I get asked frequently: how can I learn sports nutrition? The answer: the best course is called ‘life’. The best way to learn is to practice it yourself!
If you genuinely want to learn then hire a Recomp Certified Coach and practice manipulating sports nutrition with yourself – and measure it! That is the apprenticeship that creates true competence.
There is no academic classroom course that will teach you what you can learn from real world practice. Nobody became competent at anything sitting in a classroom. And academics teaching in classrooms are the most incompetent people in the world. Even a dictionary definition of the word ‘academic’ is: “not of practical relevance”.
Besides which, in a classroom you will only learn about hypothetical biochemical processes that you will never be able to measure, prove or work with anyway. People who recommend a course of action based on manipulating an unmeasurable mechanism are called ‘snake oil salesmen’. They are con artists. If you cannot measure what you are trying to affect then you are acting in blind ignorance.
What you need to do is: measure the amounts of food that you eat, and measure the resultant change in performance or body composition. Its that simple. But that is true science. That is knowledge. Everything else is BS.
Learn sports nutrition by using it and measuring it. Hire a Recomp Certified coach to set you off in the right direction. Because even if the methods of the coach you choose do not gel with you, as long as they followed the Recomp Method and measured everything, you still will have learned huge amounts about nutrition and yourself. There is no other way.
If you are a Personal Trainer who wants to be qualified and able (i.e. insured) to prescribe sports nutrition then Recomp Certification is the only pathway. Recomp Certification requires that you can prove you can manipulate your own body composition using sports nutrition. That can only be achieved through practice.