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HPW Internship: Perfect Fit Training

Posted by Deising, Deanna - July 12, 2015 - 2015 Internships, HPW Internships, In-State, Strength and Conditioning, Worksite

HPW Student Internship Experience – Nicole Hanson 15′
During my time at Perfect Fit Training I have gained a huge appreciation for those who commit themselves to making a healthy lifestyle change. At this private one on one functional training studio I worked with clients from all walks of life. I have trained elderly clients who need to build strength, increase range of motion, and work on balance to prevent falls, high school athletes whose focus is on sport specific performance, speed, and injury prevention, and clients who have had knee replacements, shoulder surgeries, and chronic low back pain along with so many more. Working in a private personal training studio allowed me to truly connect with individual clients and assist them on their journey to make a healthy lifestyle change. Each client was kept accountable for their nutritional health by completing food journals, discussions of diet for that week, and the sharing of nutritional advice, recipes or handouts. I spent the majority of my time learning the extensive ins and outs of being a personal trainer, how to design effective exercise programs, and the business aspects of what it takes to run a fitness facility. I also spent a portion of my time redesigning the business website, managing the Facebook page, and creating promotional posters for fitness classes and events. Along with this, I was given outside research projects. I created an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) recovery protocol researching exercises, stretches and guidelines for the long process of rehabilitation that a patient goes through after tearing their ACL. I gathered this information and created informational handouts available to clients and future clients at Perfect Fit Training. I also designed a weight loss challenge outline called Fit Together which included creation of nutrition classes offered within the program. In addition I created an interest and needs survey for clients, and posted recipes and interest topics of the week. Lastly, I further developed my skills in teaching group fitness by instructing Yoga classes, leading warm-ups and instructing core strengthening sessions the for circuit training classes.


  1. Behavior:
    1. Observe and participate in the training of personal clients individually in a one-on-one setting.
    2. Observe fitness classes currently taught and understand how to adapt them to reach all skill levels of clients that attend.
    3. Observe fitness testing procedures and learn to utilize protocols on new client assessments.
    4. Review all client charts to learn more about the health & history of each client
      1. All client information will be kept confidential
    5. Develop health education classes to teach in the fitness studio.
    6. Develop protocols for rehabilitation clients that include stretches or exercises for clients who are recovering from knee surgery/injury or to strengthen against possible future injury.
    7. Observe and implement fitness cleaning and maintenance procedures to ensure the health & safety of each of clients.
    8. Educate clients on specific health related topics through lunch & learns, handouts, or brochures.
    9. Evaluate the effectiveness of numbers of training sessions per week on client outcomes.
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Determine how to promote fitness or educational classes to offer via social media, posters, brochures, and handouts.
    2. Promote healthy recipes or popular food topics/articles on Facebook.
    3. Create flyers to handout to local business or campus promoting classes, nutrition education, or services at Perfect Fit Training.
    4. Create a biography or profile page for the Perfect Fit Training website and other social media.
    5. Create a survey to see what current clients want or would like to see offered in the future.
    6. Promote/ develop a nutrition guideline for clients that are athletes
      1. Express the importance of adequate nutrition
      2. Create a timeline of when they should eat for optimal performance
    7. Work on updating website and social media for Prefect Fit Training
  3. Organizational Experiences:
    1. Learn each client’s health risks and physical ailments and adapt accordingly when writing new exercise prescriptions
    2. Work with Supervisor to be taught the procedure in how to handle new client consultations.
      1. Learn how to explain business services and give explanation of what each client should expect when working out at Perfect Fit Training.
    3. Observe how to manage expense reports, monthly income, and schedules for clients.
    4. Learn how to perform proper documentation of client interactions and exercise.
    5. Create and organize a health education class.
  4. Other:
    1. Obtain professional liability insurance for coverage when working with clients.
    2. Obtain a nationally known personal training certification. Study and testing hours to be included in internship hours total.

On-Site Supervisor
Jennifer Zurawski
Perfect Fit Training
2740 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

22-24 hours per week, hours will vary from week-to-week according to client schedules.


UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Nicole Hanson, Fall 2015

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