Time Is No Longer Your Exercise Excuse, and Info On Becoming A Personal Trainer

Posted byLori Posted onJune 28, 2011 Comments30

I tweeted this workout yesterday, and couldn’t not post it for you, too. (get your daily nudge: #fitnudge) The Pure2Raw twins thought it was pretty good, too.

There are plenty of excuses not to workout, but if time is one that you’re crossing off of your list today. Only have 10 minutes? Drop and give me 10…

Drop and Give Me 10

  • 10 push-ups (no knees! do them with hands on a bench, if needed)
  • 10 body-weight squats (keep those knees in line with your toes, focus on keeping weight on heels)
  • 10 jump lunges
  • 10 crunches


Got a few more minutes and energy to spare? REPEAT 10 TIMES

All you need for this fast and calorie scorching workout is you. No equipment, not much space, and certainly not much time.


In other related news, I’ve had a lot of people asking me how I became a personal trainer. How I decided to go with a certain certification. What was involved in actually getting certified. What it’s like to actually train. Hopefully this is the post to take care of all of your questions. 🙂


Ask Personal Trainer Lori

I have loved exercise and fitness for years. I love the way it makes me feel and the way it can change lives, including my own. I also love that I can inspire someone to be fit, or get healthy, or even enjoy exercise, too.

That’s why I decided I wanted, more than anything, to be a personal trainer.


I did a lot of research on each of the different training certifications. I talked to a lot of fitness professionals and looked into which gyms accepted what. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is a widely accepted certification that is held in high regards among fitness professionals, and throughout the health industry. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is another certification I found to be among the top ranking ones. These are the two I narrowed my search to.



When considering a personal training certification, think about these things:

  • Time. How much time do you have to study, prepare, take the exam?
  • Money. Some certs are not cheap. Find out all of the costs before you take the “plunge”.
  • Is it widely accepted. Will the gym(s) you want to work for take this certification?


I decided to go through ACSM. I liked the program, I knew it was reputable, I knew the certification test questions were challenging, and I knew that I liked the other certs I could eventually obtain through them.

You can decide to buy all the study material they suggest or not. I did. The books are not cheap, but in my opinion, they were helpful. I studied for about 2 months before I took the certification test. This was enough time for me but I have heard of others studying for as little as a few weeks up to a year. The test is hard but not that hard.

There was some pretty in-depth questions. Coming from no formal education or background with anatomy or biochemical pathways, the information was overwhelming at first. I took a 3 day prep workshop that I found immensely helpful. If you do decide to get certified, I’d look into making it to a workshop. The workshop also supplied me with a study guide that simplified things and made studying much easier.


So, that’s it. After some studying and debating if I was ready or not to pass the test, I just took the plunge and signed up. Passed. And am now training.

Stay tuned Thursday for information on what it’s like to actual use your personal training certification.


What exercises do you like to do/put together when you are on a time crunch?

Are you thinking about becoming a personal trainer? PLEASE send me/comment with ANY questions at all!


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  1. […] I had to cancel a walk planned with a friend. So, while Summer played on the floor, I did this 10-minute workout next to her and then did this 20-minute yoga podcast during her afternoon […]

  2. I’ve been a trainer for almost 9 years now…with ACE. ACSM is probably yhr best…ALL of ACE’s test questions were based on ACSM standards, and educational material from ACSM. The info is SO overwhelming. After all these years all the anatomy and phisiology still intimates me when I think about it. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with continuing ed! You are a great trainer and look AMAZING!

  3. this was a super helpful post! I have been thinking about getting certified mostly for writing crediblity and to make sure I am giving the best tips possible to my readers. I have looked at both but just not made teh committment, thanks for a little nudge to get me moving

  4. Love your blog! Just found it & can’t wait to read more!!
    LOVING your workouts!!!!!!!!!

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