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“When I was at MSU, I wasn’t the most talented player by any means, but I took on a role as a leader early. I fell in love with strength and conditioning and human performance. I felt it was a way to bring value to the team in a way that wasn’t just performing on the field. I had an opportunity at ASK in the summer program and my love for human performance blossomed. I could do what I love and also to be able to provide for my family.”
Caleb Heilman '12

University Communications

Heilman performing at high level

Caleb Heilman ’12 doesn’t think the 19-year-old version of himself would get along with his current 29-year-old self.

“I don’t think he knew what a 10-year plan was at all,” Heilman joked. “It’s crazy what passion will do for you.”

Heilman has put that passion into his ever-growing business Heilman’s Performance – a strength and conditioning program that offers performance based group training and personal training.

While he has gone through an evolution, the one constant was athletics. It is what brought him to Minot State in the first place, convinced him to return, and has become his career.

“I started here with the baseball team and hated it,” he said. “I left and went to UND (University of North Dakota), got there, hated that after a semester. After (Brock) Weppler (now MSU’s Assistant AD for Development) was hired as the baseball coach, I knew I wanted to get back into athletics. I thought just being a normal student would be a better fit for me, but once I got a taste of ‘normalcy’ I really missed being an athlete.”

He believes his penchant for metrics and data collecting – a skill he picked up working with friend and teammate of the Minot State baseball team Scott Peters, who is a physical therapist with Toronto Blue Jays – is what sets his business apart.

“Scott took me to a functional movement systems conference in Minneapolis,” he said. “Scott is a brilliant person so he knew what he was doing right away, but with us, we have been sticking to the program and getting better. We think we do a great job of using the data to drive our programming. We try to stay on top of what is new. I think we are the only ones in town who work hard to collect that data and then use it to get the best performance we can.”

While being an athlete at Minot State, Heilman got exposed to the strength and conditioning program at MSU as well as his future degree in corporate fitness.

“When I was at MSU, I wasn’t the most talented player by any means, but I took on a role as a leader early,” he said. “I fell in love with strength and conditioning and human performance. I felt it was a way to bring value to the team in a way that wasn’t just performing on the field.

“I had an opportunity at ASK in the summer program and my love for human performance blossomed. I could do what I love and also to be able to provide for my family.”

Published: 01/03/18



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