About Fitness Nutrition
After 30 years in the fitness industry, we’ve learned that without nutrition and dietary knowledge supplemented with implementation skills, it is impossible for professionals to get their best results with clients - leading to personal and professional dissatisfaction.
But with effective nutritional knowledge and skills, you will feel confident, competent, and credible. You can offer advice that you know is right and get the results you and your clients want. Knowing how to coach nutrition effectively is the key to helping people get the results they deserve.
The ISSA Certified Fitness Nutrition program is based on the same foundation that has delivered impressive results for nearly a hundred thousand fitness professionals and their clients.
The lead author, Dr. John Berardi, is perhaps the #1 expert in the field with 20+ years of success working with everyone from Olympic gold medalists to professional athletes down to recreational exercisers and people just hoping to get started in their journey to better health.
Unlike many other certifications, this isn’t a program full of abstract theory and text book science that doesn’t work in the real world. Instead, it’s useful knowledge that’s client-tested, scientifically proven, and constantly updated based on the latest data and research with trainers, coaches and their clients. It gives you what you need to start making a difference today with your clients and their food habits.
How The Nutrition Coaching Certification Works
Introducing the ISSA Certified Coach Program. Here’s how it works:
- Study and become Certified as a Personal Trainer by taking and earning the ISSA Personal Fitness Training Certification as the core requirement
- Choose, study and earn your specialization certification from the list below and gain your ISSA Coaching Certification credentials including certificates and wallet ID cards.
After completing both courses, you’ll have a level of knowledge and accumulated skills to differentiate yourself from ordinary personal trainers. You’ll also have earned the title of Certified Coach in the area of your new expertise.
Successful professionals in the medical and health communities need specializations to grow their practices and their impact in the world. As a personal trainer you can grow your practice and attract more clients at higher rates by demonstrating your knowledge, skills and abilities.
The career opportunities that you will open up by becoming a certified fitness and nutrition coach allow you to gain more clients, earn more money and help people in important new ways.
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What's included in this program
Here’s What You’ll Learn
You'll get the practical day-to-day skills necessary, as well as the deeper knowledge needed to excel as a Certified Fitness Nutrition professional and Coach.
First, with the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer program (CFT) you'll get the practical day-to-day skills necessary, as well as the deeper knowledge needed to excel as a personal trainer. The program covers client assessment, program design, basic nutrition, and sports medicine along with business and marketing skills.
You'll learn the key elements of:
- Assessments and Body Composition
- Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics
- Fitness Program Design
- Client-Specific Needs (age, weight, health condition, etc.)
- Cardiovascular and Strength Training
- Periodization and Training Loads
- Flexibility Training
- Sports Medicine
- Nutrition and Metabolism
Then, the Fitness Nutrition program covers the core nutritional knowledge, nutrient role and requirements in exercise,, client assessments, Successful program design, and critical coaching skills.
This Fitness Nutrition program is a college-level course which is the culmination of the Masters and PhD courses Dr. Berardi has taught and the research published. When you finish the program, you will have deep nutritional knowledge, the authority to coach it, and the ability to turn what you know into real life results.
Effective nutrition coaching has been the missing piece in health and fitness. In the ISSA’s Fitness Nutrition Course you'll learn the keys elements of:
- Cell Structure and Function
- Food Intake, Digestion and Absorption
- Energy Transformation and Metabolism
- Energy Balance
- Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism
- Macronutrients and Micronutrients
- Collecting Preliminary Client Information
- Evaluating Client Information and Explaining What It Means
- Offering Nutritional Suggestions and Providing a Nutrition Plan
- Offering Nutritional Supplement Suggestions
- Setting Behavior Goals and Monitoring Strategies
- Making Nutritional Adjustments
You'll find a job as a personal trainer:
The ISSA promises you’ll find a job as a personal trainer or we’ll give you a no-hassle full refund.
Here’s all you need to do:
- You complete the course and earn your ISSA certification.
- You apply for a job at three gyms in the USA within 60 days.
- You meet the gym’s basic requirements (background check, drug test, available to work in the USA).
That’s it. You’ll get a job. And we can even help you find one. Or, we’ll promptly and cheerfully give you all your money back.
OnTrack Guided Study
OnTrack Guided Study structures your course material and helps you complete your certification in 10 weeks or less.
Multimedia lectures bring concepts to life
Each week, online lectures cover the most important points in your studies, allowing you to understand training principles in a whole new way.
Weekly tasks help you finish your course on time
Weekly assignments from OnTrack schedule course completion for you. Simply read, watch, write, and test your way to certification!
How the Coaching Certification works
1. Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away
Enroll and you will instantly gain access to your online course materials. We will also ship you the hard copies of the textbooks so you can study on-the-go. You have 4 months to complete the course but if you need more time, you can apply for a free 2 month extension. Most students finish the course in 8 to 10 weeks, with an hour or two of studying a day.
2. Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension
We offer online practice quizzes throughout the course to test your comprehension. Once you complete the quizzes, you'll gain access to the online final exam.
3. Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere
The final exam is online, open-book and untimed. It can be taken from the comfort of your home and completed during multiple sessions. You can also change and answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. After you pass your final exam we help you plan your next move. We also provide you with a business guide and a free professional website to jump-start your fitness career.
Partner gyms post jobs for ISSA graduates on our Student Portal.
Questions? Call our enrollment advisors for help!
The ISSA is the first and only fitness organization in the U.S. accredited by a federally recognized agency.