Personal Fitness Trainers

Student Trainers: Thaddeus Martin | Simran Verma | Xiomara Wimmer
Pro Trainers: Kia Blaustein | Hannah Malone
Master Trainers: James Lewis

STUDENT TRAINERS are within their first 2 years of experience working with personal training clients and many are current UCSC students. They've each already earned a Personal Trainer certification from a nationally-accredited certifying agency and are also CPR/AED & First-Aid certified, ensuring their ability to safely and effectively guide clients through towards most common fitness goals.

PRO TRAINERS have 2 or more years of experience working with personal training clients, both at UCSC and in the private sector. They each have a Personal Trainer certification from a nationally-accredited certifying agency, are CPR/AED & First-Aid certified and have earned at least 1 additional training specialization (i.e. sports nutrition, Olympic weightlifting, injury rehabilitation, etc.).

MASTER TRAINERS have over 5 years of personal training experience, working with clients from a wide variety of demographics both at UCSC and in the private sector.  They are each professionally-certified Personal Trainers through a nationally-accredited certifying agency, are CPR/AED & First-Aid certified, and have earned multiple training specializations (i.e. sports nutrition, Olympic Weightlifting, injury rehabilitation, etc.).  Most of them have also earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a fitness related field.

Aaron August (Master Trainer)

Headshot of Aaron August Aaron is a veteran personal trainer with 10+ years of experience  helping a variety of clients attain their lifestyle, fitness, and “bucket list” goals.  He has a B.S. in Kinesiology from Fresno State University, is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Certified Performance Specialist through EXOS, and has earned "Functional Movement Screen" and "Speed & Agility Conditioning" specializations.  He believes  we all have physical and mental limitations that interfere with our desired goals, and his training philosophy is to minimize limitations and to progressively improve the fitness qualities necessary to achieve goals – Strength, Power, Stamina, Flexibility, Mobility, Body Composition, etc. He considered his specialties to be in the areas of  Foundational Strength, Improving Athletic Performance, Progressive Fitness, Fitness Education, and Injury Prevention/Improving Movement Quality.

Available for: One-on-One Training &  Group Training

Kia Blaustein (Pro Trainer)

Headshot of Kia Blaustein




Available for: One-on-One Training &  Group Training

Lyndel Fusello (Pro Trainer)

Headshot of Lyndel Fusello Lyndel is an Undergraduate student at UC Santa Cruz who has developed a love and passion for health and fitness. Her passion stems from her experience as a competitive soccer player and the three knee surgeries she has had to overcome from her athletic background. Through the recovery process of her surgeries Lyndel witnessed first hand the value of healing, strength and wellbeing. Lyndel saw that she wanted to devote her life to maintaining her health as well as helping and motivating others to obtain and maintain theirs. In order to pursue her passion Lyndel earned her personal training certification through the American Council of Exercise. Lyndel has experience with one on one training and group training in which she focuses on strength, balance and flexibility, and core work.

Available for: One-on-One TrainingGroup TrainingInitial Consultations, Equipment Orientations, & Fitness Assessments

Arianna Khieninson (Student Trainer)

profile_khieninson.png Arianna is fourth-year undergrad student at UCSC majoring in environmental studies with a concentration of agroecology. She has a deep passion for vitality and nutrition which she pursues through a combination of food systems and fitness. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT). Having been on her own journey for a few years now, she feels she has gained a good amount of knowledge and would love to share it with others, especially those just getting started. She prefers a well rounded functional-movement approach involving endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. By tailoring workouts to each individual client, she aims to offer a sequence of movements that will prove most effective towards their unique goals, be it weight loss, muscle gain, improved performance or simply overall well-being. Most importantly she aims to make the experience fun and sustainable so that clients look forward to coming back. When she's not at the gym, Arianna can be found gardening, biking, or at the beach.

Available for:  One-on-One TrainingGroup TrainingInitial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, &  Fitness Assessments

Andrew Lantzy (Pro Trainer)

profile_lantzy.png Andrew is currently a Marine Corps Officer Candidate, studying at UCSC as a double major in Economics and Legal Studies. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) and also holds certifications in Sports Nutrition and Personal Training through Expert Rating. He has been working in the field of health and wellness since 2014 and was first became a certified personal trainer in 2016. He is very passionate about working with others to set and achieve their goals in corrective exercise, competition preparation, and overall health & fitness. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys being in the outdoors, white water rafting, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Available for: One-on-One Training & Group TrainingInitial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, & Fitness Assessments

James Lewis (Master Trainer)

Headshot of James Lewis James is a retired Navy service member and former Command Fitness Leader for Navy sailors. After retirement, he became a Certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) while completing his bachelor's in Kinesiology from CSU Monterey Bay. He recently completed his Master's in Exercise Physiology at San Jose State University. James specializes in exercise routines designed to improve overall fitness and health, including strength, muscular endurance, and cardiorespiratory conditioning. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing sports, spending time with family and friends, and freelance writing. His latest book is entitled Exercises for Older Veterans with PTSD.

Available for:  One-on-One Training & Group Training

Thaddeus Martin (Student Trainer)

profile_martin.png Thaddeus is a Modesto Junior College alumni and current UCSC undergraduate student, pursuing a bachelors degree in music. His interest in fitness led him to pursue a certification from the American Council on Fitness (ACE). Thaddeus holds a firm belief that the positive changes promoted by a healthy lifestyle improve all aspects of one's life, be it motivation, functionality or just feeling comfortable with yourself. In his spare time, Thaddeus enjoys playing piano, working on cars, and learning new skills.

Available for: One-on-One Training & Initial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, & Fitness Assessments

Hannah Malone (Pro Trainer)

profile_malone_2.png Hannah is a UCSC alumnus who earned her professional Personal Trainer certification through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She believes everyone can experience both the mental and physical benefits of an active lifestyle. Hannah has experience with many types of training and movement, from dance to yoga, to boxing and believes that there are infinite possibilities for making exercise both effective and fun! Hannah utilizes functional movement patterns that build strength, flexibility and structural integrity. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge of health and fitness to help people achieve their goals related to increasing strength and muscle volume, losing weight, increasing cardiovascular health or simply feeling good.

Available for:  One-on-One Training, Group TrainingInitial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, & Fitness Assessments

Tianie Scott (Student Trainer)

Headshot of Tianie ScottTianie, "T" for short, was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to Santa Cruz in 2013 to attend UCSC as a Business Management and Economics major. T is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified personal trainer who specializes in weight loss/management and strength training. Personally, T has lost over 100lbs since discovering a love for fitness training and is dedicated and willing to help anyone crush their own goals and reach their fullest potential.

Available for: One-on-One Training &  Group TrainingInitial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, &  Fitness Assessments

Simran Verma (Student Trainer)

bio_verma.jpgSimran is an undergraduate student at UCSC, majoring in Psychology and planning to become an occupational therapist after graduating. Fitness has always played an important role in her life and she strongly believes that it can be beneficial for everyone. She was very active as a child, participating in gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, and competing in dance. She also enjoys hiking and practicing yoga. Being active and participating in different actives throughout her life has allowed her to grow both mentally and physically, and enabled her to overcome challenges and become a stronger individual. She hopes to inspire others to break through their limits and always believe in themselves. Her goal as a trainer is to help others achieve their fitness goals and feel confident in themselves.

Available for: One-on-One Training, Initial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, & Fitness Assessments

Xiomara Wimmer (Student Trainer)

bio_sammyslug Xiomara is a current UCSC undergrad double-majoring in Art and History of Art & Visual Culture. She has been training clients at UCSC since Fall of 2018 and teaching group exercise for several years (functional fitness, boot-camp, Insanity, and HIIT classes). Xiomara received her professional personal trainer certification in 2017 (NCEP). She has experience working for several gyms and is excited to be working here on campus at UCSC. She has a love for fitness and finds it to be an important part of overall well-being. Her approach to training clients is based on being non-intimidating and focused on empowering clients to find activities and exercises they love. She believes that in order to achieve healthy and sustainable results we need to create workouts we enjoy doing but that are also challenging. Xiomara loves to run, lift heavy, surf, snowboard and all-around move her body. She has competed in Spartan races with the Jack O’Neill team based out of Santa Cruz. Feel free to come to talk to her whenever you see her in OPERS!

Available for: One-on-One Training, Initial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, & Fitness Assessments