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Bryce Wulfekuhle
Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science
Year: Senior
Hometown/State: New Vienna, IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Des Moines University
Company/Organization website:
Title: Wellness Coordinator Intern
Destination: Des Moines
Timeframe: January 25, 2016 - May 12, 2016

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
- Use software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook e-mail - Administer fitness testing for our employees/students during Personal Wellness Profiles (PWPs): • Waist/Hip ratio • Blood pressure/resting heart rate • Flexibility (Sit-n-Reach) • Body composition - Tanita, Body Mass Index (BMI), and calipers - Interpret cholesterol and glucose profiles - Compose fitness/Health Risk Appraisal results to individuals - Present Lunch-n-learns to employees and students - Participate in the Personal Wellness Profiles with fitness testing and blood-work - Assist with the DMU Triminators Weight Management Program - Provide lifestyle counseling to students and employees - Teach group fitness classes and/or personal train, if interested - Provide orientations to Wellness Center, Wellness Services and fitness equipment - Assist with front desk and operations of Wellness Center - Coordinate and implement incentive programs or other projects related to wellness - Understand budget and purchasing procedures - Assist with research studies related to fitness/wellness, if interested - Help with any other tasks needed by the wellness committee

I accomplished...
- Assisted with the HMB research study by taking blood pressures and heart rates, and helping the participants with their form when they lift weights - Taught group fitness classes (both by myself, and with another person) - Personally trained a few clients - Developed and implemented incentive programs based around wellness - Participated in the Personal Wellness Profiles (PWPs) with cholesterol/glucose profiles and fitness testing (waist/hip ration, blood pressure and heart rate, flexibility[sit-n-reach], body composition[BMI, calipers]) - Provided a lunch-n-learn about personal wellness with keeping active and maintaining proper nutrition

My most valuable effort...
The Hero in Training 4-week fitness program I created and implemented. This was based on getting certain amounts of activity in throughout the week with additional ways to receive bonus points. This taught me how to make a successful incentive program and how to keep people engaged, and it also helped me with communication by constantly sending emails out throughout the week.

I learned...
There are plenty of different experiences to gain from DMU. For me however, I really wanted to learn how to teach group fitness classes. It's optional to teach, but I highly encourage at least try teaching once. The wellness committee may have you co-teach with one of them first if you aren't experienced with teaching, so if you're nervous about teaching, try co-teaching.I taught a couple classes by myself; it's a major confidence booster.

I will never forget...
A lot of my time at DMU was memorable. From working with people personally, or with a big group was what I really enjoyed the most. I felt like I was making a difference in everyone's lives. I remember that with the research study group that I helped out in, I corrected a lady's form when she was doing squats and she thanked me a lot for that because she felt so much better after I corrected her form. So with that being said, the most memorable moments are when I felt that I changed someone's life, even if it's just by one simple lift.

A surprising discovery...
I was surprised with how confident I became after teaching group fitness classes. I will most likely want a job where I can continue to teach group fitness.

Advice for others...
Be open to try new things! A lot of opportunities at DMU are optional to do, like group fitness, or personal training, but take advantage of the opportunities while you can! That's what internships are for!

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
The one-page ads from the internship coordinator.

I landed this assignment by...
I scheduled an interview the summer before my internship (roughly 8 months beforehand)

I wanted this experience because...
Because there was a mass variety of opportunities available, so I could get a little bit of everything related to my major.

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