Good news

By , July 25, 2013 2:03 pm

Did you know that the thumb is one of only three* triaxial/multiplanar joints in the body?


Do you know how many little tidbits like that I have floating around in my brain right now?

How long do you think they will last up there, now that I have PASSED the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, and am a certified personal trainer?!


Oh my gosh. I thought the test was really hard, and all the practice tests I took didn’t really prepare me for the type of questions that were going to be on it at all. There were so many things I focused on that weren’t on the test at ALL.


After I maxed out of my three hour time limit, I closed my eyes, scared to see if I passed or not. I opened them and saw… an test evaluation screen. Ha ha ha. I just clicked “highly satisfied” until I got to the screen that said I passed. 



I have to say thank you A MILLION times to Brian, my trainer, who encouraged me to study for this certification, taught me, and supported me (including financially). And thanks to Steven, for also supporting me, and helping me study and putting up with all my “I can’t do that – I have to study!!!!” arguments. 

And thanks to my friends who helped me study, re-taught me math, encouraged me (I was so surprised by the amount of good luck texts and emails I got this week!), listened to me go on and on about ACE stuff they didn’t care about, and understood why I was saying “no” again to some fun plans. 

And thanks to all of you!

What changes now? 

Not much, really. I still work a full time job outside of teaching strength class. The good change is, now I get to read “for fun” again and have more of a life!

*What are the other two, Kim?

92 Responses to “Good news”

  1. Anne says:

    Most importantly, what’s the answer to the question on your shirt? 🙂

    I’m so excited for you, and can’t wait to see how your side gig as trainer/teacher keeps unfolding!

    (Can I congratulate you in any more forums? Do you have a fax number?)

    • kilax says:


      Thank you!

      I expect in person congrats. And a formal letter from Meko advising me on personal trainer fitness.

      • Anne says:

        Meko is currently sleeping on two beds at once, so I’m not sure fitness is her area of expertise at the moment.

  2. Kiersten says:

    WAHOO!!!! Yeah for you! You worked so hard for this, so now take the time to celebrate!

  3. Gina says:

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend basking in the glow of this HUGE accomplishment! Totally deserved and I know this is the start of great things to come! WAHOO!

  4. Dawn says:

    Congrats Kim! I had no doubt you would pass with flying colors!!!! Now, go enjoy the rest of your summer 🙂

  5. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!!!!!

  6. Meghan says:

    YAY! Congrats on this awesome news! It couldn’t happen to a better person:)

  7. Congrats! Huge weight lifted off your shoulders, huh? Enjoy the freedom 🙂

  8. bobbi says:

    What’s better than great? YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    So proud and elated and relieved and excited for you! Congrats!

  9. Hip and shoulder for the win! I had to double check at my desk to make sure 😉

    Seriously, congrats. I am so inspired, motivated, awe-struck, nice stuff here by you. And I love the shirt. I hope that’s what you wore to the test!

    • kilax says:

      Correcto! And don’t worry – wasn’t on the test. Not much about frontal/sagittal/transverse plan either.

      Aww, thank you! I should have worn this! I wore one of my studio shirts 😉

  10. Kayla says:

    Congrats!!! You are awesome! So proud of you and happy for you!! 🙂

  11. CONGRATS!! I’m sooo happy for you 🙂

  12. Matt says:

    Congratulations!! That’s awesome!

  13. Kristina says:

    Congrats on passing! Can’t wait to hear about your experiences as a trainer.

  14. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are going to be the best personal trainer ever! You worked hard for this–hope you’ve invented a fun way to celebrate. 🙂

  15. Erin says:

    I am so proud of you!!! You worked so hard for this and I’m so happy that your hard work paid off. Selfishly, I’m glad to have my Kim back 🙂

  16. Jess says:

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting!

  17. Holly says:

    Kim, you ROCK!! Once upon a time, I dreamed of doing that. You are very inspiring. 🙂

  18. RunningLaur says:

    So proud of you and happy for you!!

  19. Kandi says:

    Congrats! I knew you could do it. Will you have to retake the exam in 2015?

  20. Maggie says:

    Yay!! So happy for you!!!

  21. Jacky says:

    Congratulations!!! Amazing stuff, so excited for you.

  22. Sara says:

    Yay, congrats!!

  23. Courtney says:

    Congratulations!!! I am so proud of you and so excited for you!! Enjoy your well deserved weekend!!!

  24. Very cool! Congratulations!!!!!

  25. Amy says:

    Congratulations Kim!!! I know you are going to be the best trainer!

  26. Heather says:

    Yes – Congratulations!! Way to pursue your passion – get it, girl!

  27. Declan says:

    First book you should read: 50 shades of burpees
    You need to walk around the city today with that shirt and pose! EPIC

  28. Congratulations again!!! What a great accomplishment!

  29. Christina says:

    I’m so happy for you sister!! I knew you would pass, you’re brilliant!!! If you believe it, you can achieve it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kilax says:

      Thank you snister! And thanks for wearing the necklace yesterday and sending me good vibes! And remembering about my test. That meant a lot to me 🙂

  30. Melissa says:

    FREAKING AWESOME!! Congratulations!! 🙂

  31. Super duper exciting, Kim! Always feels good to accomplish something, especially when you put in so much time and energy preparing for it!

  32. martymankins says:

    Congrats, Kim. This is great news.

  33. Thats awesome news!! Congrats!! 🙂

  34. jan says:


  35. dad says:

    Oh sure, now I gotta run with a “certified” personal trainer, I’m so gonna get my ass kicked!
    Never had a doubt kiddo, Congrats!

    • kilax says:

      Ha ha ha. What I didn’t tell you is that it’s an obstacle 5K and we have to do burpees and sh*t.


      Thanks! 🙂

  36. yesssss! congrats. so happy for you! yes, i remember my test and it was very hard compared to the studying i did and the practice tests i had. did not prepare me at all! excited to see where this leads you.

    owe you an email. working on it now. wait…for…it…

    • kilax says:

      Thank you! I am happy to hear I am not the only one who thought that! I studied really hard and thought I had a good grasp of the material, then was all “WTF?!” with the test!

  37. EmilyJ says:

    Laughing at the test evaluation screen! Lol

    Huge CONGRATULATIONS to you! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see where you go as a personal trainer 🙂

  38. J says:

    CONGRATS!! Awesome job girl!

  39. Losinglindy says:

    this is awesome news! I am obv very far behind over here 😉

  40. Stephany says:

    Congrats, Kim! It must have felt like SUCH an awesome feeling to see you passed. All that hard work was worth it! Wahoo!!

  41. kapgar says:

    Wahoo! Congrats!!

  42. Kim says:

    So proud of you! You worked so hard!

  43. Mica says:

    Yay, congratulations! All that studying paid off, and you beat that exam like a champ! So proud of you!!!

  44. kelsey says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! I am SO happy for you! Never a doubt in my mind you would pass!

  45. Michele says:

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! That’s an awesome accomplishment!!!!!

    Hard work always pays off!!!

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