Feature Friday: Kaitlyn Clark
Feature Friday: Kaitlyn Clark
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are you involved in here at Ohio State? What are some of your hobbies?
I am a fifth year senior studying Exercise Science here at Ohio State. I am an undergraduate teacher's assistant for Anatomy 2300, a member of Chi Omega and a Rec Sports personal trainer. Outside of classes and work, my hobbies include exercising, video games and watching my favorite television series, American Horror Story.
How did you become interested in being a personal trainer?
I was an athlete back in High School and when I came to college I was completely overwhelmed by the RPAC and I had no idea how to workout on my own. My first year was all cardio since I was scared of the weight floor. During my first year I became frustrated with school and moving from my hometown which led to a drop in my confidence level. During the next summer I taught myself how to lift weights properly and soon gained enough confidence to lift in the RPAC. I found that I was becoming so much more confident in myself and started to view my body as what it really was: A powerful machine that is built to do some wonderful things. It's incredible how empowering it is, especially for a female, to be able to lift weights. The transformation in myself, both physically and mentally, was due to finding my love for lifting. I wanted to be a role model to other women that it is OKAY to be strong and to lift weights and what better way to do that than to become a trainer?! It became a dream of my since sophomore year that finally came true this past December.
Please describe the process of becoming a personal trainer here at The RPAC.
What a wonderful process it was! I worked with Alycia Israel who is an amazing instructor and person. The process was a semester long with two hour meetings every Monday evening to go over learning material. The things I learned in these meetings would be on the exam and would later apply to my future clients. On top of the meetings, was a weekly small group which offered the opportunity to get hands-on experience about movements, techniques, and cues. Lastly becoming a personal trainer required getting 10 hours of observation with a personal trainer as well as pass a written exam and practicum exam. After passing these exams, I was ready to take the ACE exam. While the process was time consuming, I learned so much and I am able to apply this knowledge every day.
What would you say to someone considering meeting with a personal trainer?
Meeting with a trainer can seem intimidating but it can be so beneficial. No matter what activity or fitness level you are, a trainer can help you reach whatever goal you may have. When you first meet with a trainer, make sure to tell them what your exact goals are and be sure to let them know your current activity level and workout routine. The more information the better. Last but not least, have fun!
Aside from being a personal trainer, you mentioned that you have experience with Olympic Weightlifitng. Can you share about that?
I found out about the Olympic Weightlifting small group class through the Personal Training program. My instructor asked if I was interested in observing the course and I obviously said yes! I had been doing Olympic Weightlifting on my own with a little help from a strength and conditioning coach so I was excited about the experience. At the time, the class consisted of six-one hour sessions over the span of six weeks. I was able to observe and actively participate in the class which allowed me to receive constructive criticism and feedback. My favorite lift in the class was the snatch! It is such a technical lift and if your form isn't good, you won't hit the lift. It is amazing to be able to lift such heavy weight from the ground to overhead in just one movement.
For anyone interested in this class, it can be found on the Rec Sports website under special event classes. This semester is already booked but be on the look out over winter break for registration to open up for spring. All you have to do is register for the class and show up!
Have you continued lifting regularly since taking this class?
Yes! I try to clean and snatch at least once or twice a week. Because of how explosive the movements are, I like to take a day or two break between each. Outside of olympic weightlifting, I'm lifting roughly five days a week depending on my class workload.
What advice would you give to those who might be trying to live a better Life in Motion?
Just get moving! A little is better than none. All it takes is 30 minutes a day of walking to significantly decrease your risk of mortality. Those 30 minutes don't even have to be consecutive. You can do three bursts of 10 minutes. This can make massive improvements in your health. If you're already pretty active or just starting out, find a buddy and do some group fitness classes. Try something new! Whether its olympic weightlifting or yoga, there's bound to be something you enjoy. There are so many fitness opportunities out there to try, so find something that works for you.