ISSA Elite Trainer and ISSA Master Trainer Package Review 2021

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    Today, I’ll be taking a deeper look at the Elite Trainer and Master Trainer package of ISSA in 2021.

    In this review, you’ll get to discover:

    The big idea behind the Elite certifications
    The Master certifications
    Other ISSA certifications and specializations

    With 10+ years of working with ISSA under my belt, you’ll want to read this

    Come along, let’s delve right into it!

    ISSA Elite

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      Hey everybody, Coach Tyler here and welcome back to yet another PT Pioneer review. This time I have something a little special for you.

      In this article, we’re going to take a deep dive into not one, but two certifications. Both these certs come from ISSA. And it’s more like certification packages because they come with more than one certification.

      The certifications we will be looking at are more accurately described as certification packages. These being the ISSA Elite Trainer and ISSA Master Trainer packages. You can check out the elite trainer package and master trainer package from the ISSA site here.

      Both of these come with multiple certifications. The goal is to give trainers the option to specialize and diversify at the same time, thus boosting career options and earning potential in a big way.

      Also, don’t forget to check out my article on the top five personal training certifications as well as my free ISSA study guide and practice test. For the most premium study materials, check out Trainer Academy. They will cut your ISSA study time in half.

      Since you’re here, I’m going to assume you are already interested in ISSA, and perhaps one of these packages. If not, then I strongly recommend you take this quiz and see for yourself which certification would be best suited to your vibe and career goals.

      I also have a full review of the ISSA CPT and their nutritionist certification, which are the cornerstones of the Elite and Master Packages.

      I can answer any direct questions you might have within 24 hours, so please drop a line in the comment section below.

      Now, let’s get on with it, and dive into the worlds of the ISSA Elite and Master Trainer.

      If you have not done so yet, take the quiz to find out which personal training certification is the best choice for you.

      The menu at the top of this page will answer any question related to personal training that you have. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment here (I’ll respond within 24 hours). Also, visit the home page for the most recent and popular articles.

      What’s the Big Idea Behind the Elite and Master cert.

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      So, what’s the big idea behind the Elite and Master certificate?

      Join me in this section to find out.

      Like I said earlier, these two certifications give you as a trainer the option to both diversify, as well as specialize.

      “But Tyler, it’s impossible to do both,” you say. Well, just looking at the way these packages are structured, you’ll see what I mean.

      Let’s take a look at the Master Trainer package first. This package comes with 6 sub-certifications! 

      That means you have an understanding and specialization in 6 key areas of fitness, but because of the multi-focus approach, it also means you can adapt and diversify.

      For example, in one of the units of the standard CPT text, you will deal with training the elderly. There is an entire specialist certification with a focus on training the more senior members of the population. 

      This means you have both the ability to specialize but also to diversify and cross-pollinate training concepts between different sub certifications.

      The aim with this is also to bring a new tier of professionalism to this new age of online personal training certs, a domain where ISSA stands at the pinnacle.

      The Elite Trainer and the Master Trainer have major differences between them. Let’s look at them in detail

      ISSA Elite Trainer vs Master Trainer, What’s the difference.

      Both ISSA Elite and Master Trainer packages come standard with a CPT+Nutritionist cert combo. From there, you begin to see the difference.

      While Elite has CPT+ Nutrition and a third additional specialization of your choice, the Master package is the same but instead of just one specialization, you get to pick 4!

      ISSA Elite Trainer

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      Yeah, I am interested in becoming an Elite Trainer, but then, how does it add value to my career as a CPT?

      Let’s go on a journey to discover how to launch yourself from a general understanding of personal training to a specialized field.

      I’m sure you’ll love to become a specialist.

      Let’s move right into it!

      As mentioned, the ISSA Elite Trainer package is a 3 cert package that includes 

      ISSA’s Elite Trainer program is aimed at helping you achieve your average trainer career goals while also giving you the chance to focus on an area of interest or experience.

      The big idea is to decide what you want to specialize in, then use the foundational knowledge of the CPT and Nutritionist certs as a backbone to a more dedicated approach towards what you’ve decided to specialize in.

      An example of how you could fully utilize the Elite Trainer Package would be by combining the general approach of the CPT with a focus on nutrition, then using what you learn from the Nutritionist certification and streamlining it into a Bodybuilding Specialist scenario where you become a bodybuilding nutritionist.

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      You could just get a specialized certification, without the foundational grounding of the two staple certs, but that won’t do you nearly as much good unless you have vast existing knowledge and experience. You need to be able to handle the basic setting in the fitness world before you can become laser-focused on any one aspect.

      So in a nutshell, the course material preps you the best possible assessment, training and motivational approach with a general population plus the added advantage of focusing on one specialized population group.

      According to ISSA themselves, these are the top 4 reasons to become an Elite Trainer:

      1. Launch yourself from a general understanding into a more specialized field as a PT
      2. Increase your earning potential by increasing your accolades and honing in on a niche
      3. Gain new grounding and expertise in new and interesting fields
      4. Become an influential and motivational figure in your industry.

      ISSA Master Trainer

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      In this section, I am going to explain what the ISSA Master Trainer entails and how to leverage yourself with the certification.

      Care to know more? Read on below!

      To be a Master Trainer, you must run the standard gauntlet of the CPT and Nutritionist cert as well as not one, not two, not three, but four specialization certifications.

      This is what I was talking about being diverse and focused at the same time. 

      With the master trainer package, you are able to leverage yourself into multiple trainer roles, positions, and career options.

      This will open you up to incredible revenue potential with the insane boost in your credentials. 

      You also have the freedom to get very creative and develop an entire fitness empire around a specialized training system with elements borrowed from all aspects of your education. You can also carve out a very unique niche with high demand and very little competition.

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      The ISSA Master Elite promises some amazing opportunities if you take advantage of them of course. These include the following:

      1. Become a known figure and present yourself to a wide audience with the might of ISSA behind your name
      2. Become known as an opinion and knowledge leader in the fitness community
      3. Have the freedom to work with a vast array of population groups, training scenarios, and locations
      4. Expect a significant rise in income potential and business growth opportunity.

      As an ISSA Master Trainer, you are a full spectrum professional. You are able to weave your expertise through so many different fields of understanding, you can be considered a fitness guru in a sense.

      Whether it’s the Elite or the Master Trainer Package you go for, the main thing you’ll want to do is make sure you get the right specialization(s) for you.

      To help you with that, we are going to take a look at each of the 11 certifications that are available under either ISSA Elite or Master Trainer.

      ISSA Certifications and Specializations

      ISSA CPT

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      In this section, you’ll learn why ISSA CPT is the bedrock of all ISSA specialization certifications.

      ISSA CPT gives you the foundational grounding needed to become a successful personal trainer.

      Find out more below!

      Let’s start with the basics, the ISSA CPT. this is the bread and butter of ISSA, and I highly advise you to start with this before anything else ISSA related.

      The CPT course gives a good foundational grounding for work and knowledge as a personal trainer. It covers all relevant health and fitness topics in an informative, but easy to grasp way.

      The textbook and course material is split into 31 units shared across 6 sections

      The 200 questions multiple-choice exam is a unique challenge in that it tests your understanding rather than just your memory. Don’t let the 90% pass rate fool you into thinking the standard is low.

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      ISSA makes it their point to help the information sink in and stay in.

      The ISSA CPT has an incredible suite of study materials if you’re wondering. I do have a free study guide and flashcards you can also take advantage of. 

      If you ask me though, I highly recommend the Training Academy ISSA materials. This stuff is second to none.

      The ISSA CPT will cost you $799 (including free nutrition cert) which is a great deal if you ask me.

      You can check out my full ISSA CPT review here. for exam prep, I have an ISSA FAQ exam article, an ISSA exam prep article as well as my free study guide you should definitely check out.

      ISSA CPT Study Materials

      The study materials you will get with the ISSA CPT are:

      • Online textbook
      • Study Guide and workbook
      • Exercise lab access
      • Audio and video lectures
      • Practice exams
      • Section quizzes
      • Final exam
      • Business support

      ISSA comes with some decent study materials. But for the most premium ISSA study materials, check out Trainer Academy. They will cut your study time in half.

      ISSA Nutritionist

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      Whether you opt for the Elite or Master Trainer package, you must also be a certified Nutritionist.

      I’ll list below the core topics you need to understand before becoming an ISSA Nutritionist.

      Learn more below!

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      The ISSA Nutritionist certification is the second component that comes standard with either the Elite or Master Trainer package.

      In fact, if you check out the ISSA site, you can’t really get the nutritionist cert on its own. It comes as a package deals

      with the CPT or as a foundational component of the Elite and Master packages.

      Maybe this is to try and keep the nutritional knowledge in-line with the core training principles ISSA promotes

      Whatever the case, your focus here is nutrition. 

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      The ISSA Nutritionist certification comes with a fairly comprehensive textbook. It is split into 17 units divided into two study sections.

      These units include

      • Introduction – Nutrition: The big picture
      • Unit 1 – Cells
      • Unit 2 – Through the GI Tract
      • Unit 3 – Energy Transformation and Metabolism
      • Unit 4 – Energy Balance in the Body
      • Unit 5 – Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism
      • Unit 6 – Macronutrients
      • Unit 7 – Micronutrients
      • Unit 8 – Water and Fluid Balance
      • Unit 9 – What It Means To Be a Good Coach
      • Unit 10 – The ISSA Nutrition Coaching Methodology
      • Unit 11 – Nutritional Levels
      • Unit 12 – Working with Level 1 Clients
      • Unit 13 – Working with Level 2 Clients
      • Unit 14 – Working with Level 3 Clients
      • Unit 15 – Special Scenarios
      • Unit 16 – Business 101 for Fitness and Nutrition Pros
      • Unit 17 – Continuing Ed for the Coach

      Topics range from the basic understanding of nutrition, all the way to the biochemistry of food, dietary habits coaching and the business of nutrition.

      It’s definitely a robust take on the world and science of nutrition, an aspect of personal training that’s often overlooked, despite nutrition being the most pivotal aspect of attaining client goals. Check out my full nutritionist review here. Also, I have an article on the top nutrition certifications in the industry which would be very helpful to read. If you are serious about becoming a nutrition coach, check out my article on how to become one.

      ISSA Nutritionist Study Materials

      The study materials you will get with the ISSA Nutritionist are:

      • Online textbook
      • Study Guide and workbook
      • Exercise lab access
      • Practice exams
      • Section quizzes
      • Final exam

      ISSA Transformation Specialist

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      If you are interested in helping clients achieve significant body composition transformation goals, you are in the right place.

      You’ll learn how to become a transformation specialist and a life mentor.

      Let’s do this together!

      As the name suggests, the ISSA Transformation Specialist certification is designated for those trainers who want to help their clients achieve significant body composition transformation goals.

      In order to achieve body composition goals, a transformation in mindset is also required

      That’s why as an ISSA Transformation Specialist you will be tasked with using the knowledge and understanding you gain not only to instruct but to motivate and influence coach behavioral change and fostering of transformative habits relevant to your client’s goals and needs.

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      This takes into account everything such as:

      • Nutritional habits
      • Exercise habits
      • Mental health
      • State of mind
      • Level of motivation and discipline
      • Daily routine and obligations (work, school, family)
      • Goals and perceived outcomes
      • Specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses

      A transformation specialist becomes more than a fitness coach, they become a life mentor. That’s because you’re dealing with physiology and psychology in equal parts.

      As a Transformation specialist, you’ll be equipped to:

      • Pinpoint signs of change.
      • Describe the manifestations of each stage of change for client assessment
      • Understand the fundamentals of motivational interviewing.
      • Define the skills used during motivational interviewing
      • Correctly apply motivational interviewing to influence change in clients
      • Design strength-based program that incorporates elements of flourishing.
      • Characterize the five components of positive psychology.
      • Incorporate specific skills to move the client from surviving to thriving.
      • Describe ISSA’s “In” Phase.

      The ISSA Transformation Specialist goes for $799 stand-alone.

      ISSA Transformation Specialist: Study Materials

      The study materials you will get with the ISSA TS are:

      • Online textbook
      • Study Guide and workbook
      • Exercise lab access
      • Practice exams
      • Section quizzes
      • Final exam

      This one is great for weight loss focused on clients and women post-pregnancy for example. It’s also a great component to the next one I’ll be looking at, Corrective Exercise Specialist.

      ISSA Corrective Exercise Specialist

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      This section is dedicated to showing you how to help people fix what is wrong before it goes worse.

      Are you interested in contributing meaningfully to the society?

      No more stalling! Let’s move ahead.

      One of my favourite fields in exercise science is corrective exercise. 

      Helping people fix what’s wrong before it could potentially get worse is more important than helping people achieve superhuman performance or to look like superheroes.

      To each their own, but to put it in simple terms, the ISSA Corrective Exercise Specialist aims to help you recognize the typical movement dysfunctions and deviations in a diverse array of population groups from the sedentary office worker to an elite level athlete.

      People don’t often know what’s wrong until it’s too late (injury or loss of normal function). Even if they do, they don’t really know what to do about it.

      That’s where you step in with the Corrective Exercise credentials you will have the courtesy of ISSA.

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      Make sure to check out my article that goes over the top corrective exercise specialist certifications in the industry. Including the ISSA CES and NASM CES.

      According to them, here are some of the things you will gain through the Corrective Exercise Specialist program:

      • Know your legal and ethical boundaries as a fitness trainer vs those of a medical professional when it comes to treating and dealing with dysfunctions and deviations in the human body
      • Describe the structure and biomechanics of the skeleton and musculoskeletal system
      • Describe how the nervous system is built and operates
      • Explain the join systems and their corresponding muscles and connective tissue arrangements
      • Describe how movement occurs in respect to normal biomechanics
      • Explain 4 essential steps towards client preparation
      • Describe the necessity of motivation, client feedback, and training potential
      • Describe the steps in an exercise movement analysis
      • Describe the steps necessary for reinstating structural alignment from head to toe
      • Explain the best corrective exercises relevant to typical movement dysfunctions.

      This is a great specialist cert not only for a lucrative career but also as a way to contribute meaningfully to society. The ISSA CES will cost you $799

      ISSA Corrective Exercise Specialist: Study Material

      The study materials you will get with the ISSA CES are:

      • Online textbook
      • Study Guide and workbook
      • Exercise lab access
      • Practice exams
      • Section quizzes
      • Final exam

      ISSA Specialist in Group Fitness

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      Do you have what it takes to manage groups of people?

      Come along and discover a ISSA certification that will help you utilize this skill properly.

      Let’s get creative in dealing with clients; shall we?

      Training a sizeable group of people is way different from a one on one situation. Firstly, it can be both frustrating and intimidating. 

      Secondly, it’s much harder to keep tabs on form and technique while also taking safety into consideration. Imagine a whole gang of hyped-up gym rats all going through an intricate movement sequence?

      That’s why training groups of people requires it’s own specific form of training. And for that very reason, ISSA brings you the Specialist in Group Fitness certification.

      This is one of, if not the most versatile certs you can get out of the specialist bunch. That’s because group fitness can be applied to almost all training modalities and across many population groups.

      As a group fitness instructor, you will be equipped with the ability to manage groups of people and pinpoint dysfunction, deviation, and loss of form in the blink of an eye.

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      You will also learn the art of group psychology and ways of subtly establishing dominance and leadership above the obvious fact that you are the coach in charge.

      This certification also allows you room to be creative and come up with cool and interesting programs. Be sure.

      The ISSA SGF is perfectly matched with training youth and senior population groups. So it’s worth considering combining the SGF with one of, or both of those specializations.

      Just like the other specialized certs, this one will set you back $799 on its own.

      Don’t forget to check out my article on the top group exercise certifications to see if this certification is the right one for you.