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How to Screen and When to Refer: A Guide to Eating Disorders for Certified Personal Trainers

How to Screen and When to Refer: A Guide to Eating Disorders for Certified Personal Trainers

As a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer working with clients/patients with eating disorders, I’m extremely passionate about providing personal trainers with the tools they need to to screen clients for potential eating disorders, disordered eating behaviors, and exercise addiction, and also giving them the confidence to refer to complementary professionals like dietitians and therapists when needed. Today, I’m excited to share a conversation between Matt Stranberg, a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning coach and myself about how to screen for an eating disorder and what to do if you suspect your client is struggling. Matt is the nutritionist and exercise science advisor for the GOALS program and Walden Behavioral Care, an eating disorder center here Massachusetts.

Eating Disorders 101: A Guide for Personal Trainers and Group Exercise Instructors

Eating Disorders 101: A Guide for Personal Trainers and Group Exercise Instructors

As personal trainers we’re taught to educate, motivate, and inspire our clients. We frame our services as the “ultimate accountability tool”. We attract clients who want to change their body and change their life. We are taught to cheerlead them through every pound and inch lost, and help them stay consistent with their workouts so they can “get results fast”. Our clients brag about how often they work out, how many calories they burned in a session, and how “good” they were on their diet. We high five them, and of course share every before and after picture on Instagram. We get so caught up in the #fitspo (fitness inspiration) of it all, that we don’t realize how much the fitness industry glorifies, or at the very least, normalizes disordered eating and exercise behaviors. The question remains, are we really helping our clients, or are we actually encouraging them to develop an eating disorder?

5 Moves in 5 Minutes

Tackle this total body workout in just 5 minutes! No equipment required.

If you have more time (I bet you do), try it 2-3x through with a 3-minute break between rounds. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!


Feeling Stuck? Break Through Creative Blocks with This 15-Minute Workout

Ever feel like there is a giant roadblock in the way of your creativity? I'm not necessarily talking about "traditional" creativity (like painting or sculpting). Maybe it's simply writing a difficult email, or completing a project at work. We can all get a little stuck sometimes, which is why I created today's workout.

The workout focuses on activating the second chakra, located right above the pubic bone. This is where your creativity is stored. Now, if you're not "into that stuff" no worries. This is also where your core muscles live, muscles that typically go to sleep throughout the day as we sit, slump, and slouch at a desk, driving in the car, or lounging on the couch. No matter what school of thought you believe, there is some stagnant energy floating around in that region, and this workout is exactly what you need to flush it out and tone up the core muscles in the process. Give it a try!


As always, leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it. 


10-Minute Gliding Disc Workout

One of my favorite pieces of workout equipment, actually isn't a piece of equipment at all! It's a simple solution to moving furniture around a carpeted room - a gliding disc. 

Yes, there are people making a lot of money selling a very similar product as a piece of gym equipment, but I prefer to use these because they really make it easy to slide into a full range of motion. 

Today's video is a 10-minute total body workout just using this disc. If you don't have one at home, don't fret. You can use a thick paper or plastic plate on a carpeted surface or a towel or washcloth on a hardwood floor. But if you'd like to buy the four-pack of sliding/gliding discs, grab them here. 


Love this workout? Let me know what other 10-minute workouts you'd like to see in the comments below!