Summer Fitness Challenge


If you have been wondering where I’ve been, I spent the summer doing some pretty serious studying for my ACE Certified Personal Trainer’s exam.  I started this whole process over a year ago and I am happy to report that yesterday I took my test and passed. I am now officially certified! I have got some more work to do before I am ready to take on clients, but I am on my way.  I was hoping Marla, my daughter, would post her Couch to 5K progress in my absence, but that didn’t happen.  Instead she got a membership to a gym and is busy losing weight and adding some muscle.

That’s not all I’ve been up to though. I tried a new activity this summer: kayaking.  I got to go on the intracoastal waterway in North Carolina and again on the Monogahela River in Pittsburgh, PA.  It’s a great upper body workout and a great way to see parts of the countryside in a whole new way.

The other cool thing I have been doing this summer is a challenge my school district started as part of their new wellness program called The Summer Bucket List Challenge.  It is a challenge that could be easily modified for any group.  All summer long we have been taking part in activities that will improve our physical, mental and social health.  They are things we can do on our own, with friends or with family. The challenge was to do as many activities on the “bucket list” as we could over the summer.  On August 19th prizes will be awarded to those who reached black, purple and silver levels of participation. I think I am going to modify this challenge and try it with my private facebook fitness group. I promise you will be hearing more from me now that my certification test is complete.  I’ll be back to giving you more fitness info more often!

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at

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