There’s been a fixture around Queen City Kettlebell for the last several months, our intern from the Cincinnati State Personal Training Program, Mike. We hope you’ve gotten to know him by now, but if not, read on to learn more about our intern-turned-team member. We have enjoyed watching the progress that Mike has made over the last several months, and we are humbled by his quest for knowledge and attention to detail. We could not be more proud of being a part of his transition from being the student to becoming the teacher.
Tell us about your internship experience at Queen City Kettlebell.
The internship was great. From day one, I was pushed out of my comfort zone and thrown to the wolves. Thanks a lot DJ! I learned so much in these past 16 weeks and I know I’ve only just scratched the surface; both in training knowledge and in dad jokes. I think I came at a great time, as Queen City Kettlebell had just moved to the new location. I got to see it take shape and turn into a great facility. I got to meet a ton of awesome people, learn things that I didn’t even know I didn’t know, and it was just a great experience overall.
What were some of the expectations you had coming in to this internship?
Coming into the internship, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I kind of jumped into the internship program at school at the last minute, so I had missed all of the meetings and really knew nothing about what I was getting myself into. Two things that I was certain of though were that I would get my first real hands-on experience training clients, and that I would learn a completely new realm of the fitness world. I had never worked with kettlebells before. I thought I at least knew how to swing, but I was wrong. I expected to be challenged and brought out of my comfort zone, and I knew that I was going to be very busy balancing my full-time job, being a student, and working at Queen City Kettlebell. Both of those proved to be true. Very, very true.
Given that you had the experience of learning about training from the instructor’s perspective as well as the client’s perspective, how would you describe what we do and use that to motivate someone who is new to training?
I would say that we take the time to find and correct any imbalances or compensations that you might have while still ensuring that you achieve the results you’re looking for. We combine corrective exercise with goal oriented training in order to get people moving properly and reaching their fitness goals. We care about the “now”, things like strength gains and weight loss, but we also want to make sure that 20 years down the road you’re able to walk around pain free.
What surprised you the most about working here?
The most surprising thing about working at Queen City Kettlebell is the sense of community that exists there. It’s really cool to see and it makes you want to become a part of it. Everyone is genuinely interested in seeing each other succeed and willing to do what they can to help get them there; clients and instructors alike. As instructors, we get just as excited about a client putting their name up on the PR board as they do. It draws you in and I feel that it keeps people motivated and coming back for more.
Most valuable piece of advice?
One thing that stuck with me was that you can make the “right” choice (when selecting exercises/correctives), but if you can’t explain why you made that choice, it’s still wrong. It sounds so simple and obvious, but it’s often the simple and obvious things that get overlooked. When working with a client, things have to be tailored to that specific client’s needs. If you have them doing an exercise but have no clue exactly what it’s doing for them, you’re wasting your time, and more importantly wasting their time.
The second thing that comes to mind is that you should try to coach somebody as if you were coaching them over the phone with no demonstration. You should be able to explain things in simple terms and in a way that they can easily understand what you’re having them do. This was a good bit of advice for me because I struggle sometimes in explaining exercises in layman’s terms. I forget that not everyone is well versed in anatomy or exercise terms. It’s something that I continue to try to improve on and I know it’s just one of those things that comes with experience.
Give us two truths and a lie.
I wrecked someone else’s motorcycle and fixed the scratches with a Sharpie. I can swim close to Olympic speeds in the 50M freestyle. I once took down a shoplifter in the pouring rain who had a shirt full of meat.