May 16, 2016

Kinesiology alum Wesley Jordan (’01) stars on NBC’s “STRONG”- a reality show involving 10 contestant-trainer pairs who work together to compete different physical challenges.

Since moving to Los Angeles after graduation, Okerson has trained celebrities such as Gerald Butler and Tom Cruise. In an interview with the University of Maryland’s independent student newspaper, The Diamondback, Okerson said that gaining his degree from the University of Maryland made him feel comfortable working with clients, giving him “a very, very good basic groundwork of tools as a trainer to go beyond just training the 'X's and 'O's to clients.”

Between filming the show and working with clients’ unpredictable schedules, Okerson said that he is equipped to handle the stress of the show, while also being able to think on his feet during competitions.

"It's invaluable, those lessons I learned in my curriculum, which was over a decade ago," Okerson said.

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Read The Diamondback's Interview With Wesley Okerson