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Personal Training Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Iron Cat Trainers?

Campus Recreation employs Iron Cat Trainers who are nationally certified personal trainers through ACE, AFAA, NSCA, NASM or ACSM. Our training staff is happy to do a free equipment orientation or get you started on your path to meeting your goals through our personal training packages.

What's the spring semester Iron Cats in training program?

The Iron Cats (I.C.) in training program is a team of student trainers enrolled in a one credit personal training lab. These students are new to their certification or have completed a three credit course to become a personal trainer. The fitness center serves as a laboratory experience where the staff can apply their classroom knowledge and sharpen skills while working with UVM clients.

What can you expect from your trainer?

Trainers will develop individualized programs specific to the needs of each client. During sessions, trainers will show clients how to properly execute exercises to ensure safety and effectiveness. Programs will be designed based on the physiological and functional assessment results. Sessions last approximately one hour. Our personal trainers provide the instruction and motivation you need to reach your health and fitness goals. We are dedicated to designing safe, attainable and individualized fitness programs.

Can I speak to a Personal Trainer in person?

Our Personal Training office hours are a perfect time to drop in to speak with a trainer. Call 802-656-9715 to speak with us or to leave us a message. It costs nothing to speak with a trainer.

How do I prepare for my first session?
  • Meet your personal trainer at the Campus Recreation Fitness Center Main Lobby

  • Bring your UVM ID and a water bottle

  • Wear comfortable exercise clothes and clean gym sneakers

  • Be prepared for Fitness Assessment by adhering to the following instructions:

    • Drink plenty of fluids over the 24-hour period preceding the test

    • Avoid food, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and exercising for 3 hours prior to taking the test

    • Get an adequate amount of sleep (6 to 8 hours) the night before the test

    • If you are interested in a skinfold test please wear shorts and females also wear a sports bra or tank top

    • If you are on medication, please inform your personal trainer and continue your medication regimen on your usual schedule.  Ask your doctor if this medication may affect your response to exercise


Last modified August 10 2016 10:16 AM