Major: Exercise Physiology
Hometown: Pacific Grove, CA
Program Position: Fitness Staff/Personal Trainer | WREC
How did you first get connected with the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC)?
Last summer I became a personal training intern. I shadowed other trainers through the fall. In the meantime, I was hired at the beginning of the fall to be part of the fitness staff. In January, I took on my first client as a personal trainer, so I actually wear two hats at the WREC.
How would you describe your position at the WREC?
As a personal trainer I work one-on-one with clients with personal physical fitness goals: weight loss, muscle gain, increased cardio fitness, etc. I customize each workout session depending on the specific goals. As part of the center’s fitness staff, I monitor the fitness area to be sure everyone is following guidelines related to safety, cleanliness, equipment operation, etc. There are approximately 10-15 fitness staff and we’re constantly moving around the WREC to insure that things are running smoothly.
What does working at the WREC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
My job keeps me busy, but in a fun way. It allows me to get away from school and to relax. I like the atmosphere and the people here, especially the staff. Everybody really cares about each other. And the job offers great flexibility. They work around my school schedule. And my job is directly related to my coursework. My favorite class is biomechanics where we learn how the body works – what joint movements involve which muscles groups. For instance, I know how to improve a vertical jump with more range of motion with arms that translates into more power when you jump. I can use my biomechanics principles with my personal training clients.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position with the WREC?
I bring a good positive customer service role. I’m very approachable, knowledgeable, and upbeat. I’m interested and people know I care. My philosophy is that this is our gym. It belongs to the students and we want it to be in good running order, so we expect everyone to respect the rules.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the WREC better prepare you for that path?
I’ve been accepted into the master’s program here in kinesiology where I’ll be focusing on biomechanics. We use 3D motion detection to study flexion, range of motion, speed of motion and other principles of biomechanics. My ideal goal is to train athletes or manage a training staff in a gym. I like making personal connections, seeing new faces. No matter where I go I’ll always be involved in sports. Exercise fixes everything!