As a Group Exercise Instructor you'll be able to teach 12 exercise formats in less than 6 months!


Everything you need to know to improve strength, speed, agility and coordination for professional, or amateur athletes. This ever-expanding field can open several possible career paths for you in personal training. Arm yourself with the knowledge and credentials to succeed.





12 month plan

20 Credits

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How It Works

  1. Enroll Now And Get Instant Access

  2. Study at your own pace - 1 HR/Day finishes in 10 weeks

  3. Use Your Dedicated Success Coach For Study Help

  4. Take Chapter Quizzes To See Your Progress

  5. Pass the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere!

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.

  1. Apply the principles of metabolism, muscle anatomy, biomechanics, training, and adaptation to create a periodized conditioning program for an athlete based on starting fitness level and sport-specific goals.

  2. Describe the components of human tissues including bones, joints, and muscle fibers.

  3. Describe the musculoskeletal system, body mechanics, and body musculature in relation to exercise and movement.

  4. Identify energy systems and which system is activated by particular activities.

  5. Explain how the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and musculatory systems respond to exercise. Measure and classify body composition for athletes.

  6. Properly assess, monitor, and evaluate an athlete's fitness level and progress toward goals.

  7. Describe exercises intended to increase endurance, flexibility, strength, power, and speed.

  8. Design sport-specific exercise programs for athletes.

  9. Identify the sports psychology principles and techniques that assist athletes in achieving the mental preparedness necessary for optimal performance.

  10. Apply the principles of basic nutrition and supplementation as they pertain to athlete's health and fitness goals.

  11. Identify the causes of overtraining and injury and incorporate injury prevention into the training program.

  12. Identify the situation(s) when it is necessary to seek out a doctor's assistance with exercise design and/or injury needs.

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What You'll Get With This Course

  1. Online Course Textbook

    The main course text includes everything you need to become an ISSA Performance Enhancement Specialist. 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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  1. Online Study Guide and Workbook

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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! To learn more about this benefit, click here.

  7. 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.

Your New Career in Performance Enhancement Starts Here

Sports have risen to a massive platform. There is big money that requires a large support staff. By getting your Performance Enhancement Certificate, you will gain the tools, knowledge and credentials to enter this powerful and highly valued career. Professional and amateur athletes at all levels -- from grade-school club teams to the National Football League -- need the assistance of expert personal trainers to excel at their sports.

  • 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!

  • Rest easy with great customer support before, during and after your certification.

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