Nutrition Course

Nutrition is the make it or break it of someone’s physique goals

I know it…

You know it…

And your client THINKS they know it.

But what they think is:

⇒ Carbs make them fat;

⇒  Fat makes them fat; and

⇒  Protein makes them bulky

So, what does that leave?

It leaves Celery Juicing, Skinny Me Teas, Apple Cider Vinegar shots, and not eating past 6pm.

Therefore, there are some really important reasons why Personal Trainers and Coaches need to understand the foundations of nutrition.

The main reason being your clients are going to come to you doing stupid shit.

They’ll come to you doing a diet that Karen from accounts told them about.

They’ll come to you with beliefs that stem from a misconstrued fact they first started to believe 10 years ago.

They’ll come to you with hopes that there is a magic diet, trick, or pill that DOESN’T include a caloric deficit.

And they’ll come to you saying they’ll do anything to reach their goal, but in reality they don’t want to give up their mid-morning cake or their late night wine.

And while the majority of your clients understand that nutrition plays a large role in their health and their success in the gym, most won’t hire nutritionists.  But they will turn to google, they will turn to Sandra from marketing, and they will turn to you.

So even if you can’t, or won’t, write detailed nutrition plans, you at the very least need to know enough to steer them in the right direction so they do not f**k themselves up.

The Muscle Nerds Foundational Nutrition Course will arm you with the tools you need to look after not only your clients’ physical training, but their nutritional recommendations as well.

Over 8 modules, you will learn about:


  • ✓  How psychology effects nutrition
  • ✓  Forms of harm
  • ✓  Evidence-based vs. evidence-informed
  • ✓  Psychology of Nutrition
  • ✓  Scope of Practice
  • ✓  Culture, Religion, and belief systems
  • ✓  Types of emotional attachments
  • ✓  Nature vs nurture
  • ✓  The 4 levels of competence
  • ✓  Perception
  • ✓  Hedonism vs Eudaimonism
  • ✓  Identity Pyramid (how to create long lasting change)
  • ✓  Effects of chronic stress on physiology
  • ✓  General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS)
  • ✓  Stress & lifestyle
  • ✓  The autonomic nervous system
  • ✓  Sympathetic system effects
  • ✓  How the brain perceives fear and threats
  • ✓  Stress & your gut
  • ✓  The hypothalamic response
  • ✓  Chronic Dysfunctional Nutrition
  • ✓  Chronic dieting
  • ✓  Chronic overfeeding
  • ✓  Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome (REDS)
  • ✓  Cumulative Energy Deficit and Endocrine Dysfunction
  • ✓  Caloric ranges & equations for REDS
  • ✓  Defining calories
  • ✓  How important are calories?
  • ✓  History of calories
  • ✓  Calculating caloric needs
  • ✓  How to perform the Navy Body Fat Test
  • ✓  Katch-McCardle Equation
  • ✓  Calorie Deficit
  • ✓  Calorie surplus
  • ✓  Protein in the body
  • ✓  Training influence on protein turnover
  • ✓  Amino Acids
  • ✓  Purposes of protein breakdown
  • ✓  Amino Acid Pool
  • ✓  Transamination & synthesizing of other materials
  • ✓  Protein oxidation & energy creation
  • ✓  Protein Requirements for exercise
  • ✓  Protein timing
  • ✓  Mixed macro meals
  • ✓  Stimulation of Muscle Protein Synthesis
  • ✓  Protein types
  • ✓  Why carbohydrates are important
  • ✓  Carbohydrate storage
  • ✓  Turning food into energy
  • ✓  Overfeeding & diets
  • ✓  Insulin resistance and body fat percentages
  • ✓  High carb vs. low carb diets
  • ✓  Metabolic Flexibility
  • ✓  Carbohydrates and Satiation
  • ✓  Carbohydrates during training
  • ✓  Carbohydrate in relation to Physique vs. Performance
  • ✓  Required Nutrients for Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • ✓  Fructose
  • ✓  Estimating glycogen stores
  • ✓  Carbohydrate intake recommendations
  • ✓  Mathematics of carbohydrate weight gain
  • ✓  Regulation of substrate use
  • ✓  Lipolysis
  • ✓  Stimulation of Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL)
  • ✓  Factors that may limit fat oxidation
  • ✓  Key points to consider when designing a plan
  • ✓  Order of designing a plan
  • ✓  Muscle Nerds Carb Continuum
  • ✓  Dealing with plateaus

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to increase the foundational nutrition knowledge for personal trainers and coaches. It has been written with personal trainers as our audience, however, this course is not so complex that it is out of reach for the general population.  If you have a keen interest in nutrition for self-application, we highly recommend registering.

The course lays out nutritional theory, and supports it with enough applicable information and clear step by steps that it can be used immediately.

What this course is…

This course has been designed to give you a solid understanding on the importance of not only nutrition and nutritional programming, but also some of the factors that surround client compliance, culture, and psychology.  It provides a framework to start within and it teaches you how to assess effectiveness and adjust accordingly. 

This course has been designed to complement your knowledge in training and program design to offer support to your client via sound and safe nutritional recommendations.

What this course isn’t…

This course does not give you accreditation as a qualified nutritionist nor does it allow you to get insurance to write nutrition plans.  The information taught in this course is to be used by you within your scope of practice relevant to the jurisdiction within your country and governing bodies.

This course is also not intended to replace medical advice and any healthcare-related information is to be treated as information only.  You cannot use any content taught within this course to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or manage any specific health problems for you or your client.

How long is the course?

The course is 7 hours in length. This is a Foundation Course and is the stepping stone and prerequisite into longer, more in-depth nutrition courses, coming in late 2022.

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