ISSA Study Portal

Hey everybody and welcome to my study portal for the ISSA personal training certification exam.

In this study portal, you will find a full ISSA study guide that goes over all 31 units in the textbook, ISSA practice exam as well as ISSA flashcards. I highly suggest that you bookmark/star this page right now for future reference. Trust me, you will be very frustrated if you lose this study portal. I will go over all ISSA workbook and study guide answers.

If you have not signed up for the ISSA certification yet, you can get it here for a great price. Sometimes they have an awesome deal where you get their Nutritionist certification for free or their elite trainer package (three certifications in one) for a ridiculously discounted price.

Make sure to check out the team over at Trainer Academy. They produce the best ISSA study materials, will reduce your study time by 50% and even provided an exam pass guarantee. I even have a special limited-time discount for my readers on their website. If you want to know more about them, check out my detailed review on Trainer Academy here.

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    ISSA Study Guide

    This study guide answers the exact questions from the official ISSA study guide (their study guide does not answer the questions) that comes with the textbook. You can either start studying now before you purchase ISSA, or use it to double-check your own answers as you answer them yourself.

    1. ISSA Unit 1 – Metabolism
    2. ISSA Unit 2 – Basic anatomy and physiology
    3. ISSA Unit 3 – Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology
    4. ISSA Unit 4 – Kinesiology of exercise
    5. ISSA Unit 5 – Biomechanics of exercise
    6. ISSA Unit 6 – Musculoskeletal deviations
    7. ISSA Unit 7 – Muscle mechanics
    8. ISSA Unit 8 – Strength
    9. ISSA Unit 9 – Cardiovascular training
    10. ISSA Unit 10 – Flexibility training
    11. ISSA Unit 11 – Body composition
    12. ISSA Unit 12 – Drawing-In phase
    13. ISSA Unit 13 – Basic assessment of fitness participants
    14. ISSA Unit 14 – Training principles
    15. ISSA Unit 15 – Periodization
    16. ISSA Unit 16 – Determining training loads
    17. ISSA Unit 17 – The big picture of Nutrition
    18. ISSA Unit 18 – Nutritional psychology
    19. ISSA Unit 19 – Nutritional science
    20. ISSA Unit 20 – Nutritional coaching
    21. ISSA Unit 21 – Exercise and older adults
    22. ISSA Unit 22 – Exercise and adaptive fitness
    23. ISSA Unit 23 – Exercise and our youth
    24. ISSA Unit 24 – Exercise and hypertension
    25. ISSA Unit 25 – Exercise and diabetes
    26. ISSA Unit 26 – Exercise and arthritis
    27. ISSA Unit 27 – Exercise and coronary heart disease
    28. ISSA Unit 28 – Exercise and pregnancy
    29. ISSA Unit 29 – Exercise and asthma
    30. ISSA Unit 30 – Sports medicine in the trenches
    31. ISSA Unit 31 – Basic first aid

    Issa Practice Test

    Issa Practice Test

    ISSA Practice Tests Answers below  (Don’t Peek Until After!) 🙄

    ISSA Practice Exam Answer Key

    Q1:  The ATP/CP Pathway is ideal for what action?
    A1:   B. 100m sprint 

    Q2:  Metabolism can be classed in these phases
    A2:  D. A and C

    Q3:  BMR stands for
    A3:  B. basal metabolic rate

    Q4:  The primary (not initial) energy source for endurance exercise is
    A4:   C. fatty acids

    Q5:  The human body is comprised of
    A5:  E. all of these

    Q6: An example of an antagonist muscle is the
    A6: C. triceps during a biceps curl

    Q7:  The angle of pull is
    A7:  B. an angle in which the muscle pulls relative to the long axis of the bone on which it pulls

    Q8:  A lever is defined as
    A8:  C. a rigid bar that turns around an axis of rotation or fulcrum

    Q9:  Musculoskeletal deviations can result in
    A9: D. all of these

    Q10:  The knee is stabilized on the anterior side by which muscle?
    A10:  C. quadriceps

    Q11:  The purpose of the general warm up is to
    A11:  B. return the body to its resting state

    Q12:  What factors should be considered when working on exercise machines?
    A12:  E. A, B, and C

    Q13:  Aerobic fitness is defined as the capacity to take in, transport, and utilize what substance?
    A13:  C. oxygen

    Q14:  Maximal heart rate is estimated by subtracting your age from
    A14:  C. 220

    Q15:  Myofibrils are constructed of overlapping strands of protein polymers called
    A15:  D. actin and myosin

    Q16:  Which of the following are acceptable methods to assess exercise intensity?
    A16: E. a and c

    Q17:  High repetition resistance training:
    A17: D. a and c

    Q18:  The ISSA drawing-in phase is a process that
    A18: D. all of these

    Q19:  All of the following are acceptable methods to assess exercise intensity except
    A19: F. B and D

    Q20:  Which principle states that we all undergo stress in three stages: shock, compensation, and exhaustion; therefore, we must train in cycles to account for these various stages?
    A20: E. the GAS principle

    Q21:  The normal suggested intake of fruits and vegetables daily is
    A21: A. between 1 and 2 servings per day

    Q22:  Which of these is not counted as one of the macronutrients?
    A22: C. vitamins

    Q23:  Carbohydrates consists of
    A23: D. all of these

    Q24:  In a bomb calorimeter, what is the average amount of calories gram of  fat
    A24: A. 9.44

    Q25:  Protein is composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and
    A25: C. nitrogen

    Q26:  As a certified PT, what is your responsibility and role?
    A26: E. A and D

    Q27:  Good health and exercise habits would
    A27: D. all of these

    Q28:  Which of these is true regarding children?
    A28: E. all of these

    Q29:  Diabetes increases the risk of developing
    A29: D. all of these

    Q30:  Which of these is a potential cause of arthritis?
    A30: E. all of these

    ISSA Flashcards (100 cards in the deck)

    ISSA flashcards

    ISSA Study Tips

    ISSA Study Tips

    This ISSA study portal is not meant to completely replace studying from the ISSA textbook. It is meant to supplement studying from it.

    If you are still not sure if ISSA is the correct personal training certification view, I highly suggest that you Take the quiz In order to find out if it is.

    Use Intelligent ISSA flashcards

    Sure, the flashcards I provide on this ISSA study portal of mine are a great place to start. But to be honest, there are not that many flashcards it covers and it does not utilize spaced repetition flashcards learning.

    Spaced repetition flashcards learning is basically a system for flashcards in which the more difficult flashcards show up more often and the easier flashcards show up with less frequency. Is basically an algorithm that learns which cards are easy for you, and which cards are hard based on how you rate your self as you are studying them.

    This type of flashcards learning is great for hundreds of definitions in the ISSA textbook. Not only will it save you hours of studying time, but it will actually help you memorize these definitions and concepts long after you study for and take the test. The team over at Trainer Academy have an excellent deck of 750 flashcards for ISSA.

    Create Mnemonics to memorize specific topics

    Using Mnemonics Is one of the other tips I have for studying for the ISSA exam. I suggest creating some extremely weird and unique situations/stories for particular concepts in the textbook. Find the concepts that you are having trouble memorizing and create your own Mnemonic to help ingrain it in your memory.

    The biggest tips I have for Mnemonics is to make them as weird as you possibly can. I like to include animals, aliens, superheroes, etc. Trust me, people that use Mnemonics are much more likely to memorize a certain topic than those who are simply trying to memorize concepts directly out of the textbook.

    These two study tips are not only great for studying for in passing the ISSA exam, but they also will stick with you long afterward which is very important when you are working with clients for years down the road. Cementing this information from the textbook in your head is the best way to be Become an elite trainer as well as maintain that status for years to come. Also, Trainer Academy has some pretty awesome and funny mnemonics for ISSA.

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          1. Hey Taylor,
            I will actually be coming out with The secrets to passing the ISSA exam article and probably the next week or two. I was stay tuned for that and you’ll learn a lot about what you need to know for the final exam. I hope this helps

      1. Hey Ali,
        I am going to be releasing an article on exam prep for the international sports sciences Association exam very very soon. Probably in the next day or two so stay tuned.

    1. Thank you so much for this page and what you do! I would never had realized how accessible my dream was were it not for your page helping in the decision making process! These study guides are life-saving.

      1. Hey Angela,
        I’m glad to see that my study guide for the international sports sciences Association is helping you out. This is a fantastic certification no doubt about it. Good luck with all the studying and don’t hesitate to leave me another comment!

    2. I’ve read through a lot of your articles and you’ve really inspired me to pursue a career I’m passionate about, thank you! Also, I wanted to let you know there’s a flashcard app called Anki that uses the spaced repetition technique you spoke of; It really does a fantastic job engraving it into memory! Keep up the amazing work!

      1. Hello Kayla,
        I’m glad that you are enjoying my site and I’m also fantastic that you are looking forward to pursuing a career in fitness. That is so awesome! yes, I have heard of and I do use Anki all time. In fact, it’s basically the biggest reason I was able to learn Spanish! it really is an in-depth application with a lot of different options. I don’t recommend it to everybody because is not the simplest space repetition application out there but is deftly the best one if you are looking for a lot of options. Good luck with all the studying and I’m sure you are going to be come a fantastic trainer. In the end are you going with the international sports sciences Association?

    3. Hi! I purchased the “fast track” package for ISSA & it has a fasttrack guide in which they condensed the entire textbook into 50 pgs. By studying and knowing the 50pg fasttrack book alone, is that really sufficent enough to pass the exam as they claim? I feel it’s too good to be true..

      1. Hey Lyn,
        For the most part, the fast track guide from the international sports Sciences Association is pretty legitimate. it will help you focus on the most important parts of the textbook in order to have the best chance of passing the exam possible. Overall, the exam is pretty easy compared to other personal training certifications as everything is done online. So, I would not be so worried.

    4. Hi, is it just me or are the practice questions for the quizzes and the questions in the workbook for the quizzes completely different from the actual quiz questions for the ISSA website quizzes?

      1. Hey mimi, the question should be radically different. On the real exam you will see lots of different questions getting pulled from lots of different chapters. They come from a large pool of questions so you should be prepared from anything that you see in the textbook.

    5. Joseph Eslinger

      I have tied several times now to get the “ISSA exam cheat sheet for free here”, I would like to be able to check my answers, not to cheat the test, as I have studied hard and I would just like to check my answers against the sheet you would send me, if it is actually available as you say, “free” Please send this to my email as I said I have requested it several times and it leads me to a site that wants $29.00, is this free as advertised? If so than would you please make it available and send to my email.
      Your response would be appreciated.

      1. Still no response, if you are going to offer something in you add you should make it available, as your add says, “ISSA exam cheat sheet for free here”, yet I have only found it for a $29.00 fee.

    6. Hi Tyler, thanks for this article, it was very useful. I have just graduated from high school and have been into fitness for the past four years. Over this time, I have learned about training methods, exercise technique, periodization, etc; and I have become good at explaining these things to people who have less experience. I am considering doing my ISSA certification this summer because I like the flexibility of the online program; would you say that getting the ISSA certification is obtainable for someone who doesn’t have a degree, and doesn’t have a deep science understanding?

      Thanks Tyler, your response is much appreciated!


      1. Yes, absolutely you should have no trouble studying for the international sports Sciences Association certification. You don’t need a degree in exercise science to take any of these certifications. Just focused time studying and you will do just fine on the exam. Good luck with your personal training career Cameron.

    7. Are your study guides in addition to taking the ISSA CPT course from the ISSA website? Of can you get your study guides only and not take the ISSA course to save money?

      1. These are in addition to the international sports Sciences Association. This will help you study for the exam, but you still need to purchase and pass their exam in order to get the certification.

    8. Hello for a non native speaker do you recommend Fast track CPT issa or Self guided stusy with the trainer academy pack (MVP] ? Im bit scared to not understand all vocab in english.
      Thank you

      1. Hi there, both of those would be great. I’d recommend the Trainer Academy Pack for non-native English speakers because the material is written in plain Englis and easy to understand. Good luck with your studies.

    9. Hi Tyler,

      Do you recommend using the study guide as I read each unit, or read each unit, then consult the study guide? Or is this more preferential? I find that taking and reviewing loads of notes are quite taxing, so I was wondering if I could just read this study as I go along the course, and add things that I personally see fit, instead of taking copious amounts of notes
      Thank you,

      1. The way I typically recommend going about studying for any personal training certification is to try to read the chapter first, and then come through using a study guide.

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