It’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately as I’ve finished up the fitness and health trainer course I enrolled in last fall. The answer to the question scares me a bit. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, though, which is part of the reason I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit.
If you follow me on Facebook at all, you know that this happened last week:I passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer exam! That allows me to call myself a certified personal trainer. Yikes! Somehow the title implies some level of expertise, but I feel like I still have so much to learn.
But back to the question. What’s next?
I’ve shied away from talking a lot about what I hope to do as a certified personal trainer, but the course is done. I’ve passed my certification exam. Now is the time. Am I going to do something with it? Am I going to allow the vision that propelled me in this direction to begin with come to fruition? Or am I going to shrink in fear that I might fall flat on my face?
So I’m just going to bite the bullet, put all my dreams out there, and see what happens. If I fall flat on my face, well…I fall flat on my face. At least I will have tried.
Losing 63 pounds and finding so much life in being fit and healthy ignited a passion in me. There aren’t many things I can say I’m truly passionate about, but health and fitness are true passions. I could read and talk about it day and night and never get bored with it. But in my job as a nurse, I encounter people every. single. day. who are my age or younger losing body parts because of diabetes, taking medication for high blood pressure, having trouble breathing, and all largely related to obesity. It gnaws at me. And it frustrates me to feel like the most I can do at this point is help them manage their diseases.
I don’t want to just treat diabetes and high blood pressure. I want to prevent it. My own journey to health and losing aches and pains I thought I’d be saddled with for the rest of my life was an eye opener, and I began to think, “What if I could help people lose weight before disease sets in?”
And this vision of becoming a personal trainer was born.
I remember how uncomfortable I used to be going to the gym, stuffed into my workout clothes, feeling like everyone, especially that super toned guy with the bulging biceps, was noticing my every fat roll. And I’ve talked to enough women to know that many experience similar feelings.
So what I hope to do with my CPT certification is mobile training, going to those who are at risk for developing chronic disease because of their weight, working with them in an environment where they feel comfortable, and walking them down the road to health.
But making that a reality involves thinking through a lot of details and logistics. I have no idea how to set up a business, and I’m sure issues will come up that I’ve never even thought of. But what a grand adventure!
I’m excited for the next step. Scared spitless, but excited! So follow along with me as I figure out this whole certified personal trainer gig and how to start and run a mobile training business (Geez Louise, I guess saying it means I really have to do it, uh?!).
Talk to me:
Have/would you ever work(ed) with a personal trainer?
If you could be anything you wanted to be, what would that be?