I have degree in exercise science and would like to be a wellness coach in the future. Consequently, I feel like I may be “jumping the gun” by becoming an LWMC before obtaining a more general certification. I wonder: will I be able to simply train clients with this cert? Furthermore, should I accrue an appreciable amount of time as a personal trainer before specializing ( I have some training experience, though never professionally)? Would it be better to get a CSCS or an ACSM HFS first? Thank you for any wisdom on this matter!
This all depends on your goals
If you only want to be a Wellness Coach then go for the LWMC and begin coaching once you have finished the program
If you then decide you want to include personal training, which is a great combination, then proceed with the next certification.
As to which certification, this is your choice, ACSM is the gold standard and very scientific, ACE is also very good and is extremely accessible to all fitness needs.
ALso, have you checked out Wellcoaches.com?
Hi Jonathan. I hope that by now you have ‘discovered’ your fitness calling! In my opinion, if you feel that the primary focus of your practice will be in training, then it would make sense to obtain a certification in a discipline that focuses in that area. As you probably already know, there is much overlap in most areas of health and wellness – thus more of a movement in our industry towards a holistic approach to wellness. In my opinion, it’s through a balanced combination of the didactic (classroom education) and the practical (hands-on) experiences that we can become a better fitness professional.
I wish you the best of luck in your practice!
That’s great you have an exercise science degree. What decision did you make?
I would go with personal training before LWMC; but, by now LWMC is renamed the Health Coach. The ACE site and staff are very helpful; they will be happy to help you decide.
Take care and have fun training.