FOCUS Personal Training Institute

Introduction to Nutrition Coaching

  • Limiting Factors to Client Success
  • Defining Good Nutrition
  • Professional Responsibilities

Cell Structure and Function

  • Organ Systems
  • Nutrition and Cellular Interaction

Food Intake, Digestion and Absorption

  • Food vs Nutrients
  • Mechanisms of Digestion
  • Delivery of Nutrients

Energy Transformation and Metabolism

  • Overview of Energy Systems
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Fat Metabolism
  • Protein Metabolism

Energy Balance in the Body

  • Energy Value of Food
  • Resting Metabolic Rate
  • Thermic Effect of Feeding
  • Exercise Activity
  • Estimating Energy Needs and Intake
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain

Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism

  • Exercise and Metabolism
  • Review of Muscle Structure and Function
  • Energy Demands of Muscle
  • Adaptations to Exercise

The Macronutrients and Micronutrients

  • Structure
  • Digestion, Absorption, Metabolism and Transport
  • Dietary Contributions

Water and Fluid Balance

  • Determining Intake vs. Excretions
  • Hydration Strategies

Special Needs Considerations

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Plant-Based Diets
  • Disordered Eating
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pregnancy

Preparing for Your Client

  • Coaching and Communicating
  • Goal Setting
  • Overcoming Client Objections
  • Collecting Preliminary Information
  • Interpreting Client Information

Providing a Nutrition Plan

  • Overview of Nutrition Education Programs
  • Individualization
  • Special Dietary Strategies
  • Pre-, During and Post-Workout Nutrition

Nutritional Supplementation

  • Needs Assessment
  • Essential vs. Nonessential Nutrients
  • Supplement Risks vs. Rewards

Setting Behavior Goals and Monitoring

  • Goal Setting
  • Compliance and Adherence Measurements
  • Improving Adherence
  • Making Program Changes

Entry Prerequisites

In addition to the entry requirements listed on our admissions page, to enter this course you must possess one of the following:

  • a certificate of completion from a state licensed personal training course that is at least 300 hours in duration or
  • a bachelor’s degree in an exercise related field or
  • a nationally accredited personal training certification and three months or 150 cumulative hours of fitness related employment.

Primary Textbooks

  • The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition Certification Manual by Precision Nutrition, Current Edition