Ironman Training, NASM CPT Exam, and patches!

So, big news from the Spiritual Cadre corporate offices and HQ.  I am now a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine!  I took the test last week and passed it on the first attempt.  I was a little worried because the material was not something I was familiar with and I had a really hard time learning and retaining it.  With my background in law enforcement and investigations, the anatomy and science sections were totally new concepts for me.  I tried my best to focus on learning and understanding the principles and I'm glad I did.  To be honest, I was really sweating it going in.  I wasn't sure that I was ready and didn't feel like I really knew the material.  When the test started I didn't recognize any of the questions and things seemed to be worded in a totally different way than the way I remembered them and had studied them.  It's a good thing that I didn't memorize questions!  By the time I finished I had no idea how it was going to turn out, but when it was all said and done, I had passed.  I've heard that the NASM test is one of the harder ones in the personal training world and I can understand why.  If I hadn't studied to understand the concepts and be able to apply them, I don't think I would have passed.  Now I just have to make sure I keep learning (we should all always keep learning) and never let the credentials expire!

One week of Ironman training is complete and so far, so good!  (but really, if it didn't go well the first week, what kind of tone would that set for the whole thing, right?) All workouts were completed and I'm starting to see how the training will fit in to everything else going on in my life.  Most of my runs have been on trails, since I also have registered for the Sky to Summit 50K trail race on November 5th.  Trail running is fairly new to me, and I'm beginning to really enjoy it.  It's harder and slower than road running, but I'm finding that it's more enjoyable to spend more time in nature. 

One other development here, Spiritual Cadre now has patches!  They are velcro backed and perfect for hats, rucks, workout bags or anywhere you need a reminder to "Keep the Inner Peace". They are a high quality finely woven embroidered patch and one can be yours for the low, low price of $8.00.  If you want one you can send me an email at and we'll figure out payment and shipping if you're not local.  It's a great way to remind yourself why you're training and to remember to always focus on the mind-body-spirit connection. And you can help support a small business too! (shameless plug over).  Seriously, If you'd like one, hit me up.

Finally, I did another small video for those that have asked.  I'll add the link here, but moving forward, this will probably be the place for blog posts, and videos will go to the Spiritual Cadre facebook page.  My plan is to put training updates and the like on short videos and tackle more in depth topics here.  If you want to keep up to date on all that is happening, follow me on the other social media sites.  In addition to facebook (both my personal page and the Spiritual Cadre page) you can find me and subscribe on my Youtube channel (SpiritualCadre), Twitter (@SpiritualCadre) and Instagram (Spiritual_Cadre).  My hope is that this way, everyone can choose to follow along in the way that fits their life best.

Here's the video link if you like. Until next time my friends, Keep the Inner Peace!