Gwinneth is a junior studying Fashion Media, Journalism, and Advertising. Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama she began dancing at the age of two. She trained in pointe ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and clogging at her nationally ranked studio, Birmingham Dance Theatre, for 16 years. Gwinneth danced competitively for 10 years winning first place at several regional and national competitions and receiving several scholarships and awards at dance conventions. She was a member of West Coast Dance Explosion’s Fuzion Dance Company and assisted sought-after choreographer, Kim Wolfe, at many conventions. She has danced with Jordan Sparks in Las Vegas and continues to dream about dancing with other big artists around the world.
Today, Gwinneth is an instructor for Universal Dance Association, and she spends her summers travelling the southeast teaching middle school, high school, and college dance teams. After retiring from the stage and starting her teaching career, Gwinneth realized her newest passion is to educate and inspire through what she loves most: Dance. Gwinneth hopes that through her class participants can be themselves in a judgement-free zone where everyone is willing to support one another through the good and bad days. Let's dance it out!
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Dance
Katherine Colig is a senior from Dallas, Texas studying Accounting and Psychology at SMU. She began taking Zumba classes her freshman year and does barre in her free time. She loved the “exercise in disguise” so much that she decided to create choreography of her own and become a certified Zumba instructor. Katherine has now been teaching at Dedman for almost two years and is very passionate about her high-energy classes. Her goal is to motivate you to be the most confident version of yourself through dance and fitness. Whether you’re on a fitness journey or just want to embrace your inner dancer, you don’t need any previous dance experience to fall in love with Katherine’s fun, empowering routines!
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Zumba
Charlie is a junior from Kenilworth, Illinois studying Math and Economics with a minor in History at SMU. He has been training for his first race since fall 2019. As he was becoming more passionate about cycling, he began to notice the sense of joy and accomplishment taking over him after a ride. Over time, he realized that he wanted to find a way to not only experience these emotions, but to help others achieve them as well. Regardless of the reason that someone joins his class, he hopes that they leave with the same sense of pride and happiness that he does.
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Cycle
Caroline is studying Mathematics, Music, and pre-med as part of the class of 2022. She has held a Yoga Alliance certification since 2016, when she went to teaching training at Yoga Yoga in Austin to study Hatha and Hatha Flow yoga. She is a member of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, the SMU Service House, and the community service student organization Mustang Heroes. She firmly wishes for everyone to march to the beat of their own drum within their practice.
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Yoga
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
Alexa is a sophomore double majoring in Early Childhood and Marketing. She is a member of Tri Delta sorority, and loves cooking and being outdoors. Alexa earned her yoga RYT 200 hour certification, and this is her second semester working in Campus Recreation. She loves teaching at SMU because she gets to meet and form relationships with SMU students, faculty, and rec members! I love seeing everyone come together over the commonality of practicing yoga!
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Yoga
Annie followed her mom and sister from Chicago, IL to live in Dallas and attend SMU. Previously a pom-poms dance captain and dance company choreographer, she decided she was not done leading workouts. After developing runner's knee and many dance injuries she branched out to other activities and found her true love, cycle. She became so passionate about it that she received her AFAA certification to teach group classes. If you are looking for an upbeat dance party and spin experience, join Annie!
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Cycle
Ashley is a senior from Houston, Texas studying Marketing, English, and Economics. Being heavily involved in school athletics growing up, she naturally values the disciplinary routine of maintaining physical health. She believes a healthy body and healthy mind go hand-in-hand.
Today, Ashley is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) fitness instructor. As a HIIT enthusiasts, it is her hope to share this natural energy and self-efficacy sparked by HIIT workouts. If you’re looking for an exhilarating challenge, HIIT with Ashley is the class for you!
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: HIIT
Ally is a graduate student at SMU studying clinical mental health counseling. Born and raised here in Dallas, she got her Bachelor’s at the University of Arkansas which is where she found her love of indoor cycling. Now, she’s fused her passions for mental health advocacy and exercise into becoming a certified cycle instructor. Wellness is just as much physical health as it as mental! Come join her on a bike on Tuesday evenings at 6:30!
FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT SMU: Cycle
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.
All packages include a fitness assessment and gym orientation.
|Number of Sessions
|10 Shared Sessions
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Certifications: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Red Cross CPR/AED Certified
Specialties: Resistance Training, Cardiovascular Training, Weight Management, Injury Prevention
Education: Freshman at SMU- Biochemistry and International Relations majors, IB Diploma Recipient
Hobbies: Exercise, Hiking & Camping, Reading, Travel, Sports Cars, Art Museums
Contact: (469)-910-4452 or email@example.com
Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, American Red Cross CPR/AED
Specialties: Weight Loss, Diet Coaching, Sleep Optimization, Weight Training, Interval Training, Plyometrics, Sport Conditioning, Basketball
Education: Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Student at Southern Methodist University, BBA in Accounting from Southern Methodist University
Hobbies: Fitness, Basketball, Piano, Reading, Travel
Contact: 254-715-9811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer
Specialties: Weight Training, Weight Loss, Physique Building, Circuit Training, Swimming
Education: Sophomore at SMU – Finance and Philosophy Double Major
Hobbies: Working Out, Traveling, Hiking, Swimming, Biking, Photography, and Country Dancing
Contact: 979-299-9772 or email@example.com
Certifications: ACE Personal Training, AFAA Group Exercise, Cooper Institute Biomechanics, Special Populations, Functional Assessments, Keiser Indoor Cycling, Gravity GTS Training
Specialties: Weight Management, Fitness Figure, Bodybuilding, Sports Performance & Conditioning, Weight Training, Gravity Strength, Kettlebells, High Intensity Interval Training, Boot Camp, Spinning, Boxing
Education: Electrical Engineering, Biomedical
Hobbies: Running, Outdoors, Working Out, Basketball, Movies, Music, Computers, Technology, Cars, Salsa Dancing
Contact: 214-557-6918 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Certifications: CW - Certified Personal Trainer
Specialties: Resistance Training, Cardiovascular Training, Weight Loss
Education: SMU - BBA in Marketing with minors in Economics and English
Hobbies: Teaching Hiit, Reading, Baking, Graphic Design, Watching Documentaries & Exploring Restaurants
Contact: 291-910-1322 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
SMALL GROUP TRAINERS AVAILABLE:
Zero to Sixty:
Learn proper form in the first class of the week and then apply the technical lessons with intense, full-body workouts in each week's second class. The program design focuses on body mechanics, building lean muscle, and improving cardiovascular strength.
Personal Trainer: Sophia
RunFAST includes running form training, speedwork, and strength training sessions - focusing on improving 5K finish times.
Personal Trainer: Emily
An intense interval mix class that takes you to next level. This workout is guaranteed to challenge your muscular endurance, strength, body balance and coordination by using multi-joint moves. In this class, we integrate total body functional strength training moves in a way that is fun, safe and challenging for participants of all fitness levels.
Personal Trainer: Yasser
Small Group Gravity:
Join Small Group Gravity for a different and fun resistance workout. Varying degrees for varying fitness levels, all available on a movable platform. Try out Small Group Gravity with Dana to liven up your workout and find your energy phenomenon!
Personal Trainer: Dana
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
Assessment Measurements Include:
- Blood Pressure
- 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
Women (% fat)
Men (% fat)
 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.
GROUP INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATIONGroup Exercise Instruction Series - $300 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.
- 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 CERTIFICATIONPersonal Trainer Instruction Series - $500 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.