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Internship with Elevate Fitness
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Adam Scott Goldberg

Major: Psychology B.S. with Business Option

Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

 

How did you learn about this opportunity?

My employment at Elevate Fitness did not come about in an ordinary manner. In high school, I attended the Hun School of Princeton and the gym was run by a fitness company. My parents signed me up to work with a man named Dr. Leming, who changed my life. Since that day, Dr. Leming and I have developed a great relationship that has continued into my collegiate career. It was his ability to help me physically and mentally that created the genuine interest in his profession. Thus, I called Dr. Leming and said I wanted to work for him because I have great knowledge of his business and am a living model of what it is intended to do.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience at Elevate Fitness has provided enormous growth in my knowledge of the exercise industry. Over the course of the summer, I have worked at two prestigious country clubs, Forsgate and Shackamaxon, as well as a tournament training tennis camp run by Princeton Tennis Program. While working at Shackamaxon and Forsgate, I learned the intricacies of exercise program designs, stretching, and business operations. At the tennis camp I took more of a group fitness instructor role, as I coached larger groups of athletes at the same time. By having such a large variety of clientele, I have learned how to associate and tailor the business to individuals of all age groups.

How did this experience impact you academically?

In terms of education, this internship gave me the opportunity to learn unique information about the human movement system, business networking, and behavior modification through exercise. Aside from increased knowledge, the amount of applicable experience was great because it coupled the classroom and workplace settings for an ultimate learning environment. Dr. Leming, my supervisor, has a PhD in psychology, which is my major, so I was able to learn a lot about its relationship with the fitness industry. During the course of the internship, I became motivated to receive my certification in personal training, which I was able to achieve. It entailed taking a 10-week interactive comprehensive course in all categories associated in becoming a successful personal trainer.

At the end of the day, I would like to know that I am helping people in a unique way.

What are your career goals or plans? How did this experience impact them?

My ultimate career goal is to receive my PhD in psychology and start my own fitness company that combines all facets of exercise. Dr. Leming has inspired me to follow in his footsteps of being a pioneer in the behavioral modification of exercise program. His company changes lives by becoming active and using exercise as a stress relief or a catalyst of change. I have already received my certification in personal training and would like to continue my education in the fitness industry by expanding my credentials to PES or CES. This would separate me from the dime-a-dozen personal trainer. By having a PhD, I would be able to provide counseling to clients who want it in addition to the fitness side of things. At the end of the day, I would like to know that I am helping people in a unique way.

Would you recommend this experience to other liberal arts students? If yes, why?

I would recommend this experience to other liberal arts students, especially if they are interested in psychology or fitness. It expanded my knowledge and qualifications for jobs in those industries, and taught me a lot about life. There is always a benefit to engaging in work outside of school, so that you are able to gain "real life" experience.

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