Why I Decided to Get My CSCS As a Medical Student

Good Morning Friends,

It’s been a while since my last post, mostly due to the fact that for the last two weeks or so, I’ve been preparing to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Examination (CSCS). Some reading this may ask themselves, why? Why does someone going to medical school need/want to have a strength and conditioning certification? While there are many reasons for this, I will attempt to outline the most important in this post for those of you who may be interested in the certification (med student or not).

Reason 1- Passion.

Need I say more? If you don’t like it, don’t do it.

I started lifting weights when I was 12 years old. When I was stressed, I went to the gym. When I was sad, I went to the gym. When I wanted to improve as an athlete, I went to the gym. As I’ve gotten older and busier, my consistent commitment to maintaining my physical fitness levels has allowed me to optimize both my physical health and mental health. The opportunity to aid others in achieving similar results in their lives through working with them as a strength and conditioning specialist is a very exciting idea to me, even if it’s in a small capacity.

Reason 2- Practice What You Preach.

Yes, I will be starting medical school in just over two months (WOAH, that’s soon!). While I haven’t concretely chosen a specialty, I’m leaning towards family/sports medicine. In that setting, I will be presented with a wide variety of individuals from athletes to children to the elderly population. Currently, 1/3rd of the adult population is overweight/obese, 17% of children are obese, and close to 200 million Americans have prediabetes or diabetes. No, I’m not making these figures up.

So, as I embark on my career as a physician, I’d say that I will benefit tremendously from not only the ability to speak to patients about the benefits of exercise, but working with them directly to improve health outcomes and avoid disease. Sounds like a perfect day in the office to me!

Reason 3- Supplemental Income During Medical School.

Medical school is not cheap. At all.

My hope is that this certification allows me to do one of two things to gain some supplemental money while helping others. The first option is to teach a strength and conditioning class one day per week (maybe even just to my medical school peers so we can nerd out on the science). The second is to do some online consulting and programming for anyone interested in working with me remotely. I haven't worked this part out yet, but It’s not really a priority as of now.

Again, these are just a few of the benefits of the certification. The main message with this post is to pursue, combine and engage with your passions. Don’t settle for the “traditional” or “conventional” tracks because then, well, your life will be boring.