Dr. Sal Arria

About Dr. Sal Arria

Dr. Sal Arria co-founded and is the CEO of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the first organization to certify personal fitness trainers. Since that time, the ISSA has certified 200,000 personal trainers worldwide. His personal athletic achievements include winning the California State Powerlifting championships three times and was ranked in the top three in the USA in the 220-pound and 242-pound divisions. Dr. Arria was also appointed as a Special Advisor to the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and continues to consult many Olympic and professional athletes.

Articles from Dr. Sal Arria


A Tribute to Frederick Hatfield from Dr. Sal Arria

Editor's Corner

A Tribute to Frederick Hatfield from 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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Life and Legacy of Frederick Dr. Squat Hatfield

Editor's Corner

Life and Legacy of Frederick Dr. Squat Hatfield

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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Follow Your Passion

Sports Psychology

Follow Your Passion

Our population is getting older, and we’re living longer, so why shouldn’t we be able to really enjoy life when we retire? After all, it’s the quality of life in our later years that’s most important, not how long we can be kept alive. If you are a personal trainer, or thinking of becoming one, your future is very bright indeed!

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Great Strength Coaches Help Make  Great Teams and Athletes

Training Tips

Great Strength Coaches Help Make Great Teams and Athletes

Whether it’s the 4th quarter, bottom of the ninth inning, last boxing or MMA round or final weight lifting attempt, speed, strength, and top conditioning separate the winners. If you’re a certified strength coach, the sky can be the limit for your ticket to success.

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The Power of Your Words and Actions

Sports Psychology

The Power of Your Words and Actions

We all know the obesity epidemic is everywhere we look, but few people realize just how powerful their words, actions, and examples can be on the lives of others. Dr Sal Arria discuss here on the power of your words and actions and how you can make an impact on the lives of those around you…

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