I am a veterinarian and spin instructor. In my “previously life” through school I instructed everything from aqua aerobics to step aerobics. I am maxing out in my educational budget so want to prioritize my next phase in life. I am very interested in nutrition and have a fair amount of base knowledge but would like to help others. I have been investigating the Wellcoaches program as well as the IIN program. Any thoughts on how well these certifications may be accepted in the larger medical and fitness community?
Hi Lisa. In my opinion, having the certification as a ‘Wellness Coach’ will help lend credibility to your wellness practice when marketing to medical professionals and others. That being said, in truth, much of what I do (we do) as a certified fitness professional on a daily basis is ‘wellness-based’ and incorporates many of the aspects of wellness coaching. In fitness and personal training the movement is towards a more holistic approach to training (at least that’s my take on things) and as a result, the typical work and advice that we as trainers are now expected to provide transcends merely teaching someone how to lift a weight or develop a good sweat!
I truly see much of my practice as that of a wellness coach or wellness consultant. I often opine on my client’s lifestyle beyond mere exercise.
I hope that this helps.