Fitness coaching for diabetes
Fit4D diabetes coaching
In 2006, following his diagnosis for T1DM, endurance athlete David Weingard founded Fit4D, a company providing personalized diabetes coaching. His staff includes Certified Diabetes Educators, fitness coaches, nutritionists, and nurses.
David Weingard began running at age fifteen. He raced in his first marathon at 17. In his early 30s, he started taking part in triathlons and completed an Ironman.
In 2000, at 36, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His doctor discouraged him taking part in another Ironman. Doctors focus on treating illness, says Weingard, not completing endurance events.
Weingard wanted to continue being active. He started to train for his first postdiagnosis Ironman, simulating the experience in a 50-page document.
I figured out what it’s like to go in the pool at exactly the time the race would start, to test myself during the swim, then to come out and see how much insulin I needed to take. I learned what my routine would be every single hour.
I learned that putting that plan into action wasn’t that simple. I had to find people to learn from (doctors, nurses, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and other people with diabetes). As committed as I was to the plan, I found it very challenging to pull it all off while balancing my diabetes, job, family and life in general.
He also wanted to reach out to the diabetic community and take part in the search for a cure. In 2003 and 2005, he raced Ironman triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run) and raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) New York City Chapter.
I received tremendous media exposure and along the way learned from the hundreds of people with diabetes who contacted me from around the world how my efforts inspired and brought them positive energy in their lives.
He was in the Denver airport on the way to race his second Ironman triathlon when he came on the idea of using the internet to provide access to CDE-certified nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and nurses.
In 2006, he started Fitness4Diabetics.com, which provides fitness coaching for people with diabetes. He has hundreds of subscribers and a team of nurses, exercise physiologists and dieticians.
Like any good coaches, we'll provide motivation and support. And, we'll coach you wherever you choose: in your home, your gym, a nearby park, or a favorite restaurant.
By David Hay Jones
Thanks to Kerri Morrone Sparling for her excellent blog and interview with David Weingard.