Softly spoken Isaiah is not the ‘gym bunny’ type you might imagine. Instead, he comes across as intelligent and passionate about the field he has chosen to study.
Having completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise and now following it up with postgraduate study leading into the Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation), Isaiah harbours the goal of one day opening a rehabilitation gym in his home town of Nelson, or perhaps Wellington.
Growing up in Nelson, Isaiah still enjoys the more relaxed pace of regional life and this helped contribute to his decision to move to Invercargill for study. The university lifestyle to be found in cities like Dunedin didn’t appeal as it seemed like too many students, with a less personal feel.
“I enjoy the small class sizes at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). It’s more hands on, you get to know your lecturers and get a lot of one-on-one learning time.”
Isaiah has always enjoyed sports but since his studies he has relished discovering more about how the body works and this has impacted on his personal life, making him realise how important it is to eat healthy and to exercise.
Working part-time at SIT’s gym, Isaiah advises that there is no typical day in the life of a postgraduate/masters student. Some days he has classes, others he works on his research, or at the gym.
With a particular interest in sports injuries, Isaiah’s rehab gym will no doubt become a reality at the culmination of his Masters study.