I'm currently a certified trainer through ISSA. I would like to add a nutrition cert but i cant decide. The one ISSA offers looks great but so does precision nutrition. I know they are similar because both are by John Berardi but the precision cert seems more fine tuned. And precisions next certification doesn't happen until next march. Whereas, I can start ISSA now.
Go with a product that you know you can trust, such as a fitness company like NASM, ACE or even IDEA
have you looked at NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist? I took it a while back and liked what they provided in terms of textbook and online material. It goes into a LOT of detail.
Now you have three to choose from. Go with your gut and the one you like better; try not to worry about the time frame. What's a few months for what you believe is a better course?
Take care, Danny
I would not want a personal trainer who only had acquired a trainers certifitcation working with one of my family members who had some issue like diabetes or heart disease on the sole basis that they had been cleared for exercise. I would not work with a client unless I truly felt that I had enough information and knowledge to safely provide them with a program. I spend hours every week focused on improving my knowledge of the types of programs that I provide. If I acquire a specialty certification, I don't even begin to try and use that information until I have a solid understanding of it.
If a fitness instructor wants to provide nutrition counselling, then they owe it to their clients to become very knowledgeable about nutrition. Not just calories and food groups, but all of the things that go with it. I am not dietician, but I have come across things that were a little scary to know about potential problems with some foods and some medications. Like grapefruit and a few heart/blood pressure medications, where consumiing grapefruit while taking certain medications can greatly increase the side effects. Or consuming caffeine with some respirator medications.
My point is that it is possible to really harm someone with something as simple as telling them to consume a food or supplement that contains something that they are allergic to and it is in fine print that wasn't noticed, or they are taking medication that will either be made useless or will be made more potent, or a number of other scenarios. Sometimes fitness professionals aren't keeping in mind that there are very good reasons hospitals only use registered dieticians to be in charge of patient food and menus. But if you are going to assume that type of responsibility, you need to assume the effort and study time to be the real deal and not some weekend cert wanna be.
I actually have more knowledge about nutrition than most people, but I would never try to pose as someone who should be giving out nutritional advice. I got this knowledge from working with and referring all of my clients needing help with their nutrition to registered dieticans. Real professional nutrition experts, not home study test passers.