Being able to create a fun, interactive environment while at the same time providing one of a kind workout experience has led me to love my job. I am able to do two things that have always been important to me, being physically fit and helping others in their pursuit for a healthier lifestyle. These two come together perfectly at Specialty Athletic Training and is why I enjoy it so much.
As I begin my morning commute to one of our Specialty Athletic Training locations , the last thing I feel I am doing is going to work. Having been heavily involved in physical fitness for most of my life, I understand that working out may sometimes not be at the top of everyone’s list of fun. Given that, I know that my job goes far beyond writing up a workout.
Each one of our clients is unique and comes to train at Specialty Athletic Training for different reasons. Most have had some sort of negative experience with fitness in the past and avoid physical activity. I enjoy being the change and catalyst in this area of their lives.
I have an opportunity to interact on a personal level with our clients and create a positive connection with healthy living that they've never had before. Each day I am not only challenged with creating an individualized workout, but also cultivating a fun atmosphere that ends with a smile on a client’s face. I want clients to feel like they are doing more then just working out. They are obtaining new knowledge, learning more about themselves, forming friendships, and all at the same time giving them something to look forward to!
To me, that is what working at Specialty Athletic Training is all about. Providing a fun and inclusive environment for all of our clients and teaching them to enjoy their fitness journey. Being given the opportunity to be a positive influence in each one of our clients' lives and seeing the impact that Specialty Athletic Training has been able to and continues to make, has truly been a blessing. That is why I love what I do.
Andrew Traver, CSCS
Andrew Traver began volunteering with Specialty Athletic Training in 2012 as a peer mentor. Fast forward four years later, he is a lead trainer and has over 4,000 hours of experience working with our clients. I recently asked him why he loves his job. Here is what he had to say.
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS, is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He is President of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.