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Inspiration Story: Paula-Jean Doyle

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Inspiration Story: Paula-Jean Doyle

Doyle lives with multiple sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disorder that damages the central nervous system. She is currently symptom free, despite deciding to forgo the disease-modifying drugs recommended by her doctor. Instead, she relies on a dedicated fitness program, a healthy diet and what she is convinced was some divine intervention.

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Inspiration Story: Dominic Frazier

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Inspiration Story: Dominic Frazier

34-year-old business owner and ISSA trainer Dominic Frazier will tell you he’s only getting started. His enthusiasm has been there from the start, and he put it together with a degree in exercise science from Concordia University in his native state, Wisconsin. Read his article and why he says, “Lookout world, here I come.” 

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Meg Squats looks to change the shape of things to come

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Meg Squats looks to change the shape of things to come

Megan Gallagher (professional powerlifter and ISSA trainer) is known by over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and 290,000 followers on Instagram as Meg Squats. Her success and popularity is built on the platform that athletes — particularly women — should not be pigeonholed or limited when it comes to strength and fitness. Read more about her passion to help others achieve strength over aesthetics here.

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My Journey from Morbidly Obese to Certified Trainer

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My Journey from Morbidly Obese to Certified Trainer

At 38, Laurie Gouley had high blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, anxiety, and depression. She made a decision to change her life and begin living. She joined a health coaching center, started her journey, and found ISSA - the certification that took her health to another level.

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Success Story: Lauren Brooks Kettlebell Queen

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Success Story: Lauren Brooks Kettlebell Queen

Lauren Brooks is known to many as “The Kettlebell Queen”. She is an expert in fitness and particularly in kettlebell training for strength and weight loss. But training with kettlebells didn't immediately impress her. It was a brush with fate that lead her down this path.

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Rockin’ the House - And Some Killer Abs [Interview]

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Rockin’ the House - And Some Killer Abs [Interview]

We were known as the band that worked out, says Wittig. We had hundreds of pounds of plates and barbells loaded under the bus. And I always carried a set of resistance bands with me. I still advocate that everyone should have a set of bands, because you can do everything with them. Read the full interview here.

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Living strong and making the most of it

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Living strong and making the most of it

Autoimmune diseases can be debilitating and emotionally defeating. But that didn’t stop former IRONMAN athlete and fitness competitor Kelly Kolicko. Read her inspirational story and journey with ISSA trainers and reignite your motivation to be the healthy lifestyle influence to others.

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ISSA Success Stories with Robert Wilson

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ISSA Success Stories with Robert Wilson

An interview with fitness expert and author Robert Wilson talks about happiness and purpose in far-away Saudi Arabia. Gone are the aimless days tinged by drugs and alcohol. The desire and need for change, along with a little good fortune, helped him become the person he always wanted to be, living successfully in an environment and a career he loves.

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Trading in Depression for Competitions

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Trading in Depression for Competitions

Fitness has been a core factor in all of my life seasons. It's given me the ability to fight disease, be at my optimal mental and physical health, and give me the confidence to leave an abusive relationship. If it wasn't for fitness, I'm not sure where I would be right now.

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Changing Lives Around the World as an Online Fitness Trainer

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Changing Lives Around the World as an Online Fitness Trainer

Nathan DeMetz is an ISSA certified trainer and now runs an online personal training and wellness business with his wife, Grace, from home in Indiana. He has clients around the world, including the U.S., Korea, Kuwait, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Read his fitness journey and comprehensive approach to fitness here!  

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What's Your Why? Meet Brenna Cliver

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What's Your Why? Meet Brenna Cliver

Meet Brenna Cliver, an ISSA certifed trainer, Ms. Health & Fitness competitor and rejector of mediocrity. "If there’s one piece of wisdom I could pass on to anyone who is hesitating in their journey towards strength and health, it is this: 'Action is not a result of motivation; motivation is a direct result of action.' And, excellence is always a standard to live by."

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Staying grounded as a career soars [Interview]

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Staying grounded as a career soars [Interview]

Personal trainer. Magazine columnist. TV host. Celebrity health and wellness coach. In this interview Obi Obadike talks about his widespread success in the fitness industry, and at 42 he’s poised for even greater success in the future. Through it all, he works every day to distinguish between making it big and “going Hollywood"

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