Who do they teach and what does that course entail?” asked Dr. Rana, who is currently serving as Associate Professor of Exercise Science at the University of South Florida.
In an email, she wrote: “A life coach should not have a professional degree. Most life coaches work by working with a group of people who work hard and who are good people with a variety of backgrounds. They spend little time on the research side of their job, and a lot time on the practical side of things, and this is where you see the most variability in what a professional trainer can do. They are able to make a difference at the individual level, but they are in the service of the professional organization, not necessarily the athlete and the team.”
But most trainers don’t have such a long track record to draw on.
“This is a niche field,” said Dr. Mark Johnson, a professor of kinesiology and exercise physiology at Florida International University. “There are so many variables that life coaches can work with.”
His main training partner is Dr. Dan Vranich, a professor and researcher in nutrition and exercise science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Johnson said he was interested in coaching because he felt such a difference could be made in people’s lives.
“I think it really demonstrates why I want to do it: to do good for people through good training,” he said.
Dr. Vranich said he’d rather see a career that “just benefits people.”
“I find that a lot of work is just really fun to do — but not to do it,” he said.
Dr. Rana said that by working with people as young as 10, life coaches can see that changes that look like “minor improvements” can become life-changing.
And she hopes the new job can spark some interest in the field: “We want to see that more people get hired and the pool of qualified people gets wider,” she said. “I think it’s so important.”
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