Sean Huirama​


Sean Huirama is a man with many hats – his time is split between several jobs in coaching, personal training and strength and conditioning. Having completed his Certificate in Fitness Industry Training at Wintec in 2012, Sean has gone on to great things. Check out his Q&A below.

Current jobs:
–  Head strength and conditioning coach of the Northern Pride High Performance Academy. Designing strength and conditioning programmes for rugby league players training once a week, aged from 12 -18 years.
–  Head strength and conditioning coach of the Northern Pride under 16 Cyril Connell Cup and Under 18 Mal Meninga Cup: Designing strength and conditioning programmes for rugby league players aged 15,16,17,18 for pre-season and season.
–  Innisfail Leprechauns Rugby league under18 Coach 2015
–  Personal trainer
–  Group fitness trainer

How did your study help you find your first position after graduation?
My first position was as a strength and conditioning coach. The centre had taught me all the basics to train any athlete especially athletes who are new to strength training. I was designing and implementing weight and fitness programmes based on everything I had learned. When I first started my studies at the centre all I knew was how to do three sets of twelve – I didn’t know what it meant but that’s how I trained.

Do you use any of your graduate training in your job?
I still have all my papers and notes from 2012 when I was there. I always go through my assignments and tutor notes to help in areas that I have not practised in a while.

I learned a lot about hypertrophy, strength endurance, and strength and power from the tutors so I only had to learn some of the finer points after graduating to be able to create advanced programing in my roles.

The sport science and human performance centre gives you so much information about training athletes that if you have a passion for the field you will find yourself in a very good position.

Tell us about your typical week?

–  Group fitness
–  Strength and conditioning: Northern Pride academy training

–  Personal training
–  Coaching – Leprechauns under 18 rugby league training.

–  Group fitness
–  Personal training weight lifter
–  Group fitness

–  Personal training
–  Strength and conditioning
–  Coaching Leprechauns under 18 rugby league training.

–  Group fitness
–  Personal training
–  Strength and conditioning

–  Personal training
–  Coaching: Innisfail Leprechauns under 18 team and running water for A Grade

–  Personal Training

I also have clients that I just design programmes for. I fit them in around my schedule

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
For a client to reach their goal is great. For me to push them to their full potential and reach that point, that is the most rewarding part for me.

Tell us about your experience studying at Wintec?
Wintec, I owe them much more than I have expressed until now. My tutors were so good at teaching, helping and guiding me to where I am today.

I did struggle with assignments and exams when I first started, I was 32 years old and had been out of school for 17 years – imagine what using Microsoft Word was like for me! One of the first assignments I did was for Nutrition with Lillian Morton, I used size 17 font but didn’t get marked down, instead she asked why and she got me help. Being able to ask so many questions and get answers with a question back for me to go away, research and learn was great. I really enjoyed learning, and knowing that when I finished I could somehow use my knowledge and start helping others.

If I had to do it over again I would be 18 when I started study instead of 32…I would listen and study more than I did and realise that a one year course is a start not the end of learning.

About the Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance
The Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance is developing Waikato’s leading sports scientists through education, research and consultancy.  The team offers expertise in the science behind achieving optimum performance and wellbeing, with specialist knowledge in areas including injury prevention and rehabilitation, biomechanics, nutrition, exercise physiology, sport psychology, and massage.

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