Hey, go big or go home, right?
For years, I’ve been talking about furthering my education as a fitness professional. Frankly, I never expected to actually go through with my vague, “someday” plans of becoming a fitness instructor, but taking the AFAA, PiYo Strength and Turbo Kick certifications and starting to teach real, live students unlocked a new passion in me.
About a year ago, I was THISCLOSE to signing up for the next big bucket list item: the NASM Certified Personal Trainer exam. I had it in my online cart, I’d talked to friends who’d gone through the experience and at the last moment, I chickened out.
I have been thinking about that decision ever since, and so when my life seemed to start calming down a little — note, this was before we found out about our big move — I thought: “why not? why not NOW?”
So I reached out to NASM (specifically Michael, who had worked with Julie and Heather and several other bloggers and can often help with a discount) and was able to get a really great deal on a package — study materials, an exam and a bonus certification. FYI: if you are interested in taking the exam, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him I sent you — he will hook you up with a discount as well!
And so, here we go. I had 180 days from placing my order to take the exam, but I’ve actually scheduled it for mid-June. It’s sooner than I’d like to take it, frankly, but with a crazy summer travel schedule and only a few exam opportunities in late summer, I grabbed a spot and am studying hard to try to get as much retention as possible.
It is, frankly, harder than I expected. The detailed anatomy, kinesiology, exercise science, modalities, etc. are over my head and while there is some overlap from the AFAA exam, NASM digs much deeper (as it should). I love studying but this is a grind. Every night, I assign myself a chapter or sometimes a portion of a chapter, and by the time I’m done, I feel like my brain is about to burst.
I am really excited about this new journey, and although I really don’t have any plans to work as a personal trainer in a traditional sense, I know that this education will make me a better fitness instructor AND a better resource outside of class. It’s also helping me appreciate my own fitness and is already changing the way I approach my workouts.
And speaking of my fitness, I’m spending a LOT of time studying the prenatal section of the NASM study guides because…
YUP. Coming in early November, 2015. We’re thrilled.