Recreational Services

Meet the Fitness Staff

Athletic Trainer - Kiana Young

Athletic training is a health care profession that provides primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Monday - Thursday from 4:30 pm - 9 p.m.

Located at the Wellness Clinic in the bottom floor of the Rec

Free to all Rec Center Members

Services:
  • Injury evaluation
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic intervention
  • Orthopedic physician referral
  • Education in injury prevention
  • Prophylactic taping (patrons must provide their own tape)
  • Concussion management

More About Kiana

"My name is Kiana Young. I'm from Trinidad and Tobago. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Athletic Training. Currently, I am pursuing my master's degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training at UT. My favorite aspect of athletic training is seeing patients meet their rehab goals and return to their favorite activities pain free. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, thrifting, and trying new foods."

Email RecATServices@utoledo.edu for appointments and any questions.

 

Personal Trainers

Isabella Weik 
"I am a senior from Toledo and love being involved on campus. I am president of Blue Key and founder of the UT Multifaith Council. I am ACE certified and fun fact, I stared my fitness journey right here at the Rec Center! I had a trainer here for two years here and when he graduated I became a personal trainer. I am all about holistic wellness and making sure that everything my clients does directly impacts their day to day lives through building confidence, moving safely, and feeling empowered."

Alexis Beauregard
"I grew up playing sports in Marriottsville, Maryland at Chapelgate Christian Academy. Here, I discovered my passion for athletics, as I participated in volleyball, softball, cheer, and track. I learned so many lessons through these experiences, particularly in fighting challenges presented by poor coaches. I decided I wanted to coach someday, and change the negative athletic culture present in both high schools and colleges. I played NCAA Division III volleyball and softball for Waynesburg University before transferring to UToledo and becoming a personal trainer at the Student Recreation Center. I specialize in sport-specific skills, such as volleyball and softball, and also love to run!"

Drew Nitschke
"I am a recent graduate from UT with a degree in Exercise Science (Concentration in Human Performance and Fitness Promotion). I am a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. My focus is on fat loss and strength training. I am most passionate about helping others create positive changes in their bodies and habits so they can live with more confidence and energy. I believe the best investment we can make is in ourselves, and that the more time we spend on ourselves, the bigger the impact we can make on others. Living a healthy lifestyle is a big part of that, and that is why I do it. Outside of health and fitness I love watching and playing sports, traveling, eating ice cream, and being with my friends and family."
 

Fitness Instructors

Jacob McClellan - Yoga
"I originally started doing yoga 4 years ago because an advisor told me that I needed a hobby, and I have now been teaching for 2 years after completing my teacher training in 2019. When I'm not teaching yoga you can find me taking long walks, or attempting to play the guitar! I'm not sure how many people will take the time to read this bio, but if you have I hope you are having a wonderful day and maybe I'll see you around UT rec center this year!!"

Kayla Gray - Pilates

"My name’s Kayla and I’m a Toledo native and alumni. I started out teaching dance fitness in my junior year at UT and have been here since! I enjoyed taking group fitness classes since my freshmen year, so I jumped at the opportunity to teach my own class. I’m certified in Pilates, WERQ, and PiYo. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs, hanging out with my cats, and spending time with my friends. In the future I hope to obtain my Yoga certification."

Waverley Hawkins - Cardio Drumming, CORE, Aqua Strength and Toning, and Splash Dance

"Hi, my name is Waverley Hawkins aka Shakey Shakey! I am a native of Toledo, Ohio and proud member of the dance community for over a decade.  As an instructor for Water Line Dancing aka Splash Dance, I have taught classes to men and women from adolescents to seniors for over seven years and still remain involved in Ballroom Dancing, Latin Hustle, Chicago Steppin', Salsa, and Bop in my personal time. Expanding my creativity in 2015, I collaborated with local DJ "MPress" by creating my own urban line dance to a "Beast Mode" mini mix. I received ACE-AFAA Cardio Drumming (Drums Alive) and Water Fitness certifications in September of 2016. I have taught classes at a wide range of locations across Toledo.  You can find me teaching my Urban Line Dance class on Friday nights in the area."

Lauren Andrews - Full Body Burn and MX4
"I am a Masters of Public Health Student in my first year. I have been a fitness instructor and have been teaching for the past 3 and a half years! I fell in love with Group Fitness in my undergrad and that is what led me to become the Grad Assistant of Fitness here at the University of Toledo Recreation Center. I am from the Toledo area so it is cool to be back home! I love to spend time with family and friends, dance and sing, spend time with my church community and watch Netflix and movies as well as be out and about!"

Dilpreet Kaeley - Zumba

"I am a medical student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. I graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering in 2020. I have been dancing since I was four and my passion for dance led me to Zumba. I know 14 dance styles and love learning ones. As a future physician, learning more about fitness enables me to improve levels of physical activity for my patients."

Melissa Ahrens - Boot Camp
"Teaching fitness is something I am very passionate about. I found my love for working out in 2003. I quickly became addicted to how great I felt after exercising and how strong and flexible I was becoming! In 2006 while I was a student in a boot camp class, my instructor asked if I could take over her class during her absence because she was having a baby. After this, I never stopped teaching! I got nationally certified to teach group fitness in 2008 and I began teaching boot camp classes at the University of Michigan for their recreation department after hours while working full time as an Infection Preventionist at U of M hospital. I received my Masters in Public Health in 2010 which just increased my love for health and fitness. My boot camp classes continued to grow and I felt so much pride watching my students get healthier and stronger. I moved back to Ohio and got a job at the University of Toledo Medical Center in 2015 working again full-time in Infection Prevention. I immediately asked if I could add my boot camp class to the recreation departments classes and have been teaching at UT since that time! When I am not working or teaching, I am staying active by chasing around my two wonderful children, Lillian who is five, and David who is 2."
Last Updated: 9/29/21