Personal Training Check Up #1

Time is flyin’ over here– I’ve already completed part 1 of my personal training studying! It seems like just yesterday that I was making the announcement about my decision to completely abandon my expected path & pursue my PT certification.

CPT Check Up #1:

The NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training textbook is divided into four parts: Fundamentals of Human Movement Science, Assessments & Program Design, Nutrition & Supplementation & Client Interaction. Each section is a few chapters long, and the Fundamentals unit took me about 3 weeks to complete.

Since I’ve been following the fill-in-the-blank study schedule in the workbook, I was able to decide ahead of time what days I wanted to study/would have the most time to get my read on 8)

What did I find the most difficult? If you’ve heard anything about the NASM material, you’ve probably also heard some horror stories about the long list of muscles and their contractions in chapter four. Although I was pretty intimidated at first, after reaching out to a company representative I learned that the important anatomy would repeat itself in chapters 5-13.

For my own personal benefit, I’ve designed a plan that involves learning one new muscle from the list each day for the rest of my study period. So far, this memorization has been the most tedious but the online videos have really helped.

Because NASM is a little more science-based than the other certifications that I’ve researched, a lot of the terminology is pretty complex, to say the least. I have found that the workbook supplement is a huge help in this area because it gives me a second opportunity to reacquaint myself with the material and its meaning.

Strategies that I’ve Found Effective:

  • Don’t rush through the material, focus more on understanding than keeping up with the schedule.
  • MAKE. FLASH. CARDS. (However this is more of a personal preference)
  • Use the schedule. I’ve learned that the chapters are broken up & lumped together on purpose, and they make sense when done in order.
  • Study away from distractions. Popcorn can become a hot mess when I need to tear myself away from him for long periods of time, so I’ve been making frequent trips to Starbucks and Panera to get into my “study zone”. This can be counterproductive for some people, but my apartment is more of a distraction to me than any public setting.
  • Take advantage of the online supplements. The study package comes with an online membership to NASM’s eLearning Center which is a blessing when I forget to bring my DVD or textbook with me and want to review. There are also downloadable mp3 files & iPod videos that you can take advantage of, although I haven’t yet done this myself.
  • Draw the diagrams. I’m the first to admit that my pictures are no work of art, however I do happen to know that I’m a very visual learner. Illustrating the diagrams in my notes has really helped me to understand the concepts more intimately.

Disclaimer: Although the study materials were provided to me through The National Academy of Sports Medicine, the opinions expressed are completely my own. I did not receive monetary compensation for my review.

Now onto some of today’s eats–

Salad with romaine, broccoli slaw, avocado, cottage cheese, salt, peppa & balsamic vinegar.

Dinner was enjoyed on the balcony in good company

It featured tilapia fillets, cooked on the stovetop in minced garlic, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil for about 10 minutes,

Roasted red potatoes with dill, salt & pepper,

and roasted brocc, green beans, asparagus, & onions (on 450 for about 15 minutes).

A bit to think about:

“Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.” -Norman Mailer