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Our Trainers

All trainers have both in-house and national training certification by groups including the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown, ACSM-CPT

Available early weekday mornings, evenings and all weekends
Cassie is a senior in the Exercise Science program at USC with a focus in Athletic Training. She has been passionate about sports and was a professional athlete for over five years before retiring. Her experience as a professional athlete is what got her into fitness so she could better excel at her sport. After experiencing many different injuries and working with athletic trainers and physical therapists, she became passionate about helping athletes heal after their injuries and return better than before the injury occurred. She believes that exercise should be a staple in everyone’s life and encourages a proper training program combined with proper training technique. Cassie is currently available early weekday mornings, evenings and all weekends.

Landon Campbell

Landon Campbell, NSCA-CPT

Available weekday evenings and all weekends
Landon is currently a senior in the Exercise Science program at USC and has worked within the Fitness Department for almost two years. An involvement in sports such as wrestling allowed him to be involved with several aspects of weight training at an early age, beginning as a freshman in high school. Landon’s training philosophy is focused on both strength and high intensity interval training by building a foundation on correct form and educating clients to improve personal safety and overall results. His personal belief stems from the idea that all individuals can benefit from weight training both physically and mentally.

Sarah Onderko

Sarah Onderko, ACSM-CPT

Available weekday afternoons and evenings, all day Tuesday and Thursday, and weekends
Sarah is a senior in the Exercise Science program at USC and has experience working with clients of all age groups to improve fitness level and athletic performance. She has been active in sports for most of her life, and began getting into weight training when she got to USC. Having dealt with injuries and other setbacks in the past, Sarah strives to help people overcome any hurdles that stand in their way of living a healthy, active lifestyle. Sarah is pursuing a career in performance physical therapy, and she focuses on teaching proper movement patterns in order to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance in the gym, on the field, or just in everyday life. She believes that weight training is for everyone, and with a positive mindset anything is possible.

Jake Parler

Jake Parler, NSCA-CSCS

Not currently accepting clients
Jake Parler is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Exercise Science. Upon obtaining his degree, he became a certified strength and conditioning specialist and started to work with both the general population and athletes. With his certification and degree, he returned to the University to pursue his Master’s degree in Applied Physiology. His training philosophy is centered on functional movements and strength training. He believes everyone, no matter age or goal, can benefit from getting stronger. Currently, Jake is not taking on clients and serves as our Personal Training Coordinator scheduling clients and providing staff development for the personal training staff.

Alia Sadek

Alia Sadek, NSCA-CPT

Available early weekday mornings, evenings and weekends
Alia is a junior studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and has worked within the Fitness Department since 2015. Her interest in physical fitness began after her cross country career during high school and has grown exponentially since. Alia began with a solid foundation of cardiovascular and endurance training then transitioned to resistance training, becoming passionate about physique and strength. Focusing on nutrition and muscular hypertrophy, Alia believes no goal is unattainable with the proper tools and mindset. The experience she has gained since beginning resistance training makes her passionate about motivating new individuals to the gym and assisting clients to reach fitness goals ranging from aesthetic, strength, and cardiovascular endurance.

Mitchell Tanner

Mitchell Tanner, ACSM-CPT

Available later in the afternoon and evenings during the week and any time on weekends
Mitchell is currently studying Exercise Science here at USC. His passion for fitness developed while training and competing on a national level in mixed martial arts. Currently Mitchell’s personal passion is physique training and functionality but is very comfortable providing sessions geared to all fitness goals. Mitchell’s experiences have grown into a philosophy surrounding fitness that promotes overall health and forming the best version of yourself. He hopes to help people reach their goals by promoting fitness education, and safety to ensure a positive experience. He has said that training is too often viewed as a chore and that he hopes to help people feel thankful for having the ability to train by bringing enthusiasm with him to every workout.

A.O. Westley

A.O. Westley, NSCA-CPT, USAW Level 1 SPC

Available weekdays before noon and weekends
A.O. is currently studying Exercise Science at USC and having been involved with sports from a young age, he’s dipped his feet in many aspects of fitness in order to fully understand it. As a high school athlete, A.O. competed on the cross country team and was a member of the weightlifting team. A.O.’s training philosophy is to use weightlifting movements to improve functional fitness. Athletics are key to his training ideology; however natural movement and mobility improvement are fundamental to his practice. A.O. enjoys all facets of fitness ranging from aesthetics and strength sports to trail running and OCR. Additionally, A.O. is continually involved with furthering his own discipline and resources many outlets, both old and new, for continuing his insight into the sport of strength. A.O. has been a personal trainer for two years.