How To Integrate Health Coaching With Personal Training
Millions of people are unhealthy, obese, diabetic, hypertensive, lethargic and unmotivated. They didn’t plan to be this way or want to be this way, they just don’t know what to do. They’ll go through life jumping from one fad diet to another, with no results, leaving them frustrated and discouraged.
What they really want is lasting change and a healthy lifestyle. Employers want healthy employees, healthcare professionals want healthy patients, and as a fitness professional, you want clients who succeed in making lasting positive changes.
As a personal trainer, you help clients reach their fitness goals through proper training. As a health (or wellness) coach, you’ll help those unhealthy people progress from wanting to change to actually getting it done. As a health coach and personal trainer, you’ll learn to help clients make behavioral changes, make positive nutritional changes and increase physical activity to become leaner and healthier. Using this “holistic” approach you will empower clients to achieve long-term health and fitness.
The role of a personal trainer. Personal trainers use their knowledge, skills, and abilities as trainers to design and execute safe and effective fitness programs. They safely instruct and assist clients in reaching personal health and fitness goals through physical training. They motivate clients, set goals and provide feedback and accountability to their clients.
The role of a Health Coach. A health coach is not a counselor or a dietitian but provides knowledge and support to modify behavior to make positive diet, nutrition, and health changes.
Why Not Integrate Health Coaching With Personal Training? Why not take your training, knowledge, and skills to the next level and become a health coach as well? Your background in exercise and experience working with clients makes you a natural fit to become a health coach. Those millions of unhealthy and overweight people need fitness and health coaches to help with positive behavior changes.
Integrating health coaching with your personal training will provide you new opportunities. As you (and the clients you serve) age, health coaching is a natural progression for trainers 40 and older. You’ll benefit from less physical strain while still promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle and most of your clients as a health coach will be over 40.
Integrating health coaching with your personal training will create additional revenue streams. You may choose to become a health coach in a corporate wellness environment, in a clinical setting, a community setting or a spa or health club. Or you can continue (or go into) your own private practice.
Your Personal Training Career
Check out what it takes to start a career in personal fitness training. This is your most affordable and fastest way to become a highly qualified personal trainer.
There is always something exciting about earning a new training or coaching certification and applying that new knowledge of how you train your clients. This also helps you hit the reset button.
NESTA coaching programs are open to anyone with a desire to learn and help others. There are no prerequisites.
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