Personal Training

Rocky mascot at the squat rack


Due to high demand for trainers, it may take a few weeks for new clients to begin their training. We will assign trainers in the order that we receive requests. 

Built Like a Bulldog Personal Training Program is designed to help students, faculty, and staff decode the world of exercise with a little help from one of our certified UNC Asheville student trainers. Whether you need an introduction to weight equipment, help with your power clean technique, or want to see exercises that will strengthen your arms like Rocky's, you can make an appointment with one of our trainers to walk you through everything you need to know.

Email our trainers with general questions or job inquiries at 

How much does it cost?

First Time Offer Special Rates

For your first time training with the Built Like a Bulldog program we want to offer a special reduced rate which includes your initial assessment and three 60-min sessions

Students (three 60min sessions) $20
Faculty/Staff (three 60min sessions) $60
OLLI/Alumni/Spouse (three 60min sessions) $80

Regular Package Rates


Number of hourly sessions Cost Hourly rate Savings
1 $15    
4 $50 $12.50/hr 17%
8 $90 $11.25/hr 25%
16 $160 $10.00/hr 33%


Number of hourly sessions Cost Hourly rate Savings
1 $25    
4 $80 $20.75/hr 17%
8 $150 $18.75/hr 25%
16 $270 $16.75/hr 33%


Number of hourly sessions Cost Hourly rate Savings
1 $30    
4 $100 $25.00/hr 17%
8 $180 $22.50/hr 25%
16 $320 $20.00/hr 33%

* You can purchase multiple sessions or just one at a time.

* Payment must be made by cash or check (payable to UNC Asheville Campus Recreation).

* You must attend one session per week to keep your trainer and spot in the program. 

* Cancellation Policy- If you cancel a session with less than 24hrs notice you will be charged for that session.

* Refund Policy- There will be no refunds on any unused sessions. 

How do I schedule an appointment?

Due to high demand for trainers, it may take a few weeks for new clients to begin their training. We will assign trainers in the order that we receive requests.

Fill out the Built like a Bulldog form for a first time appointment. You will be contacted by Built Like a Bulldog within 48 hours (during the business week) to begin the training process. For returning clients, please get in touch directly with your trainer.

Please be aware that this is not the right service if you are nursing an injury. If you need physical therapy or an injury screening, contact Mission Sports Medicine at 828.251.6480.

Who are the personal trainers?


Why I became a personal trainer: I became a personal trainer because throughout my life I have had to deal with many set backs. These include a torn ACL, two bad concussions, and other minor injuries that have kept me from succeeding in athletics. Each injury motivated me to become a better athlete. I choose not to let anything set me back from accomplishing little goals that I set for myself. After recovering from my ACL injury I realized that I wanted to help other individuals set goals for themselves and give them the proper skills and that extra push to accomplish those goals. Each of my clients motivate me to become a better individual and seeing them accomplish their goals is one of the best feelings in the world. 

Training philosophy: "I am not telling you it is going to be easy, I am telling you it is going to be worth it."- Unknown
Favorite exercises/specialties: HIIT workouts, cardio, tabata, running, and strength training using bodyweight and free weights. My all-time favorite exercise is a burpee. 


Why I became a personal trainer: I have been training as an athlete my entire life and have always found great joy in discovering what my body and mind are capable of. I became a personal trainer in order to motivate and help others to discover their own joy through fitness.
Training philosophy: “He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty.” – Lao Tzu
Favorite exercises/specialties: My single favorite exercise would have to be the back squat because of its variety of physiological benefits. However, I am a big proponent of variety and I enjoy learning and practicing from multiple styles of training: Olympic lifting, power lifting, and bodybuilding.


Why I became a personal trainer: I became a personal trainer because I have a strong passion for teaching others about physical fitness and how to achieve their goals. When I was younger, I did not have the level of physical fitness knowledge that I do now and found working out and going to the gym intimidating. I firmly believe that physical fitness should be accessible to everyone and that fitness facilities must be a safe space for everyone to learn and grow in their pursuit of physical fitness.
Training philosophy: My training philosophy is to learn from others, but to compete with yourself. No one knows you like you do. Being true to your body and self is what allows you to excel in your physical fitness journey. 
Favorite exercises/specialties: (Top 5) HIIT (high intensity interval training), trail running, cycling, barbell back squats, and skull crushers.


Why I became a personal trainer: I began weightlifting to get better at sports in high school. As I got stronger, I started to realize my body’s potential. Now, I push myself every day to get closer to that potential. I became a personal trainer to help other people realize the strength, ability, and beauty that their own bodies can achieve. Helping people become the strongest versions of themselves is my number one goal.
Training philosophy: “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
Favorite exercises/specialties: I enjoy teaching people any and all things related to strength training. Personally, I enjoy the sport of Powerlifting and compete regularly with Iron Boy Powerlifting.


Why I became a personal trainer: My interest in physical fitness started back in high school when I ran cross country and track.  What really interested me, though, was when I took a weightlifting class my junior year, and I’ve been lifting ever since.  The opportunity to become certified presented itself while I was working on my master’s degree in environmental studies in 2011.  It gave me the chance to pursue two of my passions at the same time, fitness being the longest standing and most rewarding passion I have.
Training Philosophy:  Build confidence through strength.
Favorite exercises/specialties:  I’ve most recently become a competitive weightlifter through the American Heavy Athletics team, which plays into my passion for building strength.  Whatever method is best for my client, strength is vital to daily function and athletics.  I see great success with high intensity interval training (metabolic conditioning) as well.  It helps with weight loss and cardiovascular conditioning.  I love challenging myself to learn new training styles, so I keep a variety of styles under my belt, just in case!


We like to offer our clients a special "word of mouth" deal to keep them exercising and happy! Refer a friend and get a free session once they complete their starter package.