Personal Training at the ARC

Contact Info: ARC Guest Services,


This service is specially customized to meet the client’s goals and needs. The ARC also offers Professional Health Coaching to allow you to combine exercise with making good food decisions. Fill out a personal training information form at the ARC Guest Services Desk to set up an appointment.

Who needs a personal trainer?
Those who…

  • have a desire to work out, but don’t know where to start or how to design a custom training plan
  • want alternatives to their current exercises
  • have a desire to learn the most effective and safe exercise techniques
  • want extra motivation
  • want to reach a personal goal
  • want to increase energy while decreasing fatigue
  • want to decrease pain level
  • want to reduce cravings
  • want to understand their body better
  • want to lose unwanted weight

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Personal training at the ARC




Special personal training packages

Mother’s Day PT Special – available May 2-9, 2021
Help Mom increase her strength with our personal trainers! Workouts will be fun and invigorating and will teach skills that will last a lifetime. $15 off six sessions, $35 off 12 sessions. 

Summer PT Prep – available May 23-29, 2021
Get ready for summer with this special package! Purchase a 12-session personal training session and get an extra session on us. This gives you a full month/3 days per week of trimming, toning and shaping for the summer!

Father’s Day PT Special – available Jun 14-20, 2021
Help Dad increase strength with our personal trainers! Workouts will be fun and invigorating and will teach skills that will last a lifetime. $15 off six sessions, $35 off 12 sessions. 

Individual Session/Workout Design

ARC Member Price
Non-Member Price
1 $45 $55

Individual Packages

ARC Member Price
Non-Member Price
3 $120 $150
6 $220 $280
12 $395 $540

Couple Sessions

ARC Member Price
Non-Member Price
3 $165 $195
6 $300 $360
12 $540 $660

Group Sessions

6 3 $120 each
4 $100 each
5 $85 each
12 3 $218 each
4 $180 each
5 $155 each

Personal Trainer Biographies

Amanda Barnes

With over twenty years of experience as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and health coach, Amanda has counseled clients of all levels on fitness, wellness and nutrition for many years. Amanda is a guest instructor at the Columbia Fire Department Academy where she created/implemented the physical training for the CFD.  Amanda serves as the Health Coach for the local NBC affiliate (KOMU) with a weekly segment called “Weekly Wellness” that can be viewed every Monday during the noon newscast or online at Amanda specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation, functional female training, pre/postnatal training, cancer exercise, and senior training.


Personal trainer Amanda Barnes



  • Certified Personal Trainer (ACE)
  • Certified Health Coach (ACE)
  • Orthopedic Exercise Specialist (ACE)
  • Senior Fitness Specialist (ACE)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (Biomechanics Method)
  • TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Fitness Level 2 (TPI)
  • Functional Female Training Specialist (IDEA)
  • Cancer Exercise Specialist (Cancer Exercise Training Institute/CETI)
  • Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist (PRONatal)

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Testimonials from Amanda’s clients

Richard Parrish

Richard Parrish is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (N.A.S.M. CPT), Senior and Youth Fitness Specialist, World Martial Arts Federation (WMAF), Tae Kwon Do Black Belt, Acupuncture Center of Chicago, Certified Reflexologist, and is American Red Cross CPR/AED certified. 

NASM is the preferred certification by fitness clubs and sports teams. Reach your fitness goals by implementing the Optimal Performance Training model. The OPT model is a fitness training system based on scientific evidence and principles that progresses an individual through five training phases: core stabilization endurance, cardiorespiratory strength endurance, hypertrophy,  maximal strength and power.

To be your best, you need the best. From beginners to pros, the NASM/OPT model is the system that delivers proven results. Do better, feel better, be better.  As a personal  trainer, it would be an honor and privilege to assist you in reaching your fitness goals. 

Testimonials from Richard’s clients

Personal trainer Richard Parrish

Jim Dugdale

A recent transplant to Columbia, Missouri, Jim Dugdale comes most recently from the Fire Department in Omaha. There, Jim was an ACE Certified Peer Fitness Trainer besides being a firefighter and paramedic. He has counseled clients and fellow firefighters on fitness, wellness, and nutrition and has experience with all levels of fitness.  Firefighters have often been thought of as the “everyday professional athletes,” and his job was to help keep them at the level where they’re ready for anything.  

Jim assisted with the annual assessment of firefighters at OFD and developed physical training programs for his peers along with individualized remediation plans to get his fellow firefighters back in shape and ready for duty. In addition, he has held adjunct faculty positions at community colleges in Nebraska and at programs in Missouri teaching EMTs, Paramedics, and his favorite subject Anatomy and Physiology. Jim’s certifications include ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AHA CPR, and is recognized as a paramedic in both Missouri and Nebraska. 

Jim served on staff at a local community center (much like the ARC) where he cut his teeth in a powerlifting and bodybuilding environment. He became a certified personal trainer for the YMCA specializing in group fitness classes. He has counseled clients on fitness, wellness, and nutrition and has experience with all levels of fitness. With so much information out there on the Internet and paradigm shifts in nutrition, choosing the best program for yourself can be confusing. Having a personal trainer with the right education, training, experience and intellectual curiosity to act as a filter and guide and to stay on top of things can benefit individuals desiring to improve their health and fitness level.

What are your goals and how can we reach them together?!

Jim Dugdale


Dr. Sydney Young

Physical activity has been central to Sydney’s life from early childhood. Her background includes a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a career as a professional contemporary ballet dancer in NYC. Sydney earned her B.S. in exercise science with a concentration in biomechanics and became an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified health fitness professional. She went on to attend medical school and earn her M.D. degree. Through various injuries and life stressors, Sydney has learned the positive role physical fitness plays in maintaining a healthy mind and body many times over. She looks forward to helping you meet your own personal fitness goals, whatever those may be.

Personal Trainer Dr. Sidney Young

Valerie Call

Valerie is a native Columbian and graduate of Hickman High School. After reaching adulthood she struggled with weight and health issues that affected her quality of life. Eventually she found it necessary to change her diet and lifestyle. Visiting a local fitness center she acquired the inspiration she needed through Zumba, and soon discovered a passion she was unaware of. Using her own results as momentum she worked toward becoming certified as a personal trainer and later became licensed in Zumba.

Today she is inspiration for others to reach their personal fitness goals. She is an AFAA/NASM certified personal trainer, group exercise, licensed Zumba instructor and CPR/AED certified. Valerie’s positive attitude and enthusiasm serve as encouragement to those who are hesitant to step outside their comfort zone. We are pleased to have this ambitious role model on our fitness team.

Valerie Call



Audrey Korondi

Audrey has recently graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from University of Missouri – Columbia. During her four years there, she was (and still is) a teacher’s assistant for an introduction to exercise and fitness course and the undergraduate representative for Exercise is Medicine – an initiative which encourages doctors to use physical activity as a vital sign in checkup appointments. Audrey enjoys working with beginners and people who need guidance on how to start an exercise program, how to use machines, and or what kind of structured workout is needed to meet individual fitness goals. Audrey has worked as a personal trainer at MizzouRec on campus for the past 4 years and has experience working with students, faculty, and members of all ages, fitness abilities, and goals. Audrey is an early bird and prefers working mornings and early afternoons.

Personal Trainer Audrey Korondi


  • ACE personal trainer
  • CPR certified


Travis James

Travis began his fitness career with his fitness journey from his early teens to adulthood. He has gained and maintained a working knowledge of body mechanics  and exercise routines that are key to fat loss and muscle gain. Travis has become an inspiration by motivating others and helping clients reach their full potential to meet and some cases surpass their fitness goals. Being certified by the American Council on Exercise also being CPR/AED trained he also stays up to date with the latest techniques in exercise science, cardio programs and strength training. Whether you are a youth, teen, adult or senior citizen looking to just shed a few pounds or even make an all around body transformation, Travis will develop a fun, safe and effective program tailored to your specific need.

Personal Trainer Travis James


For Amanda Barnes

“Amanda has helped me achieve and maintain a level of physical fitness I didn’t believe to be possible before we started working together 9 months ago. Her drive, dedication, extensive knowledge and experience in personal training, can-do attitude and never-ending positive outlook make her a wonderful trainer and guide in the quest to lose weight and get fit. Her belief in me helped me remain committed to my goals when I lacked belief in myself. Before working with her, I was so out of shape I couldn’t walk around the ARC track once. Now I go to a circuit training group class Monday through Friday, work out at home and enjoy spinning. I would not have been able to make the progress I have without her! I feel very lucky to have had such a great ally. She is an inspiration to me.” —Megan Null, client of Amanda Barnes

“I cannot recommend Amanda Barnes strongly enough. She is not only knowledgeable and well-trained herself, she comes to training sessions well prepared and, most importantly, genuinely enthusiastic about helping you reach your goals. No boring routines here. Trust her! She will help you attain lasting results.’—Joel Anderson, client of Amanda Barnes

“I was hesitant to work with a personal trainer due to being out of shape and not entirely confident that I could do the work. Amanda encouraged and challenged me to do the workout, building my confidence through positive, never negative, re-enforcement. I came out of the experience physically and mentally stronger.” —Amy Schneider, client of Amanda Barnes
“I was just getting back into the exercise world when I became a client of Amanda’s. She made exercise not only challenging and fun, but doable. Her email tips on what to eat and drink are also helpful! Amanda cares and you soon begin to care for yourself.” —Monica Miller, client of Amanda Barnes
“I have been taking Amanda’s Domination Class for almost a year. Amanda is a high-energy wonderful trainer who is tough on her clients, but also shows great care and concern for every person she trains. I am over 50 years old and was a little worried about taking a class entitled “DOMINATION”. Amanda was able to show me that by working hard and going at my own pace (with lots of reassurance from her) that I could feel as strong as a I was when I was much younger. When I started Domination, I could only do 2 push ups in a row (and that was with a lot of complaining). Now, I can do as many as 15 real push ups in a row without stopping. Amanda is a phenomenal trainer and a fun person. Thanks for the opportunity to share my experience in Amanda’s Domination Class.” —Val Leftwich, client of Amanda Barnes

For Richard Parrish

“I am so glad I reached out to get help with my lifting routine. Richard is experienced & knowledgeable. I highly recommend him! Lisa, 51 “

“After losing 60 lbs, Richard helped me with weight machines to get in shape. I feel comfortable asking him questions & he has a nice smile. Ligia 68”

“Richard quickly accessed my situation, designed the right program for me & is doing a great job. Marc, 46”

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