Solon: Fitness folks in focus

Coach Jeaneth aro with Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Fitness Station

TODAY’S guest is sports nutritionist Jeaneth Aro.

Can you say a little something about yourself?

I’m a registered nutritionist dietitian with extensive background in Nutrition Coaching. I am from a nutrition consulting company called Nutrifit. I was an athlete back in highschool and college. I also worked as a fitness instructor in my early adult years. I am happily married and have two boys.

What is your educational background?

I graduated from UP Diliman with a degree in Community Nutrition. Got my Nutrition Coaching Certification from Precision Nutrition in Canada. I was recently awarded with a scholarship from the International Olympic Committee.

How are you involved in the health and fitness industry?

I have been a practicing dietitian/nutrition coach for almost 15 years. I’m currently the personal nutrition coach of Hidilyn Diaz, Jiujitsu World Champion Meggie Ochoa and IBF Champion Jerwin Ancajas. I am also the team nutrition coach of the National Boxing Team and Philippine Squash Team. I also serve as the head of the Performance Nutrition Unit of the High Performance Team of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

What is your personal fitness routine like?

Right now, my workout routine is two to three times a week recreational boxing or muay thai, and two to three times resistance training and yoga.

As a professional, what’s the biggest misconception you see in the fitness or health industry?

I noticed that there is no clarity on the main difference between fitness nutrition and sports performance nutrition.The former is more on improving body composition while with the latter, physique optimization is just one of the many goals.

What would you like to see more of in the fitness and health industry?

I guess one of the things that make what I mentioned above a little bit more complicated is that even fitness trainers and conditioning coaches tend to give “expert” opinion on this subject matter. I believe many of us already have moderate Nutrition IQ but we lack the skill of using this knowledge appropriately to specific life situations.

If there’s any one thing you’d like to see people do for their health and wellness, what would it be?

To stop doing fad diets (and for coaches to stop advising them as well). Physique and performance goals can be achieved through a professionally designed, personalized nutrition program.


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