Can Personal Trainers give Nutrition Advice?

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The answer is yes and no. Personal trainers are able to give diet and nutrition advice to clients. But, let’s break down what type of trainers are out there.

Personal trainers all come from different backgrounds and are to complete a rigorous personal training course that specializes in different areas of training. This is what makes them certified as a personal trainer. There are Sports and Athletic Trainers, Bodybuilders, Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance trainers, and trainers for Physical Recovery and Rehabilitation.

In order to become a personal trainer, they must complete a certification course that instructs them the proper movements to particular exercises, techniques to fitness matters, and program design per the client’s goal. Personal training certification programs offer basic nutrition studies that cover just a fraction of the overall program. The 5 most leading and common certification programs that do so are NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise), ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association), NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine).

If Nutrition makes up 80% of one’s fitness journey, why is it unspoken of during personal training sessions? Nutrition is the most vital part of any workout program and should be talked about frequently. The truth is personal trainers are experts in creating workouts, instructing appropriate exercises, and monitoring and improving performances. Although they are legally allowed to provide factual nutritional evidence (not advice), their educational background doesn’t allow them to insure specialized nutrition knowledge to complete their client’s fitness journey.

In order to successfully accomplish your fitness goals, if your nutrition isn’t dialed in, then it’ll get in the way of seeing the fitness results that you want. Having a nutritionist who is certified and who has completed coursework in nutrition is best suited to fit your nutritional needs.

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