Success Stories

What ISSA Certification means to Brian Theiss, the first ISSA Certified Trainer

Brian Theiss became the first ISSA certified trainer nearly 30 years ago, and since that time has distinguished himself the world over as a game changer in thousands of people’s lives.

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Youth Fitness

4 Easy Steps for Creating a Family Fitness Plan

Fitness is hard, and making it a regular habit is challenging for most people, let alone families with busy schedules. If you really want to commit to health and fitness for your kids, you need to guide them and get active with them. Here, we give you the steps you need to craft a family fitness plan that will actually work for your family.

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Safety / Injuries

Common Injury Question - Should I use Ice or Heat?

To heat or to ice is the age-old question in sports injuries. Get the low down here on exactly when to use the ice pack and when to use the heat pack, as well as the situations in which one or the other may cause more harm than healing.

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Safety / Injuries

Heart Disease: How Exercise Can Prevent a Silent Killer

The biggest killer in the U.S. today is almost totally silent. You may not know if it’s sneaking up on you until it’s too late. Find out how regular exercise can counteract this silent killer and how a certified trainer can help hold you accountable as you work out to live a better, healthier, and longer life.

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Strength Training

Should you Perform a Squat Before a Leg Curl or a Leg Curl Before a Squat?

There are so many factors to consider when planning a successful strength training session. What too many people fail to recognize is that the sequence of moves is one of these factors, and it’s an important one.

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For Women

How to Break Down Barriers to Fitness and Motivate Your Postpartum Client

New moms are under tremendous pressure to get fit after giving birth, to lose the baby weight, and to be skinny again. Instead of pushing a skinny body, the emphasis should be on health and fitness, for the benefit of mom and her baby. Learn how to motivate your postpartum clients with the facts about pregnancy weight, postpartum fitness, and healthy weight loss.

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Nutrition | Special Population

Are Your Clients Thinking about Going Gluten-Free?

Your client is talking about hopping on the gluten-free bandwagon. She thinks it will make her healthier and help her lose weight. Here’s the ammo you need to convince her that most people do not get any benefits from giving up gluten.

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Nutrition

Best FAQ’s Following “Protein Myths” Article

For the first time here at the ISSA, we’ve decided to do a follow-up article addressing the best questions we received in our comments section and on our social media platforms. We received many great responses to the “Protein Myths” article that we published not too long ago, and along with that response, more great questions surfaced that we wanted to answer in more depth.

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Nutrition

Carbs: What You’re Skimping on Could Be Hurting You And Slowing Down Your Workout

Should you really be cutting back on carbs to achieve weight loss and muscle mass?  Ever since low-carb diets exploded onto the weight-loss scene, carbohydrates have been demonized, avoided, and targeted as a dietary evil.   But here’s the truth: we all need carbohydrates in our diets, every single day. Period.

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Technology | Safety / Injuries

STAND and DELIVER! The 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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Youth Fitness

Kids in the Weight Room?

The benefits of strength training aren’t just for adults. Kids can safely lift to get stronger, to build self-esteem, and just to have fun while being active.

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Safety / Injuries | Training Tips

What is Body Balance and Why Should You Care?

How do you work out clients for strength and avoid injury?  The secret is body balance!

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