How do you rank as a fitness and nutrition coach?
Take this quick quiz to learn where you're at and how to level up.

By Krista Scott-Dixon

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Want to know how you rank as a fitness and nutrition coach? Then take this quick fitness and nutrition coaching skills quiz. Not only will it help you see where you are today, it’ll help you level up for tomorrow.

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The best coaches are lifelong learners.

I know this because I’m a coach, and because I’ve been around a lot of good ones. The best coaches I’ve ever seen are the ones who love to ask questions.

They love to try stuff. To play. To show up with an open mind (and heart), looking for fresh ideas and new insight to chew on.

They don’t love to fail (few people do), but they do love the feedback and useful data they get from their mistakes.

You see, great coaching requires us to wonder about the world: About how biology works, about the chemistry of food and nutrients, about biomechanics and human movement.

It also requires us to think about why people do what they do, about how stories shape reality, about what people hope, think, dream, feel, and do… on Tuesday at 3pm when it’s break time.

Plus, the best coaches in the world never shy away from asking smart questions about their own practice.

Questions like:

“How solid are my coaching skills, really?”

There is always something new to learn in coaching: Fresh ways to grow, evolve, and challenge yourself.

New ways to be curious and ask interesting questions that produce enlightening answers (and results).

Of course, mastery takes time and lots of practice. (So, so much practice.)

But this is great news for folks who want a long, lucrative, fulfilling coaching career. Because it means that if you’re dedicated to becoming an excellent coach, you’ll never, ever get bored.

Take this fitness and nutrition quiz to see how you rate + learn how you can level up.

In our Level 2 Certification Master Class, we break coaching skills down into 14 areas for development and then teach coaches how to grow in each area.

In this quiz, we’ll give you a chance to assess where you are in each domain.

To complete the quiz, give yourself a score (from 0 to 5) on how well you do — consistently — in each of the 14 areas below. For each question, simply click the number that corresponds to where you think you are today.

(Be honest and real. All of us have stuff to work on. It’s rare to be perfect.)

Then read about your score and consider what it means for your career.

(Prefer to print the quiz out? Download a PDF version here.)

Domain #1: Time management

How well can you juggle a client load and not miss anyone?

Poorly Easily
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How well can you allocate and prioritize time properly, using trusted systems?

Poorly Easily
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Do you have time for yourself — your own self-care and development?

Never Always
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How sustainable is your work? Could you do it this way forever?

I'm nearly dead now Easily
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Total for this section:

Domain #2: Organization

Do you know exactly how to start and end a client session, and why?

No idea Always
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Do you know how to ensure your clients get the most out of every session?

No idea Always
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Do you do preparation and follow-up?

Never Always
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Total for this section:

Domain #3: Client-centeredness

Do you understand your clients? How well?

Not at all Completely
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Do you know your clients’ fears, anxieties, motivations, drives, hopes, dreams, obstacles, stories?

Not at all Completely
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How long can you listen to your clients without jumping in to talk?

Just can't Forever
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How well can you give your clients your full attention?

Not at all Completely
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Can you easily find and use your clients’ strengths and resources?

Not at all Completely
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Can you make your program fun? Interesting? Memorable?

Not at all A blast
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Total for this section:

Domain #4: Client assessment

Do you know what to look for when assessing a client?

Never Always
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Do you know how to understand and use any information you collect?

Never Always
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Do you know how to set the level of challenge properly for your client?

Never Always
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Do you know when a client has made progress?

Never Always
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Could you explain HOW you know a client has made progress?

Uh, no In my sleep
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Total for this section:

Domain #5: Understanding data and evidence

Can you read, understand, and properly interpret a research study?

Never Always
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Can you decide what is valid evidence or useful data?

Never Always
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Can you analyze information in order to take action, and help your client do the same?

Never Always
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Can you explain to a client why something works (or doesn’t)?

Never Always
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How well do you understand the basic facts of nutrition and physiology?

Not at all Nobel Prize
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How well can you learn and assimilate new data and information?

Poorly Perfectly
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Total for this section:

Domain #6: Creating change

How well can you help your clients get motivated to change… and keep changing?

Not at all Completely
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Can you recognize when a client is truly ready, willing, and able to change?

Never Always
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How good are you at getting clients “un-stuck”?

Terrible Great
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What about the “difficult” ones?

Ugh, no Bring it
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Total for this section:

Domain #7: Understanding systems

Effective coaching unearths complex systems — behaviors, causes, and effects with many moving parts that all interact.

How well do you understand the complexity of human bodies and physiology?

Not at all Completely
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How well do you understand the complexity of human lives and experiences?

Not at all Completely
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How comfortable are you with the idea of complexity in general?

Not at all Very
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Total for this section:

Domain #8: Creating an effective action plan

Can you help a client move from vague goal to specific “do this today” habit?

Never Always
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Can you get your client to “buy in” to what they need to do?

Never Always
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Can your client actually do what you suggest? Every day?

Never Always
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Can you adjust your plan if it isn’t working? Do you know what things to change, and how?

Never Always
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Total for this section:

Domain #9: Skill building and practice

How well can you teach mental and emotional skills relevant to nutrition coaching, such as mindfulness or visualization?

Not at all Expertly
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How well can you teach physical skills, if you train people?

Not at all Expertly
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How well can you teach life skills (such as planning and preparation) to help your clients succeed?

Not at all Expertly
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How good are your own skills in these domains?

No skills Expertly
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Total for this section:

Domain #10: Communication and documentation

Do you communicate well in writing?

Not at all Expertly
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When you speak?

Not at all Expertly
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In images or video?

Not at all Expertly
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How effectively can you communicate with your body language and other nonverbal cues?

Not at all Expertly
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How well do you sense what a client is thinking, feeling, wondering about?

Not at all Expertly
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How well do you explain complex ideas or technical jargon simply and clearly so clients “get it”?

Not at all Expertly
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How well can you give and take feedback?

Not at all Expertly
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How well do you document each client’s progress as well as other important information about them?

Not at all Expertly
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Total for this section:

Domain #11: Working with a variety of clients

Are you comfortable working with all kinds of clients, from all kinds of backgrounds, with all kinds of needs?

Not at all Completely
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Can you connect and communicate with a client who’s different from you?

Not at all Completely
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Domain #12: Referral and support

Do you know what to do when things get weird, or go outside your scope of practice?

Not at all Completely
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Do you have a support and referral network of other professionals?

None An army
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Do you have your own mentors and coaches?

None An army
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Total for this section:

Domain #13: Business skills and professionalism

Do you conduct yourself with professionalism, integrity, and courtesy?

Never Always
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Do clients appear to respect and trust you?

Never Always
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Do clients enthusiastically seek out what you’re offering?

Never Always
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Do you have demonstrably ethical business and marketing practices?

Never Always
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Total for this section:

Domain #14: Handling your own stuff

Can you manage your own workload, stress, emotions, and career development?

Never Always
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Can you show up to coaching with integrity and feel genuine, rather than having to “perform”?

Never Always
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How well do you know your true self and values, and how those relate to your coaching?

Not at all Completely
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Do you have systems in place for lifelong learning and growth?

Not at all Always
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Total for this section:

Total for the quiz:

How did you do?

We gave you a total score, but we also suggest you review your scores in each domain to see specific areas where you might improve.

0-75

You’re just starting out and finding your “coaching legs”. Good for you. Consider building your skills a little more and observing more experienced coaches before you take on clients.

76-150

You’re working on building fundamentals. Keep practicing! Find a great mentor to spend time with, and ask clients for feedback as you progress.

151-225

You’ve got a solid foundation, and probably have plenty of good coaching days. Now’s the time to study coaching methods, refine key details, and develop the nuances of your skills.

226-300

World-class supercoach!

Want strategies to level up your coaching?

It’s no secret that master coaches develop over time, through education and consistent practice, usually under the guidance of a mentor or coach.

Precision Nutrition is the only company in the world that both works with thousands of our own nutrition coaching clients and teaches health and fitness professionals our real-world methods for getting results.

And our next Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification Master Class kicks off on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018.

Want to achieve total confidence in your coaching skills? Get (and keep) more clients? Grow and strengthen your business? If so, the Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification is definitely for you.

The Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification is designed specifically for Level 1 students and grads who realize that knowing about the science of nutrition isn’t enough.

Part master class, part grad program, part mentorship, it’s the only course in the world designed to help you master the art of nutrition coaching, meaning better results for your clients and a better business for you.

Since we only take a limited number of students, and since the program sells out every time, I strongly recommend you add your name to our VIP List below.
When you do, you get the chance to sign up 24 hours before everyone else. Even better, you get a huge discount off the cost of the program.

[Note: The Level 2 Master Class is only for students and graduates of our Level 1 students and grads. So if you haven’t yet enrolled in that program, please begin there.]

Interested? Join the Level 2 Certification VIP list, secure a spot, save money.

We’ll be opening up spots in our next Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification Master Class on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018.

If you want to find out more, we’ve set up the following VIP list which gives you two advantages.

  • Pay less than everyone else. We like to reward people who are eager to get started and ready to gain mastery in their coaching practice. So we’re offering a huge discount when you sign up for the Master Class list.
  • Sign up 24 hours before the general public and increase your chances of getting a spot. We only open the PN Master Class twice per year. Due to high demand and a very limited number of spots, we expect it to sell out fast. But when you sign up for the Master Class VIP list, we’ll give you the opportunity to register a full 24 hours before anyone else.

If you’re ready to take the next step in becoming a world-class nutrition and fitness coach, we’re ready to share our knowledge and help you master the art of nutrition coaching.

Don't miss out. Get on the VIP list for the Precision Nutrition Level 2 Master Class today.

If you're interested in the Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification, we strongly recommend you join the VIP list below.

We'll send you more info about the program, and give you the chance to register 24 hours before everyone else. You'll also get a big discount at registration.