Words cannot express how relieved I am right now. I suck at studying and test taking, but today God himself must have been in my corner, because I am officially a Certified Personal Trainer!
I've been training people for years, but needed to get my cert to try and get into a more premiere gym, and try to make it a career. This was extremely difficult for me, due to my poor studying habits and weak test taking abilities. But most of all, because I disagree with, and questioned so much of what I was "taught." I'm not trying to say it was all bad, but tests do not establish actual wisdom or knowledge in this industry. Tests mean you can recall information they've wanted you to learn, and I absolutely suck at recalling information. I have the worst memory in the world. It explains why there are SO MANY out of shape "personal trainers" though. They saw that personal training can be a good job, and they studied their asses off, and remembered information. I'm not hating on anyone for that, do what you have to do to get by in this life, but can they apply it? Do they have years, and years, and years of trying it out for themselves? Have they been, or are they now where you want to go? Do they have that burning desire to help people or themselves progress? Have you ever seen them progress in any manner? I can tell you right now that there are 1000's of people that can impress the shit out of you by telling you the actual name of each muscle, but have no idea how to motivate you to get it to grow. They just know the terms, and technical applications of said muscle. How can overweight personal trainers tell you to do cardio, when they clearly aren't? Shit like this is why I wanted to get into this industry in the first place. I want to be one of the good CPT's.
I'm sorry for this little rant, but I've shed tears, been sick to my stomach, and lost sleep over this. To think, my poor memory was almost the deciding factor if I was a good personal trainer or not. I might not have been able to do what I am so unbelievably passionate about, because I might of failed some multiple choice test just kills me. Thankfully though, I can finally move on to the next chapter.