Should personal trainers be giving clients nutrition advice?
Unless Personal Trainers are registered and certified sports nutritionists they should refrain from providing dietiary advice or recommending supplements. The regulatory and governing body keeping the fitness industry accountable is the Sports Nutrition Association.Established in Australia five years ago before launching globally in 2020, Sports Nutrition Association was created to establish practices for fitness professionals. Not only do they provide education and accreditation in sports nutrition, they have a public database where clients can connect with accredited, qualified and insured sports nutritionists in their local city.
Founder of Sport Nutrition Association, Alex Thomas said:
“We wanted to provide a service where coaches can not only upskill, but have access to the latest research, best practices and uphold a safe and informed industry standard. Clients trust and rely on their personal trainers, exercise physiologists for nutritional advice that complements their workout routine, and lifestyle.”
How is the industry regulated?
For personal trainers wanting more information on certification and accreditation in sports nutrition, visit their website.