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Ben Danielson
Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Scott County Family YMCA
Company/Organization website: http://www.scottcountyfamilyy.org/
Title: Personal Training Intern
Destination: Scott County Family YMCA - various branches
Timeframe: Spring 2017

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
The bulk of my responsibilities consisted of marketing and programming the “Y-Fit Kids” program, a exercise and nutrition session designed for kids ages 7-13 to cover the basic nutrition that kids aren’t getting in school these days, and to get them physically active and prepare them with the knowledge of how to exercise in order to keep them on a healthy path for life. Otherwise, I had the opportunity to shadow trainers, front desk personnel, create and plan a special event, and work on other programs.

I accomplished...
Seeing the statistics of the program that I marketed and planed improve, and the see the kids excited about learning about fitness and nutrition each week.

I learned...
That kids are most definitely a “special population” and special attention must be given to their training needs.

Advice for others...
Find something that you otherwise would never get the chance to do. You only internship once. And ask questions. Lots of questions.

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