Back when I was a (volunteer) wrestling coach (mentioned here and here), I thought about changing careers out of teaching and becoming a personal trainer or even coaching. My first year in Korea, I even reconsidered these as options and looked into what I would have to do to get certified in both. However, I was the most reticent about coaching because I did not feel like I had ‘mastered’ any sports, nor did I want to continue to be stuck in the public education system. Anyway, I put the thought away of coaching/personal training because I decided to stick around in Korea.
Now that I am back in America, I have revisited the thoughts about personal training. I mentioned that I am substitute teacher and I have taken quite a few more ‘full-days’ with students. While being a substitute can be extremely difficult (especially in terms of classroom management), teachers are often overworked with lesson plans, grading, and any other paperwork administration decides they need. Anyway, I began my search on how to become a personal trainer. By the way–it’s overwhelming.
First of all, I had to choose which association, organization, or school I wanted to become certified through. In order to make my decision, I narrowed down my choices by looking up the gyms in my area to see whose certifications they accept. Then, I looked up each program to see what they had to offer and the cost. There are some great options out there, and it really is going to be suited to your needs. I also looked up some of the top personal trainers in America to see which certification(s) they hold.
About four weeks ago, I started the classes for my personal training certification online. Once I finish the class, I have to get CPR certified before I can take the exam. I’m thinking that it will be easy enough to take a CPR class–I have had to get CPR certified three times in my life–when I was a lifeguard and when I was a wrestling coach. I’m not worried about that class, needless to say. Basically, I will be a certified personal trainer by July! Wow!
In the mean time, I am hoping to work on my body (especially before I truly begin my job hunt as a personal trainer). I know that I will need to improve upon my body because as a personal trainer, my own body is a ‘billboard.’ I am in ‘okay’ shape, but I am certainly not in “athletic” shape which I think I ought to be if I want to be respected and chosen as a personal trainer. I searched images of female athletes, personal trainers, and body builders online. I found this girl:
I chose her because I feel like my muscular development is somewhat similar to hers. Granted, I do not have as huge of thighs as her, but my thighs have always been quick to bulk up. She’s also about my height and weight, so I think it is a fairly realistic goal to work towards. I am attempting to really clean up my diet although I do still struggle. I do not currently have a gym membership so I need to amp up my at-home workouts. Once I start seeing a regular pay check and can figure out (and keep) a budget, I’ll find a gym with a membership plan that works best for me.
Technically, I have two goals. 1) to become a personal trainer 2) to kick my butt in gear. Wish me luck!