Today, thousands of Australians seek out the services of a personal trainer because they want to get fit, lose weight, get nutritional and dietary advice, and improve their overall well-being without the risk of injury. There’s just one problem – the average PT out there isn’t qualified to provide all of this.
That’s right, a PT is qualified to prescribe exercises only, and that’s why the demand for ESSA accredited coaches is greater than ever before.
At Sage Active, we have Exercise Physiologists and Exercise Scientists on hand qualified Dietitians to meet a wider range of needs for our clients. It gives our clients the peace of mind that tertiary qualified professionals, who have a greater understanding of their exercise needs and nutritional requirements, are always on hand to assist. This is what sets us apart from your average gym or personal training studio.
Exercise and nutrition – you just can’t have one without the other
The combined benefits of exercise and nutrition are widely documented and have repeatedly proven to help with superior levels of fitness and weight loss programs. Adequate nutrition is universally accepted as a part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, the correct nutritional plan can help individuals reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote overall health and well being. It’s also the secret to every athlete’s success in achieving the performance they desire on game day. Is it any wonder that leaders in the fitness profession are demanding better qualified graduates who understand more about nutrition and its vital importance in any client’s fitness program?
Sage Active ESSA accredited coaches have learnt from years of study how to screen their clients, assess their needs and body composition, and in consultation with our in house dietitians, also plan safe nutritional plans for clients. The Sage Active coach can monitor their client and provide expert advice, valuable support and motivation for them to reach their health goals through a combination of healthy eating and exercise. Our dieticians also provide support when a clients has conditions such as food allergies, cancers, diabetes and gastrointestinal diseases.
Here’s an example of the type of nutrition planning and advice you might receive at Sage Active:
- Weight increase or loss plan
- Suggested meal plans
- Recovery nutrition
- Recommendations on supplements
- Bodybuilding plan
- Increased training nutrition plan
- Nutrition required for specific sporting activities
Creating a nutrition plan – what’s involved?
So, now you know what advice you might receive from a qualified Dietitian, let’s have a look at the main steps in the nutrition planning process:
STEP 1: Determine the client’s needs
Preliminary health and body composition screens are undertaken and the client is consulted about their fitness goals in order to determine the most suitable type of nutrition plan. Is the primary goal to lose weight and shape-up? Or is the person looking to build muscle, or train for a specific athletic event? The goals will help determine the type of plan that is developed, as will other factors such as body composition, current health status and exercise levels.
STEP 2: Develop and communicate the nutritional plan
Once the Sage Active client’s needs are established an individually tailored nutrition plan can be put together. This will typically involve determining the recommended daily calorific intake in accordance with Australian dietary guidelines and designing the individual’s meal plans, including balance of food groups and recommended portions for each sitting. The plan is discussed with the client to ensure that any preferences and issues are addressed.
STEP 3: Support and monitor the client to achieve their nutritional plan goals
The Sage Active Coach also plays a vital role in keeping their client on track with the nutrition plan by keeping the client motivated while promoting healthy physical and mental behaviours. Our coaches monitor their client’s progress with regular meetings, responding to concerns and questions and adjusting the plan as required.
With this level of nutritional knowledge and skill at Sage Active, the client in enabled to connect the dots together between their present state and to where they want to be with their fitness, health and well-being. The Sage Active Coaches and Dietitians are there with the client every step of the way to help them succeed in their fitness, health and nutritional goals.
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