The Regional Wellness Center's new fitness coordinator Derek Domino is happy to be in Estherville.
"When I was a kid I begged my parents to move here," said the Minneapolis native.
Both Domino's parents-Mike and Diane (Hauber) Domino-graduated from Estherville High School. His grandparents are Lowell and Loraine Domino and Harry and Delores Hauber.
"I love it here," said Derek Domino, who started his new job on Tuesday, July 15. "I like the community feel that this place has compared to large fitness centers. I've watched the people come in the last couple days and all of them know Bob (Grems) and he knows them.
"I really want to help the community and do my part to help Estherville and the RWC members," he said.
Domino earned his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University in recreation management in 2011 and has extensive experience in sport and fitness. Through his college years, he was involved in many health, fitness and wellness internships in both Brookings, S.D.
He also played football from 2006-10 at SDSU, where he was a three-year starter a linebacker.
Domino said he would love to help any young football player who comes into the RWC.
Domino also spent a season with the Denver Broncos, but suffered an injury. He also played brief stints in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos and finishing in the UFL with the Sacramento Mountain Lions. His work experience has always been fitness-related, working with students in grade school as well as senior citizens.
According to RWC director Grems, Domino will have a part in all the various fitness and recreation programs offered at the RWC. He will also be offering personal training, small group training and yoga this fall.
Domino said he is an avid yoga student.
"Fitness isn't all about lifting and running," he said. "The benefits of yoga are limitless from sleeping and feeling better as well as benefiting you physically."