Hi am a bit confused on the whole coaching thing. I would like to expand my knowledge but having a hard time deciding which route to go. I am a stay at home mom with a personal training cert. and working on aquiring all the head knowledge before i go out into the field. I would like to access people as whole, fitness, mindset, lifestyle, etc. I see there are wellness coaches, life coaches, and now I see ACE has a health coach certificate. I was also considering the ACE lifestyle and weight management coach. Any thoughts out there on which gives you the most info and freedom to work with peolple on all aspects of health.
I have had the LWMC certification, which is now being changed to Health Coach, for 3 years. I’m not sure I’m thrilled about the change; it sounds a bit too general and doesn’t make my focus on weight management as clear. But I use it in conjunction with my Personal Trainer certification rather than on its own–I think that’s most common. As Julie said above, ACE is very helpful and they make clear what the different certifications are all about.
Good luck and enjoy!
The one thing that I like about Ace’s LWMC (now called Health Coach) is that they really focus on the psychology of weight management as well. Why do clients overeat? Why would clients rather chose a night on the couch as opposed to working hard towards there goals in the gym? What leads to clients to regress back into their old habits thus leading back to weight gain? All these questions and more are answered with varies tips in overcoming obstacles and avoid setbacks with the client, providing ways to insure a client can self manage and regulate their workouts on days they don’t work with you ( clients taking ownership in their program) and coaching them on making sound decisions when it comes to their nutrition. Psychology has a big play in things as a personal trainer. More than I had anticipated when I first started.
Thanks Matt for the thorough answer on the health coach, that sounds interesting to me as I love the idea of the psychology aspect of training and coaching. I was considering the Institute of Intergrative Nutrition, to further educate myself, but being a stay at home mom right now it is a lot of money for me to spend. So I think I will go for ACE’s health coach, it sounds like a good way to diversify myself in this field.
Thanks everyone for your input 🙂
I too am a stay at home mom to 3 little ones and am a personal trainer part time. I work out of my home and go to clients houses bringing all equipment with me. I also work with small groups. I was recently certified through ACE as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, now the Health Coach certification. It has really been a great partnership to how I was already helping my clients and helped me to bolster my knowledge base and expand my services. I now feel like I can more broadly help my clients with their weight loss and nutritional struggles. As you already know, losing weight is about so much more than exercise. The ACE Health Coach certification helped to give me the tools I needed to help my clients with this issue. I work specifically with pre/post natal clients and women.
Good luck to you!
I looked at your profile and it states you train people in their homes, that is the direction I would like to go in. I was wondering if maybe I can ask you a few questions as I don’t have any mentors in this field and been seeking out some. If you are open to this idea please shoot me an email.