are you asking about recommendations for a certification in nutrition? Many of the major PT certifying organizations have one, including ISSA, NASM and ACE. It really depends what you are looking to do. None of those certifications will allow you to do more than you do right now as a personal trainer. Unless you are looking for a degree, you will only know a lot more about nutrition, and for that it is worth pursuing.
Hello Connie Cramer,
Karin explains it well. We still need to stay in our scope of practice as a trainer; but, the nutrition specialty cert does provide us with more in depth detail to help explain things to clients.
A degree as a registered dietitian may be an option for you; four years of schooling, tests and internship.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
Many fitness instructors cross the line of scope of practice when it comes to nutrition and diet. We are not supposed to be making specific food choice recommendations. But as Natalie stated, knowledge is important when speaking to any subject with clients. I spend about 3 hours a month researching various diet/nutrition topics for my own use and to give clients advice on the current science of nutrition. But I never tell clients to eat a specific food. For many clients, I refer them to a registered dietician for such guidance. It depends on what the client needs and the client’s goals. Almost all of my weight loss goal clients go to a RD for menu planning.
The others have given you some insight to other certs and scope of practice as personal trainers, but have you ever considered a health coach or behavior modification cert? I’ve found this to be very helpful in helping clients to make healthy habits a part of their lives–both with nutrition and exercise together. Most people know they need to eat healthy, but many need the tools, education, and support to make actual changes in their lifestyles.
Just a thought… I know the nutrition piece can be tricky as personal trainers.
Best to you whatever you decide!
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