For many of today’s overcommitted students, establishing healthier habits and fitness routines during college is a serious challenge.
Luckily, certified personal trainer and engineering & management (E&M) major Nduka Anyanwu '11 is here to help.
While most students were hitting the books during the semester, Nduka was busy writing his own - FitTionary: The Beginner’s Fitness and Nutrition Guide to Staying in Shape on Campus - to teach college students how to battle the infamous freshman fifteen.
FitTionary offers information on nutrition and smart tips and strategies for eating well on campus. It also shows readers how to design and implement an exercise program specifically designed for busy students with demanding schedules.
Nduka, a native of Imo State, Nigeria, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, found his inspiration while working as the student manager at Clarkson’s fitness center. “While I was at our gym, many people would come to me seeking advice on how to train and diet properly. I realized that this was a universal problem on many campuses and I had the knowledge and opportunity to fix it.”
The self-proclaimed fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur started designing workouts for and holding training sessions with faculty members and students at the gym for a nominal fee, but it just wasn’t enough. He needed to widen his scope.
So after starting a blog about college fitness and nutrition, Nduka decided to take it to the next level and write FitTionary. But publishing a book in college requires more than your average amount of dedication. Nduka credits concepts he has learned at Clarkson as a driving force behind his ability to actually turn his idea into a reality.
“Finding solutions to problems that really matter and developing entrepreneurial thinking are two things that Clarkson students learn and do well because they’re the foundation of our education,” he says.
As an E&M student, Nduka gets to combine two areas of study that interest him – engineering and business. Both will come in handy for him in the future, as he continues to work on projects and book ideas and market FitTionary.
“Right now, I’m working on securing a patent for a fitness device I designed for fitness centers,” he says. “It really does involve a knowledge base in both engineering and business to get something like this going. I’d tell you more about the product, but not until after I get the patent!”
Aside from his entrepreneurial efforts, Nduka is in the process of applying for positions at fitness or food-related industries and is enjoying his last semester at Clarkson.
He says, “I came here knowing no one, but I am connected with more friendly students and professors than I ever could have imagined. It’s going to be bittersweet to say ‘see ya later.’ But I’ll still come back for book signings,” he jokes. We won’t be surprised when he does.