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!
It is great that you’d like to specialize in women’s fitness.
Like you, the majority of my clients are female–and range in ages from their 30s-60s (many of them have goals of weightloss). I’ve found from training many female clients over the years that the following has been very helpful for me to study and understand:
–Understanding female hormones and metabolism at various stages of life with regard to training, weight loss (if applicable), and lifestyle
–The role of insulin
–The role of cortisol
–The role of stress on the body
–Changing digestion and nutritional needs
–Strength training and it’s role for women (with regard to osteoporosis, metabolism, creating confidence and a sense of empowerment)
–Mind/body connection as it impacts the hormones
–Pre/Post natal issues
Those are the major ones I can think of for good study. While I do not have a specialized certification in women’s fitness, I’ve always found that my general ACE personal training and health coaching certifications serve me very well –and then I like to fill in the gaps with specialized women’s information with my continuing education.
IDEA also has a host of wonderful articles and continuing education credits….
Best wishes to you.