Workouts made easy for the ‘Canes community

A student trainer working out in the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center fitness room. Photo and videos: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami 
By Ashley A. Williams

A student trainer working out in the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center fitness room. Photo and videos: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami 

Workouts made easy for the ‘Canes community

By Ashley A. Williams
The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center offers a great place to exercise; but if you can’t make it to the facility, student trainers share videos that can help you work out without leaving your residential college.

The holiday season is behind us, and classes have resumed. Many people at this time of year have resolved to carve out time to hit the gym. But with the new semester comes academic commitments and time management may be a challenge.

The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center offers a great place to exercise; but if you can’t make it to the facility, scroll down to view videos of short, at-home workouts you can do without leaving your residential college.

The Herbert Wellness Center, located on the Coral Gables campus, offers a variety of services that support more than your physical fitness. Its mission is to provide innovative wellness and recreational experiences that integrate the mind, body, and spirit through educational, wellness, and recreational programs.

Whether you want to maintain your New Year’s resolution to keep physically fit, or you simply want to keep a healthy and mindful lifestyle, Herbert Wellness Center student trainers are there to help. Visit the center, where state-of-the-art equipment and exercise classes are available. Thousands of students and faculty and staff members swipe into the facility every day.

The center is home to a large gymnasium including three basketball courts, an indoor track, a swimming pool, a spa, a studio cycling room, and two saunas. The 18,000-square-foot fitness room was recently Exercise classes are held in the Storm Zone training room. From fencing and rugby to water polo and basketball, the facility offers classes that include yoga, cooking, martial arts, and aquatics. It even has a juice bar that accepts dining dollars and offers healthy food choices and satisfying smoothies.

Take a look:

You can watch one of the videos from Cailin Murphy, Sophie Seim, and Daniel Shorten to learn exercises that can be performed in a small space. Grab a thick, hardcover textbook for an even more intense workout.


Murphy, a senior from Plymouth, Massachusetts, who majors in exercise physiology, demonstrates a warm-up in the first video and lower-body exercises in the second. This is her first semester as a fitness leader. Since her first year at the University, it has been her goal to become a trainer at the Herbert Wellness Center. After working as a fitness assistant, she was recently promoted to her current role in fall 2019.


Shorten, a student personal trainer, enjoys assisting patrons using multidisciplinary approaches. In this video, he shows you how to do core exercises. He is a junior from Chester, New Jersey, triple majoring in finance, business analytics, and entrepreneurship.


Seim, a personal trainer, is a first-year, physical therapy graduate student from St. Louis, Missouri. She demonstrates upper-body exercises in her video.