Dan German is an evangelist: He wants to make you into an efficient workout machine. His health and kinesiology classes have taught him the theory behind why the body responds to different exercises; his work at the Ismail Center has shown him how to adapt this knowledge to real people. He also believes that it’s important to combat the stereotype that diminished function due to aging is inevitable. He believes it’s never too late to improve your fitness.
Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
Year in School: Senior
Double Major: Health and fitness with a concentration in personal fitness training and public health promotion
Career goal: Study exercise physiology in graduate school. He wants to find things that work and understand why they work.
Current Pandora station: Silversun Pickups mixed with Airborne Toxic Event
Current book reading: The Strongest Shall Survive by Bill Starr
One thing most people don’t know: Will never tweet
Boilermaker sports background: Dan is a third-generation athlete. His dad, Bill, played varsity basketball at Purdue in the mid 50s and was their first seven-foot player. His maternal grandfather played football for Purdue in the mid 40s. Dan rows for the Purdue varsity crew team.
Choosing a major: Dan tried to deny his family legacy by starting as a chemistry major, but quickly found that he disliked being confined to a lab. His second-semester health class was a much better fit. The demands of the personal fitness training concentration fully engaged his competitive nature.
Biology on steroids: That’s how Dan characterizes exercise physiology. “It explains the way that your body functions. How it respond to changes. How it responds to training.”
Seeing clients: Clinical experience is a requirement in Dan’s major, starting with one hour a week the first year and progressing to 12 hours a week as a senior. Since 2008, he has done numerous fitness assessments and provided one-on-one training to approximately 30 of the mostly older adult members of the Ismail Center.
Motivation to keep going: “My family. My dad was always pushing me to be the best. I came away with a mentality that if I’m going to do something I want to be the best at it. Bottom line. No matter what it is.”
The crew legacy: “People who row are very highly motivated. No slackers. You learn to balance your life. I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t row. It has to be part of my life.”
Advice to others: “Be passionate about something. Live with that passion. We don’t just want to be alive. We want to be very alive. We want to thrive. Why be normal? Why be average? Why not excel? Be the best.”
By Susan Ferringer