Personal Training, Here I Come!

ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 5th edition

YEP!  I decided to take the plunge!  As of today, I'm hitting the books and studying for my Personal Trainer certification through the American Council on Exercise!  I'm super excited (and also pretty nervous - see the picture below).  Nerves aside though, I think this is the logical next step in my fitness career journey and I'm pumped to keep furthering my education.

I got my Group Fitness Instructor certification back in December of 2014 (wow, almost a year ago!) after realizing that the fitness industry is where I want to be in life.  Since then I have definitely grown as an instructor and I've realized that I love teaching groups of people.  Group fitness allows me to teach on a larger scale, but with personal training, my hope is to start teaching small group training sessions and bootcamps, in addition to one-on-one coaching.

This also means that the blog will get better and better during my studies, too!  I hope that while I study, I can provide you all with better workouts, more educational posts on training and fitness in general, and a better fundamental knowledge to take with you to the gym or use at home.

 Here goes nothin'!

Here goes nothin'!

Today marks Day 1 of cracking open the books and getting serious.  (I say that mainly to hold myself accountable.  Eeek!)  To study, I'll be going through that hefty manual pictured above, plus the workbook it came with, in addition to another textbook (Essentials of Exercise Science) not pictured all with the help of many online courses and practice exams.  My goal is to sit for the test by January, though I have 180 days to schedule the exam.  So, I'm keeping an open mind and staying flexible with that goal.  I don't want to rush it, but at the same time, I don't want to put it off.  So, wish me luck!  I will update you all from time to time on the studying (again, holding myself accountable here!), and of course I'll still be posting regularly too - no worries!  

So, here's to the road ahead!  "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  Or in this case, the journey of 2 huge textbooks, 1 workbook, a million note cards, 18 online modules, 2 practice tests, 1 final exam, and infinite cups of coffee, begins with Page 1.

And because it's Monday and we all need some motivation and inspiration from time to time, I'll leave you with one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen in a long time, right outside my apartment last night (no filter needed): 

Sunset in Albany

Readers: chat with me!  To all my CPT friends out there - what is your best study tip (or two)?  What do you love most about being a personal trainer?  Do you do small group training in addition to helping clients one on one?  For non-CPT friends - have you ever hired a personal trainer before?  Did you like the experience?  What do you/would you look for in a trainer?