Become a Bodybuilding Specialist

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Master the tools and techniques to shape and define your clients' bodies like never before.

Be known as the certified authority in preparing athletes for everything from high-level bodybuilding to physique competitions. Complete this course and be on your way to becoming an ISSA Elite Trainer.

$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited
$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

What You'll Learn From This Course

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

  • Understand how the principles of muscle anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics apply to program design
  • Identify resistance training strategies and modalities that can be used to optimize muscle hypertrophy and strength
  • Analyze the pros and cons of various aerobic strategies as they relate to an individual bodybuilder's goals
  • Identify the factors that contribute to muscle hypertrophy
  • Identify the causes of overtraining and injury
  • Describe exercises intended to increase strength and hypertrophy
  • Apply the principles of basic nutrition and supplementation as they pertain to athletes' health and fitness goals
  • Understand how ergogenic aids can be used to improve performance and the health risks that they present
  • Identity the sports psychology strategies and techniques that assist athletes in achieving the mental preparedness necessary for optimal performance in bodybuilding

What is a Bodybuilding Specialist?

As a Bodybuilding specialist, you will learn training, recovery, motivation, and nutritional strategies to prepare you to work with bodybuilders. Upon completion of ISSA's Bodybuilding course, you will have the knowledge necessary to prepare an athlete for a high-level bodybuilding or physique competition. However, many clients will never go down that path but are looking for guidance on this practice; this course will provide essential information that can help you train the "everyday" clients who have specific goals. All trainers can benefit from the information in this bodybuilding course, not only individuals looking to enter the sport of bodybuilding!

  • Study at your own pace with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pass your certification exam online wherever you're most comfortable.
  • Enjoy unlimited educational support from your team who loves fitness too!

$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

How the ISSA Bodybuilding Specialist Works

We know that balancing your studies with an already busy schedule can be a challenge, which is why we designed a flexible, self-paced online course schedule that allows you up to 12 months to finish the program so you can study when, where, and how often you'd like. Here's how the program works:

  • 1

    Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

    Study online or with the included textbooks. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 8-10 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace.

  • 2

    Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

    We offer multiple online practice quizzes throughout the course to completely prepare you for the final exam and for real life coaching and helping.

  • 3

    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

    You read that correctly - the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can be completed over multiple sessions! You can even go back and change any answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. If you don't pass the first time, we even allow you to re-take the exam.


What You'll Get With This Course

Hardcopy & Online Main Course Text

The main course text includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Bodybuilding Certification. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available.

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  • Study Guide and Workbook

    This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

  • Online Exercise Lab

    ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab with over 250 animated exercises. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

  • Practice Exam and Section Quizzes

    The practice Exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you're reading you're preparing for the exam at the same time.

  • Online and Home Study Exam

    ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Choose a paper-and-pencil exam or utilize our secure online testing portal. One No-cost Retest (if necessary).

  • Online Student Forum

    Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.

Plus Bonus Support After Your Exam...

  • Free Professional Website

    All ISSA members get a free website to support their personal trainer careers online. Five pages of professionally designed, easily editable, fully hosted content is included. Choose from nine designs and put your best face forward online!

  • Unlimited Educational Support

    All ISSA students have access to unlimited educational support. If you have questions about the course materials, our on-staff professors can guide you through. This support continues even after you earn your personal trainer certification.


$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

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