Personal Training | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa


Regardless of your age or fitness level, working with a personal trainer can have a positive effect on your life. When you sign up with one of our personal trainers, you can expect a custom plan created for you based on your goals and abilities. Our goal is to educate our clients on how to exercise safely, while also achieving results. We will provide education, guidance, and motivation along your fitness journey. We will also monitor your progress and help provide you with resources in hopes that you can be successful and confident in the gym even without a personal trainer.

Benefits of personal training

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Decreased body fat stores
  • Increased muscle strength, endurance, and tone
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Reduced clinical symptoms of anxiety, stress, tension, and depression
  • Increased energy, stamina, and endurance
  • Decreased total cholesterol
  • Improved coordination
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Strengthened skeletal system

Meet our team!

Angela Charsha-Harney oversees our training program. When you submit your initial registration form, Angela will receive the form and reach out to you about the next steps. You can learn more about Angela here.

Our Personal Trainers are nationally certified. Many also obtained a BS or MS in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology and have demonstrated an acceptable level of knowledge before hiring. 

Meet Our Trainers!

NEW - Single session option!

Elevate your lifting technique by signing up for a one-time session with a personal trainer. This private session will guide you in the proper lifting techniques, form, and weight-training skills. 

Single Session Training Fees 

UI Student Member  Recreational Services Member
$40  $50 

To register for a single session: Sign up here!

Training fees

Payment must be made upfront. Prices were effective as of July 1, 2018.

Individual Personal Training Fees*

Number of Sessions UI Student Member Recreational Services Member 
9 $333 ($37/session) $405 ($45/session) 
13 $455 ($35/session) $559 ($43/session) 
17 $561 ($33/session) $697 ($41/session) 
21 $651 ($31/session) $819 ($39/session) 

*Services are non-refundable
**It is important to note that your appointment is scheduled to help you achieve your goals. If you cancel with less than 12 hours before your scheduled appointment, you will be charged for your personal training session. 

Partner Personal Training Fees: Partner Training is one-on-two or one-on-three sessions with a Personal Trainer that offers individuals an opportunity to work out with a partner(s). Having another person holding you accountable will help you adhere to a program. You must sign-up with your partner(s). We do not provide partners. 

Partner Personal Training Fees*

Number of Sessions UI Student Member Recreational Services Member
9 $261 ($29/session) $333 ($37/session)
13 $351 ($27/session) $455 ($35/session)
17 $425 ($25/session) $561 ($33/session)
21 $483 ($23/session) $651 ($31/session)

*Prices are listed per person and services are non-refundable.


You must be a Recreational Services Member to purchase and use personal training sessions. To register* to meet with a personal trainer, please complete the: 

Personal Training Registration Form

*Please note: You do NOT need to complete this form for the single session option - please visit the single session option section above for more information.

Your first session

During your first meeting, you will consult with your trainer to discuss your current training status and help define your goals.  We will also go through a 30-minute movement screen to assess your movement mechanics, strength, balance, posture, and more.

The movement screen

As part of your training package you will receive a movement screen and consultation before we begin your workouts. These will allow us to:

  • Assess your ability to perform a squat and lunge, balance, shoulder mobility, strength, flexibility, and stability. 
  • The series of screens are non-stressful and straightforward on your body - they will help us understand how your body is moving and what imbalances need to be addressed. 
  • After collecting data and assessing your movement patterns, we will create a program specifically for you to correct and improve your movement patterns in order to reach your fitness goals.