Nutrition can be a confusing topic to study because we’re always surrounded by opinion, theory, personal anecdote, and various advertising campaigns pushing books, documentaries, and products which promise a world of quick fixes.
This presents questions: who is right, who should we believe?
This is why we exist, to demystify fact from fiction in the world of nutrition, to be the voice of reason in an industry clouded with false truths, and to simplify the evidence so we can clearly see the truth.
BTN (formerly known as Body Type Nutrition) started its life 10 years ago in 2009 as a bespoke online coaching company started by myself Ben Coomber to work with clients 1-2-1 on their health and fitness goals. My client transformations and hard work saw me become the UK’s #1 rated podcaster with my show Ben Coomber Radio, appearing on TV shows such as Sky News, Radio channels such as 5Live, and writing for all major UK fitness magazines such as Men’s Health and Functional Sports Nutrition.
After thousands of successful coaching sessions and becoming a go-to company for online coaching I wanted to impact more lives and realised that the current BTN model could only go so far, we thus decided to move away from coaching and into education.
At the time in 2013 there was also lot of frustration felt towards nutrition education, and we were very aware of that. When I did my nutrition training back in 2006 there were only 3 routes you could take;
First there were very basic online courses where you took a test after reading a book and got a certificate. This held minimal credibility and rightly so. It didn’t prepare you to coach people in real-world situations and was often based on outdated science.
Then there were weekend or week-long courses often abroad that, due to length, could only scratch the surface of such a vast topic while costing a lot, again with a pat on the back certificate that meant little in terms of industry recognition and credibility.
And lastly university education that costs thousands and involves 3 years away from home and work (degrees require over £20,000 on their own). This is, of course, all without a guarantee of being a good practitioner at the end of it because there is such a focus in degree programs on nutrition theory and not practice. We are often told that our courses provide more in the way of practical use than some of our students’ undergrad dietetics or nutrition degrees.
So we saw this as an opportunity to fill the gap, to create a course that can be comprehensive, evidence-based, practical, accredited, and globally accessible to all.
Thus in 2013, The BTN Academy was born, the first UK-based, 12-month online nutrition course.
Starting from its first intake of just 16 students, this quickly grew until around 300 students per year from 23 countries were coming through our doors to master the art and science of nutrition.
Since 2013 we have redeveloped our course four times to keep up to date with the latest science and application of nutrition, and we will continue to do so, that’s why all students who study with us get lifetime access to our courses, with all future updates included.
As the research changes, as the industry changes, as we coach and teach more and more people, our change as an education lighthouse is inevitable. Along the way even our name has changed, we are now simply known as The BTN Academy, or ‘BTN’ as many call us (so not Body Type Nutrition, our name when we started in 2009, today it’s just BTN). It’s a constant reminder to update our thinking and never stop questioning the current scientific consensus, but also to be honest and humble to our roots.
We are all still (and should never stop) learning.
Since 2013 we have taught over 2000 students worldwide to be Nutrition Coaches, including everyday people doing the course just for their own understanding and personal development, which is awesome.
If these 2000 people then go help as few as 20 people each per year, that makes 42,000 people we’ve helped since 2013. We’re proud of that.
Nutrition is a science, but its application is an art, and it’s upon this skilful blend that we pride ourselves. We really do think that our unique teaching style, diverse range of tutors and broad syllabus enables any eager student to become capable of really making a lasting impact.
That’s why we say “Learn Nutrition, Change Lives.”
And just for extra confidence in what we do, our Foundation Academy is AfN and REPs certified, and our 12-month course, The BTN Practical Academy, is an Active IQ level 4 qualification. That’s 10 years of experience coaching as a company, 6 years of education evolution, and the industry credentials to back up what we do.
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As coaches, as a collective, we have the power to change lives. With knowledge, confidence and support we can do great things as nutrition coaches.