I’m passionate about healthy living. (Seriously, I could talk about fitness and running for hours.) I love learning new things about the body, training and fitness. And it’s been on my mind forever.
After literally years of talking about it, I finally signed up for a personal training course a few months ago through canfitpro, a Canadian certification organization for fitness professionals.
I took a weekend course back in November where we went through the entire textbook and incorporated some practical work, too. I’m really glad I took the course, as it gave me better direction to focus my studying.
From there, I studied my butt off. I made cue cards based off of my notes, and studied most evenings and lunch hours. For a handful of weekends I studied the majority of the days and nights.
The weekend we were in Canmore was perfect. It was the weekend before my written exam and Kelly took the ice climbing course, so I studied without interruptions from Harold or home (minus a couple runs and cross country ski breaks)!
I took the written/theory exam in the middle of December, about six weeks after the course. The written exam consisted of multiple choice questions and a case study. You are required to pass with 80 per cent or better to move on to the practical portion.
About a week later, right before Christmas, I got an email saying I passed!
I took it easy over the holidays and didn’t crack open my book or my study notes. Then I realized I better get back into it and get my certification!
So I booked a CPR/AED course. Thankfully I remembered it all from my lifeguarding days and easily passed the test. As soon as I received that certification I booked my practical exam, which is the last step in the process.
The person I was taking my practical exam through offered up Saturday, Jan. 11 to take the test. I didn’t want to postpone so agreed to the exam on my birthday. It was either going to make or break my day depending on how I did!
I studied HARD the week leading up to it (possibly bordering neurotic). I am happy to say it went well and can proudly say I am now a certified Personal Training Specialist!
As for what I’m going to do with my certification, I’m not sure. I have more knowledge for personal use, which is always a good thing. I think I’ll take on some free ‘clients’ (family and a couple friends) to test the waters and gather experience and feedback. I haven’t thought much further than that!
If you are a personal trainer, how did you decide where to go through for your certification?
Have you used a personal trainer?