There are several defining moments in a girl’s life. The majority of my recent ones relate to the fitness industry:
- the decision to get healthy;
- my first sub-30 5K race;
- my first hellacious triathlon and the subsequent awesome second one;
- my first 10K;
- my first half marathon;
- the day I passed my BodyVive assessment;
- and the day I decided to make a life-altering career change.
Well, Friday’s milestone is a major follow-up to that last one. I may have posted some time ago about how I would listen implicitly to my trainer, Sara. She would say: “lift this weight” and I would say: “okay.” She would say: “jump over this cone” and I would say “how high?” She would say: “do two more sets” and I would say “how about three?” (I don’t complain about my workouts. Ever. I’m there for a reason, and I see no need to try to get out of it.) Then, one day, she said to me: “Kristina, you have really nice form. Have you ever thought about becoming a trainer?” and I said: “No.” Because I truly hadn’t–and that was probably one of the few times I ever told Sara “no.”
At that point, I was contemplating going to culinary school because I enjoyed cooking and being creative, but Sara got me thinking–if I ever wanted to truly be healthy and fit, there was no way I could go to culinary school. The kind of food I love to cook is the kind that made me unhealthy in the first place. Sara told me about the small, professional school here in town that she went to for her certification. I did my research, talked to my parents, and decided to enroll. Classes started last October, and I’ve been going twice a week in the evenings, and the occasional weekend to learn everything I can about personal training, exercise science, nutrition, health, and fitness. And it’s way better than culinary school would ever have been🙂
A couple of weeks ago our instructor told us that once we completed our Program Design course, we would be eligible to take our Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. So, yet again, the cogs in my brain started churning, and I decided to take my exam as soon as possible so that I would be forced to study–and, so I could start taking on new roles and responsibility at work as soon as possible.
I took my exam this past Friday.
And now I am a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. This is a major milestone for me primarily because it signifies finally leaving the past behind and letting go of everything I worked towards in past years, and that is a very good thing for me. And also, because it signals the next phase in my life–the phase where I get to help people be the best possible version of themselves while continuing to strive to be my own best self, and nothing makes me happier than that at this very moment.
On another, more light-hearted note, I sure am glad I passed my exam, or the 250 business cards I ordered with “NASM Certified Personal Trainer” on them would have been wasted!