Jeremy Clevenger – @Jeremy_Clevenger
When it comes to an internship, people come into the situation with various ideas of what the experience is going to be like. I started lifting weights my eighth-grade year with the football team and have been in love with it ever since. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to be a strength coach or a personal trainer. After talking with some friends, and other people that I was in contact with, I was told that I should strive to open my own gym down the road. I made that my goal and ever since have been striving to do whatever needs to be done in order to make progress towards that goal.
When I first walked into Iron Valley Barbell, there was just something different about the atmosphere. It wasn’t anything like the “globo” gyms that everyone else goes to. As soon as you walk through the door you realize that this isn’t your every day gym. There is a raw and hardcore feel to this place that a lot of other places lack. I knew I wanted to be a part of this. I talked to Zach about some of the things going on and he wouldn’t go into much detail. Instead, he just told me, “you only see 1% of what’s actually going on here.” I wanted to know more. I asked him about any open opportunities to get on his team and he mentioned the possibility of an internship.
I interviewed with him, and the rest of the team, and they presented me with a few openings that they had. I’m not very “artsy” and I know a very limited amount when it comes to marketing, which is what they were looking for, but I told them that I will grind and grind to learn what was asked of me. Zach asked me if I was a good leader and a quick learner, which I am both. He brought me onto the team and I have learned so much more than I could have imagined in this last month.
Coming in, I knew I would be doing a lot of the cleaning/maintenance work around the gym. I have cleaned the bathrooms, mopped the entire gym, remodeled the office, rearranged the storages closet, boarded up this wall that was struggling and pretty much anything you can think of that involves the tidiness of the gym. Not only have I done that but I also have helped shoot content for Ironvalleybarbell.net, Instagram and Snapchat.
I am slowly learning different aspects when it comes to the business side of things, such as how to market yourself on social media, how to have multiple sources of income (so that you don’t have all your eggs in one basket) and how to manage a team and build your brand. One of the most important things that I have learned in my first month here at IVB is to have an open mind and be a free thinker. Some of the craziest ideas may work and some of the ideas that you think are bulletproof may end up failing.
Even with only working here for a little over a month I see great things coming for not only IVB as a business, but for me as well. I am taking things one step at a time and trying my best to help this team and company become everything that we believe it will be.
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