Sports Nutrition Certification

ISSA’s Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN) program prepares personal trainers to expand their practices into the specialized area of sports nutrition. Trainers learn how to optimize client performance by combining well-designed training programs with performance nutrition.

  • Study at your own pace - Study at a distance with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Unlimited Educational Support - If you have questions about the course materials, contact us!
  • Customer Support - Support both before and after you become certified.
  • Accreditation - ISSA is proud to be nationally accredited by the DEAC.

Here's what you'll learn


Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

Nutrients And Athletic Performance From A To Z

Nutrition: The Vital Link To Super Performance, Nutrients: An Overview, Carbohydrates and the Athlete: The Ultimate Performance Fuel, Proteins and Amino Acids, Lipids and the Athlete: Energy and Growth Factors, Water and Oxygen, Vitamins, Minerals, Metabolite and Botanical Ergogenic Supplements, Guide to Food and Sports Supplements: Getting the Nutrients You Need

Anatomy and Metabolism Determine Nutrient Needs

Anatomy of an Athlete: Cells, Tissues, and Systems, Digestion and Absorption, Body Composition and Metabolism

Fine Tuning Your Performance

Fitness and Performance Nutrition Approaches, Athlete's Guide to Effective Fat Loss and Muscle Gain, Enhancing Performance with Carbohydrate Loading, Special Concerns of Athletic Females, Drawing Your Clients Or Athletes Into A Performance Lifestyle, Putting It All Together: The Athletic Performance Improvement Formula

What's included in this program


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Hardcopy and Online Main Course Text

Specialist In Sports Nutrition is a 300 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Sports 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.

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Hardcopy Final Exam

ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. One No-cost Retest (if necessary)

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Study Guide and Workbook

This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

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Online Student Forum

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.

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Online Exercise Lab (250 animated exercises!)

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!

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Section Quizzes

The quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you're reading you're preparing for the exam at the same time.

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Free Professional Website

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!

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Unlimited Educational Support

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.

How the Sports Nutrition Certification works


Study
1. Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

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.

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2. Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

We offer online practice quizzes throughout the course to test your comprehension. Once you complete the quizzes, you'll gain access to the hardcopy final exam.

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3. Take the Open-Book, Hardcopy Final Exam

The final exam can be taken from the comfort of your home. 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.

Accreditation

The ISSA is the first and only fitness organization in the U.S. accredited by a federally recognized agency.