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How To Become a Bodybuilding Coach in 2023 [And Our 3 Top Certs]

Health and fitness have become front and center more than ever in the past year. People are more heavily concentrated on not only being physically fit but gaining strength and muscle tone.

Eddie Lester

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Personal trainers’ need is on the rise, with the job outlook growing by 15% over the next ten years, which is much quicker than average. With this comes the need for specialized trainers, such as bodybuilding coaches.

So, how do you become a bodybuilding coach? 

First get certified as a Bodybuilding Coach:

  1. International Sports Sciences Association – Body Building Coach Certification
  2. National Council on Strength and Fitness – Body Building Certification

Below, we will also explain what a bodybuilding coach does, walk you through the steps to becoming a specialized bodybuilder trainer and tell you our top recommended bodybuilding coaching certifications for 2022.

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What Does A Bodybuilding Trainer Do?

Many people seek advice from the internet, so their education on building muscle often comes from an amalgamation of information. The knowledge can be that of amateur fitness buffs or just those who feel they have a good understanding – but don’t possess certifications.

It’s essential to be the certified, educated foundation for a bodybuilder’s success. Here are a few things a bodybuilding trainer or bodybuilding specialist does:

  • Provides accountability: A bodybuilding coach watches their clients’ progressions, monitors that they’re sticking to the tailored plan, and pushes them to work harder to have fitness progress.

    You’re there to keep them focused and get them in the best shape possible to achieve bodybuilding success.

  • Provide objective training: When clients choose to bodybuild by themselves, they have emotions that get in the way. As a bodybuilding trainer, it’s crucial to be that objective sense that omits any constant self-criticism from which your client may suffer. You are a neutral party, which can help them keep track of their goals by honing in on the fitness aspects they may be overlooking.

  • Sets goals: Based on your education and certification, you’ll be able to set goals for your client. These might include workout regimens, specific weights at particular times, nutrition plans, nutrient timing, precise exercises, and more.

    Your knowledge and expertise will help your client gain strength and shed fat to become a successful bodybuilder.

  • Offers efficiency: Time is of the essence when it comes to physical fitness and bodybuilding. Your clients will have hired you to be their quick answer – they don’t want to spend hours researching what to do and how to do it.

    You’re highly educated, and they look to you to provide them with the best methods to get them in shape and reaching their goals.

  • Pushes their limits: This goes along with accountability. If someone is working out alone, they’re much more likely to work harder if they have you, as a bodybuilding coach, pushing them beyond their usual limitations in a skilled and safe way.

There are many things you can offer a client by specializing as a bodybuilding trainer. There are just a few steps to follow to become certified.