Scott Eide knows how to sit still. He just prefers not to.
Ever since he can remember, he’s been a running, jumping, biking kind of guy. “It
didn’t matter if it was football, basketball, tag, two-on-two baseball or bikes,” he says. He and his neighborhood friends were always outside and moving. “We only had two [TV] channels,” he quips.
Eide has participated in—and pushed his body through—“one end of the spectrum to the
other” where sports and fitness activities are concerned. A three sport athlete as a young man, Eide has also competed at the Master’s level in weightlifting–setting a few state records while he was at it–and the Master’s level in track and field. He’s competed in road races and is currently a duathlete (run-bike-run.)
Yet oddly enough, Eide doesn’t consider himself a competitive person. It’s more
about experimentation, he insists. “Let’s see what my body does when I do this,” is the goal. How far can I reach?
“When you have a bad race,” he adds, “it’s not about he or she beat me: it’s what
could I have done [differently]?
Eide recognizes that there is an obvious connection between his “real” life and that
of his chosen profession. But rather than it being a direct causal
relationship, he sees “one feed off the other.”
As an example, he cites his past work experience. A former strength and track
coach at both SCSU and the College of St. Benedict, Eide began weightlifting because of his students. As a coach he wanted his athletes to be prepared, so he put himself through the training they needed in order to succeed. This, in turn, personally motivated him to compete.
“In my positions,” he comments, “I’ve always had keys to the weight room. My office
was three steps from the track. As a coach, it’s easy to be motivated.”
In addition, Eide has worked as a cardio-vascular assistant at the St. Cloud
hospital, giving him a medical view of the health and fitness world, and as a trainer at both Gold’s Gym and the YMCA. Choosing different modes of the field keeps him engaged, he says. He is continually educating himself, and this he funnels right back into his classroom.
He also hones his skills by presenting in professional settings, like a recent
appearance at ReJuv Medical in Waite Park. And although he demurs, “I’m not really a kid person,” Eide volunteers in an after-school program with the University of Minnesota Extension at Bel Clare Acres, a low-income community in the area. He leads exercises and fitness games for disadvantaged children and considers it rewarding. Next up, Eide will volunteer at Rocori High School at an all-day weightlifting competition for area high school athletes.
And by the way, Eide’s influence doesn’t always fall so far from home. This weekend
he will be competing in a duathlon with his 14-year-old son Noah in Buffalo,
Minnesota. It is a race that they won last year.
And after that–who knows? But it’s a safe bet that Eide won’t be caught at home