ISSA Launches First Certification for DNA-Based Fitness Training Programs

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Certification in Genetics-Based Program Design Helps Clients Achieve Their Fitness Goals Faster and Smarter

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Dec. 16, 2019) – The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a pioneer in the personal training certification industry, announced the launch of a new certification in Genetics-Based Program Design. The new certification program provides personal trainers and fitness professionals the knowledge, skills and ability to create specific programs based on their client’s DNA test results. 

"This is a game changer for the fitness and nutrition professionals," said ISSA's CEO Andrew Wyant. "Applyiing a client's genetic make up to their exercise response unlocks secrets to individual roadblocks. Personal trainers can now understand how a client's body naturally burns fat in response to exercise and may effectively change their results."

Genetic markers are the remaining piece of information trainers have been missing in order to build plans and see real success. The certification is both assessment and program based.

"When you know a client's genetic tendencies for weight loss, the expectations are clearer, and this allows the trainer to create realistic goals and the most precise plan to achieve them," added ISSA's Vice President of Education, Erin Mahoney.

There are two parts to ISSA’s Genetics-Based Program Design program. The first part is an online professional course designed and perfected to educate professional fitness and nutrition coaches on the power of using a client’s DNA to achieve maximum success.

The ISSA Genetics-Based Program Design certification course includes:

  • Intro to Genetic Testing in Health and Fitness and the science behind it
  • Traits that may impact weight loss
  • Traits the may impact athletic performance
  • How to apply the results to each client and help customize goals
  • Exercise response - which type of exercise to incorporate when (cardio, strength training, etc.)
  • Macronutrient recommendations
  • Vitamin and mineral tendencies
  • Recovery and Injury risk
  • Mental and physical foundations

The second component is a highly customized DNA-based test offered to personal trainers to add to their toolbelt. The DNA test is a simple cheek swab that is sent to the Genetic Direction laboratory that, in turn, produces an in-depth analysis of DNA. 

The Genetic Direction’s DNA profile provides:

  • Analysis of 36 genetic markers
  • Analysis of 16 genetic traits related to weight loss
  • Analysis of 12 genetic traits related to athletic performance
  • Food recommendations, including macronutrient breakdown and caloric needs
  • Nutrient recommendations
  • Exercise recommendations, including cardio and strength training
  • Supporting scientific research

Revolutionizing the professional health and fitness industry, iSSA provides a flexible and affordable online learning program to empower students to become certified and successful health and fitness professionals from anywhere in the world. 

About Genetic Direction

Genetic Direction’s genetic data interpretation software platform improves individuals’ lives by evaluating their genetic data and developing personalized health management programs based upon the latest peer-reviewed genetic research.

About International Sports Sciences Association

The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is a global leader and the pioneer in the personal training certification industry. For more than 30 years, ISSA has been committed to providing the highest quality certification program by merging the gym experience with practical applied sciences and building trust in order to help people build their goals. ISSA offers personal training specializations including senior fitness, exercise therapy, and corrective exercise. To date, ISSA has trained more than 300,000 students and placed personal trainers across 140 countries, all while continuing to develop greater access to opportunities that promote a healthier world:


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