“I highly recommend anyone who is in this field or career and to take ISSA, they are very helpful, professional and they help you expand in the personal training, fitness and healthy lifestyle. ”
Being referred from another expert trainer to take this certification was worth it. As a personal trainer, I feel and truly believed that I've gained so much knowledge from ISSA. They are very supportive, helpful and helps you work on anything specifically in order to better you or me as a trainer.
I highly recommend anyone who is in this field or career and to take ISSA, they are very helpful, professional and they help you expand in the personal training, fitness and healthy lifestyle. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization who truly looks to help trainers in Their career.
“ The content is informative and the support is endless. ”
Thank you, ISSA for a pioneering a very efficient program. The process is extremely simple to navigate and understand. The content is informative and the support is endless. I look forward to furthering my certifications with you and highly recommend your Company to anyone interested in this type of education!
“The business resources provided as part of the course material really help to set up your own personal training business with form templates and tips to help you hit the ground running and succeed!”
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to complete my Personal Trainer Certification with ISSA. The modules were well-organized and the course material was reinforced by videos, case studies and an in-depth learning summary with terms at the end of each chapter. The exams are designed to test not only theoretical knowledge but your hands-on knowledge and common sense as well. In other words, learners need to try the exercises and movements to understand their mechanisms.
The emphasis on training principles and the case studies are designed in such a way that the learner can become technically knowledgeable and apply that knowledge properly. The business resources provided as part of the course material really help to set up your own personal training business with form templates and tips to help you hit the ground running and succeed! It truly makes a difference that the founders, advisers, course authors and continuing education authors are all experts in their fields. I have recommended the course to others and will definitely continue doing so. I look forward to my continued learning with ISSA. With ISSA certifications, you can walk the walk and talk the talk!
“The education I received will put me above my competition and has provided me to the tools to helps other meet their personal fitness goals.”
Being a military member has its challenges when it comes to continuing education. ISSA made meeting my personal goal of becoming a personal trainer possible. Not only did I receive the education that I needed but the organization was extremely understanding of my responsibility to the military. The staff at ISSA is always friendly and helpful.
The education I received will put me above my competition and has provided me to the tools to helps other meet their personal fitness goals. I look forward to a long future with ISSA.
"Be your own Beauty and your own Beast"
“I definitely recommend the ISSA on-line program to become a certified personal trainer, it's very complete and you get a lot of support along the way.”
I definitely recommend the ISSA on-line program to become a certified personal trainer, it's very complete and you get a lot of support along the way. What I've loved the most is that you become part of the ISSA community worldwide and also that you have the opportunity to continue your education with them to grow in the fitness industry.
Rian de la Torre
“If you're on the fence about which training certification to get, look no further than ISSA. I have been in school and learned from others and their way does not even compare.”
I am a proud graduate of the ISSA Master Trainer program. I just wanna say thank you and share with you about how much ISSA has helped me. Within 3 weeks of being certified back in 2014, I found a job as a personal trainer. I worked with many types of clients with different fitness levels. Whether they were older or up and coming athletes, ISSA prepared me to take that next step.
I've since then branched off and really elevated my craft as a proud fitness professional. I've been able to impact 1000's of people through Fitness the ISSA way. Along with doing so, ISSA has created a competitive drive in me. I am an elite level powerlifter who's striving to make my way. Along with that, I compete in summer baseball and many athletic events. My goal is to never stop learning and strive to get better every day.
I now have the ISSA Exercise Science 2 year degree and the master trainer certification. It has truly opened doors and been incredible for me. I have been writing articles for the ISSA blog as well. I am currently finishing up my bachelor's degree and I will then enter a masters program as well. I plan on being a top practitioner in my field all because of the education ISSA provided me.
If you're on the fence about which training certification to get, look no further than ISSA. I have been in school and learned from others and their way does not even compare. All in all, I'm doing things nobody thought I could do. And it couldn't have been done without you guys and your incredible staff. Go check out ISSA and change your career today!
ISSA Master Trainer
“I was so overwhelmed at first but chatted with a master trainer on the website and they gave me some wonderful study tips that built my confidence back up. I actually finished a month early.”
I use to be very overweight as you can see in the pictures. When my son was diagnosed with autism I realized to properly care for him I needed to live a much healthier lifestyle. So little change by little change I slowly lost the weight but discovered I was left with a lot of loose skin. My husband was worried about me having surgery to remove it so I decided to fill as much as I could I with muscle.
I fell in love with fitness and realized my purpose. To help others live healthier and love themselves. But I needed an education. I dropped out of high school so I had to get my school equivalency first. I spent 8 month's studying for that and graduated. I immediately contacted ISSA. I was so overwhelmed at first but chatted with a master trainer on the website and they gave me some wonderful study tips that built my confidence back up. I actually finished a month early.
Thank you, ISSA. It's now time for me to use what you taught me and go change lives!!!!
“ISSA provided me with essential tools and knowledge to transform my hobby into a desired business. ”
Before I was moved towards fitness trainer certification I've spent 8 years in the office behind of the financial reports. My life changed a few years ago and I'm happy to take a new career choice in my life. I am a former professional swimmer and sport have always been my passion. ISSA provided me with essential tools and knowledge to transform my hobby into a desired business.
I feel proud to be a part of ISSA Team and look forward to continue to increase my knowledge in this field. This is a beginning of my journey as a personal trainer but I have ISSA's support, knowledge and guidance I need to succeed.
“I have learned to change the lifestyle of others in a positive way from good nutrition to the proper training techniques and also to help improve my overall physique.”
ISSA has been an awesome, wonderful, very knowledgeable, life changing experience. I am thrilled and excited about all of the information I have learned from ISSA this is best the choice and way to go. I would recommend to anybody who has an interest in becoming a professional fitness trainer to start on the right path with ISSA.
I will apply all that I have learned to change the lifestyle of others in a positive way, from good nutrition to the proper training techniques and also to help improve my overall physique.
ISSA does provide a great helpful support team and provides everything you will need to know to be ISSA certified. I have completed the very challenging course in 2 months 9 weeks to be exact. ISSA is my number 1 choice.
I set mind to it while I balanced work, church, lifting weights, and dedication to my study time I did not let anything stand in my way of becoming ISSA certified I thank the ISSA team for being very supportive and helpful even after becoming ISSA certified.
“I do not believe there is another certifying organization that has the background, integrity, caring and compassion that the ISSA has...”
I just want to say THANK YOU to the ISSA. Because of the extensive knowledge and understanding, I have gained from being a part of the ISSA family for so many years, I am happy to announce that I am taking a full-time position with Lifetime Fitness in Houston Texas. This is a move halfway across the country for me but this is going to be the pinnacle of my career of 35 years.
I am so thankful for what the ISSA has provided me to help me get here. Without a doubt, you all played a major role in my ability to earn this incredible position.
I will continue to carry the ISSA banner everywhere I go. I do not believe there is another certifying organization that has the background, integrity, caring, and compassion that the ISSA has, not too mention the educational material is absolutely incredible and challenging. It makes you think and study so one can be a better trainer.
CEO and Owner
Fit Maxx Metabolic Fitness and Weight Management Center
“ I say this as a current high school Teacher and Coach. They truly educate you on the various topics regarding human health and physiology and the way it responds to exercise and diet.”
I found the International Sports Science Association while searching for a way to obtain my Personal Training Certification. I can easily say that ISSA is an incredible resource! I say this as a current high school Teacher and Coach. They truly educate you on the various topics regarding human health and physiology and the way it responds to exercise and diet.
'This is not a memorize and regurgitate course! You will truly be immersed in the curriculum! It's a rigorous program, but I truly feel prepared and excited for the future based on the education I acquired through ISSA.
“Only 2 months after being certified I got hired as a Fitness Coordinator and started making my income as a fitness trainer for Marines and Civilians. The knowledge I have gained by getting certified through ISSA has laid a solid foundation for further certification I got afterward.”
I got certified as a ISSA Personal Trainer in June 2015, while living in Germany, shortly before moving to a US military installation in Japan. At first I was anxious if the ISSA certificate would be well recognized and if I would be able to find a job as a personal trainer. What can I say, after getting certified, everything went really smooth and exceeded my expectations. Only 2 months after being certified I got hired as a Fitness Coordinator and started making my income as a fitness trainer for Marines and Civilians. The knowledge I have gained by getting certified through ISSA has laid a solid foundation for further certification I got afterward.
The ISSA Exercise Science book has been a steady companion in my Office, and to the day, I re-read topics, refer back to them and have recommended ISSA for clients who became during their fitness journey so inspired that they even wanted to get themselves certified. It is an amazing feeling to know that I have helped hundreds of people in the past two years to get back on their fitness track, become stronger, have more endurance, lose weight or accomplish whatever their personal goal was. I have received numerous messages from former clients that they see me as a trainer and mentor and received from the company I work for 2 “Moments of Excellence Awards” for the quality of my training and the customer service I provide.
Needless to say, I don’t regret for a moment the money I took into my hands to get certified. Its paid itself off double and triple, not just monetary, but also in self confidence I gained, by knowing that I actually received a good education and ISSA gave me enough tools into m hands to be really good in what I do: Inspiring people for a healthy lifestyle. Thank you ISSA and the whole team that works at ISSA customer service and re-certifaction. If I ever had problems, they were always promptly solved!
“I hold two certifications with the International Sports Sciences Association and I couldn't be more pleased with the support I've received.”
I work as a personal trainer in North Carolina. I hold two certifications with the International Sports Sciences Association and I couldn't be more pleased with the support I've received. The study materials are very thorough and the staff has always been extremely helpful. I'm grateful for the ISSA granting me the knowledge and credentials I need to excel working in the fitness industry.
“They have been tremendously supportive over the years and helped me to build a very profitable personal training practice!”
I've been certified through ISSA for the past several years. I continue to use ISSA to renew my certifications and do my continuing education classes. They have been tremendously supportive over the years and helped me to build a very profitable personal training practice! I would recommend ISSA for anyone interested in getting started as a certified personal trainer!
“I am so proud to be part of the ISSA family. When I became certified back in 2011, I never knew how quickly my business would become so successful. ”
I am so proud to be part of the ISSA family. When I became certified back in 2011, I never knew how quickly my business would become so successful.
I have so much passion for the fitness industry and love going to work every day. I work hard, make sure my clients are trained properly and are happy with their results. I am professional always and want to make sure I make ISSA proud of me as I am proud of them.
ISSA has given me more confidence in how I handle my business. I just finished my certification in nutrition and look forward to certifying myself in other areas soon. Their continued education is an asset that helped me with my client’s success.
“I am so overly emotional and proud that throughout these last 12 weeks of insane studies and working all the time; I finished. I can't wait to see how ISSA helps me better myself and everyone around me.”
I really didn't think I could finish it. I am a very hard worker and being a trainer has been my dream since 2012. I used to tell my father, who passed away august 2015, that I wanted to be a personal trainer. I worked my butt off and yes courses especially online can be incredibly overwhelming, but I persevered and passed with a 93%.
I am so overly emotional and proud that throughout these last 12 weeks of insane studies and working all the time; I finished. I can't wait to see how ISSA helps me better myself and everyone around me. I am very excited to start!
“Did my research and found out that not only is ISSA a reputable certification, they also are willing to help you succeed after you get certified.”
I spend most of my time in the gym, and I also help many others get into shape. I was doing that for four years for free!!! Then one day I thought to make a career helping others get into shape. Did my research and found out that not only is ISSA a reputable certification, they also are willing to help you succeed after you get certified. Assisting you in how to turn your certification into a career!!!
That for me was a big part in choosing ISSA. It allowed me to train myself to compete in a physique competition, and I look great. This is a platform to reach out to new clients and help them reach goals just as I did. My body is my advertisement and it's all because of International Sports Sciences Association.
Joseph Alexander Harris
“ISSA has brought a strong root into my life that keeps leading me towards success. ”
With the foundation knowledge and continuous learning of ISSA, I was able to SHARE, DELIVER AND MOTIVATE customers, friends, and family to start a new lifestyle where they were able to find the ultimate happiness and most important being able to understand what works best for them.
I was able to meet and train famous personalities around the world and was even interviewed for few magazines. ISSA has brought a strong root into my life that keeps leading me towards success. Now I have my own website where I'm able to choose and identify the right specialists for the right customers - www.lindleyZfitness.com. I travel around the world to deliver those services.
My best advice.
"Dream big because everything is possible. If mankind dreamed one day of constructing the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa in Dubai), you can also make your big dream, a big success. Take a step today and ISSA will lead you to the right path."
“The course was very educational and the support of the ISSA Team is outstanding! ”
I just completed my ISSA Fitness Trainer Certification and I am so excited to put all this knowledge to great work now. The course was very educational and the support of the ISSA Team is outstanding! If you are considering completing this course and joining the fitness movement I highly recommend this certification through ISSA.
“What I loved most was the final exam not just a multiple choice exam but an exam that made me think, challenged me, but also had me prove myself from a practical stand point!”
What I have enjoyed most about ISSA is the challenge. I was a certified trainer prior to taking my personal trainer with ISSA but wanted a program with more desirable specializations. What I loved most was the final exam not just a multiple choice exam but an exam that made me think, challenged me, but also had me prove myself from a practical stand point! Since being a certified trainer I have a become a SSC as well. That was a true challenge of my knowledge and ability to retain information. If you want a challenge or a trainer like myself who wants to continually learn, then go through ISSA from the courses to the staff youll be in good hands!
Tyler Hutchinson CPT, SSC, PTA
“Personally, I would recommend it to a lot of people. I learn a lot of new things and ways you can train somebody that I'm ready to use the stuff I learned to better people lives.”
In high school, I was the kid that loved to workout and help others. I was out of shape so I went hard the one summer and game back toned up. I recently gained the weight back but I am currently losing it and I seen a page on Facebook about ISSA. Personally, I would recommend it to a lot of people. I learn a lot of new things and ways you can train somebody that I'm ready to use the stuff I learned to better people lives.
“ISSA definitely proved themselves above and beyond. I definitely received more than I expected and absolutely excited to take more courses.”
Thank you so much for one of the best courses I have taken. The fitness certification course was informative and a challenge at times. The website is easy to use, and the feedback to posts and emails have quick responses. There are so many companies that rarely care and just take your money. ISSA definitely proved themselves above and beyond. I definitely received more than I expected and absolutely excited to take more courses. Thank you for caring about your customers.
“Thanks to ISSA, I am able to compete and win in bodybuilding competitions despite my day job, and I am honored to help others achieve their personal health aspirations amid their busy schedules. ”
As a writer, I enrolled in the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, so I could reach my reading audience with the latest and best fitness and nutritional information. My book, Fearlessly Fit, empowers individuals with the tools they need to live physically and spiritually vibrant lives.
I know that sedentary careers are a normal part of our culture, and jobs like accountant, therapist, administrator, computer programmer, etc., leave little room for physical activity. I personally can attest to working on the computer for hours a day, writing books and articles, which is why I have chosen to be aggressive about fitness and nutrition.
Thanks to ISSA, I am able to compete and win in bodybuilding competitions despite my day job, and I am honored to help others achieve their personal health aspirations amid their busy schedules.
Alisa Hope Wagner
ISSA CFT, SFN
“ISSA has remained to be among the leaders of the fitness industry and is still an organization that is nationally recognized and has a good reputation.”
I have been certified with ISSA for 22 years. As personal trainer certifications came and went over that time period, ISSA has remained to be among the leaders of the fitness industry and is still an organization that is nationally recognized and has a good reputation. I have other certifications that have 'trainer finders' on their sites but ISSA is the only organization through which I have actually gotten employment leads rather than personal training leads.
“I am a certified personal trainer. Now I am free to make money doing what I love more than anything, helping others reach the happy, healthy state that I have.”
I've been weight training since I was legally old enough to go to my local gym. After years of waking up at 4 am every morning I fell in love with the process of growth. Nothing in the world made me feel the way that the results did and eventually I began to see a transformation in all aspects of my life. At 17 I knew I wanted to be a personal trainer but I was going to school and didn't have the time or money.
After I finished college I found some information on the ISSA and it was exactly what I was looking for in a certification- very comprehensive, reasonably priced and completely online. So after months of reading, taking quizzes and retaking quizzes I took the exam and my dream came true. I am a certified personal trainer. Now I am free to make money doing what I love more than anything, helping others reach the happy, healthy state that I have. I am beyond excited to make the impact on this world that I've always known that I am capable of.
“After now having received my certification through ISSA, I feel confident that I'm ready to start my business.”
There are so many organizations to choose from when wanting to become certified fitness trainer. I came across ISSA and thought it would be a great fit for me, and it certainly was. They provided constant support and the material content was outstanding. After now having received my certification through ISSA, I feel confident that I'm ready to start my business. I will definitely continue using their platform for continued education.
“ISSA helped me transform my own life aside from teaching me how to help others.”
Before I enrolled in the ISSA CFT course, I didn't have any direction as to where I was going health and fitness wise. I wanted to live the lifestyle and look a certain way but had no clue where to start or how to do it. Instead of getting my own Personal Trainer I decided I wanted to become one myself. ISSA helped me transform my own life aside from teaching me how to help others. I'm very excited to share my experience and knowledge to future clients!
“ I feel I can give my best to my clients and continue to further my education so I can give them the most up to date and relevant information. ”
I've done 2 courses through ISSA now and have been more than pleased with each one. The courses are long enough, thorough enough, and in depth enough that I feel confident and competent after I complete each one, but flexible enough that I can continue to work my full time job as a gym manager and trainer and apply the skills I'm learning. Not only that, but they're accepted world wide, so I know that in Canada, my education is recognized and can be insured. I feel I can give my best to my clients and continue to further my education so I can give them the most up to date and relevant information. The tests are very, very thorough and make sure you're applying what you learned. I plan to continue to learn and grow in this industry through ISSA.
“I've always been passionate about fitness, and ISSA gave me tools to build a knowledge base that I can continue to add to.”
I was skeptical at first of how well an online course could prepare me for a profession that depends so much on face to face, physical interaction, but having finished I couldn't feel more prepared and excited to start. While studying on my own could have been daunting, the ISSA staff did a great job of making me feel like I was part of a bigger collective group with regular emails and a quick response rate. I've always been passionate about fitness, and ISSA gave me tools to build a knowledge base that I can continue to add to. Thank you!!
“ I have already recommended ISSA to people who have reached out to me inquiring about my satisfaction and thoughts and I will continue to do so.”
I was totally impressed with ISSA and their professionalism. I have been wanting to get my personal trainer certification for a while now and I wasn't quite sure what association to choose. I'm glad I took the time to investigate and come to the conclusion that ISSA was the wisest choice. I was impressed with the material offered in the course along with the resources available.
Calls and emails were replied quickly and I was completely satisfied in every aspect of the course. I have already recommended ISSA to people who have reached out to me inquiring about my satisfaction and thoughts and I will continue to do so. I am looking forward to start my future endeavors in training and helping others.
“The course was demanding, and required a lot of work, study and effort but this is what separates ISSA from the rest. I would proudly recommend ISSA!”
My name is Rahel Desta and I just became ISSA certified personal trainer. There are many different paths to becoming a personal trainer. There is not a right way, or a wrong way. There are those who go to college first while others pursue their education after being hired by a fitness center. Regardless of the route taken, becoming a certified personal trainer is one of the main steps in a successful training career. Being physically active and in shape has always been a part of my life. Building and maintaining a well-toned body requires dedication to regimen of cardiovascular exercise and weight training, along with compliance to a healthy diet. Choosing the ISSA for my Personal Training Certification has been the best decision in my fitness career to date! I was very pleased with this course.
The workbook, the course material, the assignments, Quiz and learning experience all lend to superior knowledge to the subject of becoming personal trainer. I have gained so much knowledge out of this course, I am proud and pleased of this knowledge that I can now pass along to my future clients, friends and family. I made the right choice in choosing ISSA to be the ones to certify me. The course was demanding, and required a lot of work, study and effort but this is what separates ISSA from the rest. I would proudly recommend ISSA!
Thank you! it's an honor.
“I found the student support and professionalism to be astounding, and the course so learner friendly.”
My studies and experience with ISSA has been an amazing one. Having an expat life, finding a fitness qualification that you can complete while dealing with a transient lifestyle is a tough. Moving around the world makes it hard to keep up your studies. ISSA’s personal trainer course allowed me to work my studies in with my life. I found the student support and professionalism to be astounding, and the course so learner friendly.
I feel I learnt more on this course than I have in full time attendance courses. The way the course has been adapted and formatted makes it easy to learn, and most of all enjoyable. I am very proud to be a member of the ISSA professionals, and look forward to my continued education with the team. In short, you guys are great.
“ISSA offers lessons of real-world cases and the insights of professionals.”
I wanted to learn more about fitness nutrition and identify implementation obstacles. The fitness nutritionist program with ISSA helped me achieve my goals. ISSA offers lessons of real-world cases and the insights of professionals.They provide you with the materials to clearly disseminate nutritional information you can apply to your clients.
“As a busy fitness professional having ISSA as a resource is golden.”
As a busy fitness professional having ISSA as a resource is golden. I can study and test online, and I have confidence knowing that support is just a phone call away if needed. ISSA courses are practical, relevant, affordable, - and my certifications are recognized wherever I go. I have, and will continue to refer my friends and family to ISSA.
“The International Sports Sciences Association was easily the best choice I've ever made towards a career in helping change people's lives.”
The International Sports Sciences Association was easily the best choice I've ever made towards a career in helping change people's lives. The ISSA set reasonable timelines to get things done, as well as provided endless support through many different forms. They offer support through email, phone call, as well as on their website with a question board as a way for students to create threads on a forum for all to contribute towards a healthy learning experience. Along with more than just a textbook, a workbook is given that helps immensely with retaining important and information. The workbook is engaging and truly makes a student learn and understand the material given. All of the quizzes adequately and fairly test your new knowledge for each chapter.
The final exam is also prepared for very well through the use of the unit quizzes. As well, they provide students with a "practice exam". The practice exam provides a detailed idea of what students should know for the final exam to get certified. The final exam itself is very straightforward and the questions are extremely fair, yet truly challenging. All in all, anyone looking to increase their knowledge of fitness and nutrition and plausibly get a career in the industry should definitely look into the ISSA program. I'd recommend it 10/10 for anyone in any situation with any background or experience.
“I feel confident to go into the work force as a personal trainer now, and I'm excited to start this chapter in my life.”
Deciding which association to get my personal training certification through was a really tough decision for me. I had heard great things about many different programs, but a friend recommended ISSA so I checked it out. The website had a lot of details and when I showed interest, I was really pleased to receive an email from someone personally recognizing my interest. This person was extremely helpful with answering all my random questions and reassured me when I was questioning the program, both before and during.
Once I enrolled, I was so excited to start but had a huge work load ahead of me. The course was beyond challenging and taught me so much valuable information not only about the physical aspect of training, but also about how to really work with clients. Juggling this course, working part time, and being a full time student in college was a huge workload. So when I fell a little behind in this course, I was happy to see I could extend my studying time to ensure I finished my course. The quizzes covered the chapters well, and the final exam was really challenging and tested every aspect of being a personal trainer.
I feel confident to go into the work force as a personal trainer now, and I'm excited to start this chapter in my life. I am beyond grateful that I chose to get my certification through ISSA, and highly recommend it to anyone looking into getting a certification.
“I would like to say that the course l've attended _CFT_ was very useful and I feel that my techniques are better and my clients are more blessed and satisfied.”
I would like to say that the course l've attended _CFT_ was very useful and I feel that my techniques are better and my clients are more blessed and satisfied. Guys you are the best, keep up the good work !!
Mostafa El Gindy
“The ISSA Personal Trainer course explained every chapter very clearly and covered so many areas of health, nutrition, and fitness.”
I just became certified as an ISSA Personal Trainer. I am a mother of two beautiful adult daughters, my daughter Gina is also an ISSA Personal Trainer, she encouraged me to pursue my passion I have always had for health and fitness. The ISSA Personal Trainer course explained every chapter very clearly and covered so many areas of health, nutrition, and fitness. I learned so much more than I expected to and this course prepared me to start my personal training career with much knowledge.
I look forward to doing more courses with ISSA to further my education. Also, any questions I had were always answered quickly and very helpful which I appreciate. I am very excited to start this new journey in my life and would highly recommend ISSA.
“ I learned so much about what it takes to be a trainer. The program covers tons of information, but it was manageable and very useful and relevant.”
I am not your typical student. I decided to become a CFT after having my kids and well into my years as a mother and spouse. I needed a program that would work into my busy schedule and allow me to learn and work at my own pace. I was very happy with the ISSA program. I learned so much about what it takes to be a trainer. The program covers tons of information, but it was manageable and very useful and relevant.
Whenever I needed help, the customer service people were super, kind, and understanding. The always did all that they could to meet my needs and understanding of my circumstances. I would absolutely recommend the ISSA program to anyone who has a busy schedule, but is looking to add to or change careers. I'm so excited to put my certificate to use and start offering my services and building my business.
“The information I learned in the CFT course was top notch.”
The information I learned in the CFT course was top notch. I was able to immediately use it to improve my own workouts as well as the people that I work with. I look forward to being able to share this information with others and for a rewarding source of additional income for my family.
“I am so impressed by the level of professionalism and thoroughness that ISSA offers to trainees.”
I am so impressed by the level of professionalism and thoroughness that ISSA offers to trainees. This was no easy task...time, effort and application of a lot of information were in demand, thank you for that. The text provides in depth knowledge and the workbook as well as online support, give you all the tools you need to complete the quizzes and exams as well as launch you into the profession as a personal trainer. I also every much appreciated the course and exam not having a time limit. I became pregnant with my second child after enrolling in the course and after having my baby, time was an issue for me.
I found myself needing extensions, they were granted. This way I was able to fully dive into the text, quizzes and final exam essays and case studies completely any time I had free moments, answering to my best knowledge without rushing through them. Upon completion of this course, I am ready and confident in my training to gain clients and share my knowledge and skills learned through ISSA. I am excited to help people and lead them into a healthy lifestyle and I am excited to show my daughters that hard work pays off.
“If I had questions, comments or concerns, I would call and the staff was so very helpful, I was in shock of how much support I got! ”
My name is Malaika (my father gave me this name) which means "Good spirits". Ive always been a high energy spirited person . I did a lot of research on the best fit to become a certified trainer. I love the ISSA approach to fitness and health so I made a decision and purchased the ISSA certification and was so jazzed about it, yet I had some challenges… Life was steady moving right along as well as some grief and loss from loosing my father this year , that I put my test on hold. My daddy had always told me I was a master sales woman and motivator. I can do anything that I set my mind to do! I just stopped believing it.
So after a few mental battles, I got back on the horse and started working on the ISSA test again. If I had questions, comments or concerns, I would call and the staff was so very helpful, I was in shock of how much support I got! The support is amazing I would highly recommend the International sports science association certification. I can't stop talking to my family and friends and even strangers of how excited I am for finally completing my task and now a certified trainer with ISSA. I am so happy! I now believe that I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to do! I know I made my father proud to.
body by mali
“Being able to study at my own pace, fitting it in with my own hectic lifestyle was a huge benefit.”
I just completed the ISSA Fitness Trainer course two weeks ago and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. The online "Guided Study" helped to break down the initially overwhelming study requirements into very reasonable, achievable sections of study and also helps you through the final exam preparation. The text book comes with a workbook that really helps with comprehension of the text and staff are always just a phone call away if you have any questions; they were a huge help to me during my studying.
Being able to study at my own pace, fitting it in with my own hectic lifestyle was a huge benefit. The final exam involves questions, essays and two case studies; it is not an easy final exam at all and you need to prove extensive understanding of the program; with that said, the format of the ISSA Fitness Trainer course provides everything you need to succeed. I highly recommend this course to anybody looking at broadening their knowledge in the health and fitness field.
“I was Impress with the high level of clarity of the material and the lectures.”
I have just being certified as a ISSA personal trainer.I am tremendously please in their educational approach in fitness lifestyle and nutrition, work book,course material, assignments, learning experience etc. The prompt and efficiency and effectiveness of their response, I received my course material before the said time even thou I am an international student. I was Impress with the high level of clarity of the material and the lectures. I had no need to contact the educator's, this is superior and accurate knowledge theoretical and practically as I after recently gave birth to my twin girls use the same approach to fitness and nutrition have received amazing results.
Now being fully equip with confidence ready to share and educating future clients on fitness and healthy lifestyles,letting them know I have great confidence in this method and with my guidance they can do anything, I feel very informed, competent and excited as personal trainer,I have being impressed for with they taking the time out to congratulate and give me feedbacks, I highly recommend ISSA as High standard and very detailed and informative to everyone.
“I needed a online option that would meet my needs so I could study and also work, the course more than met my needs and expectations.”
When deciding to pursue my Fitness career I chose to get my education from ISSA. I wanted a education and certificate that would be accepted by anywhere I wanted to go to work for. Also I needed a online option that would meet my needs so I could study and also work, the course more than met my needs and expectations. It was affordable and the support was great. I could do self paced studies.
I learned so much that I can share in my Career and also for my lifestyle. I loved it so much that I pursue my Elite Trainer 1 Certificate by Completing The Fitness Trainer Certificate, Specialist in Exercise Therapy Certification and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. At age 53 I plan on getting into the Rehabilitation side of the fitness industry.
Thank you ISSA and Staff
“When it came to being a trainer there wasn't any sugar coating. It was laid out for what it is in the real world in what is to be expected of you as an ISSA professional.”
ISSA was to me was the perfect choice in a certification program. They seemed to promote themselves alot more then another companies. The material can be difficult to attain on its own but ISSA related the material to everyday actions that helped to better understand definitions. When it came to being a trainer there wasn't any sugar coating. It was laid out for what it is in the real world in what is to be expected of you as an ISSA professional. Would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
“This program encompasses a broad amount of information across the board in physical fitness.”
I have had a passion for health, fitness, and nutrition ever since I was young. I had a membership to various health and fitness clubs and gyms through out the years. I got pregnant with our son and went from 140 lbs to 200 lbs at delivery. I knew I needed to get the weight off as soon as possible to improve my energy levels and overall health in order to be the best mom and wife to my husband. I began working out at home to various DVD programs for cardio and strength training and got the weight off in two years time.
I always dreamed of having a full gym in a home someday and that dream became a reality when we purchased our last home here in MN in 2012. We were able to remodel the basement and create a two room adjoining gym. I had accumulated a collection of workout equipment and materials over the years as working out has always been very much part of my lifestyle. We were blessed to have some of the items donated to us as well. I put together a team of health professionals and started a health and fitness ministry two years ago in our church, Heritage Health & Fitness Ministry (HHFM).
I am now on my 4th Fall HHFM Class and really enjoy teaching and helping clients attain their ultimate health and fitness goals. Several of the women in my classes have lost a considerable amount of weight, gotten stronger, and integrated working out and becoming healthier into their current life styles. There was a woman participating in HHFM remotely that lost over 60 lbs last year. I decided that I wanted to make it official and get certified in doing what I love. I began researching various programs to attain my certification.
ISSA intrigued me because I could work from home on my laptop at my own pace. I knew our son would begin school again in the fall so I put a plan together that I would study from 8 am - 2 pm for 6 hours daily and then put the books away when I picked our son up from school and my husband was home in the evenings from work. I loved being able to work through this ISSA manual taking notes and quizzes along the way to gauge my progress in the program. I also like how they incorporate the exam prep work in the form of essay question papers and practice case studies throughout the program. I finished this program in one month and received a 90% on my CFT exam (it is intended to be a 10-12 week program) and feel that I have begun to acquire a solid baseline of health and fitness knowledge that will help me work with my future clients.
This program encompasses a broad amount of information across the board in physical fitness.Thank you ISSA! I would highly recommend this program for anyone wanting to gain certification as a CFT Certified Fitness Trainer today.
Carmen K. Maendel
“Being apart of ISSA has brought me so many opportunities and will continue to do so.”
ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) has given my the chance to chase my dreams. Being able to get my personal training certification has always been such a big goal of mine. Through them I was able to complete my certification and learn a tremendous amount of information on how to be the best trainer possible. Guiding people to believe in themselves and show them that they can conquer anything they put their mind to is how I want ?to live my life as a trainer. As I continue to train others I hope to grow and learn everyday.
ISSA doesn't just provide you with with studying, quizzes and the final exam. They will be there for you with any questions and information you need as a trainer. Being apart of ISSA has brought me so many opportunities and will continue to do so.
Certified Personal Trainer
“The resources ISSA provides (both in hard copy and online) such as the study guide, the coursebook, the chapter summary videos, the exercise videos, and the question board are all very valuable tools...”
I started my own journey of losing weight on August 31, 2015 when I got fed up with feeling tired all the time and not wanting to go out and socialize because of how terrible I felt. I found a local owned gym that is owned and operated by a couple that are ISSA Certified in Fitness and Nutrition, and with their coaching and encouragement … In 4 months, I went from 152.8 lbs to 112.8 lbs and lost 52 ½ inches off my total body; going from a size 12/14 to a size 2/4.
Even though I had met my weight loss goal and my energy had returned, I continued to go to the gym 5 days a week. I had become addicted!! I had friends and family wanting me to share “my secrets”; and that’s what brought me to ISSA’s Certified Fitness Trainer course. I wanted to learn more about fitness and how I could help friends and family live a healthier life style. Throughout my studies, not only did it give me a clear understanding of the methods my trainer’s were using and why, but I learned so much about the anatomy of our bodies and how our muscles/tendons/joints work and the importance of nutrition not only for weight loss but for energy. Not to mention, once the owners of the gym found out I was taking the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer course, they asked if once I was completed, would I be interested in joining their team.
The resources ISSA provides (both in hard copy and online) such as the study guide, the coursebook, the chapter summary videos, the exercise videos, and the question board are all very valuable tools in helping me to understand the concepts and put the concepts to practice. Although, the exam was not easy it was a great way to take the newly learned information and apply to a client. Most importantly, with the understanding that “one size does not fit all”; i.e. the importance of working with each client based on their individual needs and limitations, etc to create a sound program that will safely get them to their goals.
Now that I’ve completed the course and exam earning the title: Certified Fitness Trainer, I feel much more comfortable and confident in being able to coach other people. I also have to give a huge THANK YOU to Patrick, Rosalinda, and David for being so quick to answering questions in a very clear and formative manner and making me feel as though they genuinely cared whether I was successful in the certification process.
“ISSA has been outstanding when it comes to educating and certificating their students. The material is easy to ready, with rich content, and well structured. ”
When it comes to fitness education there are a lot of companies out there, but nothing like ISSA. ISSA has been outstanding when it comes to educating and certificating their students. The material is easy to ready, with rich content, and well structured. The customer service made me feel special and their attention to detail is phenomenal!
“ISSA is number one in my book, and I would highly, highly suggest anyone interested in this career field GO WITH ISSA!”
I partook in the ISSA personal trainer certification course. I have to start of by saying that I have been working out myself for the better part of 6 years, and have a brother who's been certified as a personal trainer who I work out with on occasion and go to for knowledge and advice. So I'm the beginning of the course I thought I knew it all. But boy was I wrong. But I'm glad I was wrong, because that shows me how in depth this program really was. At the end of the program, my knowledge has vastly increased, and I feel like this program is the best one out there in terms of really getting an individual set up for being a trainer.
It gave me easy step by step instructions how to draw in, asses, and train clients to their full potential! Not only that, but when I became certified ISSA offered me a free website, business cards, and much more to help get off on the right foot and also continue on my journey far after I've been certified. ISSA is number one in my book, and I would highly, highly suggest anyone interested in this career field GO WITH ISSA! I guarantee you won't regret it!!
“I've found ISSA's to be the most qualified, useful AND helpful certifications in the business. ”
After having done many other PT certifications over my 25yr career in fitness, I've found ISSA's to be the most qualified, useful AND helpful certifications in the business. Upon hiring other trainers for our facility, I always look for the ISSA professionals! ISSA is among the very highest quality if certification to obtain in the fitness industry! You can't go wrong with this organization!
“If you're wondering if the ISSA can truly change your mind, your body, your career, your outlook on yourself, your life? The answer...is a resounding...'Yes'.”
I say that, because it's even better than a 'good morning' for me, thanks to the International Sport Sciences Association! For me, it started in northern California...at the lowest moments of my life. I was considered morbidly obese at close to 300 lbs., complete with a diabetes scare and suffering from severe depression. Don't let my smile fool you--I was not at all happy, but could hide it well. One day, I was approached by a Life Coach / Motivational Speaker. He asked a question that, up until that day, I had never thought about:
"Why are you here?"
I didn't know. Didn't know why I was at such a low point in my life. He then told me to concentrate my energy on something I truly love and the answer will come. My answer...was lifting weights. My other answer...was helping people. However, those didn't seem at all related to each other, as weightlifting was just something I did as an outlet for my depression. I felt, at that time, that being the state I was in couldn't possibly be of any help to anyone.
And, I was right. So, I had to make some changes. I began really learning how to train from him, as he happened to be a Fitness Trainer as well as a Motivational Speaker. And with that, I began to not only begin to change my body. I also began to change...my mind. NINE YEARS and FOUR STATES later, I had finally implemented a successful lifestyle change that left me looking (and feeling) stronger than I had ever been in my life. It inspired me to want to do the same. I too wanted to change people's lives the way he had changed mine. And so, I signed up with the ISSA for CFT.
Within 4 months, I had my Certification in Fitness Training. Within ONLY THIRTY DAYS, I was working in a highly celebrated fitness studio as a Group Fitness Instructor (Bootcamp). Within a year, I created my own brand in health and wellness with "Blaq Butterfly Wings." Being my own boss, I decided to focus once again on another certification--Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. Halfway through, I was met with a family crisis that presented quite a financial strain--threatening my ability to obtain the coursework in time to renew my CFT.
Still, I maintained that this sacrifice was wholeheartedly worth my future in fitness, so I took my last and placed it towards the course. Within days of this, I received notice from a friend that I'm only one certification away from being able to apply as a Rehabilitation Specialist in the medical field--the SFN. I obtained my SFN August 8, 2016. On September 8th, I applied for a Rehabilitation Specialist position. That night, the Doctor called me himself and asked that I come in for an interview. I was hired September 9th. One word--'Yes'. If you're wondering if the ISSA can truly change your mind, your body, your career, your outlook on yourself, your life? The answer...is a resounding...'Yes'.
Mike Jenkins, Rehabilitation Specialist
SFN / CFT (ISSA)
Blaq Butterfly Wings
“ISSA has taught me how to adapt various teaching methods to suit clients learning needs, allowing me to create healthy environments for teaching.”
Being a nurse allows for me to strengthen my commitment in educating people in health awareness, with ISSA certification I will have the opportunity to teach, encourage and witness the empowerment client’s gain in taking over control and being responsible for their personal health. ISSA has taught me how to adapt various teaching methods to suit clients learning needs, allowing me to create healthy environments for teaching. ISSA’s course material is the most thorough and challenging program I have come across, I look forward to applying what I have learned and opening up a fitness facility of my own in the near future.
“I am extremely happy with the course material and the support staff at ISSA was always there to assist me whenever I had a question with either course.”
I did a fair amount of research on certification programs on becoming a Personal Trainer and a Strength and Conditioning Coach and chose ISSA based upon it's worldwide reputation and depth and breadth of education resources. I have now passed both certification tests and am beginning to build a client base. The certifications will help me significantly upgrade what I can do for the High School Baseball team and 2 travel teams that I coach. I am extremely happy with the course material (text, guided study and audio lectures) and the support staff at ISSA was always there to assist me whenever I had a question with either course.
“I found the books, videos, and online resources to be valuable. The course ware is written in an easy to understand language”
Prior to taking up ISSA, I comprehensively researched many organizations who were offering Personal Trainer certifications .. only perhaps with ISSA, the evaluation exam included detailed essay writing and practical case studies ... honestly this particular aspect of evaluation was unique and clicked with me. I had no further hesitation to zero-in on ISSA. Rest/most other organizations had the traditional objective Q&A to clear their exams. I literally had to keep ~15-20 days to complete my certification exam as the essays and case studies tested application of my gained knowledge thoroughly.
Regarding course material, I found the books, videos, and online resources to be valuable. The course ware is written in an easy to understand language. The book was incredibly comprehensive and the material revisited throughout each chapter, making the recall process simple; the detailed summary at the end of each chapter is my favorite as I could revise each chapter by just going through the summary. The online quizzes helped focus my learning and allowed me to revisit those areas in need of further study. The workbook was a great companion which, if used, religiously works wonders to practicing & retaining knowledge in your mind.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with ISSA personal trainer certification program.
“ ISSA helped me earn the credentials necessary to ensure that I can give people like Eric Vanwagner all the tools they need to continue their journey back to normal function.”
There's no better feeling than being able to give somebody a second chance after they have been chewed up and spit out by the insurance companies who cut off their physical therapy visits. ISSA helped me earn the credentials necessary to ensure that I can give people like Eric Vanwagner all the tools they need to continue their journey back to normal function. Eric was paralyzed from the neck down by a stroke in 2015. When he was sent to me 4 months later, his left arm still wasn't working and he couldn't pick himself up off the floor. Today, all of that is different! This was his first day learning how to do pushups.
“ISSA was a great school and has taught me many things about how to do this and the correct ways.”
I have spent the past 2 years working on my health and fitness so that i could live a better healthier life, I decided that I wanted to help people make there lives better like I did. ISSA was a great school and has taught me many things about how to do this and the correct ways. I will be telling everybody about my experience with this school
“ISSA made it so easy for me to acquire my certificate as a Certified Personal Trainer, and I would also like to add that the course material was put together very well for me to understand.”
I am so excited that I received my certification from ISSA. This was the best decision I made in completing this course. ISSA made it so easy for me to acquire my certificate as a Certified Personal Trainer, and I would also like to add that the course material was put together very well for me to understand. ISSA was there for me every step of the way, and they still are to this day. I would highly recommend anyone who is planning to get certified, to go through ISSA for your certification. You will not be disappointed. Great job ISSA!!!!
“ISSA was one of the only names that was recognized right away and was viewed by all the gyms I called as a very knowledgeable and reputable association.”
I decided to follow my dream and become a personal trainer. There are several different associations available so I took into consideration what my needs were which at the time my main concern was becoming certified with an association that was internationally recognized. I read about different groups that offered this and then made calls to all the gyms on the Monterey Peninsula. ISSA was one of the only names that was recognized right away and was viewed by all the gyms I called as a very knowledgeable and reputable association. With this information and the payment plan that ISSA offered they were the choice I made.
Upon my registration and my first payment my books were mailed off to me and to my surprise I had everything within less than one week. As an older adult, going back to school so to speak and trying to fit studying into my daily regimen it was difficult and scary. When I realized I would not be done in the allotted time given, 4 months, I simply sent an email to my representative asking for an extension and had that granted within a day. This was very refreshing as it left very little time for me to stress with what the answer may be.
The knowledge I obtained from ISSA is far greater than I could have ever imagined. The course study guide was very thorough and the quizzes always reviewed a little of everything I had read in each chapter. ISSA also offers information available online and any time I had a problem question I could find the answer with a little research through them on Google.
Upon submitting my final exam I was told I would hear back from ISSA within 3 business days and within 3 hours I received emails offering me congratulations on my success as a certified personal trainer. This was far beyond what I had expected and very much appreciated as I thought those 3 days were going to last forever.
If any one of my family or friends came to me and asked me if I would recommend ISSA for their future personal training studies I would tell them yes, absolutely. I think ISSA has taught me more than I could ever have imagined and I look forward to learning and growing on a regular basis with them. The weekly updates sent to my email with articles about particular questions people have are always great reads and information that I know will come handy in the near future.
ISSA Personal Trainer
“Thanks for the knowledge and opportunities to now do what I love to do.”
Before ISSA I knew I wanted to be a trainer I just didn't know where and how to begin. Through my teachings at ISSA I've learned so much about proper nutrition and safety practices to train clients and ensure the best possible results. The day I signed on as an ISSA student was the day the rest of my life began, I now train a few individuals who are already seeing positive results. Thanks for the knowledge and opportunities to now do what I love to do.
“As the coursework progressed I began seeing my clients through a different perspective and i firmly believe that ISSA is responsible to give me this sense of professionalism and belonging!”
Doing the ISSA certification has been an experience in itself! Through this course I was able to analyse and apply the theory to my day to day clientele. Already a practicing personal trainer little did I realise the wide implications of the course material and I am truly grateful for the in-depth knowledge provided through the course. Further the mode of assessment was such that one had to sit aside and be able to apply the theory to the practical and this is what I felt helped me the most.
I totally agree that theory is required to form a firm base however the practical brings about a unique understanding. As the coursework progressed I began seeing my clients through a different perspective and i firmly believe that ISSA is responsible to give me this sense of professionalism and belonging!
“ISSA has given me new knowledge and helped me become a more confident and skilled instructor for seniors.”
It has been a great experience to take the course "Specialist in Senior Fitness". The course proves that life is a learning experience no matter how many years of training and teaching you have behind you. ISSA has given me new knowledge and helped me become a more confident and skilled instructor for seniors.
“Not only are the certifications able to teach me high quality content but they also teach me real world applications. ”
ISSA by far has been my go to certifying body for years now. Not only are the certifications able to teach me high quality content but they also teach me real world applications. I'm the owner of Mario Medina Fitness and am currently renting a gym in NJ. Without the training information found\ through ISSA I know for a fact that I couldn't provide the top level services I provide now. I will continue to be educated through the ISSA for years to come. To the team at ISSA, thank you for all your hard work! ps. when I first started I got my first job in training 4 weeks later.
“This institution has been key in my development as a personal trainer and also instrumental in me being able to take my passion and turn it into a career.”
I had an interest in strength training as a teenager, so like the average teen I got a weight bench and some weights and began to lift. It was then that my passion for physical fitness grew. I had a basic knowledge of strength training by looking at magazines and experimenting on my own, but I didn't have the science behind it. It was then that I came across ISSA.
This institution has been key in my development as a personal trainer and also instrumental in me being able to take my passion and turn it into a career. ISSA, has gone above and beyond to make sure that they stay a leader in the fitness education and that is very important in the fitness industry today. I can't thank ISSA enough for preparing for this competitive career. I am very grateful to be affiliated with this school.
“ISSA never let me down and still continue to support me through my career.”
I am so glad that I chose ISSA to gain my personal trainer certification. The customer service is amazing, and the study tools and text were a challenging but fun read. ISSA never let me down and still continue to support me through my career.
“Having the backing of ISSA I feel confident that I am helping to change people's lives through fitness and I am very passionate about that! I am excited to meet new clients and help them start their fitness journeys.”
I had been talking about getting my certification for personal training for literally 15 years. I kept coming up with reasons why it just wasn't the right time to pursue it. Then the new year came in 2013 and I made the decision to just finally do it. It's been one of the best decisions I've made for my fitness career. I found the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer program to be challenging and informative.
The ISSA Staff was extremely responsive and supportive whenever I had questions through phone and email. I wish I wouldn't have second guessed myself all those years! Having the backing of ISSA I feel confident that I am helping to change people's lives through fitness and I am very passionate about that! I am excited to meet new clients and help them start their fitness journeys.
Photographer: Jennifer Roth
“The course did an outstanding job of addressing issues that arise with the training of seniors.”
I recently passed the Senior Fitness program and I wanted to let folks know that I recommend it highly. I thought ISSA did a great job with it. The course did an outstanding job of addressing issues that arise with the training of seniors. And I know a bit about training seniors......since I am myself almost 60! Seriously, it is a great program.
“Partnering with ISSA has been a vital part of The Camp’s success”
Growing The Camp Transformation Center, one of the fastest growing brands in the fitness industry is something that Erick Salgado, ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, is very proud of. The Camp Transformation Center had only two locations just four years ago but now there are over 40 locations nationwide!
How did The Camp Transformation Center grow so rapidly in the fitness industry?
“Partnering with ISSA has been a vital part of The Camp’s success” states Erick Salgado.
If you are looking to join a growing team such as The Camp, getting your certifications though the ISSA will not only help you become an expert in your field but you will gain the completive edge with ISSA’s resources and partnerships.
Opportunities are out there.
The Camp Transformation Center
“The tools and resources that ISSA provide are invaluable and will really set you apart from the rest, in this fitness industry.”
Being certified through ISSA has brought so much freedom to our lives. Pati was able to quit his full time job and focus solely on training his clients and athletes. He has been able to achieve success in Powerlifting and will compete in his 2nd World Powerlifting Meet this Fall. He is an ISSA certified strength and conditioning specialist. I have been training for 15years and after earning my Professional Status as an IFBB Figure Athlete, I decided it was time to dive into the Nutrition aspect of fitness.
My business really took off when I got my ISSA certification as a Specialist in Sports Nutrition and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. This also put me in the position to be an example by assisting over 10 of my previous clients in receiving their own ISSA certification and beginning their own training and/or nutrition business. Through our ISSA credentials we are able to grow our iPhysique company and work together Coaching our team of Athletes in:
Figure and bikini competitions
Spartan and other outdoor racing
We enjoy running all aspects of business together including; photo shoots, traveling to team events, and making appearances for supplement companies. Having a career together has been so rewarding for our family as we have 2 children and are now able to be very efficient with work time, to allow for the valuable family time. The tools and resources that ISSA provide are invaluable and will really set you apart from the rest, in this fitness industry.
IFBB Pro Figure Athlete
NPC Oregon Coach
“Don't be shy to live your dream and as I did, become yourself, become trainer.”
I always been in kind of shape but not as good as today. Having bad habit in France, working only when I wanted, quitting the school. All those things was part of my life. Coming to US in 2014, changed my life, I went back in school doing biotechnology and so far I'm still there, I had to went back with my mom even though I'm 27 years old. Each day is a struggle for me, but I promise myself that I won't be a quitter anymore.
I always liked/enjoyed helping people around. Always knew that I was made for that, always knew that my determination was good enough to practice sport as athletes level because I had and have a strong which push me to keep going, even tired of running I won't walk to get home it will take to long, so I keep running. At the beginning I thought it was a joke when I saw how easy the test was I've done everything in two weeks, then I saw the exam and realized that I won't be able to pass the exam so easily. Therefore I took my time and went trough the book again and again. Until I became knowledgeable enough to pass it. So, don't be shy to live your dream and as I did, become yourself, become trainer.
“The exam was very comprehensive and the fact that it was self-paced made it very easy for a full time father like myself.”
I was really impressed by the ISSA strength & conditioning program. The exam was very comprehensive and the fact that it was self-paced made it very easy for a full time father like myself. I feel as though I learned & grew from this experience.
“The material supplied for this course was vast and informative, and will certainly be a great tool to use as a reference from time to time.”
I began my fitness journey about four years ago when I started running. And running I did! For about six months actually and even though I was never really overweight per say, I did lose about fifteen pounds during that time AND I ran my very first 5k! But after a while I felt I needed something else...a little more. Not knowing much about lifting weights and working out with other people, I decided to attend a Crossfit class one Saturday morning along with my husband. Needless to say, we both felt way out of our league! But...we liked it!! So after a couple of those free Saturday classes, we decided to join a Crossfit box.
Since that time I have participated in several Crossfit competitions, as well as a few 5ks, including a mud run. As time went on, I became a little more focused on my physique rather than my performance in terms of competing. I started lifting "for me" in that I started focusing on technique and sculpting my body rather than lifting heavy. I joined a regular gym and started working out with machines all while still maintaining barbell work as well as the fun metcon-style workouts from Crossfit class. But again, I needed "more." Which brings me to my recent enrollment into ISSA's personal training program a few months ago.
My goal is to eventually inspire others and help them achieve their own personal fitness goals. My experience with ISSA's was very good. It was reasonably priced, the time frame was very ideal, and the information included was very good! The material supplied for this course was vast and informative, and will certainly be a great tool to use as a reference from time to time. I feel through my experience with the ISSA online training program, I will be able to achieve my goal to inspire and guide others in their journey to become the best they can be physically.
I've learned that age does not need to be a barrier when it comes to ones fitness. I just turned 47 last month and I am in the best shape of my life. And now thanks to ISSA, I have earned my personal training certification as well. Thank you, ISSA!!
“I have stayed recertified with ISSA because it holds high standards to its trainers and is a highly recognized organization.”
I received my certification in Personal Training from ISSA 10 years ago! I have stayed recertified with ISSA because it holds high standards to its trainers and is a highly recognized organization. In the past 10 years I have gained much experience and credibility and have had clients with great success. I am celebrating my business called Fit By Faith 10 years this year as well. The professionalism, the education materials, and the ongoing help and support that is provided makes ISSA a top notch company to achieve your certification in. I highly recommend them and plan to stay with them from here on out!
“Now, I can confidently provide them with knowledgeable fitness information that I have gained from my own fitness journey, and my training provided by ISSA.”
15 years ago I was fit, I was strong, and I found myself winning the NPU national bench press competition. That was years ago...
Now, I am a husband and a dad to five kids. I have been a manager at a big box retailer for the past 10 years. With working 55+ hours every week, it had been really easy to justify the late night drive thru visits to all the fast food restaurants. Partner this bad habit with no desire or energy to workout and you have a recipe for disaster. Last year, I found myself at 282lbs, on a 5'11" frame. I was over weight and my weight was completely out of control. I had tried fad diets, but nothing worked. One day, my wife came to me and said, "Jon, you've got to do something." She had just begun working out with a HIIT boot camp style group and talked me into going.
I began to workout a lot and I began to calorie count, which quickly turned to watching my macronutrients, more than calories. I ran an obstacle course race in the beginning of my journey last year and was completely out of shape and not up to the challenge! I worked and worked over the next six months and ran the same obstacle course race later in the year, feeling amazing, being so much stronger, and completed it with my entire family in order to show them how important fitness has become to me.
Within the last year, I have lost 60lbs and have put on a considerable amount of lean muscle. As this HIIT group began to dissolve, my passion for fitness continued to grow. I began researching ways to continue my fitness journey, and found ISSA personal training certification to be the next step I would need to take. I want to share with others the joy and fun that I had found in losing weight and getting fit. What better way to do this, than to become an ISSA personal trainer, and have the knowledge needed to help others succeed.
To support my efforts, my wife has become an ISSA personal trainer as well and has created BFitBody, LLC, a Fitness company, in order to help support other in their own fitness journeys. I'm not quitting my career that I have had the past 10 years. I am however a beacon of hope in my workplace now, causing many coworkers to come to me and ask what they too can do to be fit. Now, I can confidently provide them with knowledgeable fitness information that I have gained from my own fitness journey, and my training provided by ISSA. Thank you so much!
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
“My goal is to motivate and inspire, to love and be loved, and to help people obtain a healthy mind, body and spirit.”
I fell in love with fitness in my teen years and after becoming a cheerleader in college and helping to train my squad to build their strength for games and competitions I was set on becoming a personal trainer. Unfortunately, I became sick with kidney disease and had to get on dialysis. I was able to keep in somewhat good shape considering my circumstances but my dreams of becoming a personal trainer got pushed to the back burner. I was on dialysis for six years but finally received a kidney transplant on March 6, 2015.
After my recovery and building my body back up and even passing my former self I was back on track and worked hard to achieve my personal training certification. The ISSA helped me to accomplish my goal and I am glad to be part of the team, doing what I love and helping to inspire people to keep pushing through all the ups and downs life throws at them. My goal is to motivate and inspire, to love and be loved, and to help people obtain a healthy mind, body and spirit.
“The course is very comprehensive, the six learning experiences on the final were fun to do and the support was great.”
I was originally certified by ISSA as a fitness trainer back in 2002. I never used the certification. But I did use what I learned on myself. Then I injured my shoulder in 2004 and ended up out of commission for a while. I fell out of the fitness lifestyle and got myself up to 285 pounds. I started my weight loss journey in April of 2013. I started out with just walking and after getting down to about 240 I joined a gym to add weights to my routine. I really did forget about eating the way I should have and it took forever to get down to 206.
By that time I was riding my bike 100 miles per week and working out in the gym four days per week. Then I remembered my training from the ISSA. I started to count calories and man was I surprised how I was over eating. I figured out my BMR and started eating correctly. I was able to drop from 206 in July of 2015 to 173 by January of 2016!!!! I have since packed on seven pounds of muscle and greatly increased my strength through healthy eating, working out and supplementation. The results are that I am not on any medication for cholesterol or blood pressure. I went from a 50" waist to a 32" waist. I dropped a total of 105 pounds. My body fat percentage is 16.1.
I have decided that I want to share what I have accomplished with others. I signed up with the ISSA to get certified again in October 2015 and just finished up my certification. The course is very comprehensive, the six learning experiences on the final were fun to do and the support was great. Anytime I had a question it was answered in 24 hours. I have not decided exactly how I am going to train others. My gym is always looking for trainers. I have never done this before and think it would be a good way for me to get my feet wet. My vision is my own business specializing in weight loss.
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
“For all those people who are looking for an online certification, I can assure you that ISSA is the best out there”
For all those people who are looking for an online certification, I can assure you that ISSA is the best out there. Their program, online tools and student support proved extremely helpful for me, what is even more encouraging is that, not even a week after I was certified, I had job interviews at gyms across the US and Canada. Not only do they prepare your for success in the final they also get your foot in the door of an awesome growing industry of fitness. Thank you ISSA,
“I thought I knew about Sports Science but ISSA gave me an array of Fitness and Health knowledge that I can use with clients and in life.”
I am 50 years old. I have always wanted to be a Personal Trainer to help others met their fitness goals and to be healthy. Life took me through different careers. I was a Board Certified Master Barber/Stylist and owned my own Barber Shop. I have worked out most of my life and helped those who asked for assistance while in the gym. I am thankful to have found ISSA. I thought I knew about Sports Science but ISSA gave me an array of Fitness and Health knowledge that I can use with clients and in life. I am proud to be an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer.
Thank you ISSA for helping me accomplish my goal.
Zaquinntia "Zee" Chamblee
“I have truly enjoyed my learning experience and would recommend this certification course to anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of changing lives through strength and conditioning training”
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and I found the ISSA Specialist in Strength and Conditioning certification to be challenging, informative, and for me personally, a crowning moment of achievement. This certification will allow me to pursue a career that engages my passion for fitness as well as my ability to understand the science behind helping people to greatly enhance their athletic performance. I have truly enjoyed my learning experience and would recommend this certification course to anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of changing lives through strength and conditioning training. I cannot wait to get started and ISSA has opened the door to make it all possible!
Kimberley Nikole Williams
“From the start, ISSA provided everything I needed to study, practice and qualify for a personal trainer's certification.”
Enrolling in the ISSA digital Personal Training Certification course was the best choice I could have made. From the start, ISSA provided everything I needed to study, practice and qualify for a personal trainer's certification. It was a great relief to feel completely supported now and have resources to utilize in the future as I embark on this new path. Thank you ISSA!
“ISSA is the best place to get your personal training certification. The amount of detail put into the workbook and textbooks is amazing and I can honestly say I was blown away. ”
ISSA is the best place to get your personal training certification. The amount of detail put into the workbook and textbooks is amazing and I can honestly say I was blown away. I learned more from this course than I have from any other source. You can't beat the price, and what you receive in return far outweighs the money spent. The customer support is awesome, anytime I had a question or concern they were quick to get back to me and were always helpful. I can't thank y'all enough, you've helped me see my dreams come true and for that I will always be grateful.
“After completing this course I feel much more confident in myself as a trainer and overall more equipped than ever to take on clients and help them achieve their goals of being healthy.”
This course was extremely helpful. Before I ordered the curriculum I called one of ISSA's representatives and they were extremely helpful, professional, and friendly. I completed this course in five months due to the fact that I was working overtime as a CNA/being overseas, however, it can be finished much sooner. The course is done at your own pace and the test was open book so It was very convenient when the time came to take it. After completing this course I feel much more confident in myself as a trainer and overall more equipped than ever to take on clients and help them achieve their goals of being healthy.
“The staff was very helpful also and very nice if I had a question about anything they were always there to help me out.”
I just completed my ISSA personal trainer certification. This course was phenomenal! The course was easy to follow and understand with online access and also having the book available, and of course the staff available, it made it easy and with that I could take my time and not rush the course which I loved.The quizzes were very helpful they help me prepare for the final this was a big plus for me. The staff was very helpful also and very nice if I had a question about anything they were always there to help me out. I am now starting on my Group Fitness eager to finish with it.
I highly recommend ISSA to anyone who wants to become a trainer they offer many courses that will help you along your way with your career in fitness and they also provide continue education that you will need in the future I am so thankful for ISSA and I can't wait to see what's in store for me in the near future with my fitness career.
“ I have been very pleased with ISSA. Whether you have a degree, or certification, what it comes down to is what you really know and learn. I will continue to re-certify with ISSA.”
ISSA was an excellent choice for me to obtain my fitness certifications from. The material provided was very clear and written to understand. It allowed for me not to have pressures and stress with the availability to work with my book, send in or use the online options for my tests, help was always readily available via email, phone and the message board. It has one of the most interactive boards in any place I have used for my education, whether CEC or other certification. The response time is great.
For some of us, testing is a serious issue. Going to an exam or proxy location can be very intimidating and although I know it is important we thoroughly understand and can display that, this option of completing everything utilizing my materials was very beneficial. What I find most important in the long run is continued education, workshops, seminars and reading is what will keep you in this profession.
ISSA was readily available to help link me to other ISSA fitness professionals in my area. Asking for help and finding a reliable and credible mentor is most important. There will be times when second guessing comes into play and you will need to reach out. No one knows it all. We as fitness professionals must continue to grow and get as much hands on and apply what we know as often as we can. It is very easy to lose what you learn without actively demonstrating and teaching.
The only downside I have come across is that ISSA is a DETC certification and not NCCA accredited. However, this is greatly depends on where you plan to take your certifications, what you intend to do with and how you follow up. I have been very pleased with ISSA. Whether you have a degree, or certification, what it comes down to is what you really know and learn. I will continue to re-certify with ISSA.
“Whilst researching health and fitness qualifications I found that the ISSA was among the most competitive and offered the most for the money. ”
Whilst researching health and fitness qualifications I found that the ISSA was among the most competitive and offered the most for the money. I am glad I chose to study with ISSA as the materials and continuing support have been invaluable. Whilst I am no stranger to health and fitness pursuits, I feel that the Personal Trainer Certification course has taught me a great deal. Furthermore I was able to refine the areas in which I had some prior knowledge.
I now feel fully able and confident to take on clients and to help them achieve their fitness goals. I would thoroughly recommend this course (and indeed the ISSA as a whole) to anyone who has an interest in health and fitness and/or wants to help and motivate others achieve better lifestyle behaviours.
“ISSA is one of the most respected certifications out there and in my opinion the most comprehensive. ”
During the 2005 holiday season when my son Lee was barely 18 months old he was transported to Children’s Hospital in Washington DC, four times via ambulance and ended up in the PICU on his last visit. The hospital informed us that Lee had respiratory syncytial virus.Under the advice of several doctors and a specialist we were told that Lee could no longer attend daycare. At the time I was working for CatalystRx a HealthExtras Company they’re a healthcare provider (they handle the pharmaceutical side of employee benefits) as the Mailroom/Facilities supervisor and made a decent salary.
I also did some personal training on the side. After many heartfelt conversations with my wife we decided that I would be the one to stay home with Lee. Soon after that he was diagnose with autism and that’s when I become his biggest advocate. For nine years plus I’ve been a stay home dad looking after my autistic son and everything else that goes along with being the primary caretaker. Currently, I am separated from my wife of 14 years who informed me just a few months ago that she wanted a divorce. Ever since I started staying home with my son I have been completely dependant on my wife financially and have fail to plan on my life without her.
As you can imagine the thought of going back to work at the age of 56 is a bit frightening. I have always loved working out and training people so, I decided to get re-certified as a personal trainer. ISSA is one of the most respected certifications out there and in my opinion the most comprehensive. I wanted to challenge myself not just take a fill-in the blanks type of certification. I am excited to start this new chapter in my life and happy to say’ that my son Lee is a healthy 11 year old that has made the honor roll at his middle school.
“You truly have wonderful programs that made me go to a whole new level in fitness and I am already applying my knowledge into new and exciting fitness ventures!”
As somebody who was involved in professional athletic activities, I must say that getting an ISSA certification was definitely the right thing to do. Not only it helped me continue with the idea of a fitness-oriented lifestyle but also helped me launch new fitness-related ideas that will make me move forward both personally and professionally. Also, as a media professional with a vast experience in different media fields, one of the things I am always looking for is to adequately inform my radio listeners and article readers. Being fitness, health and nutrition main topics both to my audience and to me, I now feel extremely well documented and educated to better serve both my listeners and my readers.
Thank you ISSA for your services and guidance throughout my studying time. You truly have wonderful programs that made me go to a whole new level in fitness and I am already applying my knowledge into new and exciting fitness ventures! Again, thank you for all your guidance, help and assistance. It has really been a pleasure reading and studying my ISSA manual and a great learning experience as well!
“The studies were easy to understand and never swayed from information actually necessary for personal training.”
The studies were easy to understand and never swayed from information actually necessary for personal training. I've already recommended ISSA once to a friend and will continue to show my support for the certification whenever the topic arises! ISSA 10/10 I give my consent to use my testimonial.
“With the website, blogs and continuing education that ISSA offers I know I will continue to improve as a personal trainer.”
I've just completed the ISSA personal trainer certification program. I found it to be a fabulous experience! The combination of an online website and a hardcopy text made the learning process highly effective. I emailed questions and received answers from the staff quickly. The online quizzes after each chapter, the workbook and the online muscle and exercise glossaries were extremely helpful. With the website, blogs and continuing education that ISSA offers I know I will continue to improve as a personal trainer. I highly recommend ISSA to anyone interested in being an effective trainer.
“Everything about my course was helpful and the fact that there is continuous resources for personal trainers is a positive tool that I will surely use.”
Receiving my personal trainer certificate through ISSA has been absolutely gratifying. Five years ago I weighed 330 pounds and never imagined becoming a personal trainer at this time of my life. I was a football player all the way through college, but let myself go once I stopped. Now I weigh 245 pounds and feel like I have much more knowledge about the whole spectrum of training. Taking the ISSA course has helped tremendously with broadening my knowledge. A good friend of mine owns a facility that is designated for personal training. I will be working there and training youths all the up to the elderly. I want to share with my clients the successes that I have had and motivate them in order for them to achieve their goals.
My ISSA online course was a tremendous experience. I began the class thinking that I knew everything about training and lifting weights. I was proven wrong. I learned that there is much more to training than just lifting weights and getting bulked up. I learned that maintaining a proper nutrition is equally as important as your training regimen. Also, flexibility and technique also plays a large roll in your program. Everything about my course was helpful and the fact that there is continuous resources for personal trainers is a positive tool that I will surely use.
All in all, I can not wait to get started with my future as a certified ISSA personal trainer. I am determined to help others achieve their goals and to live a healthier life. I owe so much gratitude to ISSA for helping me achieve my goals and look forward to passing on my knowledge that was gained during my online course.
“I'm truly taking my fitness knowledge, skills, and abilities to a new level. I'm learning how much I didn't know about the body, health, and fitness.”
I've been a fitness enthusiast my entire life but only recently started pursuing formal fitness education. Having just turned 50 I was admittedly a little intimidated to start an online degree program. However, I've been very pleasantly surprised. The material is easy to follow and the instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful. Plus, I'm truly taking my fitness knowledge, skills, and abilities to a new level. I'm learning how much I didn't know about the body, health, and fitness.
“The best part of it all is I was able to study at home and I can't begin to tell anyone how thorough the course that the ISSA has for becoming a personal trainer is.”
I have always had a passion for progressive weight training , and exercise. I served my country in the Marine Corps, and also a close combat instructor for SEALSTEAMS but something was missing no matter how hard I tried something was missing . Then I saw an ad for personal trainer, I was allowed to take this test on my laptop. I passed with flying colors at that point I was asked to give a certain amount of money, and they would send me a certificate. I thought to myself this isn't right so I searched and found out that I could become a personal trainer through the ISSA .
Well that thing missing was knowledge! After all the years of having my on business and getting up for roll-calls I realized through studying to be a personal with the ISSA was the way to become a respected personal trainer. The best part of it all is I was able to study at home and I can't begin to tell anyone how thorough the course that the ISSA has for becoming a personal trainer is. I now fell totally confident in talking about and training people in the science of strength and health. And I'm recommending the personal trainer course to every and anyone who wants to become a personal trainer.
I'm 58 years old and now unlike other people I'm going into my latter years happy healthy and changing people's lives with thanks to becoming a personal trainer with the International Sports Science Association.
Charles Poole Jr.
“The course itself was thorough and challenging, and it was great to have the flexibility to work it into my current schedule, as well as the convenience of being able to do everything online.”
I approached ISSA as my institution of choice to complete my certification as a fitness trainer. I’d had recommendations to check them out and was slightly sceptical at first, due to terrible previous experiences with distance education. My expectations have been surpassed and studying with ISSA has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The team have always been prompt to respond to questions, they are always encouraging and willing to help where they can.
The course itself was thorough and challenging, and it was great to have the flexibility to work it into my current schedule, as well as the convenience of being able to do everything online. Thanks to ISSA my burning passion for seeing a healthier, happier community has been further fueled and I am so excited to start my own venture as a personal trainer!
Kimberleigh Jade Larkan
“ISSA helped to guide me down the path toward an exciting future in the fitness industry!”
I am so appreciative of the incredible team at the ISSA! Although it was an independent study course, I never felt alone as I strived to meet the requirements needed to gain my certification. If I had a question, it was answered promptly and with great detail. What I found the most helpful was the accountability provided to me through email. I was encouraged to work as hard as I can and to submit my exam on the scheduled date.
Just a week after receiving my certificate, I have already chosen a location for my private personal training business which is preparing to launch in just a few short months. ISSA helped to guide me down the path toward an exciting future in the fitness industry!
“This is something I am proud of, not only in my personal accomplishments, but in being able to help others do the same.”
I am from Wamego, Kansas and am 58 years young. I started a journey about 2 years ago that would lead me from certain health catastrophe to a healthier today. I was over 400 pounds, had racing heart and blood pressure issues, drank, smoked, was borderline to Type 2 Diabetes and ached and laid around all the time. I was told to change or die, plain and simple. The change started with walking 15 minutes a day on a treadmill and change of diet and no more drinking and smoking. In three months, I had lost 76 pounds and was no longer on the threshold of diabetes.
I joined a gym to start toning up from the weight loss and soon got a personal trainer to help me out. She made me believe in myself and my progress has been fantastic. A couple of months ago, I decided to try to give to others what my personal trainer had given me. She helped me learn fitness techniques and about how diet works with training and many other things. I studied and now am a certified fitness trainer. This is something I am proud of, not only in my personal accomplishments, but in being able to help others do the same.
Some of my accomplishments include running the 1500 meters in the Kansas Sunflower Games, my first race since 1971; starting out at over 400 pounds and getting on the scale November 1, 2015 and weighing 211 pounds; going from 4XL shirts and 52 waist pants to XL shirts and 36 waist pants. It is time to share with others. Thank you, ISSA, for giving me that opportunity.
“Thank you for the newest, modern, scientific information, which your course provides.”
Your caurse was very useful and informative for me. I got the knowledge I needed for creation and development of my business. Thank you for the newest, modern, scientific information, which your course provides. In future I am going to pass more programms in ISSA for raising the level of my skills and for keeping the actuality of information.
“ISSA has given me the opportunity to grow as a professional, and continues to offer me the tools I need to help others.”
I want to share what I have accomplished as a personal trainer and I achieved my ISSA certification. In 2012 I meet a very good friend that was a trainer in the Billings, MT YMCA. I was a member of the club that loved helping others when I saw them struggle during their workout, and would offer my help showing them the proper way to use the workout equipment in the club. My friend had observed what I was doing for a couple months, and saw that I had something that he really liked, and that was how much I enjoyed helping others. He offered me an employment opportunity in the club, but first I would need a professional certification in order to be able to be hired.
I started to research online certification programs that would be complete and recognized internationally. I found an institution called International Sports and Science Association, and I became very interested, so I requested the program. I studied the course for a year, and when I took the test and past, I knew that my future had just begun. As soon as I received my certification I took it to my friend in the YMCA so that I could start working as a trainer. Since that moment my life started to change, and I was ready to help people achieve their fitness goals.
There is nothing more satisfying than people coming to me for help because they can see my professionalism and willingness to help others. I have since been offered employment opportunities with other fitness and sports companies. I have been able to help hundreds of people achieve their fitness goals. ISSA has given me the opportunity to grow as a professional, and continues to offer me the tools I need to help others.
Thank you to all the staff at ISSA for all of your support that I receive each day.
José Oscar Torres
“I would recommend ISSA because this association has figured out the right mix for an extremely good learning experience while working through the process of acquiring certification.”
I would recommend ISSA because this association has figured out the right mix for an extremely good learning experience while working through the process of acquiring certification. When calling this organization I was pleased to find an extremely helpful representative on the other end of the phone. I also feel like now that I am certified I will be supported and not just pushed aside. Throughout my career as a firefighter I have known and lived the importance for fitness.
This certification affords me the opportunity to now help others in a different way. Thank you ISSA for your professionalism and a great experience throughout this certification process. Wake up every day with a servants heart; share what you know with others; and try to make the lives of those around you better.
“A healthy lifestyle, confidence and success are three goals that the ISSA institution helped me to achieve.”
A healthy lifestyle, confidence and success are three goals that the ISSA institution helped me to achieve. As a sergeant in the military, working out has never been an issue for me, but I wanted to practice maintaining a healthier life style in and outside of the gym. I chose ISSA because this institution has helped me obtain the goal of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking what I’ve learned and advising others.
ISSA has been very flexible with my schedule and considerate of my leadership role as a sergeant in the military. This has allowed me to excel in my position in the army and to earn my Elite Certification in my desired field. Since being certified, I have helped friends and family practice ways to live healthier lives. I want to continue helping others and utilize this achievement in my career and personal life. I highly recommend my friends and family to consider joining the ISSA community.
“I've stuck with them because I've seen they provide quality info and have a great community.”
I originally started with ISSA because being in the military I was able to utilize my tuition assistance to begin their certification classes. I've stuck with them because I've seen they provide quality info and have a great community. Any way you need help, social media, phone calls, emails, they do it all and more. This is a phenomenal organization with phenomenal people.
Austin Von Letkemann
“I could not have imagined a better experience and will be eternally grateful for ALL of the assistance that was given and the compassion shown.”
My experience with ISSA has been absolutely amazing and so much more than I expected. I received more than adequate assistance throughout my course. All questions and emails were always answered within the day. Which was extremely surprising to me as i am sure there were so many others emailing as well. I had a couple rough patches in my life and was not able to focus my full attention to the program and due to this the time limit allotted to complete the program had lapsed not once but twice and the good people at ISSA not only understood they we're more than willing to help me out and did everything they could to help me reach my goal.
I could not have imagined a better experience and will be eternally grateful for ALL of the assistance that was given and the compassion shown. I plan on using ISSA for any further certification that I seek. This program was very thorough and will leave you feeling very confident of your ability and informed in the trade. So thank you to everyone at ISSA you have been absolutely amazing!!!
“I'm so proud to be an ISSA Certificate Trainer because I know I have one of the best and most complete foundations for those who trust me to help transform their physiques and begin living a healthy lifestyle.”
I am a fitness competitor who started seriously training in 2009. Since that moment I fell in love with the lifting lifestyle so in 2014 I decided to enter my first competition where I placed first in 2 divisions. Almost immediately following that show people began to ask me for help in their training and dieting. However, I did not want to offer training advice without a strong knowledge of techniques or without a professional certificate. I researched many personal training certification programs and found that many of them were just a few of hours of instruction, included very basics programs and did not cover very much.
Since I love the fitness competitor sport so much, I wanted to learn as much as I could. I was looking for something more professional and that would give me a strong foundation about fitness and comprehensive training programs. I did not want to just get a certification to make money or find a job in a gym. I was looking for something that was respected in the industry and was a differentiator amongst others personal trainers. After exhaustive research, ISSA was the clear market leader due to the depth and breadth of its content. I feel so sure that ISSA were the exact course for what I was looking for.
As I began the course I found that it was much more than what I was expecting. Learning about the anatomy, how to training children, pregnant woman and even people with high blood pressure, in addition to the diverse training techniques were just some of the contents that I would learn to provide a sound foundation for building my own business as a personal trainer. One of the best decisions I have made in a long time was too selective the ISSA as my personal training certification.
My confidence, after all I have learned in the course, takes me to another level of knowledge and experience now. I'm so proud to be an ISSA Certificate Trainer because I know I have one of the best and most complete foundations for those who trust me to help transform their physiques and begin living a healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend the ISSA personal trainer certification because I know it is the best training and education provided worldwide.
I would like to say thank you to Dr. Hatfield and his people for this great course and for providing such a strong base for fitness.
“The results were amazing and ignited a passion in me to help others achieve their health and fitness goals and avoid the mistakes I made.”
I began my fitness journey more or less fumbling around with weight loss apps and no real guidance. I had success as far as weight loss but sacrificed muscle and strength because of my lack of knowledge so I consulted with and started using a ISSA CFT to train me and assist me with proper meal planning and exercise. I was hooked! The results were amazing and ignited a passion in me to help others achieve their health and fitness goals and avoid the mistakes I made.
I found the CFT course to be thorough and challenging, the personal on the resource line were very helpful when questions arose and for clarification of material. I look forward to furthering my fitness education with ISSA as I move forward in my endeavours to help others and build a business in the fitness industry.
“I love the Professionalism you get and the way the staff takes care of your questions.”
I started at ISSA when I wanted to open my own studio. I had researched a few certs but ISSA stood out as the best for the same price. I love the Professionalism you get and the way the staff takes care of your questions. I finished my exam and was amazed at the way the grading instructor took the time out to converse with me via email and phone and explain the grades and my future knowledge with me. Love the ISSA.
“ISSA makes it affordable to attain your Fitness certifications and their staff is incredible!”
I am a member of ISSA and I have to say I love, love, love the certification programs offered! ISSA makes it affordable to attain your Fitness certifications and their staff is incredible! Once I received my PFT, the tools ISSA makes available to you to start your own business are amazing!!! The self-paced study is awesome and the staff is available and extremely helpful.
I have referred others and they are so happy with the program as well. One of my friends submitted her exam the same day that I did and we were notified at the same time when we passed! It was an amazing feeling and has changed my life truly! I am currently enrolled in my second certification on the road to Elite Fitness Trainer 1 and am loving it! My goal is to attain Master Trainer by end of year!!!
Thank you ISSA for giving me this amazing opportunity to do something that I love and to share my passion with others!!!
“The course material was laid out and written in a manner that makes it easy to retain and understand, along with the extra course materials that can be used to help us study.”
I would like to say that ISSA really knows how to help their students get through the certification process, and succeed. The course material was laid out and written in a manner that makes it easy to retain and understand, along with the extra course materials that can be used to help us study. While studying, it also helped me learn about my body more, the importance of specific aspects of training, and even more so, how to train PROPERLY. I was that girl that used to walk into a gym entirely clueless as what to do except for cardio, would like a weight or two, and call it a day thinking it was good enough.
When I say "weight" I mean 5lbs. Educating myself so I can further help others has been such an amazing experience, I would recommend ISSA to everyone who is looking to become certified. Just like anyone though, I am still continuing my fitness journey to not only better myself physically, but mentally as well (you better believe fitness has to do with being mentally strong as well!). From being the weakest one in the gym room to heading straight to the weight rack....this is my story, my journey, and my new chapter.
Always remember, challenge yourself, otherwise, you'll never know what you're truly capable of.
“The CPT course provided by the ISSA is the best I've ever experienced.”
The CPT course provided by the ISSA is the best I've ever experienced. many of the other certification organizations require you to study material on your own and take an overpriced exam, without ever once having a human to contact if you need assistance. From day one, the ISSA made it very clear that I was never going to be alone and that is I ever needed support, they would be there for me. That was completely true. If I ever had a question, it was answered immediately without the need to send a million emails. It was even more special when they sent emails just to see how your studies were going and if you needed anything.
The structure of the course made it easy to learn the material and remember it. Not only that, but the text book we received is a manual that you can refer back to in the future just because of how simple the information provided was written and presented. I look forward to taking many more courses with the ISSA and expanding my knowledge with them. Thank you for your support and encouragement. I could not hold back my excitement when I received my email telling me that I passed and then even more so when I received my certification in the mail.
“ I use everything I learned on a daily basis whether I am working with a client or talking with co-workers.”
I just completed and passed the CFT program which happens to be my second certification I have earned through ISSA. I use everything I learned on a daily basis whether I am working with a client or talking with co-workers. ISSA programs are fulfilling and informative. My new CFT certification will enhance my Strength & Conditioning certification to take my personal trainer business to the next level. Thanks for everything.
“Thank you ISSA for giving me this opportunity, I learned a lot, your course is amazing and I will work hard to be a great trainer!”
I'm very excited receiving my CFT! I was born in 1964 in Europe (Slovakia), came to United states 20 years ago. The beginning of my new life in this country was challenging, I didn't speak any English, but I never gave up on it. I grew up in a great family, my strict and loving mom, who lives in Europe, my dad was an amazing father, he was always pushing me and my sister to do sports, being active, sadly he is not alive anymore, I really miss him. My dear sister passed away in February this year, she was fighting cancer over a year and couldn't take it anymore, she was only 53 years old.
Most of my life I have being a single mom with two beautiful daughters. Now I'm a grandmother also, I have 3 grandkids, Cannon, Lilly and Grace, they are my everything! Since I like to help people, 6 years ago I chose my career in medical field. I work in the hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant. My whole life I was very active doing sports (gymnastic, basketball, volleyball, skiing...etc.). Over a year ago I start going to the gym and realized how much I love fitness, that's why I decided to become a personal trainer. I can see every day at my hospital job how important is to live healthy!
Fitness is my passion and I want to help people by encouraging them to exercise and eat healthy! Thank you ISSA for giving me this opportunity, I learned a lot, your course is amazing and I will work hard to be a great trainer!
“What I loved the most about the ISSA course was that the textbook was very interesting, the quizzes and final exam were thorough tricky, and challenging, and of course the time flexibility for me was priceless...”
My story began with ISSA began probably two years ago when I emailed Mr. Miele and asked him if his organization had any on site personal training courses. During these days I was not a fan of online study. I was always interested in sports nutrition and when I visited the ISSA website in February 2015, and saw the impressive list of courses, I decided to give Sports Nutrition a try. The incident that changed my mind was me taking an IFPA Personal Training Certification course in Lebanon, and feeling very disappointed (despite the fact that I passed the course).
What I loved the most about the ISSA course was that the textbook was very interesting, the quizzes and final exam were thorough tricky, and challenging, and of course the time flexibility for me was priceless, especially as I was moving to a new home by the end of June, and could not get any work done for almost a month after that. I would recommend ISSA to friends and my fitness acquaintances, because honestly, it could not get any better than that. Since I loved the ISSA experience, I intend on taking more courses as soon as I come back from a hard earned vacation in Early September. Thanks to everyone at ISSA for making my first course experience so memorable.
“The ISSA goes to great lengths to ensure satisfaction and I am proud to say I am ISSA certified!”
The ISSA personal trainer certification was a very challenging and rewarding experience! My course materials arrived extremely fast, and I was encouraged with phenomenal customer service and support throughout my journey. ISSA personnel treat you as so much more than customers, at times even contacting me to see how I was progressing with my course materials. The ISSA goes to great lengths to ensure satisfaction and I am proud to say I am ISSA certified!
“If you are looking to grow in the training industry, turn your dream into a reality or start the education process of personal training International Sports Science Association is the best starting block.”
Issa is not only the educational backbone of Impact Training but also provides a supportive network of trainers and other entrepreneurs. The wide variety of degree and certification programs provide our team with the opportunity to train an array of clientele. From the Exercise Rehab certification to the Strength and Conditioning Specialist, our coaches have been given the foundation to confidently train a wide range of goals. This not only inspires our coaches to continue to grow in our field but it establishes a well rounded perspective of personal training which, in turn, provides our clients with superior programming and greater success.
It is no secret that we as trainers have our pick of certification companies however, ISSA offers more than just a buffet of programs. They also provide a family of support, encouragement and resources. Beginning our business in 2007, we we had no idea how to run a business or how the industry was changing. With the help of the ISSA administration, group forum dashboards and career resources we were able to build our business from the ground up. Today we have trainers in 6 different cities and we continue to grow! Because of the quality of continuing education, we can provide more than just workouts. The advice we give to our clients is not regurgitated through online blogs or google searches but from the established research that ISSA presents in each course.
With the combined experience of 16 years in the training industry we understand the importance of continuing our education and can fully appreciate the quality of education that the ISSA programs provide. From the beginning, ISSA has been driven to change the face of personal training. Now offering degree programs, master and elite certification and more resources than ever, we feel our company is pushed to grow as well. If you are looking to grow in the training industry, turn your dream into a reality or start the education process of personal training International Sports Science Association is the best starting block. From the coaches of Impact Training, we welcome you to the ISSA family.
Owner/Coach: Amanda Boyd
“The program is organized, well-priced, and super informative. It took me only four months to complete my certification.”
The ISSA Personal Trainer Program is by far one of the top certification programs there is! The program is organized, well-priced, and super informative. It took me only four months to complete my certification. It was great to have my learning materials sent to me in the mail. It’s always a nice idea to have hands-on resources. These same resources were also provided on-line along with the exercise videos which captured the correct posture and form of the exercises being performed and taught. The quizzes and final exam were also provided on-line.
This course is intense and requires self-discipline in order to accomplish your goal of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. Be sure to complete all of your quizzes in order before starting your final exam. There is no question that this program is very informational, supportive and accepted by most gyms. ISSA has a tremendous support system and periodically sends out reminder emails to help keep you focused and studies moving.
Four months pass rather quickly, so do not procrastinate and you will be on your way to earning your Personal Trainer Certificate. This is an outstanding program that can be accomplished at home, but feels as if you attended a four month college course, as far as the content is concerned. Can’t beat that being in the comfort of your own home. Thank you ISSA!
“This is the most reputable organization to turn to if you're considering a career in fitness or even if it's just for your personal gain.”
I have finally received my ISSA certification and I am stoked about what is to come. This is the most reputable organization to turn to if you're considering a career in fitness or even if it's just for your personal gain. I have always been reading and self educating myself about this industry, however the ISSA CFT course has added a whole lot to my knowledge and I'm positive of the outcome. I look forward to the coming possibilities and hope to take more courses that will add to my knowledge and expertise as a future ISSA trainer.
May El Azhari
“I am recommending ISSA to any and everybody wanting a good strong foundation and knowledge base under their belts”
After I had lost over 40 lbs and after helping my uncle gain the muscle mass he dreamed of, a light bulb went off in my head. I had found my passion. I choose the ISSA for my certification and was singing from the rooftops when I found out that I had passed. I had heard all good things about the ISSA programs and felt confident in my choice. Now that I have my CFT, the sky is the limit for me. The staff was friendly and there every step of the way when I needed them and still are even after certification. I am recommending ISSA to any and everybody wanting a good strong foundation and knowledge base under their belts.
“I recommend ISSA to anyone who wants to have the right tools to teach or live a healthy and fit life.”
As an avid learner and a lifelong athlete, I was able to gain a comprehensive knowledge in the fields of fitness training and sports nutrition with ISSA. My dream of employment independence was realized, and I am now a business owner. I recommend ISSA to anyone who wants to have the right tools to teach or live a healthy and fit life.
“ With a great staff, and the connections you make with other ISSA trainers online, It feels more like a family than a company.”
I am very proud to represent the ISSA as a certified trainer. The staff couldn't be friendlier or more helpful. Any time I had an issue or needed help they always did everything they could to assist me. Also the course material is right on point. Some other companies, who I won't name out of respect, seem like they are trying to make you into a salesman rather than teaching you the skills you need to become a successful and knowledgable trainer. ISSA makes sure that you are given the tools you need to actually make an impact on a clients life and help them, not just get their money. With a great staff, and the connections you make with other ISSA trainers online, It feels more like a family than a company.
“Hands down, ISSA stood out for me because they are the first fitness organization in the U.S. to become nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)...”
Having a passion for weight training and exercise, people approach me regularly asking me to personally train them. After prayerful consideration, I decided it was time to become certified so I could turn my passion into helping others live a healthy lifestyle. I researched the five major players in the fitness industry to obtain my personal training certification, and hands down, ISSA stood out for me because they are the first fitness organization in the U.S. to become nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), the support one receives, and the testimonials from trainers and feedback from gyms regarding ISSA.
I really liked that the course textbook was online as well as in hard copy along with the workbook which allowed me to put key materials into writing and was an excellent reference as I took the final exam. Every subject throughout the course was precisely covered, leaving me with a full understanding of what truly embodies personal training and the science behind exercise and nutrition. I cannot wait to launch my journey of helping others achieve the healthiest lives to be lived all with the ISSA's wealth of training in my arsenal!
“ISSA taught me how to develop a nutrition and exercise program that I could sustain for the rest of my life.”
ISSA taught me how to develop a nutrition and exercise program that I could sustain for the rest of my life. No more diets! I've reached my goal weight and reduced my body fat percentage by 7% since becoming a personal trainer. I'm stronger and more energetic than ever before, without ever feeling deprived. Thank you, ISSA!
“To any of you out there contemplating the legitimacy of the ISSA, take it from me, it's worth it! You work at your own pace and on your own time”
I recently completed the ISSA Personal Trainer Certification… and passed! whoo-hoo! Ha Ha. I have been personally weight training for 13 years and helping people out along the way (out of the goodness of my heart) with their fitness goals during that time as well. I have always loved helping people make a positive difference in their lives. I have always known that personal training would be my "go to" in life but I never got certified until last week (July 2015). Why? I took other programs and educational courses and was bored.
I also found out that the exams were just multiple choice, so if you were solely book smart and could remember everything to pass only multiple choice questions… well great for you. The only thing is that multiple choice questions do not give you a chance to prove yourself! The best thing about the ISSA's course was that they still had multiple choice but it was then followed up with a series of essay questions and case studies.
This was exciting to me as it gave me a chance to shine, to prove that I actually know my (there is a good 4 letter word that could go here) stuff! I think I do, based on the fact that I train my wife and she is a current WBFF Bikini Pro, Kimberly Hoogendoorn. To any of you out there contemplating the legitimacy of the ISSA, take it from me, it's worth it! You work at your own pace and on your own time. I am looking forward to taking the Fitness Nutrition Course next. I already eat like a champ, just need to make it official!
“ISSA is an outstanding place to get your certification through.”
ISSA is an outstanding place to get your certification through. I emailed few times about extending my time on my final and every time I requested the staff was very helpful and accommodating. Thy truly want to see you succeed. They are there to lend a helping hand. Fast easy communication. Website was easy to navigate a to use. I plan on continuing my education through them and highly suggest ISSA.
“With the textbooks, interactive essay questions and written assignments, along with the Course Guidebook, ISSA sets you up for success.”
After receiving my CPT certification, I knew the next step was to expand my knowledge of nutrition because the two go hand in hand for a healthy lifestyle. After much research, I found ISSA to be the most promising and the association with the most to offer. Their SSN certification course is extremely thorough, well designed, and they offer every avenue of materials to make sure you understand what you're learning. With the textbooks, interactive essay questions and written assignments, along with the Course Guidebook, ISSA sets you up for success. There is no way you won't succeed!
“The ISSA course taught me everything I needed to know to make a career change to become a personal trainer.”
The ISSA course taught me everything I needed to know to make a career change to become a personal trainer. The material is complete and well-written, available on-line and in text book form so it's easy to move along. Since I've started training people, I've referred back multiple times to the text. Thanks, ISSA!
“Not only can one gain important information from taking the courses from ISSA, if one uses the information correctly, there can be great success at World Championships level”
I would like to take a minute and say thank you for another certification; the information that I learned has been most helpful not only in my business, but in my own training. I recently took six individuals, including myself to the 2014 World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters World Championships, several of the lifters competed in more than one division. The results were, four world championships, two second place finishes, one fourth place finish, one seventh, and one ninth.
One of our group, a 55 year old Lady (my wife) set a world record in the bench press with a 194 pound lift, she has only been training since late Feb. 2014. Thanks again, not only can one gain important information from taking the courses from ISSA, if one uses the information correctly, there can be great success at World Championships level.
William B. Caughey
“With ISSA I've gained the knowledge and education to grow my personal training business to where it is today.”
With ISSA I've gained the knowledge and education to grow my personal training business to where it is today. With ISSA's certifications and continuing education courses, I have the tools that make me a very confident and motivating trainer. ISSA has been there every step of the way. Thanks ISSA!
Certified Fitness Trainer
Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist
“ The ISSA CPT course is well structured, organised, flexible and contain all the information and personal trainer needs from understanding the human body system...”
I have always dreamed to be a personal trainer, i began reading fitness books and sports education books since 2013, until i decided to take to the next level with ISSA CPT course. ISSA made my dream come true to become a personal trainer. The ISSA CPT course is well structured, organised, flexible and contain all the information and personal trainer needs from understanding the human body system, program development, training loads and many other subject. receiving my CPT cetfication is the first step i will take in the fitness carer.
Abdullah H Al-Benayan
“I really loved the knowledge and accessibility of ISSA certification.”
I really loved the knowledge and accessibility of ISSA certification. I have received several other personal trainer certifications, but Issa has provided me with the most useable knowledge. I also love the fact that ISSA is accepted nationwide - it landed me my first job, and I now own my own successful personal training company based in San Antonio, TX where I help others achieve their fitness goals.
“Being a student with ISSA was an absolutely awesome experience.”
Being a student with ISSA was an absolutely awesome experience. They were always prompt and knowledgeable in answering questions, and you could tell they really cared. The course material is extremely thorough, and I feel ready to coach fitness nutrition. I scored my first client the same week I got certified! Thank you ISSA.
“I feel there is always something to learn when it comes to health and fitness so I can trust the ISSA to support me with the information I seek.”
Ten years ago, I was 18 years old and was still struggling with the decision on what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always enjoyed helping others and also had a fascination for the human body as well as the potential it possesses. Becoming a Personal Fitness Trainer combined my two passions into a lucrative and rewarding career thanks to the ISSA. Although there is a endless amount of information to know as a health professional, the ISSA course work made it easy to learn the material and apply it to my clients and even myself.
As with anyone in a new career, I was extremely nervous to begin but was never afraid of failure. With the knowledge I gained through the ISSA I was very confident to begin helping people achieve greatness and positively change their lives. In the past decade I have helped hundreds if not thousands of people push themselves to their limits and beyond. I have witnessed clients go from having no hope whatsoever to accomplishing feats of strength or body composition changes they had only dreamed about. This, to me, is the most rewarding feeling as a Personal Trainer. To see an individual radically change their life for the better by my guidance and instruction.
This would not have been possible without the knowledge I retained through the ISSA. I am currently a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), Specialist in Sports Performance Nutrition, Specialist in Exercise Therapy (SET) and recently earned my 4th certification as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN) with the ISSA. I intend on enrolling in many more courses so I may earn as many certifications as I can. I feel there is always something to learn when it comes to health and fitness so I can trust the ISSA to support me with the information I seek. My goal is to become an ISSA Master Trainer and to someday not only train clients how to better themselves but to also teach fellow trainers the beauty of improving the lives of those around them.
“Between all the courses I looked for, I chose ISSA for its reputation and course content and I could not been happier.”
I just completed my training as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. After having my first son I was struggling to lose weight for almost 2 years. I tried different diets that did not work until I completely changed my lifestyle starting to eat healthier and exercising at least 5 hours a week. I got passionate about healthy eating and then I decided I wanted to learn more. Between all the courses I looked for, I chose ISSA for its reputation and course content and I could not
Between all the courses I looked for, I chose ISSA for its reputation and course content and I could not be happier. The course exceeds my expectations. It requires a lot of work and study but I have really enjoyed it, especially creating a Nutritional Plan for a real client as part of the Final Assignment. I have learned so much and I am looking forward to starting to give nutritional advice to my clients.
“We are taught to be the best in the training industry, given the knowledge to meet all phases of individual goal demands and putting them into a systematic realization.”
Becoming an ISSA trainer has opened a new chapter in my life. This is a dream I have had for awhile now and with the world class training that surpasses anyone in the industry and their unique approach that has proven scientific technique I will be able to help others towards a new healthy lifestyle. ISSA has a very well structured program. We are taught to be the best in the training industry, given the knowledge to meet all phases of individual goal demands and putting them into a systematic realization.
It is a very challenging program outlining scientific procedure, nutrition knowledge, exercise therapy/pre-workout preparation to above expectations for physically challenging training, to pain-free post work-out. I also hold certifications in the following: Specialist in Senior Fitness, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Specialist in Exercise Therapy and Specialist in Youth Training. Thanks ISSA!
“I absolutely enjoy being a Personal Trainer - and am very thankful to be certified through ISSA. For everyone working on your certification...”
I've been an ISSA certified fitness trainer since February 19th, 2007. I worked at a small Personal Training & Fitness Studio for 3 years; worked as a "Traveling Trainer" for a while, and most recently accepted a Personal Trainer position at the local YMCA where I live. I absolutely enjoy being a Personal Trainer - and am very thankful to be certified through ISSA. For everyone working on your certification - hang in there, it's so worth the effort you put into it. I find it very rewarding to help others meet their fitness goals.
“The way the course builds up- from a deep theoretical knowledge to practise, proves ISSA provides state of the art material. ”
I loved the course 'Specialist in Fitness Nutrition'. The way the course builds up- from a deep theoretical knowledge to practise, proves ISSA provides state of the art material. I feel confident and empowered to provide professional nutritional advise. 5 stars again and again!
“I love people with a passion and being able to be an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and gym manager, I am able to connect with different people from many different places. ”
My name is Tawanna Smith I have been a fitness lover all my life. Growing up weather it was jumping fences or climbing trees, I was always active. I was also a very skinny child and because of this I would get teased often. I used to sneak my grandfather’s Ensure from under his bed just so that I could gain weight. My grandfather was a sick man and had health problems that consisted of high blood pressure and lung cancer when he passed. My grandmother also had health issues and she died of pancreatic cancer caused by diabetes.
At that moment I began to realize that people I loved were leaving this world and it was partially due to things that could have possibly been prevented. I did not know that then but as I grew older I started taking my life and health more serious. So I thought. I started working out, running, exercising any chance that I could get. I told myself that I would do everything I could to prevent those same health issues that fell upon my loved ones to fall upon me. I started working at the nursing home; I began to look and feel more fit than ever. I was no longer skinny I was toned and I liked my new body. But time got away from me; I spent years working at a nursing home always on my feet. Although I was energetic I did not realize that I was neglecting my body. Before I knew it the day was almost over and I survived off coffee and some days my first bite to eat was not until lunch time.
After doing this same thing for years, it started taking a toll on my body and I didn’t know it. A routine ultrasound showed a mass. They didn’t know exactly where it was coming from. At first they though it could be breast cancer, then lung cancer then they thought it was on the tail of my pancreas. I had test after test I was so scared but I didn’t show it because at the same time my brother went blind for a week he was only 26 at the time. He went blind because he had high blood pressure and did not know it. He was also over weight. The doctor told him that he could come off the meds at some point if he lose the weight and eat right. Once he got his site back and my result came back negative for cancer, my husband, son and myself moved to Washington where I also had to follow up with a specialist. He said that I had a simple cyst on top of my adrenal gland. He told me it came from skipping breakfast for a long period of time and he gave me the proper guidelines to follow to take care of myself. He basically said never skip breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day.
So that was a big wake up call for me it made me want to push myself even more into the fitness world, that’s when I signed up for ISSA to obtain my certification as a fitness trainer! And I did! Once I got certified I put my training and everything I learned from ISSA into affect by bringing my brother from Alabama to Maryland in order to began working with him to maintain a healthy weight and life style change. Over the course of him being here he learned to follow a meal plan, and exercise program created by me. Upon leaving Maryland he definitely did not leave the same way he came but yet a better version of himself mentally and physically. From that moment I was a Fitness Trainer. Everything I learned from ISSA I was sharing with everyone I knew. My son who is 17 now, became motivated into fitness at the age of 9 and he also wants to be a fitness motivator.
To have your child look up to you because he admires what you do, is the best feeling in the world. 2 years ago I began working as a manger for two of the best gym owners that I know. Their names are Edgar and Susan Bacai. Because of them I am becoming a better version of myself. They are the owners of Anytime Fitness in Jessup Maryland. They gave me a wonderful opportunity to be a manager at their gym after the position for personal training director that I applied for was filled. When they decided I was a good fit, I could not be happier and thankful. As a trainer from ISSA, I use my skills to help motivate my members not only with fitness motivation but to encourage them to continue to reach their fitness goals.
I love people with a passion and being able to be an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and gym manager, I am able to connect with different people from many different places. Everyone has a story, everyone has goal. My purpose is to help them achieve them. One day I look to open my own gym and be able to use what I have learned from old and new experiences to make me the best owner I can be. The people I have encountered in my life have given me so much inspiration. I have had people ask me how can they get ISSA certified and how can they put their passion for fitness to use? You know what I tell them? GO GET ISSA! Because it worked for me.
Manager/Trainer @Anytime Fitness Jessup MD
“I loved every bit of learning the material, expanding my knowledge of physiology and applying new concepts to my own workouts.”
I was a late bloomer to the fitness world. I grew up relatively healthy but with little interest in sports or exercise after an injury as a middle schooler ended my ability to be involved in any athletics for a couple of years. Once I was able to get back into sports, I was more shy, self-conscious and intimidated by competition. So it wasn't until college when a hall-Mate challenged me to join her at the gym that I dusted off my sneakers and-grudgingly-decided to join. Needless to say, despite my doubts--I was hooked soon thereafter.
Fast forward a few years and my mother and I both become fitness conscious, faithfully go to the gym and meet a trainer. He tells us about his experience in fitness and mentions ISSA. I keep it in the back of my mind for a few more years. I go off to graduate school and realize that I spend as much time working out with friends, writing up workouts and challenging peers who then bring others along as I do studying! That's when I realize...what was that program our trainer friend mentioned again?? I looked up ISSA and immediately was drawn to the strength training and conditioning program.
I loved every bit of learning the material, expanding my knowledge of physiology and applying new concepts to my own workouts. The staff I contacted via phone or email along the way were supportive, patient and thorough. I am now able to train clients, teach a growing fitness class of motivated women and continue in my fitness education. I so appreciate the ISSA program, everything I've learned, and how I am now able to give back to others who need to be inspired to get healthy--as that hall mate did for me years ago!
“ISSA has been very professional the whole way through, and the resource materials have provided me with a fresh new knowledge of fitness, nutrition, and health practices.”
I recently completed the Certified Fitness Trainer Course, and am ready to move into a new season of my life. I got serious about fitness at 49 years old, a little different I suppose, but it has radically changed my life for the better! ISSA has been very professional the whole way through, and the resource materials have provided me with a fresh new knowledge of fitness, nutrition, and health practices. I feel I can trust ISSA with instruction and direction in the health and fitness arena, and look forward to a great professional relationship with these experts at my side. Here's to a strong and healthy future!
“I would recommend this course to anyone who has a passion for health and fitness.”
As a professional acrobatic performer with a very active life and a very busy schedule, it was difficult to find a personal training course that suits my schedule. ISSA was the only course that allowed me to take my time without stress to complete the course in my own time. They also made it convenient for me as they ship internationally. I had previously studied physical education in school and the material covered builds on what I previously learnt.
I really enjoyed what I was learning. It is a lot. However ISSA gives you a structure you can follow to help manage the load. It also offers a lot of other learning re sources which is very useful and aids all methods of training. I hadn’t written an essay in two years it seemed tedious at first but once I got writing with all the material you learn it was difficult for me to stop. It really helps you get an idea on the practice side as well as involves you in the fitness world now. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a passion for health and fitness.
“ISSA has been the best thing that has happened to me!”
ISSA has been the best thing that has happened to me!!! I started in 2005 with my certification and have learned each time I re-certify. Recently I contracted bacteria in my blood. As team of Dr.'s scrambled to save my life, one commented that the only reason I survived was my Fitness strength. I got my Fitness strength knowledge from ISSA training!!! Thank you ISSA!! I'm now using my training to compete in a Men's Physique competition in September. Again thank you ISSA!!!!
“ISSA was the best choice for my certification. It's self paced and has really good material to enhance you knowledge. ”
I received my personal training certificate this year 2015. I'm looking forward to what's coming ahead. This is just the beginning I want to venture into the nutrition and strength training as well. I want to build and establish my own business and ISSA is the company to do it with.
“You can be anywhere in the world but you can still study and pass your exams. I recommend it to everybody who would like to study and get in this direction.”
My name is Galina Iordanova. Just want to say a few words about ISSA. I have my PT cert a 2 years ago and have to admit it that the service, study material and everything was absolutely great. Now was the time for renewal of my PT and again - service, exams, help from all the departments was fantastic. I am in a process to open my own gym so all the coerces were just more then helpful.
I really think as a very sport orientated person and having my passion about gym and helping people to acheave their dreams and goals that ISSA can provide you with all you need to get your certs and learn everything you need. And the best think is - you can be anywhere in the world but you can still study and pass your exams. I recommend it to everybody who would like to study and get in this direction. Thank you very much once again - great ISSA team, wish you all the best, health and blessings.
“Thank you ISSA for making my dream become reality.”
I have always been intrigued with the fact of getting my certification in personal training. I never felt like the timing was right with my everyday schedule.. I'm in the United States Air Force and it's always unpredictable days. I looked online one day and saw ISSA and what they had to offer and the decision to move forward was easy. Thank you ISSA for making my dream become reality.
“I am truly honored to be apart of the ISSA Family! I'm ready to gain more knowledge continuously to help me succeed!”
When I received an email that I passed my ISSA Personal Trainer Final Exam on April 21, 2015 and I felt great about my accomplishments. The final exam results were honest and encouraging and I truly appreciate it. It was one that touched my heart on the Final Exam is when ISSA said, "They were fortunate to have me as a trainer of my caliber and my drive and ambition." I am truly honored to be apart of the ISSA Family! I'm ready to gain more knowledge continuously to help me succeed! Thanks ISSA for being there for and supporting me when I needed you the most.
“The reason I recommend ISSA for those looking to become certified is because I know that the same outstanding customer service that I continue to receive will be extended unto you.”
As someone who has overcome obesity I have made it a point to dedicate the rest of life helping others change their lives. Therefore, I have found the support, staff and learning material that ISSA has made available to me to be very beneficial in my continued leadership growth. Every time I have had a question and or concern I have received adequate support and sufficient information to address my various questions and or concerns. Since becoming certified I have highly recommend ISSA to those that approach me inquiring about becoming a certified personal trainer.
The reason I recommend ISSA for those looking to become certified is because I know that the same outstanding customer service that I continue to receive will be extended unto you. Once I made the decision to pursue personal training I made a personal vow to myself that I would not settle for just being passion lead. Therefore, I took time the time to carefully select what company I chose. And it's such a great feeling to know that I have and will continue to fulfil this vow using ISSA as my personal training company for all of my fitness needs.
I.S.S.A. certified personal trainer
Zen Boxer Certified
“I have actually been a trainer for 3 years now but this one is the one I am most excited about.”
I just passed my ISSA strength and Conditioning exam. I am so excited about my new certificate. I have actually been a trainer for 3 years now but this one is the one I am most excited about. I have two handicapped sons with Duchennes muscular dystrophy and they are my reason and my motivation to keep wanting more out of my training as well as training clients. I believe in training and diet to get the best results for myself as well as the people I train. As you can see my before and after picture that results do happen if you work hard and just keep going.
“A quick thank you to all on the question board and Patrick Gamboa for your great wealth of knowledge and support!”
A quick thank you to all on the question board and Patrick Gamboa for your great wealth of knowledge and support! I have not posted any questions, rather just soaked in the information provided from others inquires. All the information shared here has been highly helpful! I submitted my final last week and am now officially certified! Yay! Good luck to all those still in the process! ... Now off to start the Nutrition program!
“I was inspired to help others and now teach fitness all over the community and my biggest accomplishment was going to college through ISSA. ”
My story begins back 10 years ago. Our two year old daughter passed away in a tragic accident. This left me depressed and over the years was prescribed several antidepressants. I sank deeper and deeper into depression until finally hitting rock bottom three years ago. I was on two antidepressants and a sleeping pill. I begged my Dr to take me off all medication because all I did was cry all the time. He said I had to exercise and change my diet and he would try to slowly taper me off my medications.
I joined the gym and met my boss who is an ISSA trainer and specialist in Fitness Nutrition. She gave me an exercise and nutrition plan to follow and within a month, my Dr had me off all meds. That was three years ago and I havent been on any since. When I started my journey, I was 152 lbs and 42 percent body fat. Within a year and a half later I was 110 lbs and 16 percent body fat.
I was inspired to help others and now teach fitness all over the community and my biggest accomplishment was going to college through ISSA. I am Dyslexic and growing up in school was challenging. I could not read until I was almost 10 and thought I was not smart enough for college. I am 36 years old and felt like it was too late to start school. But now I have a desire to learn more and help others. ISSA has helped me along the way. My instructors have been very understanding and patient. Anytime I email them, they respond back promptly to help me better understand thematerial.
School has been the best thing for me. Im not saying it is easy because it is not but I have learned so much and that knowledge will enable me to help others. I really liked that after each week, my instructors gave feedback of the previous weeks assignments. It was not negative but basically gave the positive aspects and then what I needed to improve. I took these notes and applied them to the next weeks assignments. Each week, I saw improvements and this gave me confidence that I never knew I had. Honestly, words cannot describe how much ISSA has changed my life. I am truly grateful and look forward to my classes starting again next week!
Thank you ISSA!!!!!
“Customer service is second to none, they are always responsive, considerate and passionate about helping you achieve your goals. ”
The ISSA has a long history of credibility as a sports science authority. When I pledged to myself to get fit and chase my dream of becoming a Certified Fitness Trainer, I knew they would be the place I would look too! Customer service is second to none, they are always responsive, considerate and passionate about helping you achieve your goals. Looking forward to many more years as an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and continuing my education with them!
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
“Your course material was so vast and it gave me a really in - depth knowledge into exercise and diet, facts I didn't learn in detail, even during my training as a physician.”
Before moving on to how ISSA changed my life, I would like to introduce myself - I'm Dr. Vinod Nathaniel, an established ophthalmologist by profession. Exercise has always been a part of my life ever since 2002 during my college days, offering assistance to many friends about right technique and precision. It wasn't till last year that I heard about the ISSA, and made my decision to spend the required amount for your course materials rather than enlisting for free courses. Its' a good thing I did too - because your course material was so vast and it gave me a really in - depth knowledge into exercise and diet, facts I didn't learn in detail, even during my training as a physician.
After completing the course, and especially your ground breaking essay questions, I now understand the difference between what I was before and now - the same as the difference between night and day. You guys put aside a few unnecessary myths, taught me several formulae in client assessment and even gave me details on how to start my business. I wish to thank all the staff at ISSA for the memorable experience I have shared with you. Wish to spend many more, evolving in the fitness field.
Dr. Vinod Nathaniel
Deputy Medical Director
“Once certified the learning doesn't stop, through the ISSA Trainer site the message boards address a wealth of issues and there is always something new to learn.”
I have a certified fitness trainer through ISSA since I was 45 years old, I am now 60 and going strong! Once certified the learning doesn't stop, through the ISSA Trainer site the message boards address a wealth of issues and there is always something new to learn. I follow ISSA on FB, and twitter and I love the support I receive when I have client concerns of business operation questions.
“The course was very easy to comprehend and I had all the resources and help I needed to complete the course with confidence.”
I have had a passion for fitness since I was 12 years old ! Before Issa I have had over 30 different jobs, every single one of those jobs made me miserable. They took time away from the gym and my fitness. Thanks to Issa I never have to work another day of my life, like that old saying "if you love what you do, you will never work another day of your life."
The course was very easy to comprehend and I had all the resources and help I needed to complete the course with confidence. I have only had my certification for two days now, haven't even received it in the mail and I already have an interview today at a gym in my home town. I would like to thank every one at Issa for making this possible....for helping make my dreams come true.
“ I have no doubt that I have been fully prepared to pursue my career choice thanks to the ISSA.”
ISSA was the perfect choice for me to develop the skills I need to train both myself and the people I will soon enough be training. ISSA made it simple and effective. I always felt like I was learning something important. The resources that I had (and still do) are excellent. I have no doubt that I have been fully prepared to pursue my career choice thanks to the ISSA.
“I could not be any more satisfied and look forward to obtaining more credentials through the ISSA soon!”
I have a passion, more like an obsession with everything health and fitness related! Being fit was always easy for me until I spent 4 months on bed rest while pregnant with my youngest. I gained close to 100 pounds on my 5 ft 2 inch frame. The moment I had my son and was released to exercise I knew I had my work cut out for me. I read every article I could on weightlifting and proper nutrition in every magazine I could find. That's why I came across and advertisement for ISSA. After requesting information on the programs available I knew I found the answer to my quest for knowledge.
ISSA has designed programs unlike any I have come across. By the time I finished my course and became a certified personal trainer I had transformed my body and mind and had to know more. Within a month I was registered to become an ISSA Specialist in Sports Nutrition and again the information provided, ease of completion and wealth of knowledge I obtained have empowered me to take my career to the next level. I could not be any more satisfied and look forward to obtaining more credentials through the ISSA soon!
Thank you for your amazing programs!
“With the new knowledge I got from this course, I've been able to guide my customers better in a much more confident way, and it feels good to get positive feedback from them.”
My company Vitamin World generously paid for my ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition certification course so I took this opportunity as if my life were on the line. At first I was very intimidated as I was fresh out of high school, but this course offered me lots of help -- from email access, forums, videos, audios, and an outlined study guide. With all these resources, I was able to finish my certification in about 9 weeks. With the new knowledge I got from this course, I've been able to guide my customers better in a much more confident way, and it feels good to get positive feedback from them. Most importantly, I grew a lot in these two months, in terms of both my physical body (as I applied it to myself) and my education. Anyone interested in health and fitness must take this course.
Dong Won Lee
Vitamin World Nutrition Advisor
“My entire experience with ISSA, from beginning to end, has exceeded my fullest expectations in a fitness training program. ”
My entire experience with ISSA, from beginning to end, has exceeded my fullest expectations in a fitness training program. I had done quite a bit of research in fitness training programs before choosing ISSA. I found the CFT program to be not only in-depth but very well organized, backed up with scientific evidence, and clearly presented. Their sales representatives were available and supportive.
I had access to knowledgeable trainers with any questions during the program, as well as access to great exercise videos, study materials, and a very challenging and comprehensive final exam. I found ISSA to be a very professional organization. I feel quite prepared to train and would highly recommend ISSA to a prospective new fitness trainer.
“I would recommend this certificate to anyone looking to get certified as a personal trainer or any other program they offer.”
I took the issa personal training certificate after looking online for some of the top recommended programs. Also the company i work for has quite a few trainers with the same certificate. I believe the test was challenging and provided me with a lot of knowledge. I would recommend this certificate to anyone looking to get certified as a personal trainer or any other program they offer.
“I am more to thank the ISSA for giving me the opportunity to live my dreamed passion in a extraordinary fashion.”
I want to express my gratitude to the ISSA for guiding me, and teaching me with excellence in my profession as a Fitness Consultant since 2008. The textbooks are well explained and easy to understand. Testing is exciting and fun challenging and multiple choice answers give you an easy guideline. The seminars with Dr Jack Barnathan in New York City are amazing. He really makes us understand the scientific reason behind things that are happening to the human body and its physical performance.
Very inspirational seminars to push my dreams and passion to its limits of offering a unique service to the community who is in need for a well, safe, and customized lifestyle transformation. I am more to thank the ISSA for giving me the opportunity to live my dreamed passion in a extraordinary fashion. I would highly recommend the ISSA to anyone who would like to start a career as a Professional Fitness Consultant
ISSA Certified Fitness Professional
ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness
NYstrength Inc. Fitness Design Expert
NYstrength Inc. Nutritional Designer
“I chose ISSA as my certification because of the clear, concise course work and the abundance of study materials.”
Being a former college athlete, I had so much physical ability that I didn't want to waste. I didn't have a degree that would allow me to put my physical knowledge to use, even though it's something I was passionate about. I chose ISSA as my certification because of the clear, concise course work and the abundance of study materials. As I began my course, I found that the customer service was even better than I could have imagined! ISSA is 100% the way to go if you want to enter the fitness world! I would recommend it to anyone from any background.
“The final exam is not just a pass or fail but once you submit you are provided detailed personal feedback which I really appreciated.”
I just passed the ISSA 8th edition CFT Online Examination & I am very excited to start my journey as a certified personal trainer! I loved this learning experience and feel that this program really allowed me to not only learn at my own pace but to fully understand what I need to know as a trainer. The quizzes/workbooks help prepare you for the final for they walk you through each chapter and you practice everything you learn. The final exam is not just a pass or fail but once you submit you are provided detailed personal feedback which I really appreciated.
Once you pass you are given liability/health questionnaire forms and provided the opportunity to purchase business cards through ISSA with their logo. The ISSA staff is always there for you when you need help or have questions. They want you to succeed & I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in the health and fitness career!
“ISSA is very well recognized and respected in Fitness industry and it gave me opportunity to get a job as soon as one week after i got Certified where ISSA was recognized as my MAIN certification.”
I absolutely love ISSA experience . I already have two Certifications ISSA is my third Certification and I am proud to be part of ISSA family ,not only I learned new things in fitness I experienced support in every aspect through learning,exam and after I got Certified . It's not easy even tho is home study and exam. But it's organized great it gives enough time to get certified and offers support even after you graduate. They offer tips/support for business cards , website , training /nutrition logs ,calculators in one sentence EVERYTHING you need. ISSA is very well recognized and respected in Fitness industry and it gave me opportunity to get a job as soon as one week after i got Certified where ISSA was recognized as my MAIN certification. I highly recommend ISSA and I am happy I made that choice.
Cerified Personal Trainer, Athlete Figure & Bikini competitor
“I highly suggest the associates program to anyone trying to get ahead in the fitness industry, or just trying to help those around them. ”
As a military member, I have been deployed twice and lived overseas the entire time I have been with ISSA. At every turn they have been patient with me and understood that the life of a military members is not always timeline friendly. I have taken many of my classes through them, and my overall impression is that they are a college that values follow through, consistency and professionalism. I have learned more about how to better myself and my fellow military members than I ever thought possible.
I highly suggest the associates program to anyone trying to get ahead in the fitness industry, or just trying to help those around them. The atmosphere at ISSA is one of education and humility. Never have I felt less than the staff and their input is always welcome and grounded in the sentiment that as students we are learning and they are, in effect, molding us. Thank you ISSA!
“ I highly recommend, to everyone who wants be a certified trainer, chose ISSA it will help you to be a successful trainer in your future.”
Thank you for your support. I really liked the course. My wife is also a certified trainer from ISSA. She recommended me to study with ISSA even though I have an Asia Academy of Sport Science certification. ISSA is a comprehensive training program and a complete guide for the fitness industry. I highly recommend, to everyone who wants be a certified trainer, chose ISSA it will help you to be a successful trainer in your future.
“First impressions that I received from ISSA compared to other institutions I viewed, could not even be compared.”
First impressions that I received from ISSA compared to other institutions I viewed, could not even be compared. The customer service and study materials have been very professional and of high quality. I completed the ISSA online Certified Personal Trainer certification and had a job in no time with a reputable private training gym in my area. I plan on furthering my education through ISSA and would recommend ISSA to anybody wanting a career in the fitness industry.
“To sum it up, they got the ISSA recognized by this location and I am just so impressed with how they went to bat for me!”
A while back I applied for a job and was denied an interview because they didn't recognize the ISSA. However, I contacted the ISSA and informed them of this - obviously dissapointed. But I was extremely impressed with how the ISSA handled the situation. They immediately requested the name of the person in HR that rejected my application, and the name and contact info of the place of employment. They then followed that up by contacting them expressing their desire to be recognized as a credible certification, and were willing to have a meeting, send over course outlines and/or materials to show that the ISSA is a first rate certification.
To sum it up, they got the ISSA recognized by this location and I am just so impressed with how they went to bat for me! If you guys struggle to get a job with your certification, do what I did and I am sure they will step up for you as well. After all, it only helps their credibility!
“I enjoyed the challenge of continued learning and the opportunity to enhance my professional skills and keep updated through a self-paced program.”
I am appreciative of the educational knowledge I received through ISSA. I enjoyed the challenge of continued learning and the opportunity to enhance my professional skills and keep updated through a self-paced program. I recommend ISSA educational courses to anyone.
Sister Janice Iverson
“I would say hands down ISSA is truly there to help people achieve.”
I would say hands down ISSA is truly there to help people achieve. I was close to the deadline of the required time given to pass the course due to circumstances out of my control. The ISSA team allowed me to finish what I started and earn my certification and didn't charge me a fee for the extension.
Alesha R. Dunlap
“I looked into ISSA and was very pleased with how widely they were recognized and how much knowledge they seemed to present in there certifications.”
I have always been interested in fitness and nutrition. I previously did aerobics mostly but recently started lifting weights also. I loved it from the start and knew the more I knew about nutrition the better results I would get. Two of my children where recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and another with lactose intolerance so I knew this would be great for the entire family. I looked into ISSA and was very pleased with how widely they were recognized and how much knowledge they seemed to present in there certifications. This has been a great experience for me and I plan on taking another certification soon.
“Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the ISSA and I plan on enrolling in more of their courses in the future to continue to further my knowledge to best serve my clients. ”
I had already begun my journey into making fitness a part of my career when I signed up to do the ISSA Fitness Trainers program and decided to get my certificate and further my knowledge. I choose ISSA's program because it looked challenging and provided a lot of information on a number of relevant topics which was important to me. I had looked into many courses of the same caliber and one of the many reason ISSA's stood out was how much they corresponded with me BEFORE I signed up. They answered all my questions and never pressured me or made me feel rushed to sign up.
Once I had signed up they continued to answer any and all questions I had quickly and efficiently and it is always easy to contact them when I need to. Since finishing my course I have already connected with many ISSA professionals and other trainers like myself. I have also been able to help out some trainers who are just starting their own careers in this industry. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the ISSA and I plan on enrolling in more of their courses in the future to continue to further my knowledge to best serve my clients. The studio that my partner and I own has also recommend the ISSA courses to our training employees and will continue to do so to maintain a knowledgeable and consistent staff.
Driven Performance Fitness Owner and Fitness Trainer
“ It's a very thorough course, and VERY thorough final exam. It gave me the confidence to jump right into this new career.”
I started the issa personal trainer course in October and finished in February. I was able to study from my home computer, my iPhone or from the text book. It's a very thorough course, and VERY thorough final exam. It gave me the confidence to jump right into this new career. Thanks ISSA for helping me make my dream a reality!
“ISSA is truly one of the best online schools to use in order to obtain a certificate in personal training”
ISSA is truly one of the best online schools to use in order to obtain a certificate in personal training. I did it at home on my own time while being in graduate school and working full time. They teach you everything you need to know and are always available for help. I'm glad I chose ISSA over all of the other schools.
“I would recommend ISSA to any aspiring fitness professional! Not only is their customer service exceptional, but the services provided during and after each course far exceed expectations.”
I would recommend ISSA to any aspiring fitness professional! Not only is their customer service exceptional, but the services provided during and after each course far exceed expectations. They really want to help launch you into a successful career. The courses themselves are incomparable. Not necessarily because they have different information than courses provided by other organizations, but because you are able to extrapolate more applicable information with the tools and in depth test that ISSA provides.
I truly appreciate, and pride myself in, the education I received from ISSA.
“Their certification courses are by far the best option with the best value around. They truly care about your success and genuinely want you to be the greatest trainer you can be.”
The ISSA is by far the best option for getting certified in a profession in the health and fitness industry. They offer limitless resources for study, pre and post course study. They have so many business resources to help you get your business started and be successful, as well as job resources for those looking to get on with a gym. They gave me so much help during my course study, they were always available to help and were always helpful. Their certification courses are by far the best option with the best value around. They truly care about your success and genuinely want you to be the greatest trainer you can be. Thank you for helping me become the best trainer I can be and giving me all the resources I need to be successful in my career as a certified fitness trainer!
“My study material far surpassed my expectation and the vast amount of knowledge and information in my study books were mind blowing.”
I was ecstatic to know that ISSA had a SSC program, because that's what I was interested in. What blew me away was the time and effort they took, when I called to find out more about them as an entity and the course itself. And that was just the icing on the cake. My study material far surpassed my expectation and the vast amount of knowledge and information in my study books were mind blowing. I have no regrets choosing ISSA and their Strength And Conditioning course, and I recommend any one reading this to take the bold step I did to make your life better by choosing ISSA and all that they have to offer.
“The curriculum is easy to understand and the more difficult terms are very well explained.”
I took my personal trainer certification in December and in January I started working as a personal trainer in Norway. At the beginning it was a bit hard but the knowledge gained during my studies with ISSA helped me a lot. The curriculum is easy to understand and the more difficult terms are very well explained. I found of great help the question board available on the site as well as the Facebook page.
“ ISSA and every one of its representatives I dealt with were helpful, and conducive to my being able to finish the required material and obtain my certification in 4 weeks. ”
I was immensely pleased with the flexibility of this program and the availability of additional resources, above and beyond the content material. I look forward to starting my own business soon, under the ISSA 'umbrella,' knowing that they have provided not only the knowledge needed to successfully approach such an endeavor, but also the fiscal and tangible resources necessary to to implement such knowledge. ISSA and every one of its representatives I dealt with were helpful, and conducive to my being able to finish the required material and obtain my certification in 4 weeks. Thank You, ISSA, for providing such a clear and well explained course that provided not just for my present, but also my future as a certified fitness trainer!
“One thing I kept in mind when searching for a school was a school that provided all these benefits, but also were accepted by major gyms, and this school nailed it!”
I chose Issa because of the great background I found on the Internet, and other personal trainers at the gyms I have been to. After hearing their opinions of Issa and how it was a more professional school rather then an amature school who just about anyone can pass with no knowledge. I looked further into Issa and found that not only do the graduates from this course get their own personalized website for free, we get life time contact with Issa so any questions we have concerning our career in the personal training field are answered.
Also we have a professional section were we can get any forms we need to maintain documents on our clients. On top of all of these benefits the course is crazy cheap, if you cannot afford their low rates, they will split your payments up. Lastly the one thing I kept in mind when searching for a school was a school that provided all these benifits, but also were accepted by major gyms, and this school nailed it! Love Issa, love the staff, and thank you for all the knowledge and help you have provided me with along the way!
“I chose ISSA because of the good reviews, as well as, being able to have the access of the online availability. ”
I've just completed my ISSA Personal Training Certification Course. I chose ISSA because of the good reviews, as well as, being able to have the access of the online availability. I am a manager at a health and fitness facility so the opportunity to complete the course at any time was perfect for me. The course offered a tremendous amount of information. ISSA was always punctual in replying to any questions I had and was thorough in their explanation.
“The opportunity to research and construct detailed answers without deadline and open book, provided a much richer learning experience than any traditional testing model could do.”
My mission is to live in a young body as I age. I started working out with a trainer when I was 68 and told him I wanted to develop the best body I could by the time I was 70. We were both astonished to see the results. Not only do I have the body of a much younger woman but I have the strength and stamina to go with it. Two years of weight lifting with a dedicated trainer also gave me a solid base of knowledge. I can walk into any gym, plan my workout with confidence and know that it will be effective.
I am now 76, and feel like my personal journey of continuing to grow young as I age is more exciting than I ever imagined. I have been studying weight training for many years, but I wanted to learn from a professional source and be certified. The online certification programs provided by ISSA are a perfect match with my preferred way of learning. The opportunity to research and construct detailed answers without deadline and open book, provided a much richer learning experience than any traditional testing model could do.
In October 2014 I signed up for two ISSA Certification Programs. I just completed the ISSA CFT certification and am currently working to complete the Senior Fitness Certification. I am proud to be a professional member of ISSA!
“It truly is a great course for anyone enthusiastic or serious in having a career in fitness.”
My journey with ISSA begun with the recollection that many of my trainer colleagues in the gym that I worked with had it. While serving as physical training instructor while serving my national service I decided to use some spare time that I have to pursue a very meaningful and well recognized certification to further boost my existing fitness verification resume hence I begun my journey with ISSA in the Specialist certification in fitness nutrition.
It has many great resources and the video lectures enlightened me to many meaningful knowledge that took my understanding of nutrition and the interactions of our behaviors, environments and regimes on it and our metabolism. It truly is a great course for anyone enthusiastic or serious in having a career in fitness.
Yee Chuan Chng
“ISSA has provided me the knowledge and foundation to follow my dream. I would recommend ISSA to anyone who shares the same passion for fitness.”
Two years back I discovered my passion "Fitness" and from then there was no turning back. I decided to enroll for the ISSA CFT course and today I am a ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer. I am a Engineer by profession and I would like to start my career in Fitness industry. ISSA has provided me the knowledge and foundation to follow my dream. I would recommend ISSA to anyone who shares the same passion for fitness. ISSA has been extremely helpful and they were always there to solve all my queries on time. Thank You ISSA for giving me the competency and skills to follow my passion.
“As a Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Nutrition I have the tools to be a successful Personal Trainer and a successful leader to my Marines. ”
I joined ISSA through Tuition Assistance as an Active Duty United States Marine. Even being in the Infantry I was able to find time and still am able to find time to earn my certifications through ISSA. ISSA has given more support than I could ever ask for and they are always available for help. As a Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Nutrition I have the tools to be a successful Personal Trainer and a successful leader to my Marines. Thank you ISSA.
“A great program which teachs you the basis of anatomy, movements, exercises, nutrition, supplementation and much more in a simple and understandable way...”
As a graduated in Nutrition from another school, a great passion for sports and fitness besides been involved in the medical field, I was looking for a program to get my certification as a personal trainer because I am also a "gym rat". I chose ISSA after some researches online and asking to friends working in the fitness field their opinions and experiences. I was not disapointed at all when I went throught the whole program. ISSA personal trainer certification has an excellent foundation of knowledge and it does really prepare students to train the majority of clients you'd encounter.
It is so interesting, creative, flexible, and helpful besides been classified as one of the best five programs certifications to have. A great program which teachs you the basis of anatomy, movements, exercises, nutrition, supplementation and much more in a simple and understandable way, suitable for any person who really likes to learn on his/her own. So many quizzes that help to consolidate the concepts and a very long final test which demands you to be very focused on it; but at the end of the day, you are only adding up all you have learned throughout the completed course to answer the test.
I would recommend this program to anyone interested on it and thinking of taking another certifications with ISSA on a near future. School staff provides is amazing and so helpful. Anytime you need them, they are there for you. Definetely a must for yourself if you also think on your own training and fitness goals.
“ISSA has definitely provided the knowledge and information needed to move forward in the fitness industry.”
ISSA has definitely provided the knowledge and information needed to move forward in the fitness industry. I am not sure as to where this career can lead but I am beginning to see all of the doors and paths if you decide to move forward. It is work. It is a test of self and I am nervous but confident. I am about to retire from the military and already have a job at a gym and taking on clients. It is possible if you want it and do the work. Be blessed.
Lorenzo Bradley Jr
“This association shows that it truly cares about it's students and in result I know will create fitness instructors who will care for and better their clients. ”
I recently got certified in fitness training by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). Before started the journey in the last few years I had developed a passion through the fitness lifestyle. The idea of changing who we are through are discipline excited me and the feeling had to keep beings there every day. There was a point where I knew I definitely wanted to pursue a training certification but didn't know where to start. I researched all the different types of certifications and the obvious difference to me that stood out for the ISSA was the availability of there staff and the resources provided to you to be successful in your study and truly retain the knowledge to help better other individuals lives.
I myself know I called the ISSA staff and talked to multiple master trainers and there was never a time where they rushed me, where they let me go without me fully understanding, and where I didn't have a better understanding and confidence in fitness. While the quizzes and tests were challenging at times and while I'll easily admit I thought about throwing in the towel at times the friendly staff was always there to point me in the right direction and I felt there was nothing I couldnt understand. Not just some association that is looking to take your money, the ISSA is looking to make world changers.
I feel that the ISSA sets the standards for certifications. This association shows that it truly cares about it's students and in result I know will create fitness instructors who will care for and better their clients. I would recommend the ISSA for anybody who's even messing with the idea of being a fitness trainer. Willing to speak good things about this association no matter what. My deepest blessings and gratitude goes to the ISSA staff and let me know if there's any other way to show my appreciation!
“ ISSA has taught me so much and has not only helped me improve my health and physique, but also gave me more confidence in aiding others in reaching their goals.”
My name is Cornelius Beard and I am a student at International Sports Sciences Association. I started attending ISSA spring 2014 while I was deployed to Afghanistan. Throughout the year of 2014 I’ve been taking classes through ISSA to add some more firepower to my personal training background. I’m enlisted in the US Army and currently active duty, so it is very hard to find the time for school. ISSA offers an online degree program to help you earn your associates degree in exercise science, and what I like about ISSA and their instructors is that they understand the struggles that come with being an active duty soldier and are willing to work with you to succeed.
So far this year I have taking a total of 7 courses online, the majority were taken while I was deployed. I had a strong background on fitness before starting, but I’m always game for learning; so I enrolled into a few courses at ISSA and I learned so much! ISSA has taught me so much and has not only helped me improve my health and physique, but also gave me more confidence in aiding others in reaching their goals.
I am continuing my education through ISSA and I am really looking forward to the year of 2015 to continue my education. The passion I have for health and fitness combined with my love for helping others, has led me to put a hold on my military career and pursue personal training as a profession. I’m switching over to the Minnesota Army Reserves in 2015 to focus more on my career as a personal trainer and continue my education.
“The quizzes really helps with putting your knowledge to the test. What I really loved best about ISSA, is that you're never alone.”
I have several certifications from various organizations but ISSA has been the best for me. It's a lot of material but isn't fitness - ISSA covers everything and it's real life studying. The quizzes really helps with putting your knowledge to the test. What I really loved best about ISSA, is that you're never alone. From the sales "Paul" to the final exam submission, everyone is helpful. I know that I will pursue my Master Training program with ISSA!
“ I feel confident and ready armed with the theoretical knowledge I have gained from this course and I am now ready to establish my self in my new carrier.”
Before I decided to take ISSA's personal trainer course I felt there was a void between what I loved, and what I really knew about it. Fitness is one of my life long passions, and being able share this passion with others became one of my life long ambitions. ISSA have given me this opportunity. I feel confident and ready armed with the theoretical knowledge I have gained from this course and I am now ready to establish my self in my new carrier.
“Being ISSA certified trainer is a pretty good feeling. It is give you the confidence as a fitness professional. ”
Being ISSA certified trainer is a pretty good feeling. It is give you the confidence as a fitness professional. Passing thru the courses i have put in order my old knowledge and tremendously gain a lot of new ones! Exam is hard but also is convenius managing from home, just learn the text book and pass it with no problems.
Thank you ISSA so much!
“I'm so excited to upgrade my career as a personal Trainer, I have successfully passed the Final Exam, and its all because of the tremendous support of the ISSA team...”
I have been working as a gym instructor for the past four years, And I'm so excited to upgrade my career as a personal Trainer, I have successfully passed the Final Exam, and its all because of the tremendous support of the ISSA team, and I can't wait to start my next certificate, till I earn the title of ISSA Master Trainer™ ,Im sure it will be a dream coming true because of the support and the clear materials that its provided from the ISSA teaching team (the books are clear like someone is sitting with you :) ) I recommend ISSA to anyone who is looking to get the right knowledge and the degrees.
Rania Zain Alabedin
“I choose ISSA Fitness Nutrition certification because is the best offer and now i can take my business and clients to the next level. ”
I choose ISSA Fitness Nutrition certification because is the best offer and now i can take my business and clients to the next level. I have been a Personal trainer and in the business for approximately 12 years with a trainer degree, but i wanted ISSA to enhance my knowledge in fitness nutrition to give my clients the best results faster. i cannot express how happy i am with the knowledge that ISSA given me. thank you so much.
“After studying Fred Hatfield's writings for many years, I chose to become a member of ISSA because they emphasize a balance of science and practice.”
After studying Fred Hatfield's writings for many years, I chose to become a member of ISSA because they emphasize a balance of science and practice. Such a balance is essential for individuals and organizations who seek to be truly professional in their field. I have been a member of ISSA for twenty years. Each year has consistently proven that it is a genuinely supportive organization. ISSA's representatives are both technically competent and personable in their assistance to members. This is why I believe that ISSA has been the leader in the fitness field and will continue this legacy far into the future.
John Vernacchio Jr.
“ISSA has helped me become the trainer, I always wanted to be. ”
ISSA has helped me become the trainer, I always wanted to be. At first, I thought I was alone and I had no help, but with the help of the representatives, I had so much help and support that I finished my course as a personal trainer. I am pursing my dreams and the career I want to exceed in. I have a passion to help others change their life into a positive, good-minded, and healthy lifestyle. With the strategies that they teach I am able to do more in whatever I do.
“I took in all the information from the responses you guys gave me on the student board and ended up with great results!”
Passed exam, HUGE thanks you guys at ISSA !!!! I took in all the information from the responses you guys gave me on the student board and ended up with great results !!!! thank you
“I have reached heights through fitness that started with my ISSA Certification!”
I chose ISSA to be my best way 10 years ago to start a new career in the fitness industry from my International Trade Compliance position that really wasn't cutting it in making my work life complete. In fact, I needed to make a change to fitness and health and ISSA was referred to me as one of the top programs to make this a reality for me. Now, 10 years later I am proud and happy to report that I now: Own my own Fitness Company (which was created by me and now am Owner/President of Patrice's Fitness Company) Have been interviewed by numerous Magazines, Newspapers and of my pride and joy, was interviewed by the New York Times for the work I do with Seniors. Have been a guest on WBZ-News Radio here in Boston (in fact a few times) Filmed a few TV episodes on a Massachusetts cable channel regarding fitness.
I regularly hold lectures for all different groups (from seniors to special needs to church groups and more) where I speak on the wonders of Fitness and what fitness can do for people and change their lives. Another source of great pride is my monthly column contribution to the Lynn Daily Evening Item which is highlighted on the front page of the Health Section again, where I author a column on Senior Fitness and teach and reach those folks that can't attend any of my classes or train with me privately.
As you can see, my life is full and simply amazing! I have reached heights through fitness that started with my ISSA Certification! I am not a young woman but proudly state I am now 53 years old and feel better as the years ago on than i have ever felt in my entire life physically, mentally and emotionally. I have been married over 30 years to my wonderful husband Tom and have 2 wonderful children and a new son-in-law and still can't even imagine what the future holds for me in the wonderful world of fitness! When I think of how my life was BEFORE I found and got certified by the ISSA, well there is no comparison! I can't thank the ISSA enough for being there for me when I needed that critical change in my life 10 years ago and as I re-certify again, I am just waiting to see what happens next!
“What I can tell you as an ISSA Master Fitness Trainer is both the quality of education you will receive and the support provided by the ISSA are nothing less than first class.”
It is no doubt a challenge to find the right certifying organization when seeking a trainer certification. What I can tell you as an ISSA Master Fitness Trainer is both the quality of education you will receive and the support provided by the ISSA are nothing less than first class. The blog they have for members is also amazing because you can ask just about any question and receive a timely and instructive answer. All their courses are well organized, presented clearly and give you the necessary education to become an effective and knowledgeable trainer, and with their emphasis on continuing education the ISSA is my choice for the smart way to be the best trainer possible.
“I highly recommend ISSA to anyone who has a love for health and fitness and is looking to become a certified professional! ”
My passion has always been all things health & fitness and ISSA has given me the education needed in this ever expanding field. Because of ISSA I now own a successful personal training business, I've been able to make a difference in my community and in the lives of my individual clients. I highly recommend ISSA to anyone who has a love for health and fitness and is looking to become a certified professional!
“Becoming an ISSA Certified trainer has help me move toward my dreams.”
Becoming an ISSA Certified trainer has help me move toward my dreams. I also enjoy being an inspiration and role model to my clients. I enjoy the passion of motivating people to live healthier lives. I plan to become a dietitian and own a gym in the future, ISSA has brought me one step closer to my goals. I find that clients find it easy to look up to me because I am a bodybuilder and this lifestyle is second nature to me. Thank you ISSA for the excellent program that has made me one step closer to my goals!
“My experience with the knowledge and education I have received from ISSA goes above and beyond..”
I met my boyfriend almost three years ago now. His passion for fitness and nutrition was always a priority and he taught me and helped me change my body and nutrition habits into what I could have only dreamed they could be. Being ISSA certified himself he convinced me to start studying and get my certifications. Getting certified in Fitness Nutrition about a year ago and now certified in Personal Training I am grateful to my boyfriend and to ISSA for the encouragement, education and knowledge I have gained earning these certifications.
Working full time with a family, ISSA gave me the opportunity to study on my terms with this 8 month course, while being able to get in touch with them at any time for assistance. It was very comforting that ISSA would also send emails regularly to remind me of their support and assistance. My experience with the knowledge and education I have received from ISSA goes above and beyond and I can’t wait to get started helping and teaching others to get healthy and fit transforming their bodies and nutrition habits into what they have always dreamed of too!
“The program is complete with lots of knowledge you feel you are in a good hands to learn this vast and serious subject.”
I am very grateful to ISSA as I was looking for a long time to be able to "go back to school" to study Fitness Nutrition but at my age (47 years YOUNG) the options were not numerous. ISSA, provided me with the opportunity with their very interesting courses they offer at a competitive price. The program is complete with lots of knowledge you feel you are in a good hands to learn this vast and serious subject. ISSA was always there for me when I needed help and this I really appreciated. Thank you ISSA and keep doing your wonderful job, if you come up with a new program or course regarding Nutrition or a follow up to prepare a next level I will definitely be one of your students again.
“I wasn't sure that I could complete the course. Fours years later I am a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy and Specialist in Senior Fitness all through ISSA.”
I was very excited and nervous about becoming a personal trainer. I wasn't sure that I could complete the course. Fours years later I am a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy and Specialist in Senior Fitness all through ISSA. Thank you ISSA!
“If you are looking to take your clients to the next level, I would highly recommend getting your SFN certification through ISSA.”
Being a gym owner in the fitness industry for over ten years, I was frustrated that my clients were not getting the results they desired. It was at that time I decided changes needed to be made in order to help them reach their ultimate health and fitness goals. I turned to ISSA to become a certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and in return I found my true bliss. Sharing my passion for nutrition by educating my clients has been more rewarding than I could ever have imagined. Within months, my clients’ were reaching their goals and our small community was taking notice.
I have since been endorsed by medical doctors that send their patients to me to get their patients on the right track, the healthy way. The education I received through ISSA gave me the confidence to launch Healthy Mind and Body, a personal coaching service, where I coach clients one on one locally, and even long distance. The amount of people I am able to consult through this practice seems like a dream. My latest venture is a nutrition consultant and the mastermind behind a whole foods based restaurant, where we uniquely combine the skill of culinary art, nutrition and sustainability.
Not many people find their true passion in life and I am blessed to have found mine. Even in my forties, I still have a lifetime left to empower so many others to great health through nutrition. Thank you ISSA for giving me the education I needed to make my dreams come true. If you are looking to take your clients to the next level, I would highly recommend getting your SFN certification through ISSA.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the ISSA for those who wish to extend upon their love of fitness and assist others in becoming the best versions of themselves. ”
While training as a regular, dedicated gym rat at my local gym I found myself surrounded my others who were asking me how I attained my physique and who were inspired by my workouts. Soon, I found myself working with others on circuits I had devised and offering tips on how I trained. That’s when I realized I wanted to raise the bar and make a career in the fitness industry.
At the age of 45, I took my passion for all things ‘fitness’ to the next level and enrolled in the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer Program. Attaining this certification allowed me to build a platform within the industry which has inspired and empowered others. The ISSA has established a clear, concise package which is easy to navigate and which has allowed me to apply the tools necessary to succeed within the industry. I can’t speak highly enough of the ISSA for those who wish to extend upon their love of fitness and assist others in becoming the best versions of themselves.
Liesa Otto, ISSA CFT,
‘HIIT Fit’ Group Fitness Instructor
“The material is top notch and the ability to study at your own pace allowed me to work and study for the profession of my dreams.”
ISSA is the way to go trainer certification. The material is top notch and the ability to study at your own pace allowed me to work and study for the profession of my dreams.
“I am happy to stand behind a great leader in the business and to represent them as a fitness entrepreneur in one of the most booming cities in the states, NYC.”
My name is *Adam Esparza*, I have been building my business *My Body My Temple* over the past 3 years all the while gaining the credibility and respect that only *I.S.S.A.* brings along with its certification as one of most renowned producers of fitness professionals in the Fitness Industry. Besides the principle certification courses, the continuing education units are extremely convenient for keeping me on top of my game amidst my busy New York lifestyle and constantly growing clientele. I am happy to stand behind a great leader in the business and to represent them as a fitness entrepreneur in one of the most booming cities in the states, NYC.
“The course materials may be complex, challenging, and mind boggling but the knowledge and professionalism you can pass to your clients will feel rewarding.”
Don't give up on Master Trainer. Today I passed my final exam of Specialist in Senior Fitness. I have finally reached the ranks of the Elite Few Master Trainers. The course Materials may be complex, challenging, and mind boggling but the knowledge and professionalism you can pass to your clients will feel rewarding. Do not fret to ask ISSA staff for help. They are very kind and extremely helpful. PUSH ON!
“ISSA has helped me progress as a trainer and as a competitor in bodybuilding. Thanks ISSA!”
I just got my ISSA Personal Trainer certification. The knowledge that I have received and my experience as a competitor in the IFBB classic bodybuilding was a winning combination. I'm glad that I chose ISSA, the knowledge that I have received and the support that gives me whenever I need it. I've been dying Lay other certification and improve their own knowledge. ISSA has helped me progress as a trainer and as a competitor in bodybuilding. Thanks ISSA!
“This program has defiantly given me a renewed sense of purpose and accomplishment and I plan on pursuing this as far as I can take it.”
I guess any good testimonial first needs some kind of introduction so here we go. My name is Timothy Sharp. I am 24 yrs old at the time I completed my certification as a Fitness Trainer. I somehow always knew this was what I wanted to do. I've been active in sports and fitness ever since I was about 11-12yrs old. My first sport was football. Growing up in Mississippi and later southeast Texas (where I actually stated playing) it was almost guaranteed. I kept playing up to my senior year by relatively short stature kept me from going further.
In those years I also participated in cross country, basketball, baseball, track, and finally and my calling card: power lifting. I just missed going to state my freshman year. After that I went every year, wining the 132 lb weight class in 2008 and just missing the 148lb class title the next year, coming in third. I had a offer to lift for UTSA at 19 but family finances kept me from chasing my dream and I feel off. I am now an active duty member of the Navy and completed my certificate while on my third deployment.
Fitness has still played a huge role in my military tenure where I always tried to pass on my knowledge to those who wanted it even before I became certified. I have already run a fitness class onboard my ship and plan to do more at my next command as well. This program has defiantly given me a renewed sense of purpose and accomplishment and I plan on pursuing this as far as I can take it.
If you've ever been somebody just seem to come to for fitness advice and you love helping people, you would be hard pressed to find a better way to make your passion a way to also be the way you make your living! That's probably the most exciting part for me is that even while I'm still serving ill soon be able to do what I love as my job!
Timothy M. Sharp
“I highly advise anyone in the fitness industry dealing with athletes or just the sedentary adult that wants a challenge to sign up and complete ISSA SSC course.”
My name is Justin Trent. I am 25 years old. I work for the Mandel Jewish Community Center as one of their personal fitness trainers. I have 5 years of personal training experience. My certifications prior to attaining my SSC through ISSA are NASM CPT & NASM PES. I also am certified to teach TRX in a group format. ISSA has taught me so many things I previously didn't know. The course was the most challenging course I have taken so far in my career. I highly advise anyone in the fitness industry dealing with athletes or just the sedentary adult that wants a challenge to sign up and complete ISSA SSC course. It was one of the best things I have done and has helped me in my own training as a crossfit competitor.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HELP AND COACHING SKILLS I RECEIVED IN MY JOURNEY ON BECOMING THE BEST TRAINER I CAN BE!!!!
Justin S. Trent
“ISSA’s sincere interest and attention to each individuals success is unwavering, they are there when you need them, ready to provide assistance, continuing support and motivation.”
I first learned of ISSA through others in the fitness industry, and obtained my personal training certification in 1996. Throughout the years, being associated with ISSA has been a truly rewarding experience, they have been instrumental in my success and looking back, I wouldn’t change a single thing. My reason for saying this? ISSA’s sincere interest and attention to each individuals success is unwavering, they are there when you need them, ready to provide assistance, continuing support and motivation. Its no wonder they have such a loyal following!
Although I could have chosen any number of organizations to obtain my certification through, thank goodness I chose ISSA!
“I know with ISSA, the relationship between ISSA and myself will remain strong and they will be there to support me every step of the way.”
Certifying with ISSA has been an awesome experience. The quality of the materials was excellent and really gives me the information and the tools to get started in my fitness training career. So much is the case I am taking my mother-in-law as my first client! Bold I know...lol. But this course and going through the testing process has convinced me I'm ready! The support team is awesome. I really appreciated the fair and insightful feedback on my certification exam.
I know with ISSA, the relationship between ISSA and myself will remain strong and they will be there to support me every step of the way. I am so proud and happy to be part of the ISSA family!
“The staff has all been extremely helpful. The thing that I liked most about the whole process was the flexibility.”
The staff has all been extremely helpful. The thing that I liked most about the whole process was the flexibility. I had to get extensions that I didn't think I would need because work issues got in the way a few times, a deployment didn't allow me the time that I needed that I thought I would have to learn and understand the material, and the ISSA was very understanding of that. When I started the course I thought, "How hard can it be?" A few months into studying, I was starting to wonder what I had gotten myself into.
However, the text books were very easy to follow and shortly I was grasping concepts about training that I never knew existed. The course material was very involved, in-depth, and I learned so much about being a fitness professional. I chose to get more involved in the fitness industry because of my passion for healthy living and the observation that our nation has a problem with fitness. I've decided that I want to be part of the solution and not the problem of standing-by and doing nothing. I believe having a certification from an organization as well known as the ISSA will add to my credibility as someone who knows something about helping others adopt and live a healthier lifestyle. Thank you!!
“Through ISSA's CPT course, I was able to further my knowledge in sports and fitness training to apply it to my own sports training and to others as well.”
Through ISSA's CPT course, I was able to further my knowledge in sports and fitness training to apply it to my own sports training and to others as well. It is rewarding and encouraging to have others seek me out for help and advice with their training programs, especially when they say to me,"Wow! You were right! That really does work!". Thanks, ISSA, for an awesome course.I highly recommend it to anyone.
“I found the materials to be what I needed to feel is received a well rounded knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, training techniques and philosophy. ”
As a busy healing arts professional and NPC figure competitor, I had been wanting to get my personal training certification but knew my time was limited. I work long hours, often early mornings and eves and would not have been able to attend a classroom setting. ISSA was perfect for my hectic schedule. I found the materials to be what I needed to feel is received a well rounded knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, training techniques and philosophy. I am excited to be working for a private training facility and have referred two of my training partners to ISSA, now enrolled in the program.
I can't thank you enough!
“I have been a CPT with ISSA since 2008 and it has been a life changing career.”
I have been a CPT with ISSA since 2008 and it has been a life changing career. I never thought I would have been able to build my own brand, market it and change peoples lives while doing so. "No Mullarkey" Personal Training is now one of the top training companies in Arizona. With that Kind of growth I am looking forward to building out my online training and consulting business in 2015. Be on the lookout for my first 4 ebooks to be launched in December 2014. I was also absolutly honored to be chosen in 2013 to be featured in the ISSA National Campaign Ad, which is printed in all the major US fitness publications! Someone pinch me please, dreams really do come true and I couldn't have done it without the education and support of the amazing folks at the ISSA.
Pro Fitness Consultant
“The staff was very helpful at any time assistance was needed and they could not answer my question they found someone that could.”
I am very pleased with ISSA. I am a mother of 17 yr old daughter a five year old son. Time management can ve challenging and this online course was perfect, being able to work at your own pace and work around a busy schedule. The staff was very helpful at any time assistance was needed and they could not answer my question they found someone that could. I love ISSA!
“I am a wife, mother of two boys, work full time, and exercise for at least an hour a day...and still had time to complete my certification in exactly 2 months.”
I finally decided to put aside all of my fears and excuses and actually do what I have wanted to do for years...become a Certified Personal Trainer! I had so many fears and countless excuses for such a long time. For those of you who may be experiencing the same thing, I encourage you to just go for it! It is so worth it!! I am a wife, mother of two boys, work full time, and exercise for at least an hour a day...and still had time to complete my certification in exactly 2 months. I will never regret this decision. Thank you ISSA!
“I recommend that anyone looking to get into the fitness field and become certified go thru ISSA. To me there isn't a better course around.”
I am certified through ISSA. The course was excellent. It is Very informative. But not just a bunch of scientific information just thrown in a book. But it gives it to you in a very basic, practical kind of way. That one could easily carry out into the field. The quizzes were helpful. I recommend that anyone looking to get into the fitness field and become certified go thru ISSA. To me there isn't a better course around. I plan on obtaining my Sports Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning certification. I am now employed at a private gym as an independent contractor I train clients, charging $50-$60/session. All thanks to ISSA.
“ I would recommend this program to anyone with similar goals. It was definitely a fulfilling experience!”
ISSA has helped me to achieve my goal of becoming a certified personal trainer. I was able to complete the course in the time frame provided without having to rush. The material was sufficient and quite thorough. I would recommend this program to anyone with similar goals. It was definitely a fulfilling experience!
“I enrolled in the course and OMG! The material was extensive but My text book is priceless to me now. I learned so much.”
After having lost a great deal of weight my self I begin to realize how important the aspects of good nutrition were. So I begin to seek answers for myself and realized how others needed help as well. I felt compelled to make an effort to become certified in Fitness Nutrition. I did the research and time and time again ISSA rose to the top for me. I was told by several personal trainers they were the best. I enrolled in the course and OMG! The material was extensive but My text book is priceless to me now. I learned so much. I was challenged not just to get a grade but to learn and understand the importance of the Science and the Practice of Good Nutrition.
I now understand what it means to be a good coach, I am using the information I have learned in many ways. I am a speaker and an author with two books on the market and this certification has only added to my credibility as a speaker and wellness coach. This was a tough class but it was worth all the effort I put forth. I am so appreciative to the team at ISSA for making my return to school at the age 54 so successful. I look forward to taking other classes in the future. The Lord has great things in store for me!
“I can not say enough about ISSA and my relationship with them. It has been more than just getting a certification of which I am most proud.”
I can not say enough about ISSA and my relationship with them. It has been more than just getting a certification of which I am most proud. It has been a journey that I feel very good about and ISSA and their staff has been there all the way. They became My personal trainer as well as my a close friend.
My story: This Saturday I will celebrate my "Lucky Thirteen". On 9-20-2001 I had triple by-pass surgery at he age of 51. Wow! That will get your attention and in a hurry. I had gone to the doctor with a headache that had lasted for months. The doctor said I needed a complete physical. During the physical he said I needed a stress test just to be sure about my heart. They immediately told me that I needed a heart-cath and during the procedure I was told that heart bypass surgery would be needed. I will let you guess all the thoughts that can go through one's mind. It was successfully completed the next day. It now has been thirteen years and I am now in the best shape of my life. I am so thankful to the Lord for that.
While in the hospital I made my mind that I did not want to become an old man before my time. I decided to get my physical and spiritual life in shape. When the doctor said walk the hall once I did it twice or maybe even three times. As soon as I was out of the hospital I began to exercise as much as possible. My strength began to get better and better. I started visiting the hospital when I would hear of anyone I knew that was having by-pass surgery to encourage them. I bought new exercise equipment and trained every day. The more I trained the I enjoyed it. I wanted to help others to keep them from making the mistakes I had made and if they were not healthy I want to get them there.
I bought a muscle magazine one day and as I was reading through it I saw an add for ISSA. I will never forget it. It had a picture of an older gentleman standing on the beach. He had a dark tan, white hair, was very fit but the thing that got my attention was his pleasant smile. He looked happy and it showed. I cut the add out and kept it on my fridge for years. That was my motivation and it worked. I want to be fit and teach others also.
I talk to a consultant at ISSA and was very pleased with them. I paid to take the course and thought that would be the end of hearing from them. Usually when a company has your money that's it. Was I surprised? My contact person was a professional lady named Debra. What a job she did. Often I would have an e-mail of encouragement or just asking for an update from me. She was so pleasant and really seemed as though she knew me and cared. At one time I ran into some personal issues and my work on the course came to a stop. I got several e-mails from Debra to encourage me. I think from the beginning she knew what it meant to me. Remember, this was after ISSA had been paid and the still cared. I pushed on and got my certification but it would not have happen without Debra and ISSA. The instruction is stuff but fair. The grading of the exam is stuff but fair.
That is not the end of the story. After completion of the course I received almost weekly words of encouragement and tips on making my business a success and be a better trainer. They just kept the information coming and Debra would e-mail to see how it was going. I just finished my re-certification. ISSA was there all the way. All the way. Let me sum it up. You will not be disappointed with ISSA. It is a great organization, has great people. and they care about not just the money. Also, They are highly recognized by the U.S. military. Having been an Army aviator this made the search much easier. ISSA all the way.
Ricky D. Lesley
“It is a privilege to represent the ISSA as a CFT and I would highly recommend ISSA to anyone who is willing to commit into the fitness lifestyle.”
ISSA is the true meaning of fitness. I recently received my ISSA CFT personal trainer certificate and I would like to thank everyone at ISSA for their continuous support and aid in my everyday studies. It is a privilege to represent the ISSA as a CFT and I would highly recommend ISSA to anyone who is willing to commit into the fitness lifestyle. Other than offering one of the most knowledgeable techniques in fitness, ISSA offers welcoming support anytime needed.
“ISSA is a more than supportive organization, from beginning to, well there is no end, which is what inspires me to be a proud member.”
So honored to have become a member with ISSA! ISSA is a more than supportive organization, from beginning to, well there is no end, which is what inspires me to be a proud member. Sticking through with professionalism, support, encouragement, and endless growth.
“ The content and curriculum is an excellent platform of usable knowledge back by science.”
ISSA has an excellent trainer module for those fitness professionals that want gain the knowledge and competency of certification. The content and curriculum is an excellent platform of usable knowledge back by science. I love the amount of information provided for nutrition specifically. The whole team at ISSA has been wonderful to work with. I would recommend ISSA to any of my trainers and anyone in the military. Thanks for supporting our troops.
“ I highly recommend ISSA to get whatever fitness related certification you plan on pursuing.”
I was first was introduced to ISSA to possibly be an avenue to assist me with getting my personal training certification. I recall viewing the site and was intrigued and excited to get started. Needless to say I didn't get started until years later - 2011 to be exact. With my employment being overseas I incurred several challenges with regards to studying regularly. ISSA worked with me on a couple occasions due to my infrequent quiz submissions as well as the AED/CPR being submitted a few months after I passed my final exam.
I received both the PFT and SFN through ISSA. After I completed my final exam shortly after i received my grade (84%) which was emailed to me by the COO Patrick Gamboa. Within the email I learned I received the highest grade so far for the year. I highly recommend ISSA to get whatever fitness related certification you plan on pursuing. I received both the PFT and SFN through ISSA.
Chris ZIZ Brown
“Thank you ISSA for helping me and I look forward to continued enjoyment while helping others maintain and improve their fitness thanks to all of you at ISSA.”
I became interested in personal fitness many years ago and have been involved in some sort of physical activity ever since. I am retired from the trucking industry which included much time on the road as a long haul driver. I was not always easy to persue a healthy lifestyle with this occupation but I took advantage of whatever came avaliable. Whether it was in the hotel room, a workout room there, a gym nearby or even rest areas along the way. I balanced martial arts classes with my driving scheule for many years. I was actually way past middle age when I got serious about fitness.
During my last couple of years trucking I became involved and joined a local gym close to the motel where I stayed. This is where I really became interested in personal training. I saw the need for a more health oriented lifestyle in many of my fellow workers and encourged them to get involved. At this gym were some very succesful personal trainers whom I got to know well. Some were ISSA certified and their knowledge and dedication was very impressive. After considerable research I chose ISSA to futher my knowledge and get into the field of personal training.
Once I retired my wife and I joined the local YMCA where I applied and eventually became employed part time. This is where I have met lots of great folks and potentiaL clients. I knew once I retired I would want to stay active at something I really enjoy and I am very thankful to ISSA for helping me attain this goal. Their staff are always ready to help and very knowledgeble. Thank you ISSA for helping me and I look forward to continued enjoyment while helping others maintain and improve their fitness thanks to all of you at ISSA.
“I’m almost 50 years old and the busiest trainer at my gym—so don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old to become a trainer.”
I started my personal training career back in 2003 with an ISSA certification, and it’s the best decision I ever made. I’m quite certain the great education and on-going support from ISSA is why my training schedule is full with a waiting list, and why the majority of my clients have been with me long-term (one client and I will be celebrating our 10th year together in the next few months).
I’ve been at the same gym now for almost seven years and have seen trainers come and go, but the ones who stick around, the ones who are able to successfully build their businesses, are certified through ISSA. I’m almost 50 years old and the busiest trainer at my gym—so don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old to become a trainer.
“The knowledge I have acquired through the three certifications I currently hold has help me tremendously in my business NOW It's Personal Training.”
ISSA is top notch in my opinion. The knowledge I have acquired through the three certifications I currently hold has help me tremendously in my business NOW It's Personal Training. I was given all the tools necessary to develop a successful Personal Training business which now shows up on the first page of Google in three separate cities in Florida with 21 five star reviews from clients. Thank You. I look forward to continuing my education with ISSA.
Certified Fitness Trainer
Senior Fitness Specialist
Specialist in Strength & Conditioning
“If you are thinking about becoming certified under any organization...choose ISSA.”
The ISSA is the most user-friendly school that I have ever worked with. They provide 24/7 support through the question board, and answer your questions in detail. They are so helpful! The best part about ISSA is that even after you complete your course, they are still there to support you. Also, they offer students their own personalized website, and give them all the tools they need to become successful as a business.
I loved that the course was self-paced. If you are thinking about becoming certified under any organization...choose ISSA. They are flexible, and go above and beyond to help their students succeed. I am glad that I chose ISSA. I received my Fitness Trainer certification about 3 months after enrolling in the course. I will now be on my way to look for a job, and I am confident that the ISSA has provided me with the skills to succeed.
“Their programs really have helped me become the best trainer I can be. Trust me, you will not be disappointed”
I loved going through the Master Trainer course through ISSA. It was by far the most challenging course I've taken compared to my college courses for becoming a trainer. I felt they had a great foundation of knowledge and there was a lot of support. My questions were always answered and I learned so much. Their programs really have helped me become the best trainer I can be. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
“With 14+ years certified with ISSA I have taken a passion of health and fitness to a life long adventure.”
With 14+ years certified with ISSA I have taken a passion of health and fitness to a life long adventure. I believe in working with my clients as a lifestyle coach, helping them build confidence to get a healthy lifestyle and promote a positive body image through workouts designed for their lifestyle. I love helping people to get fit and understand the importance of keeping their body moving in a healthy way.
My experiences, thanks to ISSA has helped me work and volunteer in all different areas and countries. Examples are: Hospice, stroke patients, children in schools and adults. I have trainer numerous groups in lifestyle seminars and radio hosting. This opportunity has become a lifelong career. With 8 grandchildren and being 60+ I can still train others as now my retiring hobby and still bring in a income.
My grandchildren and clients have participated in number runs with me and I am still participating in triathlons in my spare time. Life is good when you are a ISSA member. Thanks for the great lifelong career that is still going strong, you have given me the capabilities to follow my dreams
“The entire course provided enough information for me to launch my own personal training company.”
ISSA has a fantastic Personal Training Certification course! The fact that I could study at my own pace, in my own home was extremely helpful. The entire course provided enough information for me to launch my own personal training company. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and when I had questions, they were answered quickly! I earned my certification two years ago, and I just re-certified this month.
I am enjoying being a personal trainer, and continuing my education. The field is always growing and changing, and you have to stay on top of your game! If you are interested in a career as a personal trainer, this is a great opportunity!
“These courses of study have been an excellent means of reviewing and adding to the knowledge and experience I gained in graduate school and during my 25-year practice.”
ISSA has provided me a practical and effective to return to and enhance my profession as a fitness trainer and exercise consultant. In 2012 and 2013 I achieved certifications in fitness training, fitness nutrition, exercise therapy, sports conditioning, senior fitness and youth fitness, thus achieving Master Trainer status.
I applaud the professionalism of the staff, the regular communications from ISSA even after the course(s) of study are completed, the very fast turnaround time on scoring exams, the quality and rigor of both the objective test items and the creative essay items and the myriad opportunities to have one’s questions and concerns addressed quickly and thoroughly.
These courses of study have been an excellent means of reviewing and adding to the knowledge and experience I gained in graduate school and during my 25-year practice.
MS Exercise Physiology University of Wisconsin 1990
ISSA certified CFT, SFN, SET (2012), SSC, SSF, YFT (2013)
North Mountain Cardio Health and Fitness
“I have consistently recommended ISSA as an outstanding organization to anyone interested in a fitness career. ”
I am a 67 year old competitive bodybuilder. I have been competing in local contests here in Louisville, KY for the past 4 years in the Masters Over 60 class. I retired from my full time job as the Director of Facility Operations at a local retirement community after 26 years of service in April of 2013. I have 3 certifications with ISSA, the first obtained almost 4 years ago as a Certified Fitness Trainer, the second one, two years ago as a Nutrition Specialist and the last one just a few days ago as a Certified Specialist in Exercise Therapy. I have been working at numerous gyms in the Louisville area, with my present employment at a Workout Anytime gym in the Springhurst area just northeast of Louisville. I also work part time as a Health Enthusiast at The Vitamin Shoppe also in the Springhurst area.
I had originally picked ISSA for my first certification due to their excellent reputation. I am very pleased with my experiences with this organization through all 3 of my certifications. On the rare occasions that I had to contact them, the response has always been prompt, courteous and has always solved my problem no matter how insignificant. The course materials have always been up to date and informative. The courses have covered each subject in detail and the workbook and chapter quizzes have been very helpful. It has been easy to find the correct information and has been readily applicable to my training career.
I have consistently recommended ISSA as an outstanding organization to anyone interested in a fitness career. I will definitely continue to utilize ISSA for my continuing education.
“I found the detailed information in the course to be incredibly invaluable as well as all the other online resources that were available at my fingertips. ”
I would like to start off by acknowledging Alex, my ISSA contact, who was kind, knowledgeable and professional from the very moment I first spoke with her on the phone through to the very end. I found the detailed information in the course to be incredibly invaluable as well as all the other online resources that were available at my fingertips. ISSA even took the time to give feedback on each section of the final exam...WOW! It felt good knowing that my arduous efforts to pass this course were personally recognized by ISSA. Since receiving my CFT certification, every Saturday I lead the way for a fabulous group of ladies in a high-intensity training program for my Head Coach Pamela Paul of FAB 50 Women on the Run in Largo, FL.
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
Squad Administrator & Assistant Coach
“My ISSA certifications as a Fitness Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist has really propelled my career to where it is today.”
My ISSA certifications as a Fitness Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist has really propelled my career to where it is today. As a trainer as well as a professional Bikini Athlete, I am able to stay competitive with the resources ISSA has provided me. I am constantly expanding my knowledge base and taking my business to another level with each new certification!
Fitness Trainer/IFBB Pro
“I can honestly say that the quality and depth of these certifications make them worthwhile to pursue.”
I have been involved in the fitness industry since the 80's and have worked as an aerobic instructor, a personal trainer, and a corporate health club manager. My original certifications were through AFAA and ACE. When I came across the ISSA information, I was intrigued and doubtful. My first thought was: how could an online certification exam that let you utilize the manual be an effective teaching tool? What I realized, almost immediately, was that the manual and workbooks were not only extensive, but well written and so chocked full of information that I knew I would be referring back to it many times in the future.
When it comes to the exams, let me tell you, they are no walk in the park. You have to have read and studied your manual, have the ability to think independently, and understand much more than what you would be required to with any other testing process than I am familiar with. And you aren't left on your own. There are ISSA personal available to you to assist you through the process and answer your questions should you require it.
Having taking and passed both the Certified Personal Trainer and the Specialist in Fitness Nutrition courses, and having worked hard to pass both, I can honestly say that the quality and depth of these certifications make them worthwhile to pursue. After all, I worked hard to pass them. Thanks, ISSA, for creating a certification that creates such a strong knowledge-base for those who are interested in offering their clients the best in fitness/health instruction and for creating trainers who can "think outside the box."
“Thank you ISSA for working with students as myself to greater there knowledge and enthusiasm in this career. ”
I am 54 years old and love what I do as a certified ISSA personal trainer and just received my Sports Fitness Nutrition certification from ISSA. I compete as a bodybuilder in the NPC Organization and the knowledge I have received through the ISSA has not only helped me in reaching my goals. But as a certified personal trainer I have helped many reach there goals of either competing or getting to that target weight.
I have had a lot of jobs in my life but doing what I do now is like being retired and doing what you love . I get up 5 days a week at 3;45 a.m. to train my 5;00 a.m. clients and feel so great that I have had most of my clients going on two and half years. Thank you ISSA for working with students as myself to greater there knowledge and enthusiasm in this career. I plan on continuing my education using the wonderful tools provided by ISSA next goal Master Trainer !!!
“I am very happy I picked I.S.S.A and would recommend it to anyone trying to get into the industry.”
I went to school to be a Personal Trainer and graduated with a 3.4 GPA. When I got out I still had to pass my certification exam so I took my first one paid for by The school and ended up failing. I Then took another two years studying and with my own money took The exam two more times failing both times. I thought about giving it up until I went over my options and realized that when I was in school one of my options was I.S.S.A so I went to their web site and Then I knew that I should have chosen Them to Begin with.
They had a payment plan that i was able to do and I liked how The material you learned was in The exam unlike my other exam there were things in it that was not in The manual. I am very Happy i picked I.S.S.A and would recomend it to anyone trying to get into The industry. I am so Happy that I stuck with it and thanks to I.S.S.A I am a certified Trainer and i can do something that makes me Happy.
“The program was well organized and informative . Anytime I had a question, it was quickly answered by their staff. ”
I am proud to be a certified Personal Fitness Trainer AND Sports nutritionist through ISSA. I thoroughly did my research before choosing ISSA. I am a mom of 5 from ages 17 to 4 and one of the features I was looking for was time. I was given 8 months from start to finish with both programs. Life can get hectic for me and I needed to know that if I could get it done in less time , great but I also had that option to space it out better so I wasn’t rushing through the program.
Retaining the information learned is most important and I felt this would give me that option. The program was well organized and informative . Anytime I had a question, it was quickly answered by their staff. I know there are continuing education programs that I would like to take with none other than ISSA . Thank You to all your staff !
“My first fitness study was hands-on in a class room, and yet I feel the ISSA study gave me better tools to actually learn, understand and apply the knowledge.”
ISSA is the certification I would look for in anyone who wanted to work for me. I like the professionalism they teach. Always having someone there to bounce questions off of is priceless. As I think back to my first ISSA study, I recall all the excitement threw the things I learned. I just couldn't wait to share what I had learned with the world. I started lifting weights at age 12 and knew right away that I wanted to be a trainer.
My first fitness study was hands-on in a class room, and yet I feel the ISSA study gave me better tools to actually learn, understand and apply the knowledge. ISSA has a great variety of trainings. Learning, doing, and teaching always works best and ISSA will be there for you, as they have been here for me. Without ISSA I'm not sure I would be as successful as I am today. Self employed and schedule fully booked years in advance. I Love my job, so much, it's not work, it's fun!!
Thank you ISSA
“I found both certification programs to be both scientifically sound and challenging. I highly recommend ISSA for any of your certification or education needs.”
I have been a certified Fitness Trainer with ISSA for over 7 years. Throughout that time, I have called them on many occasions for one reason or another and found them to be extremely nice and helpful. I recently completed my second certification with them in Sports Nutrition. I was a graduate student at the time of enrolling in this certification and I was unable to reach my deadline to take my exam. The ISSA team worked with me on two occasions and extended my deadline until I completed my graduate program. I found both certification programs to be both scientifically sound and challenging. I highly recommend ISSA for any of your certification or education needs.
M.A., C.F.T., C S.N
“The reason I choice nutrition is because I've completed 8 other transformation in the past 2 years besides this one, and wanted to read about what I was doing in text book.”
The reason I choice nutrition is because I've completed 8 other transformation in the past 2 years besides this one, and wanted to read about what I was doing in text book. Feel free to use them on your site.
United States Army Veteran
“ From the initial inquires regarding program curriculum and registration all the way through the final exam, help was just a click or phone call away. ”
My name is Matt Rassette and when I started the journey toward obtaining my International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Personal Trainer Certification I was not your typical young, athletic gym-jockey looking to turn their passion for health and fitness into a livelihood. Instead, I am a late forty-something who, after 8 years in service and 22 years in the corporate world, wanted to rediscover who I was under a tremendous amount of physical and mental fat.
The key to success in any endeavor is education. To truly learn more about the me I wanted to be, I needed to discover who I was and how I worked. After researching multiple programs, the curriculum and delivery method provided by ISSA seemed the most complete and comprehensive, allowing a flexibility that worked with my schedule at a cost that made me value the effort.
One of the best parts of the program was the exceptional student support service I received. From the initial inquires regarding program curriculum and registration all the way through the final exam, help was just a click or phone call away. I took advantage of the online forums, lecture videos, practice tests and on several occasions accessed the online version of the training manual so I could study while traveling and not have to carry the books. All inquires were quickly answered in a informative and positive way. Even though I was taking a virtual training program, I never felt alone.
The next phase of my professional career will involve fitness, health and wellbeing and my ISSA CPT certification has provided a strong and solid foundation for whatever happens next. I’m looking forward to it.
“The ISSA was the stepping stone that I needed to take my career to the next level and to open the doors to the best me I could be. ”
I started looking for a Personal Trainer Certification course online that will not only provide me with a well rounded education but with an ongoing support system. I found ISSA and it had everything I was looking for. Once I signed on I was able to start studying immediately, I didn't have to wait for the books to be delivered because everything was right on my account. All the books information and best of all I could contact them at any time with any questions.
The course was extensive and after completing the quizzes I felt more than ready to do my final exam. I got certified writhing a month of ordering the course and was hired by one of the best gyms- Equinox on South Beach. I couldn't have made a better choice. The ISSA was the stepping stone that I needed to take my career to the next level and to open the doors to the best me I could be. Thank you!
“All the gyms in my area not only accept ISSA certification, but hold it in high regard...”
ISSA was the way to go for me. Other certifications I researched only gave 90 days to study once you purchased their study packages or you have to pay for the test again. ISSA on the other hand, works very well for someone like me who works a full-time job, has a family, and other responsibilities. Whereas other certifying agencies don't even require you to take their course and/or quizzes, ISSA does, ensuring not only that you studied the material, but also ensuring that you KNOW the material.
I was mostly impressed with the essays and case studies on the CFT exam. This allowed me to apply the materials learned, as well as also reinforce what I had studied in preparation for my test. All the gyms in my area not only accept ISSA certification, but hold it in high regard, and already I've had an interview for a job. The online support and ISSA Community is top-notch, and I made the right choice. Thank you!
“The ISSA exam is done 100% on-line, but I did not feel the graduates were prepared any less than if we were to take that exam in person or at a test center.”
I just renewed the two licenses I have from ISSA: Personal Trainer ad Senior Fitness Specialist. Few years ago, when I first studied with ISSA for my two certifications, I found their course materials very informative and well-prepared. I have a university background, with a Master's and a PhD, and I have been exposed to many different courses and types of examinations over the years. The ISSA exam is done 100% on-line, but I did not feel the graduates were prepared any less than if we were to take that exam in person or at a test center. Especially the "case studies" were worth my time - for the first time, I was able to imagine I have such and such a profile of a trainee in front of me, and I had to come up with a solid plan for that person. It was the most creative and fun part of the exam.
As to the re-certification, it, honestly, could not have been smoother: it was clearly explained on-line ad in the docs I received together with my initial certification, how to re-certify myself and what I need to supply. I passed CE courses/tests, AED/CPR test, sent all the docs and CE diplomas needed and, before I even expected any answer, I got two e-mails telling me I am "being processed" and I got re-certified and will receive my licenses in mail soon. Particularly, I'd like to thank Mrs. Rosa Samoa from the CE department - we had several e-mail exchanges over the last two years and she proved to be very responsive, quick and pleasant to deal with. I am really happy you are as you are, congrats, ISSA!
Magdalena Romanska, Ph.D.
Personal Trainer (ISSA-Certified)
“ISSA has empowered me to do what I love and educate and coach others to live a fit and healthy life.”
I love the health and fitness industry and the amazing things your body is capable of if you apply the right steps... So, years ago when I started competing I was in the gym a lot and pre-planning my meals. I would get asked a lot of questions from strangers and co-workers to help them with their fitness journeys. I gave some advice but wanted to officially have a certification and formal education which provided the credibility that I was educated in what I say and do. ISSA was my first choice. I was able to study at home at my pace and loved every part of the journey. ISSA has empowered me to do what I love and educate and coach others to live a fit and healthy life.
“One of the reasons I decided to get my personal training certification through ISSA is because how helpful they were in the certification process.”
One of the reasons I decided to get my personal training certification through ISSA is because how helpful they were in the certification process. The process was pretty easy and the ISSA website is extremely helpful. Because of my positive experience, I referred a friend and she received her PT certification. English is her second language and ISSA is the only certifying agency that we found to offer this certification in Spanish.
"It always seems impossible until it's done"-Nelson Mandela
“I’m looking forward to many more years of fruitful association with ISSA and will be honored to refer anyone to ISSA who has a passion for health and fitness certifications. ”
I was passionate about obtaining my personal training certification for many, many years before the road opened up for me. Of course, there were many schools to choose from. But, when a close friend referred me to ISSA I knew I had found my best fit.
ISSA went above and beyond in encouraging me --- first to enroll, ensuring me that “I could do it” and then throughout the months as I struggled with balancing my studies, a full-time job, a part-time job, and extended family responsibilities. Robin Prodanovich was my Admissions Representative. From my very first conversation with Robin, I knew that I had found the perfect training to help me meet my goals and still meet my day-to-day responsibilities during the process.
The study guide was amazingly helpful! Each quiz helped to provide me with a realistic appraisal of my strengths and weaknesses for the material and helped to clearly identify my exam readiness. The online formats made it easy to go back, re-read the material, and answer the question again. Whenever I had questions or concerns about my progress, I called Student Services and was provided direction and additional encouragement. This was a very comprehensive and challenging course and I very much appreciated the concern and attention the school personnel willingly gave.
I’m looking forward to many more years of fruitful association with ISSA and will be honored to refer anyone to ISSA who has a passion for health and fitness certifications.
Thank you for helping me to reach a life-long goal!!
“In the past I have had several different personal trainer certifications, but nothing compares to the ISSA.”
I thought the ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certification would be another fairly easy certification to take. Boy, I was wrong!! I’ve been a trainer for 16 years and hold many certifications currently. In the past I have had several different personal trainer certifications, but nothing compares to the ISSA. The communication and support I received was amazing. I was able to call or email about any questions I had and the response was immediate. As far as the exam..it was tough. The information and knowledge I received was more thorough then any certification I have done in the past. I feel totally confident in my knowledge and my ability to train athletes now.
RKC Team Leader
FMS level 2
Z-health R and I phase
ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
“The course allowed me to understand the mechanics and logic behind my 80 pound weight loss!”
The ISSA course has been an incredible experience for me. At 45 years of age I registered and took the course for my own knowledge and interest. I have been training under an ISSA trainer for over 3 years and have some great results as you can see in the comparison picture. The course allowed me to understand the mechanics and logic behind my 80 pound weight loss! Kudos to the ISSA team for a great course you can complete using the online support and textbook as primary supports. The ISSA course and exam has been awesome! Many thanks for your generous support and interest in my progress!
“All in All I had a great experience and cant wait to start this new chapter of my life. Thanks ISSA.”
My name is Daniela and I decided to follow my passion of Health & Fitness and choose ISSA to do my personal training certification with. I have a love for this industry and no I want my future to be based in it. When searching for an organization I asked many of my friends, and I was mostly always referred to ISSA. I'm so glad I did as they have been behind me every step of they way. I remember even one situation during my final online exam and I freaked out because I thought I had to do the whole test in 1 sitting.
After hours of answering questions on the computer I broke down and called them, I was worried I would not finish and after having a mini melt down they reassured me I could do the exam in sessions. I was so relieved and so thankful that I could get hold of them so quickly. Tare very quick to answer emails, this was a great help for me as I'm studying In South Africa and there is a huge time difference. All in All I had a great experience and cant wait to start this new chapter of my life. Thanks ISSA.
“I personally want to thank ISSA for not only a great certification, but for all the technical as well as business support...”
I've finally after so many years, of procrastinating finally decided to get my ISSA Personal Training Certification! I have been a fitness enthusiast, and athlete for over 30 years, and always considered a career in health, fitness and wellness. So after retiring from a career as a licensed clinical social worker, I figured now was the time to embark on a new career adventure as a Personal Trainer and ISSA has provided me with a national certification that will allow me to be a success in the fitness industry.
As a ISSA certified personal trainer my goal is to eventually own my own health and wellness center concentrating on clients, like myself, 50+. Offering coaching not only in fitness but in wellness, nutrition, holistic lifestyles and well-being. I personally want to thank ISSA for not only a great certification, but for all the technical as well as business support, as well as all the continual professional updates that will allow me to stay ahead of the game.
“I cannot thank the ISSA enough for their commitment to fitness as well as their commitment to me and my personal goals! ”
My name is Nathan Kelly and I started weight training my freshman year of college in 2006. In 2011 I entered my first bodybuilding show and missed the top 5 by one spot, however this was just the beginning. After entering 2 more shows and placing 3rd and 4th, the desire for a win became that much greater. I then teamed up with a current ISSA certified trainer named Dave Shutler and placed 1st in the bodybuilding, middleweight division of the WBFF fitness New England show this past November in 2013. Aside from bodybuilding, I am also the manager of a boys group home where their ages range from 14-21.
In the home, the boys all come from backgrounds involving abuse, neglect, and even have a history of criminal records. My job, aside from meeting their basic needs, is to establish in them a sense of worth and self-confidence. These boys became a source of inspiration when training for my past show and the win meant more to them then it did myself. Shortly after, they too developed an interest in lifting weights and getting in shape. I began by taking them to the local gym and guiding them through beginner style workouts. After a few months of regular gym going, these boys not only began to lose weight, but their self confidence went through the roof. I began to think how much more I could do for them, if I had an ISSA certification.
One of the main reasons I chose the ISSA was because of my experience with Dave Shutler, an ISSA trainer. I saw the commitment he showed me in my nutrition and training and I wanted to give that same commitment to the boys I work with on a daily basis. The ISSA has not only equipped me now to better the lives of those around me, but has also instilled hope in these teenage boys that they can do something great with their life, regardless of their past. Upon completing my ISSA certification, I was hired by a local gym the following week. I cannot thank the ISSA enough for their commitment to fitness as well as their commitment to me and my personal goals! Again, not only has the ISSA impacted me in a positive way, but those around me as well. I would highly recommend the ISSA to anyone looking to obtain a personal trainer certification!
“The ISSA is the best place, in my opinion, to get your personal training certificate.”
I have tried becoming a trainer through the IFPA and through the ISSA. And I must say, the ISSA is by far the best way to becoming a personal trainer. Whenever I had a question or was confused the ISSA was always there to guide me and help me fully understand my questions with detailed answers. I like how it is setup to where you have to take practice quizzes for each chapter. It makes sure you really know the information. I also like the business helper guide they send you when you sign up to be a trainer. The ISSA is the best place, in my opinion, to get your personal training certificate. Almost all major gyms (Youfit, LA Fitness, Gold's Gym, Planet Fitness; just to name a few) all recognize this certification. I have told my friends that want to be trainers themselves to go through the ISSA. Really top-notch educational CPT course.
“ISSA has been instrumental in helping me progress my career outside of the military as both a Certified Fitness Trainer and as a Specialist in Fitness/Exercise Therapy.”
ISSA has been instrumental in helping me progress my career outside of the military as both a Certified Fitness Trainer and as a Specialist in Fitness/Exercise Therapy. With their self-paced and distanced-learning programs, I was able to acheive both of these certifications whil serving actively in the United States Army AND while stationed overseas in a combat zone. The help given to me by ISSA when requested was more than helpful in such a multitude of ares that I never needed a follow-up question even once. The highly informative staff was available 24/7 to process any requests and the way that the course material is set up is relatable to even those with the most basic comprehension skills while still offering the absolute best in challenging curriculum! For any and all looking to pursue a career in Fitness and especially to interested Uniformed Service Members, I'd recommend this school time and time again as the jump-start anyone is looking for!
“Their Associate's in Exercise Science has been revolutionary to my family and I and the people around us. We are so proud to be apart of the ISSA family.”
I joined the ISSA in 2013, and I have worked hard to earn my certifications in Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and Specialist in Strength and Conditioning. The instructors want to see you succeed and they push you to try your best. Every athlete needs a coach or a trainer that pushes them physically and mentally, why not academically. At ISSA you will reap these same benefits. Their Associate's in Exercise Science has been revolutionary to my family and I and the people around us. We are so proud to be apart of the ISSA family.
“I believe I can make a great difference in many peoples' lives because I understand all aspects of fitness levels.”
During middle school I was very overweight, insecure, and unhealthy. I went into high school wanting to be on the dance team more than anything. Seeing the little outfits that had to be worn during performances I knew I had to make a change. I began to workout and eat healthier meals. Losing weight seemed to become an obsession for me, to the point of me becoming under weight. My doctor diagnosed me with borderline anemia and told me I needed to start being easier on my body and feeding it more of the nutrition it was lacking or I would need blood transfusions. This information was enough to wake me up and start taking care of myself more. After this I became interested in weight lifting.The more I researched and learned, the stronger I grew, the more information I absorbed.
I became the healthiest and strongest I have ever been. Not only did I begin changing physically but mentally as well. Friends and family were seeing my tremendous changes band asked me to help them. I would give them advice and workout with them; always receiving great feedback on the results they were seeing as well. My fascination with lifting weights and helping others see results is what led me to ISSA and wanting to become a fitness trainer. I believe I can make a great difference in many peoples' lives because I understand all aspects of fitness levels.
“They help you with EVERYTHING from the very beginning and continue to assist you even after you graduate from the course.”
My experience with the ISSA could not have been better. After looking into several programs I chose the ISSA because of all the positive feedback that I read about them. I absolutely loved the website the students use. The way you can connect with all the other students is really amazing. The message board was a huge help to me, and I never had to wait more then 15 minutes to get a response from someone on the ISSA staff. And if you're still having problems with a subject you can call them and speak to someone directly over the phone, which I also did on a couple occasions. They help you with EVERYTHING from the very beginning and continue to assist you even after you graduate from the course.
Everything from study help, to business cards, continuing education courses, Insurance, even a personalized website is available through the ISSA. I received my CFT certificate on October 23, 2013 and on December 18, 2013 was hired on at Snap Fitness in Quincy Illinois as the Manager of the club. I also work with clients in the comfort of their homes when i'm not managing Snap Fitness. A lot of people do what they "have to do" to get by, and now I can say that i'm doing what I "want to do", which is an incredible feeling!!
“I will continue to use ISSA in other endeavors as they clearly are the leader in personal training education.”
The program with ISSA was very informative and helped me get my certification quickly. I hope people realize that the exam is not just answering questions, but requires effort and knowledge about what you've learned. I wouldn't want to have a program that didn't require much effort. I will continue to use ISSA in other endeavors as they clearly are the leader in personal training education. Thank you ISSA, I look forward to moving forward with my new career.
“The knowledge I received from this program has helped me to better serve and earn the respect of my clients as well as the respect of my peers in the fitness industry.”
I received my first ISSA certification back in 2014 after I enrolled in the Elite Trainer program. The knowledge I received from this program has helped me to better serve and earn the respect of my clients as well as the respect of my peers in the fitness industry. Investing in any of the ISSA training programs is well worth the time and effort. Definitely the best!
“I love the fact that through the studies with ISSA I can hold my own in fitness conversations and show my passion to help other find the best versions of themselves.”
I am so glad to be in the ISSA family. I loved that I had Mr.Cogburn to answer any questions I had. I felt that the material covered all aspects that would make me a success in my new profession. I love the fact that through the studies with ISSA I can hold my own in fitness conversations and show my passion to help other find the best versions of themselves. It is a great feeling to talk to other trainers and find out they are in the ISSA family and are successful in their field. It is so rewarding to have completed my CFT course and been hired as a athletic performance coach. Thank you ISSA for your outstanding program. I will continue to represent your high standards.
Coach Chrispin "Biggz" Johnson CFT
“ I feel confident going out and being a trainer, I wouldn't of been able to accomplish what I did if it wasn't for this great program.”
I really loved ISSA Personal Trainer coarse. It took me through allot of different topics that I knew nothing about before. This course really helped me understand and work hands on with the skills I learned. I feel confident going out and being a trainer, I wouldn't of been able to accomplish what I did if it wasn't for this great program. I would definitely recommend this program to my friends.
“This lit a fire for me and I was determined to share this knowledge with others so that they could be helped the way I was.”
I wasn’t always healthy and fit; in my mid-forties I had some issues with my health. So I decided to make some changes to my diet, starting with eliminating most processed foods, eliminating most sugar and hiring a trainer to teach me how to use weights. What a great investment! It didn’t take long for my body to respond to these changes, and I was sold for life.
This lit a fire for me and I was determined to share this knowledge with others so that they could be helped the way I was. I decided to go to school for fitness and nutrition to acquire the credibility and knowledge that I needed. After doing my research I chose ISSA. It was very clear that they were on the cutting edge when it came to certifications and application of knowledge. I now have three certifications from ISSA, and I would recommend their programs to anyone who is serious and not afraid to study.
Fast forward to the present: I am in my late fifties, I feel great and my life is on a roll! I am privileged to help people every day become the best they can be, and it all started with ISSA.
*Precision Nutrition*Level 1 Coach
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“With my certification through ISSA I have been able to build a large clientele base from ages 12-80 and help them achieve a healthier life style.”
I have always played sports from the time I was young kid. My active lifestyle, however, took a much different turn in 2001. Within a four month period, I was in several unfortunate accidents that left me depressed and really overweight of over 210lbs. After years of neglecting my physical well being I finally had enough. A good friend of mine introduced me to weight training and also introduced me to a certified ISSA trainer who helped me turn my passion into a career. With my certification through ISSA I have been able to build a large clientele base from ages 12-80 and help them achieve a healthier life style.
“The materials arrived promptly, the website was easy to use, and the process of studying, taking quizzes all the way through the final examination was a learning experience.”
I found your organization on line when looking for certification. I jumped in because the program looked doable, your many years in this industry, and your fine support staff who answered all of my questions. I have been athletic all of my life and love to work out. A high school track and field coach, a former basketball player in college and a baseball player in high school. Over the years running was the primary emphasis to my training until I had a knee injury. Since then I have explored other forms of training like yoga, pilates, resistance training and now have an interest in weight training to round out my training.
Your curriculum and the program was perfect for me with the a full-time job and with the way I learn. The materials arrived promptly, the website was easy to use, and the process of studying, taking quizzes all the way through the final examination was a learning experience.
“ I got my certification through ISSA because I heard it was the best. I researched several companies but none were as extensive and thorough.”
I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years now. I got my certification through ISSA because I heard it was the best. I researched several companies but none were as extensive and thorough. My dad taught me that "if any thing is worth doing it is worth doing right". ISSA is RIGHT! I would recommend ISSA to any person getting into the personal training business. The certifications are internationally recognized and have provided me with the knowledge and confidence to branch out and get those certs' that mean so much to my clients. I feel that there isn't anything I can't do. At 53, I am still learning and get most of my gratification from teaching others how to make their bodies the best they can be. No one wants an out of shape trainer, so I practice what I preach.
Tracey Gaither CFT, SSN, SSF, SET- ISSA Elite Certified Trainer
Weightlifting, Figure, Sports Conditioning
Diet & Nutrition, Adults, & Youth
“I am able serve my country in the Army as a Military Police Officer and now, I am also to help make a difference in people's lives as an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer”
I am able serve my country in the Army as a Military Police Officer and now, I am also to help make a difference in people's lives as an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer. The Army has given me discipline, drive, and motivations that I put towards helping others reach their health goals. I have always had the drive to help those around me, but little did I know was the impact my clients make in my life on a daily basis. I love being able to interact with so many different people from all walks of life. Every day that I am training, I'm never really working because I love what I do. Becoming a personal trainer through ISSA was one of the best decisions I have made. ISSA has also allowed me to pursue my passion and allow me to work towards getting my Exercise Science degree. So, I can serve my country, train my clients, and get my degree, all while being a mom to my toddler!
As soon as I became a CFT through ISSA, I started training and grew my client base quite rapidly. Since earning my Personal trainer certificate, I also earned the Specialist in Exercise Therapy certification, became a certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and began working on my Strength and Condition certification within that year. ISSA has given me the base to propel my career and allows me to use my drive to become a well-rounded trainer. I have pride in knowing that I have accomplished so much and will achieve so much more. When you do what you really love, you find the momentum to grow and get better with every new opportunity.
Sara Ortiz, ISSA CFT, SET, SFN
“I would definitely recommend ISSA to family, friends and whoever else wants to further their education or get fitness certifications.”
First of all, I want to rate my experience with 5 stars. I am very pleased that I chose ISSA for my certifications. I researched several schools and ISSA seemed to be the best fit for me. I completed the Personal Fitness Trainer, Sports Nutrition, and Exercise Therapy classes to become an Elite Trainer. I am part owner of a fitness equipment manufacturing company and wanted to further my education and knowledge. I'm so glad I chose ISSA to help me accomplish this.
They have great materials--very informative. I like the large manuals and study guides and I especially like that you can take the quizzes online and more than once if you want, so you feel more confident for the final exam. I'm sure I will refer back to my books both now and in the future. Lots of good information! I love the fact that I could complete the classes at my own pace, which didn't take me as long as I originally thought it might.
I would definitely recommend ISSA to family, friends and whoever else wants to further their education or get fitness certifications. I'm not saying it was easy, but it was well worth the time and money! ISSA is a great school!
“I recently decided to do personal training full time and currently run my own business. I am proud to represent ISSA as a Certified trainer.”
Being a registered nurse for 18 years I have seen my share of disease and unhealthy living. My ability to help patients seemed out of touch by the time I took care of them in the intensive care. As a child I was a competitive athlete, after college, career and children I got myself back into living a healthier lifestyle. I am an active Masters Swimmer and Synchronized swimmer. What a difference.
Awakening my athleticism prompted me into researching fitness training programs. I compared top programs that I could do online, while still being able to work full time as a RN, being a mother and athlete. ISSA’s reputation as a “Trainers Trainer” and being nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council peaked my interest. I am challenged by the material but feel supported when questions arise. I am now working toward the Master trainer status by June of 2014. I recently decided to do personal training full time and currently run my own business. I am proud to represent ISSA as a Certified trainer.
Sue Pettit RN, ISSA Certified Trainer
“Although the course is challenging, it will make a much better trainer out of you.Thanks to ISSA I am now a certified personal trainer with CPR, AED,first aid training Dreams do come true.”
When I first ordered the course from ISSA I wasn't sure what I was getting into. But I am glad now that I decided to go for it. It opened up a whole new world for me. It taught me not only the proper way to exercise but the importance of diet and nutrition. The staff was there for me day and night whenever I needed help. Although the course is challenging, it will make a much better trainer out of you.Thanks to ISSA I am now a certified personal trainer with CPR, AED,first aid training Dreams do come true. My next goal is to get my certification in senior fitness.To all the staff at
ISSA, I wanted to say thank you.
“I can never say enough about ISSA. The education I am receiving, the staff, the resources to help us succeed are outstanding!”
Where do I start? I can never say enough about ISSA. The education I am receiving, the staff, the resources to help us succeed are outstanding! I thought I had a handle on fitness and nutrition, and it wasn't until I enrolled in the Associates Degree Program to realize, I had some bad habits which I quickly rectified and it shows in my training. I live in Iceland, in a small town and some other trainers asked me what am I doing, so I Let them know about ISSA. I also let them know that two trainers, who have created Bootcamp Reykjavik, also enrolled in a few certifications at ISSA. Now, ISSA will have a few more students!
ISSA is where you should be. Thank you ISSA for everything!
Christopher M Shaddock
“I feel very supported in my business with the information I was provided and tested on.”
I am so happy to be certified with such a well-respected organization. The staff and process at ISSA was first-class through all phases of my certification. I feel very supported in my business with the information I was provided and tested on. And I loved being able to take the test at my own pace given my hectic schedule.
“Thanks ISSA for all you have done for me and I will be taking more classes to get better at what I do.”
I would like to take this opportunity to recommend International Sports Science Association for giving me the opportunity to give my testimony. There expertise and persistence in there Study Guide have been very helpful in my work as well as my personal life. I grow up in the game of Sports, so I have been around it all my life. I have train over 150 Athletes in the 14 years I have been training and over 90% of them have gone on to be successful in the College and Professional Career. Thanks ISSA for all you have done for me and I will be taking more classes to get better at what I do.
“The program was informative and the support staff was top notch. Thanks ISSA for making certification a pleasant process.”
I have been a personal trainer for 25 years and have received several different certifications over the years. ISSA made the process of renewing so easy. The program was informative and the support staff was top notch. Thanks ISSA for making certification a pleasant process. I would recommend your program to anyone seeking a career in exercise and fitness.
Kristy A. Brandabur RMA, CHLC, CMBFC, CPT, RA
*Owner- Metamorphosis: Holistic Wellness and Healing Center LLC
... where healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. *
“Thank you ISSA for giving me the opportunity to have a positive influence on my clientele's health and wellness!!!!”
I have been a ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer for over 2 years. I loved the ease with which I could apply my education online and be on the road to training and coaching in no time!!! The ease with which I am able to access information and research online is fantastic! I look forward to many great years of continuing my education and expanding my certification horizons! I would recommend ISSA to anyone who is confident in their abilities to do things on their own and has the time to educate themselves. Thank you ISSA for giving me the opportunity to have a positive influence on my clientele's health and wellness!!!!
“ They are the closest program that I have seen to college course work and would highly recommend them to anyone thinking about certifying.”
I have been in the fitness industry in various capacities for over 10 years. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in physical education with a K-12 teaching certification, am a USPTA certified tennis instructor and high school tennis coach. I have also held 5 fitness certifications in the past with ISSA. When I recently decided to recertify in fitness training I thoroughly reviewed all of the major certification agencies and selected ISSA once again. Their program is very comprehensive, the study materials are outstanding and the testing incorporates learning experiences and case studies which I feel is much more effective and leads to a better learning experience than objective true/false and multiple choice testing.
I truly enjoyed ISSA's course work and have learned a tremendous amount through my recertification process. The organization is very professional and are always there to help if needed. They are the closest program that I have seen to college course work and would highly recommend them to anyone thinking about certifying. I also liked that fact that there are accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Margaret J. May
“ After extensive research, I discovered ISSA, and the program fit my time and monetary budgets perfectly.”
For the past 10 years I have been wanting to become a CFT, but many life interruptions prohibited me from doing so. After extensive research, I discovered ISSA, and the program fit my time and monetary budgets perfectly. The ISSA staff and online resources were extremely helpful and informative. I successfully passed the 8th edition CFT online examination, and I am now looking forward to representing the ISSA as a new CFT in Idaho!
“I would definitely recommend ISSA courses to anyone wishing to get into the fitness industry, anyone in the fitness industry wishing to further their education, or, as in my case anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of fitness and nutrition for practical application.”
After completing my Master's in Psychology and working with client's for a while, I noticed what a big difference diet and exercise made in how people felt. I had been at home with my daughter for several years and as I was contemplating returning to the work force I realized that I wanted to help people on a more holistic level, focusing on the mind body connection and how much the foods that people choose to eat and the amount of physical exercise they get affect their over all well-being. Completing the Specialist in Fitness Nutrition Course through ISSA allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of proper nutrition and its effects on the body. I also learned several solid methodologies for being a positive agent of change for clients wishing to improve their diets and nutrition. I was able to work at my own pace on the course material which is invaluable with a 6 year old and working part-time.
I was able to complete the final in stages which also was very helpful because as a working mother it is very difficult to find time to sit down uninterrupted. Over all, the class was well-organized, thorough and I completed it feeling like I had reached my goal of learning enough to help clients on a more holistic level. Anytime I had a question, it was very easy to get ahold of someone and my questions were always answered in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend ISSA courses to anyone wishing to get into the fitness industry, anyone in the fitness industry wishing to further their education, or, as in my case anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of fitness and nutrition for practical application.
“I just wanted to take a moment to really express my gratitude towards Patrick and the whole ISSA staff.”
A Quick Shout Out! I just wanted to take a moment to really express my gratitude towards Patrick and the whole ISSA staff. To have this question board at our disposal is, honestly, a God send. I can sit here for hours reading Patrick's and ISSA Staff's responses to the many questions on here and feel supremely confident about the quality and integrity of the information I'm taking in. High freaking five, guys. Seriously.
“The entire experience has been pretty incredible, and I have a new found passion for overall self-improvement.”
I originally started my ISSA courses to keep me busy and help pass the time through my husbands deployment, but it became much more than that for me. The more that I learned, the more I applied it all to my life and I looked forward to sharing a positive lifestyle change with my entire family. After my two children, I had some abdominal separation and a hernia. The doctors response to it was just to not lift more than 10 lbs, or do anything strenuous.. ever. Well thats not at all practical since within the first year children grow rather quickly and I would still need to carry the car seats, and lift them into shopping carts.
By the time that I started with ISSA I had taken that advice and attempted to avoid absolutely everything for 3 years, I could barely get a 10 lb weight off the ground. So that is where I started, I got a set of 10 lb dumbbells and used them daily for over a month. I gradually increased the weight that I was working with and by the time my husband came home I was easily using 25 lb dumbbells. The first thing he bought me when he got back was a set of 30's! I felt and looked completely different, and at the time the only course I had completed was the Personal Training certification. After that we moved from Oklahoma to Pensacola, Florida and then PCS'd to Beaufort, South Carolina. I managed to finish the other 5 courses in order to get my Master Trainer certification when we finally settled down at our new duty station.
The entire experience has been pretty incredible, and I have a new found passion for overall self-improvement. My children have watched me throughout this journey and have even asked me to get them smaller dumbbells, resistance bands and yoga mats. MYCAA paid for my training, and ISSA worked efficiently to get me started as soon as possible. Within a week I had my materials and had gotten started. I have nothing but positive things to say and I am now looking into more ISSA courses that I am interested in learning more about.
“ The exam was a challenge that I enjoyed because it gave me the chance to prepare for the real world.”
As a stay at home mom to four young kids I was able to work on my certified personal trainers course at my own pace. I found that the material was very understandable. The fact that I was able to have access to the text book online was a terrific benefit for me as I could access it wherever I was! I could read a few chapters while waiting for my daughter to finish up her singing lessons using my smartphone. The exam was a challenge that I enjoyed because it gave me the chance to prepare for the real world. I've already got myself a job working in a family fitness studio where I can train clients and have my kids come along too. Best of both worlds! I'm looking forward to taking more courses online with ISSA.
“The material was comprehensive; yet, I was able to learn about the science of the human body as well as what it takes to be a great coach to clients looking for information and education around better nutritional choices.”
I researched many certification programs before choosing ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition Course. I am so happy with my choice. The material was comprehensive; yet, I was able to learn about the science of the human body as well as what it takes to be a great coach to clients looking for information and education around better nutritional choices. The best part of the program was that I could study at my own pace. Support was readily available and any questions that I posted on the ISSA site was answered in minutes. The ISSA student portal has so much information it made it easy to study and take the final with ease. I would recommend this program to anyone looking for a robust program in nutrition. Thanks.
“Through ISSA, a student learns all aspects of teaching through learned knowledge from highly respected experts along with the encouragement of employing one's own intuition as to how to approach each individual client. ”
I'm known as an actress, stuntwoman, martial artist, vegan body builder, and a doctor of holistic nutrition. Wearing many hats in my life has allowed me to access only the best schools, organizations, and associations. When it came time to achieve a Masters in Fitness Science, there was no question as to which educational fitness institution was the best...International Sports Science Association (ISSA). I needed courses that combined fitness with science, health conditions, and the philosophy that no two bodies are a like.
From competitive gymnastics, to marathon distance running, holding 3 black belts, bodybuilding, and 35 years of stunts, I've learned that being an athlete doesn't make you a good trainer! Through ISSA, a student learns all aspects of teaching through learned knowledge from highly respected experts along with the encouragement of employing one's own intuition as to how to approach each individual client. I come from a philosophy that when you teach, you learn twice. So as long as you are teaching, you are in an endless pattern of learning.
Being a professional trainer means you have taken on the responsibility to acquire a person's life and body that they entrust you with. If you don't have the knowledge, compassion, and developed intuition to guide each individual in the direction of betterment, you might want to look into another line of business!
Dr. Spice Williams-Crosby, MSF, MS, PhD
“Since completing my certification last week I have already had a couple interviews and already received a job offer to travel to peoples homes and train them!”
Patrick I just want to say thank you to yourself and the whole ISSA team. Since completing my certification last week I have already had a couple interviews and already received a job offer to travel to peoples homes and train them!
“Fitness training has opened a new world to me as I reinvented myself after age 65. ”
I was attracted to ISSA because this organization offers a variety of specialty certifications that interested me. I'm 72 years of age and I work with older adults. ISSA's senior adults program has been very useful, as my clients range in age from 65 to 92. The aquatics fitness certification qualified me to teach both deep water and shallow water aerobics on a regular basis. ISSA support is good too, especially when I started my programs.
Fitness training has opened a new world to me as I reinvented myself after age 65. It keeps me young and makes me look forward to the future rather than dwell on the past. I'm more fit than I've ever been and ISSA played a role in that!
“ Thank you ISSA for the high quality course materials, self-paced learning opportunity and comprehensive examinations.”
I took both the Certified Fitness Trainer course and the Specialist in Fitness Nutrition course through the ISSA. Although the CFT was a second personal trainer certification for me, I feel like the course content really deepened my knowledge of the science behind what we do in practice. The SFN course was the perfect compliment to my trainer certification as it will allow me to provide my clients with well rounded advice in both the fitness and nutrition areas, both of which are of equal importance when it comes to health. Thank you ISSA for the high quality course materials, self-paced learning opportunity and comprehensive examinations. I am 100% confident that I can provide my clients with best possible service now, thanks to you!
“ If you seek profressionalism and a high level of commitment to your certification process ISSA is the only place to seek certification!”
ISSA represented the type of professionalism and depth of knowledge that I was seeking when building my educational experience in the Fitness and Wellness field. Without qualification, the ISSA certification process and expert knowledge creates a successful learning environment. The ISSA personal attention to each part of the certification assured me their representatives were trained, experienced and involved in the process. If you seek profressionalism and a high level of commitment to your certification process ISSA is the only place to seek certification!
“The online course was incredibly painless and I was constantly surprised by the efforts made to facilitate the learning process that ultimately lead to my certification.”
The online course was incredibly painless and I was constantly surprised by the efforts made to facilitate the learning process that ultimately lead to my certification. I often have trouble with large exams, but the one ISSA gave me allowed me to take my time and focus on the content of the exam itself instead of the ticking clock. The book has lots of wonderful information and it reads easy instead of like most textbooks.
“I would highly recommend any of the ISSA's certification/continuing education courses to anyone looking to enhance their knowledge or pursue a career in the world of health, fitness, conditioning, or nutrition.”
I would highly recommend any of the ISSA's certification/continuing education courses to anyone looking to enhance their knowledge or pursue a career in the world of health, fitness, conditioning, or nutrition. I earned my first certification through ISSA in 2005 and have been an active member ever since. Along the way I've been able to gain addtional certifications and this helped me on the journey to earning my degree in exercise science, especially since a lot of the information and concepts I had already learned through the ISSA.
Any person can find a decent certification organization and remember the answers to a multiple choice test, but if you want to challenge yourself intellectually, if you want to an organization that requires you put your knowledge into practice by not only having the right answer but knowing the underlying physiology and concepts why, then ISSA is the way to go. They provide you with the resources, support, and overall academic challenges required to become a true fitness professional.
Joe Mackey B.S. CFT, SET
“I have just completed your Master Trainer program and after 15 years in the Marines and on top of 37 other certifications this was by far the best experience I have ever had. ”
I have just completed your Master Trainer program and after 15 years in the Marines and on top of 37 other certifications this was by far the best experience I have ever had. Your professionals at ISSA really made me feel at home and a part of the team. From student support to customer service, to the business & advice network your professionalism and dedication are to be commended to the highest level. I am almost unable to put in to words how "beside myself" I am with every aspect of ISSA. It is an honor to be working along side of the best in the business. Thank you for everything.
SSgt. Nicholas A. Hewitt/USMC
“The information and skills that I have learned will not only help me to find a career that I love doing, but I can also incorporate this knowledge into my everyday life...”
I've had several general labor jobs which in the long run only proves to be exhausting and mind-numbing. That's why I decided to choose the ISSA's personal training course and I am so glad I did. The information and skills that I have learned will not only help me to find a career that I love doing, but I can also incorporate this knowledge into my everyday life to improve the quality of my life and inspire others to embark on the journey of physical fitness and well being. Thank you!
Joel A. Kirby
“Thank you again ISSA and Patrick for all your help on my journey to help others.”
I wanted to share what a client of mine had shared with me, I remember posting a question in regards of how to help this woman before, as she has awful back issues and asthma, how ever with that being said, with the use of an elliptical and with a solid eating clean meal plan, my clients has lost 33lbs so far and messaged me this great info from her doc : her blood sugar level went from 6.4 borderline diabetic to 5.3 ( normal) her LDL cholesterol went from 3.76 borderline high, to 2.29 just.30 off of awesome cholesterol. Her doctor has also cleared her to start a more complex workout as apose to just pool or elliptical.
My point about sharing this info with you is, This woman would not be at this stage in her life if it weren't for all the training and support through the ISSA! SO A BIG THANK YOU! With that being said I also have a 62 year old female client who suffers from sever fibromyalgia and compressed disks in her neck, she is also down just over 30lbs and now she is able to hold a plank for a min and 30, out planking 18 year olds here with me!!! Thank you again ISSA and Patrick for all your help on my journey to help others :)
“At age 65, I competed in the Grand Masters Division. It goes to show that you're never too old.”
Never too old FYI I won first place at the INBF 2013 Wisconsin Natural Bodybuilding, Fit Body & Figure Championships last Saturday. At age 65, I competed in the Grand Masters Division. It goes to show that you're never too old. A big thanks to the ISSA for all the expert advice over the last 4 months.
“With the ISSA I am now a certified personal trainer and owner of my business at the age of 20!”
The International Sports Sciences Association changed my life for the better. It gave me the necessary tools to excell in what I love doing the most and helped me unlock my true potential. The studying tools and resources have helped me to expand my knowledge and love for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The programs provided through the ISSA are in-depth and very useful for anyone looking to enhance their own life or the lives of others. With the ISSA I am now a certified personal trainer and owner of my business at the age of 20!
Guam, Business Owner, JM Fitness Services
“ISSA is the greatest thing going. The staff are very knowledgeable, courteous, and honestly want you to succeed. ”
ISSA is the greatest thing going. The staff are very knowledgeable, courteous, and honestly want you to succeed. I am very happy with thechoice I made by choosing this learning institute for my training. Acquiring my FT certification, YFT certification, and continuing on to get my MFT certification are things which I am extremely proud of. Not to mention the fact that I will get to help people enjoy training as much as I do and, hopefully, enhance someone's quality of life. By far, the best personal choice I have ever made.
SSG Elders,Donald Keith
“ISSA has paved the way for many fitness professionals and enthusiasts to follow their passion to help others to a healthier lifestyle.”
Lane Evans is the Director of Tennis & Wellness at Champion Hills Club in Hendersonville, NC. He has been an award winning USPTA tennis professional for almost 30 years. Evans has worked in both the tennis and fitness industries for most of his career. The club he is in now, Champion Hills Club, is made up of mostly seniors. Evans desperately wanted to build his tennis program but his players needed fitness and strength to play. Evans turned to ISSA for help. He became certified as a fitness trainer and a senior fitness specialist.
He credits the success of the program to the knowledge he gained from ISSA. "When I first started at Champion Hills, I had less than a dozen regular tennis players and most of my members didn't even know where the fitness center was. Now I have nearly a hundred tennis players and last July we had over a thousand visits to the fitness center and oh by the way, our club only have 240 members." he explained. "I train tennis players, golfers and just members who want to improve their health. I do pre-hab and re-hab work for joint replacement candidates, which I am one. I have two replaced hips. The success of our tennis & wellness programs have been overwhelming."
Evans, who is also certified in tennis performance with the ITPA and Sports Science with both the USTA and USPTA continues to spread the ISSA word. He frequently presents a program on training and teaching seniors. It is entitled, 'Build Them and They Will Come.' "I have tennis professionals all over the country call me and ask how I did it and how they can do it in their clubs. The ISSA logo and contact information is always prominent in my presentations and is proudly included on all my business cards." Evans hopes to start and complete his Fitness Therapy certification later in the fall. "ISSA has paved the way for many fitness professionals and enthusiasts to follow their passion to help others to a healthier lifestyle. "I love what I do and I love helping my members."
“I Got A Job! I was up against all odds but, I had the confidence to walk in an share my knowledge, passion, and determination.”
I have been a personal trainer and a nutrition specialist since 1992. I was initially hired by 24 Hour Fitness back then and they had an in house certification process and followed with Apex Certification through NASM. I have then never needed to have a national certification because it was not required. * *I have worked for 24 Hour, Bally, World, and some smaller independent gyms in Northern Idaho. Mostly, I have always been in management capacity and never needed to further my education. However, I have been researching and trying to justify spending the money to attain a certification.
I recently moved to Oregon and the competition here is fierce.....therefore, I talked to Jay Elkins and set up a payment plan and started my journey with ISSA. It's pretty challenging learning as an adult but that seems to be an obstacle only I can get past. I want you to be aware of how helpful one of your employees has been on my journey. Keri Davis got involved when I couldn't make my payments. First it was a bank issue, then an employer issue, and now just a lack of money issue. She has always been kind, helpful, and never at any time made me feel like I was less than perfect for not having the resources to finish making my obligation.
If it were not for her, I would have given up on my hard work and progress that I had made up to now. She allowed me to get my finances under control and pay what would work in my budget. She did not harass me, nor at any time, rush me. I could never have re-committed myself and would have just stopped trying. Because of her, I have applied myself again and I am happy to say.....I Got A Job!!!!!!!!!!!! I was up against all odds but, I had the confidence to walk in an share my knowledge, passion, and determination. I have been given the time I need to finish my certification and haven't been able to stop smiling for days now!!!! Every time I smile, I think of Keri Davis,,,,,,she is the most influential person in my life right now and I owe my success to her.
“I am so happy I chose ISSA for my Personal Training certification. ISSA team was very helpful and quick with their responses, and study material was great.”
I am so happy I chose ISSA for my Personal Training certification. ISSA team was very helpful and quick with their responses, and study material was great. Getting your test results with feedback quick, who would not like that? As someone that found their passion in fitness and nutrition I can’t wait to go out there and share my knowledge with others, so getting my scores this fast made me very happy. I will definitely use ISSA for my future certifications! Thank you ISSA !!!
“The service provided for ISSA was outstanding, always willing to help me, guide me and do everything possible to make me feel welcome! ”
I'm an Argentinian guy living in Quebec - Canada. As many of you know, Quebec speaks french and that was a big block on my way. I wanted to go to school but I couldn't because of the language. I wanted to change my lifestyle. I was tired of working on shops and stuff like that. One day while watching a video on youtube, I saw ISSA commercial about becoming a personal trainer (something that I have always wanted). After I took a look to it, right away realized that it was the thing that I wanted to do! I was so ready to become a personal trainer that I enrolled next second. The service provided for ISSA was outstanding, always willing to help me, guide me and do everything possible to make me feel welcome!
After taking the course and completing it, I felt so good about all the good things that I have learnt. Lots of new things that opened my mind and a lot of new perspectives to new routines, meal plans etc. Now after completing the course, I feel that I have a future in Quebec, even if the course I took was in english, it's well accepted here to work.
I can't thank you enough ISSA for this amazing opportunity of becoming a personal trainer! I'm now looking forward to enroll in new certifications with ISSA.
Franco Zadunaisky CPT
“I received my credentials in the mail promptly and I am excited to let you all know that I was just hired by LA Fitness in Dallas as a personal trainer.”
Hello everyone, I completed my certification April 22, 2013. I received my credentials in the mail promptly and I am excited to let you all know that I was just hired by LA Fitness in Dallas as a personal trainer. Thank you so much ISSA, I plan to use what you taught me to the fullest and make you very proud. I am very proud of the knowledge I gained through this certification.
“It's been life changing and I can't wait to change other people's lives for the better!”
I have always had a huge interest in health and fitness but always struggled to stick to a plan. It wasn't until recently that I decided to follow my passion and get fit. This lead me to realize how much I love health and fitness and sharing it with others. I knew that this is what I wanted to do; to help others in their pursuit of health and fitness as well. As I took my courses online, I applied my knowledge to my own self and saw a significant difference throughout the weeks to come. Now that I have completed my certification, I am very close to my fitness goal. It's been life changing and I can't wait to change other people's lives for the better!
“I found the materials, customer service and website to be professional, comfortable and overall a high quality educational experience. ”
I recently completed the ISSA online Certified Personal Trainer course. I found the materials, customer service and website to be professional, comfortable and overall a high quality educational experience. I passed my final exam on a Thursday and had a job with a highly reputable health and fitness club in my area 4 days later! Good luck to you and I recommend the ISSA to anyone looking into a career in the health and fitness industry.
“The ISSA personal trainer program has increased my knowledge of health and fitness.”
Having a degree in physical education, I remember how difficult kinesiology, biomechanic's and anatomy were when I was studying for my undergrad. The ISSA Fitness Guide and workbook are a great tool for learning those difficult subject areas. The ISSA personal trainer program has increased my knowledge of health and fitness. I would recommend the ISSA Personal Trainer Certification Course to anybody wanting to enter the health and fitness profession!
Jennifer E. Sherwood
“If you want just piece of paper with sign ”
Fitness was just my passion for the last two years, until I realize I want to go farther. My first step was to take "Fitness Nutrition" course with ISSA. What is tough? Yes. But I liked it a lot. Than one year later I decided, I need more, I want to share my passion and knowledge with people who need it, but it has to be official. And without a question I came back to ISSA for my fitness trainer certificate. The main reason was - I knew, I really need to know every single thing to compete my examination. It's not just "fill up your test paper and go". I had to make case studies - real programs, I have have to do it perfect.
I have to do researches on my own, and it's huge challenge, it's really "think outside of your box". May I be honest? If you want just piece of paper with sign "Fitness Trainer" - ISSA is wrong choice. If you want to be proud of yourself, if you really want to know the stuff and succeed in world of fitness, please, enjoy this challenge. You can do it. If I can, you can do it for sure. Do your best and be the best :) Good luck!
“With a CFT and now an SFN certification the ISSA has given me the ability to help people changes their lives for the better as I have.”
With a CFT and now an SFN certification the ISSA has given me the ability to help people changes their lives for the better as I have. And also allow me to share my excitement and more profound knowledge of nutrition and fitness with others.
“I highly recommend this certification for anyone wanting to get into personal training or any kind of athletic field.”
I have been with ISSA for almost 10 years now and I think it is a wonderful association. They have many terrific certifications and CEU's are easy to obtain. I continue to learn more every year in order to be the best trainer I can be. I highly recommend this certification for anyone wanting to get into personal training or any kind of athletic field.
Jo Marriner, IFBB Fitness Pro, ISAA Elite Trainer
“ I landed my dream job thanks to ISSA...”
My name is Alicia, and I'm a newlywed living in the great state of Texas. My passion for fitness started at a young age,I've always been involved in sports ever since I can remember, from pee-wee basketball to college pick up games. My love for fitness grew when I fell in love with Track & Field in high school. I had a wonderful coach who helped me be the best athlete I could be, and pushed me, and challenged me to work harder to achieve my goals, and set new ones, and I thank him so much for being such an inspiration to me all those years. I knew my senior year of high school that I wanted to be a personal trainer, and I wanted to help people fall in love with fitness, just like I had.
I have always shared my love of fitness with anyone I encountered, especially people I am close to. I've been told that I'm a "slightly" nicer version of Jillian Michael's, and I won't lie, I take that as a compliment. I enjoy seeing people's faces when they have reached a fitness goal, it's a great feeling to know that you have helped someone with something that was so important to them. One of my best achievements was helping someone who hated fitness in every aspect turn into someone who now has a gym membership, completely change their eating habits to a much healthier habit (eliminating fast food, and all junk food completely), and helped them reach their weight loss goal!
I graduated college with a Bachelor's in Sociology in May 2012, and was certified as a Fitness Trainer through ISSA in February 2013. I continued my education through ISSA and was certified with a specialty in Strength and Conditioning in June 2013. I landed my dream job thanks to ISSA working as a personal trainer at 24 hr Fitness, it's so awesome being able to do what I love to do, and let's face it, being able to go to work in your gym clothes is a pretty nice perk too!
“If you are passionate about fitness, ISSA is the right school for you!”
If you are passionate about fitness, ISSA is the right school for you! I found the courses and material to be extensive, yet rewarding. I've only been certified for two weeks and multiple job opportunities have already been offered to me. Take the next step and enroll; you won't regret it!
“ ISSA truly want people to succeed, this school was the best choice i made in a long time!”
Since taking this course, I've gained so much more insight about the mechanics of exercise and it really makes me want further my education with ISSA. ISSA truly want people to succeed, this school was the best choice i made in a long time!
“The people at ISSA have been so helpful throughout the whole process from before I got certified to now almost two years after certification.”
The people at ISSA have been so helpful throughout the whole process from before I got certified to now almost two years after certification. they have helped in so many different ways from the forums on the website to help other trainers/students to the professional division with the business cards and free website. I still remember the day I received the phone call saying that I have a chance to live my dream being a personal trainer, now with their help I am now healthier and helping out my community. ISSA has changed my life drastically
Robert J Kemp
ISSA Certified Trainer
“I have to thank the ISSA for being one of the only Certified Fitness Training courses covered by the military Tuition Assistance program.”
I have to thank the ISSA for being one of the only Certified Fitness Training courses covered by the military Tuition Assistance program. It's gratifying to know that as I continue in my military career, I have the opportunity to do something else I love - help others reach their fitness goals. I couldn't have asked for a better program to help me learn and pass the time while deployed to Afghanistan. I just finished my certification and I look forward to going back to the states and helping clients.
Cpl J Kahl, USMC
“ I'm excited to incorporate the knowledge I've gained through my certification and future ISSA study courses to better serve my patients and clients, as well as enhancing my own training and competition goals.”
I hold a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy so when I was researching personal training certification agencies I wanted to find one that relied heavily on science and safety. I found that and more with the ISSA! I'm excited to incorporate the knowledge I've gained through my certification and future ISSA study courses to better serve my patients and clients, as well as enhancing my own training and competition goals.
“ I learned a lot. I have a better understanding and greater knowledge to help people.”
When I received my ISSA International Sport Sciences Association, I felt very excited as I started to read the first chapter and so on. I learned a lot. I have a better understanding and greater knowledge to help people. It feels so good when someone approaches me for advice or to show them what to do. It is truly rewarding. I love it!
“ ISSA I cannot thank you enough! I have learned so much since taking this course that my life has been transformed forever!”
ISSA I cannot thank you enough! From start to finish your service has been exemplary. After applying for the course, I quickly received my comprehensive course materials. I had never attempted an online course before, so I was uncertain as to what to expect. Happily, your online course program was flawlessly user-friendly and I had absolutely no difficulty whatsoever navigating your site.
I must say though, navigating your site was a lot easier than taking your exams. Part One of your examinations followed the book precisely, but definitely challenged me as a student. Part Two was even more challenging and served as a true test to my unwavering commitment to become a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. By Part Three, I had gone too far to turn back, no matter what material remained in store. Once I'd submitted my exam I couldn't wait for my results, even though I knew they would take a few days. To my surprise and much quicker than anticipated, I received my examination results with a lengthy, personalized, congratulatory e-mail.. Man was I elated!
As I began my statement, ISSA I cannot thank you enough! I have learned so much since taking this course that my life has been transformed forever! My goal now is to help others transform their lives. Thanks again for all of your guidance and kind assistance and I look forward to obtaining more certifications through your organization! Your program is very efficient and informational and I am extremely impressed with the level of education I've received! I give your company 5 Stars!!!!!
“Becoming an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer has allowed me to be engulfed in my passion!”
I grew up playing sports and had a fast metabolism, which for me, meant that I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight! Oh, how nice that was while it lasted! My poor diet finally caught up with me in my mid-twenties and my activity level was close to zero at that point. After seeing what I thought to be horrible pictures of myself and no longer being able to fit into my clothes, I decided to change my ways for my health and to improve my physique. I began eating healthier, hired a trainer, and lost 10lbs. Flipping through fitness magazines, I determined I wanted a "figure" physique and began following the sport of Figure via online websites. Although I had already dropped 10lbs, I was still a little ways away from having six pack abs and I was ready to buckle down to get there. I knew the only way to achieve it was to join a competition team and go full force with my nutrition and training.
My competition training began in June 2011, followed by my first competition in the NPC in October of 2011, and here I am two years later with nine competitions under my belt – I am hooked! The passion that I developed for fitness and nutrition led me to the ISSA. Becoming an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer has allowed me to be engulfed in my passion! The ISSA course not only taught me anatomy, program development, and nutrition, but also how to establish myself as a professional in the field. Equally important, it taught me how to set my rates, market myself, and how to start my own company! In 2012, I did just that by creating my company www.karenyoakum.com <http://www.karenyoakum.com>. My current goal is to earn my Sports Nutrition certification from the ISSA; which I am very close to completing. This additional certification will help me gain even more credibility as a fitness professional, in addition to attracting more clients and profit for my company.
I have been very pleased with my experience with the ISSA from day one. They truly want you to be successful with your course and your business goals. They have always fielded my questions in a caring and quick fashion and not only that, but their website is super interactive and they truly support their members even after completion of certifications. I have and will continue to recommend the ISSA to others seeking a career in fitness. Soon enough I will have my Sports Nutrition certification from the ISSA and will begin a marketing campaign for my online training/coaching company. I am truly living my passion, walking the walk, and helping others achieve optimum health, strength, and happiness. I can’t see myself doing anything else!
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
NPC Nat’l Figure Competitor
“The layout was very informative and easy enough to understand. Even the difficult parts were put forwards in such a way that you could apply the knowledge to real life situations.”
ISSA's course on specialisit in fitness nutrition is exactly what I needed to help my clients, and myself. The layout was very informative and easy enough to understand. Even the difficult parts were put forwards in such a way that you could apply the knowledge to real life situations. I am now confident I have taken a massive step to client support and want to continue doing so with the help and support of ISSA's resources and other courses.
Personal Trainer, Fitness Model and Lifetime Natural Bodybuilder
“I am extremely happy with the ISSA program for personal fitness trainers.”
I am extremely happy with the ISSA program for personal fitness trainers. The online certification class was extremely beneficial. The content was clear and delivered well both on-line and in book form. The the variety of resources online are extremely helpful, and the flexibility of time in completing the coursework and final exam is great for people with full time jobs and other obligations.
I am also delighted with the myriad of resources in helping set up my business, particularly with the website and recommendations in the *Fiscal Fitness* book that accompanied the course materials. ISSA tales pride in their ceritified graduates and truly want them to succeed in their fitness training careers and in helping their clients meet their fitness goals!
“The service provided for ISSA was outstanding, always willing to help me, guide me and do everything possible to make me feel welcome!”
I'm an Argentinian guy living in Quebec - Canada. As many of you know, Quebec speaks french and that was a big block on my way. I wanted to go to school but I couldn't because of the language. I wanted to change my lifestyle. I was tired of working on shops and stuff like that. One day while watching a video on youtube, I saw ISSA commercial about becoming a personal trainer (something that I have always wanted). After I took a look to it, right away realized that it was the thing that I wanted to do! I was so ready to become a personal trainer that I enrolled next second.
The service provided for ISSA was outstanding, always willing to help me, guide me and do everything possible to make me feel welcome! After taking the course and completing it, I felt so good about all the good things that I have learned. Lots of new things that opened my mind and a lot of new perspectives to new routines, meal plans etc. Now after completing the course, I feel that I have a future in Quebec, even if the course I took was in english, it's well accepted here to work. I can't thank you enough ISSA for this amazing opportunity of becoming a personal trainer! I'm now looking forward to enroll in new certifications with ISSA.
Franco Zadunaisky CPT
“Becoming a personal trainer through ISSA has been incredibly rewarding”
Becoming a personal trainer through ISSA has been incredibly rewarding. The course was easy to follow, there were plenty of guides to help me study for the quizzes and final exam. I have been putting my knowledge to use on myself to help transform my body and have also been training a few friends with my new knowledge of fitness. I feel competent as an instructor and fitness educating having finished my certification. I'm happy to be a part of this organization and that I now have the ability to educate and train people to achieve their fitness goals.
“I am now to the fittest shape I have been since before having my 3 children. I love it.”
Hi There :) My name is Karla Yetter. I have been in the area of fitness my whole life but had never thought I could be a trainer, finally after enough encouragement and why are you not a trainer yet questions, I jumped in and took your course.
I love it. I completed your program this past February. I already have clients and business is growing :) Hense...my taking forever to get this testimony in. I teach 3 yoga classes a week and I am a contracted trainer through a local gym Cor24Fitness (208)255-2299, I have had great success with the clients who have adhered to my training plans and nutritional advice. I have also had good success with my own fitness journey.
I am now to the fittest shape I have been since before having my 3 children. I love it. This is truly my dream job and I am so thankful to have found your program to make that a reality. I have included a couple pix via my instagram, hope those work. You can find me on there, my info is timswife2 and my facebook is Karla Yetter CPT on facebook. I do put a lot of fitness info and motivation on there. Anywho, thank you so much ISSA for helping me!! Thank you very much,
“I am glad that I took this course because now I can begin doing THE CORRECT things.”
I will say that the Specialist in Exercise Therapy course offered by ISSA was very informative and gave me a very new prospective on the different types of chronic diseases and ailments. As I progressed through the course, I also found that the various treatments for some of these conditions hit close to home. My late grandmother had severe circulation issues in her lower legs for the last few years of her life.With the things that I learned in this course, I could have made her final years a little more comfortable.
Other knowledge that I received from this course was the stretching and range of motion exercises. For years, I have taking stretching and the term 'range of motion' for granted but now I truly understand it's importance. I now have a better appreciation from an individual in a wheel chair and the difficulties that they encounter with transfers and simple mobilization. I am glad that I took this course because now I can begin doing THE CORRECT things now and it may save my body an extreme amount of suffering later. Also I can pass this knowledge on to other so they may benefit as well. Thank you ISSA for allowing me to be a part of this great organization.
Maurice A. Smith
“It was easy to get an education on my own time, and so convenient to be able to do it online.”
My name is Victoria Holloman and I recently became an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer.
I started my fitness journey just before heading to US Navy bootcamp. I knew it would be tough, so I hired a personal trainer to get me ready. That’s when I knew fitness was going to be a huge part of my life. I was pushed like never before, and gained confidence I never knew I could have. My trainers, Jerry and Jasmine were two of the most inspirational people in my life. I didn’t know it at the time, but I can look back and say that they planted the seed. Needless to say, bootcamp was a breeze after being so well prepared. I felt like “If I can do this, anything is possible.”
Shortly after I was assigned to my ship (the USS Blue Ridge) I became an Assistant Command Fitness Leader for my department. I took on the responsibility of helping other sailors get prepared for the Navy’s physical fitness tests. I truly felt accomplished when I saw other people make improvements. It was something that really gave me purpose.
After the Navy I knew there was nothing else I’d rather be doing. I wanted to commit myself to fitness and to making a difference in other people’s lives. I want them to feel the way I feel after a workout; strong, confident and most of all happy. Knowing you did a good thing for your health and well-being is such a good feeling.
I enrolled myself for the CFT course during my pregnancy. When I was pregnant, I was worried that all my hard work would go to waste, but guess what? It didn’t. If anything, it pushed me harder. After getting proper fitness training I knew exactly how to get myself back in shape right away. The most important thing I did was stay going to the gym for the entire nine months. I’m proud of the fact that I lost the weight I gained rapidly and now at the 6 month mark I’m in great shape again…and that’s what I want for other women.
I want to be the inspiration for other people like Jerry and Jasmine were for me. I’m going to do my best to make a difference in some lives. It’s not all about the weight on the scale. I just want to help people be healthier…for them to make better choices and to feel good about themselves.
My experience with ISSA was very enjoyable. It was easy to get an education on my own time, and so convenient to be able to do it online. I’m currently applying to ISSA’s degree plan to further my fitness education. My long term goals are to open up my own gym or studio. My husband, who is incredibly supportive of everything I’m doing with ISSA, is active duty military still so we move a lot, but this gives me an opportunity to make myself known in different communities. When we settle somewhere in the next few years I’m going to work hard to make my dreams of owning a gym come true.
“Now I love lifting, I started running again, and i am well on my way to helping others...”
My name is Angela Burns, I am 28 years old and grew up in Northern Michigan. My dad was a lumber jack and my mother stayed at home with the kids. They wanted babies and tried for 5 years to get pregnant so in 1984 they tried a new procedure at the time called invitro fertilization. They found out they were pregnant with triplets, I was born pre-mature with my two brothers.Growing up we were small but that never stopped us.
I decided after September 11th 2001 that I would join the military. In 2003 i graduated high school and joined the Air Force. This began my fitness adventure. I started out running mostly and did very little lifting. In 2008 I had my son and needed to get back into the gym. I started running again and learned a little more about lifting. But in 2012 I broke my foot and couldnt run. I decided that I had to do something but i didn't know enough about the gym.
So I started my certification with ISSA and learned everything I needed. I went into the gym in my walking boot every day with my broken foot and did whatever i could. I did bench press, pull ups, leg curls, leg extensions anything that didn't hurt my foot, i was in better shape with a broken foot than i had been without an injury. I started helping people I worked with and I got inspired by people around me. Now I love lifting, I started running again, and i am well on my way to helping others achieve their goals and myself achieve mine.
“What I liked best however is the fact there is no fluff in the program. Everything covered is meaningful and relevant to the goal of preparing you for the future.”
I have just completed ISSAs certification fitness program and have been a massage therapist for 20 years. In those twenty years I have taken several certification programs to enhance my skill and knowledge. I also hold a 2 year associate degree in business.
What I walked away with from ISSAs program is knowledge a plan and confidence. The material covered in their 800 page textbook is comprehensive and straightforward. Getting praise from me is not easy, but ISSA gets it. The organization is well run and quick to answer any questions that a student may have.
What I liked best, however, is the fact there is no fluff in the program. Everything covered is meaningful and relevant to the goal of preparing you for the future. The charts in their textbook are great and they freely suggest other material read on specific topics. They themselves are well balanced, focused, and confident. And they are able to instill that in others. I found this out chatting back and forth online.
I give ISSA an A+
“The (ISSA) Personal Trainer Course have given me the in-depth knowledge I need to succeed.”
My name is Dennis Ferguson and I have always had an interest in physical fitness and healthy eating. I thought I knew all the ins and outs about working out and staying fit. After completing the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) Personal Trainer Certificate Course. I realized how wrong I was! Understanding the science of the body and how it functions, react to stress, adapts and how it recovers continuously, are significant things one should know as a Personal Trainer.
The (ISSA) support team was always there to answer and clarify any questions either by phone or email. The (ISSA) Personal Trainer Course have given me the in-depth knowledge I need to succeed. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone considering a career as a Personal Trainer or someone looking to become more informed about training the body and staying fit!
“Before I.S.S.A I thought I knew how to workout. After I.S.S.A I learned how to train others, stay physically fit and now I decide which gym to work at.”
I've always been interested in muscle, body movement, fitness and health. I've worked out pretty much all my life. My workout buddies one day suggest i become a fitness trainer. They seen my enthusiasm and love for fitness. I thought of it but did not have time to go sit in a classroom. So i searched online found I.S.S.A and seen that they offer the Certified Fitness Trainer course online. Along with several others. So i called got more info. Still was not sure if i wanted to take it online. I was offered and sent free info on the course and seen the success rate, also got a courtesy call about my interest in taking the course. knowing that it will be online, at my pace, time and convenience and thanks to there flexible payment plans. I thought perfect so i signed up.
Got started right away. All my notes, quizzes, practice exam final exam and an online version of the complete book is available online and within days i got the hard copy to whats available online, and i'm in Canada. But the best thing about this is the course outline that is provided. This is step by step instructions and guide on how to complete the course and acquire the most that's needed to turn anyone into a C.F.T. All i did was follow the course outline and answer all the quizzes. I used the course outline to do the final exam. I passed with a 90.3 percent average. Before I.S.S.A i thought i knew how to workout. After I.S.S.A i learned how to train others, stay physically fit and now i decide which gym to work at.
Thanks I S S A.
“Since I graduated from ISSA, I have started my own business out of my home...”
The education that I received from ISSA has given me the confidence to train all kinds of clients and I believe, puts me ahead of any of my peers.
I had a personal training certificate from a few years back that I had gotten from a weekend workshop and although the material and presenter of the workshop was very knowledgeable, I lacked the experience when it came to training my first few clients that had extreme medical conditions.
All of the classes that encompass the Associate of Science in Exercise Science through ISSA provide personal trainers with the tools to handle the needs and goals of all types of clients. The case studies that each class had us prepare, helped me be a better personal trainer. Most of my clients now are those that are older and had a bad experience with a personal trainer because they put them into a one-size-fits-all program. I’ve had success with these clients because of my education from ISSA and it has changed their opinion of personal trainers.
Since I graduated from ISSA, I have started my own business out of my home based on the guidance from ISSA’s Business guide for Personal Trainers and enjoy spending my days changing client’s lives.
“I am eager to share my knowledge, enthusiasm, and motivation to help inspire someone live their best life.”
Hello ISSA team!! Thank you so much for all the support you have provided. I found this course to provide me with just the right amount of information needed to gain a basic knowledge and aptitude about health and fitness. Your other resources are also very beneficial in providing the right information about setting up a personal training business. I look forward to taking future courses and earning more certifications.
It was fortuitous that I came across your booth last January at the LA Fitness Expo. I was looking for a new career to transition to after I transformed myself and lost over 100 pounds over a period of 16 months from 2011 to 2012. More importantly I was able to reverse my type 2 diabetes at age 46. I am eager to share my knowledge, enthusiasm, and motivation to help inspire someone to live their best life.
“Throughout my time with the folks at ISSA, I have found them to be nothing but courteous, professional as well as extremely helpful.”
As I quickly approached the end of my carrier with the military, I needed to start thinking about what I was going to do once I retire. Being someone that’s always been fitness minded, my initial response what to go in that direction. Throughout my entire military carrier, I have honed my skills at teaching, coaching and mentoring those under my care and responsibility. So it came with little to no serious effort that becoming a Certified Personal Trainer was what I wanted to do! However, with so many different organizations to choose from, it was a little challenging, picking the right one. However, after a little time researching and reading, it wasn’t too hard to see that ISSA was where I needed to be! Throughout my time with the folks at ISSA, I have found them to be nothing but courteous, professional as well as extremely helpful. I look
However, with so many different organizations to choose from, it was a little challenging, picking the right one. However, after a little time researching and reading, it wasn’t too hard to see that ISSA was where I needed to be! Throughout my time with the folks at ISSA, I have found them to be nothing but courteous, professional as well as extremely helpful. I look forward to continuing my education with ISSA and strongly recommend to anyone interested in a fitness career or just wanting to improve their personal knowledge of fitness, to give the great folks of ISSA a call today!
“The business support from I.S.S.A has given me the confidence to run my business efficiently...”
Since I received my certification through I.S.S.A in May of 2013 my business has grown dramatically, much like the sport my clients and I play. The education I have received and the continued support tools provided are a necessary resource for my business.
I work part time with a kickboxing studio that allows me to develop my own classes for my own new style of fitness. I became a personal trainer that specializes in roller derby athletics to help me, my teammates and just about anybody interested in roller derby to train when a roller rink isn't available.
The knowledge I gained while going through my certification has helped me understand what muscles we use in the sport and which muscles need more attention. How to gain strength, where it's needed, and build endurance to skate more effectively on the track. I'm excited to see first hand the work I put into my clients. As my business grows I plan to take some continuing education credits, not just because I'm required to, but because they sound very interesting! I know those classes will be filled with more information I can use to improve my clients performance as well as my own.
The business support from I.S.S.A has given me the confidence to run my business efficiently and check some resources on how I can improve my business of whipping derby girls into shape!
“ISSA's learning system is well thought out and designed to achieve maximum learning experience.”
My career as a trial lawyer will soon end. I have been regularly working out ( both strength and cardiovascular training) since the age of 14 and I have decided to help older people maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.
I felt I needed an education as a personal trainer to accomplish my future goals and after researching several educational training institutions on line I decided to sign up for two certifications with ISSA. The first certification was for Certified Personal Trainer and the second was for Specialist in Senior Fitness.
My 30 + years as a personal injury litigator has exposed me to numerous research and review of thousands of medical records. I soon found out, how thorough ISSA's courses were for each certification. I was very impressed with the amount of information covered by each chapter of the training guides ISSA offered for each certification course. ISSA's learning system is well thought out and designed to achieve maximum learning experience. Their courses are not easy and the thoroughness of the final examinations actually blew my mind. However it was a challenge I was willing to take because it only meant that I was going to learn a lot which I can now say I most definitely have.
With my work schedule it took me 7 months to complete both courses, however if I had needed more time I knew that ISSA would have provided me an extension. I successfully completed both courses knowing that I had learned a lot and I am now armed with the necessary resources to be able to adequately design training programs to benefit my future clients. I can see why ISSA is the World Leader in Fitness Education and Certification and I would highly recommend their on line courses to anyone thinking about entering this exciting and growing field.
“It's only been 2 weeks since I graduated and I already have a job as a Personal Trainer...”
I loved my experience with ISSA and the Certified Fitness Trainer course. Not only did I feel like I retained the knowledge, but it was also practical, that can be used towards my chosen career path as a Fitness Trainer. It also makes it easier to attend 1 to 3 day seminars and not feel like I'm in a cloud of fog. Not only was the course a great experience, but the support offered by ISSA in the duration of my education was phenomenal. Always there to answer any questions I had.
I am happy that I chose ISSA for my Fitness Trainer Certification. It's only been 2 weeks since I graduated and I already have a job as a Personal Trainer, and e-mails from other companies to interview me as well!
“I just finished the Senior Fitness course and found it most informative.”
I just finished the Senior Fitness course and found it most informative. Interestingly enough, the final exam provides as many knowledge gaining opportunities as the course, if not more. The research required to complete the final exam is invaluable.
“I used the online program and found it very educational.”
I recently became a Specialist in Senior Fitness. I used the online program and found it very educational. It was a challenging and rewarding experience and I feel as though I have all the necessary tools to take with me as I move forward. ISSA offers support the entire step of the way. I am 100% satisfied!
“My life has changed on so many levels!”
I came to ISSA looking for a challenging above average program, something simple, effective and to the point. I wanted to become a professional at my own pace and the knowledge and training I received was more than I'd thought would be available through an online course. I am now a Certified Fitness Trainer and can't wait to come back to ISSA very soon for my Strength and Conditioning, Youth Fitness, and Nutrition Certifications! I hope to one day become an ISSA master trainer and thanks to the ISSA... My life has changed on so many levels!
“I thank the ISSA for the knowledge that I received from the program”
The ISSA's Certified Personal Trainer course was exceptional. The staff was extremely helpful in answering any of my questions and followed up with me on my progress throughout the entire program. The text was a valuable tool, in that it covered such a variety of topics, ranging from anatomy and physiology to proper nutrition.
I think the most beneficial element of the program was the certification exam. Not only challenging, it taught me how to look at different types of clients and be able to execute training programs, based on their individual needs and goals. Overall, I am comfortable now in my career as a Certified Personal Trainer. I thank the ISSA for the knowledge that I received from the program, and hope that it continues to educate others on the importance of this growing profession.
“I am now one of the most knowledgeable and recognized professionals in the industry within my local community.”
The opportunity to become a health and fitness professional through the ISSA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Their standards are excellent, their support is outstanding, and their educational programs are some of the best in the industry. I started out having zero experience or knowledge in this industry and within a few years I have acquired multiple certifications, experience, and promotions. I am now one of the most knowledgeable and recognized professionals in the industry within my local community. Thank you ISSA for helping me live my passion and change the world one life at a time through health, fitness, and nutrition.
“...becoming an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer has put me on the right track towards helping others improve their quality of life...”
Having completed tens of Triathlons and Marathons over the years, people have constantly been asking me for advise and guidance as to their own personal fitness - ISSA has provided me with ALL necessary theoretical and practical knowledge I need in order to do so in the best possible manner. Completing the ISSA certification for becoming an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer has put me on the right track towards helping others improve their quality of life and achieve whatever sports goal they choose to accomplish.
Thank you ISSA!
“I had fitness instructors at the YMCA tell me they need more trainers like me...”
After becoming a certified personal trainer I had fitness instructors at the YMCA tell me they need more trainers like me there. I feel like I have a better understanding of fitness now and I understand the workouts better now. Thank you ISSA for helping me reach my goal of becoming a certified personal trainer.
“To me, ISSA's Certified Fitness Trainer Course is the best.”
I really love ISSA's Certified Fitness Trainer Course. The materials that they provide to their students to completely guide them through their studies are amazing. I like the vast knowledge of fitness that I got at ISSA Fitness Course and the continuing support that they provide to their students during the course and after certification. To me, ISSA's Certified Fitness Trainer Course is the best.
“I will definitely recommend ISSA to all Fitness enthusiasts who are looking to advance their career...”
My sincere thanks to ISSA for their tremendous support and assistance throughout my study. This is the best Internationalcertification I’ve obtain in my fitness career since 1994. Whether you are a beginner or Professional Trainer, you will be challenged and motivated by them in their modern teaching techniques and smart method to Fitness and Nutrition. With ISSA, I have learned a lot and became more confident in my Profession as a Fitness Trainer; Also, I have gain more clients now than before. I will definitely recommend ISSA to all Fitness enthusiasts who are looking to advance their career and enhance their knowledge to Fitness Industry.
“I am now working for Lifestyle Nutrition, educating people on how to lose body fat and increase muscle...”
Received My Certification in Fitness Nutrition I want to express who excited I am to be a graduate of ISSA with a certification in Fitness Nutrition.. I am now working for Lifestyle Nutrition, educating people on how to lose body fat and increase muscle & hydration ... Its a dream come true...
“The fact that it's self-paced was perfect for me and my busy life...”
I am very happy I chose the ISSA for my personal fitness trainer certificate. I learned everything I was hoping to, plus some! The knowledge I now have will benefit a lifetime. Not just mine, but all of my future client's as well. The program was very self explanatory but the one time I had a question, it was answered promptly. Student services is there for you if you need them. The fact that it's self-paced was perfect for me and my busy life as well. I think the layout of the program is good too. Guided study is great! Overall, I had an excellent learning experience. I have already recommended the ISSA to a friend of mine and would to anyone else seeking to become a CFT. My certificate has already been processed and I cannot wait to put it to use!
“ISSA offered an online program that was perfect for our unpredictable schedule.”
As a military spouse, it is important for me to build skills that I can take anywhere my husband's service takes us. I have my Bachelors in Elementary Education but knew that I needed to add to my experience to open more doors in the future. I wanted to become a certified fitness trainer to use my passion for fitness in my own life and my skills as an educator to help others pursue a healthy lifestyle. ISSA offered an online program that was perfect for our unpredictable schedule.
I was able to correspond with ISSA through e-mail and telephone during each step of the process. It was incredibly easy to set up, begin, and manage the online program and I knew there was support available if I was in need. I was able to complete the course at my own pace and never felt like I was short on time. When I took my final exam, I felt prepared and confident.
The best part of the ISSA program was when I received my final exam grade, a representative from ISSA wrote individualized feedback for each part of my exam. They celebrated the areas that I did well on and suggested areas to revisit to help me better my understanding of certain topics. I would recommend ISSA to my family and friends wanting to pursue a career in the fitness industry because of it's accessibility and support.
Thank you ISSA for all you offer!
“I highly recommended ISSA if you looking to become a personal trainer or planing to establish your personal training business.”
I would like to thank ISSA for being big part of my Fitness Success. All Started eight years ago as Certified ISSA personal trainer and today i own 3500 SF Elite Personal Training Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ . ISSA is Top Personal Training Certification for lot of reasons. Most important reason as soon as you certified , your fitness job is guaranteed, and their on-line material and education give you that advantage than other personal training certifications and make you go far in your fitness career because it cover everything you need to know about fitness and nutrition as personal trainer and fitness business owner in the future.
Im so glad because my dream came true and when you become successful in life, you have to thank the people or the organization who had been part of your success and thats why im sharing my success journey with you because ISSA been there for me all time as Personal Trainer and Fitness Business Owner. I highly recommended ISSA if you looking to become a personal trainer or planing to establish your personal training business.
“Never in a million years I would've dreamed of helping others achieve their weight loss goals...”
My inspiration to a healthy and fit lifestyle started from my own personal battles with obesity. I started a work out group in my city free of charge called TeamFit Ntz. After losing 40 pounds I posted on Facebook that I would start a work out challenge and each person who joins places $5 in the "Chubby jar." Each week I had new members to show up and what started off as something small turned into something huge. Over 30 women joined TeamFit Ntz. After weigh ins if the person did not lose weight they had to place $5 in the chubby jar and if they gained weight they had to place $1 for each pound. At the end of the 90 day session who ever loss the most percentage of body fat won the money.
Also there were prizes given every week for who improved the most, we did kick ball sundays, and I went grocery shopping with them to help them read the labels and make healthier decisions. I woke up every morning at 5 am to work out with people who couldn't make the evening workouts. Never in a million years I would've dreamed of helping others achieve their weight loss goals and not only that but helping them to boost their confidence. I have always heard that, " Until you don't need a dime to do what you love then you will never know your purpose."
Ashley Sproulls, CFT
“ISSA has helped me reach closer to my goal to help people out. ”
One of my goals has been to help people since I was a kid. As I grew up, I took up martial arts, then acting and now finally weightlifting. ISSA has helped me reach closer to my goal to help people out. When seeking other schools or training courses became difficult and expensive, ISSA was able to work with my financial resources. I am happy to receive my certification through ISSA and I will dedicate myself further into helping people progress with their health and their attitude. Thank you again for this opportunity.
Shindo - Ki Rodriguez
“I made the choice to follow a course with ISSA and at the end I can say I'm super satisfied. ”
Hello everyone, I just finished the course by ISSA Personal Trainer and I can tell you that I was really satisfied. I am a Personal Trainer Italian, have a degree in Science and Physical Education. I came for a period of three months in Los Angeles and at the same time I wanted to deepen my knowledge on the exercise. I made the choice to follow a course with ISSA and at the end I can say I'm super satisfied. Thanks for everything ISSA.
“ISSA actually has a staff that knows the science and they actually do it.”
My name is Sam Moy. I have been an ISSA Certified Trainer since 1998. I also hold Youth Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Exercise Therapy Certifications. I researched many of the organizations to get my start in Personal Training. Having worked out most of my life and for High School and College sports, I always sought out what the really works. ISSA had that. Their knowledge base was incredible. Concise and easy to understand. Why, because ISSA actually has a staff that knows the science and they actually do it. Proof enough. My clients were not only impressed with my knowledge, but also when I explained ISSA’s foundation and some of their staff, there were no more concerns whether I could help them. This propelled me from an 800 sq ft Studio to a 2700 sq ft gym called Dynamic Fitness in Evergreen, CO.
“I feel qualified to train clients and confident in nutritional advice...”
I am a biology professor at a university in Pittsburgh, PA. Also an avid fitness buff and dragon boat paddler, I decided to try my hand at a side business of personal training. In 2011, I became an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and took the trainer name "Stormy Schatz". The course was not easy, and I was surprised by how much I learned. I loved the format of chapter quizzes and then a final exam. I felt that I learned quite a bit and was ready to train clients. The ISSA website is also a huge help in terms of exercise videos and additional business suggestions and forms.
Two years later, I renewed my CFT certification by taking the course in Sports Nutrition for 20 CEUs. The course came with a workbook, textbook, CDs, and again, the chapter quizzes and a final exam. Once again, I immersed myself in the material and worked hard. I am happy to report that you actually have to work at ISSA to obtain your certifications--it is not a "license for payment" type of operation.
I feel qualified to train clients and confident in nutritional advice and planning for my clients now that I have become certified both in Fitness Training and Sports Nutrition. In two years, I will probably take a Senior Fitness Trainer course to become even more proficient!
Laura "Stormy" Schatzkamer
“It is a changing life experience and I feel proud I took the step to enroll in one of the courses of ISSA”
My journey becoming a fitness nutrition specialist with ISSA has been a special one. From before I joined the course, the customer service team provided me with all the necessary information and background so to start the course was a very easy decision.
The material and methodology that ISSA has developed made it very easy to start to grasp concepts about nutrition and how to become a nutrition specialist. Through my journey, I needed to contact to ask some questions and to get some support in some subjects. ISSA never let me down. They really go the extra mile to provide the student with the requested queries. It has been an amazing experience, because the subject that I am truly passionate about and because I choose the best organization to get certified.
The material to study is so well structure, highly clarified with many examples and supported material. Even in difficult subjects, the explanations and samples made it easier.
The part of the studies in regards to become a coach and be the best one for your clients, is an outstanding source of good and useful knowledge.
The exam was not easy and during my performance I needed to clarify some questions. ISSA was always by my side make it clear so I could move forward.
The result of the exam came fast and handy so I didn't have to wait for long to know the positive outcome.
I am really satisfied with the overall experience of belonging to ISSA certified student. I would recommend to start a course with ISSA to everyone. ISSA represents the spirit of motivation and personal superation the support to achieve higher goals in life. It is a changing life experience and I feel proud I took the step to enroll in one of the courses of ISSA
“Issa has been one of the best online courses I've ever taken.”
Issa has been one of the best online courses I've ever taken. Not only is the course material great, but the online trainers are professional and timely. I am now a full certified trainer at Discover Fitness with Kate Durst, and cant wait to start changing lives.
“I chose ISSA because it is, in my professional opinion, the most thorough, well structured and challenging programs available.”
As a family physician and IFBB Figure Pro, I plan on transitioning my career into preventive health and anti-aging medicine. I am currently working on completing the Masters Training Certification. I chose ISSA because it is, in my professional opinion, the most thorough, well structured and challenging programs available. The course work is concise and intense, providing the most in depth knowledge for my business needs and success. By the end of my training I will be well prepared to provide custom programs for all age groups as well as their special individual needs and will most definitely be a great addition to my practice!
“...always there for us students. Always ready to help, to encourage, to motivate, and to bless us...”
October - 21- 2013 I started studying the material (text books) I've received for about 5 hours a day. And on December - 15 - 2013 by the grace of God I have finally completed and passed the course. The reason why I'm posting this is not to boast about how fast or how slow I was, but I'm writing because I am sure that in the future someone will come here to the Question Board looking for an answer to the question "HOW LONG DOES IT TAKES TO COMPLETE THE ISSA COURSE AND GET CERTIFIED? "
So I just wanted to shared my experience with you guys. I also wanna thank Patrick Gamboa. Man…this guy is such a blessing. He is always there for us students. Always ready to help, to encourage, to motivate, and to bless us. So guys, do not hesitate to ask Patrick for help; you will not get disappointed. "Equinox Santa Monica CA ….I'm coming"!
“Thank you for the incredible education, business development, and some of the kindest and helpful support staff around!”
I got my certification through ISSA in 2008. If this is any indication of how awesome my experience with ISSA has been, my son is enrolling this summer to get his ISSA Certified Personal Trainer certification, too! I have been running a successful training business for the past five years thanks to the superior education and business foundation I received from ISSA. My success has motivated my son to join me in the business and we are both excited that he will be joining team ISSA! Thank you for the incredible education, business development, and some of the kindest and helpful support staff around! I spoke with Debra Madrigal, enrollment representative last week. She enrolled me back in 2006 and she actually remembered me after all this time!
Lou Bagnaschi, CFT
“Being an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer has opened so many opportunities for myself...”
I love the freedom that being a personal trainer has given me. I never would have imagined that doing something I absolutely love could benefit not only me, but so many others as well. Letting people know that you believe in them and that with your guidance they can accomplish anything, and then seeing them DO IT ... no better feeling as a personal trainer. Educating people on a healthy lifestyle, balance and making working out fun is what I try to incorporate with every client. As I push them to be a better version of themselves, I notice me challenging my own self improvement. I firmly believe in being a representation of what I promote. I built my company Fitness 4 Life in 2009 and know have 6 trainers under me ( whom have all chosen ISSA as their certification) helping to educated and inspire people on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
One of the things that I love about ISSA is the vast selection of continuing education credits. The webpage page for instructors is easy to follow and access. I use my resources on the webpage frequently and print my forms directly from the page. When I see the ISSA logo, I know that trainer is informed.
Being an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer has opened so many opportunities for myself and I see a very long and exciting future for me and my clients with ISSA. I am pleased to be a part of the ISSA family.
I have had the honor of working closely with Karen Mullarkey in my fitness journey. She is not only inspiring, but a very hard working and motivating trainer. I honestly would not be where I am today without her guidance and support.
Thank you so much, I appreciate this honor.
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
Fitness 4 Life
“I'm glad I chose ISSA to assist me on my journey to be the best CFT in the business.”
Being a professional athlete for so many years of my life and now becoming an IFBB physique competitor kept me very busy. I always wanted to add personal training to my list of achievements. ISSA was referred to me by one of the figure competitors at my gym. She praised how convenient it was for those with a busy life, and you can move at your own pace. While recovering from a quadricep injury, I thought it would be the perfect time to take advantage of the opportunity to become certified. Reading and study the book and other material for the course was very beneficial to me. There was a lot of valuable information that I wasn't familiar with. This corse will help me with future clients as well as my own personal goals, to allow me to excel in my ventures. I'm glad I chose ISSA to assist me on my journey to be the best CFT in the business. This material will always be available for me to resort back to valuable information in the future. I would recommend ISSA to anyone that has interest in becoming a CFT. Thank you for providing sound material for those who want to take the next step towards personal training.
Donald "Butch" Rolle
Caring for kids foundation
“...the folks at ISSA have offered not only unparalleled motivation and support but also top-notch educational materials.”
From the moment I first registered for the CFT course, the folks at ISSA have offered not only unparalleled motivation and support but also top-notch educational materials. Since receiving my certification, I've had the great privilege of applying the knowledge gained from my ISSA education to help empower my clients and provide them with the necessary tools to achieve their respective goals. It's almost two and a half years later, and ISSA has never ceased to respond promptly to my inquiries and to assist me on my path as a fitness professional.
“I am absolutely delighted to receive news that I passed the CPT finals.”
I passed! Hi Patrick, I am absolutely delighted to receive news that I passed the CPT finals. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and for the continuing support that you gave me. It has taken me a long time to complete due to personal circumstances and you have been very supportive of that. I am grateful. I am so happy to have passed and excited that I can now begin sharing my enthusiasm and passion for health and fitness with others.
Thank you again. Kind Regards.
“Choosing the ISSA for my Personal Training Certification has been the best decision in my fitness career to date.”
Choosing the ISSA for my Personal Training Certification has been the best decision in my fitness career to date. From the day I starting studying to present day, working actively as a Personal Trainer, the ISSA has been nothing but a positive and rewarding experience. The staff at the ISSA has always been responsive and support with any need that I have had. The ISSA continues to support its students with ongoing education and professional feedback.
I have recommended the ISSA to several friends, and will continue to do so. I believe in the ISSA and all that it stands for. Thank you for everything!!
“...It is well worth the money and I would recommend this course to anyone...”
My name is Stephanie Metzger and I just became ISSA certified as a Sports Nutrition Specialist. My husband and I own a personal training studio in Tampa Florida. We are often asked by clients about nutrition. We wanted to bring a respectful knowledge of this subject to our clients. We realize that this is an integral part of their success with their individual sport activity. Knowing that ISSA is well respected in this industry and holds to very high standards, we just knew going with them for certification was the way to go. We take our business seriously and demand nothing but the best for our clients.
I was so pleased with this course. The workbook, the course material, the assignments and learning experience all lend to superior knowledge to the subject of Sports Nutrition. I came out of this course, more pleased than I thought I could be. I am proud of this knowledge that I can now pass along to our clients and know for sure that I made the right choice in choosing ISSA to be the ones to certify me. The course was demanding, and required a lot of work, study and effort but this is what separates ISSA from the rest. It is well worth the money and I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to gain superior knowledge on the subject of sports nutrition.
Metzgerbodies Personal Training Studio Tampa Florida
ISSA Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist