FREE ISSA Study Guide + ISSA Practice test + Flashcards for 2020

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, am 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.

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If you have not yet chosen the certification, make sure to take the quiz to see which one is the best fit 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 regarding ISSA, 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.

My Bitmoji counterpart will be walking you through the ISSA study guide to make sure that you are on track for passing the ISSA exam. Say hello to Tyler-Moji.
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ISSA Trainer Certification Study Guide for 2020

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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16 thoughts on “FREE ISSA Study Guide + ISSA Practice test + Flashcards for 2020”

        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.

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