Internships

Internships in XCEL Performance Health & Wellness are available during the academic semester and summer (this is a semester long internship, not based on hours required from school). As an intern we expect you to bring energy and engaged in the company through critical thinking and project development. It is a highly active experience with coaches and athletes from a wide array of skill levels including youth, high school, college, and professional athletes. This internship will prepare you by developing and using your knowledge into practical experience for a future career in the human performance, health & wellness field.

Expectations

  • Teach dynamic warm-up and flexibility drills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of training techniques
  • Assist in creating custom work outs for clients
  • Be eager to learn and accept constructive criticism
  • Be comfortable interacting with clients and parents
  • Present yourself in a manner that will reinforces your status as a role model for impressionable young athletes.
  • 30-40-hour work week (summer)

Preferred Qualification

  • Pursuing or hold a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science or a related field
  • Obtained or pursuing a NSCA CSCS, CSCCa, SCCC, or CPT
  • College Athletic experience

 

Candidates please email a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references to chris@xcelperform.com

Intern Testimonials

Nate Rueckemann

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Overall, I have had an amazing and very eye-opening experience during my internship. Going into it I really did feel like I knew what to look for and how to perform certain movements which for the most part was accurate when it came to evaluating the main lifts. Where I found myself struggling, was pairing accessory exercises that would be performed in different planes of motion and maximize an athletes progress in a limited number of sessions per week. Another key aspect of exercise that I always struggled with was mobility in general; during my experience, I was able to expand this area of exercises and even begin to perform them myself on a daily basis. One aspect of the internship that I found very constructive and think you should continue to do in the future, is throwing your interns into the fire and forcing them to demand the knowledge. Personally, I felt like this allowed me to grow in the fastest way and allow me to make an impact at XCEL and work towards the goals you have for your athletes. Not only did I grow throughout this process, but I learned that as a trainer of any kind you need to get familiar and comfortable with the uncomfortable aspects of training. For example, it is not always easy trying the break the ice with clients or athletes, but it is a must in order to create a friendly and trustworthy relationship that is essential to long term clientele and development. In the end, I have learned a tremendous amount of information, some that I would have never thought of that I truly feel has allowed me to grow and become a better trainer for the future.

Working at XCEL Performance was an extraordinary experience. I had the chance to work along side and learn from two amazing strength and conditioning coaches. They shared their expertise and advised me on how to treat clients. XCEL allowed me to work with different kinds of population in both, groups setting and one on one. Going into the internship I was a little bit nervous but once I started interacting with clients all of that went away. The biggest challenge I faced while working with XCEL was leading group workouts. Working with groups is hard because you must keep their attention and keep them active all the time. Thanks to Francisco’s advice I was able to lead many group workouts successfully. One of the biggest takeaways for me was that if you are going into this profession you must love to interact with others and know how to treat them. In addition, this internship further my knowledge on so many areas. Thanks to this internship I learn more about the anatomy and physiology of the human body, biomechanics, motor learning, and psychology. Furthermore, I learn how to create lifting programs, how to periodize programs, and how to keep logs of the programs. Overall, XCEL Performance provided me with all the tools necessary for me to become an excellent strength and conditioning coach in the near future.

Nelson Martinez

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Samantha Ledbetter

Overall, my time at XCEL Performance Health and Wellness was a positive experience. First going into the internship I was very nervous because I was entering an environment that I was not familiar with. Within a few days the environment grew on me and talking with the kids and parents became easier and easier. The longer I was there, the more everything felt in place and going in ease. At the beginning I really just sat back and watched how Chris would interact with his clients and how he would fix their form during exercises. Once I felt more comfortable I started helping with the correction of form and then I would start helping other clientele as well. Where I found myself struggling was using my voice. I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes that had been there for a while. Once I felt comfortable with that, things started to go well. I found myself really enjoying working with the general populations because they are different in their own ways and I really feel like I have grown in that aspect of training clients. Another experience I got to enjoy during my time at XCEL was helping with the younger population that came for their hour class we offered. Watching those younger kids start to develop was eye opening not only because some of them progressed quickly but also because some kids struggled. Helping kids over those hurdles to become confident and help them see their progression was very fun for me. This experience overall has made me learn things about myself that I now have confidence in using today. I now feel more comfortable as a trainer breaking down the movements to help a client better understand where to feel the movement and what muscle is should be working. Having this experience allowed me to be able to wide my knowledge in stretching, strength with all population’s as well as agility in younger kids and working with the senior population as well.

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