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Alexander Inbody

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise ScienceSecondary minor: Health Promotion

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: West Des Moines Iowa

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Iowa State Recreation Services
Company/Organization website:
Title: Personal Trainer
Destination: Fitness suite
Timeframe: May 16 2016, July 29 2016

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
Attend the functional aging institute workshop. Designed and implemented functional exercise programs for my senior client. Design a functional assessments workshop for other trainers. Update the climbing fundamentals course and attend meetings related to this. Provide info on possible equipment purchases for the climbing fundamentals class in the fall. Developed a program manual for the climbing fundamentals class. Did an inventory of equipment for the functional training room and developed a survey on possible equipment that could be purchased for the fitness suite. Took on a new client and had a new trainer shadow me during sessions and I learned how to develop a mentorship program. The mentorship program taught the new trainer how to conduct fitness assessments, how to write exercise programs, and how to train clients. Worked the desk shift at the functional training room. I helped people with exercise questions they had and put the equipment away and locked up the room at the end of the night. I attend the interviews and presentations for the new fitness director positions and the group fitness instructor position. In addition, I provided feedback on what I liked about the candidates. I completed multiple informational interviews, including one with Nancy Shaw at Ames Park and Recreation. In addition, I worked on improving my professional portfolio. I am working on earning my functional aging institute certification by studying for the test.

I accomplished...
I created a workshop about functional fitness assessments for seniors. On separate occasions, I presented this information to new trainers, the group fitness supervisor and another intern. I created an updated program manual for the climbing fundamentals program. I added in descriptions for each of the exercises for each of the eight week workouts. In addition, I added info about how class participants could track their goals and designed a handout that assigns homework assignments that are to be completed at the top rope wall. I did multiple informational interviews such at voc rehab, Ames Park and Rec, Bethany Life, and Meth Wick a senior center. I updated my professional portfolio based on the information I learned about at the interviews. I created a mentorship program for a new trainer that prepared them to better prepared them to be a trainer at Recreations Services. I worked open hours at the functional training room and help designed exercise programs for participants.

My most valuable effort...
The most valuable project I worked on was the mentorship program. During this I had the opportunity to go back through all of the steps that had to be done when taking on a new client. Such as paper work, fitness assessments and goals. In addition, I had to teach a new trainer all about these. I also had to teach a new trainer about how to write an exercise program based on the ACE integrated fitness model. This was a great experience because by teaching him all about this, I solidified all of those things in my mind even more.

I learned...
The most valuable learning experience I had was doing informational interviews. The fitness professionals I interviewed with help me critique my resume and walk kinds of questions I could expect at a real interview. In addition, I got to multiple different types of business such as Parks and recreation, assisted living personal training and non assisted living personal training. From these experiences I learned what kind of job I would like to look for. I decided that I do not want to work at a gym that is just focused on selling personal training packages. In addition, I would like to work in a fitness center that is more community based, such as the YMCA or a Parks and Recreation facility.

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience I had was working with my senior client Carl. After I had attended the functional aging workshop, I had learned a lot about functional training such as working in multiple planes and working on gait training, etc. In addition, I learned a lot about senior fitness assessments. So, over the course of the internship it was fun to see him progress in his functional training and improve on his fitness assessments. It felt good to be apart of helping him improve his fitness.

A surprising discovery...
Attending the functional aging workshop was real eye opening to see just how quickly the fitness industry is changing. It is really starting to move away from the classic body building routines to the more functional exercise programs. This will change the manner in which I approach my profession because I am going to keep working on my education and going to regularly attend fitness workshops to stay up to date on all the current training methods.

Advice for others...
Make the most out of your internship. You have to stretch yourself to grow. So, that means doing things you do not always like to do, such as public speaking and doing interviews in my case. But overall, it is a really great experience.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I had a friend Dom that did an internship at Recreation Services. So, I set up an appointment with Nora Hudson to talk about it.

I landed this assignment by...
I had done some training and I had helped with the climbing fundamentals program. So, I had some experience working with Recreation Services and I talked to Nora about possibly doing an internship. She said that she would save me a spot for the summer and she planned out some particular things that I could accomplish during my internship.

I wanted this experience because...
I liked the atmosphere and staff at Recreations Services. It is a friendly environment and they also help educate you and make you a better trainer. So I thought it would be a great place to do my internship and get some real world experience before I start looking for a job.

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