S. Integrated Studies, University of North Texas
Hobbies: Avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing Practitioner, Traveling overseas, Anything and Everything Food

Contact: (805) 695-1560 or  jobinmind@yahoo.com

Nikhil Kathuria

 

Certification: NASM certified personal trainer, Red Cross CPR/AED
Specialties: Strength Training, Circuit Training, Cardiovascular Fitness, Overall Health
Education: Finance and Sports Performance Leadership
Hobbies: lifting weights, running, rock climbing, skiing, playing tennis and pickleball. Other hobbies include yoga, reading, and music

Contact: (310) 893-9128 or nkathuria@smu.edu

 

Abigail Russell

Certifications: SCW Personal Training Certified 
Specialty:
Strength Training 
Education:
Sports Management and Communications at SMU 
Hobbies:
Shopping, looking for new coffee shops, watching movies 
Contact:
908-200-8856 or abbyrussell@smu.edu

Michael A. Montoya

 

Born and raised in Dallas, TX
Attended Dallas Baptist University (3 yrs)
Started boxing at age 6
Competed 15 years/250 fights
Coach, Mentor, Trainer, Boxer, Manager, Promoter and Coordinator (Amateur/Professional) 52 + yrs
Licensed as boxing trainer (professionally) in Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Washington, New York, Florida and Puerto Rico  
Certified trainer by USA Boxing (amateur) 
4 x Golden Gloves champion
State Champion (AAU) 1980

Jr Olympic Champion 1981
Boxer of the Year 1984
US Olympic Trials 1984

 


WHAT IS SMALL GROUP TRAINING?

Small Group Training is a training group of 3-11 people, all being trained at the same time with the same personal trainer twice a week for 10 weeks.  In a group setting you can have the benefits of a personal trainer while staying motivated with your friends training along with you.  Together you and your group of friends can increase energy, cut down weight and body fat, lose inches, and improve your overall health and wellness for only $10/person per class.

HOW CAN I START A SMALL GROUP?

Find a group of 3 or more friends who are interested in achieving similar goals.  Then contact Gina Garcia ggarcia@smu.edu to discuss times and days that work best for your group’s training sessions.  The cost per person is $100 for 10 classes in 5 weeks. 

POLAR ASSESSMENTS

SMU offers fitness health assessments that determine your current fitness level. From this information, you can learn about the areas in your fitness and health that can be improved. After the assessment you will receive an accompanying booklet with your detailed testing results.  The results of the assessment are determined by resting heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, aerobic fitness, heart disease factors, cholesterol levels, VO2 Max, and anaerobic threshold measurements. 

FIRST ASSESSMENT $50
REASSESSMENT $20

Assessment Measurements Include:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Flexibility
  • Body Weight
  • Body Composition
  • Strength Test
  • VO2 Cardiovascular Analysis

THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND SMU FITNESS ASSESSMENTS:

At SMU, we use Polar technology to assess your overall fitness level. From the information recorded, the Polar technology will give you your body age compared to your actual age. This Polar technology and equipment is called the Polar BodyAge Health and Fitness Assessment.  The fitness assessment records your current fitness level, including strengths and weaknesses. The information from the assessment gives you a good starting point for your training and specific goals.  By the end of the assessment, your BodyAge score will identify whether your fitness age is above or below your biological age. For example, you may be 30 years old and very fit. Therefore your BodyAge could be 25. On the other hand, you may be 40 years old and sedentary. Your BodyAge might be 50 or 60. 

The assessment takes into consideration many fitness factors: resting heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, aerobic fitness, heart disease factors, cholesterol levels, and VO2 max with anaerobic threshold. 

We also offer reassessments that allow you to track your progress in order to compare your past and present results. After each assessment, the Polar BodyAge technology gives you specific ways you can lower your BodyAge in the upcoming weeks. After each assessment, you will be given a personalized booklet sent via email that gives you a detailed analysis and graphical representation of your rankings in each fitness category, your BodyAge, and tools to help you stay healthy.

BODY FAT MEASUREMENTS

Are you curious about your body fat percentage? Do you need a starting point to begin setting your fitness goals? The 7-site skin caliper test, available at the SMU Dedman Center, is a great way to find your body fat percentage and measure improvements in your body composition. 

Skinfold Measurement: $15

Subcutaneous body fat can be measured using a device called a skinfold caliper. In an average person, approximately 50% of body fat is distributed just below the skin. Skinfold measurement determines body composition via the measurement of select subcutaneous adipose tissue sites. Given the ease of administration and low cost, skinfold measurements are still considered the most practical assessment tool for measuring body composition in the fitness setting.

BODY FAT PERCENTAGE CATEGORIES 

Classification

Women (% fat)

Men (% fat)

Essential Fat

10-13%

2-5%

Athletes

14-20%

6-13%

Fitness

21-24%

14-17%

Average

25-31%

18-24%

Obese

>32%

>25%

 

[1] American Council on Exercise (2014). ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 5th ed. Bryant, CX & Green, DJ & Merrill, Sabrena (Eds). San Diego, CA: American Council on Exercise.

Certification Courses

GROUP INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

Group Exercise Instruction Series - $374 with ACE study material

SMU offers Group X-Instructor course twice a year at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. the course is offered to currently enrolled SMU students and Dedman Center member and it's not part of the academic class. It's a 10-week training course that teaches students the knowledge and skills needed to be a group exercise instructor.  Candidates must participate in group exercise classes and show an interest in exercise science.  Out of class group exercise participation is required.  Auditions for SMU Group-X Instructors are held at the end of the course.  Instructor opportunities are dependent on passing the ACE instructor certification exam.

Course Information:

  • 10 week course
  • Classes meet once a week for 2 hours    
  • Participants must take 3-5 Group-X classes a week
  • This course does not start if participation low than 3 people.
  • This course does not guarantee employment at SMU, but the course does give preference over those who have not taken the instructor course

 

PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION

Personal Trainer Instruction Series - $574 with ACE study material

*Currently enrolled SMU Students & Dedman Center members

Are you interested in becoming a certified Personal Trainer? This self-study course will consist of online quizzes, provided through the University Curriculum, and practical instruction of the course led by a Certified Personal Trainers. The course is offered to currently enrolled SMU Students & Dedman Center member and it’s not part of the academic class.

 

Participants will become prepared to take the ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam by learning the following components; exercise science, physiology, fitness assessment, exercise program design, instructional and spotting techniques, and basic nutrition and lifestyle modification. Not only will you receive in-person practical instruction, but also a personal copy of the ACE study materials and ACE certification Exam.

   

For more information, please contact Gina Garcia.

 

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