Wow, I can’t believe it’s already June! The months have just flown by since I finished school, between trying to get caught up, take a short break, work on Raido Coaching, etc. It’s amazing how much you put on hold when you are focusing so much on one thing!
I spent 11 months out of the last year finishing off ISSA’s Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training. ISSA stands for International Sports Sciences Association, and originally I had planned on just doing a Personal Training certification with them… just… one course…
Well, in typical Jen fashion (all or nothing, haha) I found out that ISSA had been accredited as a College of Exercise Science, and I jumped at the chance to apply. With Freddy being in the military, and not knowing where or when we are going to get posted, it’s important to me that I stay mobile and keep our life simple. I didn’t think it was realistic to try to get into a program here, or Victoria or Vancouver, so for me, a distance learning program made the most sense.
And I’m so glad I did it! The past year has been very challenging, but I learned more than I could have asked for! I spent on average 60 hours a week doing homework, but in the end, I finished the program with a 99% average, and Honors. More importantly, I got a whole new appreciation and respect for health, fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness. I now have certifications in: Personal Training, Strength & Conditioning, Fitness Nutrition, Exercise Therapy, Senior Fitness, and Youth Fitness.
None of this would have been possible without my other half, so a huge thank you to Freddy for all of his support! On top of his busy job and schedule, he picked up the slack with the housework, fed me, and was my sounding board for all of my case studies and weekly assignments. A big thanks to my parents as well, who were my proof readers when Freddy was away for work, always making time to help me out!
The learning will never end for me, but I’m grateful to have this foundation to build upon, and to complement my coaching experience as a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. Now Freddy and I plan on spending some more time on Raido Coaching, and the services we want to offer and develop for our clients. We have both similar and differing interests, which will only broaden what we can accomplish with our company.
Since finishing school, we also lost our other ‘coach’, our furry friend, Boo. It was a very sad time for us, and we still miss her everyday. Losing loved ones is unfortunately a part of life, but it sure doesn’t make it any easier! Freddy and I also decided to leave Titanium CrossFit, which was not an easy decision at all, but we felt that it was time for us to move on. We are thankful for all that we learned there, and will truly miss all of the amazing people that we got to know during our time there.
Freddy is still training hard to try to make the 2017 CrossFit Regionals after placing 78th in 2016 in Western Canada. He is utilizing our garage gym, as well as, his work gym for training, and is focused on improving from last year. I am still working daily to try to better my back and tailbone injury, doing what I can. Training looks different for me than it used to, but I am hopeful to be able to train normally again someday soon.
Anyways, we just wanted to say thank you again to everyone who has supported us over the past few years, it’s been quite the ride! Combining the chaos of a military schedule, going back to school full-time, getting married, and other major life transitions, Freddy and I are ready for a break this summer! We will be spending more time on Raido Coaching, and also, trying to get some more balance in our lives. Not only enjoying our work and working out, but also our family, friends, and good food of course!
I saw this picture online the other day, and with all of the transitions we have gone through lately, I thought it was perfect, especially since “Raido” translates to ‘the journey’…
Thanks for reading!
Jen & Freddy
- For more information on the program I took with ISSA, please see this link: ISSA College of Exercise Science.