Strength and Conditioning

Building a Stronger You

General Information

The Strength and Conditioning program is invested in ensuring that students and members are able to execute strength training exercises safely and effectively. Whether you've been training for years or for a week, the weight room will provide you with equipment and resources needed to reach your fitness goal.


Are you interested in learning more about the weight room equipment and strength training techniques? Visit our Seminar tab to view our events

Put your weight lifting skills to the test! Check out the Events tab to compete in our weight room events.

Do you want a workout tailored to your goals? Take a look at our affordable personal training packages, and start working on your fitness goal!

For more information contact:

Gabriel Rodriguez, Program Manager

(956) 326-3014


Ali Velazco, Strength and Conditioning Specialist

(956) 326-3017


Small group training

TAMIU Rec Sports Strength and Conditioning will be offering two small group training classes this fall, which include Strength Devils and HIIFITDEVILS.


  • Strength Devils is a class that will focus on:
    • Strength
    • Teaching proper form in the weight room for main types of lifts
    • Becoming more familiar with the weight room equipment
  • Main lifts that are to be taught in the class include deadlifts, squats, bench and overhead press.
  • Every class offers different accessory lifts that help on mobility and strength for all the different muscles that help lift, which would include performing multi-joint exercises.
  • The goal of this program is for the participants to feel more comfortable in the weight room area, as well as teaching them the proper form of different exercises to promote a better understanding on how to improve their workouts.
  • This program lasts two months -- from September 10th to November 12th and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.



  • HIIFITDEVILS is a class that will focus on:
    • Functional exercises without the use of a weight room
    • Using the SYNRGY 360
  • This class will be conducted in the Functional Area of Rec Sports.
  • The goal of this program is to acquire better conditioning and body strength. As the program advances, the functional exercises become more difficult and challenging. We do this so that the participants do not feel as if they are not advancing and feel more accomplished after every class.
  • This program lasts two months -- from September 14th to November 14th and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

For more information, contact Ali Velazco at (956) 326-3017 or via Email at Ali.velazco@tamiu.edu

Events and Competitions

Show us what you're made of


The NFL Combine puts an athlete's speed,
strength and agility to the test. If you're a die hard fitness junkie and want
to put your body to the test, then the Combine competitions is for you.

Strong Man/Woman

The Strong Man/Woman competition is based on basic strength techniques such as bench, squats and deadlifts. It's time to put your skills to the test.

How to Register?

Register using IMLeagues

Personal Training

Get Personal Training

A personal trainer provides service to TAMIU students, staff, faculty, alumni, and dependants with the motivation, education, guidance, and individual instruction required to achieve their personal fitness goals. Trainers will design a tailored exercise program for each individual that reflects the client’s objectives, fitness level, and experience.


1-on-1 Training Packages
1-on-1 Training Packages
3 Sessions $54
5 Sessions $90
8 Sessions $140
12 Sessions $212
16 Sessions $282
* These packages must be used within a single semester
1-on-1 Training Packages
1-on-1 Training Packages
24 Sessions $424
32 Sessions $564
* These packages must be used within 1-2 semester of purchase
Group Training Packages
Group Training Packages
2 Sessions $76
4 Sessions $145
*Designed for a small group with similar goals. Maximum of 3/group.

Personal Training Benefits

  • Receive one-on-one attention and specific workouts tailored to your needs.
  • Develop a more efficient and effective workout.
  • Learn proper techniques and training methods.
  • Improve performance and motivation.
  • Develop a program specific to your goals.
  • Learn how to exercise on your own.
  • Have more energy, confidence and inspiration!


Weight Room/ Cardio Room/ Functional Cardio

  1. Persons under the age of 14 years may not use the Weight, Cardio, Functional Cardio, and Fitness Rooms. A parent or guardian must accompany and supervise dependents from the ages of 14 to 17 at all times. ( Exception: Entities hosting approved special events may be exempt. However, special events must be approved by university administration and/or risk management).
  2. No backpacks, gym bags, purses, helmets, rackets, skateboards, long boards, etc. are allowed in the Weight, Functional Cardio and Cardio Room.  Day lockers are located outside the Functional Cardio room and shelves in other various locations around the Rec Center for your convenience.
  3. To avoid potential injury to themselves or others, patrons should use extreme caution and utilize equipment and exercise machines for their intended use.
  4. Spotters are strongly recommended for all weight lifting exercises.
  5. Standing on the benches is prohibited.
  6. Collars/safety clips must be used on all bars when loaded with weight plates regardless of the total weight amount loaded onto the bar.
  7. Ground-based Olympic style lifting (i.e. power clean, snatch, and derivatives) can only be done on the designated platform.
  8. Dumbbells, weight plates, and other equipment cannot be dropped to the floor.  Staff members have the right to determine what is considered “dropping”. (Exception platform with proper weight plates).
  9. All equipment must be returned to its proper location after use. All weight plates, dumbbells, handles, etc. must be re-racked in their appropriate location by patrons after they complete the exercise they are performing.
  10. Weights and bars cannot be leaned against equipment: mirrors, walls or pillars.
  11. Functional Cardio room equipment can be transported to the weight room; however, Weight Room equipment must remain in Weight Room at all times.
  12. No chalk/talc allowed.
  13. No audible or amplified music through personal devices is allowed in Weight and Fitness room.
  14. To avoid congestion and waiting lines, patrons should allow others to “work in” between sets while using strength training equipment.
  15. The use of valet towels and spray bottles are required before and after use to minimize the transmission of infections.
  16. To prevent bacteria & disease transmission, such as, the spread of MRSA, ringworm, etc., it is recommended patrons utilize a work out towel (available for check-out at the equipment desk).
  17. Appropriate athletic attire must be worn to work out in the Weight, Cardio, Functional Cardio and Fitness Rooms: i.e no jeans, khakis, or cargo type shorts may be worn. Due to potential injury and/or damage to equipment, shorts and pants cannot have metal buttons or rivets.
  18. Closed toe athletic shoes are required to work out in the Weight, Functional, Cardio, & Fitness Room. Sperry type shoes, Vans, Loafers, slip-ons, slides, sandals, boots or other hard-soled shoes are not allowed.
  19. Weight belts that may damage equipment upholstery must be removed or covered appropriately.
  20. Beverages in containers with completely re-sealable caps are allowed. (Tumblers, YETI’s, or other containers without spill resistant lids are not permitted). 
  21. Lost items and injuries must be reported to the Customer Service desk.
  22. Please direct all concerns and maintenance needs to a member of the Rec Sports staff.
  23. Only Department of Recreational Sports Personal Trainers/Fitness Instructors are allowed to train clients in the Recreation Center. Individuals, who are not Rec Sports Personal Trainers/Fitness Instructors, who are found to be personal training in any of the Department of Recreational Sports’ facilities will be banned from utilizing our facilities for a period of time to be determined based on the severity of the infraction.