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Discover Our Story: Empowering Fitness Professionals Worldwide






Welcome to the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA), where innovation meets education. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Jim and Athena Bell, alongside Dr. Dauphinais, we authored the pioneering edition of the book on personal training, laying the groundwork for our advanced certifications today. Our mission: to equip fitness professionals with practical skills for real-world success.

Recognizing a significant gap in existing curricula during their tenure conducting Fitness Professional Certification Workshops, Dr. Bell and Athena leveraged their diverse backgrounds to spearhead the redefinition of fitness education.

Driven by empowerment, we assembled a team of seasoned experts to craft an educational framework focused on practicality. Our curriculum ensures you're equipped with the exact skills needed to thrive in the industry.

Integrity is paramount at IFPA. We align what we teach with what we examine, ensuring a seamless transition from learning to assessment.

Central to our ethos is the concept of family. We've nurtured a tight-knit community of educators and advocates for health and wellness. When you join IFPA, you become a cherished member of our global family.

Though we mourn the loss of Athena, her spirit guides us. Her legacy of compassion lives on in every facet of IFPA. We're committed to her vision, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to lead healthier lives.

Join us on this transformative journey. Embrace our mission to lead towards a brighter, healthier future. Discover the rewards of personal growth, fulfillment, and enrichment. At IFPA, the journey to a better tomorrow begins today.


Athena Bell, RN (1960-2024)


To train individuals to become leaders in the fitness industry, to assist others worldwide in leading a healthy and fit lifestyle.


To provide unparalleled learning experiences for individuals seeking to enhance their own lifestyles and those dedicated to transforming the lives of others. We offer practical, scientifically grounded health and fitness education that directly translates to real-life applications.