Personal Fitness Trainers

Student Trainers: Hannah Malone
Pro Trainers: Kia Blaustein | Lyndel Fusello
Master Trainers: Aaron August | James Lewis

STUDENT TRAINERS are within their first year 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 1 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-acreditted certifying agency, are CPR/AED & First-Aid certfied, 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-accreditted certifying agency, are CPR/AED & First-Aid certfied, and have a 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 AugustAaron 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)

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

Lyndel Fusello (Pro Trainer)

Headshot of Lyndel FuselloLyndel 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)

Headshot of Arianna KhiensinsonArianna 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

James Lewis (Master Trainer)

Headshot of James LewisJames is a retired Navy service member and former Command Fitness Leader for Navy sailors. After retirement, he became a Certified Personal Trainer though 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

Hannah Malone (Student Trainer)

Headshot of Hannah MaloneHannah is a UCSC alumni 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 TrainingInitial ConsultationsEquipment Orientations, & Fitness Assessments