Hello! I have been super M.I.A. lately but for good reason.
I have been studying my butt off for the first time since graduating with my MBA. You guys – the NASM CTP exam is hard, really hard.
This certification has been something I have been tossing around in my big head for years now. I never really knew how I was going to use it or how it would fit into my life but one can never be over educated, right?
Does this mean my official title is now Emily Hursty, MBA, CPT? I’ll take it! Any other MBA, CPTs out there? Anyone?
I started this journey back in February when I reached out to NASM to discuss the options. This is not a cheap endeavor but I justified it because I truly believe this is knowledge everyone can and should benefit from.
I scheduled my exam for late June to ensure I had enough time to read all of the material then go back and study all of it. I was pretty nervous earlier in the week and then I read Katy’s post on her experience with the test. FML. After reading that I was BEYOND nervous. I thought there was no way I would pass the test.
So Saturday morning, I woke up at 6:00am (not a time I want to see on the weekends) and drove up to Manchester, NH airport to take the test. Yes – the CPT exam was at an airport. Totally normal.
I arrived 30 minutes early as the confirmation email told me to (there is no traffic in New Hampshire at 7:00am in case you were wondering). After checking in with the proctor and experiencing a few technical difficulties it was test time. I was nervous, slight unconfident but ready to get it all over with.
120 questions and 86 minutes later I passed the NASM CTP exam!
I still had 44 minutes on the timer but I felt that I had answered the 120 multiple choice (100 graded, 20 ungraded) questions to the best of my ability and clicked the finish button and walked over to the proctor to hear my fate. In my head I was trying to remember all of the things I would have to go back and study because I was sure I didn’t pass.
Somehow, I did. The proctor congratulated me and told me I should celebrate because this was a had test to pass. Amen sister…it sure was and I sure will! I chatted with her a little bit to calm myself down because hopping behind the wheel all jacked up like that would have been bad.
I felt lucky to have had taken Anatomy & Physiology classes and a nutrition class in high school and college because hidden deep in my brain was some prior knowledge. Also, having a genuine interest in the subject matter helped me get into the material deeper than I would have if it were a Finance test (<– I’ve taken and NOT passed a few of those).
So now what am I going to now that I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer? I have no idea. The opportunities are endless!
- What should I do with my CPT? Teach, train, corporate wellness? You tell me!