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Welcome to the one and only PT Pioneer Free ISSA personal trainer certification exam study guide. This guide is tailored towards students who want the details across all key subjects and areas to maximize their ISSA exam score.
This is the most updated International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) study guide which covers the following:
- Chapter-by-chapter study guide
- Navigation and study tips
- Recommendations on combining this study material with other ISSA study materials
Secrets to Passing the ISSA Exam
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Alright, let’s dive into the best ISSA exam prep, the ISSA CPT exam study guide!
ISSA CPT Study Series
- ISSA Exam Prep Home Page
- ISSA Study Plan
- ISSA Study Guide
- ISSA Practice Exams
- ISSA Flashcards
- ISSA Cheat Sheet
- ISSA Exam FAQ
FREE ISSA Study Guide Updated for 2023
ISSA CPT 10th Edition Chapters
- ISSA Chapter 1: Health, Fitness, and Personal Training
- ISSA Chapter 2: Psychology of Behavior Change
- ISSA Chapter 3: Movement Systems
- ISSA Chapter 4: Supporting Systems
- ISSA Chapter 5: Concepts of Biomechanics
- ISSA Chapter 6: Energy and Metabolism
- ISSA Chapter 7: Client Assessments
- ISSA Chapter 8: Elements of Fitness
- ISSA Chapter 9: Principles of Program Design
- ISSA Chapter 10: Concepts of Flexibility Training
- ISSA Chapter 11: Concepts of Cardiovascular Exercise
- ISSA Chapter 12: Concepts of Resistance Training
- ISSA Chapter 13: Exercise Selections and Technique
- ISSA Chapter 14: Nutrition Foundations
- ISSA Chapter 15: Supplementation
- ISSA Chapter 16: Chronic Conditions
- ISSA Chapter 17: Lifespan Populations
- ISSA Chapter 18: Business and Marketing
- ISSA Chapter 19: Safety and Emergency Situations
ISSA CPT 9th Edition Chapters
- ISSA Unit 1 – Metabolism
- ISSA Unit 2 – Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- ISSA Unit 3 – Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
- ISSA Unit 4 – Kinesiology of Exercise
- ISSA Unit 5 – Biomechanics of Exercise
- ISSA Unit 6 – Musculoskeletal Deviations
- ISSA Unit 7 – Muscle Mechanics
- ISSA Unit 8 – Strength
- ISSA Unit 9 – Cardiovascular Training
- ISSA Unit 10 – Flexibility Training
- ISSA Unit 11 – Body Composition
- ISSA Unit 12 – Drawing-In Phase
- ISSA Unit 13 – Basic Assessment of Fitness Participants
- ISSA Unit 14 – Training Principles
- ISSA Unit 15 – Periodization
- ISSA Unit 16 – Determining Training Loads
- ISSA Unit 17 – The Big Picture of Nutrition
- ISSA Unit 18 – Nutritional Psychology
- ISSA Unit 19 – Nutritional Science
- ISSA Unit 20 – Nutritional Coaching
- ISSA Unit 21 – Exercise and Older Adults
- ISSA Unit 22 – Exercise and Adaptive Fitness
- ISSA Unit 23 – Exercise and Our Youth
- ISSA Unit 24 – Exercise and Hypertension
- ISSA Unit 25 – Exercise and Diabetes
- ISSA Unit 26 – Exercise and Arthritis
- ISSA Unit 27 – Exercise and Coronary Heart Disease
- ISSA Unit 28 – Exercise and Pregnancy
- ISSA Unit 29 – Exercise and Asthma
- ISSA Unit 30 – Sports Medicine In The Trenches
- ISSA Unit 31 – Basic First Aid
You should know that the ISSA website offers a 4-week ISSA Fast Track study plan option, including online study materials, access to a dedicated student success coach, ISSA community membership, and a free CPR/AED certification course.
There is also a pass protection which offers a free retest for those who fail the exam.
But the PTPioneer ISSA-certified personal trainer study guide answers the exact questions from the official ISSA personal training certification study guide included with the official cert textbook. Details matter, and overpaying for resources you can get elsewhere never makes sense.
ISSA covers everything you want to learn, from exercise science and anatomy to the basic fundamentals of strength training. The requirements for learning these skills and abilities include sticking to a strict study schedule regardless of whether you study from the books or plan to take your exam at one of the test center locations.
You can either start studying for your final exam before you purchase the ISSA certification program, or you can use this page to double-check your answers as you answer them yourself.
Whether you’re fresh out of high school or earning this credential to fulfill continuing education units (CEUs) for recertification purposes, these ISSA practice questions and practice tests will help you pass your exam.
Other ISSA Study Guide Tips
This ISSA CPT Exam Prep Hub is not meant to replace studying from the ISSA textbook completely. It is meant to supplement studying from it.
In my perspective, the ISSA CPT is among the top certifications for fitness professionals, in line with NASM, ACSM, and NSCA.
The National Commission has only recently accredited the ISSA CPT exam for Certifying Agencies, or NCCA.
NCCA accreditation is the gold standard accreditation in the fitness industry and is acknowledged by all gyms.
That’s why most fitness trainer programs and specializations, such as group exercise, master trainer, powerlifting, and nutritionist credentials, are accredited.
Do I need to study for the ISSA exam thoroughly?
How do I study for ISSA in other ways?
Let me make the following suggestions to help you ace your ISSA personal trainer exam and accelerate your budding personal training career.
Use ISSA Flashcards
Sure, the flashcards I provide on this ISSA CPT Exam Prep Study Hub are a great place to start.
But quite honestly, there are not that many flashcards, and it does not utilize spaced repetition flashcard learning.
And why does that matter?
Spaced repetition flashcard learning is a flashcard studying method in which the more difficult flashcards show up more often, and the easier flashcards show up with less frequency.
This clever algorithm learns which cards are easy for you and which are hard based on how you rate yourself as you study them.
This flashcard studying method covers hundreds of definitions in the ISSA textbook and workbook, saves you hours of studying time, and helps you memorize these definitions and concepts long after testing.
The team over at Trainer Academy has an excellent deck of over 750 flashcards for ISSA.
Although the pass rate for the ISSA CPT exam is currently at 90%, I still recommend using flashcards.
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 mnemonics to help with retention.
I highly recommend making your mnemonics as weird as you possibly can.
For example, I like to include animals, aliens, superheroes, etc.
“One Slow Red Ox” is a great way to memorize Type I muscle fibers, which are slow twitch, red, and use oxidative metabolism.
Trust me, people who use mnemonics are much more likely to memorize a certain topic than those who are simply trying to memorize concepts directly from the textbook.
Cementing this information from the textbook in your head with mnemonics is the best way to become an elite trainer and maintain that status for years to come.
Also, Trainer Academy has some pretty awesome and funny mnemonics for ISSA.
ISSA Cheat Sheet
A cheat sheet is best to help you remember mostly tougher concepts in the book, similar to how mnemonics help.
While going through the text and your training program, put the most important information all on one page, especially if you have it nearby for practice exams.
I’ve done this with the exercise science section and have had great success with learning the concepts.
You can either create your own or visit the PTpioneer cheatsheet by clicking the button below.
FREE ISSA Study Guide
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40 thoughts on “FREE ISSA Study Guide 2023 – Studying Made Simple”
Thank you! 🤗
Hello, no worries. I hope you get great use out of these free ISSA study materials and good luck studying!
Are there any tips for final exam?
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
What should i worrie more on this final erxam? and also i heard that there a section where you have to write an essay idk and im not sure
can you answer that for me please so i can prepare mself for it thank you so much Govanny
The essay section is actually not present in the ISSA exam anymore. I would focus your studies on the primary domains that I detail in the study materials’ main page. They are all very important.
hi do you have any tips to pass the final please ?
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.
This is awesome, thanks!
Thanks for the awesome comment. Good luck studying for the final exam for ISSA! if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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..
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
You can get the study cheat sheet for free, just sign up to my email list from the link that says get your free exam cheat sheet on this page.
After signing up for my email list, you will be emailed the access to get the cheat sheet. Check your inbox
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I am trying to access the free study guide but every time I enter my name and email it just shows a circle like it’s loading and never goes through.
Hey Sarah, the study guide is found on the page, but the Cheat Sheet is found by entering name and email, and then I email you the sheet.
Iwould like to know all the extra information to get the best knowledge and pass my exams
Hey Mary, the study guide has been recently update and includes 7 main pages of information to go through with a full study guide. I hope there is enough to kickstart your studies.
I am really getting a bit bothered because I still have not been able to order the MVP package which is a $100 off today I have checked out several things and still can’t place an order could someone please help me
Hello Mary, I am not sure what you are referring to, I do not sell products on PTPioneer, all of the information and study resources are free.
Excellent content but lease consider hiring a proofreader. There are several misspelled words in your flash cards. ex-scorliosis should be scoliosis. Just one example.
Hey, thank you for catching some typos to improve the site overall.