For the last few weeks, I’ve been eluding to something that I have been working on behind the scenes. I’ve been elusive and not really providing any details about this project and what it was. It’s something I was keeping fairly close to me for a variety of reasons that I’ll get into in a minute.
Well over the weekend, I finally finished said project and can now let you guys know that for the last 6 weeks or so, I’ve been studying to become a Certified Functional Strength Coach and over the weekend, I attended an all day practical event and exam and passed!! Whoooooooo! The weeks leading up to this, I was spending my free time reading the accompanying ebook by Mike Boyle, writing a written exam and just mentally preparing myself for the practical day. It was a lot of work but I have to say, it’s been the most fun I’ve had in awhile. And if you know me, you know my life is overflowing with fun (read: in bed asleep at 9:30 on a Friday night…awesome).
So what exactly is a certified functional strength coach (CFSC)? Well, it’s a certification created by Mike Boyle via his operation, MIke Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC). You may have heard of him. He’s kind of a big deal in the world of strength and conditioning.
Their goal is to coach coaches to be the best that they can be. A functional strength coach teaches movement and in order attain this certification, you not only need to know how to coach movement, you need to demonstrate that you can perform the movement. There’s a lot more to it but in a nutshell, that’s what we were learning to do on Saturday. We spent the day learning movements, executing them and learning how to coach them using the proper cues, set ups etc. It was a lot of information and I’m sure at some point, there was smoke pouring out my ears. But overall, it was incredible and the information and format was great. I love that they are so willing to share their knowledge and expertise. In the fitness world, often it’s every man for himself so to have this opportunity to learn from some of the best is pretty cool.
So why have I been keeping all this to myself? There are a few reasons. The first is that I was afraid I’d fail. I’ve never done anything like this before in my life and a lot of the concepts taught were very new to me. I was going into this with zero experience and a knowledge deficit that put me at a fair disadvantage going in and sitting among peers, some of whom have years of experience. Had I not passed, it would have been like reliving the disappointment every time I had to admit I didn’t achieve what I’d set out to do. Even though I had a pretty good feeling that I’d do well, there’s always that seed of doubt and I’ll be the first to admit that my little chicken brain didn’t want to not meet expectations. Dumb, I know.
The second reason was the inevitable question: now that I have it, what am I going to do now? The truth is, I’m not entirely sure. You see, God’s been putting a lot on my heart over the last few months. He’s prompted me to close my photography business, which was hard to do and He’s really been convicting me to follow this path for awhile. It’s been way out of my comfort zone but I’ve been doing it. The only problem (if you can call it a problem) is that I don’t actually know what’s next. Only He does. I don’t have any guarantees that this will work out or even that anything will happen with it for a number of months or possibly years. I’m really just trying to walk in obedience and trust that there is a plan and this is somehow a part of it. Scary and ridiculously exciting, all at the same time. Also kind of hard to really explain to a lot of people that you’re spending money on something but have no idea what’s going to come of it. Most people don’t really “get” it. Heck, there are times that I don’t really “get” it. But here I am, buckled up and on this wild ride.
So that’s my big secret, out in the open. I’m really excited for what’s to come next. I don’t know what, when, where or how but I know it will be revealed to me in time.
I also need to give a huge shout out to the coaches at Fukumoto Finess for inviting me to take part in this certification alongside them and being so open and encouraging to this particular newbie. It was such a great day. And I got a t-shirt out of the deal. Score!