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Personal trainer Naeem Bacchus, left, with Kladius Maynard after an early-morning session

Personal trainer Naeem Bacchus, left, with Kladius Maynard after an early-morning session

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 29, 2017) – Just one year after beginning personal training at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, senior Kladius Maynard is celebrating his physical and personal transformation. After making the courageous decision to start training and living a healthier lifestyle, Maynard is now a Herbert Wellness Center regular, working out at least five days a week. The international studies and economics major attributes his health and fitness success to the personal training program and his personal trainer, UM graduate student Naeem Bacchus.

Looking back on his life one year ago, Maynard can see how personal training has positively influenced his health, fitness aptitude, and personal growth. He lost more than 100 pounds and 62.5 inches, and improved his cardiovascular fitness by 30 percent.

“I wanted to feel better about myself,” says Maynard. “I knew that incorporating a healthier lifestyle would boost my confidence, improve my interactions with other people, and help me be an all-around better person.”

Personal trainers are not just for those looking to lose weight. Individuals at any fitness level can benefit from working with a personal trainer, who tailors the training to help each client reach his or her optimal goals. Whether you are looking to enhance strength, endurance, or quality of life, Herbert Wellness Center trainers are equipped to customize programming to fit your needs.

Maynard was ready to take control of his health, but like many who try personal training, the Stanford Residential College resident assistant knew he needed outside motivation to help get him to the gym at 7 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In order to cement long-term success, he wanted someone who encouraged him, pushed him, and motivated him to do the best he could. Enter Bacchus.

An exercise physiology graduate student and certified personal trainer, Bacchus became a trainer at the Herbert Wellness Center in summer 2014. With specialties in strength and conditioning, stability and mobility, he trains about eight to ten clients each week, an average number for trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center.
“I enjoy working with people and enabling them to improve their quality of life simply by sharing my knowledge and guiding them through a detailed process we plan together,” says Bacchus. “I try my best to find a way for us to accomplish their goals through specific programs.”

Nikki Reifschneider, assistant director of fitness and personal training, explains that personal trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center are UM students, typically earning degrees in an exercise- related field, such as exercise physiology, sports medicine, or physical therapy. Not only are trainers certified through a nationally recognized organization, they exhibit practical and intellectual competency and leadership in fitness while also learning the newest and most up-to-date information in their respective education fields on a day-to-day basis.

While teaching physical movement is a large part of the personal trainer’s work, there is also a lesser-known responsibility to connect with clients on a psycho-emotional level. After a year of training together, Maynard views Bacchus as more than a personal trainer; he is also a friend.

“I feel we developed a friendship outside the professional trainer-trainee relationship, and that’s what makes it easier,” Maynard says with reverence. “Because Naeem connects with me on other aspects of life outside health and wellness, it is like I am working out with a friend more so than someone I am paying.”

Personal training is built on a foundation of trust and respect. Maynard attributes his success to feeling completely comfortable and at ease with his trainer. He knows Bacchus is there to support him, teach him, and guide him.

Since embarking on his personal training journey with Bacchus, Maynard can confidently say his life has changed for the better. In addition to improvements in his fitness abilities, flexibility, and overall strength, Maynard notices exponential enhancements in his quality of life, self-image and confidence. Not only is Maynard healthier physically, he is also healthier mentally.

“Working with Klad is very inspiring and beyond anything I could have ever imagined,” says Bacchus. “Kladius puts in all the work, but knowing I was able to help him change his life permanently in just over a year is absolutely incredible.”

The Herbert Wellness Center currently employs 17 personal trainers from a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties. Personal training is ideal for someone looking for a structured exercise program, movement assessments, proper technique instruction, motivation, accountability, and a mentor or friend.

“Beginning this process is bound to be scary and that is a natural feeling to have,” adds Maynard. “But starting to work out is the hardest decision to make and from there on out, everything else is easier.”

To learn more about the personal training program and start your personal training experience, click here.

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Fore! Register Now for the Norm Parsons IM Golf Tournament


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 8, 2017)—Tee it up ’Canes! The 2nd Annual Norman C. Parsons, Jr. Intramural Golf Tournament is back and open to members and non-members of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. The tournament, a two-person scramble, begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the DWR Student Employee Leadership Fund.

The tournament honors the lasting impact Norm Parsons, the first executive director for the Department of Wellness and Recreation, had on the Herbert Wellness Center. For 43 years, Parsons served the University of Miami and the Division of Student Affairs with dedication, distinction, and a commitment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“Norm was a loyal supporter for all of our students,” said Tom Soria, associate director of recreational sports at the Herbert Wellness Center. “As the largest student employer on campus, we emphasize teaching our student employees useful and transferable skills. With this fund, we are able to support their personal and professional leadership.”

The entry fee—$40 for UM students and $75 for all others—includes a cart, green fees, range balls, a boxed lunch, and a goodie bag. Top teams are awarded gift cards to the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club Pro Shop. Prizes, including an autographed Miami Marlins baseball, autographed Florida Panthers photograph, autographed Miami Heat photograph, Publix gift card, and UM Athletics apparel, are also awarded to the winners of skills challenges, including longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

For more information or to register for the tournament by the March 24 deadline, click here.

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Fuel Your Body, Train Your Mind at the Herbert Wellness Center


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 8, 2017) – March is National Nutrition Month and the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is celebrating with several special events. As part of Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” and discover the best healthy eating style for you. The Herbert Wellness Center is hosting Fuel your Body, Train your Mind week from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30, to help all ’Canes find their nutritional fit.

“How and what we eat is imperative to our health,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “There is no best way for everyone to fuel their body. We are here to help the University of Miami community make better and smarter choices about their nutrition.”

Fuel your Body, Train your Mind week features the following events:

Healthy Snacks for Recovery
Tuesday, March 28, 12 – 2 p.m., 5 – 7 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
Learn how to create a complete snack to best nourish your body in its recovery after exercise. Healthy Snacks for Recovery is sponsored by Kind Bar.

Decoding Diets
Wednesday, March 29, 12 – 6 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
There are a lot of fad diets that people join for quick fixes. Find out which guides are best if you are looking to change your eating habits, and learn about diets you’ve tried in the past.

Ultra Body Workout
Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Centre Court
Mix up your exercise routine and feel the burn at this total body workout.

The Truth About Supplements
Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
Educate yourself on how supplements truly affect and support your body and training.

Every bite counts. Even making simple changes to your eating habits and behavior inspire a lifetime of healthy living and wellbeing.

To learn more about National Nutrition Month, click here.

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Meditation, Mindfulness, and U at the Herbert Wellness Center


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 15, 2017) – Immerse yourself in a state of reflection, relaxation, and rumination this spring at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. In association with Sri Chinmoy Centres International and UMindfulness, the Herbert Wellness Center offers free meditation and mindfulness classes open to members and non-members.

Find your inner peace and quiet your mind at a free meditation class presented by the Department of Wellness and Recreation and Sri Chinmoy Centres International. Led by longtime meditation instructor Lunthita Duthely, each class encourages mental clarity and discipline as well as creativity and inner peace in your pursuit of personal satisfaction. The next two classes are on Monday, February 27 at 7:45 p.m. and Friday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m.

“Lunthita is a remarkable instructor,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Her dedication and passion for meditation is reflected in every session she shares with participants.”

In a partnership between the Herbert Wellness Center and UMindfulness, “Sound of the Bell” gives participants a safe space to explore mindfulness practice using sound. Participants will discover their innate capacity to focus, pay attention, and expand their awareness to fully embrace life. The free class, taught by Timothy Conner of the Frost School of Music and longtime practitioner of mindfulness, begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 and is open to all UM students, faculty, and staff.

Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop” introduces participants to practicing compassion and mindfulness in every day activities. Led by Scott Rogers, co-founder of the UMindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, this new workshop is on Thursday, April 20 at noon.

“University life can often become stressful for students and employees alike,” says WooChing. “We have forged an incredible partnership with UMindfulness, which has resulted in advantageous programs for the UM community, helping students, faculty, and staff relax and relieve stress.”

Reserve your spot in all sessions by contacting the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433 or registering online.

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Ready to Teach a Group Fitness Class? Audition at UM’s Wellness Centers


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 8, 2017)—Think you have what it takes to teach a group exercise fitness class? The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center are holding open auditions for instructors for all group exercise positions: sculpt, cardio, mat Pilates, reformer Pilates, studio cycling, yoga, dance fitness/Zumba, and kickboxing. Open auditions are on Thursday, February 23 at the Herbert Wellness Center and Friday, February 24 at the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. Both members and non-members are invited to audition.

“We are looking for excited, skilled and motivated new instructors who meet our core values,” says Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes. “If you’re a fitness guru and ready to share your knowledge and experience with the University of Miami community, we want you to join our team.”

To qualify, applicants must hold a national group exercise or personal training certification, such as ACE, AFAA, ACSM, Spinning, Zumba, etc. Applicants must also be CPR/AED certified prior to becoming an instructor. For those not previously certified, the Herbert Wellness Center offers CPR/AED certification courses open to members and non-members.

For more information and to schedule your audition, please email a resume and cover letter to Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes, at mxk331@miami.edu. Each applicant will be expected to prepare a 30-minute demo class for their audition.

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