Mary Baum

NASM – I’m Going For It!

This year has been pretty crazy for me so far. I have completed countless road races (including my 6th marathon!), was selected as a Lululemon running ambassador, crossed the finish line of my very first triathlon, and am just now entering into fall race season. Over the summer, other than marathon training, I have had something up my sleeve. My friends and family know about it, but I just wasn’t quite ready to share it on the blog. In November, I’ll be taking my test to become a NASM certified personal trainer!

I’ve been studying little by little since July, and finally signed up for my testing date last night. I am so excited about this, as I have been thinking about becoming a certified personal trainer for so long! This means it is crunch time! For the next month, I am going to be studying like crazy and getting very familiar with all of the tricky parts of my study book, which for me are some of the scientific terms.

What do I plan to do with it? I’m not 100% sure yet. I am not going to be leaving my current job at BlueGlass – no way! I love the company that I work for, and would never want to jeopardize that. I plan to be working here for many years to come. What I do know is that I plan to put more circuit and strength training workouts up on the blog to share with everyone. I love posting the ones that I have up so far, and can not wait until I have a little bit more klout behind what I am sharing with all of you. I also hope that readers start to ask me more questions about workouts and ways to get fit. Oh yeah, and I can change my disclaimer to say that I am a certified professional – once that time comes that is ;)

I chose NASM because of the forward way of thinking that it provides, along with the more scientific based approach. When I was researching on which program to go with, I really liked how NASM was known as a very challenging program. I am always up for something to give me a run for my money, and this test is no different. There is a lot of information to take in, and I have to make a conscious effort to cut out the time in my schedule to get the studying in.

I hope some of you are excited for this new phase on the blog. It will still be the same ole me on here, but now I’ll have a little bit more knowledge to back up my workouts! I’m pretty excited!

P.S. I have a guest post up today over on Ashley’s blog, Healthy Happier Bear, for her Marathons and Moderations series. Find our how to run a marathon without much motivation. Go check it out!

Is anyone else studying for NASM right now? Do you already have your certification? Have any good tips for me? ;)

37 Responses

  1. Erin Bamrick
    Erin Bamrick September 26, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    Go, Mary! What a great idea – the world needs more (and better!) personal trainers that work primarily with runners. Good luck finishing up the process! I can’t wait to see what exercises you post, and I can’t wait to try them out on my own! You’ll be my cyber personal trainer :D

  2. Kristen @ Be Fit With Kristen
    Kristen @ Be Fit With Kristen September 26, 2012 at 8:48 am |

    I took the exam in 2007. There is a lot of anatomy on the exam so make sure you have that down. Also a lot of questions about muscle imbalance i.e if the knees cave in xxx is tight and xxx is weak. Best of luck! :)

  3. Beth
    Beth September 26, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    That’s very awesome Mary! I’m certain you will be great at it. :)

  4. Amber @ExSoyCise
    Amber @ExSoyCise September 26, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    Congrats girl! I hope you do well! I plan on getting certified with NASM in a year after I finish up my year course at Integrative Nutrition. My boyfriend was certified through them and he recommended them to me. Good luck!!

  5. Sarah Kay Hoffman
    Sarah Kay Hoffman September 26, 2012 at 10:07 am |

    Congrats! That’s a great cert! I still have all the material to get mine through the NASC. I really should finish it:)

  6. Chuck Feerick
    Chuck Feerick September 26, 2012 at 11:32 am |

    That’s so cool Mary! I am ACE certified and have to renew it every 2 years. I got my certification in college at William and Mary when I trained there. The hardest part was knowing the musculoskeletal components. I’m sure you’ll rock it though!

  7. Christy
    Christy September 26, 2012 at 11:44 am |

    Ah yes, I would love to get certified too! It’s honestly just a matter of waiting for the funding for it to all roll in. I actually would quit my day job (freelance PR) to dedicate myself to fitness and health! Good luck! :)

  8. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm |

    Go Mary! I’m actually toying with the idea of getting NASM certified, too. I’d love to hear more about your experience studying, preparing, and taking (and passing!) the exam. :)

  9. Amanda @RunToTheFinish
    Amanda @RunToTheFinish September 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

    wohooo I spent most of today studying for ACE :) hope i can get through everything and take the test in a month or so!

  10. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes
    StoriesAndSweetPotatoes September 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |

    Congrats on your decision! I might eventually get mine but I’m going to do some nutrition education first.

  11. Julie Baum
    Julie Baum September 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

    Mary, Yea! Glad to hear you registered, so now it’s really real. Good luck…

  12. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's
    Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's September 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm |

    Good luck Mary, I am sure you will do great!

  13. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness September 27, 2012 at 6:51 am |

    EXCITING!! I went with NASM too. Big tips = know the biomechanical chain and imbalances and ways to correct them. And program design, regressions/progressions of exercises, etc. I found doing all the practice tests and flashcards helped me so much.

  14. Melissa
    Melissa September 27, 2012 at 8:37 am |

    That is so cool! I was thinking about doing something like this too. But, I am already in school so its just too much! I will have to follow your lead later on! Good Luck with your test! I think you will do great!

  15. NASM
    NASM September 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm |

    Hi Mary! We’re so excited that you decided to get our certification! Some tips for your studies:

    1. Be sure to check out our exam prep section at:
    2. Like our NASM Facebook page where we’re constantly posting health and fitness info, testing tips, contests, and more at:! You can also post any questions you have to our wall and an NASM rep will get back with you.
    3. If you have any study questions, you can contact our Student Success Reps at 800.460.6276, Option 1 and they will be able to help you out.

    We wish you the best and hope to see you join the NASM team soon!

    Yours in health,
    The NASM Team

  16. Steph @ 321delish
    Steph @ 321delish September 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm |

    Yeah Mary!!! Good luck!!

  17. Whitney @LiveRunLoveYoga
    Whitney @LiveRunLoveYoga September 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm |

    Yay! You’ll do great! If you need any tips on what to study just let me know! I took mine in April and would be happy to help! Best of luck!

  18. Lana
    Lana September 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

    Woo hoo! I’m so happy for you!! I know you will do great. Way to follow your dream and live your passion. Truly inspiring!

    p.s. I can’t wait for you to blog more workouts ;)

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