ISSA Founders, Advisors, Course and Continuing Education Authors

The International Sports Sciences Association's advisors and authors are some of the most prestigious and respected names in the fitness industry. The years of scientific research they have conducted, the hundreds of professional publications, and college text books they have authored, is the basis of virtually all exercise, physiology, nutrition, and fitness courses taught around the world.

While others talk about their "experts" we urge you to see for yourself and take an in depth look at their biographies, publications, and accomplishments.

We're confident you'll see why ISSA is truly the World Leader in Fitness Education

Dr. Sal Arria Frederick C. Hatfield Charles Staley Patrick S. Gamboa Dr. Jack Barnathan Karl Knopf Bill Pearl Warren Potash Dr. Thomas Fahey Jane Frederick Dr. Gordon

E.J. 'Doc' Kreis Robert Filer Lt. Col. Taylor John Schaeffer John DeFendis John Berardi Kim Dolan Leto LaReine Chabut

John DeFendis Director of Bodybuilding Exercise for the ISSA (Southeast division)

John has been a Personal Trainer for over 30 years. He started training people and helping them reach their goals long before Personal Training was a business. His love for the gym and helping people is what inspires him to be passionate about his work.

His expertise lies in: weight loss, toning, shaping, firming, bodybuilding and fitness. John has trained thousands of overweight people with incredible success. One of his biggest accomplishments is that he has taken over 100 pounds off of more than 200 individual people in the last 2 years with his ULTRA FIT program.

He recently took over 50 pounds off of the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. John also trained 17 Senators and Congressman at the Congressional gym. He also trained clothing designer Calvin Klein, the CEO of American Express Jim Robinson, professional ballplayers Mike Piazza and Luis Alicea, and performed several seminars for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Phoenix Suns. DeFendis has personal trained professional boxer Andrew Golatta and over 300 champion titleholders in fitness and bodybuilding. He has been featured on 24 national and International magazine covers and won the Mr. USA title himself.

John hosts his own radio talk show on: fitness, nutrition, sports, weight training and weight loss. He has written a syndicated newspaper column called "The Fitness Expert" that is carried in 28 different newspapers, and he has won "Trainer of the Year" for 9 years for the state of Florida. John is also the Director of Bodybuilding Exercise for the ISSA (Southeast division).

John DeFendis has been featured on these television shows: Hard Copy (4 times), ABC T.V.'s 20/20 with Barbara Walters, NBC Sports, The Joan Rivers Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ESPN, FOX Television and CBS News.