I received a text from a friend a few weeks ago that read,
"In order to live a rich life,
one must have more beginnings than endings."
My time in Lexington, KY has come to an end, but a new beginning in St. Augustine, FL officially has begun...
My Time at the University of Kentucky
Throw in horse racing and beautiful women and you just described Kentucky.
I will miss living in Lexington. It's crazy to think two years has already passed since I made the trek from Grand Rapids. Looking back, I'm thankful for the many opportunities to advance my career as well as meeting people I will be friends with for the rest of my life (yes, that includes you too, Thomas.)
What exactly did you do for the past two years, Trent?
Despite how I described Kentucky above, I didn't just sit around drinking bourbon with beautiful women betting on horse races and watching Kentucky basketball every day. I actually accomplished quite a bit...
My first year in Lexington I was a graduate assistant in the health and wellness department. Any time you can get paid to go to school I recommend taking advantage! I enjoyed working with the faculty at UK, most of which involved conducting health screenings and writing exercise prescriptions, and will remain in contact with many of them.
One of my favorite memories of working in the faculty fitness center was during the lunch hour. A brilliant professor would come in and tell me his stories about UK paying for him to travel all over the world to speak at conferences, during which he would go out on the town and drink some quality beer. Needless to say, he ended up spending the entire hour chatting with me rather than exercising (although I did eventually get him into a better routine.)
My second year in Lexington I transitioned to working as a graduate teaching assistant, meaning I taught four undergraduate courses within the kinesiology and health promotion department. Talk about a rewarding gig! Every day I was able to interact with students, most of which were aspiring fitness professionals, and provide answers to questions that had a major impact on their career choices!
Receiving the end of the semester evaluations was almost more enjoyable than Christmas. Reading an evaluation from a student that said "you changed my life" might be the greatest feeling in the world. Just like I mention in my about me section, serving and leading others is what I was put on this earth to do.
In addition to working as a graduate assistant, I was enrolled in the masters of exercise physiology program at UK. Having to prepare lesson plans for students in addition to studying for my own courses definitely helped me become a superb time manager!
In my "free" time, I was a personal trainer at the on-campus fitness facility, the Johnson Center. A huge complex, it was at the "JC" where I had the idea to start this website, where I became lifelong friends with just about every one of my clients, and where figured out what the heck it is I want to do with my life.
Oh, and don't forget the 100s of crossovers, jumpers, and game-winners playing pick up hoops.
Here are my top 3 memories of my time at UK:
1) Running around Lexington when the Cats won the 2012 NCAA hoops nat'l championship.
2) Learning how to tie my own bow tie.
3) Watching basketball in Rupp Arena
(come on! I loved my studies too, but how could basketball not be in my top 2 memories?!)
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Why Physical Therapy? WHy Florida?
I want to be the best in the world at understanding human movement and performance.
How do I do that? Combine my knowledge of sport performance and exercise physiology from the past few years at UK with my knowledge I will have when I complete my DPT in FL is a good start! Basically, I want to be an expert on the musculoskeletal system. Performance and rehabilitation are so closely related, that having a background in one while studying the other is very exciting for me. Like one of my clients always told me,
"Trent, you really are a nerd, aren't you?"
I'm not sure a response is necessary for this one! Besides the warm weather, the school I will be attending, the University of St. Augustine for the Health Sciences, is one of the premier physical therapy schools in the nation.
Founded by a world-renowned therapist, Stanley Paris, St. Augustine emphasizes manual therapy and gives its students practical experience that other schools can't compare. The program is also accelerated, meaning I will be finished a year earlier than most PTs.
What happened to "TrueFitnessLeadership.com?"
The volume of blog posts will probably decrease during my time in school, but I hope to continue to put out information that will help others be successful in whichever goals they are pursuing. I plan on continuing to offer the training programs via thePTadvantage.com/trentsalo as well.
(check them out if you haven't already done so!)
I'm looking forward to the continued support from the "regulars" of TrueFitnessLeadership.com during this transition to another [better] chapter in my life!
In two years and 4 months, I will be Dr. Trent Salo, DPT, MS, CSCS.
I'm excited for the day I can update TrentSalo.com with those three letters, "D.P.T."
“Good things come to those who wait… but greater things come to those who get off their a** and do anything to make it happen.”
I will be continuing to make it happen while in the sunshine state.
I expect you to do the same.