Finally, personal trainers can eliminate the guesswork of genetic factors and design the perfect program for their client! With ISSA’s DNA-Based Fitness Coach certification, trainers will be equipped to administer and interpret genetic tests to clients as a means to creating the most personalised fitness and nutrition experience possible.

Why choose an ISSA certification over others?


  1. ISSA is the most accredited – Your training will meet the highest standards, be widely recognised, and put you ahead of the competition to get a job or start your own business.

  3. ISSA are the best rated and reviewed – Others who have gone before you can attest to the quality of the course and have taken the time to voice their satisfaction, thus reinforcing that the ISSA certification will take you to the top of your game.

  5. ISSA are the fastest growing – The word is spreading that this is the personal training certification that yields the best results. The best time to get started is always now.


Online self-paced content

Complete in 12 months or less

Taught by industry leaders

Exclusive modules you won’t find elsewhere

Obtain 4 Certificates!
ISSA Personal Trainer Certification
HMA Coaching with Purpose
HMA Fiscal Fitness
HMA Practical Preparation

Apply now for our September 2021 intake
(Upcoming Practical Workshops: 18-19  &  25-26 Sept)

Places are strictly limited

Choose $1750 upfront or 4 payments over 4 months

Ready To See The Traits Of DNA-Based Fitness Coaching?

What Will I Learn As An ISSA Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coach?

The ISSA Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coach course equips trainers with the knowledge to administer DNA testing and evaluate over 30 genetic identifiers related to how an individual responds to different types of exercise, nutrition, and motivation techniques. With this information, you can provide unique and personalized programs, get more results, and retain more clients.

In ISSA’s DNA-Based Fitness Coach Course, You’ll Learn:

  • Foundations Of DNA Testing And Reading Client Results
  • Client Body Response To Food, Exercise, And Weight Training
  • Intrinsic Motivation To Exercise
  • Fat Loss Response To Cardio
  • How To Apply DNA Results For Weight Loss And Athletic Performance

As a Certified ISSA DNA-Based Fitness Coach, you’ll offer one-of-a-kind services that deliver personalized results that will keep clients coming back.

Tailored Study Options


Study your way at your convenience

Everything you need to learn is all online in text, audio, and visual formats. Whether you need to study on-the-go in between a busy schedule, or quietly in the comfort of your own home, you can learn in a way that best suits your needs.


Live webinars, workshops and support

Our highly qualified team will guide you in a series of live webinars, workshops, and Q&A sessions to reinforce the online material to cement your knowledge and understanding of the course material. By combining the theory and applying it in practice, you receive the clarity and confidence you need to hit the ground running and succeed.


Certified at home

Take the final exam from home – no need to go to a testing centre. Eliminate the hassle and stress of travelling to a testing centre and testing in a unfamiliar environment. Complete the test in a comfortable and familiar place where you can perform your best on the exam.


Who Are ISSA Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coaches?


ISSA Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coaches want to provide clients powerful insights into their genetic background AND give them the fitness, health, and nutrition results they’re striving for. As a certified DNA-Based Fitness Coach, you’ll be equipped to provide your clients with genetic testing kits and deliver expert instruction based on key DNA-indicators from their results. You’ll offer truly personalized training programs and be the trainer clients turn to when they need REAL results.

What’s Included with the ISSA Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coach Course?


ISSA Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coach Textbook (online)

Guided, Self-Paced Study

Sample DNA Brochure To Market To Clients

Unlimited Support on Genetics

Online, Open-book Final Exam With One Free Retake

Official Affiliation With Genetic Direction To Administer DNA Tests

PLUS! Exclusive to Health & Movement Academy at no additional cost

This portion of the course is exclusively designed by Health & Movement Academy to give you an edge over all other fitness professionals. It delves deeper into the finer details of what it takes to succeed as a knowledgeable coach, effective communicator, inspiring motivator, and savvy business person – the all-round complete package!

MODULE 1: Coaching with Purpose

The Coaching with Purpose module is designed to arm you with the skill to have a system of communication based on proven principles. You will gain great understanding in applying key concepts such as:

  • Formulating intelligent and relevant questions
  • Methods and stages of listening
  • Best science-based communication strategies towards movement
  • Best strategies to build rapport and trust
  • Leadership and sales skills
  • Motivation and self-determination theory
  • Understanding behaviour and how to illicit change
  • Plus much more!

By focusing on specific coaching / communication delivery techniques, you will learn skills that will equip you to become a more influential and effective coach. You will feel confident and prepared to work with people from all ages and backgrounds, making them successful in their fitness journey. Coaching with Purpose will arm you with strategies to influence, retain, and sustain the frequency of your clients, as well as gain new clients. 

This module will be delivered via Zoom over 3 x 3 hour sessions, totalling 9 hours. You will receive over 15 hands-on worksheets to implement into your practise right away, a manual, and a certificate.


MODULE 2: Fiscal Fitness

This 2 hour module is designed to help you get started and grow your fitness business.

Designed by Eugenio Palmieri with over 8 years experience as multiple gym owner within the largest co-ed gym franchise in the world, this course will give you a great insight into what has worked for him.

You will learn successful marketing & business strategies that Eugenio has used in terms of:

  • Pricing strategies
  • Social media ads tools
  • Retention & acquisition techniques
  • Human resource management, KPI’s and tools


MODULE 3: Practical Preparation

The practical workshop is delivered over 2 weekends and contains over 30 hours of face-to-face learning which bridges the gap between theory and real life application in the gym setting. This module will cover:

  • Biomechanics of exercise
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology
  • Practical application of strength training utilising barbells, dumbells, machines and cables
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Functional exercises incorporating kettlebells, battle rope, and suspension training
  • Flexibility training, assessment, spotting, and best practices
  • Mobility and recovery strategies
  • Exercise prescription and programming
  • Preparation for exam


MODULE 4: Fortnightly Online Zoom Meetings

These regular sessions are designed in a question and answer format to allow the students to interact directly with our educators and the ask any questions they may have during their course of study.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is required to get my DNA based fitness coach certificate?

You must meet the following:

  • Submission of all course quizzes
  • A score of 75% or better on all sections of the final examination
  • Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

Does ISSA offer the ability to take quizzes and exams online?

Yes, Online testing, for both quizzes and final exams, is the preferred testing method. Online testing saves you the hassle of organizing and photocopying your answer sheets, saves you from a trip to the post office, saves you postage for registered mail, and keeps track of your submissions in your Member Account. What’s more, online testing produces a much faster turn-around time for grading!

Is there an extra cost to pay it off early?

No. There are no penalties for paying it off early.

Can I get a printed copy of the textbook?

In addition to the free online version of the course textbooks, you can purchase printed copies of our most popular courses. Click here to look for your course and buy the book.

What do others think of ISSA’s CPT course?

Don’t simply take our word for the high quality and excellent standard of the course. Find out what others are saying by checking out the staggering number of positive Trust Pilot reviews at https://www.trustpilot.com/review/issaonline.com


Meet the Instructors

Eugenio Palmieri

Eugenio is an experienced entrepreneur and management consultant with over 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, business development and corporate management.

Through his extensive experience with global organisations in the fitness, financial, and manufacturing sectors he has helped numerous entrepreneurs and organisations streamline their operations, save costs and set growth strategies.

Eugenio has established one of the first Anytime Fitness clubs in Singapore. He is to date co-owning and operating three successful Anytime Fitness clubs in Singapore.

His qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of International Business And Management Studies - Rotterdam University, The Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Latin American University of Leon, Mexico

Dr Jon Marshall (Osteopath)

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine)
  • Masters of Osteopathy
  • Masters of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
  • Masters of Strength and Conditioning (Current)
  • Certification in Advanced Occupational Ergonomics, Colorado State University
  • Functional Manual Medicine, Michigan State University, USA (Current)

Fitness Certifications

  • Clinical Pilates (DMA)
  • Diploma in Contemporary Pilates
  • Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Certified Personal Trainer (American Council of Exercise)
  • Certified Personal Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association)
  • Master Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association)
  • Sports Performance Specialist (American Council of Exercise)
  • Functional Training Specialist (American Council of Exercise)
  • MMA Conditioning Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • Bio-Mechanics Method Level 1

Lecturing experience

  • RMIT University Lecturer (Chinese Medicine), Melbourne Australia
  • RMIT University Lecturer (Osteopathy), Melbourne Australia
  • International College of Osteopathy Lecturer (Osteopathy), Tokyo Japan
  • Founder, Course Director and Tutor of Manual Medicine Australasia


  • Australian Olympic Taekwondo Team Osteopath (Olympic Qualification Tournaments 2011, Azerberjian & New Caledonia; World Junior Championships, Egypt 2012; Olympic Qualification Tournament 2016, Turkey)
  • Founder of Back In Health Osteopathy Australia and Back In Health Osteopathy Singapore


Filipe Pereira

Filipe Pereira, PTA Global CPT, NASM CPT, ACE CPT, ASCA CSCS, TBBM L1, has worked in the fitness industry for over 18 years in Canada, Ireland, UK and Asia. He started his career in 2003 in London managing fitness teams, group class studios and rebranding from Holmes place to Virgin Active, worked in senior management roles in Fitness First Asia, supporting its growth and rebranding its image. He is currently delivering advanced coaching for fitness trainers and businesses as well as running Fortitude FPI Personal training studio in Portugal.

His certifications include:

  • BA in Fitness and Exercise Management by Open university London
  • Issa CPT (Portugal)
  • PTA Global CPT (Portugal)
  • NASM CPT (Ireland)
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 1 (Singapore)
  • Active isolation stretching by Aaron Matts (Singapore)
  • Animal Flow L1 (Malaysia)
  • Rehab Express, Essentials and Master Class by Rehab Trainer (Australia)
  • The Bio Mechanic Methods Level 1 (USA)
  • EBFA L1 and 2 barefoot (Singapore)
  • Precision Nutrition L1 (Singapore)
  • Singapore Weight lifting federation L1 (Singapore)
  • British Weight lifting association (London)
  • Les Mills Trainer in RPM, Combat, Pump and Attack

Filipe has been delivering fitness education for the past 7 years to thousands of new and experienced fitness coaches around the world. Sharing knowledge and experience to best serve the fitness industry has been its true passion and purpose.

Sean Chin

Sean Chin has been in the fitness industry for over a decade.

Currently the Head of Sales and Marketing for multiple Anytime Fitness clubs, he is an individual who strongly believes in creativity and gamification. Together with his passion for fitness, his vision is to make fitness fun and enjoyable. Through HMA, Sean seeks to take the fitness industry to new heights with technology and his expertise. He lives by his quote: “What we fear doing is usually what we most need to do.”

His certifications include:

  • FISAF CPT (Singapore)
  • TRX certification (Singapore)
  • Kettlebell Certification (Singapore)
  • Muay Thai Certification (Singapore)
  • Crosscore 180 certification (Singapore)
  • Dip. in Multimedia Software Engineering (Singapore Polytechnic)
Sean was featured by Reuters for his experience as a personal trainer on tackling obesity in Singapore. 


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