Personal Training

Personal trainer demonstrating exercise for client

Personal Training

Campus Rec's Personal Training program brings clients closer to their health and wellbeing goals by offering members access to certified personal trainers at an affordable rate when compared to gyms around Portland. Offerings include individual and buddy sessions, group training, fitness assessments, and body composition tests.


Personal Training

Getting Started

Interested in personal training but not sure if you are ready to make the financial commitment? Campus Rec offers free 60-minute consultations for Campus Rec members considering personal training. See our New Client Checklist below to get started. 

We are offering in-person and virtual personal training based on client preferences. The Personal Training Office is currently closed to clients.

New Client Checklist

  1. You must have an active Campus Rec membership in order to work with Campus Rec personal trainers.
  2. Complete and submit a Personal Training Client Interest Form
    1. If you already know that you want to work with a trainer, you can bypass submitting a client interest form and go straight to purchasing sessions. A free consultation to discuss your goals and new client paperwork will still be provided. See the Next Steps section below.
  3. The personal training student coordinator responds to interest forms within two business days and will match you with a trainer that fits your availability and goals.
  4. Your assigned trainer will then schedule a free consultation which will include:
    • 30-minute Zoom meeting to discuss your goals and new client paperwork
    • An optional short tour of the Rec Center and 15-minute showcase workout
    • Discussion of which package best meets your needs
    • You may then choose to purchase sessions at Member Services

Next Steps

If you already know that you want to work with a trainer, you can bypass submitting a client interest form and go straight to purchasing sessions. A free consultation to discuss your goals and new client paperwork will still be provided. Here are the next steps that you will take:

  1. View personal training package options below. 
  2. Purchase sessions at Member Services and a trainer will contact you within 48 business hours to schedule your first session. You can choose your trainer or we can match you with one based on goals and availability.
  3. Complete the new client paperwork. You will be given instructions on this after signing up.


Currently unavailable due to COVID-19

  • Fitness Assessments - Fitness assessments include body composition testing (skinfold measurements and/or circumference measurements), blood pressure, resting heart rate, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, flexibility, balance, and postural assessments. Results are interpreted by a personal trainer to help guide your training and track your progress. Fitness assessments take approximately one hour to complete.
  • Body Composition Tests - Body composition tests involve three-site skin fold measurements using calipers. They test the ratio of lean mass versus fat mass and are a much better health indicators than scale weight. Body composition tests can also include circumference measurements. Results are interpreted by a personal trainer and testing takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Packages & Rates

Clients can choose to purchase in-person personal training at the Rec Center (face masks and physical distancing required) OR virtual personal training via Zoom. All training sessions are 60 minutes in duration. Please note that only current Campus Rec members can purchase personal training packages.



Individual Packages


1 session $25
3 sessions $70 ($23.33/session)
6 sessions $126 ($21/session)
10 sessions $200 ($20/session)
Additional sessions $25

Buddy Packages (Currently Unavailable)

Rate (Currently Unavailable)

1 session $35 ($17.50/person/session)
3 sessions $96 ($16/person/session)
6 sessions $180 ($15/person/session)
10 sessions $280 ($14/person/session)
Additional sessions $35

Assessments (Currently Unavailable)

Rate (Currently Unavailable)

Fitness Assessment $15
Body Composition Test $5

Virtual Group Training

Fall Term: October 5 - November 22

Registration closes Saturday, October 10.

Campus Rec personal trainers are offering seven weeks of free virtual group training programs from October 5 through November 22. Training programs are open to everyone; no email or Campus Rec membership required. Group training options include: Couch to 5K, 10K Running Guide, HIIT Squad, Body Build, Applied Mobility, and Goal Cafe. See descriptions below.

Receive guidance from certified personal trainers and learn at-home workouts that don’t require any equipment. Participation includes a seven-week progressive training program with written and video workouts to be performed on your own 2-4 days per week. Various strategies will be included to encourage accountability, group motivation, and goal achievement.

Program Descriptions

HIIT Squad

Trainer: Hannah Fields

Group Length: 7 weeks (2 workouts per week)

Group Description: HIIT Squad is a seven-week progressive online training program featuring two workouts a week utilizing only your bodyweight─no equipment required. We will be doing various HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, including AMRAP (as many reps as possible), EMOM (every minute on the minute), and tabatas (fast-paced exercises each performed for 20 seconds interspersed with a brief rest of 10 seconds). Workouts will progress from beginner to advanced throughout the seven weeks. Set aside about 30 minutes to move around and get your endorphins rushing! Participants will have access to videos and PDFs explaining each workout in detail.

Body Build

Trainer: Ben Kirkpatrick

Group Length: 7 weeks (3 days per week)

Group Description: Body Build is a seven-week workout program designed to build muscle and strength at home with zero equipment required. This program can be scaled from beginner to advanced, with options to either increase or decrease difficulty depending upon your experience level. You will be training three days a week following a full-body workout routine that will allow you to train at home as effectively and efficiently as possible. For optimal results, this program can be combined with another virtual training program, depending upon your specific goals. Participants will have access to videos and PDFs explaining each workout in detail.

10K Running Guide

Trainer: Emma Black

Program Length: 7 weeks

Group Description: The 10K Running Guide program is designed for anyone who can already complete a 5K (3.1 miles) without walking, and is ready to train for a 10K (6.2 miles). Workouts will increase in intensity and duration over a six-week timeline culminating with a virtual 10K event during week 7. Participants will use running software to connect with other runners and the trainer. 

Event Date: November 7-14

Trainer Office Hours: Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Couch to 5K

Trainer: Emma Black

Program Length: 7 weeks

Group Description: The Couch to 5K virtual program is perfect for anyone who is brand new to running or cardiovascular exercise and wants to transition to an active lifestyle. This program includes designated running days, rest days, and cross-training days. Workouts will increase in intensity and duration each week, with the end goal of running a virtual 5K. Participants will use running software to connect with other runners and the trainer. 

Event Date: November 7-14

Trainer Office Hours: Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Goal Cafe 

Trainer: Emma and Hannah

Program Length: 7 weeks 

Group Description: This is a seven-week, community-based goal setting group in which participants will meet weekly with their trainers via Zoom to create fitness goals and have a cup of coffee or tea. Participants will work closely with their trainers and other participants to learn about SMART goals, behavior change, overcoming barriers, accountability, and more. This program is great for participants who would like a more community-based approach to achieving your independent fitness goals or supplementing other virtual group training programs.

Meeting Time: Mondays, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Applied Mobility

Trainer: Nathaneil McDougal

Group Length: 7 weeks

Group Description: The Applied Mobility program is a seven-week virtual series of mobility routines for anyone interested in improving flexibility, range of motion, and functional fitness. These routines will be adaptable to wherever you are on your fitness journey. Taking just 15-25 minutes, this series will get you ready for whatever you want to do with your day. Along with exercise visuals and descriptions, there will be weekly follow along Zoom meetings for the routines.

Personal Trainer Bios

Ben Kirkpatrick

About Me:  Fitness was a key that unlocked the door toward self-improvement for me. I learned that through proper nutrition and exercise I could build my body anyway I wanted. Through setting goals in the gym and working hard toward achieving them, I figured that I could apply these same principles to other areas in my life. I began reading books and set out to develop my mindset the same way I did through weight training. From there, a passion was born. I decided that I would strive to achieve excellence in all areas of life regarding personal development. 

Training Philosophy: In the gym, intention comes first. Anyone can move some weight around and just go through the motions. This approach is not only ineffective, but it can also be dangerous. It's important to understand exactly what you're trying to achieve, and then figure out the best way to get there. Every piece of equipment in the gym is like a tool in a toolbox; we've just got to find out which tools work best for you. As your trainer, my goal is to help you build a healthy body and sound mind so you have the strength, capacity, and fortitude to deal with whatever resistance life throws at you. Together, we’ll work to design an exercise program that fits your goals and lifestyle, so that working out is something you look forward to each day. Working out has been an integral aspect of my journey, and I would love to share the experience with you!

Personality: Open-minded, Curious, Introspective
Specialty: Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Strength Training
Credentials: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, B.S. Applied Health & Fitness (expected 2023)



Brenda Alexander

Simply put: It only takes desire, determination, consistent effort, and time. What is it that you desire? How strong is that desire? What are you willing to do to get it? What is really stopping you?

#1 - Designing exercise programs can be challenging when faced with limiting factors. I learn something from each and every client I work with. First I demonstrate the exercises in a particular sequence, discussing the rationale behind each. Then I allow you to practice mastery independently or with my supervision. I follow up with a review and modifications. Sometimes a completely new program is warranted if you bore easily, plateau or set new goals. Repeat this process again until your goals are met. Sounds simple, yes?

#2 - Motivating is a far more difficult task, for it involves the mind more than the body. Attitude is everything. If you hate exercise, I can make it more fun. However, it is still hard work and only hard work (or prolonged easier work) will produce results. Depending on your genetic factors, this progress may be faster or slower. There are drugs and surgeries available, but they are expensive and carry risks. You can NOT change the fact that your body requires movement to sustain health; you can however change the methods of movement as well as your attitude towards movement.

#3 - Consistency is crucial, for no plan in the world will succeed if you are not consistently following it. Most people need some support. I can only hold you accountable when you are physically with me or by an available attendance binder. I can “check in” on you from time to time, but I can’t MAKE you exercise when you’re determined not to. Hold on to your strong desire and refer back to #2.

This is what I love to do: I have knowledge and I have experience. I’ve been “addicted” to weight training and sports and I’ve been more relaxed and casual too. I’ve been able to maintain an active lifestyle regardless of my changing attitudes and circumstances. I’ve had my own small gym and I’ve had nothing but a broom stick and milk jugs. I’ve worked at 24-Hour, YWCA, YMCA and here at PSU. I love this stuff! I want you to learn to love it too. My ultimate goal is to empower you to take ownership of your health.

Please allow me to offer you my professional services, share my experiences, have some fun and get you moving in the right direction.

Personality: Open, Agreeable, Conscientiousness
Specialty: Post Rehab, Older Adult Training, General Health and Fitness
Experience: Professional trainer since 2003, Various ages and populations, Lumbo-pelvic stabilization, Shoulder and knee rehabilitation
Credentials: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, YMCA Fitness Testing Specialist


Emma Black

About Me:​ Fitness is an essential part of my life that has empowered me to take up space and find my inner voice. My love for fitness started when I was training as a classical ballerina and it peaked my interest in anatomy and movement. After moving on from my passion for dance, I got back into being active to take accountability for my mental and physical health. The best part about working out isn’t just the physical transformation, but how good you feel mentally when you’ve made a commitment to taking care of yourself! 

My biggest passion as a fitness professional is to transform the experience of going to the gym from anxiety-inducing to empowering. I’m here to make the gym a space for building mental and physical strength in a positive and encouraging environment. I’m also here to teach women that the weight room belongs to them just as much as it belongs to anyone else. As your trainer, I want to teach you that it’s not just about how we look but also how we feel! It can be so rewarding to challenge yourself and reach a goal that you didn’t even know you were capable of.

Training Philosophy: With my background as an athlete I’m used to high-intensity strength and conditioning, but I also believe in first creating a sustainable foundation through establishing mobility, flexibility, balance, and strength. I utilize functional training and encourage the use of resistance through weights and other fitness props that challenge stability. I’m here to encourage you, guide you, and give you that extra push you need to discover what you’re truly capable of!

Credentials: Ace Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certified



Evan Cox

About me: I was never the biggest, fastest, or most coordinated kid on the field, but that never stopped me from being active. I never excelled in any of the team sports I tried, so when my mom signed me up for wrestling, I was timid and afraid. I will never forget the feeling I had after my first match, where I first felt empowered by the realization that I was no longer afraid, and because of that, I could finally succeed. It is this lesson that has stuck with me after all these years.

In addition to teaching me valuable lessons about life, wrestling also sparked an interest in health and fitness that has persisted to this day. I enjoy training for the most optimum balance of strength, endurance, mobility, and flexibility, and I believe finding that balance is crucial regardless of your current fitness level.  I enjoy working with anyone seeking to become better versions of themselves, no matter what your goals are. Whether you are an experienced athlete or someone stepping into the gym for the first time, I will help you get there! I remember what it was like to step into a situation feeling anxious and unsure. With me, you’ll get the knowledge and support you need so that you’ll feel empowered to keep reaching your health and fitness goals.

Personality: Straightforward, Humorous, Compassionate
Specialty: Strength & conditioning, Mobility & flexibility, Corrective exercise – shoulder/hip/knee rehabilitation, stabilization, and strengthening
Certifications: B.Sci. Applied Health and Fitness, National Academy of Sports Medicine  - Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine  -  Corrective Exercise Specialist, American Red Cross CPR/ AED, and First Aid certified.

Phone: 971-221-7547

Gabe Feit

Introduction: Are you new to the gym and looking for some guidance and support?  Or have you been going to the gym for years and want a new perspective?  Maybe you're somewhere in the middle.  They are all good places to be!  Just reading this bio means you have made the choice to address and improve your fitness in some manner.  Good decision!  The path to physical fitness is a journey that can transform your body and mind.  It presents itself differently to everybody, but one thing is for sure, it takes hard work!  

Why do it? Aside from disease prevention and physical health, those old chestnuts.  Exercise encourages the brain to produce chemicals that help us deal with stress (norepinephrine) and make us feel happy (endorphins).  Exercise also helps improve cognitive function and alleviate depression.  Not to mention how good you'll feel when you look in the mirror!

About me: My philosophy is that even hard work should be fun!  Idealistic?  Yes.  Unrealistic?  No WAY!  I love to play!  From organized sports such as ice hockey and soccer to weight lifting to frisbee in the park.  It is so important to have fun...   Seriously!  Playing encourages curiosity and helps us problem solve.  It strengthens our connections to other people, the world around us and perhaps most importantly, ourselves.

I am a nurturer by nature.  I love to help people become the best version of themselves.  In the gym this translates to a focus on helping you achieve your goals through a combination of guidance, external motivation, helping to keep you on track and overcome personal challenges. College is a time of exponential growth that often leaves little time for play.  But the benefits couldn't be more relevant to a student's needs. Even the act of working out regularly, keeping a schedule and tracking your results are skills that transfer directly to college and the rest of life. The path to physical fitness is right in front of you. You have already taken the first step. Let's work our way down the path together for a bit! 
Personality:  Quiet, Loud, Sassy
Specialty: Strength Training, Physique, General Health, and Fitness
Certifications: World Instructor Training Schools - Personal Trainer, American Red Cross - CPR, AED & First Aid for the Professional Rescuer


Phone: 503-866-2470

Hannah Fields

About Me: Engaging in fitness completely transformed my life when I was in high school. I went from being insecure about myself and trying to take up as little space as possible, to feeling confident and believing in my own capacity as a human being. I started off doing mostly cardio, but as I broke through my fears of the weight room and started lifting I truly found my voice. I found that I had space to think and develop a new relationship with myself. As I grew as an athlete, I began to take more healthy risks in life and found that fitness is truly my passion.

Working out is so beneficial for not only your physical health, but also your mental health. It’s amazing to see the changes in your body but it’s equally as amazing to see how getting active can change your mental state. I believe that the two go hand in hand.

As your trainer, I want to help make your fitness goals attainable and your fitness journey a positive experience. It can be absolutely terrifying stepping into the gym for the first time or even trying a new exercise- but my goal is to be there and make that more comfortable for you. Not only that, but I’ll be there to motivate you to lift heavier, to jump higher, to keep going and to help find a plan that best works for YOU.

Personality: Caring, Silly, Personable

Specialty: General Health & Fitness, Mind-Body, Superset Training

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cress CPR/AED, B.A Community Health Education with a Psychology Minor (Expected 2019)



Johnny Chinchilla

Competing in a variety of sports has always been a big part of my life and has contributed to the person I am today. I have always loved being active, from long hours on the soccer field to early morning runs. I value rewarding and supportive relationships, helping others, and hard work. Earning my Bachelors of Science in Applied Health and Fitness, along with learning about muscular efficiency, has given me the tools necessary to have a direct impact on the lives of others through health and fitness. Health and fitness is life-changing, helping others is inspiring and results are motivating. 

My philosophy is teaching the body to move the way it’s supposed to through muscular efficiency. It is important to understand how the body is designed and what it’s being used for. I focus on making sure we are giving our bodies enough movement in all directions for further development. Our bodies love to cheat and compensate, therefore it is my job to counter muscular imbalances and work towards becoming more efficient. 

My goal is to empower others, help people feel more confident, and make new discoveries. I want to improve the actions of daily living, whether that is being able to come home from work less tired, having the energy to play with your kids for a longer period of time, or being capable to continue playing the sport you love. By training with me, I am on your team on this journey of health and fitness. 

Specialty: Strength Training, General health, and fitness

Certifications: B.S. Applied Health and Fitness (2019), American Council on Exercise (ACE)- Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross- First Aid/CPR/AED Certified 



Keith Zahn

About me: Hi all! Aside from seeing me working as a Personal Trainer at Campus Rec, I am also the president of both the Badminton and Kickboxing clubs at PSU so I am frequently in the Rec Center. I am quite a quirky person and love joking around but as your Personal Trainer you can rely on me to push you in the right direction. I am motivated by physical goals and finding out more about the body all the time. 

Training Philosophy: As a trainer, I seek to help my clients as well as kickboxers and badminton players achieve their goals, and motivate people to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Getting exercise is a wonderful thing. It encourages your body to release endorphins, a hormone that reduces feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Whether you're someone who needs a little inspiration to start your active lifestyle or just want a buddy to keep you accountable and push you, I strive to be a personal trainer that you can connect with. 

Certifications: American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, American Heart Association CPR/AED Certified, American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid, Biology major, expected graduation date: Spring 2020

Contact Info:

Nathaneil McDougal

About me: Since a young age, I’ve been passionate about movement and fitness. After playing numerous sports throughout my grade school years, I decided to continue pursuing my passion for fitness. I went through the National Personal Training Institute’s education program, an intensive 500-hour program covering all aspects of fitness. Mobility training, posture and gait analysis, powerlifting, nutrition, lifestyle and habit change methodology, anatomy, and much more. I learned the skills needed to help people forge a level of fitness and capacity to move that they never thought they could have.

I’ve been training since 2014 and plan on continuing for the rest of my life. As a vegan personal trainer, I have experience dealing with some of the unique hurdles which that life choice can bring. In my opinion, we all should look to non-human animals as the true experts of movement. I hope to be able to help people move as they do, to be able to exude power and grace like our fellow animals.

My training focus is on creating functional fitness, so expect a lot of balance, reactive (plyometric), mobility, and powerlifting training. Don’t let that worry you though. I also have experience working with clients with injuries, regaining movement capacity, and preventing future injury. I strive to progress clients from wherever they’re at in life. In my opinion, everyone should have the capacity to move athletically.

One of the primary ways I help people towards this goal is by incorporating practices from a variety of different movement systems including yoga, tai chi, capoeira, and parkour. If you’re wanting to start your own movement journey, I would love to help you on that path.

Specialty: Mobility improvement, Bodyweight movements, Athletic development, Injury prevention, and rehabilitation

Credentials: National Personal Training Institute Graduate, American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid 

Contact Info:

(503) 724-9949

Russel Charles Javan

About Me:  I was raised on a Pacific Island called Saipan. The beach and coconut trees were my playground. As my environment piqued my curiosity with exercising, I began going to the gym. I remember being a new gym member. I felt lost and overwhelmed; all I knew was that I wanted to feel confident. As I continued spending more time at the gym, I noticed how it helped build my confidence. I enjoy working out with free weights and conducting powerlifting movements. When I perform these exercises, it positively affects my wellbeing. I become empowered mentally and physically and motivated to continually challenge myself. This includes exercising with kettlebells and weight machines, performing high-intensity interval training, and further educating myself to share this knowledge with others. 

Training Philosophy: As your personal trainer, my goal is to motivate you and help you accomplish your goals. I understand how exercising can build anxiety and be overwhelming (trust me, I've been there!) and I want to help change that. I want to help you feel empowered and confident in becoming the best version of yourself. Being part of your journey, I want to make exercising fun and implement a workout program that fits your long - term goals. I know it’s not easy, but as MLK once said, “you don’t have to see the whole staircase, you just have to take the first step”.

Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross - CPR, AED, and First Aid, B.S Applied Health and Fitness (Spring 2020)


Phone: 503-719-1463


Ask a Personal Trainer

Do you have general questions about working out, nutrition, or improving your health and wellbeing? Submit them with our new Ask a Personal Trainer form! Each week Campus Rec will highlight a question with the response on our social media channels. When possible, a personal trainer will follow-up with you directly as well. Thanks for engaging with us and staying healthy!