Free Fitness ABCs Course Includes:
- Weight Training
- Aerobic Training
- Targeting Goals
- Progress Forms
- Performance Charts
- Client Forms
- Injury Prevention
Since 1995, we have been providing one Certification for both Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer because we feel that an Aerobics Instructor should be all that a Certified Personal Trainer is and more. That's the reason why IFA Certification is becoming the most valued fitness certification in the world. The IFA Fitness ABCs manual is used for the syllabus at various institutions and colleges worldwide, as well as the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM).
Our other Gym Instructor Courses, Sports Nutritionist, Senior Fitness Instructor, and Aqua Fitness Instructor, use the same Fitness ABCs Manual. Qualification details for IFA's newest Advanced Level courses can be viewed here.
US News + World Report health and wellness consumer advice reporter, Anna Miller, is working on a general consumer advice story tentatively titled 'How People in Other Countries Stay Healthy,' which will run through habits/lifestyles/beliefs that people in various countries around the world swear by to stay healthy, why and whether Americans should give them a shot. If you're interested in contributing, please email Anna at email@example.com by July 26th, noting your country of residence, to set up a time to talk or to receive specific questions via email.
This website is optimized so that it is accessible on your smartphone or tablet as well. The exams can easily be taken on your phone using your built-in browser. You can also download the PDF manual to your phone as an easy and quick reference while you are away from your computer.
Medical and Health Professionals have been contributing to our Pro's Corner section over the years. There is much useful information for our visitors to read. If you are a Medical Professional and would like to contribute or need to publish a paper, you can do so using this form.
IFA is celebrating its 12th year as a member of the Standards Technical Panel of Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) for Exercise Equipment safety and review. We are pleased to announce that UL has now been approved by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as well. As a member of the Panel, we will now be reviewing the safety of Motor-Operated Massage and Exercise Machines for the Canadian Market as well.
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US News + World Report: Recreation and Fitness Worker: Job Profile & Salary. We were consulted as contributors to the story. - http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/recreation-and-fitness-worker.
IFA newsletter is now in archive. You can search 10 years of important and informative health and fitness articles including healthy recipes. See the News and Opinion.
IFA Instructor Glenn Draughon is teaching an accredited course at the Fayetteville Community College in North Carolina based on the IFA Manual. As a Football Coach with a Masters Degree in Physical Education, he brings many years of professional fitness experience to the Fayetteville College course.
IFA's latest recommendations for workout room temperature & noise. Gyms should take notice of this Heat Index Chart.
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Problems paying with your Credit Card? You can also mail in a Check or Money Order using our Mail-in Payment Form. Certifications are sent out when we receive payment. If mailing in your payment, please allow 3 - 4 weeks to receive your certification materials.
IFA Certified Instructors seeking insurance, contact: K & K Insurance at 800-506-4856. In Canada, call Sports-Can broker Fruitman Insurance Brokers Inc. 905-688-2772 ask for Linda Kerkel.
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We have revised our IFA Fitness ABCs manual so be sure to download the free updated 2nd Edition. You can also purchase a printed copy direct from our publisher Lulu, or from Amazon or Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
If you already hold an IFA certification, you are eligible to apply for the Master Fitness program. Click here for the requirements to this very special certification level Master Fitness Certification.
Members who are due for Recertification, should take the test at least two weeks before your expiration date to avoid a gap in your membership and insurance. Your new Certification Card will start on the date the old one expires. Certifications are mailed within 72 hours of payment. You can then print out an interim certificate using the Get Certificate option for use until your materials arrive in the mail.
SEMINAR ATTENDEES: Verify your status here using your CI number. If you are not listed as active yet or do not have a CI number, call 800-227-1976.
IFA Instructors and Clubs interested in Hosting a certification workshop, Email or call us at 800-227-1976 or 407-579-8610.
Clients, Employers and Insurance Agents can call us for Instructor verification or they can click here to Verify Instructor. We cannot verify personal information only instructor status. Stay current!
Please notify us if your address changes using the Member Update form. You are not on any mailing list. However, you will receive a recertification notice by mail one month before you are due for recertification.
If you have been in competition and would like us to release that information, please let us know. We will not release that information to the media unless we have your written permission to do so.
HOT New IFA Products Available!
We have two official suppliers of IFA Clothing and Gear. Both provide a variety of IFA branded products. Choose from men's and women's clothing, heart rate and anatomy charts along with other items.
Also available is a hard copy of the IFA Fitness ABCs Manual. All products are accessible from links under the IFA Products heading on the left panel. We are very pleased with the quality and price of these items and we are sure you will be too.
Watch Kickboxing Aerobics, Step and CPR Videos here!
You can watch free videos here on the website. The Kickboxing Aerobics video is a 6 minute class segment. Or, click on one of the other videos on the left panel under Online Videos. There is also a 30 minute Step class originally an IFApilot TV show and a NEW CPR refresher video. There is no charge to view these videos. We will be creating other videos of class segments and seminars in the near future.
Coaching Without a Whistle
We recommend IFA Master Fitness Instructor, Wayne Deloreia's new book, Coaching Without a Whistle. Wayne is a motivational speaker, world champion NASCAR pit crew trainer, personal trainer, and does much work with severely and profoundly handicapped children. You can purchase a copy of his new book at his website Coaching Without a Whistle. Also see Wayne's recent interview with Bruce Snyder on INSIDE FOX. Wayne has also been chosen by the state of North Carolina as a Master Trainer in Fall Prevention analysis for Health and Elderly care providers. Wayne also provides IFA certification seminars at his gym Core Fitness Studio in Hickory, NC.
Two new books that are highly recommend reading for IFA Instructors are Business Mastery and Ethics of Touch
Another very popular book in Spanish and sold world-wide is by IFA Instructor Josť Fernandez Salvando Vidas
Film: "Super Size Me"
In SUPER SIZE ME, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a fast-food only diet for thirty days straight. His Sundance award-winning feature is as entertaining as it horrifying as it dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death. This Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn film was a winner of the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award.
IFA was invited to the initial screening in Chicago. This movie is revealing, shocking and funny. It may very well be the Rosetta Stone of Nutrition. The language of nutrition has been spoken but not until you see this movie will you really and truly understand what they have been saying.