What is more in demand personal trainer or health coach?
Originally I was wanting to become a personal trainer then I saw the ACE health coach certification and it got me thinking. Health coach seems like something I'd rather do but I haven't seen to much on it. Are health coach's just as in demand as personal trainers? Any input from you guys would be appreciated.
Darn good question - I'm trying to figure that one out myself. But I'm a real cynical guy & I personally think that the word "coach" is the just new marketing buzz word. It's funny how a lot of "certification" organizations quickly popped up to certify you as a particular type of "coach." Life coach, health coach, fashion coach - really? I guess "coach" just replaced the word "consultant" over the last few years. I would tell you to pursue one of the better training certifications out there (NSCA, ACSM, ACE, etc.) if you want to train people & help them get fit & healthy - if that's what you want to do. Then just call yourself what you want - fitness trainer, fitness coach - whatever gets you clients. Good luck Matthew!
I have both certifications. I rarely have requests for health coaching alone. I combine the health coaching with personal training, and it is rather seamless. You can't help but talk to your clients as you train them, and much of it is health coaching.
I have both the personal trainer and health coach certification from ACE. I started with my personal training cert, and then added the health coach cert. I use them together, and for me the health coach cert has been the missing link in a lot of ways.
As trainers, we spend a lot of time with clients developing programs and telling them what they should do on their own. The health coach cert helped me understand stages of behavior change and techniques to help them overcome any barriers to change (both with regard to an exercise program as well as coaching them in nutrition). I understand my clients even more now.
I recently participated in a webinar from ACE about health coaching and how to use this certification. There are many avenues to take. I believe the need for health coaches is growing and there are many ways to use this cert if you look for the opportunities.
Good luck--I think having both is very beneficial and will serve you well!
Gregory R. Taper
Earlier I gave you a rather flippant response to this question regarding "coach" certifications in general. I still believe that there are many frivolous certifications out there - I constantly get inundated with ads for them, as we all do. But when a credible organization such as ACE offers such a certification, that will definitely change my perspective. If you pursue that credential, I hope it works out well for you. I did check it out on their site & it looks like a great certification to get - my apologies to you & to the members of this forum for my ignorance - no excuse!
I use both certifications for all my clients; the two careers cross paths in various ways. Personally, I am pleased to have taken the personal trainer route first followed by health coach for many reasons.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
Now taking a course on being a health coach would be very wise for a personal trainer who does not understand how to be a "health coach".