I am a NASM certified PT and I want to get a specialization for CEUs and to improve my marketability. I want to be able to help the people around me, in addition to my clients, lose weight and pick up healthy lifestyle habits, and I can’t decide whether the weight management specialization or the behaviour change is more practical and useful when applying what I learn to my clients/close friends. Also, would I be able to give comprehensive programs that they can follow (and some advice in a non-gym setting, like one-to-one consultations in an office setting), or will I only be giving general guidelines to my clients at the gym/studio?
In my experience as a health coach, there are so many things affecting a clients ability to lose weight. A lack of knowledge is usually not one of them. If you have a solid understanding of nutrition and exercise, being a NASM PT I am sure you do, I would aim for the behavior change program. I agree with Karin statement “most people struggle more with the implementation of change”. I moved from working as a personal trainer to coaching several years ago and have found it to be an empowering experience for my clients and myself.
Best of luck to you!