“On the Job” is a new weekly Central Michigan Life feature that highlights the duties, backgrounds and personalities of various student employees on CMU’s campus. This week, CM Life reporter Dominick Mastrangelo sat down with Fitness Instructor Caty Hook at the Student Activities Center to learn about the Howell junior’s campus job.
Name: Caty Hook
Major: Communication Disorders
Time spent On the Job: Four semesters
Job: Hook instructs two fitness sessions a week: One called “Bust a Gut” on Monday nights and “Turbo Kick” on Wednesday nights at the SAC.
What is the purpose of each session?
Caty Hook: They’re cardio classes; you get a solid muscle work out as well as your heart rate going.
What is your favorite part of teaching two classes like this?
CH: I love working out with people, so getting paid to work out is even better. Everyone has different comfort levels. I’m happy that I can help motivate people in whichever way they feel is comfortable.
You seem to have a strong passion for what you do. What is your go-to method of motivating people while instructing a class?
CH: I tell students to think of happy places and to focus on how far they have already come just being in a session with me. I try to not be so much of a cheerleader, but still somewhat peppy. I tell them all the time: ‘If I’m being annoying, just let me know.’ I’m not trying to scream at anyone or push them too hard. I just want them to get as much out of the class as they possibly can.
What is the most stressful aspect of your job?
CH: You know, when you hit mid-semester and all the projects and the homework pile up, it’s hard to have enough energy for a whole class twice a week after a full day. It takes preparation just like anything else in life.
What sparked your interest in physical fitness on campus?
CH: I took a class like this when I was a freshman in the residence halls and absolutely loved it. I still remember; (the instructor’s) name was Sam and she was amazing. She made you want to succeed, and that’s how I hope I am with people that take my classes.
How’s the guy to girl ratio?
CH: It’s mainly girls, but sometimes a boyfriend or a buddy will get dragged along. It’s okay though, because it’s a friendly environment for everyone.