Health and Wellness class initiates personal training program for students

Dr. J.J. Mayo’s health and wellness class’ personal training program, which began Monday, connects and mentors Tech students over a period of four weeks.

“I got the idea from another institution,” said Mayo, associate professor of health and physical education. “The vision is that these guys will develop programs to get hands-on experience.”

The program was originally announced on OneTech and was followed with an email. Sign-up sheets were posted in Hull, and about 120 students responded within a week. The students from Mayo’s class describe student response as being overwhelming.

When planning the program, Angel Graham, senior wellness science major from Camden, said the class tries to incorporate the workout into the schedule of the client.

“We ask them what’s a good time for them, then we sync our schedules,” Graham said.

If client and original trainer can’t find a common time, Mayo said the clients will filter through the class to better match schedules.

Rachel Roberts, senior wellness science major from Mena, said her physical training sessions will depend on the goals of her client.

“I’ve printed off a health form to see where they’re at,” Roberts said.

Roberts said a client’s workout schedule will depend on their fitness goals; she said she is nervous about working through the program.

“It’s the first opportunity we’ve had to work through a program like this with someone we don’t know,” Roberts said. “It’s different when you see a person and meet with them.”

Waylon Doty, senior wellness science major from Aurora, Mo., said for him, a road block in the program has been finding time. Doty is a tight end for the Tech Wonder Boys football team, and though he balances practice, workouts and class, he said he does not get much sleep.

“I’m a full-time student, and because of football, I have morning workouts and practice at night,” Doty said.

Mayo said Tech students can expect other programs to come.

His health and wellness class will continue to train students, and there will be a nutrition lecture series towards the end of the semester.

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