ISSA Leadership: Founders, Subject Matter Experts and Program Advisors

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

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

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

Dr. Sal Arria Dr. Sal Arria
Dr. Frederick Hatfield Dr. Frederick Hatfield

Administration

Patrick S. Gamboa Patrick S. Gamboa

Directors

Josh Bryant Josh Bryant
John Berardi John Berardi
Dr. Karl Knopf Dr. Karl Knopf
Dr. Chad Waterbury Dr. Chad Waterbury
Thomas Fahey Thomas Fahey
Sara Fleming Sara Fleming
John DeFendis John DeFendis
Kim Dolan Leto Kim Dolan Leto
Jane Frederick Jane Frederick
Obi Obadike Obi Obadike

Subject Matter Experts

Dr. Michael Yessis Dr. Michael Yessis
John Schaeffer John Schaeffer
E.J. Doc Kreis E.J. "Doc" Kreis
Charles Staley Charles Staley
Bill Pearl Bill Pearl
LaReine Chabut LaReine Chabut

Program Advisory Council (2017-2022)

Amanda Boyd Amanda Boyd
Carlo Buzzichelli Carlo Buzzichelli
John DeFendis John DeFendis
Lesslee Dolan Lesslee Dolan
Christina Estrada Christina Estrada
Edward Gober Edward Gober
Quentin Green Quentin Green
Lindsay Kent Lindsay Kent
William Lockley William Lockley
Jason Pierce Jason Pierce
John Rowley John Rowley
Kristi Tauti Kristi Tauti
Brian Theiss Brian Theiss
Courtney West Courtney West
Jason Vaught Jason Vaught
Dr. Robert Wolff Dr. Robert Wolff

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ISSA helped to guide me down the path toward an exciting future in the fitness industry!

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I do not believe there is another certifying organization that has the background, integrity, caring and compassion that the ISSA has...

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I was Impress with the high level of clarity of the material and the lectures.

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With ISSA guidance and textbooks, I have upgraded my knowledge to another level and I feel this by seeing big changes in my clients & myself!

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My experience with ISSA was amazing. I was so impressed with the online self-study program and how it was organized. I was equally impressed with the staff support, knowledge and integrity!

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ISSA has brought a strong root into my life that keeps leading me towards success.

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I am so impressed by the level of professionalism and thoroughness that ISSA offers to trainees.

Megan Ganzagan

The amount of knowledge in the textbook is really satisfying for someone who’s interested in both fitness and the sciences of the human body, and who’s willing to learn about the relationships between them.

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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.

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ISSA provides a good educational platform to start a career as a fitness trainer.

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ISSA provided me with essential tools and knowledge to transform my hobby into a desired business.

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I use everything I learned on a daily basis whether I am working with a client or talking with co-workers.

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...it was the most comprehensive program with a solid foundation in all the aspects of nutrition that I needed for my practice.

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