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Become a Sports Nutritionist Today

Take your clients success to a new level when you add in performance nutrition

There is so much information on nutrition available today. With this course you'll understand how nutrition impacts performance and how it can be turned from a hindrance for your clients to a tool that drives amazing outcomes for them. Also, have the knowledge and understanding of how nutrition works with the body so that you can evaluate the effects of the plethora of diet options that exist or are being created constantly.

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  • 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.

  • Explain how proper nutrition improves both physical and mental performance.
  • Describe the structure, metabolism, and dietary sources of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
  • Identify dietary sources, functions, the effects of deficiency, and the effects of surplus for various micronutrients.
  • Recognize the different type of nutrient sources available to the athlete and the variables that determine if the nutrient source is beneficial for the athlete.
  • Explain the components of cell structure, energy transfer, anatomy and physiology of digestion, and metabolism.
  • Conduct body composition assessments and calculate energy requirements.
  • Analyze dietary strategies for fat loss and muscle gain.
  • Construct custom nutrition plans for clients based on his or her sport, age, size, and performance objective.

Your New Career as a Sports Nutritionist Starts Here

Your New Career as a Sports Nutritionist Starts Here

ISSA's Sports Nutritionist program prepares personal trainers to expand their practices into the specialized area of nutrition. Trainers learn how to optimize client performance by combining well-designed training programs with performance nutrition.

Please note: The information provided in this course is for general educational purposes only. The material is not a substitute for consultation with a healthcare provider regarding particular medical conditions and needs. Be sure to check the statutes in your state regarding the nutrition information that non-licensed individuals are able to dispense.

  • Study at your own pace with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pass your exam online wherever you're most comfortable.

$499 List Price: $799.00
$300 off Specializations!
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

How the ISSA Sports Nutritionist 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:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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Online Course Textbook

Specialist In Sports Nutrition is a 600 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Sports Nutritionist Specialization. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available. If you would like a printed version of this online textbook, simply select the shipping option at checkout and the book is yours free - you pay only the actual shipping costs to your location.

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Meet the authors, Daniel Gastelu, M.S., MFS and Dr. Frederick C. Hatfield, MSS, PhD

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    Online and Home Study Exam

    ISSA's 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).

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    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...

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    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.

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    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.


$499 List Price: $799.00
$300 off Specializations!
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

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