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Holy Sh!t….I’m A Certified Personal Trainer!

Back in November I was on cloud nine when I decided to finally sign up for a course through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) to become a personal trainer. When my books arrived, I couldn’t wait to crack them open. First week of class, I enjoyed studying and answering questions. Second week, I realized I was in over my head and began to panic. Things steadily began to declined from there with my studies. Each week I felt a little more lost and a little less confidence in myself. My on-line program ended in February and I should have taken my test then, but I had zero confidence and decided to take a few weeks for mental health, then study some more and take the test. Well, weeks turned into months and before I knew it, I had to pick up my book and study my ass off, if I was going to pass. I scheduled the test, studied like a maniac and said a prayer before entering the exam room on Tuesday.

As I sat there answering those 120 questions, I felt confident in some and unsure of others. I flagged, I reviewed, I reviewed again and I finally hit submit before going into the office and waiting for the results…..Pass or Fail. After what seemed like an eternity I got a thumbs up from the woman behind the computer and I felt all of the stress melt away in that instance. After 6 long months of studying, crying, throwing my books into the corner and stong away saying  “I can’t do this”, I am now a NASM Certified Personal trainer!!

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This smile was on my face the entire day!

I know this is old news since I shouted it from the roof-tops on Tuesday, but I felt I needed to post it here too. I learned a lesson from this experience…I am way too hard on myself, I need to have more confidence in myself and most importantly…I can ANYTHING I set my mind to!

Oh…and if you’re preparing to take your exam, make sure you show up looking presentable. I had no idea that they would be taking a photo of me before entering the exam room and I had just ran to the test in the rain. Thankfully it wasn’t busy and the woman let me run to the bathroom to fix myself a little bit first.

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Holy Sh!t…I’m A Student Again!

Back to School

I think it was two years ago that I wrote about my New Years resolution to become a Certified Personal Trainer. That’s as far as I got with that resolution because I became overwhelmed with all of the school options and the different costs involved. I felt like a failure for not going through with it, but I didn’t want to do it, just to do it.

Earlier this year when I found out my job was no longer stable, I began visiting local gyms to speak with the personal trainers they had on staff, as well as the gym managers. I asked questions about the gyms, how long they’ve been training and most importantly, what certifications they accepted and recommended. Each gym had a list of certifications that they spoke about, complete with pro’s and cons, but one came up at each and every one as the “top notch” to have. That certification was NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) which was also one of the more expensive ones and now it made sense why. I tucked all of that information off into a little corner of my brain labeled “some day” and I moved on.

A few months later, a good friend of ours brought up the topic of me getting my certification and they recommended NASM. When we mentioned the money aspect of it they pointed out that there is a payment option and the wheels in my head began turning again. I wanted to sign-up for the classes but a new issue came up…that issue was fear. I was scared of failing, scared of working in a gym (I mean, I don’t even have a gym membership because of my group fitness phobia) and the thought of starting over in a new field of work just scared the shit out me, so once again, I filed the thought of getting certified under “some day”.

A few months ago, I began working on personal development and I made a dream board. The  dream board included all the things I’d like to do during the course of my life, so it included things like places I plan on traveling to, my dream home and personal goals for myself. I believe that making these boards gives you a visual reminder of what you are striving for in life and turns those “dreams” into goals because they are now on paper (or in this case a giant piece of foam board). One of the things I put on there was a NASM certificate. I even added my name and a completion date to that image and then glued it into place, without really thinking about it anymore.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been questioned by multiple people as to why I have not gone for certification yet and I never had a good answer to that question. Yes, there was the money issue, but that excuse was taken away from me with the payment options. Then there was the fear issue, but that’s really not a valid excuse to not do something. I know that amazing things happen when you leave your comfort zone, because I’ve been traveling outside of mine for 4 years already. So what the hell is my problem?

Well, the universe seems to have a plan for me…and I can’t keep ignoring it, even if I’m scared. My family gave me the shove I needed by showing nothing but support and I received an early Christmas present to get me going on the path I’ve been running away from like a coward.

Yup…that’s right! I’m officially enrolled in NASM’s Certified Personal Trainer course. Starting next Monday, I’m officially a student again! While I’m terrified of developing study habits and taking quizzes, I’m so grateful for the support of my family and friends who have seen that I can do this, even though I’m still struggling to believe.

Yesterday, I found myself looking at my dream board closely and I’m shocked at how many things on there I’m close to achieving. I may not be traveling the world or in my dream house, but I will be…it’s just a matter of time!

Do you have a dream board? If so, what kind of things do you have one it?

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