Men's Health


Date June 2019


to my new career and life, but at 10:00 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, I was on the cusp of fulfilling my dream of becoming a certified fitness instructor. The last step: a 40-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice test on my computer. “How many calories does one gram of protein provide?” Doozy. “To which group of muscles do the pectorals belong?” The…chest? Probably a trick question.

To think that it had been just a few days since I first considered getting certified. Why not, right? Seemed like a good gig. Decent pay. Flexible hours. I’m a people person! So I signed up for a $20 Groupon offer at a site called , which has a course in personal training and promises “a premium international certification that is recognized by hundreds of employers and government bodies.” After some light studying, I took the test in my kitchen, googling as I went. (A gram of protein has four calories, by the way. And the pecs are

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