What qualifications are required to give fitness advice online?
I am a seven-year fitness enthusiast considering beginning a workout-advice website with a friend. Are professional fitness qualifications required to create such a website? Are there legal ramifications to giving workout advice online without proper qualifications?
I hate to say this but considering how much 'stuff' there is on the internet from people without any qualifications, go right ahead and add another website. Caveat emptor.
Sorry for being so facetious; I assume that you mean well and feel that you have acquired a great deal of knowledge that you want to share. The picture might change the moment you start charging for your advice. Then you would need at least some form of business set up for tax purposes and liability insurance. The liability insurance through IDEA will ask which certification you hold.
But since you already have a good base of knowledge why not go ahead and get a certification? This will add a great deal of credibility to your advice. One of the greatest leaps of paradigm shift is when somebody asks help who is in a completely different place from yours. You only need to look at many questions that are posted here. Often enough, the answers start with 'it depends' because online advice is such a tricky business even if you have qualifications enough.
I hope that this helps.
As Karin mentioned, even in this forum there are so many answers that begin with "it depends" and there is a good reason for that. Unless you have enough facts about a client or a case, it's very difficult to be absolute in your answer. And when someone with not much experience or education is trying to give an advice, you can imagine how skeptical I am.
I personally would want to have the highest credentials and certifications available to me so that I can intelligently know how to give such advice.
I think in any industry there would be ramifications to giving out advice without proper credentials, however, this is an unregulated industry so I guess you can do whatever you want as long as you bear the burden.
It does feel a bit ironic to have that question answered here, online, in an 'answer' forum.