I am a success story for Paleo nutrition as far as weight loss is concerned, recently I have been helping a friend lose weight by teaching them about proper eating habbits and why, and assisting with getting them more active. Its been a few months and they have made great gains. This past weekend my friend said that I should look into doing this on the side as a way to make supplemental income while also helping people.
I know a lot of people that dont have the self discipline to stick to meal plans, go to the gym alone or stick to a plan, I honestly believe I can help these people and I want to.
I know I cant legally just put an ad in the paper or in the lobby of my building etc offering my services to help. So what I want to know is what do I need to have in order to start this up on the side? Do you need nutrition certs or personal trainer certs? I dont plan on putting on a routine like regular trainers as the people I would be helping would be people with obvious weight issues who need more attentive care and nutrition advice, but if im advocating these people eat contrary to the governments recommendation and im taking them out to get active what do I do to ensure myself and my client would be safe?
Any information would be great, im based in Canada so if anyone knows specifics for Canada thats even better.
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this might give you some food for thought:
How about a "Paleo Life Coach"? I don't see why you can't meet "clients" for a couple of hours and have them "tip" you. I would much rather go to, and pay, a Life Coach who has successfully proven themselves and their "program", rather than some skinny chick with muscles, who tells me to eat whole grains because she is a real dietician.
Real quick (kinda):
You actually don't need ANY kind of certification to become a personal trainer... but it's a good idea both from a personal development standpoint and a liability standpoint. The standard accredited certs most people get are ACSM, NASM, & NSCA (in the USA). Each one has a slightly different approach so do some research. There's also a myriad of specialty certs out there, some of which might be worth checking out, but most are a waste of money.
You will absolutely need to get liability insurance no matter what. You may also want to consider forming some kind of corporate entity to give you some shell protection. LLCs are pretty easy to set up and will accomplish this. A lawyer will be able to tell you a lot more than me - if you're serious about this you should consult one.
As for the nutrition side of things, you can say you are a "nutritionist" without and kind of certification, but to become a "dietician" you need to get trained and certified. Most of what they teach you during this process would not gel with the paleo diet approach. Again, the more credentials you have the less vulnerable you are to liability concerns.
Ultimately, experience is your best teacher. I'd advise that you stick to "amateur" status for a while longer, help out a few more friends, and see if you really like it. You'll learn a ton by teaching... more than any kind of cert will ever teach you. If you decide to go for it, make sure you're protected legally... might as well do it right. Seek good council.
And best of luck to you!
you could do some night school classes like this https://www.senecac.on.ca/ce/programs/fitness_leadership.html or http://calendardb.humber.ca/LIS/WebCalendar/CE/ProgramOffering.do?name=01663
or you could call yourself a personal health coach like the sales people at Jenny Craig/Herbal Magic do. reveiw this job post http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/detail-eng.aspx?OrderNum=5830529&Source=JobPosting&ProvId=06&CommGrouping=GON015&Category=6*&OfferpPage=50&Student=No and see the educational requirements.
i think insurance would be the biggest issue for you to get right.
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