I Passed the NASM CPT Test

Whoah. I did it. I passed the NASM CPT test. On the first try. Since I used advice from a few blogs, I thought I would share my formula for success.

I purchased the least expensive Self Study option from NASM. It was expensive, but I was prepared for the cost. When my materials arrived, I felt a little lost on how to get started, but decided to just jump right in. I am so glad I started studying right away, because I was in for a huge wake up call. Most of the information was completely foreign to me. Stress and panic ensued. Seriously. I have never been so terrified of failing!

I read the entire text book on my own and also watched all of the videos from NASM. I took the chapter quizzes, and retook them when needed. I filled 2 notebooks with notes and highlighted everything. Wow. It’s a ton of information. At this point, I was still freaking out and knew I needed help. I decided to purchase the Audio Lectures and Practice Tests from Fitness Mentors. www.fitnessmentors.com. Fitness Mentors is run by Eddie Lester. He also teaches the content in a classroom setting. I am not in the same geographic location, so in person classes were not an option for me.

While listening to the Audio Lectures, Eddie takes you through the entire book chapter by chapter. He gives you hints of information that may be on the test. After each Audio Lecture, there is an assignment to complete. I did each assignment. I also took notes and did the practice quizzes for each chapter. Once I completed all of this, I knew I still needed more help. I decided to upgrade my purchase with Fitness Mentors to include Power Point presentations and more lectures of the material.

Purchasing the Power Point lectures enabled me to go through the book again under Eddie’s guidance. He pointed out even more potential test questions. I again took notes and the quizzes accompanying each lesson. I was finally starting to feel at least a little confident.

I took all of the practice tests provided by Fitness Mentors and NASM. I never failed a practice test. Each time I retook them, my score improved. Still, I was not confident that I would pass the real test, but knew in my heart something would have to be really wrong for me to fail.

By the time my test date arrived, I had studied for almost 6 months, filled up 4 notebooks, and really understood the information. Understanding the information and not just memorizing it was key! I do not think I could have passed without purchasing the programs from Fitness Mentors. NASM has more detailed programs, but you can’t add on to your original choice, so I was out of luck there.

The bottom line is that you have to study…a lot! You need to understand the information and not just memorize it. You basically have to live and breathe it. I spent about $1000.00 when it was all said and done. I didn’t plan on spending that much, but it was worth it. Although I found out that I passed right away, I don’t know my score.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions regarding the study options or the test. I honestly don’t remember what questions were on it, but Fitness Mentors had me prepared! Good luck!

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Gratitude

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Every November I focus on the theme “Gratitude” in my yoga classes.  Gratitude, like yoga, is a practice.  It’s training yourself to view the world in a certain way.  Viewing the world through eyes of gratitude can change your life.  Instead of yearning for the latest style of shoes, you realize just how blessed you are to have shoes at all. Many of you reading this (including myself) may even become a bit embarrassed as you realize how much excess you have.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok to have “things”, but looking at your life through eyes of gratitude can put you at ease.  You have enough. Maybe you even have more than enough.  Perhaps you choose to share with those who don’t have as much.

One of my favorite quotes is from Tony Robbins:

“Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant”.

Boom.  Life changing.  Think about it.  Imagine a situation where you were disappointed.  Your expectations were not met.  If you trade that expectation for appreciation, you suddenly feel so blessed and no longer focus on the feeling of disappointment.  Ahhhh.  Sweet freedom.

As we move closer to Thanksgiving, I encourage you to view the world through eyes of gratitude.  Many people find that keeping a gratitude journal provides a wonderful way to be aware of blessings.  I simply write down 3 things that I’m grateful for any time I pass by my journal.  Others choose to journal as a daily practice perhaps before going to sleep at night.

If you find it difficult to think of things that you are grateful for, remember this quote from Oprah Winfrey:

“Whenever you can’t think of something to be grateful for, remember your breath. With each breath you take, you can say, ‘I’m still here'”.

How do you practice gratitude?

Why am I so Unsure of Myself?

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Greetings,

Lately, I have been studying for my Personal Training License through NASM.  This has been something I have been planning for and have been so excited to do.  I’m not going to lie.  I am completely overwhelmed and really surprised by that!  My college degree was a research degree, so I can read and extract important information like a pro.  This is different.  I have a couple of guesses why.

In college, I didn’t have many responsibilities.  Now, I am a mother of 2 young boys, 4 dogs, and a cat.  My husband travels frequently, so I am holding down the fort by myself quite often.  The living creatures come first, so I don’t have a ton of time to start with.  Also, the information is super technical and maybe I am a little out of practice regarding studying.

The reason I am bringing this up, is that I simply can not live like this until February when I am scheduled to take my exam.  I have to figure out a way to boost my confidence and just stop being so terrified.  I will happily take suggestions!

I am an optimist at heart, so I know that when I pass this exam, it will be even sweeter because of how much hard work I am putting into this.  It will all be worth it.  I know this.

Deep breaths!

Dana

Yoga Class Playlists

These are a few of the yoga class playlists my students have requested more information on.  They were originally a separate page on my website but I thought it made more sense to make a blog post with this information.

 

From time to time, students ask about the music I play in class.  I will provide popular playlist information here!  Enjoy!

Playlist from Saturday, December 22, 2012 & Sunday, December 23, 2012

This playlist got us in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental), A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi Trio

Greensleeves, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi Trio

O Tannenbaum, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi Trio

Happy Holiday (Beef Wellington Remix), Holiday Lounge – The Christmas Remixes, Bing Crosby

Christmas Bells (Northern Elektrix Remix), Holiday Lounge – The Christmas Remixes, Patti Page

The Christmas Waltz (Awayteam Remix), Merry Mixmas: Christmas Classics Remixed (Digital Version), Nancy Wilson

Ong Namo, Grace, Snatam Kaur

Silent Night, December, Chris Botti

Snowfall, Snowfall – Single, Ingrid Michaelson

Savasana

Silent Night, Acoustic Christmas, Jacques Stotzem

Om, Mantra, Jane Winther

Ra Ma Da Sa, Grace, Snatam Kaur

Music Information from November 2012

I used the same playlist from May 19, 2012 (see below).  I did add a few songs.  The songs that students most wanted information on were:


Just Breathe, Just Breathe [Digital 45], Pearl Jam

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Songbird, Eva Cassidy

Playlist from Saturday May 19, 2012 & Sunday May 20, 2012

Gayatri Mantra, The Essence, Deva Premal

Chan Chan, Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club

Waiting on the World to Change, Continuum, John Mayer

Ain’t No Reason, So Much More, Brett Dennen

Beautiful People, When I Woke, Rusted Root

Standing on the Moon, Built to Last, Grateful Dead

Just Breathe, Heroes, Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson

Om Asatoma, The Essence, Deva Premal

Om Namo, The Essence, Deva Premal

Savasana

Over the Rainbow, Songbird, Eva Cassidy

Long Time Sun, Grace, Snatam Kaur

Ong Mano, Grace, Snatam Kaur

Playlist from Saturday April 14, 2012 & Sunday April 15, 2012

Australia, Songs from the Pipe, The Surfers

Imagine, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, Jack Johnson

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Alone in IZ World, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Just Breathe, Just Breathe [Digital 45], Pearl Jam

Just Breathe, Piano Tribute to Eddie Vedder & Pearl Jam, Piano Tribute Players

River Flows in You, First Love (Yiruma Piano Collection), Yiruma

Let it Be, Across the Universe (Music from the Motion Picture) [Delux Edition], Carol Woods & Timothy T. Mitchum

Rama Bolo, Bhakti Bazaar, Ben Leinbach & Jai Uttal

Savasana

Cluster One, The Division Bell, Pink Floyd

Marooned, The Division Bell, Pink Floyd

We Will Never Forget

Scrolling through Facebook this morning brings back so many painful memories. I was working in Baltimore for Legg Mason when we heard about the World Trade Center being hit. It was so overwhelming. We went to the trading floor to watch the TV’s. I was terrified. I was already completely out of my comfort zone working in the city. Now this. Were we next? I was so confused and scared. I was terrified for many months following the attacks. Always looking over my shoulder. Watching video footage day in and day out.

Scrolling through Facebook this morning makes me realize how far I’ve come. Humans really are resilient. Who would have thought any of us would ever feel ok again. I now have such a grasp on my anxiety. I am in my comfort zone, practicing my Dharma as a yoga teacher. I no longer watch the news, but stay up to date by reading it.

I definitely feel a rush of anxiety any time I see a reference to the attacks on 9/11, but I do feel that it’s my duty to remember. I want to remember for all those who died or lost loved ones. I honor them and all those who helped that day and the months following. God Bless us all.

Irma

Wow. The photographs coming out of the Virgin Islands & British Virgin Islands are so difficult to look at. I’ve been blessed to be able to spend quite a bit of time in the Caribbean over the years. It’s my happy place. My prayers go out to all who have been affected by Irma, Harvey, and all other hurricanes. We don’t know if the storm will hit us in Maryland. It should certainly weaken considerably before it comes this far. Today is a good day for grounding practices and being with loved ones. Namaste.

Me and Foxy on Jost Van Dyke, BVI. 1999.