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The Student Recreation Center Personal Training Program is free to all members. All you have to do is fill out an application for personal training at the front desk. However, having this as a free service comes with some limitations.
There are always more applicants than what our trainers are able to provide training too. Once your application is in, we place it in the stack with the other applications. We do our best to accept clients on a first come first serve basis, but your goals and schedule must meet that of the available trainer.
This means that applying early does not guarantee your placement with a trainer, but it does help a great deal. If there are any additional questions please feel free to contact the assistant to the director of the Student Recreation Center at or 570-389-4822 during the fall or spring semesters.
If it's during the summer semester please contact Jenn White, director of the Student Recreation Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I request a male or female trainer?
A. Yes, but this may delay the process and make your wait for personal training longer.
Q. Will a trainer work around my schedule?
A. Trainers pick their own new clients. If your schedule works with theirs and you’re at the top of the stack (and your goals are within their knowledge/interests) they will pick you. If you have a hard to match schedule you may not receive a trainer.
Q. How many times a week will I meet with my trainer?
A. This is worked out between you and your trainer. There is no upper or lower limit to how many times you may meet in one week. However, this service is meant to provide the client with a basic level of exercise knowledge so that they may exercise independently. Because of this, we do limit the total number of training sessions a person may receive to 15 and the total length of time to 1 month.
Q. I applied for training last semester and did not receive a trainer. Do I need to fill out another application?
A. Yes, applications are not generally kept from one semester to another.
Q. Is there a limit to how long I can be trained?
A. Yes, this service is meant to provide the client with a basic level of exercise knowledge so that they may exercise independently. Because of this, we do limit the total number of training sessions a person may receive to 15 and the total length of time to 1 month.
Q. I have a complicated medical history. Can I still receive a trainer?
A. Previous or current medical issues that may effect your ability to exercise or your response to exercise (e.g. Diabetes, heart failure, heart attack, heart disrythmia, stroke, COPD, physical disability) are outside of the expertise of our trainers. All of our trainers are students, because of this; they are not required to have personal training certifications. High risk individuals, such as yourself, should seek a medically supervised exercise training program. If you have been released to exercise independently, you will want to obtain a professional personal trainer with a high level certification from a widely recognized certifying body such as the ACSM or NSCA.
Q. I applied for personal training early and have not yet received a trainer. When can I expect to receive a trainer?
A. Within the first few days of each semester we receive as many as 100 applications. With limited trainers, we cannot guarantee anyone that they will receive a trainer. We do our best to accept clients on a first come first serve basis, but your goals and schedule must meet that of the available trainer. This means that applying early does not guarantee your placement with a trainer, but it does help a great deal.
Q. I cannot make it for my personal training appointment. What do I do?
A. You must contact your trainer ASAP to make them aware of the situation. All clients sign a no show policy stating the following: I understand that if I do not show up to my scheduled appointments to meet with my personal trainer more than one time, without notification, I will no longer have the privilege of having a personal trainer.
Q. I only want to have a workout routine made and taught to me in a single session. After this session I plan to train myself. Is this possible?
A. Yes, if you would like only one session, this should be written on your application in the goals section. Trainers are told to give priority to those clients who only want one session.
Q. How will I find out if I have received a personal trainer?
A. The trainer will contact you directly using either your phone number or email as listed on your application.