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Alec Clasen

Major: Kinesiology and Health



Company/Organization: Equinox
Company/Organization website: https://www.equinox.com/clubs/chicago/lincolnpark
Title: Personal Training Intern
Destination: Chicago
Timeframe: Spring 2017

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
As an intern at Equinox we were exposed to the many facets of personal training, client interaction, and the business that equinox runs. Some of the activities I accomplished or performed were: sitting in on personal training program meetings between trainers and the manager's, weekly sales meetings to help trainers learn how to effectively market and sell themselves and their business. I worked with the other interns learning Equifit processes ( the Equinox fitness assessment), proper client stretches and ROM assessments, FMS screening process, and worked on a special project that I presented to the managers. The topic of my special project was “Department Integration”. I also came up with multiple workout regimens for members of the club that I befriended and helped teach them new movements involving objects they were unfamiliar with (kettlebells, Vipers).

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment has been learning the personal training business principles. These were new things that I didn't previously have experience in. I learned how to successfully market myself and grow and accrue a client base.

I learned...
My greatest lesson that I learned was to be open to trying new things and putting yourself out there. I found that by stepping out of my shell, I gained more experience and enjoyed the learning process a lot more.

Advice for others...
Keep your mind open and always be willing to work hard. Sometimes finding an internship can be difficult, but if you approach it with a good attitude you can network and open excellent doors for yourself.

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