20 Comments on CONFESSION: I Let My NASM CPT Expire
I let NASM expire

I moved back to Illinois 3 years ago; I can hardly believe it. I set out with a single goal in mind: obtain my NASM Personal Training certificate and help change others lives. By Thanksgiving, I was a NASM CPT and within weeks I could tell something wasn’t right…this wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing, at least not in the way I thought and at least not right now.

Fast forward 3 years…I found myself working in the music industry once again and then set out for the 50 States In A Year project I created. But now I’m back and to some extent, I feel like I’m stumbling around to figure out what I want to do again, what feels right, what allows me to pay the bills while still feeding my inner passions and goals. I’m feeling that pull back into the fitness world in some way and trying to navigate that feeling.

So why not try personal training again, you ask? That leads me to today’s confession…

nasm expired

I hate to admit it but I did. While I did this for a few different reasons, including finances, time and lack of CEUs due to the prior reasons, but regardless I let it happen and I’m hitting myself for it. I see the potential and the ways in which I can use that information to further my career and my dreams.

This brings me to my next point…

I’m studying to re-take the exam.

Thankfully NASM is on the same test as when I took it before so all of my materials are up-to-date and they offer previous NASM CPT holders a discount on their re-exam, which is very helpful for my current financial situation.

I haven’t purchased the exam yet and I don’t have a time frame as to when I hope to take it by; I don’t have as much of a clear cut study plan as I did last time around; I don’t have the answers on what I want to do with it; I don’t really have anything figured out about it except that I’m studying again and I’m seeing where life takes me. This is a journey (MY journey) and I’m learning to trust and just go with the flow some days.

Edited to add: I DID retake my exam, I DID pass, and I am once again a NASM certified personal trainer. At the time of this update, it’s undetermined what I’ll use this certification for, but I do intend to keep it active until I decide otherwise.

What’s a goal you’re currently working towards?

(SECRET – You don’t have to have it all figured out either!)

20 thoughts on “CONFESSION: I Let My NASM CPT Expire

  1. Autumn

    I keep reminding myself that I am not going to let my teaching license lapse in Georgia in 2018, but being in grad school it has been surprisingly hard. I’m sure you feel much the same and it is crazy how fast time creeps up!! Good luck!

  2. Beverley @ sweaty&fit

    Interesting! PS i love your graphic with the massive EXPIRED written over it haha. Very cute.
    I just got my NSCA cpt this summer and am already worrying about it expiring. I will definitely have to look into what CEUs that I can do. Good luck with studying!!

  3. heather

    At least you have the opportunity to take the test again. I am sure you will do great on it. My current goal is to run a BQ marathon…

    1. Katie Post author

      AWESOME! Good luck with that! I can’t wait to hear how that goes! I’m trying to get back into my running shape so I can work up to that marathon (I was supposed to run Chicago last year but stress got in the way) and this year it just wasn’t going to happen…haha

  4. lauren | talk of the trains blog

    Good luck! I know you will do great as you get re-certified! I have a few goals – personally to get fit and maintain a healthier lifestyle and professionally (if you can call it that since I am a SAHM), I would like to focus a bit more on my blogging community and meet new people! All attainable goals and I am excited! 😀

  5. Karen

    Too bad your certificate expired, but GOOD LUCK on completing it again! And yay on DOING it again! That shows some major determination and motivation, so yay to that!
    xx, Karen
    Glam Karen

  6. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    EEEK!! Yeah it’s so expensive to keep up with continuing ed, I”m trying to be selective in what I do so I can figure out what I want to do long term wiht my CPT. I’m currently studying Nutrition, and will likely go into corrective exercise after this! Good luck!

    1. Katie Post author

      That was a huge thing about WHY I didn’t do my continuing eds when I had the time – the PRICE alone for those when I needed that money to be going elsewhere. But I definitely thinking nutrition will be in my future at some point as well!

  7. Joely Smith

    It sounds like you have some good reasons NOT excuses for allowing this to expire and you WILL get it back! I can tell you are a woman who chases her goals AND dreams and all things are deserved! Good for you for taking on what you have and learning to feed BOTH your need to survive and your passions! GO YOU!

    1. Katie Post author

      THANK YOU!!! I’m not sure you know just how much this comment meant to me. I am all about chasing my goals AND dreams and sometimes that comes back to bite me in the butt but I am LEARNING and that’s what counts!

  8. Katie

    Whew! Because my yoga sculpt certificate is just through core power I don’t have to worry about it expiring. I think its great that you’re picking up the certification again, who knows how it could help in the future!

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