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At Discover Strength, we adhere to the principle made popular by best-selling business author Jim Collins: First Who, Then What. This means that hiring a great team of people and providing them with an amazing employment experience is our primary focus. Our people come before everything else. We are committed to creating and growing an organization centered on our unique Core Values and Culture. We are passionate about being a part of a TEAM. We are looking for people who believe what we believe.

We are hiring for the following positions:

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Personal Trainer

What is the compensation?

One of the six passions of the founder of Discover Strength is to create a company where personal trainers can be financially successful. Discover Strength is unique in that the trainers work a “normal” 40 hour work week (see below) and are able to maximize their income. The personal trainer position is not a sales position. The personal trainer’s role is to focus on delivering world-class workouts and exceptional client experiences.

On average, a Discover Strength personal trainer will make $45,000 in the first year; $52,000 in the second and third year; $61,000 in the fourth and fifth year and $70,000 after year five. Each personal trainer has the opportunity to make more based on taking on additional responsibilities, training more clients, etc., but these are averages that we expect a trainer to make when working a forty hour work week here at Discover Strength. In addition to the compensation, Discover Strength offers a competitive benefit package that includes paid time off, health insurance, 401k, and extensive internal and external education/development opportunities.

What does the personal trainer’s hours and schedule look like?

Discover Strength’s trainers work a “normal” 40 hour work week. Here are the key elements:

8 hour work days. Trainers work a balance of these three “shifts”:

  • 5:30am to 1:30pm
  • 12:00pm to 8:00pm
  • A split shift of 5:30am-9:30am and 4:00pm to 8:00pm (generally 1-2 times per week for newer trainers)
  • After a trainer has been with Discover Strength for 3 years, they have the autonomy to create their own schedule.
  • 5 working days per week; this might include a rotation of weekends but the trainer always has two days off per week.
  • Trainers are not limited to 40 hours per week.  If they want to see more clients and increase earning potential, they are always welcome to work longer shifts or additional shifts.
  • Why? Discover Strength avoids the industry norm of trainers seeing a smattering of clients from early AM into the late PM which contributes to very little work-life balance and burn-out for the trainer.

Does the personal trainer acquire and sell their own clients??

No. Personal trainers at Discover Strength are not responsible for acquiring or “selling” their own clients.

They actually do not have their own clients at all. When a new client starts, they become a client of Discover Strength, not of one specific personal trainer.  This allows the client to have scheduling freedom and it allows the personal trainer to not have to bend over backwards to make their schedule align with a particular client.  This is the ultimate win-win for both trainer and client.

What qualifications are required?

  • Must possess 4-year degree in Exercise Science or related field.
  • Alignment and commitment to the Discover Strength Core Values of Learning, Servant Leadership, Creating our Own Future, and Science Based.
  • A passion for strength training and the desire to help build the best customer service company in the world.

How does Discover Strength make a personal trainer career sustainable?

Discover Strength wants the strength training professional’s career to be sustainable and lucrative but realize for so many, this is hard to come by.  A few elements that contribute to a sustainable personal training career at Discover Strength:

  • A 40-hour work week.
  • Constant learning and professional development.
  • Internal “Core Growth Plan” that provides the framework for how a trainer moves toward mastery and continually increases compensation.
  • Working with colleagues who are like-minded, team-first, and are aligned around the same goal.  We constantly inspire excellence from one another.

What type of training methodology does Discover Strength utilize?

Strength training is the only modality of exercise that is administered in Discover Strength studios. Discover Strength employs an evidence-based approach to strength training, which examines the preponderance of peer-reviewed literature and applies these findings to client’s workouts. Extensive on-boarding and continual education process ensures that all trainers understand and adhere to this evidence-based approach.  Discover Strength does not do fads or hype.

Concierge
Become a part of one of Minnesota’s Top 100 places to work in 2018 as a member of our Concierge Team. As the first person our clients meet when they walk through the door, you will play an integral part in ensuring every interaction, every workout, every visit at a Discover Strength location is a success. In addition to playing a pivotal role in our client experience, you will have the opportunity to become a subject matter expert in customer service, fitness, and sales.

What hours do Concierge have?

Concierge are hired to work either full-time (32-40 hours per week) or part-time. Available shifts include early morning (starting at 6:00am) as well as afternoon/evening (ending at 8:00pm) as well as weekends.

What is the compensation for the Concierge?

Concierge compensation begins at a range of $10-16 per hour and progresses rapidly as the Concierge works through our internal development process and progresses to as high as $24 per hour.

What benefits do the Concierge receive?

Concierge receive a host of benefits such as; Free Personal Training, Health Insurance (Full-time), and Continuing Education.

What growth opportunities are available for the Concierge position?

Each concierge follows an internal growth plan that guides them through a learning process that ensures not only development and the acquisition of transferable skills, but allows the concierge to create their own raises.

Concierge Manager
Become a part of one of Minnesota’s Top 100 places to work in 2018 as a member of our Concierge Team. As the first person our clients meet when they walk through the door, you will play an integral part in ensuring every interaction, every workout, every visit at a Discover Strength location is a success. In addition to playing a pivotal role in our client experience, you will have the opportunity to become a subject matter expert in customer service, fitness, and sales.

We’re growing fast and looking to add hard-working and enthusiastic people to our team. We offer competitive compensation with a clear path for self-owned career growth, free personal training, and an unparalleled culture of servant leadership, learning, and fun.

A concierge team member at Discover Strength may be perfect for you if:

  • You have a passion for customer service and are committed to providing a 5 star customer experience EVERY SINGLE TIME.
  • You have a passion for exercise.
  • You are interested in being challenged to learn and grow in the areas of business, customer service, exercise, and personal development.
  • You can commit to 20-25 hours per week of work. (mornings, evenings and weekends) *Our four locations are Downtown Mpls, Plymouth, Chanhassen, and Woodbury*

Key Roles of the Position:

  • Provide exceptional customer service
  • Schedule client training sessions
  • Process and manage client payments
  • Take advantage of opportunities to promote our ancillary products and services

About Discover Strength:

Discover Strength is a small giant in the fitness industry focused solely on one-on-one and small group strength training. Voted Minnesota Business Top 100 places to work in 2017 & 2018, our commitment since day one, has been “First Who, then What;” the most important decisions we will ever make are people decisions. We’re obsessed with building a company based around people who are committed to our core values of Learning, Science-based, Servant Leadership, and Creating Our Own Future.

College Internship Program
The internship program will be a great fit for you if you’re:

 

  • Looking for experience in the fitness industry.
  • Interested in a learning opportunity revolved around studying, implementing and teaching evidence-based tenets of resistance exercise.
  • Looking to engage in intensive study, discussion and presentation of relevant peer-reviewed research with a focus on hands-on implementation skills.

Requirements:

  • Majoring in Kinesiology or a related field.
  • Currently in their Junior or Senior year of college.
  • Interest in and all of its applications including, but not limited to: Cardio-metabolic disease prevention, athletic performance, body composition improvements, healthy aging, and special populations.
  • Preparing for a career in any variety of exercise and fitness professions.

Start the Process

Want to join the Discover Strength Team? Complete the form below and someone from our hiring team will contact you with more information. You will be asked to provide a resume and cover letter prior to any interviews being scheduled.

Luke Carlson

ICONIC TRAINER / CEO

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota

Certifications:

As young as Luke can remember, he would follow his father, a police officer, to the gym up above the police station in Shakopee and watch him lift weights (and oh man his reps were too fast). Luke’s passion only increased through middle school and high school as he lifted weights in order to prepare for football. His love for strength training has only grown with every passing year. As Howard Shultz says, “knowledge breeds passion.” The more Luke learns the more passion he has for intelligent strength training.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about everything related to leadership, business, management, personal development and my family.

Andy A.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Valparaiso University

Certifications:

Andy first became interested in strength training after seeing his father lose 120 pounds through strength training and nutrition. From seeing that transformation firsthand, he began to not only strength train and watch his diet, but he also began to create his own training programs. As this passion continued to grow during Andy’s first years at university, he realized that strength and conditioning was a career path that he could see himself doing for the rest of his life. Based on his experiences at both Discover Strength and Minnetonka High School, Andy is continually reminded of just how much he enjoys the field of strength training.

Who are you the biggest fan of?

For 16 years now, I’m proud to say that I’m the biggest fan of my little brother, Jakob. This wasn’t necessarily the case years ago as I would ask my parents when he was going “to his real home, and to his real parents.” Now, however, Jakob is my best friend, and everything I do in life is to help show him that anything is possible. Whether it be on the football field or during any other situation life throws at him, I do my best to support him in any possible way. Thus, I’m the biggest fan of my little brother, and I will continue to be for the rest of my life.

Karin A.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota

Certifications:

In pursuit of Karin’s Psychology degree and improving her own health, she became fascinated by health psychology- what motivates people, attitudes towards exercise, and behavior change. Karin knew that she always wanted to help people and realized becoming a personal trainer or coach would allow her to help others reach their fitness goals. Karin never knew how empowering it would be to be a strong female. Through her own learning and training, she started to get stronger and knew that she needed to help others become stronger too!

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

This career is meaningful to me because it is helping me live my purpose. It is incredibly rewarding to train people each day and see them work so hard toward their goals. It is inspiring to see their improvements in strength and quality of life.

Emily D.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from St. Olaf College

Certifications:

Emily used to avoid weightlifting in high school. Then last summer she committed herself to gain as much muscle as she could to improve her running and body composition. Emily instantly fell in love with how lifting heavy weights changed her body, her running ability, and her mindset. Emily was stronger; faster. She felt unstoppable. Emily has always dreamed of a vocation where she can help people better themselves through fitness. Now she’s living that dream.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

Artisanal food and craft beer.

Cory E.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Certifications:

Cory became passionate about strength training through his participation in athletics throughout high school and college. He started to see a correlation between strength training and his improved performance in sports. This bred his passion for constantly striving to improve himself through health and strength training.

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

Being able to interact with like-minded people who are passionate about exercise and improving themselves has brought value to my career. It inspires me to continually strive to be better. I also love working with clients on setting their own goals, and even better, I love to see them achieve their goals.

Tom F.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Science in Wellness & Fitness Management from University of Wisconsin Superior

Certifications:

Tom became passionate about strength training during his 4 years at college while training for baseball and taking his college courses. Tom enjoyed the challenge of strength training, the atmosphere of working out with his teammates in the weight room and pushing each other to get better. Taking college courses helped him understand what he was doing in the weight room, and how to effectively exercise. Tom went from not only working out hard, but working out smart.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about baseball and cooking.

Alex G.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College

Certifications:

Alex’s passion for strength training first began when he hurt his shoulder in high school. He began to strength train and rehabilitate his shoulder for hockey, and this sparked a passion he knew he eventually wanted to turn into a career.

Who was the biggest influence in your career thus far?

The biggest influence on my career thus far is my father. His passion for living a healthy lifestyle caught my attention at an early age.

David G.

ICONIC TRAINER/TEAM LEAD – PLYMOUTH & MINNEAPOLIS

Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus

Certifications:

David enjoyed resistance training through high school. His accumulation of knowledge about strength training really bred David’s passion for it and ultimately prompted him to search for how he could turn it into a career. David participated in the Discover Strength Summer Intensive Internship Program which helped him gravitate toward an evidence-based approach. This set his exercise paradigm moving forward through college and now in his professional career in strength training.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

In addition to exercise, I am passionate about football, specifically offensive line.

Maria H.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia

Certifications

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist
Maria became passionate about strength training at a very young age. Ever since she performed her first manual resistance workout with her dad in 6th grade she was hooked. Maria’s dad, who has trained at Discover Strength since its opening in 2006, was her soccer and hockey strength coach. Maria started training at Discover Strength shortly after and fell in love with the culture, people, atmosphere, and evidenced-based approach to strength training. It was then that she knew she wanted to be a part of Discover Strength’s team and pursue a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology. Strength training helped her become an accomplished runner and helped her secure a D1 scholarship.

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

My career as a personal trainer means the world to me. I’m not only passionate about the performance of strength training, but the teaching and implementation of workouts with clients. I am passionate about the positive effects that strength training can have on someone’s life. I am excited to continue to grow in my knowledge of strength training and share my passion with others. Strength training has changed my life and I love being able to share that with each client every day. Seeing others achieve their health goals brings a smile to my face.

Emily K.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Science in Community Health Promotion from University of Wisconsin Superior

Certifications

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Emily played volleyball from middle school to her sophomore year of college, so she grew up living a pretty active lifestyle! In college, Emily started working at the YMCA as a fitness trainer, surrounded herself with active friends, and her passion for strength training grew from there! At the time, she thought that she had to spend at least an hour at the fitness center each day, if she wanted to see any form of results. Through Discover Strength, Emily has now learned the most efficient and effective way to strength train, and she absolutely loves it!

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

One of my biggest passions is helping others, which ties in perfectly with being a Personal Trainer. Coming to work every day knowing that I have the opportunity to help better someone’s life is incredibly rewarding.

Kelsy K.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of St. Thomas

Certification:
American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Kelsy’s passion for strength training started around the age of 13 as a means to become the best athlete she could be. Yet, after her athletic career had ended in college, her passion developed into much more and became not just her field of study but also her most valued hobby and priority. Kelsy’s passion has evolved from a means to become a better athlete to thoroughly enjoying and valuing the physical, psychological, and emotional benefits that strength training offers.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

Trying new things, mindfulness, and riding my bike.

David K.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus

Certification:

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist
HITuni CPD: High Intensity Resistance Exercise Specialist

David became passionate about strength training through his participation in high school and college swimming. He was always looking for something to give him that extra edge over his competition and David found that in the weight room. In college he realized he could take this passion for human performance to the classroom and turn it into a career.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

I am passionate about adventure. There is nothing more exciting than entering into the unknown and see what becomes of it.

Kevin L.

ICONIC TRAINER/INTERNSHIP DIRECTOR

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota

Certification:

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Kevin’s brothers were the real catalyst in his interest for strength training. They would bring him to the weight room three times a week starting at the age of 13. He didn’t understand what he was doing so he just mimicked his brothers. He found he was getting stronger which in turn helped him compete in football, basketball, and baseball. By the time he was 16 he was lifting three days a week and craving the feeling of completing an intense workout. Weight training also helped Kevin better control his diabetes. When he started college he had full access to the gym five days a week and took advantage of it, only to find that what used to be enjoyable had turned into a chore. That is when he was introduced to Discover Strength by a couple of friends. After his introductory workout he was left lying on the floor, trying not to get sick, and thinking to himself, “That was the hardest workout I’ve ever done.” He was hooked.

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

From a young age, I always wanted to help people. Originally, I wanted to be a doctor until I realized how much schooling they needed to do. Working for Discover Strength, I get to help people every day; help them train for an event, help them improve their quality of life, help them overcome a disease or illness. There is no better feeling than hearing someone say, “I’m in the best shape of my life and I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Taylor M.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from St. Thomas University

Certifications:

American College Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

SPARTA Level II Certified HIT Specialist

Certified Head and Neck Training Specialist

Taylor’s passion for strength training started in junior high school when she took a summer speed and strength class to prepare for soccer tryouts. It was her first time following a strength program on a consistent basis and loved how it made her look and feel strong. Ever since then she has been hooked. Her passion for exercise, along with wanting to help others benefit from strength training, is what inspired her to earn a degree in Exercise Science and become a Personal Trainer and Strength Coach. When Taylor learned the safe, efficient, and effective methods evidence-based resistance training offers, she knew this is how she will train for the rest of her life.

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

There is no better feeling than to be able to help someone else achieve their goals. I love helping people become better than they were yesterday. I feel value everyday in helping others to never stop improving. I also understand how amazing evidence-based resistance training is and the incredible plethora of benefits it offers. I believe every adult – young or old – should strength train and I feel proud to be able to build the tribe and make something bigger than myself.

Jake P.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Hamline University

Certifications:

National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer

Jake become passionate about strength training in 7th grade while preparing for the upcoming hockey season. He enjoyed the challenge that strength training possessed as well as pushing others around him to become better. From that moment on, not a day went by that he didn’t think about strength training and the effect it could have on his sport performance.

In addition to strength training, what are you passionate about?

Besides strength training i’m passionate about baseball, especially hitting, and drag racing.

Rick R.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health Education from St. Cloud State. Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University.

Certifications:

American Council on Exercise Certified Medical Exercise Specialist

S.P.A.R.T.A. Level 2 Fitness Specialist

Certified Head and Neck Training Specialist

Rick became passionate about strength training as a junior in high school (1981). Rick became fascinated with all the aspects of strength training. In his college years, Rick became more interested in running and doing triathlons, putting little emphasis on strength training for 5 years. In his late 20’s, he started to study H.I.T., Nautilus and Arthur Jones more thoroughly, and started on the road to training correctly. Rick has been training consistently ever since.

Who are you the biggest fan of?

I am the biggest fan of Batman, except for the George Clooney version. Shame on you George!

Xavier R.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota

Certifications:
American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

In high school Xavier played football and that is how he got introduced to strength training, trying to improve his football game. When he went to college at the University of Minnesota he used the things he had learned from his coaches in high school and strength training became a hobby of his. From there Xavier developed a passion for strength training in college as he saw my own progress and wanted to share that with other people! Xavier then got an internship at Blake as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and his mentor was Isaac Anderson who played football for the University of Wisconsin and briefly in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. Through that internship and under his leadership he confirmed that he wanted to be a strength coach/personal trainer.

How is your career as a Personal Trainer meaningful to you?

I feel like I am having a real impact on people’s lives not only improving their health physically but also mentally and improving their self esteem which is really powerful to me.

Bronson S.

ICONIC TRAINER/TEAM LEAD – CHANHASSEN

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Concordia College Moorhead

Certifications:

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Bronson’s passion for strength training comes from growing up as a three-sport athlete. He realized during his senior year of college that he could take that passion and turn it into a career. This goal was solidified after he attended the HIT Resurgence Conference (hosted by Discover Strength) with his strength and conditioning coach, Scott Savor. Bronson left the conference excited and motivated to learn how he could make strength and conditioning into a career.

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

My clients mean the world to me. I thoroughly enjoy coming to work everyday knowing that I am helping to improve people’s health and well-being.

Jake S.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology from Gustavus Adolphus College

Certifications

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Jake became passionate about strength training throughout his career as an athlete, especially while playing football at Gustavus. Strength training consistently while giving maximum effort helped him become the best player that he could be.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

Minnesota Sports…. Skol Vikes, Wolves and Twins!

Kayla S.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota

Certifications:

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Kayla grew up doing gymnastics and strength training was just a natural part of the sport. To be in gymnastics, it is necessary to be strong so that you can move your body to do all of the extreme tricks and specific skills. Needing to have body awareness while doing a skill made Kayla more curious about the human body and is essentially what motivated her to major in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, where she also continued her career in gymnastics as a gopher. The combination of Kinesiology and gymnastics lead to her being passionate about improving the human body and really understanding how the body moves.

Whose biggest fan are you of?

Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild.

Jim T.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota

Certifications:

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Certified Head and Neck Training Specialist

Jim has been interested in strength training since he was 15. While playing lacrosse and hockey in high school he really started to understand the significant benefits associated with strength training and human performance in those sports. Jim’s initial major was Computer Science which was not fulfilling for him. He went into Computer Science only to return to his passion for exercise and pursued a major in Kinesiology. He quickly found Discover Strength after college and fell in love with the methodology of science-based exercise.

How is your career as a personal trainer meaningful to you?

Strength training is such a unique tool because it not only allows us as trainers to give people a great experience, but also allows us to help our clients live longer and more fulfilling lives. To me, there is nothing that can be more valuable or rewarding than that.

Greg V.

ICONIC TRAINER

Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College

Certifications

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

Greg has recognized the extreme value in strength training as early as high school. Strength training has always played a pivotal role in his own active and athletic life to not just aid in performance enhancement in sport, but to ward off the aches and pains that come from sports and activity. After his college years and competitive sports, Greg really sees the importance strength training has with the increased demands of aging. It has and always will be Greg’s fountain of youth.

In addition to exercise, what are you passionate about?

I also have a great passion for history. It tells us how we got to where we are. I personally believe it’s a great tool for creating our own future. All history intrigues me, whether it be the history of the exercise industry and its forefathers, our country’s history, or even my own family’s history and where we came from. I wouldn’t be anything without my past!

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