Sergio Villamizar — Fitness Center Coordinator, NJCU |, 201.200.2127

I consider my work as Fitness Center Coordinator and Intramural and Recreations Coordinator for New Jersey City University a success. In addition to my coordinator duties, I design strength and conditioning programs for most varsity teams as well as students, faculty and staff.

I attribute my success to education and preparation; when I was hired to work at NJCU back in 1995, I had a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Queens College, and I held several certifications that may have given me an edge over the competition: NSCA CSCS; ACE Personal Trainer; First Aid/CPR Instructor (ARC), among others.

Throughout my career, I have continued to educate myself; the latest course I have taken is a web design class that will assist me in developing an intramural and recreation website. I continue to go to workshops and conferences in order to always trying to stay abreast of the newest developments and trends, thus upgrading my knowledge and effectiveness as an administrator and strength coach.

I have learned to overcome obstacles through perseverance, teamwork and networking. What initially motivated me to pursue a career in the fitness industry is my love for fitness and exercise, which I always had, but it became more evident to me after serving in the United States Marine Corps back in 1984.

Right now, I am doing exactly what I want: I run a beautiful fitness center, I work with a very diverse population in terms of fitness, age and health levels, and I also get to teach fitness courses. My advice to those who desire to succeed in the fitness industry, whether it is in the private sector or working for a state institution, is to educate yourself as much as possible and get certified by reputable and well-established organizations. If you are in school, take advantage of internships, as many of them turn into jobs. And be reliable, punctual, dedicated and professional.