No workout yet today. I had my last soccer game for a while last night (Soccer). It was a late game and by the time I got home and relaxed it was almost midnight. So instead of sacrificing sleep I am going to get my six mile training run in shortly.

I am having a dilemma. A little over a year ago I thought about getting certified in personal training and decided it wasn't a good time. I am now thinking about it again. I love to run. I am truly enjoying blogging about my workouts and healthy eating. I like encouraging other people in their fitness goals. I think that the Best Body Bootcamp by Tina Reale program I am doing is awesome and I would love to be able to come up with workouts for people to help them reach their goals. (Granted I am not expecting to run a program as large as Best Body Bootcamp or be the next Jillian Michaels-but hey it could happen)

There are 2 main certification options if you don't want to go back to college. Both programs you order the study materials then have a certain amount of time to study and then you take the certification test. This is perfect for me because I can study at home while the boys are at school, besides the fact that the cost of college is not an option right now.

The 2 options are:

1. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-there are two options here that really interest me. First, of course, is the personal trainer certification and second, is the Fitness Nutrition specialist. I think to start those 2 would be great to have, to not only train someone physically but also to help them learn to make good food choices to complete the whole package.

2. American Council on Exercise-they also have the personal training option and a health coach option which is similar to the Nutrition Specialist certification. So again both things that I think sound great to make me a good trainer to people looking to get healthy.

The Dilemma

Here is the part I struggle with, it is expensive.

For the National Academy of Sports medicine the Certified Personal Trainer option costs between $599-$1000 depending on how many extra resources you want to purchase. For me to get certified as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist it would cost $399.

For the American Council on Exercise the Certified Personal Trainer option is between $500-$800 depending on the options you choose. The Health Coach Certification runs between $400-$600.

So roughly it would cost me between $800-$1500 depending on what I choose to purchase. That is quite a bit of money to spend. A decision that impacts my family and finances.
I am a stay at home mom and I love it and wouldn't trade my job for anything. I have been home for 8 years. I feel lucky that we have made it work and I was able to be home with my boys. I have started to substitute teach this year because my youngest was in school all day. I work a few days a week and it feels good to be contributing to the family finances again. I was a teacher for four years before I had children and in staying home my teaching certification expired. In order for me to get it back I would need to go back to college and get my masters degree, which is costly and time consuming (meaning time away from family) not to mention, if I am being honest, I don't want to go back to teaching full time. I loved it when I did it but I truly like subbing but I have no desire for my own classroom.

Ok, back to the dilemma at hand.

The first part of my dilemma, which program is better? Which program is more recognized? Which program is more respected? I am a good student so I have no concern that I wouldn't be able to focus and study and learn the material. There is no dilemma there, so there is one thing off the list.

The second part, which is the bigger side of the dilemma. If I go forward and decide to purchase the materials and get certified, then what? What if I don't find people to train? What if I don't find a gym that needs a trainer? What if I spend all this money and then I don't earn any money doing it?

I am a motivated person. If I decided to do this then I would work hard to make it work. I am excited about the thought of being a trainer, which I think would carry over into trying to find gyms that need trainers or people to train.

For now I am going to continue to do some research and check around my area to see where I might be able to use my certification.

Do you know what program is better? Any thoughts on how to find work once you are certified? Is the cost worth it, will I see a return of my investment within a few years?

Question of the day

What I have yet to accomplish

There are many things I would like to accomplish in the next 5 years. I want to see more of the United States with my boys. I want to see the Grand Canyon, the Mammoth Caves (checking that off this summer), travel the east coast and visit the historical landmarks, visit Mt Rushmore, go hiking in Colorado and more. Ok, I may need more than 5 years. There is so much to see in the United States and I want to share that with my boys.

Personally, I want to finish a half marathon in 2 hours or less, ride in a hot air balloon and possibly become a personal trainer.

What have you yet to accomplish?

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