Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Do your clients tell you they “lost” or don’t have “motivation”?
  • Do you struggle to stay positive and feel productive with some of your “tricky” clients?
  • Are you getting burnt out by your stuck, frustrated, difficult clients?
  • Can negative, pessimistic clients suck the energy and enjoyment right out of your coaching?
Applying Self-Determination Theory

What if it didn’t have to be that way?

  1.     ­­­­Identify mental roadblocks to success and help your client move them aside.
  2.     Communicate with your clients effectively motivate them to change and achieve their goals.
  3.     Coach with authenticity and evidence-based psychological skills.

Augment your technical skills with psychological skills

  •     Get the most out of your knowledge, education, and training by communicating and motivating more effectively.
  •     Minimize or even remove the draining effects of working with “tough” clients.
Interviews include industry experts such as Meghan Callaway, Kelly Coffey, Georgie Fear (above), Mark Fisher, Molly Galbraith, Tony Gentilcore, and Dean Somerset.

Hi, I’m Lisa Lewis, Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist, Certified Addictions Counselor

Since 2003, I’ve been providing psychotherapy, or counseling, to clients from all walks of life, with a broad range of issues and goals. I earned my master’s degree in Clinical/Counseling psychology and worked as a mental health counselor and substance abuse counselor for years before earning a doctorate in counseling and sport psychology. This degree helped me to develop expertise in counseling, and my dissertation research focused on exercise motivation. Aside from psychology and counseling, my other love is sport, exercise, and fitness. I grew up playing sports, I have been an indoor cycling instructor since 2007, and an aspiring meathead since age 6. Thanks to these two passions, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many athletes, executives, high-achievers, and most notably, fitness professionals, who strive to get the best out of their clients. Over the years of seeing fitness professionals for consultation, providing in-services to gym staff, and speaking at workshops and conferences for trainers, physical therapists, strength coaches, nutrition coaches, and chiropractors, I have noticed a lack of education, support, and training for psychological and communication skills. I developed this course based on interactions with people like you. I designed this curriculum to provide clear, easy-to-apply techniques to the great work that you are already doing! Whether you help people to recover from injury, get strong, lose weight, or ease pain, you can apply the skills and techniques in Psych Skills for Fit Pros to augment your efficacy.

Who is this course for?

Psych Skills for Fit Pros is designed for fitness professionals who want education and skills on motivation, behavior change, and effective communication for enhancing these in your clients. Strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutrition coaches, and wellness coaches are examples of fitness professionals who have benefitted from Psych Skills for Fit Pros.


How long will it take me to learn and use the psych skills in the course?

You can begin implementing the skills you learn immediately! Each lecture in the course is brief and designed to provide skills you can use with clients right away. You will be able to practice and notice the impact of the skills you learn the same day you listen to a lecture or an interview.

What kind of material is in the course?

The Psych Skills for Fit Pros curriculum includes lectures in webinar format, that range from five to forty minutes, interviews with fitness professionals that are twenty to thirty minutes, worksheets for reflection and application, quizzes, and a workbook with all of the content slides in the lectures.

Can I earn continuing education credit by completing the course?

I have applied for continuing education credits from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Stay tuned for updates about CEU’s!