My internship at Yoga Athletex is something I will never forget. I have grown mentally, spiritually, and physically from this experience. I will forever be grateful to the staff at Yoga Athletex for taking me in, loving me, guiding me, and teaching me. Particularly Kalynn, Patricia, and Kaitlyn. In this internship I have opened up so many doors for myself and I feel like am set off really well for the real world because of this internship.
I started interning October of 2018 at the age of 15 and I will wrap up interning August of 2019, the week before my 16th birthday. This has been the best 10 months of my life. At times I did have a hard time adapting or doing specific tasks but someone was always there to point me in the right direction. I was given so many educational tasks that really helped me understand some of the behind the scenes of running a business. I had the opportunity to further my knowledge in the fitness and nutrition fields by reading up on topics and writing blogs. This was really one of my favorite parts, because you get to do research and learn in the process. Something else that was fun was creating templates in Canva. Creating graphics were a little difficult for me in the beginning but once I got the hang of it, it was super easy and a fun task to complete.
Client retention and Mindbody was another thing that was fun but hard at the same time. The Mindbody software was super easy to learn. Checking people into class and checking them out when they got a water bottle or YAX goodies was pretty fun in my opinion. Being apart of such an amazing team made everyday I interned one to look forward to. Every time I came in everyone was super happy. One thing that I really appreciated was how Kalynn and Patricia made me feel like I can talk to them. If something happened or I was uneasy about something regarding my position as an intern, sports, etc… they opened that door for me so I could always talk to them about it and instead of me figuring it out myself, we would figure it out together. Bottom line they were the best bosses ever, especially as first job bosses. Client retention was fun but also hard because it required you to always be on your toes. When on the phone with someone you had to be ready for them to ask for anything. The biggest thing I learned when dealing with clients is if they ask for something that you don’t know the answer to, just say “Honestly I don’t know the answer to that but I am more than happy to get you the answer or put you in contact with my boss”. This way you aren’t going off on a whim or promising something that you can’t really provide. It’s better to be honest about it than try to be cool and act like you know the answer and then have a frustrated client who didn’t receive correct information.
During these 10 months I have become stronger as a person. I had too, I was surrounded by strong independent women in a work environment. I really think that having this as my first job has prepared me well for my future. I have been taught many different softwares used everywhere in the United States, I have learned at such a young age client retention which was a big one for me. I have gained so much more confidence in myself throughout this process. I used to be very unsure of myself or never felt like I did a good enough job, but working here really showed me my potential and my worth. Another amazing aspect about this job for me was that I was in a gym the whole time! If you don’t know me personally, I am a workout fiend. I love to workout and push my body to the limit. Working out has become more of a lifestyle and a passion of mine instead of just a daily routine. Working out and working at YAX made me feel this way. I worked my butt off here constantly pre-internship and my results reflected my effort. Being able to work in such a space was amazing for me. Almost everything was centered around fitness and wellness. Everyone here wants me to succeed in the business and fitness aspect of my life. That’s why this was a win-win situation for me.
I can’t even begin to put into words the quality of mentorship I received during my internship at Yoga Athletex. I was guided in succeeding not only on the field but off the field. I was taught to be a confident athlete but to also lift up others on the field or in the gym. I was taught that it takes an equal amount of mental strength as it does physical strength to do well in sports. I was taught that hard work really does pay off, and to not seek praise from others but to seek to find that validation within yourself. I was put in many situations where I learned that it is okay to ask for help, it doesn’t make you weak, it makes you stronger because you are willing to take that step to better yourself or to find knowledge. Kalynn and Patricia specifically did a really good job of letting me experience things that not everyone gets to do. I got to do video shoots, contrast therapy, and the super fun job of training Patricia on my internship days! I was extremely grateful to Kaitlyn for taking me under her wing throughout this process. She always had my back and was there for me when I needed help.
I could say so much more about this experience, but frankly I can’t put into words how much this experience has molded me into the person and athlete I am today. I am eternally grateful to Kalynn, Patricia, and Kaitlyn for everything they have done for me and I look forward to continuing with them in the future.
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