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A Tribute to Frederick Hatfield from Dr. Sal Arria

A Tribute to Frederick Hatfield from Dr. Sal Arria

  • May 19, 2017
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  • Dr. Sal Arria

Losing Fred is not only losing a brother, a partner and great friend for nearly 40 years, but I want you to know that the WORLD has lost one of the most influential fitness icons of all time.

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Frederick “Dr. Squat” Hatfield

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Frederick “Dr. Squat” Hatfield

  • May 19, 2017
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  • Dr. Sal Arria

The ISSA family was shocked and saddened this last weekend (5/14/2017) by the passing of one of our beloved co-founders, Dr. Frederick Hatfield, also affectionately known in the fitness industry as “Dr. Squat”.

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5 Tips for New Moms Who Need a Little Extra Workout Motivation

5 Tips for New Moms Who Need a Little Extra Workout Motivation

  • May 14, 2017
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  • Amber Dobecka

Some of the busiest people in the world are moms, especially new moms, and we tend to put everyone else’s needs before our own. That means that fitness often takes a backseat to everything else we have to get done. If this sounds like you, let our expert trainer—and new mom herself—share the tips that will help you get motivated and stay motivated to prioritize your own health and fitness and keep up with working out.

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How to Deal with your Client's Plantar Fasciitis

How to Deal with your Client's Plantar Fasciitis

  • May 9, 2017
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  • Dr. Scott Hoar

A client of yours has been having chronic troubles with plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis for years.   Whenever these issues get too bad, she stops running and stops working out.  Then she gains weight and is unhappy.  After a few months, her foot starts feeling better and she get’s back to working out.

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Pick up a Kettlebell, Change Your Life

Pick up a Kettlebell, Change Your Life

  • May 2, 2017
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  • Lauren Brooks

Have you tried kettlebell training yet? Have you introduced your clients to it? Let me share with you the five most important reasons I love kettlebell training and why I love to convert others to the philosophy of the kettlebell workout. Find out why this type of training is perfect for your clients who have less time to work out, new mothers, older clients, and really anyone else on your training list.

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Moji Oluwa: From Olympic Weightlifter to Personal Trainer

Moji Oluwa: From Olympic Weightlifter to Personal Trainer

  • April 27, 2017
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  • Dean Spiros

Inspired by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Moji Oluwa developed a passion for strength and fitness at an early age and became a multifaceted success in the United States.

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Outdoor Boot Camp 101

Outdoor Boot Camp 101

  • April 25, 2017
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  • Sarah Parker

Outdoor boot camps are hot in fitness right now. Training clients want variety and many are drawn to the challenge of a boot camp and the promise of fresh air and sunshine. To jump on this trend, you need to do a lot of planning. Let our boot camp expert guide you through the process with this handy guide to everything you need to know before hosting your first outdoor boot camp class.

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Is DOMS Cramping Your Client’s Style?

Is DOMS Cramping Your Client’s Style?

  • April 18, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom

DOMS is also known as delayed onset muscle soreness. At some point, your clients will experience it and this may put a damper on your training plans and their success. Here’s all you need to know about DOMS and how to help your clients cope.

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How to Train with Intensity

How to Train with Intensity

  • April 13, 2017
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  • Dr. Fred Hatfield

In every gym where you've worked out, you have probably seen the ugly grimaces of bodybuilders engaged in what looks like maximum effort under heavy iron.

If you could look into the minds of these bodybuilders, you could find out if they were truly involved in high-intensity training because...

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Jason Vaught - On Becoming a Personal Trainer and Business Owner

Jason Vaught - On Becoming a Personal Trainer and Business Owner

  • April 6, 2017
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  • Dean Spiros

Jason Vaught knows what it takes to make a change, and BE the change. Transforming his own body through research and practice, he pursued an ISSA education to learn the science behind his transformation and to start a business helping others. Jason found his real passion helping people discover the deeper meaning behind their desired transformation and now coaches clients in behavioral nutrition.

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