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I believe in an organic approach to health, including personal accountability. I am a personal trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and I teach bootcamps, back and abs classes, TRX suspension training and Piyo- an athletic blend of yoga pilates, dance and more. I graduated Sonoma State University with my BS in Kinesiology, exercise science, and am in the process of getting my MBA from JFKU. California isn't a place- its a state of being ;)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You're a what? Whats s CSCS?

Recently I took an exam, the CSCS. Many people don't know much about it, from their website here is some information.

Scope of Practice
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCSs consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) program was created in 1985 to identify individuals who possess the knowledge and skills to design and implement safe and effective strength and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting. The credentialing program encourages a higher level of competence among practitioners and raises the quality of strength training and conditioning programs provided by those who are CSCS certified.

Today, more than 21,000 professionals from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds hold this prestigious credential. This diverse group includes strength coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers, physicians, chiropractors, researchers and educators. The CSCS is the only strength training and conditioning certification to be nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and has been nationally accredited since 1993.

Registrants must submit an original, official transcript of their academic work, showing attainment of at least a bachelor's degree (BS/BA) or chiropractic medicine degree granted by an accredited institution.
(to clarify Bachelor's degree in the feild)

Its all about the heart

Being a personal trainer is about FAR more then just telling people to do push ups. So often I feel undervalued for the service I provide. Usually the people who don't value this type of thing aren't at a stage where they are committed to their health goals.
I feel like our energy, vibe whatever you wanna call it manifests itself in so many different ways. When you are happy in your life, you take good care of yourself and the things around you. Many times people come to me because they need to do the action so their heart will follow. Make no mistake fitness is about heart. literally and emotionally. The problem with doing an action so your heart will follow is that many times we build walls and barriers which are difficult to overcome.
Its about loving and respecting your body, accepting it for the place its at, and being willing to nurture it to become a partner instead of an obstacle. When we are in good health, the ball and chains falls off. There is no more "i can't bc my blank hurts" instead its "what can i try now?"
I had one lady who was always taking care of others first, and she had terrible back pain and was very anxious and just felt crummy. Her workouts with me were her "me time". By commiting to personal training she was committing to her self. She would leave smiling, we always had a great time, and she lost some weight while she was at it.
I can't re-invent the wheel. I can't make someone WANT to workout, I can't workout for someone else. What I can do is provide the tools and information, a well planned, and effective program, accountability and support.