Get Us Outside

Sunday, May 20, 2018




Ever since it has warmed up, we have been outside a lot. After being cooped up for months and months and MONTHS (okay that may be a tad bit dramatic), it is nice to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. As a write this it is actually raining, ironic ha. That's okay though because we were able to get outside before it started coming down. :) We just had grass seed planted, so I am hopeful that we will have a yard soon! What are some of your favorite spring/summer activities?

xoxo
Rachel 



Sunday Best

Saturday, May 19, 2018

 I love getting the kiddos ready for church on Sunday and it is the one day of the week that I am guaranteed to look somewhat human ha! We had a little photoshoot after church a couple of Sundays ago and it was super fun. I love going to church on Sundays and I love that Chanse is actually home and we get to spend time with him. What are some of your favorite things about Sunday?

xoxo
Rachel 

5 Tips For Passing Your NASM Certified Personal Trainer Exam

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I took my NASM Certified Personal Trainer exam this last November and was quite relieved when I passed! The whole experience was a great one for me and I learned so much. I had several questions during the study process in terms of what I needed to know to pass. I found a lot of great information on what to focus on and I thought I would post some tips of my own that I found very helpful. Here are my 5 tips:

1. Read The ENTIRE Book

First of all, it is so important that you read your entire NASM CPT book. I know some people are hoping that they can pass the exam without doing this, but it honestly just isn't wise. The book is chalked full of so much great information and this information is not only pertinent to the exam, but also to working as a personal trainer. I not only read all of the chapters, but spent a lot of time reading the glossary and different appendixes.

2. Watch The Modules, Do The Assignments, And Take All The Quizzes

Along with your book, you will have modules and quizzes that you can use as part of your online portal. These modules help to target some of the more important parts of the chapters and there are also several different exercises shown that help to give you a visual. There will also be different assignments that you can complete and quizzes that you can take. These assignments and quizzes helped me out a great deal because they simply reinforced all of the things that I had been learning. They also helped me commit concepts to memory and allowed me to see how things applied in a more functional sense.

3. Use The Practice Exams

Once you have read the book, watched all the modules, completed the assignments, and taken all of the quizzes, there are a couple different practice exams that you can take. These exams are SUPER helpful and give you a good idea of what the exam is like. I think I took each of the practice exams twice and then went back and reviewed the questions before the exam and this helped me out a ton!

4. Know Your Study Guide

There is an ebook style study guide that you can download as part of your study materials and I cannot even begin to say how helpful this study guide was for me. I probably went through the study guide 10 times or more, until I felt confident that I understood all of the material in it. I feel like reading the book gave me the foundation that I needed, but the study guide is what really solidified it all for me.

5. Study The Overhead Squat Assessment Details

The study guide helps a great deal in letting you know what you need to focus on but one area that you need to really understand in depth is the overhead squat assessments and all of the elements related to it. This really isn't something that you can memorize, but is instead something that you must understand on a deeper level. You need to be able to figure out what muscles are overactive and what muscles are underactive when certain compensations occur.
I hope you all have found this helpful and I wish you the best of luck with your NASM CPT Exam!! If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask!
xoxo
Rachel 

My Health And Fitness Journey

Monday, May 14, 2018

Most people who know me know that I absolutely love things regarding fitness and nutrition. I find the human body fascinating and I think it is absolutely amazing what changes can be made through different kinds of exercise and changes in our nutrition. These last couple of years I have had the desire to but on some more muscle, so I added in a lot more strength training and made some changes to my diet as well. I became a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM and also received my Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. I feel like I have learned so much, not only to help myself, but to also help others. Right now I am teaching a couple of Group Fitness Class at the YMCA and love it! I would love to do more though and plan to in the near future. I posted these progress pictures on my IG a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to post them here as well. I still have a ways to go to reach my goals, but I am proud of my progress! I know I have always posted fitness related content on my blog, but I will be incorporating more in the near future so stay tuned! :) 
xoxo
Rachel 



Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 14, 2018

I know that I am a day late, but I wanted to wish my Mom and all Mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day! I am so grateful for my amazing Mom and for my two wonderful children that are such blessings to me! :) 

xoxo
Rachel