Grady Hovenga

Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science
Company/Organization: Premier Athlete Training
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Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Fall 2022
Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower


- Help lead and run sessions for athletes ranging from age 10-22 - Set and clean up turf space before and after sessions - Answer questions related to train from patrons and clients - Getting to work with a wide variety of athletes from all stages


Over the course of my internship, I think that my greatest accomplishment was finding my "coaching voice". I was able to step outside my comfort zone a little bit and be confident in myself, my training and knowledge.

Learning experience

My greatest lesson I learned was, it is okay to be uncomfortable. There may be times where something doesn't feel right or you are scared to do it, but you just have to do it. Once I learned that lesson the rest of the semester because that much more fun because I was able to not focus on being anxious to do something taking away from the coaching side of it.

What advice would you give?

My advice would be to never stop learning. The field of Kinesiology is always moving and it can be really easy to fall behind. Never be afraid to have conversations that challenge you.

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