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An insightful initiative, Who We Are, provides an inside look into the personal lives of the MIT Recreational Sports staff. Each month, a member of the team will provide an insightful passage about their personal goals, accomplishments, and even setbacks. Make sure to check back frequently for updates!
Nicholas Perron, Member Services Manager
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am now full speed ahead into my third year in Cambridge and feel very fortunate to be surrounded by so many active people. I began at MIT as a member of the coaching staff for the football program. Currently, in addition to my coaching duties I also hold a position in Member Services for MIT Rec Sports. Every day while on campus, I'm surrounded by people that are constantly trying to keep themselves in excellent shape. As much as MIT is known for its world class education, everyone is also consistently performing their daily work outs. It’s a part of who they are and it’s an important part of their day.
I suffered a shoulder injury in the fall of 2011 which caused me to stop working out. All of my life, sports, fitness and physical activity was what made me get up and go every day. Coming to MIT was a huge reality check. It made me realize I was out of shape and I knew I needed to get back to who I was before my injury. How was I supposed to take to the practice field each day preaching to my players about hard work, dedication and fighting for the ‘betterment of the team” if I was not holding myself to those standards?
Change can be hard. I once was a strong college football player willing to take on any physical challenge. I then became intimidated by the gym because I thought I was weak. I let weakness develop in my mind, not my body. I just needed help and motivation to get me back to where I wanted to be. It started with my best support system, my wife. She helped me get off the couch and started taking me on her runs around the city. In the last 24 months, I’ve joined her in 5 road races. I then went to a former college teammate of mine that got me back in the gym. He scheduled workouts and set up a foundation just like a practice plan in football. He provided the game plan of what needed to be done and showed me how we were going to get there.
Presently, I’m fortunate to work out with a fellow assistant football coach here at MIT. He’s the strength coach for the football program and we have the opportunity to consistently compete with each other during our work outs. I’m now doing the same work outs that our players use during the summer months. It’s been two full years since I’ve been back in a routine and I feel better than ever. I’m not in the same shape I was in when I played college football, but I definitely feel better, mentally and physically than I did years before my injury.
I believe fitness and learning can be similar in many ways. I consider learning to be a never ending opportunity. You can never grow too old to learn too much. You’ll never reach a point in life where you can say I’ve learned everything about a particular topic. There is always room for growth and development. The same thing goes for physical fitness. I believe you can never reach a point where you are in perfect physical condition and it will stay that way forever. The beauty of physical fitness is in the journey; grinding out each work out one day at a time!
-In good health, Nick
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