A while back I mentioned getting my certification to become a personal trainer. Well, that is now official – I am working toward my certification. My books arrived Monday and I have been buried in them ever since.
I have to be honest, though, this material is even more in-depth than I anticipated. Looking through the book, I feel slightly overwhelmed…but excited. The first part of my study manual covers the human anatomy, terms, and biomechanics. Thank goodness I do not have to identify all 656 muscles in the body, but I do have to know around 40 of them (the major ones, of course). I also need to be able to label the human skeleton (again, just major bones…not all 206 of them). That part comes easily to me since I actually have training in medical transcription. I will admit, though, that I have already learned a great deal!
The company I chose to earn my certification through is National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). They are accredited, and their exam process is quite intense…which means their certification is highly regarded. On their website they state most people can earn their certification in about 90 days (although some do it faster, and you have up to one year). I am a bit of a perfectionist at times (and school-related adventures elicit super-perfectionistic behaviors), so I will likely take my time and really get to know this material. A grade anything other than an A on my exam would just eat at me forever. Crazy, I know.
So, if I slide in a random anatomical term here and there, you will now know why…such as: Denise worked my deltoids (anterior, medial/lateral, and posterior) to death last night. My biceps and brachioradialis were even a little sore. (That would equal shoulders and arms.)
What a difference a year can make, right? This time last year I was sitting on my couch complaining about being fat…*wishing* it would all go away. Funny, huh?