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Personal Training - Iron Cats

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The Iron Cat Personal Training Program is for everyone who has a valid recreational membership.  Not a member? Check out the possibility of becoming a member.

Our Goal....It is our goal to motivate, guide, and educate clients to achieve their fitness goals and overall wellness.

Do you have questions??? We invite you to stop by the office to talk with one of our certified trainers. Our office is located in the fitness center. Enter the door on the right before entering the upstairs track. You can also call us 802-656-7713 or email

Drop in hours:
Academic -Tuesdays 8:30am - 1:30 pm and Thursdays 8:30 am - 2:30 pm (closed from 12-1 for training)

Get Started...

Register for your Starter Package online or let us help you with the registration process by contacting us via our online form.

We will do our best to match you with an Iron Cat Personal Trainer based on availability and preferences. Our goal is for your personal trainer to contact you within 48 hours of when your paperwork is submitted. If you have not heard from your trainer please email us feedback

Personal Training -

Options Description  
    Student Faculty/Staff/Member
Starter Package*
Register online!

Get started with a personal training program! This consists of two 60 minute sessions.  The first session includes a personal consultation and a fitness assessment. In the second session you will take part in an individualized and comprehensive fitness program based on your goals and current fitness level. 

$50 $60
Group Training
Includes starter package

This is an affordable way to get in shape with a group that will hold you accountable. Organize a team of two-four people and indicate the names of those in your group on your registration forms. You'll get a total of eight sessions, seven workouts and one group assessment. You will get valuable knowledge and fun workouts with friends or co-workers! Group training is for clients looking to be part of a team and support the goals of the group. During limited summer or holiday hours there are opportunities for our trainers to come and open the fitness center just for small group training.

Specialty Training
Single Session

Extend your Starter Package with a single session specialty training. This is an ideal option for people wishing to get professional guidance in updating or advancing their current exercise program that involves a trainer with specialized training like Olympic Weight Lifting, Strength and Conditioning, Yoga Privates, Health Fitness Specialists, Myofascial Stretching etc.

Multiple Sessions

Extend your Starter Package with your trainer to a multi-week session.  Extremely beneficial for those who prefer ongoing personal instruction, motivation and support. Payment will be processed when you register in person with your trainer.

4 Sessions

4 one hour PT sessions

8 Sessions

8 one hour PT sessions

12 Sessions

12 one hour PT sessions - BEST SELLER!!!! Get the most training for the dollar!

SPRING BREAK SPECIAL open for registration 12/1/-2/14
10 Session SPECIAL

10 one hour PT sessions - No STARTER pack needed!

Includes a Spring Group Fitness Pass!


* You must do the Starter Package to register for additional sessions or multi session packages. No Starter Package required with Group Training.

Options Description Student Faculty/Staff/Member
IC Semester Package
Spring only!!

Iron Cat's in Training - No Starter Package needed! This option gives the client up to 6 sessions including an assessment with a student enrolled in the ACE Personal Training Course Lab. This is a laboratory design for students who are new to the PT certification and/or have just completed the UVM 3 credit PT course. Assessments and program design will be overseen by certified trainers. Registration runs 1/27-2/8, clients limited to student enrollment in the course. Training sessions will begin the second week of February.

$60 $60
Body Composition Assessment

This option measures your weight and your body fat percentage using the skin-fold method.  Please wear shorts to you appointment and note that the assessment. Register online or email the Head Personal Trainer at to set up an appointment. Payment will be processed at appointment (30 minutes).

Equipment or Program Orientation

Let one of our trainers personally orient you to use our state-of-the-art weight, fitness equipment, and cardiovascular machines or review your current program. With proper instruction and evaluation you will be able to maximize your workout routine and minimize your risk of personal injury. Please email to schedule an appointment. Payment will be processed at appointment (30-45 minutes).

PT Office & Floor Hours

Need a spot? Would you like to speak with our Personal Trainers in person? Check out our open office hours or email our head trainer at

Academic - Monday & Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm, Wednesday 12-1:30 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 4:00-6:30 pm, Friday 4:30-6:00 pm
Break - Mondays 1:00-3:00pm, Fridays 12:00-1:00pm

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 Floor and Studio hours is a perfect time to drop in to speak with a trainer. The hours are listed above in our menu options. 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

Personal Training Policies

Registration and Payment

Register anytime online for your starter package. To continue training after the initial starter package all sessions must be paid in full at the time of registration. Purchased sessions are non-refundable. The only instances in which Campus Recreation will provide refunds are as follows:

  • Campus Recreation is unable to provide a Personal Trainer to a client.

  • A client has a medical condition that makes it impossible for the Personal Trainer to work with them. In this case, a physician's written statement is required.

All first time clients are required to complete a Starter Package. Upon purchase of a Personal Training Starter Package, you will be eligible to purchase any multi pack. Starter Package sessions will be used first, however, if they are purchased concurrently. You will not need a Starter Package if you have purchased Group Personal Training, and Orientation or a Body Composition reading.

After receiving the online form, the Head Personal Training will contact you within 48 hours for additional information necessary to match you to the most suitable trainer for you. Your consultation will be scheduled at this time.

Please note: You MUST bring your UVM ID to each appointment for access to the Fitness Center.

Outside/Private Training

Each personal trainer has an agreement with Campus Recreation that he/she will train Campus Recreation clients only on behalf of Campus Recreation at our facility and not outside the Recreation Center (i.e. parks, in home, etc).

Lapsed Sessions

Consistent training is an important key to success in any exercise program. All of the personal training options are designed to encourage consistent behavior and lifestyle choices regarding exercise and physical activity, which is why we recommend that you schedule your sessions with trainers 1-2 times per week. Clients should not expect to spread multiple sessions out over a period of years. Sessions that are not scheduled within one year from the previous session will be forfeited. If a client's membership expires or the client is no longer eligible for a membership, all unused sessions will be lost. Lost sessions are non-refundable.

Session Cancellation

Should a client need to cancel a session, it is the client's responsibility to contact their personal trainer 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice, "no shows", or 15 minutes of tardiness will be billed at the rate of a normal session. In other words, the session will be lost and not rescheduled.

Changing Personal Trainers

Though we do not anticipate any issues arising between you and any of our trainers, we do recognize that individuals may wish to work with certain trainers over others for a variety of reasons. We are committed to making your experience with the UVM personal training program a safe, comfortable, and rewarding experience and are happy to make any requested changes in trainer assignments. If you feel that you would benefit from a different trainer, please contact the Fitness Programs office. Please keep in mind that reassigned personal trainers may not have the exact availability that you initially requested. The Fitness Programs office may ask you to change session dates or times in order to accommodate your requests.

Maintaining Healthy Habits

Personal Training is intended to motivated clients to begin or continue live a healthy lifestyle. The Personal Trainer retains the right to refuse working with a client who:

  • has not eaten recently (Clients should eat a meal approximately one to two hours prior to every session)

  • is exhibiting signs of over training

  • is legitimately ill

  • or the personal trainer feels that training with the client will be detrimental to the client's health and well-being.

Should you come across a conflict that cannot be resolved, please contact the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Fitness Programs (802-656-8058) to resolve the situation. We want you to have a positive experience. Although an infrequent occurrence, there are times when client/trainer personality’s or values conflict or you may feel you would benefit from the help of a different personal trainer. ¬†Provided adequate staffing exists, we would be happy to assign you to a different personal trainer if such conflicts arise.

Additional Information

With any questions or to get help with registration contact Fitness Programs office by calling (802) 656-7713 or emailing

Last modified June 21 2016 02:54 PM