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Picture of Nikole out on student recreation center patioCertification: AAAI/ISMA Personal Training

Major: Psychology w/ Elementary Education Minor

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is for my clients and group fitness class participants to enjoy what we are doing in our sessions while reaching their goals. Enjoyment is the key to lifelong fitness journeys, and it is my goal as a trainer for all my clients to continue exercising even after training ends. 



Picture of Savana behind a brick wallCertification: NASM Personal Training

Major: Kinesiology

Training Philosophy: Prioritizing health will always be the best decision anyone can ever make. Start that decision today by getting the guidance you need to make those healthy choices to live your best and healthiest lifestyle.




Certification: NASM Personal Training

Major: Kinesiology

Training Philosophy: I believe if you aren’t trying to move forward, you are instead taking steps back. That applies both to fitness and in life. I also believe in promoting a fun, healthy, and expressive environment, which makes consistency easier. I view movement and exercise as an art!





Certification: AAAI/ISMA

Major: Computer Engineering

Training Philosophy: The gym has always been my place to refocus and elevate myself to the next level. I want to share this experience with everyone by exposing them to training to help start or continue achieving goals, enjoying the gym, and feeling confident. Stay on your hustle and grind!



Certification: AAAI/ISMA

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Training Philosophy: Being healthy isn’t all about the way you look! I want to help people become comfortable in their bodies and find a passion for working out as a form of self-care. I never want my workouts to feel like a punishment. I want to pick workouts that you and your body will love! My job is to help you fall in love with your body again, not for the way it looks, but for what it can do. Aly also serves as our Fitness Program Assistant.


Certification: NASM

Major: Nutrition/Dietetics

Training Philosophy: I’ve always had a passion for fitness and want to share that with others! I want to create a space where everyone feels comfortable to do something that makes them feel good.





Certification: ACE

Major: Marketing

Training Philosophy: Coming soon.








Certification: AAAI/ISMA

Major: Kinesiology 

Training Philosophy: I love seeing progress, in myself and others, and I truly believe there is nothing as rewarding as watching someone learn to be confident in themselves. The gym can be a scary place, but putting yourself out there and making progress makes it all worth it.




Certification: AAAI/ISMA

Bio: I believe in holistic wellness and my goal is to help clients feel comfortable and confident in the gym, as well as promoting a healthy and balanced







Certification: NASM

Bio: Hi! I am a junior from New Jersey, and I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business! I am super passionate about health and fitness and excited to share that with as many people as possible!








Certification: AAAI/ISMA

Bio: My name is Jay Irwin, I am a senior here at UTK in the Sports Management major, I have been training clients for about 8 months now, and I have been involved in fitness for most of my life. I have been a part of several different aspects of fitness, from organized team sports growing up, to long-distance running and endurance in high school, and picking up weightlifting and powerlifting over the last few years. My passion for overall fitness has led me to wanting to help educate and motivate others through my choice in major as well as my position as a trainer here at TRECS.

Certification: AAAI/ISMA

Bio: My name is Mason. I’m a senior from Johnson City, TN. Growing up, I played and conditioned for basketball, from which my passion for fitness stems. In my free time, I enjoy training, spending time with friends and family, and doing outdoor activities. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and helping them reach their fitness goals!





Certification: FiTOUR

Bio: I am a senior majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition. My biggest hobby is working out which is pretty fitting for this field. I have been working out for over 5 years and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I became a personal trainer so I could share my enthusiasm for the gym with others and motivate them to better themselves. One thing I love about the TRECs is the community. We’re all going through the same stresses and problems with school, but you still see so many people bettering themselves and getting in some physical activity every day.


Certification: NASM

Bio: I’m a junior kinesiology major, with a nutrition minor. Fitness has changed the way I view myself and my day-to-day life. I became a trainer because I want to help other people experience that change. I believe that confidence built in the gym translates to every other aspect of life. Not only do we begin to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally, we feel more capable to go out and handle whatever our days throw at us and have the confidence to try new things.



Certification: ACE

Bio: What’s up y’all! My name is Evan Durham and I’m a senior here at UTK. I’m a Sport Management major, and I love all things sports and fitness related. I have been an athlete since age 3 and during that time I have played football, baseball, and street hockey. I’ve been in the weight room for nearly 10 years now, but I have taken it very seriously for the past 2 years in which I have fallen in love with the gym. I recently got certified to be a personal trainer, and I am excited to join the TRECS team with both 1 on 1 training and Group Fitness! In my free time I enjoy watching football and hockey, working out, running, and hanging out with my friends. My ultimate goal is to create a fitness brand with supplements, clothing, and a state-of-the-art gym, and I believe working at TRECS will allow me to build the foundational skills in order to achieve my goals!

Bio: Hello, I’m Miller Gatlin, and I am from Franklin, Tennessee. I major in kinesiology here at UTK. I have a passion for exercise and a genuine fascination with its physiology. It is my goal to not only improve my clients’ bodies but also their minds. To do so, I will not only take you step-by-step through a workout, but I’ll also teach you basic exercise physiology concepts that may enable you to design and run your own programs.




Bio: Hi, my name is Ainsley Lemons and I am a Pre-Law Major! I am from Denver, Colorado. I love being a personal trainer to help others reach their goals. I decided to become a personal trainer after I had a huge fitness transformation and started loving the gym. I can’t wait to train you!