*E Teach package: I didn’t initially do this. I bought the book and test itself and read the book and learned nada. Or not as much as I wanted to in order to be a CPT. I wanted to be able to apply what I learned and there weren’t any local workshops for me to attend. I didn’t want to feel like I was a personal trainer but didn’t apply anything into real life – only reading a book and testing. So, I bit the bullet and bought the E Teach program that includes a 9 week program – laid out lesson to lesson – with instructor support and a ‘classroom’ of over 100 classmates you can interact with. More my gig.
* NASM gives you 180 days to study before you have to take the test (or you can pay $200 to reschedule it for a later date) so I was sure to use those 6 months to their advantage. I work a full time job and workout (training for races off and on, which you guys already know) so I didn’t want to rush taking the exam or studying any sooner than I really needed to.
* You have to keep up 2.0 CEUs, or 20 hours of Continuing Education credits, to avoid retaking the exam for recertification. I’ve seen courses offered at various times in the year and am trying to spread them out so I’m not cramming at the end of that time frame.
* I called a 2 months in advance to set my test date. I know it was way before the 2 weeks that NASM recommends, but with my crazy schedule I wanted a goal to shoot for within an allotted and recommended amount of time.
* I arrived the recommended 30 minutes before my test time frame which worked to my advantage. I had time to study a bit more before going in and the proctor gave us instructions for our respective tests individually.
* I tried not to get too caught up in the exam itself. I was unable to take a pen and paper or anything other than my keys into the exam room. That made me a bit nervous, so I tried to focus on the material in my head and not lose track of that.
* The questions threw me off at times but I remembered to trust my gut and first instinct.
* I didn’t get a score. I was only told that I passed via the proctor immediately after I was done with the test. You need a 70% to pass and I’d gotten 85-95 on my practice exams so I was happy to know I knew more than I needed – if that makes sense?
I want to take some CEUs to add to my skill set and learn various fitness techniques! I’d love to learn enough to teach part time and eventually be able to help make PT plans online and in person! Also, I can use what I’ve learned to help me share more knowledge here on ye old blog 😉
I just know this is something I’ve wanted for years. Since over 5 years ago. I’m so happy I finally did it. It definitely wasn’t an easy feat, but I know that it was worth it!
(Stay tuned for a fun fitness challenge I’ll be doing with everyone who joins me in August! – the key: Core fitness to help our performance with training and racing and doing it all!)
Is anyone currently studying or planning to?
Any questions you have for me based on my experience that I can follow up with in a later post?