Ryan Gasper

Major: Kinesiology and Health
Company/Organization: Iridium CrossFit
Company/Organization website: https://www.iridiumcrossfit.com/
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Sumer 2022
Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower


General maintenance of equipment and the facility. Coached group exercise classes. Scheduled and completed consultations for interested clients. Responded to emails. Tracked inventory and ran the point of sale system weekly. Entered programming into the gym's management system. Assisted with creating the schedule for the coaches and logging each coach's hours to determine payroll. Prepared new member welcome bags and entered new members into the management system.


My greatest accomplishment was earning my CrossFit L-1 credential, allowing me to coach classes at my affiliated gym. Throughout this process, I saw my confidence as a coach increase almost daily. I learned useful warmup progressions, coaching cues to help clients perform movements better, programming tips, and much more.

Learning experience

The greatest lesson I learned was the importance of being prepared. Looking through the workouts the night before instead of right before the class time helped me understand the workout and the target stimulus. I also felt more confident as a coach knowing that I understood the workout more in-depth. It was also important to see which clients were coming into my class time so I could be prepared to offer scaling options for them if they could not perform the workout as prescribed.

What advice would you give?

Learn to manage your time. Plan ahead so you are able to stay on top of assignments and studying, while also allowing yourself to enjoy a social life. Time management is also an important skill to have when it comes to working in this field.

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