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To Grad School… and BEYOND!


Well for my countless readers out there (they must number in the TENS by now!), I am finally back at the keyboard for a little blogging.  I’ve said this before, but perhaps I’ll stay on the wagon for a while longer this time.

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve written anything here.  I’m aiming to fix that and be active in the blogosphere with some regularity again.  If nothing else, writing is a great outlet for frustrations and all of the noise that tends to rattle around in our heads (in MY head, at least!)

In the time since my last entry, a number of changes have happened — I began working full-time in a machine shop and left that job a few months later.  Went broke, made some money, went broke again.  I got a side gig teaching martial arts to kids.  I recently had a roommate move in.  I even began a couple of side business ventures, one of which involves fitness education and consulting (teaching personal trainers, etc.).  I’ve been doing a lot of stuff!  But one of the most exciting developments is that I am FINALLY IN GRAD SCHOOL!

Sure, I spent a little time working on my MBA, but as of January 2013 I’m now back in and starting coursework in my major field — Specifically my Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science.  I’m currently working on literature reviews for an upcoming research study as part of a special project course with one of my favorite professors.  While that may not sound exciting to most of you, my inner geek is squealing with delight!  I’m finally moving toward an education goal that has been sitting in limbo for a very long time.  It seemed to be in jeopardy for a while, so I’m relieved that things are moving forward again.

In addition to the college work, I’m also going full tilt toward a few new certifications.  I finally got RTS certified late last year (more on my new status as a Resistance Training Specialist in a future post), and after a short break I’m now excited to expand my qualifications even further.  I’m shooting for a couple of NSCA Certifications at the moment — Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  I’m burning through the books daily!

( *NOTE* All logos are registered trademarks of their respective owners… in this case, the National Strength and Conditioning Association!)

During all of this change, I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time figuring out just what my priorities are.  While I still have so very far to go, I have a much better sense of direction than I did just a few months ago.  I’m excited to write about these developments in more detail soon.  As for tonight, I felt the need to reestablish where I currently am before going back into the fitness blogging itself.  Thanks for reading, and I’m planning a number of new posts and content updates elsewhere on the site for the near future.  I might even get started tonight 🙂

As always, take care!

— Geoff

 

A Personal Update


Maybe it’s time for a little post about what’s going on in my world — not that it’s really interesting or anything, but I felt like putting something up, so here goes.  Let me start with why I started this blog up in the first place:

One big motivator is that it will (hopefully) give me the opportunity to help a few people.  There seem to be so many people out there looking for answers, and I wish I could sit down and give each and every one of them any advice that I can.  Unfortunately, there’s just not enough time in the day.  Also, many people don’t know that they are misinformed, and in that case I find it much safer to put things online for people to seek out.  That way, I’m not ramming it down their throats.

My NSCA-CPT Book. Nightly reading material

Secondly, I feel it gives me a bit of an outlet for whatever is on my mind (namely, lots of exercise stuff).  Beyond just a chance to blabber about whatever fitness stuff is on my mind, however, this blog gives me the opportunity to refine the way I think, write, and even speak!  Personal training is an career path that can be made or broken by one’s ability to communicate and convey the right message.  Maybe writing these updates and putting together my guides will give me a little insight into some things I’m doing right or wrong in that area.

Finally, there’s the issue of my own actual knowledge.  A common expression holds that if you want to see how well you know something, try to teach it!  I have spent the last year or two really trying to challenge myself in this area.  There’s no reason, in my mind, why I can’t talk about ANYTHING I’ve covered during my studies.  I should know it all, inside and out.  So this site can serve as a teaching tool for me as much as for others.  With that in mind, thank you.  Thanks to anyone who cares to read this and check up on my page.  It will take a lot of time and effort for me to put the guides together in a format that I’m happy with, and I will definitely be learning a lot as I go.  The knowledge that some people may benefit from these efforts is HUGELY motivating.

I look forward to providing guidance full of facts, keen observations, true science, and as free of bias (my own or anyone else’s) as possible.

In terms of my actual education and knowledge, by the way, I feel anyone reading here has a right to know exactly what I am studying.  As I mentioned in my “About Me” section, I am a college graduate in Exercise Science and a certified personal trainer through ACSM.  I never had any intention of stopping there, however, and I have done a great deal of reading and independent study outside of my certification and studies.  Currently, I’m working on my NSCA personal trainer certification (which I hope to test for in the next month or so).  I’m also working on becoming a certified Resistance Training Specialist (RTS).  I have finished the course and required studies for this credential, but money’s a little too tight right now to allow me to pay for testing.  Once my cash flow improves, I should be able to get the ball rolling on these exams as well as others I’d like to do this year.  It’s going to be a busy few months!

Resistance Training Specialist textbooks RTS

And my beloved RTS books… believe it or not, some of my most prized academic possessions. Great information in here!

As I go through these exams and studies, I’ll give some updates on the process for anyone who may wish to know.  It’s a never-ending process, especially with my enrollment in grad school coming up in the Spring.  But I’m looking forward to the work, and I know it will only benefit me in the long run.

 

Thanks to all of you who have stopped by — both friends of mine, and those I don’t yet know.  It means the world to me that you’ve taken the time to drop in.

 

– Geoff