|March 5, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Motivation, NASM|
When I first decided to become a certified personal trainer (CPT), I didn’t want to tell anyone. Honestly, I was a little embarrassed to admit that I had no immediate plans to actually work as a trainer. Now that I’ve spilled the beans, I guess it’s time to explain why I made this decision. I guess I’m really going with the “personal” part of personal trainer. As in, I’m doing it just for me. I love to work out, but I don’t really know all that much about the science behind it all. I educate myself when it comes to other aspects of my life, so it only seems right to know what I’m doing when it comes to my body. I want to be active for life, so I better be treating it the best that I can.
I went back and forth for a while about committing to a personal training course. Eventually, though, I realized that it couldn’t possibly turn out to be a bad thing. Even if I never in my life use this certification to make any money, I’m still using it to better myself. There is no doubt in my mind that I will craft better workouts as a result of what I’ve learned. I mean, think about it like this: People spend insane amounts of money for gym memberships, personal training, and fitness books or magazine subscriptions. I’m no different. But what if you knew what you were doing? You could take your health into your own hands. I feel like that justifies the price of the certification right there.
And while I have absolutely no plans of quitting teaching, I do like knowing that I would have the option of a summer or part-time job in the future. The growth of the fitness industry isn’t slowing down, so it’s nice to know I could find a little place in it if I needed to. And I hope that ultimately it makes this blog a little better, too. It needs a little more brains behind it, don’t you think?
As far as certifications go, there are a lot of options. There are only a few that I would even consider, though. I weighed the pros and cons of a few different options, talked to some friends of mine who work at one of my favorite gyms, and thought about which one would be most beneficial to me. In the end, I went with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
It wasn’t that difficult of a decision, to be honest. It’s one of the most widely respected and accepted certifications, it’s super science-heavy (<-technical term…), and the representatives I spoke to seemed the most legitimately concerned with how their students did throughout the process. That was my favorite part. They made it clear that questions were welcomed. And let’s be honest, I’ll probably have a ton. Especially since I chose to go the self-study route. Yep, I chose is the CPT Self-Study Package. It includes a textbook, online CPT materials, and a flashcard bundle.
It also came with a sweet backpack, though, so it’s all good. There are several options on the website, but the Self-Study seemed like the best choice for me. Since I’m doing this for me, I might as well do it on my own, right?
I guess I’ve probably rambled enough for tonight, but I’m excited to start this whole learning process pretty soon. If you’ve studied for the NASM-CPT or are currently studying, I’d love to chat! I need some study buddies, for real.
Question: Have you ever taken a course or studied for a certification solely for personal growth? Sometimes I think I might be nuts, but it seems like a good call…
Full Disclosure: after choosing NASM and speaking with them to express my interest, they offered to waive my fees in exchange for discussing the process with y’all. They rock for that, but I really want to stress that I made my decision prior to that discussion. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
|March 3, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Motivation|
After three days of not working out, actually getting myself to work out was kind of hard. I had to promise myself to keep it short and sweet. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in some pain tomorrow anyway. I ended up doing a completely random workout. I basically just picked my favorites: RDLs, bicep curls, and shoulder presses. It worked out that all I needed was a bar and some weights, because I just drug them into the bedroom so I could work out while watching Grumpy Old Men.
We grabbed that DVD the other day at Walmart, and it’s legitimately the best five bucks we’ve spent in a while. Frugal entertainment at its best.
Anyway, this weekend is apparently going to be one long sweat-fest. The trip is going to include several workouts with the goal of capturing action shots of me cramping up and crying us looking strong and fierce. My plan is to not lift weights again until then. I don’t want to be sore, weak, and whiny when I finally have the opportunity for exciting workouts, you know? I might run once or twice before I fly out on Thursday, but that’s more or less just to calm my nerves about the whole flying thing. It’s either that or chug vodka at 8 am before my flight. I think I’m making the right call. Another great plan of mine, am I right?
While we’re sort of on the topic of planning, can I just mention that I’m proud of myself for getting our lunches packed early tonight? It’s the little things, people.
I made us hummus wraps. I took this before I slathered them in buffalo sauce. Let’s just say I hope Ryne eats in his office tomorrow, because buffalo face is not an attractive look.
Question 1: Do you plan your workouts or do you complete them on the fly? I like to pretend that I plan them out. In reality, probably only 5% of them have any rhyme or reason. I really need to work on that.
Question 2: Do you put buffalo sauce on everything? If you answer is anything but yes, we really need to talk about your priorities in life. Buffalo is everything.
|February 18, 2014||Posted by Presley under Life, Motivation|
I mean it. Do you set aside time in the day for that? If someone were to ask me “Do you spoil yourself?”, I’d probably tell them that I do. I don’t feel like I’m not spoiled, if that makes any sense. But when I really think about it, I don’t typically make time to do things just for me.
I rarely have time to read a book, take a real bath, or just do nothing at all. When I get some “free” time I plan workouts, plan posts for the blog, plan lessons for school, or plan meals for my family. Plan, plan, plan. The closest I usually get to “me time” is working out. Don’t get me wrong, that’s something I truly enjoy. I’m lucky to be able to run and lift when I need to but it’s not relaxing by the ocean, ya know?
Am I saying that I never get to relax? Of course not! I have help around the house, help with Maddux, and help at work. I’m definitely not slaving away all daggum day. I just happen to be the type of person that will work just a little longer on something instead of, say, taking a nap or going to bed at a decent hour. I’m not good at making time for the things that I want to do but don’t need to do. Basically, my not spoiling myself is my fault and my fault only. I know I’m not the only person out there like that, right?
So what got me thinking about all of this? Remember when I posted about the #mnbchallenge hosted by Lorna Jane and Fit Approach? This is the final week and the theme is BELIEVE. (Disclosure: I was sent product in exchange for participating in this challenge. However, that relationship is actually not what prompted this particular post.)
Monday’s challenge was to spoil yourself. I decided to do that in my own special way, of course. I took a walk with my family instead of going for a run alone. Then I thought about painting my nails, but realized I didn’t actually want to do that. I just thought it would fit the theme. I’m so weird. For dinner, I microwaved a bowl of tomato soup and dipped a tortilla with melted cheese in it. Legit fancy, right? I guess I was spoiling myself by not cooking or doing dishes with that one. Then right before bed I busted out a face mask sample I received a while back. I sat around with it on while I hopped on Photoshop and made budget tracking documents. That’s seriously what I wanted to do. Clearly, I’ve lost my mind. I’d typically be working out around then, so it was nice to play around on the computer instead.
Does my day of pampering sound lame? Probably. But it’s what I wanted. Sure, if I was filthy rich I probably would have spent the day at a spa drinking champagne with little berries in it. Pipe dreams, y’all. I have to say, though, that I really enjoyed my little day of spoiling myself. I’m glad the #mnbchallenge prompted me to do it. (If you’re interested, Lorna Jane and Fit Approach are hosting a Twitter party on 2/26 at 8PM EST. You can RSVP here. They will be announcing the winner of the challenge as well as giving away a few fun surprises. Hope to see you there.)
Even if you aren’t taking part in this, I still CHALLENGE you (caps make it intense) to spoil yourself as soon as possible. It can be a grand gesture or something as simple as a bubble bath. Do what makes YOU happy, and don’t regret a single second of it.
Tonight I’m back on the grind, so to speak. I’ll be heading to the gym in just a minute now that my family is fed and my toddler is asleep. PS: I’ve really got to work on my schedule because this whole working out at night thing ain’t what it’s cracked up to be. I guess it’s better than not being able to work out at all, right? Gotta look at the bright side. See y’all tomorrow!
|February 17, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Motivation, Running|
Happy Presidents’ Day! Today I’m home from school, but the reasons why are sort of complicated. First, we were supposed to have the holiday off. Then, we were supposed to make it up because of our snow days. Now, we’re off again as people repair damages from the ice storm. So, yeah. The weather has been nuts lately. We actually had an earthquake Friday night and felt the aftershock yesterday afternoon. All I’m saying is, I feel like a character in Day After Tomorrow. Just kidding, but y’all know this is all huge stuff for us southerners. You’d think the world really was ending around here. I mean, I guess it could be. I wasn’t born omniscient, you know.
I have to say, though, that the one thing I’ve done a decent job with lately is remaining active. One of my goals this year is to live a life that just naturally incorporates health and fitness. I don’t want to stress over it, but I want to make sure it’s included as much as possible. Other than a few small scheduling setbacks, I definitely think I’ve been achieving that. PS: when I say “scheduling setbacks”, I mean that there are just not enough daggum hours in the day sometimes.
There are several reasons why it’s been pretty easy for me to remain motivated:
- I like to sweat. Is that weird? I figure I might as well be honest.
- I have an active husband and a child that is constantly on the go.
- I am lucky to have some of the cutest workout gear on the planet.
Recently I was sent a pair of Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 running shoes in exchange for “styling” them and taking part in a contest (full disclosure at the bottom of this post). They are seriously beautiful. The brighter, the better. Am I right? I’m pretty sure I can be seen from space in these.
Need more information about these shoes? “The high-energy design of the updated ASICS® GEL-Noosa Tri™ 9 GS shoe combines a sleek silhouette with go-fast GEL-DS Trainer® tooling for optimal performance on race day or weekly workouts. This women’s athletic shoe sports an open mesh upper that boasts seamless construction and perforated, removable insole for enhanced ventilation. The Rearfoot GEL® cushioning system and a reinforced, stitched toe cap ensure comfort and durability for the demands of serious runners. The ASICS® GEL-Noosa Tri™ 9 GS racing shoe is finished with an abrasion-resistant rubber sole for rugged wear and trusty grip.”
Say what? I always try my best to understand all of the shoe-lingo, but I tend to just get confused. I do know that these are great neutral shoes for a variety of workouts. They are built for triathletes, but they are perfect for all runners. They are super ventilated, easy to slip on and off, and are extremely tough to be so pretty. I like them for longer runs because they are more stable than some of my other shoes. For all your foul-weather runners, they dry quickly and grip surfaces well. I wish I had owned them the time I ran through a freaking river during a race. That would have helped. Oh, and did I mention that they’re pretty? Because they are. They even make me feel like striking an awkward catalog-model pose. (Pictures courtesy of Joyful Bee Photography.)
Okay, so that’s not why I had a full-on photoshoot in the middle of a neighborhood. I’m actually taking part in a contest hosted by OnlineShoes.com and Asics. I’m basically hoping that you guys love me enough to go vote for me and the way that I “styled” the shoes. It’s not completely selfish, though, I swear. When you place your vote, you’ll be automatically entered to win your very own pair of shoes! It’s a possible-win/possible-win. I might win the contest and you might when a pair of shoes. Selling people on things isn’t my strong-suit, if you can’t tell. But, seriously, I would really appreciate if you took a second to place a vote for me. I might not have an ice cube’s chance in hell, but it’s worth a shot.
***To vote for little ol’ me, head on over to the contest now!***
I’m not yelling at you up there, I just felt compelled to use all caps. Can you forgive me? I’m a little excited because I’ve never really been in a contest like this. Newbie alert. The voting will take place until 2/28, and they ask that you only place one vote per household. Oh, and if the Gel Noosa shoes aren’t your thing, OnlineShoes.com has a ton of other awesome athletic shoes for women. Feel free to check ‘em out.
Question: Have you ever entered and won a contest? HOW DID YOU DO IT? I’m serious. I’m terrible at this stuff. Thanks again for your support, and I hope you have a great Monday!
**Full Disclosure: I was sent product in exchange for taking part in and promoting this contest. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!**