Some personal trainers think that trainers should give nutritional programs to clients even if they are not licensed. What is you opinion on licensed dieticians (who have not personal training certifications) giving people personal training programs?
there will always be people who bend the rules because they feel they know it all. And maybe some do; who knows?
I believe people should stick with their scope of practice whatever that happens to be. If they did otherwise, they would lose my professional respect (even though I cannot imagine that they care).
I would like to see what others think!
Good question... Just as it is not within a personal trainer's scope of practice to give out meal plans--I don't believe it would be within a Registered Dietician's scope of practice to give out specific exercise programs.
Certainly the worlds of exercise and nutrition blend, and sometimes both need to be addressed at the same time. I know of trainers who give out specific meal plans and I do not agree.
I certainly wouldn't want to give out a meal plan for a Diabetic or someone with Celiac disease without the education and credentials to back it up. Just as a meal program is not one size fits all--neither is an individual's exercise needs.
We should be careful as professionals to practice within the limitations of our credentials.
Just my 2 cents!
I mean, to me the question seems a little like a straw man.... I cannot imagine many people answering it other than 'it should work both ways'
The problem is that, like many things, this is not a question of absolutely defined scope. A nutritionist is able in general terms to suggest their clients get exercise, as they are as aware of how important both areas are as are exercise professionals. Similarly an exercise professional is able to speak in general terms of the importance of a healthy diet, and even, I would say to give very basic guidelines as to what in general that might entail. But the more specific the advice whether on exercise or on diet (or on wellness.... I would never take on the job of a Phd. psychologist, for example) the more one moves into territory where expertise is needed. And I think people have a tendency, generally, to push boundaries.
Clients who trust a trainer will tend to trust them when they start talking about diet so it becomes the trainer's job to keep themselves inside those boundaries.
This is why it is so good to develop professional networks: instead of charging to give dietary advice the trainer can refer to a nutritionist. Instead of offering advice on how to exercise the nutritionist can refer to a trainer.... and both benefit.
Good thought provoking question - I've been waiting to pop off about this. Personally, I do offer my clients a lot of dietary advice. Will I give meal recommendations? - of course I will. And I do not consider it "out of my scope of practice" - as long as they are healthy people with no health concerns. With my educational background, I'm perfectly comfortable with that. In my state (PA) it's not illegal to do that (check out your state) (www.nutritionadvocacy.org/laws-state#80) and my certifying organization (NSCA) is extremely vague regarding dispensing dietary advice.
But if someone has health issues which require special dietary considerations (pregnant, diabetic, etc.) I wouldn't think twice about giving dietary recommendations - I would simply recommend that they talk to their physician & let him/her refer them to an RD - which their insurance will pay for.
But when someone tells me that their meals consist of frozen dinners & fast food, I don't think it takes a brain surgeon (or a Registered Dietician!) to recommend that they trade that crap in for some lean cuts of meat (turkey, chicken, etc.) or fish & vegetables. If that's out of my "scope of practice" as a fitness trainer, then I have problems. The average person is not consulting Registered Dieticians (for 100's of dollars per session) to discuss how to eat better. It's mostly people with health issues who consult Dieticians & their insurance pays for it. As far as a Dietician giving exercise recommendations, I'm fine with that - as long as they're qualified and comfortable doing it - and as long as it's not illegal!
Look them all over and find one or two you feel comfortable with. Call them on the phone and offer to take them to lunch to discuss networking. Bring your business cards etc to the meeting. They have clients who need to exercise and we have clients with advanced nutrition needs that they know best about.
They can send you clients and you can send them clients. Your clients will think you are bigger than you really are because you "work with a dietitian" and so this helps bolster their confidence in you.
Since we outnumber RDs by about a million to 1, Id bet most would love to network with a fitness professional.
Joe Cannon MS CSCS