In Australia we have access to some of the best women’s health training courses in the world.
- Nadia Norman: Fitness Business Coach and Female Performance course provider.
- Jen Dugard: Author and presenter of Safe Return to Exercise, she’s also providing groups of small business providers support and ongoing business management skills in her Body Beyond Baby Affiliateship.
- Stacy Simms: Exercise Scientist who has pioneered research in to the Female Athlete and has books, resources, and “Women are Not Small Men” courses for fitness professionals.
- IntoYou: ahem. You’re here so I figure you know about us! From a NSWIS athlete and Strength and Conditioning Coach to a champion for training women, especially mums, like women, Clare also runs a Women’s Health Mentorship where you can study “real life” female clients and their training programs.
- Burrell Education: Jenny Burrell was arguably one of the first female led, female focused education providers for fitness professionals and manual therapists in the world.
- Girls Gone Strong: Led by the inspirational Molly Galbraith, GGS has drawn from an international pool of experts to create leading education for fitness professionals who train women.
To name just a few… So how do you choose? The answer is, don’t choose – do them all.
It’s worth doing ALL of them if you want to position yourself as a women’s training “expert” because they are all very different. Some are a conservative approach to post natal women, others are about female strength and performance, others are specific to a training modality such as Pilates, and others still dive deep in to the hormone changes of the menstrual cycle, or a woman’s life phases… No one course covers it all (yet).
- Each course has a different slant on what’s important, and a different way of achieving that objective. This means you’ll have multiple tools in your toolbox for different client’s needs.
- Each client is different and you’ll need ALL the strategies if you want to train all kinds of women. The idea that a “one size fits all” is outdated – especially for women who’s hormone fluctuations are very unique to the individual, which has been the reason why they’ve been excluded from science… until the 90’s when it was legislated that women must be included anyway!
- Because of the uniqueness of each of the providers themselves, you may appreciate and get more out of different delivery methods and personalities – online versus live versus live online! You may prefer to knock a whole course out in a day in person, or over a few weeks, or enjoy self-paced anonymity with an online course! You may prefer a kick ass, assertive presenter, or avoiding presentations all together! Each offering has it’s own delivery method and “personality” which will make your experience better or worse, and enhance what you’re learning or distract from it.
- Because it would be silly to believe that one course covers everything you need to know. It’s not possible to know everything, so it’s always worth learning what each course has to offer. Between courses, there will be common threads, and doing them all will confirm these, but it will also open up your practice, knowledge, and experience to the differences.
- Because you only take 7 things away from any course you do. It takes 10,000 hours of study or practice to become an expert, between your courses and clients, how many are you really up to??? If you’re doing 40hrs a week and only take 2 weeks off a year, it still takes FIVE YEARS to become an expert.
So, stop trying to decide which course is “best” – no one course is going to give you all you need. Start with the one that attracts you the most, and work your way through them all. When you’ve finished, you can likely write your own!