ACE health coach?
Hi am a bit confused on the whole coaching thing. I would like to expand my knowledge but having a hard time deciding which route to go. I am a stay at home mom with a personal training cert. and working on aquiring all the head knowledge before i go out into the field. I would like to access people as whole, fitness, mindset, lifestyle, etc. I see there are wellness coaches, life coaches, and now I see ACE has a health coach certificate. I was also considering the ACE lifestyle and weight management coach. Any thoughts out there on which gives you the most info and freedom to work with peolple on all aspects of health.
ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach has very recently been renamed and is now called ACE Health Coach.
I have held this certification since 1995 and pretty much used the knowledge as part of my personal training. I do not do coaching by itself.
Since much of the coaching revolves around weight management, by mindful of what you can and cannot do which is largely determined by state regulation. For example, writing meal plans is something that I MUST not do even if I think I can.
Good luck in your search.
Yes, ACE renamed the LWMC to health coach.
I believe that your personal training certification is probably enough to help the general public. The other courses will add to what you already know, though.
Being a stay at home mom is most rewarding; enjoy every minute with your family. Take care.
I think it goes well with my experience and other two certifications I have with ACSM.
I plan on using it for group programs.
Good luck, and welcome!
Karin is right! ACE just replaced the old Life Style and Weight Management Coach with the Health Coach certification. I am actually waiting on my materials which should come any day. I hope to be certified in a couple of months. If you go to ACE's site it is pretty user-friendly and might help answer some of your questions :)
Good luck and enjoy!
Thanks everyone for your input :)
I too am a stay at home mom to 3 little ones and am a personal trainer part time. I work out of my home and go to clients houses bringing all equipment with me. I also work with small groups. I was recently certified through ACE as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, now the Health Coach certification. It has really been a great partnership to how I was already helping my clients and helped me to bolster my knowledge base and expand my services. I now feel like I can more broadly help my clients with their weight loss and nutritional struggles. As you already know, losing weight is about so much more than exercise. The ACE Health Coach certification helped to give me the tools I needed to help my clients with this issue. I work specifically with pre/post natal clients and women.
Good luck to you!
I looked at your profile and it states you train people in their homes, that is the direction I would like to go in. I was wondering if maybe I can ask you a few questions as I don't have any mentors in this field and been seeking out some. If you are open to this idea please shoot me an email.
Also, we want to let you know about our newly launched ACE specialty certifications, which are a great way to become an expert in a niche market, including everything from weight management to orthopedic exercise. Obtaining a certification will earn you CECs as well, so it's a win-win for already certified pros! Feel free to check them out and let us know if you have any questions! http://www.acefitness.org/getcertified/specialty-certifications.aspx
My question/concern is that I aim to start in the corporate wellness (i.e. not independent health coach), can anyone advise if this is attainable with the ACE Health Coach Certification?
As to which is better, that is a difficult question to answer. There are pros and cons to all such courses offered by the various organizations. ACE, NASM, ACSM are all very well recognized. But it really depends on what the fitness professional puts into their studies and how much experience they have with the subject that makes the most diffference. I teach instructor courses and CECs. I tell my students that having the cert on their resume is good, but having proof of experience is great. So I recommend that they acquire the experience by being pro-active. Doing things like volunteering at Elder Care locations, after school programs, school athletic programs, athletic clubs (like running groups), etc. will go a long way to giving them the edge when it comes to getting hired or setting up their own business.