Recently taking over as the Worthington Area YMCAâ€™s Health and Fitness director, Seykora has brought excitement and experience into the position.
â€œI enjoy it here,â€ he said from inside his office at the YMCA. â€œI enjoy the fact that what Iâ€™m good at doing, Iâ€™m doing it on a grander scale. I have all the resources available to do it, from equipment to staff, and also Iâ€™m able to interject a lot of variety and a lot of new ideas that Iâ€™ve accumulated that havenâ€™t been implemented down here.
â€œI enjoy helping people. This job, as any job, presents a lot of challenges. People have their own ideas on the way things should be done and the way to do things. But the biggest thing is to understand why I believe the things that I do and the philosophies that I have. That gives me a lot more confidence to do this job.â€
So far, Seykora has enjoyed his time in Worthington.
â€œThe best part of this job is having the social environment that I have with the members,â€ said Seykora, who started in late August. â€œTalking and hearing everything about what their dog did over the weekend to how their workouts are going.â€
Itâ€™s been a long journey for Seykora to Worthington.
â€œI got in this industry from probably my brother, who was into personal training and the health club management side,â€ he said. â€œI was always in sports and always wanted to work out. One thing kind of led to another, simple as that.â€
When it was time to choose a career path after graduating from Owatonna High School, he decided to follow his passion.
â€œThen I tried to find what I wanted to do for college. I ended up going into a health and fitness degree, which is basically more along the lines of personal training,â€ Seykora said. â€œI really enjoyed that and graduated with my bachelorâ€™s degree. I got involved with personal training at Anytime Fitness, and then health club management at Snap Fitness. This is the next step.â€
The new YMCA building helped lure Seykora to Worthington.
â€œThat was the appealing aspect, was the building,â€ he said. â€œThe reason I came down here was obviously for the job and the potential that is has, but also the facility. With the new facility, we have endless opportunities.â€
It is his desire to help people and increase their knowledge, so Seykora will share health and fitness information with our readers. Seykora will write a regular column on the first Monday of each month.
His debut column can be found in the sports section of todayâ€™s paper.
Along with his column, Seykora is also writing an online blog, and will explain his concepts in a video each month.
â€œI want to open up people to a new idea of exercise, and not just the way theyâ€™ve always heard it,â€ he said. â€œI want to be able to show people all the different possibilities.â€