Learn how Constantine (Stan) Lee specialized in training people who suffer from chronic medical conditions so that their pain doesn’t get in the way of improving their strength. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of fitness and exercise?
I began pursuing the field by becoming a physical therapy aide, and saw that there were many patients coming in with various chronic medical conditions. At that time, I was thinking about applying to Physical Therapy schools, but then decided to see what the “prevention” side of things were like, and was amazed at the lack of attention given to this area. Subsequently, I’ve been focusing on health & fitness training, specializing in people with chronic medical conditions.
Your Job Title?
Health & Fitness Trainer; Strength & Conditioning Coach
Company you are with now?
Self-employed; clients via DIAKADI
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Since my clients are varied, I essentially go from one venue to another. For instance, I see one client at his home–because of his chronic pain disability, he’s only able to do limited activities. Then I may be off to DIAKADI to see another client, who only has occasional minor back symptoms, but trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
How did you get your current job in fitness and exercise?
I’ve worked in various venues, and health clubs (including Physiotherapy Associates in Berkeley, the YMCA, The Sports Club/LA in SF, Gold’s Gym), and have learned various objective & subjective aspects of each job. For instance, working for The Sports Club/LA meant an impeccable service disposition, while working for Gold’s Gym meant being more casual & relaxed with work presentation.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I don’t consider myself a competitive “athlete” in current terms, but I did play volleyball in high school. I also did some martial arts (Hapkido) in college, and eventually changed my major from Computer Science to Human Biodynamics. I became fascinated with the biology of movement, that further research became exciting. I still consider my movements awkward, but continue to do research in this field. I’ve been a member of NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) for a few years now, because they have great research journals in the industry.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
I would say to take your time to find what you really like to do (and “be”); and do as many things as possible (especially when you’re younger, and have more energy!). Don’t let work define who you are, and be deliberate with your actions & intentions. Be courageous enough to fail many times, and persistent with your ambitions.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Peace of mind is the first thing that I can think of (especially not having to worry about basic needs like food, shelter, etc.). A more realistic answer would be “experiences” like learning how to shoot an arrow, or travelling to places I’ve never been before (e.g., the Galapagos Islands).