When I first found out about Fitness Quest 10 I knew it was a place that anyone in the fitness world would love to visit. You look at their website and the video pops up on the screen with kids, adults, and even NFL and MLB players doing exercises on equipment that you have never even seen or heard of. You investigate further and realize the variety of services they offer from personal training and sports performance conditioning all the way to nutritional counseling and physical and chiropractic therapy.
As a hungry and motivated college senior I knew that I had to apply for an internship with Fitness Quest 10. Being from a small town in North Carolina, I thought my chances of getting an internship were slim to none, but I had to try. When I received the phone call informing me that I would be a FQ10 intern during the summer of 2010 I could not have been happier. I packed up my car and drove across the country not knowing what to expect. When I arrived at Fitness Quest I was welcomed with wide open arms. Everyone was extremely nice and did all they could to help me.
During my first week at FQ10, Todd was hosting his LIVE 3.5 day mentorship. To be honest, I didn’t even know what that meant. Little did I know, in one short week at FQ10 I learned more than what one year of college could have ever taught me. As a person who had been a personal trainer throughout college, I assumed I knew everything. I knew all about exercise prescription, periodization, blah blah blah. I began to get bored with training because I thought there was nothing to learn. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case. Coming to FQ10 has opened up my eyes so much more.
During my first week I learned about Optimal Performance Bodywork (OPB), which is a program of stretches that Todd created and all FQ10 trainers perform after one of their phenomenal workouts. Not only is this program good for a client’s flexibility, it also really makes them feel better after a session. Additionally, OPB can help a trainer really connect with their client and make them want to come back and continue training with you.
I also learned many new exercises that can translate to the functional lives of many clients. Functional training is huge at FQ10 and while many people think of functional fitness as “sissy”, it can greatly help you in any aspect of fitness from strength, hypertrophy, and endurance to speed, acceleration, and power. It has not only changed the way I workout, but also the way I train my clients. Functional training is truly the future of exercise.
The one thing I have learned at FQ10 is the power of motivation, encouragement, and how important it is to serve and work for your community. FQ10 trainers inspire their clients throughout their sessions in hopes that the client will leave their session feeling uplifted and ready to take on the grueling day of work, school, or whatever the day has in store for them. Their positive attitude and willingness to inspire and motivate you is what separates FQ10 trainers from the average ones.
The knowledge I have gained from FQ10 far exceeds what I can put into words, and it will truly help me in my professional endeavors throughout my life. Thank you Fitness Quest 10!