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?
As long as you stay in your scope of practice, you can use your current certs to represent you. It is not outside your scope to advise clients on living a healthy lifestyle. You shouldn’t give them exact menus or diagnose any symptoms, but you can inform them on many subjects. A certification is an easy way to prove that you have a skill set. And I don’t understand how anyone gets to the end of their education, budget or no budget. All of that is part of what being a fitness professional is all about for me. It doesn’t have to be for everyone though.