(And no, I’m not pregnant…)
Lack of comments on blog posts (but I still read them). Lack of sharing blog posts. Lack of Twitter use, and Facebook. Not so much Instagramming. Slower response on comments to my blog.
The secret is…?
I’ve been really excited to tell you all that I have been studying for, and practicing, and stressing for, becoming a Group Fitness Instructor, through AFAA!
You know I had been contemplating becoming a personal trainer, and that’s still a dream. However, I do want to help more people workout and make it fun. I love creating workouts, and being around people. I also love to teach, and I decided I wanted to further my fitness career and become a group fitness instructor. This past Saturday was the test, and I am so happy it is over!
When did I start?
I decided right after the new year that I wanted to take this test, and signed up for a self study option, knowing the test was March 15 at a Rec center near me. When I bought the materials, I really had no idea what I was in for. When I went to college, I learned how to teach elementary students, and middle school students. I never learned anything about the human body, muscles, joints, tendons, blood pressure, etc. I was in a little lot over my head.
Remember all those winter weekends where I “relaxed” “was going stir crazy” “spent time on the couch?” Yeah, that was such a lie, but what I wished I was doing, haha. I spent every spare second studying my brains out. I had flashcards. Aaron quizzed me. I highlighted. I read, and read again. Getting sick came at the absolute worst time last week. I had so much more I wanted to study, and was knocked down. I was stressed beyond normal to get all the studying in, make sure I knew that study guide, practiced my moves, etc. I did it all, though, and am really just proud of myself for doing it. It was completely out of my comfort with learning all this stuff, but I loved it! I loved learning all these new things. I loved sharing all the tips with you on Tuesdays. I feel it has made me perform better, and understand things better. Of course it was stressful; it was something I really wanted to do well at and wanted to achieve.
Why the secret?
To be honest? I was nervous. I am not one to handle stress very easily, and I stress myself out more than anyone else. I didn’t want to tell everyone and something happen, or have more pressure put on myself to do well. Honestly, my family new, Aaron’s family new, and about 3 others. I kept it very personal, and it really became a challenge. I know I should have still had a life, but I want this so badly that I knew I needed to concentrate and make some sacrifices, like lots of nights staying in studying, not seeing my friends as much as I wished, etc. I just wanted to have the test over and done with before sharing it with the world, and I hope you can all understand this! P.S. The test was not just a written test. It was from 9-6 on Saturday and we were tested in strength, flexibility, teaching, along with a written test.
Well, for now I need to wait 6-8 weeks to get my results! I will be preparing a recap of the entire day, and all I went through to prepare. For now, though, I’m enjoying not having this stress, and catching up with a million other projects that have been neglected. Aaron has truly been amazing, as has my family, in keeping up with house, allowing me time to study, and not getting upset when I was not keeping up with a lot. For instance, lots of cleaning and organizing has been neglected. Good thing that organization challenge happened or who knows what else might be lacking! I will say that having this made the winter fly by, even on the coldest days. I would definitely not be able to study like I did if it was nice outside, and also with this extra house of sunlight at night now. Winter was truly the perfect time to buckle down and study, but I am sad I missed out on all the snow days haha.
This goes without saying that the test being over was the most marvelous thing that has happened in a while.
I came home to flowers, and balloons from Aaron, and my mom stopped by with a cookie cake. I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to go after something I really am passionate about, and can’t wait to get results and figure out what I want to do next.