Strength and Conditioning Certification

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Strength and Conditioning Certification Course

Sports are big business: profitable for athletes and personal trainers who prepare athletes for competition.

Until recently, most people believed that power athletes were born and not made. That's changed. A proper strength and conditioning training program can make anyone faster, stronger, more powerful and better at any sport. Professional and amateur athletes in all sports at all levels, from club teams to professional leagues, need the assistance of expert personal trainers in order to excel.

ISSA's Strength and Conditioning Certification course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge, expertise, and specific training techniques to enable athletes to expand the capacity of their bodies to perform the most difficult athletic feats, while remaining strong and free from injuries. Athletic endeavors place the human body under great stress. Proper training and preparation give athletes the confidence to push themselves to their limits, without fear of physical breakdown.

Included in the Strength and Conditioning Certification Course

Written by Professor and champion athlete Thomas D. Fahey, EdD, ISSA's Strength and Conditioning Certification course equips you to properly and effectively train athletes in various sports and open doors to a new client base.

The 530 page Specialist in Sports Conditioning course text now contains 5 brand new chapters complete with over 150 detailed exercise illustrations. It is complemented by a 294 page workbook with detailed learning objectives to help you get the most out of your studies. In addition you also receive a DVD with an associated DVD study guide that brings to life the concepts discussed in the text.

Newly Updated Course Sections
  • Strength Training and Conditioning for the Chest and Shoulders
    • Chest Exercises
    • Shoulder Exercises
    • Rotator Cuff Exercises
    • Bench Press Training
    • Advanced Bench Press Training
  • Strength Training and Conditioning for the Arms
    • Exercises for the Front and Back of the Arm
    • Exercises for the Forearm
  • Strength Training and Conditioning for Abdominal Muscles
    • Developing Abs in the Presence of Abdominal Fat
    • Sit-ups for Shapely Abs
    • The Core & The Kinetic Chain
    • How-to Harness Metabolism to Fight Fat
  • Strength Training and Conditioning for the Upper, Middle & Lower Back
    • Exercises for the Back
    • Exercises for the Neck
  • Strength Training and Conditioning for the Legs
    • Multijoint Leg Exercises
    • Plyometric Exercises
    • Auxiliary Isolation Exercises for the Lower Body
    • Advanced Lifts & Functional Training Techniques

Your Strength and Conditioning Certification course materials will also include your Home Study Section Quizzes. Once you have submitted all of your course quizzes, you will be sent your official Home Study final examination. You may also choose to complete your Section Quizzes online, if you would prefer. Should you choose to complete your quizzes online, once you have submitted all of them, you will be sent your official final examination.

ISSA's Strength and Conditioning Certification Level Two:
Strength and Conditioning Certification Level Two distinction is designed to meet the certification recommendations of NCAA legislation 2013-18.

27 Years of Educating and Certifying Personal Trainers

Since 1988, the ISSA has certified and provided continuing fitness education to over 180,000 people just like you who want to help others feel better, look better and improve the quality of their lives.

We are unconditionally committed to providing expanded access to the highest quality personal training certification and continuing fitness education programs available, advancing our industry as a whole, and developing greater access to career opportunities for those who share our vision of creating a stronger, healthier world.

ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certifcation Level II

Strength and Conditioning Certification - Level II
Advanced Designation

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Current First Aid, CPR, and AED

ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist - Level II certification provides the same vast knowledge, expertise and specific training techniques offered in the Level I course, but increases the certificate holder's perceived value and industry recognition via the requirement of an undergraduate degree before consideration for certification.

In addition, ISSA's SSC - Level II meets all of the new NCAA employment regulations for College/University level Strength and Performance coaches that will officially go into effect in August 2015. The newly required certification components for NCAA legislation 2013-18 are as follows...

"The required components for certification of strength and conditioning personnel vary across national certifying agencies. Institutions (Colleges/Universities) should identify a particular agency or agencies that meet their expectations for developing and conducting appropriate workouts for intercollegiate student-athletes. When considering components for appropriate strength and conditioning certifications, institutions should note whether the certifying agency:

  • Is accredited by a nationally recognized oversight organization [e.g., Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), etc.];
  • Requires an undergraduate college degree;
  • Requires a continuing education component; and
  • Requires current first aid, CPR and AED certification."

ISSA's SSC Level II certification meets these standards:
  • ISSA's certificate programs are accredited via the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
  • ISSA's SSC - Level II distinction requires proof of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • All ISSA certifications (including SSC Level II) require 20 Continuing Education hours every two years
  • ISSA's SSC - Level II requires proof of First Aid, CPR and AED prior to the issuance of official certification

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