2 Specializations Every Personal Trainer Should Have
There are many courses for expanding your skills. Find out which two you really need!
The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is a global leader in the personal training industry. For 30+ years, they’ve provided online fitness education to over 400,000 students in 174 countries. In addition to their Personal Training Certification, ISSA offers 24 comprehensive fitness specializations, including Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Therapy, and Group Exercise.
Whether you’re a veteran personal trainer or just starting your training career, you’ve been here:
You finally did it! You enrolled in a personal training course, studied and PASSED!
Now, you’re excited (and nervous) to start training clients. BUT, you’re ready. It’s time to take what you learned and start doing what you set out to do—make a difference in the health and fitness of your clients.
But, then it happens…
You start to get questions you’re not quite ready for:
“What’s the best diet to follow?”
“Why do my knees hurt?”
“How should I modify my workout?”
You realize there’s so much more to know!
Take a deep breath and remind yourself—ALL experts start as beginners!
Lifelong learning is essential, regardless of your career field, but how do you know which skills and knowledge to prioritize?
With over 30 years of experience with personal trainers and fitness education, ISSA has the perfect education solution for every phase of your training career! Start with these two courses that are crucial to every trainer’s success:
1. Nutrition Specialization
There are many nutrition myths, but there’s one thing we know for sure: you can’t “out-train an unhealthy diet.” You can plan the perfect workout routine, but it won’t be effective without the proper nutrients, caloric intake and balance.
Unfortunately, the foods your clients eat and the behaviors associated with those foods are often roadblocks to success and the most difficult to change.
It’s not as simple as encouraging clients to consume fewer calories, limit sugar, drink more water and eat WHOLE foods.
A Certified Personal Trainer should also understand:
- what you can and can’t do regarding client nutrition;
- the psychology behind behavior change;
- how to assess eating patterns—what your clients eat and WHY they eat it;
- how to read and understand food labels; and
Regardless of the clientele you work with, you’ll receive questions and concerns about foods, water and supplementation. So, as a fitness professional, having solid foundational knowledge in nutrition is critical for guiding clients.
If you don’t have your Nutrition Specialization, become an ISSA Nutritionist. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to support your clients’ nutrition, behavior modification and long-lasting lifestyle change!
2. Corrective Exercise Specialization
Some trainers shy away from this credential because they assume corrective exercise is specific to clients with injuries or physical therapy.
But it’s not.
As a personal trainer, your training should be both proactive and reactive:
- You identify movement patterns that could lead to problems down the road.
- Proper human movement and form are always a priority.
- You observe an existing issue and can design a program to improve it.
- Improving mobility is a priority (you want your clients to feel good and move well).
The truth is, every client has overactive (tight) muscles, underactive (weak) muscles, poor posture or something similar that alters their movement patterns.
If your client isn’t moving correctly and you start increasing the weight, speed of movement or complexity of the movement, you’re putting their body at risk for injury.
Identifying altered movement patterns, building a proper program to address them and understanding when the pain or movement dysfunction is outside your scope of practice is vital to keeping your clients healthy, moving well and on pace for their goals!
Make ISSA’s Corrective Exercise Specialist Course the next step in your professional development so you can predict and correct injuries before they occur. You’ll reduce pain, improve posture and mobility, AND help clients reach their goals by avoiding potential setbacks!
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