I did it. I finally schedule my NASM CPT exam. I've been self studying for waaaay too long (Im so easily distracted when I don't have a real deadline), which I talked a little about here, and finally paid for the exam back in May which gave me a 180 day deadline. One of my August goals was to at least schedule the exam if not actually take it. Well, that didn't happen but I did call in the beginning of September and scheduled for Sept 22. To say I was a nervous wreck is an understatement. I studied and studied and highlighted and studied and took all of the practice exams on the NASM website. And then Tuesday I went and took the exam.
AND I PASSED! Seriously, the biggest weight was lifted and all the stressing over just passing the exam was gone. I did it! Whew. Best feeling ever!
The exam itself was much easier than I expected it to be. Everywhere I read talked about it being the hardest test anyone has taken and how a lot of people don't pass. But honestly, if you're studying right now, take the practice tests. If you do well on those you will do well on the exam.
And now for the big question everyone is asking me.... now what?! I have no idea. Ok, I have a ton of ideas...I just need to make sense of all of them and decide which direction I want to go. I spent so much time just worrying about the exam I never spent too much time on what to do after. So more on that to come!
Anyway, moving on! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen the workout I did yesterday. It was just a quick scribble on a white board so I thought I'd make a prettier graphic to share here too!
All you need for this workout is a chair and a timer.
Do each exercise for 60 seconds. When you get through all 5 rest for 30 seconds and start back at the top. Try to get through all 4 rounds!
Here's what to do:
- Step Ups: Grab a chair, bench, coffee table, or something similar in height and step up and down alternating feet.
- Push Ups: You can do regular push ups or if you need to drop your knees to the ground. You can also do them against a raised surface like a table or countertop if you need to. Just remember to keep your back and legs straight the whole time.
- Jump Squats: Make sure when you come down you're landing soft. If you can't do the jump just do regular bodyweight squats for the 60 seconds.
- Plank Shoulder Touch: Get in push up position, keep your body straight, alternate touching a hand to the opposite shoulder.
- Speed Skaters: For more of a challenge touch down with your opposite hand when you land. If you really cant do the lateral hopping motion just do more of a lateral step.
You only have 5 minutes for each round so make sure you're really pushing yourself to do the best you can! Take breathers when you need to but try to keep moving.
Also, be sure to warm up and cool down before and after. And STRETCH! So important. If you end up trying this workout let me know! I'd love to hear what you thought of it because it kicked my butt!