Casey Walsh

Casey Walsh, Campus Recreation

Casey Walsh, Campus Recreation

Personal Trainer

Expertise

AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certified, Body Training Systems Group Step Certified and Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 Kettlebell Certified.

Educational Background

B.S. Exercise Physiology from Umass Lowell with a minor in Psychology and a minor in Nutrition

Biosketch

What got you interested in fitness and exercise?
I was a dancer for most of my life and in high school I stopped dancing and put on a significant amount of weight. A few people got me to join the gym they went to. It was the group fitness classes that really got me going; I loved the social aspect and I loved that I didn't have to worry about figure anything out for myself. One of the instructors (who was also a personal trainer) I got really close to.  I was just about to finish up my junior year in high school and I started to think about what kind of profession I would like to get into. I could not imagine leaving the gym. I was very fortunate that my high school had a job shadow program where I got to get out of school early and shadow someone in the work place. I got to shadow a trainer at my gym and I was hooked. I learned a lot of the basics from her and she even got me to go for some of my certifications. Being in the gym all the time and seeing people who loved their job and loved the people they worked with really pushed me to get my degree and become the best trainer I could be.
Why did you want to become a personal trainer at Campus Recreation?
As my last year of college was approaching I had the feeling that I needed to start getting my feet wet in my field because the real world was about to hit me. Being able to work at the school and work with my peers seemed like a wonderful idea, and it was. I knew in that environment I would be able to grow as a trainer and learn things from not only my fellow trainers but from my clients.
What is your philosophy on fitness?
My philosophy on fitness is that each person is unique and so their workout regimen needs to be unique. I also feel that people need to have some sort of set goal that challenges an individual but is also attainable. I know how to help someone reach a goal but I'm not very rigid when it comes to each workout. There are so many variables that can change with a person: their mood, their alertness level, their soreness, their emotional state, their energy level etc. These are things I assess when my clients come to see me because it can alter what we focus on that day or how much I am able to push someone.
What are some of your hobbies and other interests?
I am still dancing now (although only for fun). I love to bake, but try to only do it when I have someone to give it away to. I enjoy reading and doing random craft projects. And I just recently made it onto a Roller Derby training team.

For more information people should contact Diana Davis, Coordinator of Fitness & Wellness at Diana_Davis@uml.edu.