Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Did your career path start off with fitness?
My career paths started as a physical education teacher in London England.
What is the most important career move you have made in your life so far?
Deciding to leave PE teaching and become a graduate student at Purdue University.
Did you have a mentor, or was there a person in your life that inspired you along your path to get into this field?
I have been fortunate enough to have been blessed with a number of mentors and senior colleagues that have had a profound influence on me personally and the direction taken by my career.
What motivates you to exercise?
I am physically active because I feel good when I am active.
What fitness activities do you participate in?
I start my mornings with 10-15 minutes of resistance exercises, then I walk my dog and run to work. By choosing a healthy form of commuting, I do not have to worry about when to get my workouts in.
What inspires you: Personally. Professionally. Spiritually?
I try to make a difference.
How did you first become familiar/involved with ACSM?
I attended my first ACSM national conference in 1984 and have not missed one since.
What one piece of advice would you provide to up and coming health and fitness professionals?
Have fun and strive to make a difference.