Major: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics
Hometown: Chico, California
Program Position/Job Title: Personal Trainer, Fit Staff
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
How did you first get connected with the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC)?
I live in the gym. Its literally my favorite place to be. The sweat, hard work and focus on self-improvement make me feel alive. And the WREC is an outstanding gym; I love our facility. I think during my first semester I was spending more time working out in the WREC than much of the student staff spent working there, so the logical conclusion was to apply when the Fit Staff position opened. I actually had to wait a semester because I missed the deadline in the Spring of 2016, but was thrilled when I was hired in the Winter of 2016.
How would you describe your role as a Personal Trainer at the WREC?
My primary and most important role is to keep my clients and people in the gym safe. As a trained fitness professional, even though I am just starting out, I have a knowledge that makes me responsible in this area. Aside from safety, the gym can be very intimidating and slightly scary for a young person who is just getting started. Social pressures about body image and level of workout experience can make it difficult and slightly discouraging to begin a consistent habit of hitting the gym and working on bettering yourself. My main role as a personal trainer is to alleviate that feeling by giving people the encouragement and know-how to work out effectively.
What does working at the WREC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
As a AS team member at the WREC, I’m a part of a giant awesome family that loves working out, being active and caring about health. I feel lucky to be working at the facility on campus that is completely dedicated to health, wellness and fun. My knowledge base as a trainer is constantly challenged and I am able to hone effective communication skills. Without a doubt, the experiences I gain as a trainer at the WREC will benefit me as I move forward professionally with the skills I’ve learned and friends I’ve made.
What do YOU bring to the table in your role as a Personal Trainer at the WREC?
Five years of experience on active duty as a hospital corpsman with the US Navy and Marine Corps. During that time, I learned the foundations of hard-work, discipline and how having a trained and fit body can benefit all aspects of life. I have roughly 3000 hours in the gym over the last seven years, and I actively seek out new techniques and ways to challenge myself and my clients. My personal interests in the gym are bodybuilding and muscular-hypertrophy. My main training philosophy is to utilize heavy multi-joint movements to stimulate the greatest amount of strength and CNS stimulus along with isolation techniques that incorporate a strong mind-muscle connection.
What are your career plans and how does your role with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I plan to go to medical school after getting my undergrad. The connections I’ve made at the WREC will definitely benefit me when I need letters of recommendation. I believe a healthy medical system is made up of healthy individuals. The old saying, “Physician, heal thyself” comes to mind and I think my time as a personal trainer will help me to view individuals as whole people not just patients.