Where does IDEA stand in regard to Health Coach certifications, it seems to be a hot career path and much needed right now
I am a certified personal trainer and some years ago i qualified as a certified health coach. there seems to be a great need for health coaches. it has really balanced my business and my life and helped me support and train clients in a more holistic way or mind/body equation. I do not notice a shift on the IDEAfit in this direction. maybe i am missing where to find it. I see wellness coaches and lifestyle coaches but not health coaches. anyone got any input on this or insights.
Thanks so much for your question. IDEA agrees wholeheartedly. In fact, an article about this career path will very likely appear mid-year in IDEA Fitness Journal. Are there any specific areas of coverage within Health Coaching that would be helpful to you?
IDEA Health & Fitness Association
There is a famous quote "Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." It seems to me a person can have a deep knowledge of a specific area (I do not consider myself an expert on yoga, but I do have decades of study, reading, and practice, and consider myself to be reasonably knowledgable in this area), or (maybe sometimes and) one could have a good deal of knowledge of a wide variety of areas, and become the conduit.
One problem with 'certifications' now, is that they are such big business that there are so many offered in so many small areas, by so many people and places it can make it hard to develop industry standards for new areas. I think that is a place where an organization like IDEA is helpful, so I am glad to hear that they are taking on this issue.
It looks like you work currently in the Caribbean. Is your clientele composed more of regulars, or of vacationers, and if the latter, do you find that affects how you work with them? I know St. Lucia has a very strong tourist economy, and would imagine that people who are traveling there would be very interested in wellness and health, bu would be very interested in your perspective.
I have seen the health coaching business grow from infancy to what it is today, a big business consideration. When I started health coaching teleclasses in 2006, as an adjunct to the International Coach Federation, no one showed up for the sessions. Today it is a strong group. Today health promotions companies can hire a professional health coach from $70,000 a year.
Bottom line is many people do better with support, and studies are the evidence.
I can assimilate my training into my health coaching and visa versa. It seems that the inquiries I am getting are for lifestyle changes rather than personal training.
I am really glad I studied, took and passed the test, it wasn't' easy for me, but well worth it.