Oh, hello again. Yes, after three months I am back to this lil space of mine. With big news. You are NOW reading the blog of a NASM CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER! YES, I PASSED MY EXAM, cue the angels singing, party kazoos and confetti.
While that kind of celebration may seem a bit excessive to you, it is all I can do NOT to keep telling everyone I’m a certified personal trainer. You see, this wasn’t my first time taking the exam. Back in June I took the test [with only two weeks of preparation] and failed by four points. It was miserable leaving the testing center and telling my husband and family was embarrassing. I take full responsibility for not taking the exam seriously and allowing life to get in the way of studying properly.
After the failure I took beat, set an intention and repurchased [ouch!] the exam and study guides. A fellow fitness friend told me about the NASM app and it became my new best friend. Slow and steady became my mantra with the textbook and materials and slowly but surely I began to understand the content.
Setting the test date came next and then it was basically bunker down and study during all of my free time. Thankfully my 9-5 job is pretty chill and I was able to knock out a lot of studying during the day, especially with the app. As the date approached my nerves grew. I almost pushed back the exam because I was so worried about failing again, but my husband and family talked me down.
September 14th arrived, I walked in, took the exam and left with a passing grade. Cue the tears of gratitude. The first step to my dream of fitness as a full time job can finally be checked off and I’m unbelievably excited to start moving forward. Failing sucked, but it made the passing just a big sweeter in the end.
Why am I telling you this? To inspire you to reach for something, even if it seems daunting or too hard. This exam was so outside my comfort zone and talents but I got it done. Set your goals, work for them and then go out there and crush them, friends. It make take few tries, but it’s worth it.
3, 2, 1 get your move on!