Andy Dooley: Living Life With Arms Wide Open

Andy Dooley was told he’d have to choose between fitness and faith—be a trainer or be a pastor. But he wasn’t willing to settle for one or the other. Dooley now operates a growing fitness business and serves as a youth pastor in his home community. 

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Inspiration Story: Mike Lee

The motivation to be fit and inspire others to do the same comes in many forms, especially when faced with mortality. Once out of shape and heading down a dangerous path, Mike Lee is now a successful ISSA trainer, fitness model and actor, and growing presence in the online fitness coaching world. Read his journey here.

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Angie Gunner's Intent to Raise the Barre

So you think you can dance? Angie Gunner thinks you can, too, and more specifically believes that you should be doing it on a regular basis as part of a healthy lifestyle. Read the full article here. 

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More than just a student, I became part of the ISSA family

Sharon Lipton is 68 years old and strong! She competed as a bodybuilder at age 51 and won the overall in the NPC Max Muscle Natural. People of all ages respect her great knowledge and how she helps folks maintain a youthful, fit body and mind. Her motto is 'Believe in yourself,' and 'Go Get 'um!' Read Sharon’s story to be inspired and know that you are never too old to be a personal trainer!

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Inspiration Story: Jeremy Scott

What do potential employers look for when hiring great trainers? Fitness author, business owner, and former competitive bodybuilder Jeremy Scott walks us through the qualities that take fitness professionals from good to great. Then, he weighs in on the importance of practical application in the ever-changing landscape for personal trainers and nutrition coaches. Read his full article here.

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Inspiration Story: Paula-Jean Doyle

Doyle lives with multiple sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disorder that damages the central nervous system. She is currently symptom free, despite deciding to forgo the disease-modifying drugs recommended by her doctor. Instead, she relies on a dedicated fitness program, a healthy diet and what she is convinced was some divine intervention.

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Inspiration Story: Dominic Frazier

34-year-old business owner and ISSA trainer Dominic Frazier will tell you he’s only getting started. His enthusiasm has been there from the start, and he put it together with a degree in exercise science from Concordia University in his native state, Wisconsin. Read his article and why he says, “Lookout world, here I come.” 

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Meg Squats looks to change the shape of things to come

Megan Gallagher (professional powerlifter and ISSA trainer) is known by over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and 290,000 followers on Instagram as Meg Squats. Her success and popularity is built on the platform that athletes — particularly women — should not be pigeonholed or limited when it comes to strength and fitness. Read more about her passion to help others achieve strength over aesthetics here.

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My Journey from Morbidly Obese to Certified Trainer

At 38, Laurie Gouley had high blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, anxiety, and depression. She made a decision to change her life and begin living. She joined a health coaching center, started her journey, and found ISSA - the certification that took her health to another level.

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Success Story: Lauren Brooks Kettlebell Queen

Lauren Brooks is known to many as “The Kettlebell Queen”. She is an expert in fitness and particularly in kettlebell training for strength and weight loss. But training with kettlebells didn't immediately impress her. It was a brush with fate that lead her down this path.

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