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Youth sports are serious business. Parents are starting their kids in training programs earlier and earlier to give them a leg up to get a college scholarship or even go pro. In addition, even those kids that aren't going are in even greater need of a trainer to help them stay active and improve agility. If you have a passion for shaping young minds and bodies, this certification is for you.

$599 List Price: $799.00
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited
$599 List Price: $799.00
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

What You'll Learn From This Course

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

  • Apply the principles of pediatric and adolescent growth, metabolism, muscle anatomy, biomechanics, training, and adaptation principles to create appropriate workout programs for children and teens based on fitness level and goals.
  • Measure the body composition of a young client and classify the results according to the youth physical development guidelines.
  • Develop a comprehensive exercise program that utilizes Adaptive Programming principles and techniques to address the fitness requirements of a young client.
  • Apply the sports psychology principles for young clients.
  • Incorporate the knowledge of energy and growth needs, nutritional content of food, and the food pyramid to facilitate replacement of unhealthy foods in a client's diet with nutritious foods.
  • Identify the causes of overtraining and injury and incorporate injury prevention into the training program.
  • Identify a situation when it is necessary to seek out a doctor's assistance with exercise design and/or injury needs.

Your New Career as a Specialist in Youth Fitness Starts Here

Dr. Hugh D. Allen stated in USA Today that 30 million of today's youth in the US will die of heart disease as adults. Additional health problems have all been linked to childhood obesity and lack of fitness in today's youth. As a result, youth fitness training is one of the fastest-growing segments in the health club and fitness industry. In addition, youth sports is a booming industry, starting as early as 5 years old in hopes of a college scholarship. Parents are willing to invest significant time and resources to help their kids get an advantage.

  • Study at your own pace with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pass your certification exam online wherever you're most comfortable.
  • Rest easy with great customer support before, during and after your certification.
  • Take pride in knowing ISSA is nationally accredited by the DEAC.

$599 List Price: $799.00
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

How the ISSA Youth Fitness Certification Works

We know that balancing your studies with an already busy schedule can be a challenge, which is why we designed a flexible, self-paced online course schedule that allows you up to 12 months to finish the program so you can study when, where, and how often you'd like. Here's how the program works:

  • 1

    Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

    Study online or with the included textbooks. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 8-10 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace.

  • 2

    Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

    We offer multiple online practice quizzes throughout the course to completely prepare you for the final exam and for real life coaching and helping.

  • 3

    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

    You read that correctly - the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can be completed over multiple sessions! You can even go back and change any answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. If you don't pass the first time, we even allow you to re-take the exam.


What You'll Get With This Course

Hardcopy & Online Main Course Text

Youth Fitness is a 273 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Youth Fitness Certification. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available.

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Meet the author, Thomas Fahey, Ed.D

  • Study Guide and Workbook

    This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

  • Online Exercise Lab

    ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab with over 250 animated exercises. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

  • Practice Exam and Section Quizzes

    The practice Exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you're reading you're preparing for the exam at the same time.

  • Online and Home Study Exam

    ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Choose a paper-and-pencil exam or utilize our secure online testing portal. One No-cost Retest (if necessary).

  • Online Student Forum

    Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.

Plus Bonus Support After Your Exam...

  • Free Professional Website

    All ISSA members get a free website to support their personal trainer careers online. Five pages of professionally designed, easily editable, fully hosted content is included. Choose from nine designs and put your best face forward online!

  • Unlimited Educational Support

    All ISSA students have access to unlimited educational support. If you have questions about the course materials, our on-staff professors can guide you through. This support continues even after you earn your personal trainer certification.


$599 List Price: $799.00
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

What Our Students Say About Us

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