Saturday, June 23, 2018

My NASM Personal Trainer Journey - Week Seven

Welcome back for part nine of my of my weekly blog posts on my journey to becoming a personal trainer. Today I'm going to talk about Week Seven and how it's been going.

You guys remember how I talked about Week 6 being the toughest week so far? Bwahahahahahaha... I take it back... I take all back!!

Week 7 was the week from hell. It was as if the previous six weeks were a warm-up for the mental workout that was week 7 and now I'm just begging for the cool-down so I can breathe again! (see what I did there?? lol)

Anyway, Week 7 was the down and dirty of exercise science: anatomy, the nervous system, the skeletal system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the muscular system, the structures of the hear and how it works (still working on that one), the respiratory system, energy and how the body runs and all of human movement science (plus tons more) and good, old Appendix D which are the muscles and their actions that we need to"be familiar with."

The study guide alone took me an insane amount of time but it was worth it because I learned a lot!
This isn't to say that it wasn't fascinating and educational and I can see why it was all put together into one module but I still wish it was somewhat split to make learning it go better.

This was the module where I really utilized the Poke-A-Muscle game (and finally beat it!!), where I really focused on the anatomy apps I got and where I used my body constantly to see how things moved based on how they were explained in the text and videos.

It was exhausting but satisfying in the end but even though, officially, the module is done and I passed the quizzes (all but the first anyway), I still need to go over it a huge amount of times before I'm ready for the exam because there's just so much to learn!

Doing the discussion question actually helped a lot since we had to explain a lot of muscle movements but this was the discussion question I had the hardest time with. It was like I knew and understood what I wanted to say about the exercises we had to do examples of and it made sense in my head and when I tried to explain it out loud but no matter how I would try to write it, it made no sense at all.

I finally gave up after 5 or 6 hours of working on it and just turned it in knowing I wouldn't get all 4 points for it this time but hoping for 3 which is acceptable to me (and which I got) but my brain was so fried by the end of it that I pretty much gave up caring!

I do feel a lot more confident in my knowledge now but I still need to read, reread, watch videos and study to be anywhere near ready for the CPT exam and I'm currently working on the next module which is five chapters but they're the last five chapters and they are a lot easier for me than this past week was!

I'm actually going to get back to work on that but, although this week was very tough, it was great in terms of knowledge!

40 days to go until exam day!

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