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Fitness Career Spotlight: David Delgado

Meet David Delgado from Core Performance who finds balance in training athletes to working behind the scenes in training staff and maintaining business operations.

What attracted you to the field of fitness and exercise?
I grew up playing sports and always had an interest on how the body worked. When my youngest sister went to physical therapy, I was exposed to the kinesiology field. This sparked my interest in helping people through training.

Your Job Title?
Operations Specialist/Performance Specialist

Company you are with now?
Core Performance

A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
My job requires me to support maintenance and troubleshoot at all Core Performance locations, purchase all of the equipment (soft goods), participate in staff training, and acclimate new staff to our methodology. Day-to-day activities change based on the site I’m working at. At one of our sites, I would check the workouts to make sure they’re current, and then coach clients for several hours. On any given day, I might lead group training, work with individual clients, administer performance evaluations (including the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and VO2 assessments), and help with goal setting.

How did you get your current job in fitness and exercise?
I started out as an intern at Core Performance. At the end of my internship, I was offered part-time work until I finished school. After graduation, I became a full-time employee. I’ve now been working with Core Performance for four years.

What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’ve always had a passion for helping others, and I’m detail-oriented. This job allows me to use my skills to help clients, while also working on daily tasks behind the scenes.
Along the way, I’ve developed business-related skills, including understanding the purchasing process and learning how to educate others (training).

What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Everything you do will get noticed. Do as much as possible, even if it’s the smallest thing.

If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Shoes. I love shoes


Sarah Koszyk is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach at Eating Free, an online adult weight management program. She also provides in-person nutrition coaching at a private practice, MV Nutrition, in San Francisco, CA, where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. You can follow her on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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