Updates – Book tips, NSCA Lawsuit, and other

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hi Everyone!
First I want to take the time to thank all of my readers and book purchasers. I do enjoy helping people learn, and this blog and my book have been a great medium to do that in.

First off I want to talk about the NSCA lawsuit, then some tips about what to do if you fail a section of the exam…to buy my book or not to buy it.

NSCA vs. Crossfit

A study was released in the NSCAs journal claiming participants in crossfit experienced a 16% rate of injury. After crossfit sued, investigated, deposed, litigated, and received sworn statements from the participants…it would appear some data were falsified and the NSCA has issued a correction to it’s study. Bad news for the NSCA, and disappointing for me and you. NSCA is a non-profit that works to disseminate good information about strength and coniditioning…but over the years I’ve seen a few things:

  1. The removal of all paper based practice exams (which used to cost about $65 in total for three practice exams)
  2. Moving to completely digital material (and an increase in price…which makes you wonder, it’s now cheaper to dole out as there is nothing to print, yet it costs more…hrmm)
  3. Updating of the textbook from 3rd to 4th edition, a classic move by book publishers to make more money so older editions aren’t resold & reused
 CSCS Practice Exams - No longer available in paper format. Instead you can buy $500 worth of online study material!

CSCS Practice Exams – No longer available in paper format. Instead for a meager $500 you can buy online material!

Yes, all these things could be completely benign. The cost hikes could all be going to pay for the web development of the online material, etc. But it does make you wonder…and now there is the lawsuit where clearly false claims were made.

But they are not-for-profit!

There are plenty of not-for-profits that manage to become corrupt. Increasing their own salaries is one, and i’m sure there are others

That being said, NSCA CSCS will still remain a sought after certification. Let’s hope the NSCA gets a bit of a wake up call to really go after their mission and remain true to scientific principles. Now, onto other topics!


If you have failed one section of the exam

DEFINITELY: Buy the book if you failed the science portion

BUY: If you failed the practical/applied by a small amount, because much of the practical applied hinges on a solid foundation in science. If you read the book cover to cover and don’t find it helpful, just ask for the refund and you’ll get it no questions ask. Do not send me a message 15minutes after buying the book asking for a refund, I’ll give it to you…but I’ll also give you crap for being lazy.

DO NOT: If you failed practical/applied by A LOT. This is where my book is weakest, which isn’t really surprising since I’m an engineer – science is where I’m strongest. Instead you should probably spend time in a gym, training people, shadowing a trainer. Watch people move their bodies. Then really work on the word problems/scenarios.

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Reader Question: CSCS Exam Failed, Help!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Going to keep this readers name anonymous for obvious reasons.

Hey Julian,

I received my scores
I passed the scientific foundation section but failed the practical/applied (scores below)
exercise tech 30/39
prig design 23/40
org and adm 7/11
test and eval 9/20
total 69/110
so 62 scaled-score units or 69 correct answers
passing score is 70 scaled score units or 78 correct answers
Well that’s not too far off from passing!  You need to spend a good deal of time in the Program Design and Testing and Evaluation chapters.
I’ll give you a sneak peak of a graph I’m including in the book, and then some advice.  Here is a chapter breakdown of the program design questions:

Spend a lot of time with chapters 14-15-16, 15 especially.Testing and evaluation you failed probably because you didn’t memorize the middle-range values for all the various tests.  A recent post I have addresses this issue:  4 Key Things to Prepare for Exam Day (Plus Bonus Book Topic!)

You gotta get a feel for what constitutes a “good” or “average” score on all of those tests (squat, bench press, long jump, margaria-kalamen test, vertical jump, etc).  If you do that should buy you a good deal more correct answers in the testing and evaluation section.

Hope this helps!
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Quitting Your Day Job – What is it like?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Big things have been happening behind the scenes here, and it’s not directly related to me studying for the CSCS exam.

I just quit my job.

With no replacement job.  Sounds foolish doesn’t it?  Well let me explain.

I’ve been working as an Engineer for 6 years now.  There are a bunch of small reasons that accumulated to make me realize that it wasn’t working anymore.  I needed to get away from the desk.

Which is weird, because I’ve been sitting at the computer desk since I was about 13..around the same time that I started building my own computers.  Electrical Engineering was the right choice at the time…but I’ve changed in the last 3 years and along with that change my passions now lie elsewhere – in the realm of physical fitness, movement, and health.

I didn’t quit without a plan

I’m not an idiot, or at least I like to think so.  My plan is built in parallel with finishing the CSCS exam, and a lot of the material is very related to the material I’m covering in studying for the CSCS.  I have a mentor/teacher lined up.  I’m taking three classes, studying anatomy many hours a week, and have plans for at least half a dozen certifications including the CSCS.  My wife is on board.  I’ve discussed it with my friends & family & closest co-workers.  I’ve actively sought out criticism for my plan to make sure  my plan was as low risk and high reward as possible.  I’m not going to reveal the entire plan here, at least not yet.

How does this affect you?  /  Why should you care?
It will only affect the amount of time I can study for the CSCS – in the short term.  Expect a lot of concentrated effort towards the CSCS on this website between mid-September and mid-October, as I will have a break in class then.

I’m working on a post now that I’m excited about, but I’m not sure when I’ll have time to finish out the diagrams.  Until then, best of luck and keep getting stronger.


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