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Sports Nutrition for weight loss
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Sports Nutrition for Weight Control & Performance

This exciting new IINH course is packed with practical information, instruction and insights. It is designed for personal trainers, coaches and other health and fitness professionals and enthusiasts keen to explore personalised nutrition approaches for themselves and clients.

Moving beyond the era of simply counting calories and macros, functional sports nutrition address deficiencies, dysfunctions and imbalances mainly through individually tailored adjustments to food and lifestyle. The aim is to restore optimal health and function using a personalised approach that supports the individual’s unique blend of goals, needs, circumstances and preferences.

As we see ‘one-size-fits-all’ rapidly giving way to more effective bespoke approaches in weight control, sports performance and health care, fitness professionals are keen to update and enhance their understanding and practice.

What is Sports Nutrition for Weight Control & Performance?

The programme provides the understanding and practical skills training needed to inform and coach clients to adopt wholefoods-based eating plans optimised for their unique individual needs and goals. Participants will gain understanding and practical training in vital aspects of healthy eating and lifestyle to optimise their own and others’ health.

What does this course enable you to do?

The cutting-edge information and practical skills training provided on this course will enable fitness professionals to help their clients understand and optimise the power of wholesome food and sensible hydration to achieve their weight or performance goals and strengthen their health.

Supporting a bespoke training programme for weight-loss/performance with a personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan vastly improves client outcomes and satisfaction. On completion of this sports nutrition course, you will be able to devise safe, effective and doable personalised nutrition programmes. You will learn to ask clients the right questions, identify and address their unique key issues, create workable eating and lifestyle plans, and then guide and motivate them to success over the following weeks and months.

Course Outline

Each unit will deliver key elements of nutrition and lifestyle coaching concepts in an easy to understand format. The main purpose of this course is to equip participants with sufficient knowledge, skills and practical tools to help themselves and their clients adopt safe, appropriate and effective personalised nutrition programmes to support successful weight/fat loss and sports performance – and make them stick!

  • Unit 1. Introduction, Nutrients, Food Groups

  • Unit 2. Digestion, Healthy Microbiome

  • Unit 3. Personalised Nutrition Coaching

  • Unit 4. Nutrition Myths, Dogmas and Developments

  • Unit 5. Decoding Product Labels for Smarter Choices

  • Unit 6. Protein in Weight Control and Sport

  • Unit 7. Lifestyle Habits, Stress and Sleep

  • Unit 8. Tools for Fitness, Monitoring and Coaching

  • Unit 9. Case Studies

Key Facts

Course length:

4 weeks


€ 495

Next Course Runs:

  • Class Day 1 – Saturday April 22, 2017 (9.30 am – 5 pm)
  • Tutorial 1 – Thursday April 27, 2017  (Time TBA)
  • Tutorial 2 – Tuesday May 9, 2017  (Time TBA)
  • Webinar – Thursday May 11, 2017  (10 am – 11.30 am)
  • Class Day 2 – Sunday May 14, 2017  (9.30 am – 5 pm)
  • Tutorial 3 – Wednesday May 17,  2017  (Time TBA)
  • Class Day 3 – Saturday May 20, 2017 (9.30 am – 5 pm)

Delivery format:

Three full weekend days of classroom presentations and activities, including live Metabolic Testing, VO2 max Testing, and Food Labelling Workshop.

  • Extra course materials released via online platform (Moodle) between Days 1 and 2.
  • Three midweek tutorials (2 hrs duration, times TBA)
  • Online interactive webinar (with Danny Lennon)

Note: All sessions, including tutorials and webinar, will be audio recorded in full for those unable to attend, or for revision.

Time Commitment:

Estimated 3-6 hours of study per week (including attending or downloading classroom sessions, home study, reading).

Additional Support:

  • Classroom days 1 & 2 will be followed up with 3 online, interactive tutorials (all recorded for later listening)
  • Day 2 will be mainly practical: Metabolic Testing, VO2 max Testing, Food Labelling Workshop
  • Participants are encouraged to bring to class (or tutorial) any client case examples for discussion
  • Presentation and discussion of a range of health-, fitness- and weight monitoring tools and techniques, as well as coaching and meal tracking tools useful in practice
  • Private Facebook group with daily support and interaction
  • Online platform with all content – printed, audio recordings (all sessions) and videos (some sessions) – available to all participants.

Tutors and Guest Speaker:

  • Richard Burton, IINH founder and director, is a nutritionist (BSc Hons) with over 40 years experience in creating personalised nutrition plans for clients with a wide spectrum of health and fitness goals. Richard will present some of the nutrition material and help any participants who have questions relating to their own or clients’ health & fitness issues.
  • Lyda Borgsteijn, Owner and founder of The Primal Rabbit, co-owner CrossFit Solas, Certified Nutritional Therapist, Coach and Speaker. Lyda specialises in paleo nutrition, blood sugar regulation, digestive health and energy balance and works with fitness enthusiasts and athletes on diet analysis, planning, implementing and monitoring specific nutrition programmes and supplement protocols tailored to their sport and individual needs. Current and past clients include triathletes, ironmen, indoor football, rowing​ and CrossFit​ competitors.
  • Sean Kinane, experienced gym instructor, personal trainer and IINH health coach student. Sean’s company Health Matters specialises in fitness testing, performance enhancement and other health-related programmes. He will demonstrate metabolic Testing (Day 1) and VO2 Testing (Day 2) in class, with attendees as volunteers. Sean also lectures on ITEC and ASCM fitness courses, delivers a Health and Fitness module with SOLAS and has developed a Schools Health Education and Awareness Programme, currently in operation in primary schools across Dublin.​
  • Danny Lennon, our well-known guest speaker, will deliver an interactive online talk – Protein Dose/Distribution for Maximizing Hypertrophy. Danny has completed a master’s degree (MSc) in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork. He works as a performance nutritionist to professional MMA fighters, professional boxers and competitive power lifters. He consults for several teams in a number of sports. He also has an online coaching service that serves a wide range of clients with nutrition-related issues.


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