Like any certification the number one question I have received after getting my PN1 is “Was it worth the Money?”
To make it easy the answer is yes, yes it was. Precision Nutrition really strikes again with their Level 1 Certification for fitness professionals. Although pricey the PN system delivers what few other certifications and educational courses can: Up-to-date information and a delivery system to implement change in your clients.
Precision Nutrition contained two distinct portions of this certification. The first portion of the textbook and lectures was based on nutritional science. This portion covered topics such as cell structure and function, energy transfer and metabolism, energy balance, macro/micronutrients, special populations, and hydration status.
Being a recent graduate with an Exercise Science degree I can verify the information is correct, up-to-date, and extremely thorough. In addition Precision Nutrition does a phenomenal job breaking down difficult topics such as the Krebs cycle with both in-depth explanation, workbook questions, and video lectures.
If the nutritional science portion of the certification is good then the nutritional practice unit is great. The nutritional practice portion of the certification contains extremely thorough client prep and information collecting, how to interpret this information, nutritional supplementation information, setting realistic and achievable goals, and most importantly how to provide continuing education and support for clients.
Admittedly, I have spent my fair share of hours studying nutrition as it applies to my goals and the goals of my clients. As interesting and helpful as the implementation of basic strategies was in the system a large part of my attention gravitated towards some of the more advanced nutritional strategies. Some of these strategies covered in-depth include:
- Carbohydrate cycling
- Calorie cycling
- Athlete sports nutrition as it relates to immune function
- Nutrition for injury and rehabilitation
- Supplementation to speed healing of injuries
- Plant based diets
- Eating disorders
- Nutrition and cardiovascular disease
- Nutrition and diabetes
These advanced strategies are an awesome addition to any repertoire of nutritional knowledge bombs. They might not apply to the majority of clients, but they are extremely thoroughly and helpful to the few clients that do dictate the strategies.
Precision Nutrition is NOT the only nutritional certification available to fitness professionals, but it does offer one (if not the only) entire section based on implementing true change with clients. Far too often certifications leave the coach with a wealth of information without the tools to successfully carry out the strategies into practice. This is where the PN system separates itself from the others. Dr. John Berardi has the hands on knowledge and experience from years of working with clients ranging from elite professional and Olympian athletes to non-athletes and average Joes.
If you are a fitness professional looking to take your business to the next step then I strongly recommend the PN1 Certification and Precision Nutrition.
For more information go check PN out at http://www.precisionnutrition.com/ and explore the wealth of information they have to offer. Specialized programs such as PN Lean Eating as well as Scrawny To Brawny programs are available to guide you towards your specific goals.
Eric Bach,CSCS, PN1