Demet N. | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa


Ankara, Turkey


  • B.S. in Biology - METU
  • M.S. in Plant Molecular Genetics -TTU
  • PhD in Molecular Biology - TTUHSC


  • ISSA Personal Trainer
  • ISSA Bodybuilding Specialist
  • ISSA Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition
  • CPR/AED 

Specialty Areas:

  • Weight/fat loss
  • Beginner weight training
  • Strength training
  • Kettle bell training
  • Exercise and Parkinson's Disease
  • Individualized training


  • Personal Trainer
  • Bootcamp Instructor
  • Strength/Weight Training


  • Weight training
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoors
  • Traveling


Demet is living proof that "it is never too late to begin the journey toward better health and fitness." Like so many people, I poured my energies into my education-earning a PhD in Molecular & Cell Biology in 2002-and then my career as a Research Scientist. I enjoyed breakthrough success at the UIHC, distinguished myself worldwide, and attained the respect and admiration of my colleagues. However, my health, fitness, and personal well-being, were second priorities. I wanted to go to the gym, work out, and get healthy/fit, but I did not know how and where to start. I felt like it was too late for me. Then one cold January day in 2014, I, in an effort to support a friend with her fitness routine, worked an hour with a personal trainer at the CRWC. Joining my friend that day changed my life; it was the beginning of my new journey. It was not easy. My new-found muscles ached and the workouts were exhausting, but I persisted the hard work, on and on, because there was something new in my life: an overwhelming feeling of well-being and a new sense that I identified-happiness. 

These feelings built upon one another as I kept going. In 2015, I earned a Certified Personal Trainer designation and have worked with and shared my love of health and fitness with numerous others. My life has found a balance of helping others in the gym and making scientific discoveries in the lab.


"Don't downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny."