It’s official: I’m a nationally certified personal trainer (again)!! After letting my certification lapse (note to self: next time, keep up with those continuing education credits!) I decided I wanted to get back into the fitness game, so I took my National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) exam yesterday – and I passed!! :)
WAHOO! So, so happy right now!!
And that’s not all ;) I also have a lil surprise for all my fellow fitness friends:
An Exclusive NASM Course Discount!
When I ordered my materials, I worked with an amazing education advisor, Greg Lapp (seriously, within two minutes of our first conversation he’s calling me “Jess” – which immediately made me feel like I was back in the gym! lol) He always responded to my messages within 24-hours and even sent an email just checking in – which definitely motivated me to get back to studying! After I passed my exam, Greg checked out the blog and offered this exclusive discount for Prayers and Apples readers:
Call or email Greg Lapp directly, mention Prayers and Apples (or Jessica Walters), and receive a 10% discount off any NASM course!
There’s also a lil something in it for me: I’ll receive a $50 NASM promo code for every student who enrolls - which means I won’t have any excuse for not keeping up with my continuing education credits next time around ;)
NASM CPT-4 Exam Tips
So we definitely have some fun studies to get to today, but first I wanted to offer a few quick study tips for anybody preparing for their NASM exam:
- Download the Certified Personal Trainer NASM Exam Prep app by TouchMint (the absolute best thing I did!)
- Check out this post by Peanut Butter Fingers blogger, Julie (her list of focus topics is dead on!)
- Use the code on the inside cover of your book to access The Point and take advantage of the interactive question banks (I took each quiz a million times!)
- Know those muscle imbalances, compensations and corrective strategies inside and out!!
- And if you have any questions, feel free to email me! (I mean it!) ♥
(Update: For study tips on memorizing compensations, scroll down through the comment section at the end of this post!)
A couple mind-body-spirit notes before we go…
(I know this post is getting kind of long, but I thought you guys might be interested in these articles!):
- Beyond belief: Research is sounding the depths of the connections between spiritual practice and biomedicine (David Cameron for Harvard Medicine)
- Exercise may be the best medicine for Alzheimer’s disease (University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers, summary by ScienceDaily)
- Low omega-3 levels associated with poor cognitive performance and behavior in school children (Oxford University researchers)