Life-Long Athlete and Army Veteran Bret Stralo Overcomes Challenges
Words like commitment and drive are often overused, particularly when they relate to the effort necessary to change career paths. The journey to a new career generally includes learning the necessary content in the field, applying newly acquired skills and training, and hoping there’s a job available at the end of the academic tunnel. Or you can do what Personal Training graduate Brett Stralo did: transform his talents as a professional athlete into a successful career.
Personal Athleticism Drives IntelliTec College Graduate to a Career as a Personal Trainer
Stralo began motocross racing at the age of six. Over the years he has celebrated a number of successes, from regional and national championships to earning his way into the A class. He is currently working on a state title and anticipates receiving his professional license this year. This passion for motocross required extreme dedication and physical commitment every day of his life.
It’s not something you can do when the mood strikes. To be successful, it takes everything you’ve got,” Stralo emphasizes.
He recently graduated from IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Personal Training. His take-charge attitude fueled the completion of his internship in half the expected time, but it is his personable approach that makes him a well-rounded trainer. Tru Fit Athletic Club in Aurora recognized his unique talents during Stralo’s internship there and hired him on as a permanent personal trainer at their facility. His days are long, but according to Stralo, it is a necessary time investment in order to build his client base.
“My days start at 4:00 am end at 8:00 pm Monday – Friday. These hours accommodate scheduled clients and allow for drop-ins looking for a trainer,” acknowledges Stralo. “Building a client base means you have to keep an open schedule at the gym, but on the plus side, these long hours allow me to be home on weekends.”
Stralo Balances Work Schedule With Family Life
Weekends are dedicated to his 5 year-old son, Blake, and to his new wife, Sarah. Family time reminds him of the need to strike a balance between work and play. Stralo admits this can sometimes be difficult. Once he determined it was time to switch careers [from a soldier in the Army] and pursue his degree at IntelliTec College, he put every ounce of effort into doing so with integrity and professionalism. He believes if he spends time now building a career he’ll lay the path to future success.
“I knew if I committed myself to school and the knowledge the teachers provided I’d have a chance to do something professionally I’d always been personally passionate about,” says Stralo.
Exceptional Teachers + Dedicated & Passionate Student = Professional Success
Stralo credits Sarah Peterson and Timothy Agan, Personal Trainer Instructors at IntelliTec College, for sharing their knowledge and life experience in the personal training profession. He recognizes that their investment and encouragement in him (and all the students) helped him become one of the best personal trainers in the business. However, the praise is equally reciprocated.
“Brett is extremely dedicated and passionate about the field of health and fitness. He’s highly professional and – most of all – truly caring toward each and every client he worked with during his time as a student trainer,” observes Peterson.
Agan adds, “He’s just very approachable and personal. He always wants to learn new training exercises to help clients both physically and mentally.”
Stralo Takes Command of Challenges – Overcomes Them with Prayer, Determination, and Faith
Stralo believes the formula for success is fairly straightforward. Apply yourself to your education with a professional attitude and overcome challenges that threaten to block the path to your goals. He acknowledges everyone experiences roadblocks. However, it is how you face them that determine the outcome. His past included a period as a single father with no support system. This left him un-deployable in his military career and facing the need to establish a new career. So, he turned to what he knew best: fitness. With prayer, determination, and faith, Stralo now enjoys a career where success at the gym takes on an entirely new meaning.
About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
IntelliTec’s Personal Training program offers an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree that features step-by-step training using the official NASM curriculum.
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, computer technology, allied health care and personal training fields. These programs award either associate degrees or certificates and are designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 719-632-7626.