Personal Trainers

Learn more about the highly-qualified Personal Trainers at the Marshall University Recreation Center.

Drew B.


Drew is a NCSF certified Personal Trainer, Second Lieutenant Medical Officer in the National Guard, and a graduate of Marshall with a degree in Hospital Administration. Drew ran track and cross country in high school, trained body weight conditioning while in ROTC at Marshall, exercised three years in Cross-Fit, and now competing in powerlifting for the past two years. He has focused on rehabilitation and strength building to build a confident and healthy person. Drew enjoys everything outdoors and learning as much as possible.

“Biceps are like ornaments on a Christmas tree.” – Ed Coan

Aaron P.

Aaron Plantt

Aaron is a fitness enthusiast from Miami Florida, he played on the Marshall football team as a defensive end. After his football career he has had some experience working with the football team as a student strength coach in the weight room. As of May 2017, he holds his B.B.A. & is going to pursue his graduate degree here at Marshall.

Sasha B.


Sasha is a NCSF certified Personal Trainer, has her Level 1 Cross-Fit Certification, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Wellness Education with a minor in exercise physiology from Marshall University. She is President of the Healthy Herd Organization at Marshall, and will be teaching PEL courses. She has always loved playing sports such as basketball, track, and roller derby, but soccer has always held a special place in her heart, and still plays recreationally. She has dabbled in everything from 5k’s to half marathons, mini-triathlons, three years of cross-fit, and has now focused on competitive powerlifting for the past two years. Sasha has proudly recovered to a healthy lifestyle post eating disorder, and is an advocate for self-love, and sharing knowledge to others of sustainable life-styles beyond fads to become a healthier, happier you. She loves all things animals; including her dapple dachshund Heidi, and enjoys anything out-doors, in the warm sunshine. The beach, and Cincinnati baseball games and festivals are her favorite escapes.

“A Flower Does Not Think Of Competing To The Flower Next To It, It Just Blooms.” – Zen Shin

Nikki H.

Niki Holland

Niki enjoys getting to know what individually motivates her clients to start the challenging process of life-change and becoming healthy and whole. With hard work and commitment to what’s in front of us, she strives to give her clients the tools, knowledge, and encouragement they need to accomplish their goals – one day at a time. Her specialty areas are young athletes, those who are de-conditioned or new to fitness, and interval and circuit training. Niki likes to work hard and to have fun. Outside the gym, she enjoys the outdoors, time with my husband and family, ultimate frisbee, hiking, running, playing the guitar, and enjoying time with friends. Niki received her bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpretation from Eastern Kentucky University where she also competed as a collegiate athlete in Track and Field – Triple Jump.

Riley R.

Riley Reed

Riley is a senior at Marshall University pursuing a degree in Dietetics. He has worked at The Rec since 2016 and is a building manager as well. He is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise. During high school, he ran track, played soccer, and played baseball. Riley has been into fitness for about 5 years now and emphasizes overall health, weightlifting, strength, and conditioning. He also enjoys helping out high school teams as well as kids looking to achieve goals and improve their overall health.

“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Oronde J.

Oronde Jones

Oronde is an ACSM certified personal trainer who has been working at the Marshall Rec since 2012. He started working for the rec as a lifeguard and worked his way up to personal training. He has been personal training for 2 years and has worked with a variety of populations including high school athletes, weight loss clients, bodybuilding and strength training, and cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients. He graduated from Marshall with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science in 2015 and will graduate in May 2018 with a Master’s in Exercise Science. He has a deep passion for fitness and has been working out for over 6 years. He also has a fitness Instagram account with daily motivation and tips @proteinpapii_. Outside of the gym, he is an Air Force reservist who loves to snowboard, hike, travel, and meet new people.

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” – Thomas Jefferson