Thursday, December 21, 2017

I'm a certified personal trainer!

When I loaded up the Ford Escape to go on a fire assignment last July, I added in something extra along with my fire boots and yellow shirt: some personal trainer study materials. 

The books were sort of overwhelming.  The main manual was 700 pages long.  Another, an exercise science book, delved into intimidating anatomy material.  I sat in the meager shade of the Escape waiting for the helicopter to return from dropping water.  It was 100 degrees out.  A micromanaging deck coordinator made enthusiastic laps around the field, intent on finding somebody doing something wrong.  It wasn't the most conducive study environment.

Nevertheless, I persisted.  I peered at people, assessing their posture without their knowledge.  I forced coworkers to undergo mobility tests.  My books went everywhere, getting helicopter flights and road trips. 

Yesterday I entered the exam room nervously.  The Facebook study group I was in had many dire stories of people not passing, or saying how hard they thought the test was.  I could hear someone else clicking computer keys rapidly behind me.  She was taking the same exam.  What if I don't pass and she does? I thought.  

I clicked Submit Exam. After a stressful pause, my results appeared.  I had passed with a really high score! 

What's next? I don't know, besides torturing helping my crew by doing movement and flexibility screens.  Maybe some part time work, or something to do after I get kicked out of firefighting for being too old.  There's this though: there were moments I felt pretty doubtful.  College and studying was a long time ago, I thought.  These books are expensive.  I don't care that much about the digestive system.  But I kept going, because sometimes you should do what's new and maybe a little scary.  Learn something, take the trip, do the thing.  It's always worth it.




13 comments:

  1. Bravo! I subscribe to the mantra that it's good to do something you don't know how to do...that's why I left a good job with the county to do something a bit scary and new. You have done so successfully, and under long hours and unusual places.....but you proceeded on. Hope you are pleased with yourself!!

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    1. I'm pretty happy that the test seemed easy. If anything I probably studied too much.

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  2. Congrats! Hard work always pays off. Good luck in your next career.

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    1. Thanks! I'm also going to try to figure out ways to incorporate it into my current one.

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  3. Congratulations! You persisted and you passed! I know you'll be just as successful in finding ways to use your training now and in the future. (You could be my online coach, for example.)

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  4. That's a great achievement, congrats! And a really great skillset to have.

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    1. Thanks Sabrina! Now to figure out the next step.

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  5. Congrats!!! I wish I was closer I would avail myself of your personal training experiences...I’m pretty sure you would have me out on trails in some way or another, versus a boring gym!!!

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    1. Yes! That's what I want to do, get people off the treadmill and on the trails!

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  6. Congratulations! Good luck with whatever you choose to do with the new certification.

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    1. Thanks! I've already been approached about signing up on an online training site. But since I still have a job, I'm going to pass on that one. It sounds interesting though.

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  7. Great job smelly kat. Now get me tuned up!

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