Want to learn more about the world of coaching or nutrition? If you are considering pursuing a certification in nutrition or coaching then keep reading!
The Precision Nutrition Program was my choice to move forward with my career in nutrition for very specific reasons. There were pros and cons to the program that I will share with you. There were more pros than cons so in the end I was very happy with my decision.
Precision Nutrition Program Review
Precision Nutrition had been on my radar for quite a long time. Scott attended a seminar with Dr. John Berardi years ago. He saw only part of the presentation, but was completely impressed. The great part about Berardi is that he is all about the coach and the client owning the relationship. It is a two way street, and if a client is not getting the right results then changes need to be made. The program also focuses on the real world of healthy living. No one is going to start drinking green drinks, and working out daily right away. It takes time to discover and build those habits. If they do not become part of you it will all fall apart the minute you have to travel for work or come down with the flu. Common sense right?
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Scott and I had been on Berardi’s email list for years, and I actively encourage you to do so even if you are not necessarily looking to pursue the program. Precision Nutrition delivers an array of learning materials through articles and free eBooks on a regular basis. There are recipe books too! You can go to their website here to get an idea of those materials. It was being on this list serve that kept this program top of mind for me for years. Dr. Berardi is always offering helpful tips and stay current with whatever is popular whether it be carb cycling or intermittent fasting.
I decided to take the plunge and sign up for the course in September and completely dove into studying.
The beauty of the program is that you set the pace for yourself. I was in the position where I could dedicate large portions of time to studying so that allowed me to move along very quickly. The course is divided into two different units which were Nutritional Science and Nutritional Practice. There was a short video presentation, a textbook chapter to read and then a workbook with questions for the 19 chapters. The course recommends than you read the chapter, answer the questons and then watch the video. I preferred to watch the video for an overview, read the text and then answer the questions last. I would estimate I studied rough 2 and 1/2 hours a day.
Based on Scott’s suggestion, I decided to not follow the order that the units sections were presented. I began with the coaching section which turned out to be hugely helpful because it was a lot of topics that came naturally to me. I was able to move through these chapters very quickly to build momentum as they were more psychology and relationship based. There was a lot of time spent on the process of positioning yourself as the coach as you begin a journey with a client. The forms, information and details provided in this section were hugely valuable.
My personal goal was to take the exam before the end of October. I was moving along very quickly by completing a chapter a day and I thought I would take the test way before my initial end date. After completing the behavior section, I then moved along to the Nutritional Science section. I was still studying daily, but my progress crawled along. I have not taken any science courses (biology and astronomy of all things!) since college and I was very rusty. The information was very dense and was the first time I was learning about things such as Vitamins and Minerals from a text rather than a more watered down magazine article. Though it was slow going, it was incredibly important that I dedicated the time to absorb all of the information. I often divided up chapters across multiple days so I could space my learning out and make it a little easier to remember all those details!
As I mentioned before, I loved the self-paced nature. You can take the time that is realistic for your current life situation. I do recommend setting a personal goal or deadline to take the test so it does happen. If you want to do anything it has to be a priority.
The textbook and workbook were very well designed. The text was straightforward and the questions forced me to go back and search for information that I may have missed. Do not cheat – answer every question! I know I will be going back to these materials as time goes on.
The exam was an at-home test which was incredibly convenient. However, do not question whether it was difficult. There were a lot of challenging questions!
The videos were not awesome. They were slides and even though I like learning information visually I often felt myself losing focus. Having Dr. Berardi or one of his associates provide the lecture rather than simply showing slides would have resonated with me much more.
The exam was timed, which for me, created an artificial sense of pressure. There were a hundred questions so I panicked I would not have enough time to finish. I also was not thrilled with the style of many of the questions, and how they were presented. However, I felt the test covered all of the materials adequately and there were no surprises what so ever.
I was very excited when Scott snapped this picture of me last Friday.
I was anxiously awaiting the results of the test on my computer screen where I was staring intently. I was excited that I passed and received my certification. I am looking forward to helping move people move forward with their nutrition and health goals!
Future Program Openings & Cost
The cost of the course was $799 or $79 for 12 months. The course only opens twice a year during September and March and after comparing it to other programs out there I felt it was well worth the expense.
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