How I Passed the NASM Certified Personal Trainer Exam….The 1st time!!!

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Tuesday was the big day. I took my NASM Certified Personal Trainer exam and PASSED. WOW! That is a huge relief and weight off my shoulders.

I started the process of researching how to become a personal trainer way back in the Spring. I compared and contrasted certification organizations. I spent hours looking at websites and comparison charts. I changed my mind a million times. But, ultimately, I settled on NASM, or National Academy of Sports Medicine. I never found anything outright negative about them.  I can carry that certification anywhere I go, even overseas.  It looked thorough and solid.  I chose NASM, signed up for a class, and off I went, starting in June.  I was thrilled to find out from a mentor trainer that NASM is the Gold Standard of certifications and I made the right choice for my career and my clients. Whoo!  Thank goodness all this studying was for naught.

I was made nervous when researching online brought me to the standard statement that the NASM exam is one of, if not THE, toughest PT exam out there.  Eeeek!  It has been over ten years since I took any exam of substance.  It is true that I graduated from college and graduate school.  I am no stranger to studying and testing but it had been so long.  I felt like my brain had cobwebs in it.  The good thing is that I had six months to study and test.  I can do this!

Then that fateful day in June arrived.  My package from NASM was delivered to my doorstep.  I got a snazzy backpack and textbook.  Oh crap!  That textbook is HUGE!  Flashbacks to college quickly followed.  I sat down and started reading.

I read.

I read.

I read.

I read.

I read that whole entire textbook….cover to cover.  I highlighted and I took notes.

After I read the book all the way through I started watching the tutorials online that NASM provides in their online classroom.  I watched every single one.  They are kind of boring but in many instances they did make the science make more sense. (Note: I was a HISTORY major in college.  This level of science was completely new and daunting to me.)

I went online and I printed out study guides that other bloggers and personal trainers have provided over the years. I especially liked the one Peanut Butter Fingers provided here. I also found a document on the Bodybuilding.com forums of rather thorough outline of the textbook.  THAT was a HUGE help. (It is a .pdf file). I think I read that outline ten times, highlighting, hashing out points, making lists, etc.

I printed out the flashcards that NASM provides in the online classroom.  It provides 100 flashcards for the four sections in the textbook.  I carried those flashcards everywhere.

I talked to my husband a lot about what I was learning.  Talking about it helped me process the information and make it practical.  I remember one night when I gave a full explanation of how self-myofacial release (foam rolling) works and my sweet husband said, “YES!  My investment is paying off!”  Funny, funny man. I love him.  And yes, it will pay off.

I downloaded an app that has over 400 multiple-choice questions.  It has a study mode where you can go through all the questions, answer them, and then have the question explained to you.  I did all 475 questions.  There is also a test mode.  I probably did over 20 practice tests on this app just to get a feel for the questions.  Oh, and I DID see a handful of the questions on the actual exam…word for word.  You can get the app here.

Finally, I did the practice exam provided by NASM online probably 5 times or so.  And I did see questions from this test on the real test as well.

Practice exams were helpful in building my confidence.  When I started taking them I was scoring in the low 70’s.  You have to have a 70 to pass the exam.  Not good.  As I studied more and tested more that score inched up into the 80’s.  My goal was to have at least one practice exam in the 90’s.  I think it happened once. LOL!

Lastly, I prayed…A LOT!!

I was so nervous going into the exam.  It didn’t help the computer lab was absolutely freezing.  I mean frigid. I am so glad I thought to bring a sweater.  I marked questions I wasn’t 100% sure about and I returned to them after I went through the entire exam.  Then I clicked through every single question one last time just to be sure.  I marked ‘End’ and I prayed hard again.  The proctor came into the lab, looked up my information on her computer, and gave me a thumbs up.

I celebrated with the Hubs with a nice lunch.

It is done.

PRAISE THE LORD!!!

How I Passed the NASM Certified Personal Trainer Exam….The 1st time!!!

Another Week of Online Workouts

I am thoroughly enjoying the break from traditional weightlifting workouts.  It has been a breath of fresh air and I am seeing it make a big difference.  My muscle endurance is improving big time.  I still sweat like a fiend during these workouts but I am feeling less like I will die by the end. 😉

Without further ado, here is what I did this week….

MONDAY





TUESDAY






I added a yoga/pilates/stretching routine to two of my workouts because I knew I needed something to really help my full body of stiff muscles.




WEDNESDAY



REST DAY

THURSDAY








FRIDAY



By Friday, I was so tired from a crazy week. Then I had a crazy Friday. All I wanted to do was do some stretching and relaxing. I think I might be getting addicted to these yoga workouts. I’ll have to hunt down some more.





Can you tell I am really enjoying Fitness Blender workouts?????  I highly recommend them for well-rounded workouts that require minimal equipment. 🙂

Another Week of Online Workouts

In Which She Admits She is Human: The Virgin Diet, Week 3 Report

The last three weeks have a been quite an experience. You can read my Week One and Week Two Reports to get caught up if you need to.

Here is what I have learned from eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, artificial sweeteners, and peanuts from my diet for three weeks.

  • I do feel a lot better all over when I eat this way.  My knees hurt less or not at all.  My energy levels are high. I have almost no ‘Brain Fog.’  And I feel more tight and less bloated.
  • It is easy to eat this way at home.
  • It is not easy to eat this way when out and about.
  • I can plan for outings most of the time and eat accordingly.
  • I am most likely intolerant to something on that list.
  • I am human and I slip up.

You read that last one correctly.  I am 100% human and I have cheated.  *sigh*  I hate it but it is true.  I did eat corn chips at Moe’s like I said in my Week 2 report. I ate some crust off a pizza my husband got. (The crust is my most favorite part and it is a good arrangement we have.)  And I took my son to a Fro-Yo place for a Mommy Date.  I am kicking myself about the Fro-Yo place. …not for going but for my choices while there.  I could’ve stuck to the yogurt and topped it with fruit.  But, nooooooo!  I got candy.  It was a small serving but still. 😦

 

What have I learned from my slip-ups or cheats?

 

  • These cheats just don’t have the same appeal they used to have.
  • They don’t taste as yummy anymore.
  • I feel yucky afterwards almost 100% of the time.
  • I don’t think they are worth it anymore.
  • My cravings are not what they used to be.  I think I finally busted through that insatiable desire for sugar and now things like the candy bars at the Fro-Yo joint were honestly, gross.  WHAT?!?!
  • I do feel yucky but the repercussions are not crippling or life-threatening.  Fun?  Heck no.  But, livable.
  • I find food to be very social.
  • It is extremely hard and almost divisive when I have been in social situations and have refused food offered to me.  Reminds me of a previous post where I talked about how Food is Relationship. I just don’t know if I am willing to do that anymore.
  • It is still easy to eat this way at home when it is just me and the family.

 

Where do I go from here?

  • I will continue to eat this way at home.
  • I will continue to eat this way when I am out and about and I can plan for it.
  • I will reintroduce foods one by one to gauge my reactions.  I know I have totally messed up the chemistry of the process by having these cheats but I will do the best I can.
  • If I react to these foods at home under more scrutiny I will keep them out the best I can.  If I don’t react I will bring them back but better sources.
  • Week one of the Reintroduction phase will be dairy.  That is one reason why I didn’t feel too badly about going for Fro-Yo.  I just should’ve stuck to the fruit.  UGH!  I already know the Fro-Yo results won’t be too splendid.  I’ve always known I have an intolerance to milk.  I can’t drink milk or eat much ice cream without digestive distress.
  • I will reintroduce gluten but after that I will stick to the sourdough method of preparing bread. I already make all our own bread but I’ll change it to sourdough.  The traditional method of using sourdough makes the wheat and gluten much easier to digest by breaking it down before you eat it. I already have a sourdough starter going on my counter using this method. I can’t wait to get back to sourdough.
  • I guess you could say I’m adopting a 80/20 or a 90/10 approach to eating.  I can live with that.  I can control what I eat at home. I can control what I pack in my lunchbox.  When I am in a social situations I won’t stress it but I will still make the healthiest choices with what is available.

 

What do you think?  Am I terrible for not being 100% about this process?  I don’t know.  I wish I could’ve given you a more solid review of it all. I will say that I do believe in food intolerances now and that most people would benefit from a process like this.  It was quite eye-opening.

 

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. 🙂

 

In Which She Admits She is Human: The Virgin Diet, Week 3 Report

This Week’s Online Workouts

MONDAY

TUESDAY


Tuesday’s workout was taken from The Swetty Bettties page over here.

WITCH IS DEAD WORKOUT

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was a very busy, rest day. 🙂

THURSDAY

FRIDAY


I borrowed this workout from Peanut Butter Fingers here.

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It was a good week at the gym. All these workouts could have been done at home. I chose to go to the gym because my son loves seeing his friend in the children’s room. I would just find a corner in the adult gym and had fun. Two weeks into these bodyweight workouts and I know that I’m enjoying the difference. I already see improvements in my muscle endurance.

Have you done any of these workouts??

This Week’s Online Workouts