I am new to the industry and have recently discovered my love and passion for fitness and nutrition over the last couple of years. I have a bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, and I currently work in retail.. but now I want to head in the direction of fitness, nutrition, and wellness. After researching, there seems to be so many options for certifications, I don’t know where to begin! What is the most accredited online certification program for nutrition and wellness? So far I have looked at ACE, NASM, AFPA, and Institute for Integrative Nutrition (which cost a lot more than the others and takes more time, but may be worth it?) I would love all the advice I can get!
Congratulation on your decision.
It depends on the type of clients you are looking to train. For example, Personal Training, coaching sports/athletes, teaching fitness classes, fitness for seniors, aquatics, wellness and life coaching are some of the different options you have when deciding which certification to get. Each one offers different information and possibilities. There are many great organizations out there which offer certifications so you have to decide which way to go. Price can be a factor when chosing a certification, but cutting corners just to get the cheapest one out there might not be the smartest or best way to proceed.
Do you have in mind what you would like to do or type of clients you would like to train? Our industry it’s a great place to be in and has opportunities for everyone. ACE, NSCA, ACSM are few that come to my mind which you can search for more information. There are many more out there for you to check and research to find out which one will fit you best.
I’m sure you will get some great answers here and I hope it will help you with your search.