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|C||Christopher Verified Reviewer
Most thorough training certification since it’s essay and multiple choice and I like the ability to go quickly at my pace and take the test when I have time
|C||Christopher Verified Reviewer
Thorough grading and damn good study material. Definitely more knowledgeable after completing this course!
|A||Alexa Verified Reviewer
I enjoyed this certification so much. Straight forward, valuable, and fun! I may be a nerd but I have many friends who enjoy this content matter as well. I’m excited to share this with them.
|J||Jenny Verified Reviewer
ISSA really made sure I had every opportunity to succeed, and every resource available to help at the click of a button. The manuals are extremely well done, moving from theory to practice in manageable portions.
|K||Kandu Verified Reviewer
It’s challenging enough that you can’t walk through the work, even though it’s open book. You have to earn your grade. Furthermore, I love how practical it is. In the real world you’d have resources such as a books, Internet, videos, colleagues, etc that would assist in the process. I believe other certifications that require you to memorize everything get “crammers” who pass while others who maybe better versed, more personable, great social, caring etc never attempt it b/c life (if you’re doing the right things) is very challenging & time consuming. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who I believed weren’t great in their own personal practice at fitness and didn’t have a heart of service. However, I would recommend it to working professionals and dedicated people who want more. I apologize for typos and poor sentence structure. Typing from a cellphone.
|A||Amolak Verified Reviewer
Good nutrition is the key to healthy and successful life. International sports science association is the only way to learn everything about
|A||Abdulaziz Verified Reviewer
The course was comprehensive and easily can be self study
|K||Kellie Verified Reviewer
Very well written texts, and very good structured workbooks. Exam is designed to feel prepared for working practice.
|M||Michelle Verified Reviewer
I didn’t know with my full time job and busy mommy duties and running around from location to location for my kid sports if I was going to be able to focus and complete this course. But from day one everything was so detailed and easy to understand . The examples helped a lot and ISSA allow me to work at my own pace and I was able to ask questions and get answers right away. I’m looking forward to forwarding my education with ISSA .
|J||Jaclyn Verified Reviewer
This course was informative but easy to comprehend. As a Registered Nurse, I have been through courses that tested a person's ability to believe in themselves instead of testing their knowledge. I learned so much from this course and it will not only help me reach my own personal fitness goals but also the goals of the women in my boxing club. There are a lot of "broken" women out there who no longer believe in themselves and have no hope of getting healthy. My goal.is to give them that hope back.
OnTrack Guided Study structures your course material and helps you complete your certification in 10 weeks or less.
Each week, online lectures cover the most important points in your studies, allowing you to understand training principles in a whole new way.
Weekly assignments from OnTrack schedule course completion for you. Simply read, watch, write, and test your way to certification!
Clients often need a fusion of both nutrition and exercise programming in order to achieve the results they desire. Whether your client wants to gain muscle, lose fat, or live healthily, their limiting factor usually lies beyond their exercise training program. Poor nutrition is what holds clients back. Good nutrition will feed muscle and shed fat. It's what will improve nearly every measurable health marker. Good nutrition is what will get your clients the bodies they never thought they could have.
Please note: The information provided in this course is for general educational purposes only. The material is not a substitute for consultation with a healthcare provider regarding particular medical conditions and needs. Be sure to check the statutes in your state regarding the nutrition information that non-licensed individuals are able to dispense.
Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.
Cell Structure and Function, Food Intake, Digestion and Absorption, Energy Transformation and Metabolism, Energy Balance, Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism, Macronutrients, Micronutrients
Collecting Preliminary Client Information, Evaluating Client Information and Explaining What It Means, Offering Nutritional Suggestions and Providing a Nutrition Plan, Offering Nutritional Supplement Suggestions, Setting Behavior Goals and Creating Monitoring Strategies, Making Nutritional Adjustments
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition is a 479 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Fitness Nutrition 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.
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)
This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.
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.
ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!
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.
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!
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.
Enroll and you will instantly gain access to your online course materials. We will also ship you the hard copies of the textbooks so you can study on-the-go. You have 4 months to complete the course but if you need more time, you can apply for a free 2 month extension. Most students finish the course in 8 to 10 weeks, with an hour or two of studying a day.
We offer online practice quizzes throughout the course to test your comprehension. Once you complete the quizzes, you'll gain access to the online final exam.
The final exam is online, open-book and untimed. It can be taken from the comfort of your home and completed during multiple sessions. You can also change and answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. After you pass your final exam we help you plan your next move. We also provide you with a business guide and a free professional website to jump-start your fitness career.
ISSA is accredited by DEAC, and all of its educational programs are approved by DEAC. However, DEAC does not accredit any certification exams, including ISSA's.
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After completing this course I feel much more confident in myself as a trainer and overall more equipped than ever to take on clients and help them achieve their goals of being healthy.
This course was extremely helpful. Before I ordered the curriculum I called one of ISSA's representatives and they were extremely helpful, professional, and friendly. I completed this course in five months due to the fact that I was working overtime as a CNA/being overseas, however, it can be finished much sooner. The course is done at your own pace and the test was open book so It was very convenient when the time came to take it. After completing this course I feel much more confident in myself as a trainer and overall more equipped than ever to take on clients and help them achieve their goals of being healthy.
Dr. John Berardi made his mark as a leading researcher in the field of exercise and nutritional science, and as a widely read author, coach, and trainer who has helped thousands of men and women achieve their health, fit-ness and performance goals. Through his highly acclaimed nutrition education and solutions company, Precision Nutrition, John has reached nearly 40,000 clients in 87 countries.
Dr. Berardi earned a doctorate in Exercise and Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario and currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor of Exercise Science at the University of Texas. He provides nutrition consultation services for athletes and sports teams including a number of Canadian Olympic programs, the University of Texas Longhorns, and numer-ous individual professional football, hockey, and baseball players.
Dr. Berardi has written and contributed to many books and has published more than 300 articles in major health and fitness magazines, including Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Women's Health, Oxygen, and more. You can learn more about Dr. Berardi and his visionary approach to fitness and nutrition at www.precisionnutrition.com.
After earning his BS in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado and two Master's Degrees from Kent State in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Ryan Andrews completed a Medical Center Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkinsâ€”one of the most recognized and awarded research institutions in the world. Ryan has applied his comprehensive education and enthusiasm for helping others to his work as a dietitian, strength and conditioning specialist, and invaluable contributor to vari-ous non-profit organizations.
Ryan has presented on topics related to fitness and nutrition to numerous groups and has written hundreds of articles about nutrition, exercise, and health. He currently serves as Director of Education for Precision Nutrition. For more on Ryan, visit www.precisionnutrition.com.
|Introduction - What is Good Nutrition?|
|Nutrition as a Limiting Factor|
|Good Nutrition Defined|
|How You Can Help Clients Improve Their Nutrition|
|Your Scope of Practice|
|Applying Nutrition Technologies|
|Unit 1 - Cell Structure and Function|
|Nutrition and Cellular Interaction|
|Unit 2 - Food Intake, Digestion and Absorption|
|Food Versus Nutrients|
|Digestive System Structure and Function|
|Controlling the Digestive Process|
|Fate of Nutrients after Absorption|
|Unit - 3 Energy Transformation and Metabolism|
|Energy Intake, Storage, and Transfer|
|Energy Transfer Process|
|Pathways for Nutrient Metabolism|
|Unit 4 - Energy Balance in the Body|
|Energy Value of Food|
|The Body's Need for Energy|
|Estimation of Energy Needs and Energy Intake|
|Consequences of Energy Imbalances|
|Roles of Vitamins and Minerals in Energy Balance|
|Unit 5 - Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism|
|How Exercise Impacts Metabolism|
|Muscle Structure and Function|
|Muscle Energy Requirements|
|Physiology of Anaerobic Exercise|
|Physiology of Aerobic Exercise|
|Adaptation to Exercise|
|Unit 6 - The Macronutrients|
|Carbohydrate Digestion, Absorption, Metabolism, and Transport|
|Carbohydrates in the Diet|
|Fat Digestion, Absorption, Metabolism, and Transport|
|Fat in the Diet|
|Protein Digestion, Absorption, Metabolism, and Transport|
|Protein in the Diet|
|Unit 7 - The Micronutrients|
|Vitamins, Minerals, and Phytochemicals|
|Unit 8 - Water and Fluid Balance|
|All About Body Water|
|Body Water Imbalances|
|Body Water Regulation|
|Unit 9 - Special Needs|
|Nutrition for Injury and Rehabilitation|
|Nutrition and Diabetes|
|Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease|
|Nutrition and Pregnancy|
|Unit 10 - Step 1: Preparing For Your Client|
|What It Means to Be a Good Coach|
|Understanding the Potential Client's Mindset|
|Understanding Your Client's Goals|
|Overcoming Client Objections|
|What You Should Know and What Your Clients Should Know|
|Unit 11 - Step 2: Collecting Preliminary Client Information|
|Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire|
|Medical History and Present Medical Condition Questionnaire,|
|Comprehensive Client Information Sheet|
|Three-Day Dietary Record|
|Readiness for Change Questionnaire|
|Kitchen Makeover Questionnaire|
|Social Support Questionnaire|
|Initial Body Composition Assessment|
|Initial Recovery Assessment|
|Initial Performance Assessment|
|Baseline Blood Chemistry Assessment|
|Baseline Visual Assessment|
|Unit 12 - Step 3: Evaluating Client Information and Explaining What It Means|
|Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire|
|Medical History and Present Medical Condition Questionnaire|
|Comprehensive Client Information Sheet|
|Three-Day Dietary Record|
|Readiness for Change, Kitchen Makeover, and Social Support Questionnaires|
|Determining Your Client's Level|
|Communicating Results with Clients|
|Unit 13 - Step 4: Offering Nutritional Suggestions and Providing a Nutrition Plan|
|USDA Food Pyramid|
|Habit- and Superfood-Based Nutrition|
|Special Dietary Strategies|
|Pre-, During-, and Post-Workout Nutrition|
|When to Discuss Nutrition|
|Unit 14 - Step 5: Offering Nutritional Supplement Suggestions|
|When to Suggest Supplements|
|Supplements in Sport|
|Supplement Risks Versus Rewards|
|Five Staple Supplements|
|Nonessential Nutrient Supplements|
|Unit 15 - Step 6: Setting Behavior Goals and Creating Monitoring Strategies|
|Goal-Setting and Managing Expectations|
|Compliance and Adherence|
|Monitoring Strategies and Assessments|
|Follow-Up Body Composition Assessments|
|Follow-Up Visual Assessments|
|Follow-Up Performance Assessment|
|Follow-Up Blood Chemistry Assessment|
|Unit 16 - Step 7: Making Nutritional Adjustments|
|The Outcome-Based Coach|
|Judging Your Client's Progress|
|Improving Client Adherence|
|Making Program Changes|
|Improving Your Troubleshooting Skills|
|The Decision-Making Chart|
|More Advanced Troubleshooting Scenarios|
|Unit 17 - Step 8: Providing Continuing Education and Support|
|The Big Picture|
|Celebrating Client Successes|
|Creating New Social Support Circles|
|Lesson Plan 1 - Grocery Shopping Tour|
|Lesson Plan 2 - Kitchen Makeover|
|Lesson Plan 3 - The Sugar Lesson|
|Lesson Plan 4 - The Fruit and Veggie Lesson|
|Lesson Plan 5 - The Fat Lesson|
|Lesson Plan 6 - From North American to Nutritious|
|Lesson Plan 7 - Eating On the Go|
|Lesson Plan 8 - Understanding Energy Balance|
The ISSA offers two nutrition courses, below you will find a comparison of both courses.
|Course||Fitness Nutrition Certification||Sports Nutrition Certification|
|Author||John Berardi||Dan Gastelu|
|Focus:||Presents both the art and science of nutritional practice for fitness pros. Focuses on whole foods, sound nutrition habits, and effective coaching strategies. Will teach you how to work with everyone--from clients with heart disease and diabetes to recreational exercisers wanting to look and feel better to competitive athletes.||Provides a guide to increase athletic potential through proper nutritional strategies. Presents the "dynamic nutrition" theory which is based on structuring a nutrition plan that best meets the needs of the sports athlete.|
|Scope:||The first section of the course materials--Nutritional Science--covers the scientific basis for understanding nutritional physiology including digestion, absorption, energy transfer, and more. The second section--Nutritional Practice--provides a real-world model for applying the information in Section I, including methods for fat loss and muscle gain, 8 practical steps for working with clients, and 20 pages of questionnaires and assessment tools.||Covers the A to Z's of nutrition as it applies to increasing athletic performance and maintaining fitness and good health. Specific information on fat loss, muscle gain, carbohydrate loading, and putting it all together to maximize performance|
|Topics:||The complete guide to nutrition covers everything a fitness professional needs to successfully work with clients including: a review of nutritional physiology, steps for customizing nutrition plans based on client goals, nutrition for special needs (including injury and rehab situations, pregnancy, disordered eating, diabetes, heart disease, obesity), and more.||Covers topics that discuss the functioning of both average individuals and athlete's bodies and how metabolism relates to what nutrients and supplements are required|