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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.

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.

Allison Garden

Allison Garden,  NSCA-CPT  

Available weekday mornings and evenings and all throughout the weekend.

Allison is a senior working towards her degree in Exercise Science. As a competitive gymnast in high school, fitness has always been a huge part of her life. She began getting into weight lifting in college as a way to compensate for the loss of the physical activity that came with gymnastics. This quickly turned into a passion, which now revolves around physique and strength training. Allison feels comfortable training individuals of all goals and believes it's possible for anyone to develop a devotion to training. She wants to inspire others to find the motivation to improve themselves and enjoy exercising. Allison believes at the end of the day, it's important that her clients feel they've created a better version of themselves.

Addison McCleod

Addison McLeod, NSCA-CPT

Addison is a senior studying Exercise Science and Nutrition here at USC. Her passion for physical fitness stems from her extensive time as a competitive dancer as well as her time as a track and field athlete focusing on pole vault and high jump. Addison began weight training while she was a pole vaulter in order to gain the strength and power needed for the event. After she stopped dancing and running track, she continued weight training but transitioned from sport specific training to overall health and physique strength training. With her training principles rooted in competitive sports, Addison believes that competition within oneself is one of the best ways to set and achieve goals. She has great passion for sports performance training, but ultimately just wants to help anyone reach and surpass any goal they have set.

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.

Jay Salerno

Jay Salerno, NSCA-CSCS

Available weekday evenings, and any time on weekends
A graduate in 2016 of the University of South Carolina’s Exercise Science program, Jay continued his education at USC and is currently working towards his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  While in graduate school, fulfilling his passion for healing and rehabilitation for both general and athletic populations, Jay realized the best method of recovery is prevention.  Jay became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and believes that the key to staying healthy, fit, and free from injury is through maintaining muscular strength, flexibility, and aerobic conditioning. His training philosophy centers around his beliefs that “movement is life,” it is never too late to start making healthier lifestyle changes, and that exercise helps not only physically, but also mentally.  Whether your goal is to increase strength and muscle mass, lose weight, or to just feel better, Jay can help you reach your goals. 

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.