Dr. Fred Hatfield

About Dr. Fred Hatfield

Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. is Co-founder and President of the ISSA. Dr. Hatfield, (aka "Dr. Squat") won the World Championships three times in the sport of powerlifting, and performed a competitive squat with 1014 pounds at a body weight of 255 pounds (more weight than anyone in history had ever lifted in competition).

He has written over 100 books and booklets (including several best-sellers) and hundreds of articles in the general areas of sports training, fitness, bodybuilding, and performance nutrition. He has been coach and training consultant for several world-ranked and professional athletes, sports governing bodies and professional teams worldwide. Dr. Hatfield qualified for the 1998 World Championships in Olympic Lifting and competed in the Masters Division.

Articles from Dr. Fred Hatfield


Overtraining - Roadblock from Meeting Fitness Goals

Safety / Injuries | Training Tips

Overtraining - Roadblock from Meeting Fitness Goals

You’re eager, you’re passionate, and you’re ready to push your body to the limit to achieve your fitness goals. Hey, that’s great, but have you ever heard of something called overtraining? It’s real and it can actually backfire on your progress and goals. Here we tell you all about physical overtraining, what it is, what it feels like, and how to avoid it, in you or in your clients.

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How to Train with Intensity

Sports Psychology | Training Tips

How to Train with Intensity

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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Lost Art and Science of Old School Weight Training

Technology | Safety / Injuries

Lost Art and Science of Old School Weight Training

It may come as a surprise to even the most well-educated and experienced modern trainers, but the truth is that research tells us that old-school lifting is better and prevents more injuries than any weight machine.

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What is the most important factor in workout success?

Sports Psychology

What is the most important factor in workout success?

Football coaching legend Vince Lombardi is credited with the famous quote 'Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.'  Well, not only is the source of the quote misplaced, so, too, is the message.   So then what is the real message and bottom line?

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Are your clients actually adopting a fitness lifestyle?

Sports Psychology | Training Tips

Are your clients actually adopting a fitness lifestyle?

Research shows that a meager 10 percent of all fitness clients actually adopt a fitness lifestyle after they stop getting a personal trainer to assist them.   This bothers Dr. Frederick Hatfield (aka Dr. Squat), the co-founder of ISSA.   What he wants is for each of you to commit to being a better personal trainer and changing those numbers.  To that effect, he shares the ISSA 'Drawing In' process in this article.   

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