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.