Within the health club setting, the members of a loosely organized, but mission-related team—personal trainers, life coaches, and dietitians or nutritionists—all have valuable expertise to share on physical fitness and sound eating habits.
But how should a health club tackle these two vast topics and give the best advice? Should a club include nutrition when planning out an exercise program for a member?
“I think it’s important to address both together,” says Alexandra Black Larcom, a registered dietitian and IHRSA’s senior manager of health promotion and health policy.
“If done correctly and incrementally, I fully agree that doing both at the same time can produce more impactful results,” says Ashley Varol, who oversees employee wellness at the University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, OH. “I’ve witnessed this with clients.”
“Exercise and diet should absolutely be viewed and dealt with as one—it’s not a ‘one-sided’ coin,” says Mark Cuatt, the managing partner at All Sport Health and Fitness in Fishkill, NY.