Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hip Abductions with a Band

My hips hate me. We did hip abductions with a band tied around our calf muscles in my Circuit Sculpt class on Monday morning. I showed some mercy to at least one of my students by choosing the band that   was tied really tightly. This is a decision that I have been regretting all week because I am just now capable of walking normally again. You might think that I'm joking or exaggerating. These hips don't lie, Shakira. They hurt. (Does anyone else wish they could dance like Shakira?)

If your head is spinning because you have no idea what exercise I am talking about, here's a visual:

And all you have to do is step to the side for a predetermined number of steps or distance, then repeat the process in the other direction. You can also step forward, backwards, diagonally...don't say I didn't warn you. That's all I'm sayin'.

In other news, these came into my life this week:

Instead of doing any continuing education this year, I've decided to completely switch certifications. The program I originally studied was ACE-based, and I could have taken the ACE test, but I made the decision to go with NATE based on test price. You probably haven't ever heard of NATE—National Association for Therapeutic Exercise. It taught me everything I need to know and then some, but it's small. And I've had problems in the past on the back end of things with getting updated paperwork, etc. Not that I can't handle that, really. But push came to shove when my employer offered me my current position, that of Fitness Director.

Long story short, they offered to help me get the ACE certification I always wanted. And I couldn't be more grateful. Except, I have to study. Again. Because I am certain there are areas in which I could use some refreshing. And I'm sure things have changed.

So, here we go again.
I've got six months to schedule that exam...

...'spose I should get off the Internet and do some studying before Hannah wakes up. (In my defense, it's rainy and cold up here in Michigan. Basically, the type of day that lends itself to doing nothing. And by "doing nothing," I mean Interneting. Ugh.)

Question: Any ACE certified personal trainers out there? Introduce yourself!


adailydoseoffit said...

Thanks for reading! Good luck to you as well! How far into your studying are you? Have you scheduled your exam yet?

Marnie said...

I'm a little over 1/2 way. I haven't scheduled my exam, but I really need to get on that! Do you have a time frame in mind? I have a little bit of test anxiety, which is why I haven't made it official yet by setting a date.

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