I learn something new with everyday spent at NoCo Fitness. When I first started, I thought I knew quite a bit about personal training from reading, watching videos, and just researching personal training. But, since I have started, I have learned so much more and I am still learning! One thing that I didn’t think was a huge part of personal training was connecting with the client. Here at NoCo, I have realized that is one of our highest values. When we open up and connect with clients we not only gain clients, but we also develop friendships. Doing this makes for an easy-going and enjoyable workout environment. I think that connectivity with clients is what really sets NoCo Fitness apart from other gyms.
A Little Bit About Me
My name is Matthew Miller, and I am an intern at NoCo Fitness. Just to tell you a little bit about me, I go to school at Aims and love to be active. I am currently working on a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. I enjoy doing anything active. My favorite activities are playing volleyball, hiking, golfing, and of course working out. I am also very into nutrition and love to cook. Although I’m not very good at cooking, I’m getting better and learning more all the time. My dream is to be a successful personal trainer. I have my National Academy of Sports Medicine certificate, but I’m still focused on gaining more knowledge that is helpful in fulfilling my dreams.
My Experience at NoCo
I started my internship at NoCo eight short weeks ago and it is coming to end already. Mostly every morning at NoCo I would meet someone new and learn something that would help me with my exercise regimens. At first, I just shadowed the other trainers and learned who the clients were. A couple weeks in, I started writing some workouts for clients and leading them through the workouts with the help of the other trainers. That’s when I definitely learned the most. Towards the end of the eight weeks, I had the privilege to write workouts and put a few clients through a workout on my own. I enjoyed taking charge during those sessions and having more responsibility. Through this experience, I realized that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I am very thankful for this internship opportunity.
Some Advice For Future Interns
Now that I am done with my internship here at NoCo, I have a few words of advice for people thinking about coming here for their internship. First off, ask questions. If you don’t ask questions you will never know the answer. My favorite person to ask questions was the head trainer, Ryan. Ryan was always available to give insightful answers to my questions.
Secondly, make sure to practice your conversation skills! Like I said before, connecting with the client is very important but its hard if you don’t know what to talk to them about, so try to find common ground between you and the client.
Third, be energetic! It’s easier to start conversations and stay focused on the task at hand when you are motivated. I definitely understand the struggle of being a full-time student still making time for the gym, but figure out a way to do it. If coffee is your thing, then drink some coffee. Maybe try getting up a little earlier and doing some stretches to get loosened up and ready for the day. For some reason, I found that helped me. Overall, this is a great learning experience. When it comes to internships, I think NoCo has a spectacular program.
By: Matthew Miller