Nutrition & Body Image Coaching Skills for Personal Trainers
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 look to us for validation about their dedication to their program, 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 our industry glorifies, or at the very least, normalizes disordered eating and exercise behaviors and promotes and exacerbates body shame and dissatisfaction.
But... on the other hand, we know that nutrition and exercise science can be used to support our client's (and our own!) physical and emotional wellbeing, which is why we got into this profession in the first place, right? We want to help. We want to offer support and guidance. And we want our clients to be healthy. But, what most health professionals don't know (despite strong evidence to support this claim) is that most diet and exercise programs done in the name of "weight loss" do more harm than good. So why on earth would we waste our time promoting health-harming practices?
Unfortunately, as personal trainers, we don’t receive any training when it comes to nutrition and body image coaching. We learn about anatomy and physiology, how to do a perfect squat, and how to keep our clients safe with exercise. But if your career path has been anything like mine, you quickly learn that you can't compartmentalize wellbeing. While it's important to honor our scope of practice, and refer out when necessary, having some basic nutrition and body image coaching skills to help supplement the amazing work we already do as trainers can not only make our clients healthier and happier in the long run, it can establish us as a responsible, ethical, and knowledgeable professional who truly has our client's best interest at heart. If that doesn't help grow your business, I don't know what will!
This is why I've created the Nutrition & Body Image Coaching Skills Course for Personal Trainers: How to Help Without Harming. This course is designed to provide personal trainers with basic skills in nutrition & body image coaching and empower them to provide balanced, sound recommendations, while also assessing for those who are at risk for, or actively struggling with an eating disorder. After completing this course, trainers will be able to confidently make basic nutrition recommendations, understand and execute appropriate weight neutral and body positive language to use with clientele, be able to identify at-risk clients, and develop a script for referral to an eating disorder specialist if needed.
MS, CEDRD-S, LDN, cPT
"If you work in the fitness industry in any capacity, take Jessi's course. Her grounded teaching style, highly organized course content, and depth of knowledge will leave you a more skilled and responsible fitness professional. With eating disorder diagnoses on the rise, you'll feel grateful to have these tools in your toolbox."
"Jessi is creating a space for fitness professionals to talk about important issues. The body shaming that happens in the fitness industry has to end. It's so important for us to move our bodies and love our bodies and in order to do that, we've got to let go of the shame and fear surrounding a gym or group exercise space. It's our job to lead the way. Thank you, Jessi for providing this education we all need."
owner of Get Fit 615
Personal Trainer & Integrative Wellness Coach
"I learned so much from Jessi during this course. I was excited to learn more about the Health at Every Size model so that I could help my clients take a new approach to body health & body image. Jessi provided detailed information, statistics and great studies to read and verify the data. I would recommend this course to any trainer!"
"This was one of the best decisions I've made for my personal training career. I learned so much about how to frame my recommendations (and my whole business) in a way that's going to hopefully benefit a lot of people with achieving their goals in a healthy way! We had the opportunity to discuss our own backgrounds, Health at Every Size, body image, and eating disorder screening. I would definitely recommend others to take this course!"
CSEP-CPT, PFS, Core Spec.
"This program helped me strengthen my approach to fitness. It's been so great to network and learn from other like minded professionals. In a weight biased society it's easy to feel discouraged. This course has given me new tools to be a successful and confident influencer to my clients."
Self-Study Materials via a Private Member Site
- Weekly pre-recorded workshops
- Research articles
- Downloadable worksheets
- Downloadable client resources
- Private community forum
Weekly Live Virtual Meet-ups via Zoom
- Engage in live discussion
- Present client cases
- Ask questions
- Share best practices