Oh hi….long time, no chat. I guess that new posting schedule of mine has not been working out so well! For some reason, when I was posting more on frequently I had a ton of things to say. When I cut back on my schedule, I suddenly felt a lot of pressure (by no one other than myself) to only provide the best posts possible. As we all know, pressure never really enhances creativity. So I have been busy nursing my writers block, and working on another little project of mine that was fast approaching…
NSCA Personal Trainer Certification
Remember that personal training certification I have been cranking away on? After breakfast yesterday, I retreated to my little green room to study one last time before I headed out to take my exam at a local test center.
When I get distracted I selfie (and surf the web)…
When Scott pops in to say he is leaving, he also takes a picture…
Do not be fooled by my smile! I started to work myself up into a state of nervous anxiety as the clock ticked away, and it was close to time to leave. Growing up, I never worried when it came to tests or performing in any way. I breezed by, and as a result always did fairly well. I had a few butterflies when I went on stage to perform, but they usually eased up within minutes. As I have gotten older, I frequently find myself making a bigger deal out of the small things. I miss that younger girl who was fearless because what was really the worst that could happen? Now the idea of not passing one test makes my blood pressure rise…
I was reminding myself of positive mantras and then imagining what the worst case scenario would be as I drove along in my car. When I arrived at the testing center (a local H&R block) I had finally talked myself down off the ledge.
The exam was 155 questions and I finished fairly quickly. You are allowed three hours total. I chose to use the extra time to go back and thoroughly review all the questions and make sure I was certain of my answers. One of my big realizations when I used the online practice exams is that I tend to rush a little bit, and not read every single word. A few words can be very significant so I wanted the opportunity to double check myself thoroughly.
This took what seemed like forever and then I hit “cover” which is the process to submit your test since it is all done via computer. I grabbed my things from the testing site and headed to the lobby area to check out. As much as I had rationalized that it would not be life changing, I was absolutely thrilled to receive a passing grade on the exam.
I will be putting together a more comprehensive study guide of tips for those out there who are studying for a similar test. In my research, I found a lot of tips for studying for the NASM CPT online. My certification is through the NSCA, but I found a lot of the same guidance to be valuable. I have my eye on a few other certifications, but they are workshop based. I need a break from text books and flash cards!
I am off to take a walk (the Austin weather is gorgeous tonight) and figure out something for dinner. When Scott gets home we have a date to watching The Killing. Have you seen this show? We are ADDICTED.
Have a good one!
Any certified or aspiring personal trainers out there?
Have you experienced a career switch? I was a professional non-paid actor (it is really a thing), an editor, a marketing “jack of all trades”, and an aspiring teacher for a hot minute. Yikes, I have had a few jobs.
I always love hearing from you! If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email.