Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science
Company/Organization: LifeStart Wellness Network
Company/Organization website: http://lifestart.net/
Title: LifeStart Intern
Destination: Phoenix, Arizona
Timeframe: Fall 2016
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
During my internship at LifeStart Phoenix Plaza, I learned all about running a corporate wellness gym and program. I helped a lot with the paperwork side of running the gym, as well as training and keeping the gym in perfect condition. I shadowed many assessments and personal training groups, as well as hands on opportunities to perform the assessments myself and train a couple PT55 (their fall program) clients. I was also able to shadow two company presentations on ergonomics and the LifeStart Biomechanics exercises they provide. With my location being a gym for corporations around the area and anyone who would like to join, I folded a lot of towels and helped clean the machines and bathrooms. My last duty as an intern at LifeStart was to come up with a incentive program to progress one of the companies towards a better lifestyle.
My greatest accomplishment was becoming better at my assessments (blood pressure and skin fold measurements) and be more comfortable personal training. I am usually a shy person when it comes to teaching someone and having them fully depend on me to get them to learn how to do specific movements. My problem is more patience then anything and I think during my internship, I was able to become better at describing how to do specific movements and feel comfortable taking the lead.
The greatest lesson I learned from my experience was to really know what you are talking about before it comes out of your mouth. I learned that through telling important clients the wrong thing and having to have my director clean up my mess. It is best to just say you are not sure (maybe look into it) than to give a semi-confident answer and be wrong. I also learned that being in this type of field isn't all about the exercising, where wellness and health of the mind is just as important. I was able to help someone turn their self-esteem around throughout my time here and that was honestly the greatest lesson/accomplishment I was able to have.
Advice for others...
The best advice is to break out of your shell. I said earlier that I am normally shy and unwilling to really do something that feels uncomfortable. During my internship, I was thrown into many situations that felt uneasy because I wasn't confident or it was completely new and these are the situations that make you better and help you grow. After time you learn to appreciate and not feel nervous to jump into doing new things.