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How an Olympian helped a college student overcome tough odds

Case Studies | Success Stories

How an Olympian helped a college student overcome tough odds

What needs to be accomplished in health and fitness depends on teaching one another and learning from one another in a race for the prize of exchanging pessimism with optimism.  A student with a visible scoliosis curve asked Olga to help her. Her previous experience of wearing a brace proved unsuccessful and subsequent surgery recommendations frightened her so she sought out another way.

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How a Five-Time Olympian Became a Personal Trainer

Success Stories

How a Five-Time Olympian Became a Personal Trainer

At the age of 84, five-time Olympian Olga Connolly continues to study exercise and fitness and to share her expertise in her adopted country.

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A glimpse into Stacy Dill’s life changing journey

Transformation Stories

A glimpse into Stacy Dill’s life changing journey

As we go through life, “life happens”, how we react to it is what determines the outcome. My “outcome” was depression, becoming overweight and struggling with fitness. I once armed myself with Prozac, Ambien and food to get through the “emotional pain,” then I noticed something in the mirror. The girl staring back at me wasn’t me, so I took one big scary leap of faith and headed to Jeremy Scott Fitness for the first time.

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Fred Hatfield Inspired Me to Be a Personal Trainer

Success Stories

Fred Hatfield Inspired Me to Be a Personal Trainer

Joe Ladnier AKA "the Mississippi Monster" details his journey toward becoming a legendary powerlifting and personal trainer with the inspirational help and guidance of Dr. Frederick Hatfield.

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From the Chief Editor: Lessons from 2017

Editor's Corner

From the Chief Editor: Lessons from 2017

It’s important to review where we have been so that we can make intelligent decisions about where we want to go. This is true in both our professional and personal lives. We must take time to reflect on the past year; to identify mistakes and make corrections; to review the data and set goals; to decide whether our previous steps have set us on the right path, a different path, or the wrong path.

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Pastor and Trainer Helps Client See That Health Is a Choice

Transformation Stories

Pastor and Trainer Helps Client See That Health Is a Choice

The motivation for a lifestyle change is often ignited by fear, as in this client success story; fear of ill health or missing out on life. Once sparked, keeping that fire burning takes dedication and expert guidance. Allison shares her story of how ISSA Trainer, Andy Dooley, helped her through her trials to triumph over anxiety and a lifetime of dieting. 

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Journey from Cirque du Soleil to Personal Trainer

Success Stories

Journey from Cirque du Soleil to Personal Trainer

Shelli Epstein is a professional acrobat and performer with a background in gymnastics. She currently performs in the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Luzia’. Previously she performed in the Franco Dragone show ‘The House of Dancing Water’. In addition to her performance career, Shelli is a dedicated, ISSA-certified fitness trainer and nutrition specialist.

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What do Food Trucks and Boot Camps Have in Common?

Success Stories

What do Food Trucks and Boot Camps Have in Common?

The recipe for success for this ISSA Certified Trainer includes a dash of innovation and a healthy helping of passion. His box truck turned mobile gym and smoothie bar is a genius mashup, bringing fitness, nutrition, and mindset to a park near you. 

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How an ISSA Education Changed Cat Smiley’s Life

Success Stories

How an ISSA Education Changed Cat Smiley’s Life

From writing a book on healthy eating to being named ISSA ’s trainer of the year in Canada three times, Cat Smiley knows no limits when it comes to success in her career. Her goal with her clients is to cultivate a culture on a social level as well as a motivational and physical level.

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Iron Sharpens Iron: How One ISSA Superstar Inspired Another

Success Stories

Iron Sharpens Iron: How One ISSA Superstar Inspired Another

Nancy tells the story of how after she turned 50, ISSA Trainer Kristi Tauti helped take her to a new level.  The ”Fit” lifestyle has become part of her life in both exercise and nutrition. This has inspired her to become an ISSA Trainer in which she strives every day to be her best and inspire others to be healthy. 

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Shoes Set the Foundation for Proper Movement

Safety / Injuries

Shoes Set the Foundation for Proper Movement

Do you cringe every time you see your training client come in with those ratty old sneakers? Does she complain about pinched toes or wear running shoes to lift? If so, it may be time to have a talk with your client about appropriate shoes. Hear from one of our experts on the common mistakes clients make with shoes and how you can correct them.

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A Second Chance to Live and Becoming a Personal Trainer

Success Stories

A Second Chance to Live and Becoming a Personal Trainer

After being critically injured seven years ago in an automobile accident, a thankful David Byrnes tells his story of how he was given a second chance to live and how his recovery led him to become a personal trainer.

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