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Got questions about personal training? Email Michael Rosengart, the Personal Training Coordinator, at

The Right Fit Learn more about RecFit's Personal Training Tiers, Session Prices, and Packages.

Learn more about personal training tiers, prices, and packages.

Personal Training Tiers:

STUDENT PERSONAL TRAINERS are certified personal trainers that are currently pursuing degrees at AU. Many of these Student Personal Trainers have completed AU's Personal Training Workshop, which is a 10-week course in partnership with the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) that prepares each student to pass the NCSF personal training certification. Single-Session price is $45.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL TRAINERS are certified personal trainers that have established a career in the fields of health, fitness and/or sports. AU's Professional Personal Trainers are recruited based on their skills, knowledge, and experience as well as for their passion and devotion for helping individuals and groups achieve specific goals! Single-Session price is $90.

MASTER PERSONAL TRAINERS are distinguished experts in the fields of health, fitness and/or sports. AU's Master Personal Trainers have exemplary skills and credentials that help establish the standards for our personal training department as well as train and develop the personal training staff. Single-Session price is $135.

AU offers an extensive Fitness Assessment that is customized to meet every individual’s specific needs, preferences, and goals. Every personal training client is required to complete a Fitness Assessment prior to participating in personal training. Small Groups may participate in a group assessment at the start of their training program.


Complimentary for Faculty and Staff


Fitness Assessments are required for personal training.


The Fitness Assessment includes:


Digital Client Intake Form

Each client will receive a Client Intake Form to complete before scheduling the Fitness Assessment. The Client Intake Form will ask for the client’s personal goals, previous experience, and exercise preferences.

Client Interview

The Client Interview offers the opportunity for the personal trainer to learn more about the client and ask clarifying questions pertaining to the Client Intake Form.

Biometrics Capturing

The Fitness Assessment involves the capturing of basic biometric markers, including height, weight, resting heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, Body Mass Index (BMI), and girth measurements.

Postural Analysis

During the Fitness Assessment, the personal trainer will provide evaluate the client’s static posture with the assistance of a Posture Grid to identify potential postural distortions and compensation patterns.

Functional Movement Screen

The Fitness Assessment also includes the Functional Movement Screen, a systematic protocol that quantifies and qualifies the client’s quality and capacity for movement and exercise. The Functional Movement Screen provide valuable insights that help design an effective training program.

Performance Assessments

The Fitness Assessment concludes with a selection of performance assessments that are appropriate for the client’s fitness level and personal goals. These performance assessments will evaluate the client’s capacity for strength, power, endurance, and functionality.

Price for One Training Session








Price for a Package of 5 Training Sessions



$40 per Session 
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$85 per Session 
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$130 per Session 
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Price for a Package of 10 Sessions



$35 per Session
Savings of $100



$80 per Session
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$125 per Session
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Price for a Package of 10 Sessions



$30 per Session
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$75 per Session
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$120 per Session
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RecFit members that are new to personal training can purchase a First-Time Buyer Package that includes a Fitness Assessment and three personal training sessions.


Prices per training tier:

Student Personal Trainer $150

Professional Personal Trainer $275

Master Personal Trainer $400


Small Group Training Programs Themed Programs with Expert Instructors

Interested in small group training at AU!

AU's RecFit offers a variety of Small Group Training Programs that are lead by our Professional and Master Personal Trainers.

Small Group Training Programs include:

  • Introduction to Strength Training
  • Hypertrophy and Increasing Muscle Mass
  • Powerlifting
  • Cross Training
  • Sports Specific Conditioning
  • Prehab: Mobility, Activation and Stability
  • Weight Loss through Behavior Change
  • Team Building

Interested in starting your own Small Group Training Program, reach out to Michael Rosengart, the Personal Training Coordinator, at or CLICK HERE.

Meet the Trainers Learn more about the AU Personal Training Staff!

Meet the Personal Trainers

Browse through the personal trainer's bios down below and learn more about each of the personal trainers at AU to find the right fit for you!

Have questions about personal training? Reach out to Michael Rosengart, the Personal Training Coordinator, at or (202) 885-6656.

Nina is a current Professional Personal Trainer, with a certification from International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) with a specialization in Strength and Conditioning. She graduated from AU in 2019 where she earned a degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in International Studies. While at AU, Nina was a member of the American University Dance Team and a Game Day Leader her senior year. She continues to work with the team and choreograph halftime performances for them to perform.

As a lifelong dancer and athlete, Nina has learned to balance long hours at the studio and dance practice with taking time to rest and recover. While dance was a creative and physical outlet, it did not come without its challenges to overall mental and emotional health. Nina was determined to keep herself active after graduation and became a certified personal trainer with the hopes of furthering not just her own health goals, but for those around her as well. 

Nina likes to incorporate variety and diversity to her fitness programs. No two people are the same, so no two workouts or exercise plans will work the same for everyone. Nina provides her clients with a variety of strength and plyometric training, while encouraging them to still partake in movement that they love outside of training hours. For Nina, that includes scenic runs around the city, dancing, and hiking. For others that may be swimming, biking, or even just walking around the neighborhood. With a balanced approach comes a balanced life, and Nina looks forward to sharing that with her clients.

When Nina is not personal training or working out, she can be found playing with her Chihuahua Ricky, trying out restaurants around D.C., or going to concerts. She also works as a Production Strategist at Sapphire Strategies, a 100% women led and owned digital agency that works to help elect progressive candidates across the country. Nina knows a thing or two about time management and how important it is to find time for yourself and your health!

Peter is a graduate of the THSP MS program through SPA. He also holds a degree in Criminology and Sociology and a minor in Forensic Behavior from the University of Akron. Peter returns to AU as a part-time personal trainer as he is certified through the National Council on Strength and Fitness.

Sports are a family affair as Peter grew up playing travel soccer before deciding to pursue ice hockey at the collegiate level. His father is currently an assistant Women’s soccer coach at Lehigh university and his sister Barbara played collegiate lacrosse at Drew University. His second cousin coached his local high school to the state championship game in baseball this past year as well. Peter was a former collegiate ice hockey player at the University of Akron. He has been supervised and professionally trained since he was twelve years old by various personal trainers hired by the teams he has played on. He was lucky to be exposed to personal training at this young age and also gained an appreciation for physical therapy when he had a slight knee injury in high school.

His mentality and approach to fitness is to balance being competitive and intense when engaging to improve overall health with emphasizing enjoying the process of becoming fit. Peter has evolved his approach to training because he used to overtrain during the season and in the off season of sports. No longer playing at a high level of sport, he now focuses to maintain longevity and personal health as he takes a more pragmatic approach to personal fitness.

Peter believes that having a methodical, day in and day out, hard working approach to life in general promotes a “winning spirit” and long-term success. However, he wants to emphasize that working hard must be balanced out by enjoying fitness and not feeling like it is a chore. Peter looks to be creative when working out and likes to take a more nontraditional approach when training at times to break the potential monotony that can come with training long term.

Since coming to American University, Peter has lost over 50 pounds and had to reinvent how he trains to be safe and effective. He understands the challenge of maintaining a healthy diet as a college and graduate student. He also knows that life is chaotic and sometimes things don’t work out as planned but that being consistent and never giving up on yourself can promote healthy habits and make the journey to success all that more rewarding!

Amaate Neil is a Personal Trainer with American University Recreation and Fitness Center (RecFit) and an Associate Director in the Finance Division of AU. Amaate has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from AU. He is also a Personal Trainer and Tennis Instructor certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) respectively.

Amaate has been active in sports including ice hockey and tennis from a young age. He continued with tennis and played junior and adult league tennis tournaments for several years. He began coaching tennis about 10 years ago. Even though he had a passion for tennis, he wanted to go deeper into conditioning and fitness training. He pursued his interest in fitness and got certified through NASM which has enabled him to get his tennis players in better shape for their matches.

Amaate is continuously focused on self-improvement in several areas. He is passionate about expanding beyond tennis to help people transform themselves by getting in better shape and presenting their best selves. Amaate is an active member of Toastmasters International and is a 10-year veteran of the public speaking organization. As a winner of several public speaking awards, he enjoys helping others improve their public speaking skills.

Many of us lead very hectic lives which can cause stress. In addition to promoting physical fitness, Amaate has found that exercise greatly reduces stress for him. He would like to share the benefits of exercise with people so that they can reduce stress and live a healthy and balanced life!

Lori Murphy is a Professional Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with American University Recreation and Fitness Center (RecFit). She is a Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Lori brings over 12 years of experience in strength and conditioning movements and creating fun and functional training plans across all age groups. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Science from Unity College, Unity, Maine.

Lori didn’t play many sports growing up, and didn’t really get into a gym until college. After moving to Washington, DC, she started adding swimming, cycling and running to her fitness regiment and within the last five years has competed in several triathlons.

During this time, she found herself unemployed from a 9-5 desk job and found that exercise gave her more energy which improved her physical and mental wellbeing. She decided she wanted to share these experiences with anyone who was open to making a change in their life.

Lori is committed to keeping up with her daily healthy habits, including being aware of taking the rest time away from training when necessary. She believes that makes for a well rounded healthy lifestyle.

When creating fitness plans for clients and students, she also believes in making sure their hard work includes functional training for daily life and must have an element of fun. She also believes anyone can reach any goal they focus their mind on accomplishing.

Outside of personal training, teaching fitness classes and racing in triathlons, Lori spends her time outdoors hiking, paddle boarding and horseback riding. She also plans fitness and social events with her students and clients to keep them motivated and enjoying all that life has to offer!

Lauren Thompson is a Professional Personal Trainer with American University Recreation and Fitness Center (RecFit) and adjunct professor of leadership with the Key Executive Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs at AU. She leads Principal Innovation, LLC where she is an executive coach, team coach and consultant in leadership development and effectiveness. Lauren holds a BA in Biology from Colgate University, and a Masters degree in Health Services Policy and Leadership and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Strategic Management from The George Washington University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) and a Certified Leadership Coach with the International Coaching Federal (ICF).


Sports and fitness have always been a part of Lauren’s life. Field hockey, track and field, and swimming in high school led to rugby and rowing in college, where she also became an avid runner and cyclist. She soon added weight training and saw the phenomenal effect it had on her performance. She took up triathlon, competing in local running and triathlon competitions.


Throughout her life Lauren has never wavered in her commitment to fitness through running, cycling, swimming and fitness training. It became and continues to be a daily habit and a way to stay grounded while working and raising a family. Along the way, through her personal experience and as she studied exceptional leaders, she came to learn that those who recognize the connections between body, mind, emotion and spirit, practice mindfulness and are committed to a healthy lifestyle are the most successful leaders and happy humans.


Lauren’s work as a personal trainer is informed and inspired by her work as a leader and executive and team coach. Her goal as a personal trainer is to create the optimal fitness program for every individual, addressing lifestyle, wellness and fitness goals. Lauren’s approach considers the whole person, creating not just a personal training program but a lifestyle program for health and wellness.


When not coaching, consulting and training, Lauren can be found outdoors, where she finds respite in nature, playing with her dog and two cats, and spending time with her son Andrei.


Personal Trainer - National Academy of Sports Medicine

Nutrition Coach - National Academy of Sports Medicine

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sam’s passion for health began as a runner. In just a few years of high school track, his mile run improved from 7:30 to 4:57!

After a successful running career, he shifted focus towards strength training, weight lifting, and even some bodybuilding. He worked as a Personal Trainer for American University until Covid began. Since then, he has also become a Nutrition Coach and Massage Therapist.

One of his greatest features as a trainer is his collection of online fitness/workout videos. Many can be seen for free on Youtube, Instagram, and Tik Tok. As an In-Person Trainer, he prioritizes improving cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and full body flexibility! His main goal is to teach every client enough so that they can successfully create and follow their own training program(s).

Since becoming a trainer, I’ve revisited many of the sports I never thought I could play. I’m now a big fan of basketball, football, and track (of course)! I also enjoy volleyball, swimming, and soccer. I’m from New York so I love to root for the Knicks and Giants. In my free time I like to draw and listen to music!

Robin McClave, MS, CHES, is the Program Director of the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Research Lab in the Department of Health Studies at American University. Robin earned her master's in Health Promotion Management at American University. In addition to being a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Robin is also certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer. Robin has several other NASM certifications including Corrective Exercise Specialist, Senior Fitness, Women’s Fitness, Group Personal Training, and Behavior Change Specialist.

After being a long-distance runner throughout high school and college, Robin started to experience a lot of hip and knee pain. To stay active and maintain her enjoyment in competitive and endurance sports like triathlon, while also adapting to an 8-hour/day desk job, Robin sought out strategies to combat repetitive use. When she was introduced to the NASM approach and OPT model for building stability, strength, and power, she immediately produced an array of positive results in her own fitness and well-being.

From that moment forward, Robin has utilized an approach to fitness that is functional and responsive to daily use patterns, focusing on strengthening underactive muscles and lengthening overactive muscles.

Robin embraces a holistic approach to health and well-being wherein she is aware of how our thoughts and behaviors are the building blocks to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. She understands behavior change does not happen overnight, and small incremental changes are the most long lasting. As a fitness professional, Robin believes the journey toward better health is lifelong and we all benefit from empathetic guidance and social support.

Robin’s approach to fitness and life is finding a balance between strength and flexibility. As a mom of two young girls and aspiring farmer who likes to get her hands dirty, she wants to be fit and ready for whatever challenges the day may bring while staying open to the little treasures that happen spur of the moment.


NASM Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

NASM Senior Fitness Specialist

NASM Women's Fitness Specialist

NASM Group Personal Training Specialist

NASM Behavior Change Specialist

Certified Health Education Specialist


Jasmine is a Professional Personal Trainer at AU with a BS in Exercise Science from Towson University  and MS in Strength & Conditioning from CSU Fullerton. She is also a Certifed Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Weightlifting Coach with USAW


Being a lifelong soccer player, Jasmine suffered many injuries that hindered her play. With limited knowledge to help prevent injuries she became interested in strength and conditioning. This interest led her to pursue 2 degrees in Kinesiology to further her knowledge. She was able to learn not only how to prevent injuries but became stronger and more capable on the field and in life. 


Being able to see improvements while playing soccer, Jasmine fully embraced the message she had heard multiple times before that movement is medicine. Since then she has and continues to gain knowledge on preventative exercises, functional movement patterns and programming to increase muscle and power. Jasmine’s philosophy is to detect problems, improve movement, increase strength and enhance overall performance in sport and life.


Outside of personal training and playing soccer, Jasmine enjoys learning about different sports. She has become an avid fan of the Australian Football League. Even further away from physical activity, Jasmine loves watching new shows and movies for hours with lots of stretching afterwards (because of all the extended sitting). 


Jason Huberman, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, ACSM-EP, is a Master Personal Trainer at American University. Jason graduated from Penn State University with his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a Masters in Athletic Training from Seton Hall University. Jason is the current Director of Sports Rehabilitation and Performance at the Stone Ridge School in Bethesda, MD. He is a Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer (LAT, ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP). 

Having sustained a back injury that required over a year of rehab, Jason has great empathy for those who have been injured or are recovering from injury. Jason’s style of training focuses on helping people create proper body mechanics and movements in order to build a strong body foundation, upon which they can then maximize strength and stability in order to keep the body healthy and pain free. 

Prior to joining AU, Jason worked in both the Athletics and Recreation departments as a Strength and Fitness Trainer at Penn State. After finishing undergrad, he held positions as an Exercise Physiologist in the fitness centers at the House of Representatives and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.. Additionally, while obtaining his Master’s in Athletic Training, he worked with the sports teams at Seton Hall Preparatory School, Rutgers University-Newark, and Princeton University. 

In his free time, Jason enjoys playing tennis, playing guitar, traveling, and visiting the Jersey Shore where he grew up. He is a proud supporter of Philadelphia sports teams, and enjoys going to games whenever he can! 



  • Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer (LAT, ATC)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) 

Chaz Berry joined AU's Recreation Personal Training staff in January 2023 as a Master Personal Trainer. Chaz brings over 10 years of experience in the field of strength and conditioning and has extensive experience programming fitness plans for young clients as well as seniors, competitive athletes, and general fitness programming, including body transformation programs. He has spent the past 5 years working as an Varsity Strength & Conditioning Coach at George Washington University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and earned his Master's Degree in Exercise Science from George Washington University. In addition, he holds a Level 1 Certification with Precision Nutrition. A native of Long Island, New York, Chaz currently resides in Washington DC.

Michael Rosengart, CPT, CES, CSCS, started as the Personal Training Coordinator for American University in January of 2022. Michael has spent over twenty years working in sports and fitness as an educator, manager, strength coach, group exercise instructor and personal trainer.

Michael started his career in New York City with Equinox Fitness where he became one of the company’s Master Instructor as well as a popular group fitness instructor due to his innovated prehab and active stretch class. Michael was also an assistant kinesiology instructor and strength coach at Santa Monica College where he helped the football team to three consecutive conference championships. In addition to coaching and teaching, Michael has also author three exercise books about prehab exercises and functional training techniques.

Even though Michael was very active and competitive in sports growing up, he was officially obese at the end of the sixth grade. Fortunately, he learned to balance his diet with Weight Watchers and started a fitness routine that led to a dramatic weight loss, which he’s learned to maintain throughout the rest of his life.

Michael was also very fortunate to start his career with Equinox Fitness, which was one of the only fitness companies that operated an in-house continuing education program for the personal training staff. At Equinox, Michael learned many innovative exercise techniques and training concepts from some of the brightest minds in the fitness industry, including Gray Cook, Tom Myers, Dr. John Berardi and more.

In graduate school, Michael suffered a string of injuries while playing American Football at the University of Essex. Michael fractured his fibula, and tore his Achilles tendon twice, all in one year. Consequentially, Michael was forced to learn many different therapeutic exercises and techniques over the course of the next decade to continue with an active lifestyle.

Michael has been very successful at maintaining an active lifestyle to this day, which includes running marathons, practicing kickboxing, and playing an array of sports that include basketball, flag football, softball and more. The secret to Michael’s success has been his ability to fashion a library of therapeutic exercises and techniques in a practice of prehab.

Upon the discovery of prehab, Michael shifted his philosophy in training to focus from more is better to better is better. Michael focuses on improving biomechanical function to build physiological capacity (fitness) and optimize performance.

His approach includes a healthy dose of prehab exercises increase mobility, flexibility and range of motion while improving muscle activation to strengthen of weak muscles group and improve stability or body control in any movement.  Additionally, Michael’s astute ability to assess biomechanics helps his clients to eliminate adequately address movement dysfunctions and compensation patterns, which ultimately mitigates the risk of injury while improving one’s fitness and/or performance.

Michael describes himself as a holistic performance coach. He understands that it is just as important to perform well at work, in relationships or with stress as it is to perform well on the court, field and/or track. To accomplish this, Michael focuses on the hierarch of health, fitness and performance through detailed programming and simplistic coaching.

Michael understands that the modern lifestyle has many competing demands on our time, focus and energy. Traffic jams, work deadlines, social networks can easily interfere with the most well-intention plans to eat healthy, exercise right and sleep well. At the same time, Michael also understands that every little bit helps, and a good coach is someone that can help another person keep going despite the obstacles and find a sense of accomplishment along the way, as well as a bit of joy too.

When Michael is not working, teaching or taking class, he can usually be found playing basketball in Bender Area, working out in the one of the fitness centers, or participating in some of the intramural leagues on campus.

Michael also leads the Monday Stretch-It-Out sessions for AhealthyU, which he invites you to join!


NCSF Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist

EXOS Performance Specialist

EXOS Tactical Systems Specialist

EXOS Fitness Specialist

Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist

Functional Range Assessment Specialist

Kinstretch Instructor

Z-Health Elite Performance Specialist

Certified Yoga Instructor - Yoga Alliance

Functional Movement Screen Instructor

Certified USA Football

Precision Nutrition - Level Two

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Job Opportunity with RecFit Apply Online

Looking for Personal Trainers to work at AU's RecFit!

RecFit is looking for certified personal trainers to help members achieve their various personal goals in health, fitness, and performance.

REQUIRED: Applicants must be certifed in personal training.



Have questions? E-mail Michael Rosengart, the Personal Training Coordinator, at

Get Certified in Personal Training AU's Personal Training Workshop Starts January 31st

Join the AU Workshop to certify in Personal Training

Interested in becoming a personal trainer? AU's Personal Training Workshop can help!

AU has partnered with the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and created a 10-week workshop to help individuals become certified personal trainers. 

AU's Personal Training Workshop

10 Weeks - Starting January 31st

Wednesdays 1-3pm

Office Hours Available

Costs: $350




Email Michael Rosengart, Personal Training Coordinator, with any questions or comments to

Join a Small Group Training Program!

Join a Group!

RecFit offers Small Group Training Programs for students, faculty, and staff. You can focus on a number of different themes in Small Group Training programs, from Introduction to Strength Training to Weight Loss through Behavior Change. You can even start your own Small Group!


National Council on Strength and Fitness

Become a Certified Personal Trainer!

AU's RecFit has partnered with the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) to offer a 10-week Personal Trainer Certification Workshop for only $350. Includes textbook and exam fee.


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