AFAA Group Exercise Crunch Time

Hey party people!

My day began at 4:20 a.m. Yep, it was another early shift day at the gym! I arrived before the gym opened at 5 a.m. and worked through the morning.

At 8:30 a.m. I took a group through a basic functional training workout. It was easily the highlight of my day! The workout was another informal group workout (like Friday’s workout), but since this was a basic level workout, it was less intense. I made sure to modify some of the more difficult exercises to make them more appropriate for those who are just beginning to incorporate functional training into their exercise regimen.

I also changed up the whiteboard workout located on the gym floor and created this challenging workout for people to try if they’re looking for something new:

Functional Training Workout

I based the workout off of my Weekend Circuit Workout and had a good time walking a few people through the workout throughout the day. It seems like functional and circuit-style workouts are becoming more and more popular at our gym which is great! You know they’re my favorite!

Workout + Lunch

Working at 5 a.m. has its perks when it means you’re done for the day around lunchtime. Before heading home, I hit the weight room for my own workout and finished a strength training tabata workout from Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp plan. It was outside of the box compared to my usual strength workouts which I liked a lot!

Once I made it home, I quickly assembled lunch before hopping in the shower.

Chicken salad

I made myself three-mustard chicken salad (dijon, spicy and honey mustard) with Snapea Crisps and salted cashews.

Three Mustard Chicken Salad

snapea crisps and cashews

As for the rest of the day, I’m planning to spend several hours curled up with this bad boy.

AFAA Group Exercise Study Guide

I will be attending a workshop to get my group exercise certification this weekend and I really need to study. Though I feel pretty comfortable with a lot of the information thanks to studying for my NASM personal training certification a few months ago, I didn’t give myself a lot of time to prepare for the AFAA exam, so I need to get to work!

Question of the Afternoon

  • What is the most difficult test you’ve ever taken?


  1. says

    I think teaching group exercises would be really fun!

    The major tests that I have had to take so far are teaching certification tests to become a special education teacher. I will also be taking a reading specialist certification test this fall.


    • Alana says

      I am aiming to take the SPE Praxis before I graduate! I just took the K-6 PLT and Teaching Reading Praxis. They were awful.


  2. Amy Risner says

    I did your function workout today (5/14/13) and boy was it A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!
    I changed it up a bit though! I did 10 min sprints on the treadmill, F.W.O. Round #1, 8 min on the elliptical, F.W.O. Round #2, 6 min on the row machine, F.W.O. Round #3. It all in all took my 36 minutes to complete! It was SUCH A GREAT CHANGE of pace and I cannot thank you enough for posting it!! Keep ’em coming!!!


  3. says

    The group primary is an easy test- actually you have the old textbook for it also. So a few things may not be in the book or worded the same as it will be on the test.
    Are you taking the full workshop? it is not that hard, depending on your instructor. We also had over 60 in our class because it was their special price weekend.
    My hardest test so far was when I became a nail tech. But currently I am studying for my NASM personal trainer test! Just when I think I know enough, I forget something else!
    Good Luck!


  4. AJ says

    I’ve never made chicken salad with 3 mustard flavors! And good luck with your test. I’m sure you will rock it.



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