Back when I first started this fitness journey, I had mentioned that I might want to get my certification as a personal trainer. Even as I say that I kinda laugh, because I wasn't sure that was really the route I wanted to go. But as I continued to move forward as an assistant for my trainer and continued to learn the ropes of being a trainer and running a business, it became apparent that getting certified made more sense. While its not the most lucrative field out there, it has been the most rewarding and my reasons to pursue it have little to do with its earning potential.
So at the beginning of this year, I became a student once again and began studying everything I could about becoming a personal trainer. I enrolled with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and studied diligently for six months. With all my responsibilities, I managed to fit in time during the weekends and some late weeknights studying. At times I became overwhelmed and wondered if I was crazy trying to juggle this with everything else that was going on my life (training, training others, helping run a business, homeschooling my boys and being a mom and wife).
I was happy to see that my days of studying in college were helpful in getting me through this course as I challenged myself in subjects that, honestly, I suck at. Kinesiology, biomechanics and anatomy to name a few. I spent many weekends holed up in my office or at a Starbucks. I spent many late nights, especially at the end, pacing back and forth going over concepts and theories and doubting myself. You know what was really helpful? Seeing and doing all of this first hand at the gym. I know that I'm lucky to have both the academic and practical-side so readily available to me because it made grasping the concepts that much easier.
So last week, all the studying finally paid off. After a very grueling two hour exam I was awarded with my congratulatory letter that informed me that I had passed. I was elated to say the least and quickly called and texted those whom I wanted to share the good news. I was also exhausted. All the pent-up anxiety and nervousness finally hit me and the effects left me with a huge headache. I went home and slept. Girl knows how to celebrate, huh?
Today, I'm excited to see where this takes me. This entire journey in many ways has been surreal. Looking back on the last couple of years, I still can't believe the twists and turns my life has taken. I'm grateful for all the people who have been instrumental in getting me here - they know who they are. To have people whom I care about so deeply support me even when I doubted my own abilities and encouraged me to keep pressing forward. Thank you.
So, if you're looking to join this next part of my fitness journey, let me know!
If you'd like to read about how this ALL began, you can find my progress updates here, here and here.
Elated but also exhausted right after I got my certification