Hi. The majority (99%) of my clients are females. I am looking to get some kind of women’s fitness certification so that I can gear my teaching and recommendations towards female needs and situations. Is there a Women’s Fitness Certification out there? By any chance accredited? Or what courses do you recommend to help me learn more about programming for women? Thanks!
I took a look at your profile, and it looks like you have a wide ranging experience in a lot of sports and fitness activities. Given that women are as varied in their interests and activities as is the general population that is probably really helpful, especially if you are working with that subset of women who have a higher level of fitness, and an interest in athletics.
To focus on women’s issues more broadly you might want to get a certification in pre and post natal exercise, as that would allow you to continue to work with clients you already have as they enter this group, and would expand opportunities ….
You might also want to look for some training in things like fit for life and silver sneakers, or other programs related to the needs of the aging woman.
I would also like to recommend that you consider taking a few classes in the mind/body arena. For a lot of women this is paramount in their relationship with their bodies (an often fraught relationship). There is a great movie called “Yogawoman” which looks at the history of women in yoga in the west. I really recommend watching it. Even if yoga itself doesn’t appeal to you at all, the movie really speaks to the predominance of women in leading the way in the world of mind/body modalities in the last couple of decades, and does a great job of exploring the varied needs of women at different times of their life.
You can find it online, but don’t look for ‘yoga woman’ two words (that is a you tube thing and is not the same thing)… look for ‘yogawoman’ one word… the movie.