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As a personal trainer, your clients will need help to develop impactive exercise plans, but physical activity is only one part of the puzzle. Nutrition is the cornerstone of any successful weight management programme, and trainers that offer a full-service solution will attract more clients.

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What you’ll learn with our sports nutrition course

The Level 4 qualification allows health and fitness industry professionals to offer clients a holistic approach to better wellbeing. With four expansive units covering all areas of nutrition, you’ll have everything you need to advance your personal training career.

Unit 1: Nutrition for physical activity and exercise

Learn how nutrition impacts exercise, including the link between diet management and sports performance.

This unit provides a comprehensive knowledge of the relationship between food and physical activity, from the best foods to fuel physical activity to identifying macronutrient and micronutrient requirements for athletes.

Unit 2: The structure and foundations of the digestive system

As every exercise professional knows, the digestive system plays a huge role in weight loss. In this module, you’ll learn more about the digestive system’s physiology and anatomy, understanding how it contributes to weight management and athletic performance.

The unit also covers how the body processes nutrients and utilises them for optimal performance.

Unit 3: Applied nutrition for exercise, sport and athletic performance

Developing comprehensive nutritional strategies is integral to managing exercise results and ensuring athletic performance. It’s a deep dive into offering nutritional advice, focusing on maintaining hydration and meal planning for performance.

Unit 4: Supplements, performance aids and hydration for sports performance

Working with athletes means detailed nutritional knowledge is required, as professionals often need more support. In this unit, you’ll learn more about athletic performance, common diets that support it and when supplemental aids might be beneficial.

The module also covers the supplements available, enabling you to identify the right ones and provide evidentiary support for their benefits.

Unit 5: Providing dietary advice to support the needs of different athletes and sportspeople

If you want to focus on working with professionals, our advanced sports nutrition certification can also double as an athletic performance qualification. You’ll learn dietary modifications for athletes specialising in strength, endurance and team sports.

The unit covers catering for specific requirements, such as gluten-free, vegan, and keto nutrition.


Industry leading Level 4 Advanced Nutrition

Our YMCA-accredited Level 4 Advanced Nutrition certificate gives you extensive knowledge about nutrition for weight management and the ability to align diet to exercise plans.

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Entry requirements

To take our Level 4 Nutrition for Weight Management and Sports Performance, learners must be 16 and over.

There are no previous qualification requirements for the YMCA Advanced Sports Nutrition qualification, but having a passion for health and fitness is essential. The course covers advanced diet and nutrition theories, and a foundational knowledge of core principles will support your learning journey.

  • What if I have an existing personal training qualification?

    Individuals with a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification already have foundational nutrition or fitness knowledge, allowing them to skip the first two units. Our advanced nutrition course is ideal for both existing personal trainers and those new to the industry.

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  • Upon completion of the advanced nutritional advice course, you’ll be able to:
    • Clearly explain the link between nutrition and exercise to clients from all backgrounds, including those trying to lose weight and professional athletes.
    • Provide nutrition advice that supports weight management and athletic performance, helping clients find the right diet plan for their goals.
    • Teach others about the human body and its many functions, helping your clients succeed with food labelling and finding the right energy balance for their workouts.
    • Develop nutritional strategies for clients, including analysing a client’s current eating regime and creating specialist nutrition plans.
    • Identify whether supplements are appropriate for each client and align them with eating plans.
    • Support athletes to meet their performance and nutritional goals, enabling them to witness improvements.
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We are uniquely positioned to offer high-quality courses at affordable rates, without compromising on quality. This is made even easier for you with our 0% finance options, meaning that you can spread the costs of the course up to 12 months depending on the course price.


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*You can either select your payment option on the website after adding the course to checkout, or through a member of our enrolments team (0800 677 1175).

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We are uniquely positioned to offer high-quality courses at affordable rates, without compromising on quality. This is made even easier for you with our 0% finance options, meaning that you can spread the costs of the course up to 12 months depending on the course price.

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Why take the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Nutrition?

The Level 4 certification is ideal for people looking for a career change or existing fitness professionals aiming to develop their skills and advance within the industry. The YMCA is one of the UK’s most reputable organisations, and an accredited certification gives you numerous advantages.

Display your knowledge

Our certification complies with – and is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, demonstrating your knowledge and skills. The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) also recognises the Advanced Nutrition Certificate, giving you 10 CPD points on completion.

Offer specialist advice

Nutrition courses enable fitness industry professionals to diversify their knowledge and offer a full-service solution for clients. According to Health Club Management, the fitness industry market continues to grow, which means professionals have more competition.

Building a robust skillset can set you apart from traditional trainers, significantly increasing your career options.

Learn from industry-leading food specialists

As an advanced course, you’ll notice the content in each unit is to the highest standards. Designed and taught by industry professionals with decades of combined experience, the nutrition course enables you to help others reach their fitness goals and build bespoke nutritional plans.

With the latest theories and fitness information in each unit, you’ll develop vital skills that will set you apart from others.

Power up your earning potential

Once you can help clients with specific weight management goals and have nutritional expertise, your career options will diversify.

Whether you want to become self-employed or work in fitness settings, skills that include strategising nutritional goals and understanding human metabolism will help you get the job you deserve.

Studying with The Fitness Circle is the easy way to plan your future

Many people switch careers later in life, and the fitness industry is ideal if you want to make a difference and follow your passion. Gaining a fitness qualification doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when you study with The Fitness Circle.

As a professional course provider, we help our learners develop vital skills and knowledge to advance their careers. Here’s what you get when you study with us.

A 100% online experience

Investing in the career you want shouldn’t be a sacrifice, and studying with the Fitness Circle gives you access to flexible learning that takes place online. There’s no need to attend classes because you can fit studying around your professional and personal commitments.

Expert Guidance

A team of dedicated tutors teach our Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition, and each has years of experience within the fitness industry. They’re not just tutors but professionals with histories of providing nutrition advice to clients from all backgrounds.

Learning from other personal trainers means you can benefit from their wisdom and take advantage of real-world case studies.

Developed by Scientists

Our learning materials have been created by Doctorates of Sports Science, using the latest data and information from scientific literature. Be confident in the knowledge gained from this course.

Flexible payments

Nobody should sacrifice their dreams due to budget restrictions, and studying with us means you’ll never have to. Our Level 4 Sports Nutrition course has flexible payment options that give you more control over your learning.

Whether you want to pay upfront or split the cost over 6 months, we developed our courses so everyone can access them.

Enquire about the YMCA Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Nutrition Today

If you’d like to diversify your career options and look forward to more opportunities in the future, The Fitness Circle can give you the career you deserve. Learning with us is a rewarding and stress-free experience, with plenty of time to complete your course.

You can book your course today, choose your payment plan, or contact us with any questions. Our dedicated team of fitness industry experts is always available to offer advice and support.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the course?

It depends on how often you study. Some people might complete the course in a few months, while others need longer. The good news is that you can study at your own pace, making our course suitable for people currently in full-time employment.

Will I have to take an exam?

No, the course is theory online, and you’ll complete an assessment workbook for each module. Case studies are also key components of testing your knowledge, but there’s no need to worry about preparing for a final exam.

Should I take the advanced nutrition certification with no previous qualifications?

Our course is open to everyone, so you don’t need previous fitness qualifications to embark on your learning journey.

However, if you want to give your clients a well-rounded experience, the Level 3 Personal Trainer certification is a wise investment that lets you skip the first two modules of the nutrition course.

Many trainers begin their careers working in gyms and fitness centres, so the Level 2 Gym Instructor certification can help you find work immediately and then diversify your skills to move into nutritional support.

What if I need help from my tutor?

Our tutors are always available to offer guidance for each module. If you’re struggling with the course materials, please don’t hesitate to contact them. Your tutor can provide advice and help you on your learning journey.