Wellness coaches, or health coaches, assess, plan, implement, and evaluate customized health programs to help people exercise and reach their health goals. They provide instruction in groups and one-on-one with individuals for strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and education. Wellness coaches complete fitness evaluations and provide recommendations for programs to help people lose or maintain a healthy weight. They perform follow-up fitness tests to ensure clients are on track to meeting their health and wellness goals.
Wellness coaches must be customer-driven and willing to help others. They aim to build long-term relationships with clients and provide support throughout the process. They offer guidance on topics such as diet and nutrition, exercise, stress management, and tobacco use. Wellness coaches use motivational techniques to help clients recognize opportunities and barriers for healthful behavior.
Wellness coaches should be detail-oriented to keep track of all appointments and records of preferred fitness activities. They use software, specialized fitness tests, and online resources to manage progress of clients. They must work well as a team member and independently. Wellness coaches should not be judgmental or closed-minded. Goal-oriented, energetic candidates make good leaders and wellness coaches.
When they are not teaching classes, they maintain equipment in the wellness center and make sure the area is clean. They may also perform administrative tasks, such as scheduling and answering phones. There may be mandatory training and meetings after work hours for health coaches to attend.
A degree in Exercise Science or Athletic Training is preferred, but a high school diploma is required. Work experience in fitness or knowledge of anatomy, exercise physiology, or kinesiology is a plus. Certifications, especially CPR, must be current, and wellness coaches should be able to regularly lift 50 pounds or more.
Wellness Coach Tasks
- Develop and participate in health promotion programs to promote client health, alleviate stress, and prevent physical or mental fatigue.
- Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and exercise to improve their quality of life.
- Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.