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Loren Zuspann
Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science
Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Fort Dodge Iowa

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: The Muscle Factory
Company/Organization website:
Title: Intern
Destination: 1100 Central Ave Fort Dodge, Iowa
Timeframe: 05/18/2015-08/03/2015

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
Cleaning machines, and windows to make sure facility is well kept. Signing up new customers and clients. Helping build training regimens for clients. Helping new clients with properly learning how to use machines. Body composition assessments. Teaching fitness classes for clients, and teaching new clients in the fitness class. Creating workouts for all demographics.

I accomplished...
One of my biggest accomplishments was over coming my fear of teaching a group fitness class. I had to design a fitness class and instruct it. Another accomplishment that I had during my internship was being able to assess a client, and give them the correct dose of exercise. My biggest accomplishment was being able to understand the business aspects of a fitness facility and all that goes into it.

My most valuable effort...
The most valuable project that I worked on was the fitness class. It was valuable because it gave me the courage to work with a group of people and help them correctly. It also helped me overcome my fear of instructing a group of people.

I learned...
The most valuable learning experience that I encountered was working with older demographics. It was hard for me when I first started to relate and give them the correct workout prescription. I learned how to assess a client correctly and give them the right dose of exercise to best fit their needs

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience is the kick boxing class. It was extremely nerve racking for me to get up in front of people and have them all follow the movements that you do. I have learned a ton about myself and what I would like to do after this experience.

A surprising discovery...
I was surprised how enjoyable it was working with clients of an older demographic. It gave me a great understanding that maybe strength and conditioning might not be my only enjoyable option.

Advice for others...
Don't get yourself stuck in what you think you want to do, create options for yourself. Always utilize the advice of your superiors, and learn to enjoy every moment.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I learned about this opportunity from one of my close friends.

I landed this assignment by...
I landed it because I was the right fit for the internship, and the help of my friend.

I wanted this experience because...
I wanted this particular assignment because it fit what I wanted to do, and was extremely well rounded in what I wanted to learn.

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