NASM Certified Personal TrainerPosted: April 8, 2013
This weekend was a big one for me.
After six long months of studying, I’ve finally reached one of the goals I set for myself.
I spent the last month or so cramming for the exam, and I felt really prepared going in. I was still nervous, as I always am before tests, but I felt confident, and all that hard work paid off when I received this result at the end.
And with that, I am now officially a NASM certified personal trainer!
I set this goal for myself without a whole lot of expectations in mind, and I still don’t have that many now. I don’t see myself trying to get a job in a gym anytime soon (if ever), but I do want to use my certification as a credential for knowing what I’m talking about a little more. I really enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts and knowledge here on the blog, and I’ve been giving tips to friends and family where I can. I want to continue to better myself, help others, learn more about fitness, and expand my outlook and knowledge base, and I think that this certification is a huge step in the right direction.
In the next few months, I want to focus more on my blog, my career, my own personal fitness level, and my personal life, and now that I won’t have to spend all my free time studying, I think I am in a great position to do all of those things. I really want to expand the framework of my blog, try to write for other publications, and incorporate more of my health and fitness knowledge in my writing when I can. I want to continue to grow and challenge myself in my career, setting myself up for a professional future where I can excel and which I actually enjoy. I want to focus more on training my own body, learning new moves, trying new things, and increasing my overall fitness level to one I’ve never reached before. But besides all that, I also want to get outside more, spend more time relaxing, meet more people, and strengthen the relationships I already have.
It seems like a lot, but now that this chapter is closed, I’m ready and excited to start a new one – with this certification tucked securely in my pocket. I’m proud of myself for going through with the work and succeeding, and I’m so thankful to all of the wonderful people in my life who have supported me along the way. I’m sure I’ve been annoying my family and friends with my studying, complaining about the work, and using them as human study tools, naming each of their muscles and body parts and telling them random facts that they probably couldn’t care less about. But still, they never told me to buzz off… and that’s when you know you’ve got great people in your life.
Congratulatory flowers came from some of the most special people in my life, and the texts, Facebook messages, Instagram responses, and tweets this weekend were all very much appreciated. I feel lucky to have so much support, and it’s amazing to know that I’m surrounded by wonderful people.
So with all that said, here’s to the next chapter!