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Wellness Coaching Certifications: A New Career Frontier for Personal Trainers in Health Care

Pettitt, Cherie EdD, HFS, CSCS, PAPHS, CWC

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 5 - p 63–67
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182977713
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ABSTRACT BECOMING A CERTIFIED WELLNESS COACH OFFERS AN EXCITING NEW WAY FOR PERSONAL TRAINERS TO EXPAND THEIR SCOPE OF SERVICES, ESPECIALLY IN HEALTH CARE. A CERTIFIED WELLNESS COACH REQUIRES GAINING ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THAT MAY BE LIMITED IN EXERCISE SCIENCE AND PERSONAL TRAINING CURRICULA. THIS ARTICLE SUMMARIZES WHAT A WELLNESS COACH IS, HOW WELLNESS COACHING IS DIFFERENT FROM PERSONAL TRAINING, AND CURRICULA-RELATED ISSUES. MOREOVER, THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES AVAILABLE WELLNESS COACHING CERTIFICATIONS AND HOW THESE CERTIFICATIONS ENHANCE THE NATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION’S CERTIFIED SPECIAL POPULATION SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION AS THESE PROFESSIONALS PARTNER WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN THE CONTEXT OF HEALTH CARE REFORM.

Department of Human Performance, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Cherie Pettitt is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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