February 15, 2018

This ISSA Professor Served 27 Years in the US Army

The ISSA has been distinguished as a Top 10 Military Friendly School, a responsibility we hold in highest regard. But it isn’t just an award that we earn, it’s a service that we are privileged to provide to our country’s heroes. Bob Rollins is a 27-year Veteran of the US Army. You could call him Sergeant Major, but as a student in one of his classes, “Professor” will suffice.

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Olga Fikotova Connolly | February 13, 2018

How an Olympian helped a college student overcome tough odds

What needs to be accomplished in health and fitness depends on teaching one another and learning from one another in a race for the prize of exchanging pessimism with optimism.  A student with a visible scoliosis curve asked Olga to help her. Her previous experience of wearing a brace proved unsuccessful and subsequent surgery recommendations frightened her so she sought out another way.

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Dean Spiros | February 8, 2018

How a Five-Time Olympian Became a Personal Trainer

At the age of 84, five-time Olympian Olga Connolly continues to study exercise and fitness and to share her expertise in her adopted country.

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Sara Fleming | February 6, 2018

From the 1984 Olympics to the Founding of the ISSA

The International Sports Sciences Association was the first organization to educate and certify personal trainers. What few people know is the motivation behind the development of this institution and the vision of its founders.  This is the story of the founding of the ISSA.

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January 30, 2018

How Fred Hatfield inspired me to build my business and become a personal trainer

Joe Ladnier AKA "the Mississippi Monster" details his journey toward becoming a legendary powerlifting and personal trainer with the inspirational help and guidance of Dr. Frederick Hatfield.

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December 21, 2017

Journey from Cirque du Soleil to Personal Trainer

Shelli Epstein is a professional acrobat and performer with a background in gymnastics. She currently performs in the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Luzia’. Previously she performed in the Franco Dragone show ‘The House of Dancing Water’. In addition to her performance career, Shelli is a dedicated, ISSA-certified fitness trainer and nutrition specialist.

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December 14, 2017

What do Food Trucks and Boot Camps Have in Common?

The recipe for success for this ISSA Certified Trainer includes a dash of innovation and a healthy helping of passion. His box truck turned mobile gym and smoothie bar is a genius mashup, bringing fitness, nutrition, and mindset to a park near you. 

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Dean Spiros | December 12, 2017

How an ISSA Education Changed Cat Smiley’s Life

From writing a book on healthy eating to being named ISSA ’s trainer of the year in Canada three times, Cat Smiley knows no limits when it comes to success in her career. Her goal with her clients is to cultivate a culture on a social level as well as a motivational and physical level.

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November 30, 2017

Iron Sharpens Iron: How One ISSA Superstar Inspired Another

Nancy tells the story of how after she turned 50, ISSA Trainer Kristi Tauti helped take her to a new level.  The ”Fit” lifestyle has become part of her life in both exercise and nutrition. This has inspired her to become an ISSA Trainer in which she strives every day to be her best and inspire others to be healthy. 

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Dean Spiros | November 24, 2017

A Second Chance to Live and Becoming a Personal Trainer

After being critically injured seven years ago in an automobile accident, a thankful David Byrnes tells his story of how he was given a second chance to live and how his recovery led him to become a personal trainer.

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