Back to school with Future Fit Training

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Learning new things is one of my passions.  Very rarely am I not enrolled in a course.  After university it was scuba diving.  Then I took chemistry classes part-time to apply for vet school.  I also did a nursing nutrition course when working at a hospital followed by a master degree in Zoo and Aquarium Management.  Since 2009 I have gained over a dozen health and fitness qualifications while maintaining my first aid certification.  I even did marketing and Instagram courses to learn how I can promote my business.

Over the last two years, my day job has been so full on that my in-person personal training and continued professional development want have had to take a back seat for a while.  My no-longer-new neighbourhood doesn't have the demand for personal trainers like my old one did.  My work over the last year was a bit unpredictable as to when I would leave at the end of the day, but now things have calmed down a bit.  Plus I don't have any specific marathons booked in (just working on my pace to get a BQ).

What am I going to do with all my free time? Never one to sit around and twiddle my thumbs, I have just signed up for Future Fit Training's Advanced Nutrition and Weight Management diploma (don't tell my husband) which is certified by the Association for Nutrition.  It is an online program that covers the following modules:
  • Behavior Change Coaching
  • Childhood Nutrition and Obesity Prevention
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Pre and Postnatal Nutrition
My aim is to finish in one year.  Hopefully my coursework with Institute for Integrative Nutrition will give me a solid foundation of knowledge.  I have started with Nutrition and Weight Management, the longest module, which will have me doing a six week case study after I complete the lectures.  The course starts every Monday, so you can join at any time of year and make it work around your schedule.

When I complete the course, I will:

  • Become a specialist qualified Nutrition Adviser
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of nutrition and weight management
  • Have knowledge and insight into the role psychology plays when trying to change a client's behaviour or habits
  • The skills and confidence to run your own weight management clinic, or offer individual consultations
  • An in-depth understanding of sports nutrition and the ability to provide appropriate nutrition advice to those with sport or exercise related goals
  • Specialised knowledge of how the principles of nutrition relate to women who are pregnant or breast-feeding

Also, with the new qualification, I will be able to take on more remote and digital coaching clients, as well as keep myself fit(ter).  Eating is the biggest thing that influences your body shape.  Sure, exercise is important, but it is much easier not to consume extra calories that to burn it off later.  I will be updating you about my studies over the next year so keep checking back to see how I am doing.  If you are interested in receiving nutritional advice, please fill out this form and I will get in touch.

Thanks to Future Fit Training for allowing me to enroll in their course.  All opinions and experiences are honest and my own.

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