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Fitness should be an empowering and inclusive space for individuals of every race, body type, gender identity, sexual orientation, and age. It's time to shatter the harmful practices sometimes prevalent in the fitness industry and cultivate an environment that embraces the unique journeys of all. At ISSA, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive through physical activity and improve their well-being. That's why our Inclusivity in Fitness course was built for those ready to make a positive impact.
This course focuses on creating a welcoming and safe environment for every client. It equips you with the knowledge and tools to create a culture of inclusivity in fitness that is cognizant of individuality and celebrates all races, body types, genders, and ages.
By completing this course, you'll gain invaluable knowledge on recognizing microaggressions, language, cues, and numerous other factors that can contribute to an environment that feels unwelcoming and exclusive.
By enrolling in ISSA's Inclusivity in Fitness course, you'll have access to regularly updated course material, ensuring that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date information. Upon successful completion of the Fostering Inclusivity in Fitness Certification course, you will gain valuable knowledge in the following areas:
Developing an understanding of the harmful consequences of implicit bias, enabling you to uncover your own biases and prevent unintentional harm to others.
Recognizing the significant impact of racism on individual health and well-being.
Empowering yourself to contribute to an industry that actively opposes racism, embraces diversity, and fosters inclusivity.
Taking a bold stance against the injustices we witness, refusing to remain silent.
Understanding the critical importance of representation, and emphasizing the need to celebrate individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Embracing an intersectional approach to training, acknowledging the equal significance of mental, emotional, and spiritual health alongside physical well-being.
As fitness professionals, it's important to recognize that our clients come from diverse backgrounds and do our part to ensure that we are creating environments where everyone feels comfortable and affirmed.
Unlearn biases and view all bodies as valid and valuable regardless of what they look like.
Ensure that as a trainer, you are being inclusive in your language and practices and be an example for others to do the same.
The main course text teaches that everyone deserves access to the transformative power of fitness in environments that feel welcoming and comfortable. Fitness and movement are for every body, and individuals from all backgrounds deserve to feel seen, respected, affirmed, and celebrated in fitness spaces. 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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This online handy reference guide walks you through the course unit by unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of course concepts.
Weeks 2-9 conclude with a required quiz. Quizzes can be retaken as many times as needed and are a great resource for testing your knowledge in preparation for the final exam.
ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Once all course requirements are complete, you must take and pass the final exam. To pass the final exam, you must achieve an 80% or higher.
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 them. This support continues even after you earn your personal trainer certification.
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.
This certification emphasizes the significance of having a diverse group of instructors and trainers who can serve as role models and inspire people from different backgrounds to get involved in fitness. By becoming certified in ISSA's Fostering Inclusivity in Fitness course, you will be equipped to become one of these role models, making a positive impact on the lives of others.
ISSA's Fostering Inclusivity in Fitness course is an essential certification for fitness professionals who are passionate about creating a more inclusive and accepting fitness industry. By breaking down barriers and promoting a culture of inclusivity, you can help more individuals access the benefits of physical activity, improving their overall health and well-being. Join us in making a difference and taking a step towards a more inclusive fitness community.
From unearning social power accorded by the formal and informal institutions of society to looking beyond exercise and nutrition to build an inclusive environment that celebrates each person's unique stories and character in and outside of gym walls. As a Certified Fostering Inclusivity in Fitness Trainer, you'll have the power to make a real difference in the lives of your clients by understanding and embracing diversity and inclusion in your training approach.
Chrissy King is a writer, speaker, educator, and former strength coach passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive wellness industry. She is also the author of The Body Liberation Project. Through her work, Chrissy empowers individuals to stop shrinking, start taking up space, and use their energy to create their specific magic in the world. With degrees in social justice and sociology from Marquette University, Chrissy merges her passion for social justice with her passion for wellness to inspire members of the fitness industry to create spaces that allow individuals from all backgrounds to feel seen, welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated.