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DFC membership is required to utilize DFC trainers. Non-DFC trainers may not train clients at the DFC.
Our trainers will design individualized programs especially suited to meet your needs and provide you with a safe and challenging workout. Whether your goal is a well developed physique, better cardiovascular endurance, or improved overall health, we’ll be there to provide expert instruction, guide you through proper form and alignment, and of course, offer you the motivation and support you need.
Sessions take place at the Dodge Fitness Center in our tri-level fitness facility. For clients who’d like more privacy during a session, you’ll have access to our Personal Training Studio where you can utilize stability and medicine balls, suspension training equipment, free weights, resistance bands, and more!
Consider training with friends and save! Partner Training and Group Training with friends or collegues is not only fun and interactive, but also creates a space for added support, motivation and accountability.
NEW! Martial Arts
Whether you're a novice or black belt, brush up on your Martial Arts skills with our private martial arts instructor. Styles include Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu, Kung Fu, Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Kali, Maphilindo Silat and Mande Muda Silat, and MORE.
Get one-on-one mat-based Pilates training in our Personal Training Studio. Increase your flexibility, strengthen your back and entire body with our certified Pilates instructor!
Whether you’re jumping into the pool for the first time or training for a triathlon, we have highly qualified swim trainers ready to work with you. Maximize your full potential with focused instruction designed to improve your technique, stamina, and confidence in the water. Sessions occur during rec swim. Please see the building schedule for times.
Learn the basics or strengthen your existing abilities on our American-sized courts. Sessions will focus on individual needs as they pertain to technique, aerobic endurance, and mental concentration, as well as all other areas essential to this intense game.
50-min Private Training
$65/ 1 session
$300/ 5 sessions
$550/ 10 sessions
50-min Private Training *Undergrad Student Discount
$55/ 1 session
$250/ 5 sessions
$450/ 10 sessions
50-min Partner Training (2 individuals)
$90/ 1 session
$425/ 5 sessions
$800/ 10 sessions
30-Minute Private Sessions
$300/ 10 sessions
30-Minute Partner Sessions (2 individuals)
$500/ 10 sessions
50-min Group Training (3-5 individuals per group)
$125 per session
30-min Group Training (3-5 individuals per group)
$80 per session
Body Fat Caliper Test
$10/test (approximately 30 min)
A person's body fat percentage is the total weight of the person's fat divided by the person's weight. Knowing one's body fat percentage can be useful in tracking fat loss or simply satisfying one's curiosity. Your technitian will use Lange Calipers to estimate body fat by skinfold thickness measurement. The measurement is based on seven standard atomical sites around the body.
$45/1 session (50 min)
Using ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) guidelines for standardized testing, we'll measure your body composition, resting heart rate, blood pressure, aerobic endurance, flexibility, and muscular strength. At the end of the testing phase you'll get a chance to review your results compared to norms and have your trainer advise you on how to improve or maintain your fitness level.
First, please read our Program Policies regarding Lateness, Expiration Dates and Refunds.
REGISTER! A trainer will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your request. Once in touch with the trainer, please discuss your needs, goals, and schedule. Trainers manage their own schedules, therefore all scheduling is between the client and the trainer.
You may purchase by phone (212-854-3439) or between 9am and 5pm, M-F in room 336. This should be done before your session begins. Checks must be made out to Columbia University. Paying a trainer directly is PROHIBITED.
If you submit your request on a weekend or University holiday, please wait for the following business day for your request to be handled. Partner and Group Training: EACH participant must submit their own separate registration form
Ensure your Dodge Physical Fitness Center membership status is current. Non-members are not eligible to participate in DFC training and may not solicit our trainers for non-DFC training.
Children of DFC members must be included on the family membership to be eligible for training. Please visit the Membership page for more information.
Please inform us of any special considerations.
All sessions must be paid for in full prior to the start of training. Free trial sessions are not offered.
Sessions can be purchased by phone (212-854-3439) or in room 336 between 9am and 5pm, M-F. We accept credit cards, cash, and check.
In-home or off-campus sessions are not offered.
Outside trainers are NOT PERMITTED to conduct formal fitness instruction at the DFC. Only individuals currently employed by the DFC Personal Training Program may conduct personal training at the DFC. Personal Training is defined by any of the following:
Leading an individual through a designed workout or assessment.
Providing formal one-on-one exercise instruction, assessments, and education.
Prescribing a fitness program for another individual.
Verbally or visually promoting a non-DFC personal training service.
Providing paid or free formal exercise guidance (including payment of guest fee).
Anyone suspected of acting as a Personal Trainer by exhibiting any of the above behaviors will be questioned and informed of the DFC policies. Any individual acting as a Personal Trainer, as defined above, who is not employed by the DFC Personal Training Program will be asked to discontinue. If the individual fails to comply with this request, membership and guest privileges may be jeopardized.
This policy serves to eliminate conflict of interest with inhouse fitness programming, and for safety and liability purposes.
Lateness and Cancellation Policies
You must provide a 24-hour notice for any cancellations to avoid being charged for that session.
Out of respect for one another's time and in order for us to provide you with the best service possible, we ask that you be prompt for your session.
If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, your session will be forfeited and considered “cancelled”. Trainers are not required to wait for clients who are more than 15 minutes late. Please call your trainer if you anticipate being late. Some trainers may be willing or able to wait more than 15 minutes if they know you are on your way.
You must use your purchased sessions BEFORE the expiration date.
Single Session – 14 days from date of purchase
Five Sessions – 2 months from date of purchase
Ten Sessions – 4 months from date of purchase
Refunds are granted for medical reasons only. Physician's note is required.
Sara │Assistant Director of Physical Education, Director Personal Training, Personal Trainer
Sara Negrette is the Assistant Director of Physical Education and directs the Personal Training Program. She earned her Associate Degree as a Fitness Specialist from San Diego City College in 2001, a BS in Nutrition and Food Studies from NYU in 2005, and holds a MS in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Teachers College. Sara is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Personal Trainer, and has been trained at some of the top health clubs on the east and west coasts since 2001. Her training experience ranges from former athletes, seniors and young people, pre- and postnatal, weight loss/ weight gain and beyond. Her training style combines dynamic, traditional and functional training.
Ahmed │Personal Trainer
In his 20 years in the health and fitness industry , Ahmed has developed a passion for helping others succeed in their wellness goals. He has a wide of specialties and has experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in Physical Education.
Brian Young is certified with National Academy of Sports Medicine and holds a specialization in Corrective Exercise and has two years of experience in personal training. He has experience training individuals with pain in the lower back, shoulder, elbows, and ankles. Having herniated a disk, a torn meniscus in his right knee, and suffered trauma in his left ankle, Brian also has personal experience exercising with injuries. By using functional movements in an integrated approach with TRX suspension training cables, he can help regain range of motion and reduce pain. Even without pain, Brian can help you achieve your fitness goals (weight loss, muscle mass gains, injury prevention, stability strength) with multiple equipment (TRX, Kettlebell, Battle Ropes, Resistance Bands, Bosu Bolls). Brian received his BA in Film Studies at Yale University and is a current graduate student at the Columbia University School of the Arts pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing.
Caroline │Swim Trainer
Caroline Blum teaches swimming to children and adults at all levels. Currently she is the aquatic director of the Cubs Camp at Columbia University. She is a coach member of USA Swimming. Her certifications include CPR, AED, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training and First Aid. In addition to teaching swimming she is also an artist and exhibits her artwork in New York and California
Cory│Martial Arts Trainer & Personal Trainer
Cory Robertson has been teaching and training in various martial arts for over 13 years. He earned 4 black belts and attained the title of Guru (Instructor) all before the age of 20, and is able to teach a myriad of styles and weaponry. At age 21, Cory joined the US Navy and served as Military Police, where he led group physical fitness sessions, and helped private clients reach their fitness goals. As a full instructor in Warrior’s Way International, he has taught thousands of private lessons and group classes, ranging from children to adults, as well as Women’s self-defense, law-enforcement, and military forces. He has recently earned the title of Apprentice Instructor under the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto, as well as an instructor certification in Pavel Tsatsouline’s StrongFirst™ Bodyweight-Strength training program. Cory is currently an undergraduate in Columbia’s GS program.
Darnley │Personal Trainer
Darnley Alleyne has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. He has competed in bodybuilding competitions and has had solid training in both Pilates and stability ball training. Darnley is currently teaching an advanced weight room orientation class at Barnard College. His passion is in teaching the inexperienced how to develop healthy lifestyle habits, and challenging the experienced with new and innovate training modalities!
Dory │Personal Trainer
Dory has been training for 5 years and during this span has trained in top clubs in many different areas in Manhattan. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology specializing in Fitness from Liberty University, and holds a Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. While at Liberty, he interned under Bill Gillespie, one of most renowned Strength and Conditioning coaches in the Nation. Dory is a well versed trainer who has worked with collegiate athletes, the general population, and senior population. He specializes in Strength and Conditioning, Core and Balance, Weight lost, Body Fat reduction, Mass Building, and Toning. His goal is to maximize each session by making each one better than the previous!
Kricia │Personal Trainer
Kricia is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She received a Bachelor's of Science degree from DeVry College of Technology in Networking and Business Management. She holds NASM certifications in Corrective Exercise and Sports Performance Enhancement. She recently completed a Fitness Nutrition certification through NASM and is also a UXF group instructor. Kricia has a passion for fitness and wellness and looks forward to helping others achieve their physical goals. She has experience working with a wide variety of populations through many different fitness domains including weight loss, strength and conditioning, injury prevention, endurance training, functional programming, bodybuilding, metabolic conditioning, and movement screening assessments. Kricia has been active all her life and involved in team sports including softball and soccer. She currently enjoys high intensity workouts and strength training. After a workout, she likes to refuel with anything she can put peanut butter on.
Mariam is an Egyptian-Canadian adventure seeker, who recently moved to the Big Apple to complete a Masters degree in Public Health at Columbia University. She is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor who believes that a bite of decadent dark chocolate should be enjoyed every day. Before moving to NYC, Mariam completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Degree at McMaster University; she also worked as a pastry chef in Toronto and spent several months travelling the world. She is addicted to the great outdoors, especially if she is taking it all in on a mountain bike. She loves what she does and believes everyone deserves to feel great in their own skin.
Wanda Hughes, certified by the American Fitness Association of America, has over 10 years of experience as a fitness trainer, group class instructor and nutritional advisor. At the LA Weight Loss Center she tailored participant's nutritional plans to fit their lifestyles and optimize their progress. Wanda is currently working hands-on with men and women in different prestigious gym throughout the city. Wanda s' enthusiasm and energy is what makes her a great motivator. She currently is teaching Body Sculpt and Cardio class here on campus. Wanda's quest is to help her clients achieve their fitness goals. She is deeply committed to strength training and is always looking for ways to break barriers. Wanda believes a healthy lifestyle requires that the body and mind work together. She is currently completing her degree in kinesiology and nutrition.
Yacine │Personal Trainer
Yacine is a Strength and Conditioning Coach who came to NYC in 2009. He was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Stade Français Paris Rugby for 2 years, responsible for the design, implementation and coaching of all varsity athletic programs. He has also been involved with the French Training Center, serving as a Strength and Conditioning Resident Intern from January until May of 2004 where he assisted the staff in developing and implementing programs for Olympic, Olympic hopefuls, and Paralympic individual athletes and national teams. A 2003 graduate of National Institute of Sport Expertise and Performance in Paris (France), he was a four-year starter and two-time captain with the soccer squad before earning a Bachelor's degree in Health Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. In addition, he was an intern for over a year at Fordham University Athletics & Columbia University Athletics where the main goal of the training was to better prepare the student-athletes for their respective sport, maximize overall athletic ability, improve mental focus and most of all, prevent injury. Over the last three months, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the National French Rugby Team. He is also certified in USA Weightlifting & Speed and Explosion.
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