I`ve just taken the next step towards becoming a personal trainer, and I couldn`t be more stoked about it. Yesterday, I signed up for my first certification course – the Crossfit Level 1 certification. Not only that, but I`ll also be continuing my dream of travelling the world by taking the course at CrossFit SAP in Seoul, South Korea.
Over the course of a long weekend in May, I`ll be learning all about the foundations of CrossFit`s methodology, concepts, and movements. I`ll be doing workouts, learning how to instruct/improve movement, and how to program for CrossFit athletes. By the end, I`ll have sufficient foundation to become a CrossFit trainer. That`s pretty sweet.
Why I chose CrossFit?
As an aspiring personal trainer, I believe it is critical to be well-versed in a variety of disciplines in order to bring the best possible product to my clients. Through my own experience with CrossFit-style training, I know first-hand the amazing results that can be had through the functional, high-intensity, and varied CrossFit program. I also know that CrossFit isn`t for everyone. The workouts are intense: technically, physically, and mentally. Smart, individualized programming is essential for people to get the most out of this type of training regimen.
My goal at this certification will be to learn as much as possible, and apply it to my larger goal of helping people of all backgrounds get healthy and fit. Scaling, programming, movement correction, and good coaching – these are all things that I can learn from the CrossFit cert. Plus, this will be my first chance to make connections with others in the fitness community at large. And I can hardly wait.
The First Step
This, however, is only the first step. Next month, I`ll also be signing up for the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) personal trainer cert course. With these two certifications securely under my belt, I`ll start looking for possible jobs in the Bloomington area this summer.
For me, finding work will be the most stressful part of my journey. I`ve always known what my next job would be, and have never been officially `unemployed`. It`s a scary feeling. Whether it was school, summer work, or the JET program, my path was laid out in front of me. But now that I have discovered my passion, I refuse to let fear of the unknown slow me down. As Chris Kamb over at Nerd Fitness, says, Sometimes, you just need to do stuff that scares the s@#% out of you. The best thing I can do now (while still in Japan) is to learn as much as possible, and make myself into an attractive asset for any gym (commercial, CrossFit, or otherwise) or individual.
If there`s one thing I`m sure of, it`s that I won`t quit. I want to help people get fit and healthy, and enrich their lives. One way or another, I know that there is someway for me to do that. Hey, maybe I`m even helping some people out with this blog? To take a note out of Robb Wolf`s humor, `6 readers can`t be wrong.`
What is something that you`ve always wanted to do but put off until `better` times? If it were up to you, would you do that thing right now? What`s stopping you?
-Stay healthy everybody.