Two Diablo Valley College students, Rob Seeley and Ryan Allison, are among 14 personal trainers who were selected for a personal training internship program with the Oakland Raiders.
Both students are majoring in kinesiology, and are students of sports medicine/personal training instructor Shelly Pierson. Rob's emphasis is in sports medicine, while Ryan's is in coaching.
The two were notified of the opportunity, sent in their resumes, and were accepted into the program, which runs from March 1 through June 16 for two to three days each week at the Raiders professional training facility in Alameda. Orientation included information covering policies of the program, emphasis on flexibility for the athletes, personal training set-up procedure, and learning stretching routines. The interns were then assigned specific athletes to work with.
There is a big emphasis on core training, which focuses on proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), stability techniques, and core intrinsic muscle recruitment. Trainers assist with force and power movements. In the weight room, the trainers assist with form, technique and execution of all major muscle groups.
Both students are enthusiastic about the program, and love the fact that they are learning about personal training and working with elite athletes at the same time.