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Of the many challenges and barriers that exist in the world of health and fitness, perhaps one of the most extreme is the marathon. Even to the recreational runner, the imposing 26.2 miles can seem insurmountable. To people who have never run before, a marathon may be considered out of the realm of possibility entirely. Running 26.2 miles continuously can take a tremendous physical toll on the body. The physiological stress alone can cause extensive lactic acidosis, prolonged muscle soreness, and a high risk of injury. On a metabolic level, running a marathon can impair the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, sodium, and potassium. All of these factors can add to the challenge of finishing. In addition, while we tend to focus solely on the pure physical challenge that a marathon poses, the psychological challenge involved may be the most daunting obstacle to overcome.
Of the factors being considered, however, the amount of satisfaction and confidence that comes with finishing a marathon far outweighs any of the challenges that it poses. When first time marathon finishers are asked how they feel upon finishing, they will seldom mention the amount of physical stress that they are feeling. Instead, they will often offer sentiments such as this: "It was an incredible experience" or "I feel amazing" or even "It was life changing." These sentiments are evidenced by the fact the 85% of first time marathon finishers go on to complete second marathons. In a world where retention and success are infrequent, this statistic should not be taken lightly. Typically, less than 10% of personal training clients experience weight loss success. Comparing these statistics should tell the personal trainer that there is tremendous opportunity to be effective with clients by offering marathon training.
While there are many reasons to train a client for a marathon, the likelihood that the client will continue this training on his or her own should be reason enough to consider training them for one. Although this may seem like a difficult pursuit for the personal trainer, it can be incredibly satisfying in the same way that running a marathon can be unbelievably rewarding, and maybe even life changing, for the client. The experience of helping a client to achieve something that they previously thought impossible can be beyond rewarding for the trainer. When there is a clear goal for both the client and the trainer, the client will not only feel more supported by the trainer, but will likely be more motivated as well, since there is more accountability for this goal. When this training is offered to the client, the trainer is essentially offering something that most other personal trainers cannot offer. By setting him- or herself apart from other trainers in this way, a personal trainer actually dramatically increases their chances of client success, retention, and satisfaction.
This course is written for the personal trainer with no previous marathon, or even running, experience. It is, therefore, designed to cover all aspects of marathon training, including musculoskeletal, physiological, ergogenic, psychological, and life management. In covering all of these aspects of marathon training, this course will also provide the trainer with the skills necessary to take the client through a 20-week training program for a marathon. Lastly, in reading this course, the trainer will be prepared with the skills necessary to handle any training setbacks or challenges that may arise in preparation for the marathon.
Features online enrollment, online exam and instant grading as well as automatic certificate generation upon completion of course.
ISSA never let me down and still continue to support me through my career.
As the coursework progressed I began seeing my clients through a different perspective and i firmly believe that ISSA is responsible to give me this sense of professionalism and belonging!
...it was the most comprehensive program with a solid foundation in all the aspects of nutrition that I needed for my practice.
As a busy fitness professional having ISSA as a resource is golden.
Not only are the certifications able to teach me high quality content but they also teach me real world applications.
I have already recommended ISSA to people who have reached out to me inquiring about my satisfaction and thoughts and I will continue to do so.
I've always been passionate about fitness, and ISSA gave me tools to build a knowledge base that I can continue to add to.
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I have no complaints and I will always proudly display my certification and recommend you to all I know. You have given me a foundation for my future.
Walter Sadiq Daniels
Being apart of ISSA has brought me so many opportunities and will continue to do so.
If you're wondering if the ISSA can truly change your mind, your body, your career, your outlook on yourself, your life? The answer...is a resounding...'Yes'.
Thank you once again to the staff at ISSA for giving me this opportunity to enroll into your program and making me feel welcome. I can't wait to take you guys on my next fitness journey in life!
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