I teach at a Wellness Center that has a nutritionist (RD) on staff. She is involved in weight-loss programs and also available for individual counseling. Both programs are for an extra charge, the individual counseling obviously more expensive. The programs are not overrun but the wellness center (affiliated with a hospital) has to have such offers as part of their overall programming.
Although a large number of gyms which I have visited in the past few years didn’t offer any such programs, I believe that this is changing. Fitness facilities starting to either have a Registered dietitian or nutritionist among their stuff or they contract with one. The problem is that when gyms and other facilities are looking to hire trainers, they expect from them to have a great amount of knowledge about nutrition as well as training. I agree that a trainer does need to have a good understanding of nutrition, but there is a fine line between that and recommending diets and meal plans. As we know, unless the trainer has a certification or a degree in nutrition, giving out diets is not recommended. I’m glad that fitness facilities owners today begin to realize that having a RD on stuff is the best option to this issue.
I own a gym, and we don’t have a registered nutritionist, but we are Advocare distributers. A general summery of Advocare is this-Advocare is a health, nutrition supplement company. When a client comes in to the gym along with their training we also start them on these products to help with their nutrition. All of our clients are encouraged to start with a 24=Day challenge (supplement program designed to help realign the body) After the 24 days clients have seen great progress and they continue on more specialized products for their indaviual goals.
Here is the website if you want to check out all that Advocare has to offer.