Sunday, March 21, 2010

Certifications and other housekeeping ...

It's a gorgeous Californian Sunday morning and I am procrastinating, so I thought I would complete some blog housekeeping. I will be the first to admit I have not been has prolific as I had planned.

First off, I get to display my ACSM logo (or as they call it "identity mark").

Secondly, since I've been carrying on about picking the correct trainer for you, I probably should list my fitness credentials:

1. The most important is, I am a certified ACSM-HFS. I know, so many letters; my husband hasn't quite figured it out yet. The mumbo-jumbo stands for "American College of Sports Medicine - Health & Fitness Specialist". The ACSM conducts extensive research and has some pretty strict guidelines and expectations of their members and their skills and services. They are the gold standard certification for fitness professionals. For the most part, you will encounter an ACSM-CPT, which is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.

2. I have an AA in Adaptive Fitness Therapy from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. I trained under Dr Karl Knopf, who is a guru in senior health and fitness.

3. I also have a Certificate in Adaptive Aquatics. Even though I am Australian, I never thought I would enjoy water exercise, let alone what is usually termed "aquarobics". More on this subject in later posts, but if you have a class near you, give it a try, you will be pleasantly surprised.

I think that about covers it. My PhD is, as you have probably figured out, in a non fitness related field. I am a social scientist (historian) by training.

Sending you lots of Californian sunshine!


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