This week, I celebrated renewing my Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential for another two years. The credential expires and to maintain it one must complete 20 hours of approved Continuing Education Units. It’s basically a never-ending learning process…as it should be in this field.
I’ve come a LONG way. As you may know, I’m a weight loss success story.
Fitness made such a difference in my life and I was so grateful to God for that, that it made me want to “give back” and see if I maybe could help others. That’s when I enrolled in the CPT course through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers. It was really difficult for me and took a long time because at the time I was working full-time in communications, and had no educational or work background in physical fitness. The material and the amount of studying required completely intimidated me. But I refused to give up, kept working at it over a period of three years, and in December 2015 earned my CPT credential. Tears streamed down my face when I passed that test.
Since that day two years ago, I surpassed the required 20 hours of continuing education, because I’ve basically been a learning machine, earning a number of other credentials. Soon I was putting all of this education to work, teaching group fitness classes and working one-on-one with personal training clients. All of the years of personal struggle, the studying, the work, came together. I can’t even put into words beyond this what it’s meant to me.
Thanks to fitness and nutrition, I have gotten healthier with age and can live life to the fullest. I am so excited that my life’s mission is to help others do the same and live their best life now!