Behavior Change Specialist from National Academy of Sports Medicine

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This week I began studies on my fourth certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I currently hold certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, and fitness nutrition specialist credentials through NASM. The next specialty I’m working towards is the Behavior Change Specialist¬†certification.

I already hold exercise and nutrition credentials, this should provide some additional knowledge in regards to the challenging mental aspects of sticking to various routines.

The course description includes:

Most fitness enthusiasts believe they already possess the skills necessary to affect change with their clients. While on the surface, this may appear to be true. But when they dive a little deeper, they may realize there is so much more to learn.

Assess your behavior change and client retention skills by answering the questions below:

  • What are the 3 stages involved in a goal setting system?
  • Should you recommend a number of steps per day to a client?
  • When would you use the cognitive behavioral technique “premacking”?

Need help with the answers? NASM’s new Behavior Change Specialization (BCS) will help teach you to identify your clients’ motivational triggers which can lead to sustainable results for your clients and improve client retention for you.

Gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities involved in motivating clients to help change health and fitness related behaviors. At the conclusion of the specialization, you will have the ability to systematically assess and implement behavior change tactics in a progressive approach with application oriented tools.

May have this done and hanging on the wall by the end of the year, we’ll see but that’s next on the agenda.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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