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Sports & Exercise Therapy Junior Focused on Future

Student in competition

Warren County Career Center Sports and Exercise Therapy Junior Michael Wynkoop, Lebanon, broke three US Powerlifting Association Ohio state records in a competition in Toledo recently. He competed in the Bench Press, Squat and Dead Lift competitions and broke all three state records for his weight and age group.  Michael is also working toward his career goals by earning his personal training certification through an internship at Baer Fit, set up through his program.

The 2020-21 school year has presented challenges, with juniors and seniors splitting the days of the week in lab, but this dedicated junior has managed his time and kept up with school, career, and personal goals. His decision to apply for the WCCC Sports and Exercise Therapy program was based on his life experience.

“I joined the program because I had lost over 100 pounds and gained some muscle size and I just felt drawn to fitness and training because it changed my entire mood and outlook on life and gave me hope,” he said.  “I had helped a few friends with their fitness level and they saw results. I always enjoyed helping others and it came naturally to me so I thought I’d see if there was more I could learn in the program.”

In just six months of being in the program, he has already developed a network of contacts and mentors that is helping him grow professionally and personally.

“The Sports and Exercise Therapy program has been very beneficial to me with a lot of useful information but it also has opened many doors to people that are a part of my everyday life helping me grow,” he said. “I’ve gotten certified as a trainer and the program has kept me motivated and accountable for staying on track with my true goals. I’ve met coaches, clients, training partners and business partners, believe it or not, through the class. It has all pushed my goals further and makes me want to work harder for them.”

Instructor Kristin Wineberg describes Michael as “a pretty awesome kid,” and she is very proud of his accomplishments so far, and his career goals.

“My current goals are to continue powerlifting and bodybuilding and to hopefully break national records and become Mr. Cincinnati,” he said. “But a few long term goals would be to start a fitness community that is truly welcoming and encouraging. I would love to open my own gym and clothing brand, paired with an affordable health and fitness center.”

Look out, world! This excellent student will make his mark. If you are interested in knowing more about this program, check out our webpage: https://www.mywccc.org/SportsMedicine.aspx 

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