This main course text, written by Dr. Chad Waterbury, DPT, includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Corrective Exercise certification. The course material is continually updated with the new information so you can be sure you are receiving the most up-to-date information available. To learn more about the course, please click here.
ACE: Focuses on general fitness. ACE also emphasizes endurance training and behavioral modification, which will make this an excellent certification choice for those wishing to focus on client weight loss.
This book is so thorough that it has earned the endorsement of TRX! It is the authoritative guide to Suspension Training. This is a one-of-a-kind resource designed to take workouts to unprecedented levels; it includes instructions for more than 115 exercises, complete with photo sequences, variations, and safety recommendations so you can learn how to develop and integrate strength, power, core stability, flexibility, and balance. In the gym, at home, or on the road, this guide is the ultimate training companion. With over thirty ready-to-use programs, you have options for any situation and every desire. It is all here. 280 pages, softcover. Course includes soft-cover textbook, separate testing booklet and free, instant grading.
Continuing Education Credits (CECs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are required for recertification for all certified personal trainers (CPTs). This is important because professionals must stay up to speed in their field and continue to learn new and updated information in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness.
Other ways to earn CEUs or CECs are by taking college or university courses in health, fitness, nutrition, or wellness, getting an additional or another certification, obtaining a fitness specialization or certificate, reading and taking quizzes from articles or newsletters, or participating in organizational committees.
This course is free, counts for 0.1 CEC (1 hour), and is a good general blueprint on how to design exercise programs that improve posture, flexibility, muscular fitness, cardiorespiratory endurance, and balance for all ages.
This course is priced at $24.95, counts for 0.3 CECs (3 hours), and discusses nutrition coaching, nutritional balance, and helping clients make better eating choices when participating in fitness activities.
For this course, you will need to purchase a package containing both an e-text and continuing education exam for $119, or the physical text and exam for $129. This course counts for 0.8 CEUs or CECs (8 hours) and covers 120 supplements used in sports and exercise. The book discusses how the supplement works, as well as the benefits, research, dosages, and health concerns of supplements. The text would be a good reference book for personal trainers.
This course counts for 1.70 CECs for ACE, 17.0 CECs for ACSM, 17.0 CEUs for ISSA, 1.20 CEUs for NSCA, and 1.70 CEUs for NASM and costs $179 which includes the text, online video, study guide, and continuing education exam. This course introduces 95 kettlebell exercises to improve strength, endurance, balance, and coordination. Instructions, common errors, corrections, tips, and safety information is included with the exercises. A study guide is included that has clips of 43 common exercises with proper technique and form.
These are actually separate courses, but each one costs $199 and counts for 0.7 CECs (7 hours). Volume 1 covers tools, techniques, and strategies to use with clients to help transform their nutrition behaviors to meet their weight management and fitness goals. Volume 2 contains nine mini-lessons on meal prepping, mindfulness, protein, macronutrients, motivational interviewing, body clock science, current nutrition science, gut health, and a panel on sustainable weight loss.
This online course costs $69 and counts for 0.5 CEUs (5 hours). This course covers many details about owning a fitness franchise, including financing, how to operate a facility, the obligations of franchise owners, and how to be a successful business owner. Participants will also receive a confidential report of 46 different fitness franchise comparison details.
This course costs $97 and counts for 0.6 CEUs (6 hours). This topic is focused on cardiorespiratory training to improve both weight management and sports performance. Also included are cardiorespiratory fitness assessments, determining improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness, and program design for fitness and sports performance.
This specialization course costs $299, counts for 1.3 CEUs (13 hours), and covers in-depth training considerations for women of all ages, including exercise and fitness, nutrition, and weight management.
This course is priced at $199, counts for 1.0 CEUs (10 hours), and discusses detailed exercise program design for older adults, including limitations, fall risks, medical conditions in older adults, and other aging considerations. The aging process and fitness obstacles in seniors.
ISSA has around 400,000 students and trainers spread around 174 countries and is deemed to be one of the best personal training certifications. They are seen as a leader in fitness education and fitness training and even offer the gold-standard NCCA accreditation exam process in their CPT program.
After taking the Issa course and passing the Issa exam, your credibility as a personal trainer gets affirmed, and you can now scale your fitness business as now you will be able to attract more clients.
During the Issa course, you will learn new skills and knowledge in exercise science, physical fitness, resistance training, and special population training, which will help you coach your clients in a more specialized way.
Apart from the certified personal trainer certification, which is the most popular, there are other ISSA specializations that can help you advance in the fitness business by improving your knowledge and skills.
Your certification course materials will also include your Home Study Section Quizzes. Once you have submitted all of your Youth Fitness Certification course quizzes, you will be sent your official Home Study final examination. You may also choose to complete your Section Quizzes online, if you would prefer. Should you choose to complete your quizzes online, once you have submitted all of them, you will be sent your official final examination.
ISSA advertises that 95% of its newly certified trainers find employment within 6 months of passing the test, so certification reassures employers that candidates without experience are prepared and ready to be effective fitness professionals.
Dr. Arria, in the ISSA's course text, Fitness: Complete Guide for personal fitness trainers, listed many common knee problems and ways to prevent them. I've drawn heavily from that text in writing this article. I also drew from several other sources.
Great athletes make difficult moves look effortless with a combination of skill, strength, and balance. Traditional conditioning builds a fitness base, but modern sports training takes into account athletic movement patterns. Athletic Body in Balance is the first guide of its kind to show you how to train for smooth, fluid movement and prevent muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, stability problems, and injuries. Physical therapist and sports conditioning expert Gray Cook has proven the effectiveness of this approach through the performances of athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL and WNBA. His methods will help you identify functional weaknesses; correct imbalances; and refine sport-specific movement skills such as jumping, kicking, cutting, and turning. You will see where your client's conditioning is breaking down and how to get their program back on track. Whereas other books concentrate simply on maximizing obvious strengths, Athletic Body in Balance focuses on exposing and overcoming weaknesses to form a foundation for long-term training gains. Learn how to maintain what your client's gain and build on their improvements. 222 pages, softcover. Course includes soft-cover textbook, separate testing booklet and free, instant grading.
This empowering new course presents a body-positive approach to fitness training which does not use weight loss as your heavy client's ultimate goal: it emphasizes that strength training is a means to better health, improved self-confidence and improved quality of life. Starting from the thesis that success for heavy women is not tied to a number on the scale, this ground-breaking book offers clear and simple instructions on how to safely modify 83 exercises to make them safer and more effective for the plus-sized client. You'll focus on mastering the primal exercises: Squats, lunges and hip-hinges, as well as upper-body pushes, pulls and rotations. Learn how to prioritize your client's goals and discover why some exercises are considered to be more important than others, and how to establish an accepting environment free of the body-shaming that is the hallmark of some fitness environments. You'll appreciate the sample workouts for beginner through advanced-level clients and you'll love the crisp, clear, detailed photographs that support the text. Whether you are working with plus-size women or you are a plus-size trainer yourself, this book will change how you approach weight training -- forever! 183 pages, softcover. Course includes soft-cover textbook, separate testing booklet and free, instant grading.
This book is so thorough that it has earned the endorsement of TRX! This brand new, second edition (2022) is the authoritative guide to Suspension Training. This is a one-of-a-kind resource designed to take workouts to unprecedented levels; it includes instructions for more than 115 exercises, complete with photo sequences, variations, and safety recommendations so you can learn how to develop and integrate strength, power, core stability, flexibility, and balance. In the gym, at home, or on the road, this guide is the ultimate training companion. With over thirty ready-to-use programs, you have options for any situation and every desire. It is all here. 280 pages, softcover. Course includes soft-cover textbook, separate testing booklet and free, instant grading. 2b1af7f3a8