Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science
Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Iowa State University Athletic Department
Company/Organization website: http://cyclones.com/
Title: Strength and Conditioning Olympic Sports Intern
Destination: Lied Rec, Ames
Timeframe: May 2016, August 2016
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
As an Iowa State strength and conditioning intern, we have a lot of expectations to keep in mind. As an intern, you represent not only yourself but the university too. We are expected you to show up at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled training session. Also, we are expected you to look professional, in both dress and demeanor. Iowa State University apparel. This includes not doing any of the following: yawning, crossing your arms, leaning on equipment, inappropriate/unnecessary conversation, standing around, etc. Our duties are to learn and understand each workout and why we are doing them, coach the athletes through the workouts, and spot them on their exercises. We are expected to want to learn and coach strength and conditioning. Coach Bo, also, has us completing weekly assignments the pertain to strength and conditioning.
I will never forget...
My most memorable experience was being able to train the #3 recruiting class in the nation for wrestling. Iowa State had an amazing recruiting class that got to take some college courses and live in Ames for two and a half months of their summer. They were getting ready for the biggest high school national tournament in the nation and they killed it! We had 4 national champions, 1 runner-up, 1 third place, and one 5th place. That is the best performance out of any recruiting class that has ever been to fargo. It was really cool getting to watch these athletes put in major work and reach their goals. Most of the freshman had not ever lifted so we got to see them develop and have big gains in their strength. It was a great time to be a cyclone and it will be for years to come!
Advice for others...
Be ready to learn! Strength and conditioning at the division 1 level is intense and always changing. You get all different types of athletes from all different types of backgrounds. One athlete could know more about lifting than you or one could know nothing. Be able to relate and work with all different types of athletes. Keep in mind that they are training really hard and may come in injured. It is important to know the athletes and be able to push them through a really hard workout or back off if they are beat up or hurt.