IFI International Fitness Institute

Learn Without Limits

NASM and AFAA Approved Continuing Education Provider

Next Course: IFI Health & Fitness Professional Level 1

Sept 23-25 & Sept 30-Oct 2, 2022

1.9 NASM CEU’s | 15 AFAA CEU’s

The International Fitness Institute is the home of the world’s top health and fitness courses. We help you master topics in health and fitness, lifestyle management, and behaviour change. IFI’s team has been certifying professionals for 20+ years.

At IFI, we envision a world where anyone, anywhere has the power to transform their life and the lives of their clients, through learning. We believe that learning allows us to redefine what’s possible. IFI provides you access to the best learning.

IFI is the global online learning platform that offers anyone, anywhere access to the world’s top health and fitness courses. We conveniently deliver cutting-edge courses designed and delivered by world-class experts in health, fitness, and behavioural sciences. Our scientifically proven, and evidence-based approaches provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to transform the lives of your clients. You’ll learn a practical system that supports every stage of your coaching journey – from the first time you meet a client, until they reach their goals, to individualizing programming, and creating a successful business. We educate on measurable health and fitness outcomes.

Whether you are just starting out, or far along in your career, you are ready to become IFI Certified. You can use your knowledge and skills to earn a great living doing what you love, either full-time or part-time. 

Educational Program Philosophy

The underlying philosophy of the International Fitness Institute is to produce the highest quality graduates who are recognized as the benchmark by industry in training related health, wellness and fitness programs. IFI will, through its curriculum, its staff and supporting resources seek to produce graduates recognized for their critical reflection and their strong theoretical knowledge. As well, their ability to reason and evaluate, and develop a comprehensive practical skill set for the development and implementation of functional exercise programs and sport/activity specific training techniques.

IFI graduates are recognized by:

  • Excellent integrated knowledge base and an evidence-based approach to practice
  • Clear understanding of mechanisms to drive lasting health outcomes
  • An ability to translate and quantify for clients the role of the xAlt Pillars of Health in driving health outcomes
  • Refined problem solving skills
  • Successful translation of information and practical skills from the ‘classroom’ to real life situations
  • Teamwork and effective interpersonal communication
  • Commitment to ethical behaviour and decisions

Features of IFI

A unique methodology to achieving optimal health and fitness results

Learn from experts with decades of experience coaching coaches and working with everyone from Olympic gold medalists, to NFL, NBA, and NHL athletes, to recreational exercisers.

Online, university-level content with an in-person classroom feel

We use the #1 learning management system in the world to deliver you courses from anywhere you are. IFI fosters an online, convenient, and interactive learning environment that is fun, easy to use, and ensures you get the most of your experience.

A scientifically proven, evidence-based system

IFI courses are the accumulation of knowledge from our leadership team of experts with doctorates, PhD’s, and masters-level educations. It’s the most cutting-edge information available. Our approach has been tested and has proven results.

IFI boosts your credentials & your confidence

Reputable and recognized certifications will increase your confidence to successfully learn the health, fitness, coaching, and business management skills you need to transform your clients lives.

IFI courses are approved and recognized by leading health and fitness organizations

We’re the only certification in the industry recognized by university institutions. IFI is recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America as an Approved Continuing Education Provider.

100% money-back guarantee

IFI guarantees that you will make the cost of one of our courses back within the first three months of working on xAlt.

Master the art of coaching, get world-class results, and transform your business all in one place. Learning with IFI is your next step towards achieving your professional and personal goals.

The Team

Our experts teach trainers/coaches around the world from elite, high-performance trainers, to those just starting their careers. They have published peer-reviewed research that continuously contributes to the industry and is used at IFI to perfect our approach. 

Developed and taught by Professor Chris McLellan, PhD Exercise and Sports Sciences/Physiotherapy; Adeel Khan, M. D. Sports Medicine; Dr. Jay Wiles, PhD Clinical Health Psychology; Louise de Lannoy, PhD Exercise Physiology; Associate Professor Stephen P. Bird, PhD Exercise Physiology and Nutrition; Keren Ramonov, MScPT; Dr. Tamara Kung, N.D.; and Hamza Khan, M.Ed., the IFI certifications are the synthesis of everything they’ve learned over 20+ years of research and coaching in health, fitness, and behavioural sciences.

Expert Teachers

Dr. Chris McLellan

Dr. Adeel Khan

Dr. Jay T. Wiles

Dr. Louise de Lannoy

Dr. Stephen P. Bird

Keren Ramonov

Dr. Tamara Kung

Hamza Khan

Laura Magas

Why IFI?

Today, health and fitness professionals face two issues:

  • Integrating and translating knowledge in health, fitness, and behaviour change to coaching skills that produce both measurable and lasting benefits for clients
  • Obtaining an education that is relevant, actionable, and fits into their schedule.

When students go back to school for sport and exercise sciences, most programs are focused on theory and fail to emphasize real-world application. This type of education leaves students without an ability to translate their knowledge to training and work directly with clients. Many students lack a job once they graduate.

IFI directly addressed both of these industry challenges:

  • We are the only health and fitness certifications that teach theory with relevant application, along with business management tools to really help you succeed.
  • Our courses are offered often and delivered over the course of two weekends. We took the most cutting-edge experts and research available, and put everything into one certification.
Top Quality
Learn from leading experts in their fields. Scientifically proven, peer-reviewed, and evidence-based content. Our leadership and quality control team ensure the methodology we teach is backed by recent and relevant, scientific literature. Yet, we are never satisfied with yesterday’s success. The health and fitness industry is dynamic. As we continue to educate students, we are discovering new and emerging methods of helping them help their clients achieve real, lasting behaviour change. That’s why we are constantly updating our course curriculum.
Unparalleled Online Community
You’ll learn alongside an extremely supportive group of health and fitness enthusiasts from around the world, including top strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers, world-class instructors, physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals from various disciplines. Connect and learn with experienced coaches and our leadership team. Ask questions in our live lectures and designated laboratories with teaching assistants; troubleshoot specific coaching scenarios in real-time and get the support you need, when you need it.
Courses at a breakthrough price. 100% online.
Applied Learning
Master skills with in-depth learning. Apply and practice what you learn with our unique laboratory sessions. Get feedback from a global community of leaders.
Usable Certificates
IFI is recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. Demonstrate your new skills and change your client’s lives instantly upon successful completion.
#1 Learning Management System
IFI hosts all of its courses on Canvas Instructure, the #1 LMS used by higher-education learning, whose mission is to elevate student success, amplify the power of teaching, and inspire everyone to learn together… exactly what IFI needs to deliver high quality content to you. Their robust, digital foundation makes lifelong learning easier.

IFI Certifications

Top-ranked across the board.


#1 rated health and fitness coaching certifications for satisfaction, reputation, quality, and effectiveness.

How it Works

Each of our courses have been developed to be delivered LIVE over two weekends, consisting of 30-40 hours of content. Whilst completed online, courses are interactive and require attendance and as such are not self-paced online courses. The courses include breakout group sessions that require participation for the successful completion of courses within the timeframe.

Once you register for an IFI course, you will immediately be sent registration details to gain access to Canvas, and view all of the course content and resources ahead of time. You will be sent a link to your built-in calendar with all of your live lectures, labs, and assignment due dates. Your teaching assistant will reach out to you.

Read the module, complete the corresponding content (i.e. video, podcast, article reading, etc.)

Attend your live lecture and lab session with the teaching assistant.


Becoming IFI Certified

By the end of one course, you’ll have gone through 30 – 40 hours of content. To obtain certification, full attendance and completion of course content is required. You will immediately receive an electronic certification, as well as a hard copy mailed to you.

As soon as you receive your electronic certification you are ready to take your new knowledge and change your client’s lives, on your own, or on xAlt.

Learning on Canvas for Your IFI Certification is:


From modules, quizzes, and videos, to our unique, online breakout labs, Canvas makes every aspect of IFI courses interactive.


Join breakout rooms, learn with other students, and connect with our leadership team to enhance your learning experience.


Canvas meets your educational needs where you are right now. Everything you need to grow and succeed is in one, convenient place.


Canvas allows IFI to deliver high-quality content in a way that will keep you coming back for more.


A mobile application that delivers you your learning experience even when on the go.

With Canvas, "Classroom" is a concept.

Canvas is built with a focus on reliability, openness and ease-of-use. Canvas helps IFI support delivery and continuity of learning in a flexible, engaging, and fully-supported learning management platform. 

IFI loves Canvas because it allows us to create individualized learning environments that bring all of your learning tools into one place. Simple and intuitive, Canvas streamlines IFI’s course content for a simpler and more connected learning experience!

Click to learn more about Canvas Instructure.

IFI graduates specialize in applying scientific principles and techniques to improve health, wellbeing and fitness; either at an individual level or within the context of a team or organizational environment. They may also apply their knowledge and skills to relevant projects within the health and fitness industry, for corporate bodies or in the community. At all times, graduates make the wellbeing of the individual, the team and other service users their primary concern by providing the highest quality training experience.

Graduate Attributes:

  • Capacity to contribute to the health and fitness development of individuals
  • Knowledge of, and capacity to uphold, ethical practice and the values of health and fitness, fairness and individual safety and wellbeing
  • Capacity to understand, as well as to select, design or modify, and then apply, assessment protocols and methodologies appropriate to the individual or group and the situation
  • Capacity to design, deliver and interpret safe, effective and evidence-based fitness science interventions for healthy populations or other service users, in a collaborative manner with medical, allied health, fitness instructors, group and personal trainers and coaches
  • Capacity to monitor, recognize, interpret, report and take appropriate action regarding adverse signs and symptoms that may arise during exercise or recovery
  • Cultural competence, that is, the ability to practice sensitively and to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders in diverse social and cultural settings
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form with other health, fitness and medical professionals and with fitness instructors, group and personal trainers; and the ability to document decisions appropriately
  • Understanding of, and capacity to practice in accordance with, ethically relevant policies, legislation and regulations, including those concerning anti-discrimination, and workplace health and safety
  • Practice within the scope of health and fitness professionals, and recognition of the need to refer a client to other related professionals
  • Evidence-based practice, including the ability to compile, critically evaluate, and communicate the scientific rationale for their professional decision making and service delivery
  • Commitment to self-development in the field of health and fitness through educational engagement and ongoing learning, self-evaluation of practice, inter- professional working relationships and the support of new graduates, and advocacy for health and wellbeing

IFI Certifications give you a graduate-level education in health and exercise sciences and behaviour change, at a competitive, yet affordable price. Our courses are priced comparably to that of a single university course credit. Compared to other online certifications, IFI not only guarantees a job upon completion of the course, but clients who get results. All of the material you learn can be immediately applied to your coaching career.

$ 599 Per Course

Who is IFI For?

The certifications are suitable for experienced industry certified trainers and university graduates aspiring for a career in health and fitness, or for established professionals including physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches seeking professional development and diversification of skills to be part of the xAlt Trainer network. Our courses assume a minimal level of understanding of topics in health and fitness sciences.

An IFI Certification is for you if you:

  • Want to master behaviour-change coaching
  • Want to change people’s lives
  • Want hands-on, practical, “real-world” education
  • Are willing to commit less than a month’s time to becoming a better professional

Our Guarantee

When students sign up for an IFI course, they make a commitment to learn from us. We make a commitment to help our students become better trainers/coaches. IFI guarantees that students will make back the full cost of one of our courses within the first three months of training clients on xAlt. If not, they will receive full credit.

Member Results

An IFI education allows our students to produce life-changing results on xAlt.

IFI continuously works to test, redefine, and validate its methodology so its students and their clients get the best education and results possible. Our trainers/coaches who train clients on xAlt have proven results of members who have achieved life-changing and lasting health outcomes. We are confident that you will be able to create the same change with everyone who comes to you for help.

Click on any of xAlt’s members to see how their lives have changed since they started working with an IFI certified trainer/coach.


Frequently Asked Questions

IFI and Canvas work well on all browsers and devices. We like to make things easier for you.

IFI Certifications are designed for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and skills and translating them to improve the health and well-being of others. Our courses assume a minimal level of understanding of topics in health and fitness sciences.

An IFI Certification is for you if you: want to master behaviour-change coaching; want to change people’s lives; want hands-on practical, “real-world” education; and are willing to commit less than a month’s time to becoming a better professional.

Yes. Download Canvas Student from the app store on your mobile device and sign-in with the details sent to you from IFI when you have registered and paid for a course.

All IFI certifications are priced at $599 USD.

Yes – IFI Health and Fitness Professional Level 1 is NASM (1.9 CEU’s) and AFAA (15 CEU’s) approved. 

Get in Touch

(416) 829-7749


Ready to take your education and professional skills to the next level?

Dr. Chris McLellan

Professor, PhD Exercise and Sport Sciences/Physiotherapy – President of IFI

Chris McLellan is the Head of the School of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, with more than 17 years of experience in academia. He is internationally recognized for his work in applied athlete preparation, performance analysis, adaptation to exercise, and recovery. With +100 peer-reviewed published work and +75 peer-reviewed journal publications, Chris is an expert in researching, consolidating, and delivering health and fitness information. At IFI, Chris McLellan designs course curriculums and teaches content to IFI students.

Dr. Adeel Khan

M.D. Sports Medicine – Head of Behavioural Science

Dr. Khan is an expert and leader in musculoskeletal and regenerative medicine. He treats many of the world’s best athletes, from champion weightlifters to Olympic gold medalists. Dr. Khan is one of very few physicians in Canada that holds a membership with the Spine Intervention Society. He also teaches medical students and residents and is an adjunct clinical professor at McMaster University. Dr. Khan is also a certified personal trainer, making him an expert in the application of evidence-based research into practice. Combining his passions for health, fitness, and medicine, Dr. Khan’s mission is to deliver universal access to science-based, high-quality health and fitness knowledge to the students of IFI.

Dr. Jay T. Wiles

Psy.D., Clinical Health Psychologist, BCB, BCB-HRV, – Advisor: HRV

Dr. Jay Wiles is an international speaker, scientist, clinician, influencer, and subject-matter expert and authority on the interconnection between the human stress response and health performance/optimization. Dr. Wiles is a clinical health and performance psychologist with board certification in heart rate variability biofeedback and peripheral biofeedback and works as a leading consultant in psychophysiology to health influencers, professional athletes and teams, executives, and high performers. He is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Hanu Health.  He has pioneered new and innovative means of using heart rate variability (HRV) and respiratory training as both diagnostic indicators of the dynamic nature of the human stress response, alongside therapeutic tools for regulating and conditioning this response for peak human performance. Dr. Wiles has an extensive history of working with top-performing athletes in the PGA, LPGA, MLS, MLB, ATP, and WTA. His consulting firm, Thrive Wellness and Performance, has held contracts with leading biotechnology and health technology organizations where he has engaged in research, development of therapeutics, and development of behavioral retention programs. Dr. Wiles has operated as the cohost of the Ben Greenfield Podcast since 2019 and hosts the Hanu Health Podcast.

Dr. Louise de Lannoy

PhD, Exercise Physiology – Advisor: Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Dr. Louise de Lannoy completed her PhD at Queen’s University in 2019 in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, where she examined the importance and feasibility of cardiorespiratory fitness as a clinical risk factor. Her interests in converting knowledge to practice led her to joining the IFI team and work towards educating students to actually measuring their client’s cardiorespiratory fitness to improve their long-term health outcomes. Outside of her work, Louise enjoys exploring Ottawa by running/cycling/skiing through it and winding down at the end of the day on the couch with a glass of wine, her partner Jeff, and their puppy.

Dr. Stephen P. Bird

PhD Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, CSCS, RSCC*E, AEP, AES, RNutr, ASCA-L3, PCAS-P – Advisor

Dr. Stephen Bird is a world leading athletic performance influencer, leading the integration of performance science for sport’s elite.

He has worked with professional sports teams and international sporting organizations attending major events, including Olympic Games (2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio), Commonwealth (Basketball Scotland), Rugby League World Cup (Scotland Rugby League), and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships (Australia and Indonesia national teams).

Stephen has worked with teams in the National Rugby League, National Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball League, along with high performance coaching and athlete development roles for PNG Sports Foundation, Basketball NSW and Basketball WA.

Known as the Coach of Coaches, Stephen’s work in elite sports conditioning, athlete recovery and performance optimization bridges the knowledge gap between theory, science and applied training for coaches and athletes. Stephen’s knowledge and experiences are an asset to IFI’s curriculum delivery. He aids in optimizing trainer potential to improve the health outcomes of the general population.

Keren Ramonov

MScPT – Advisor: Mobility

Keren is a registered physiotherapist whose practice focuses on treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries that impact daily functioning and athletic performance. She empowers her patients to be actively involved in their health for effectively restoring their function and recovering. For this reason, her treatment approach focuses on guiding patients through their injuries with corrective exercise and education. Keren facilitates making movement and health accessible, effective, and safe for all clients. We leverage Keren’s passion for movement and fascination with the capabilities of the human body to aid in the development and delivery of the methodologies at IFI.

Dr. Tamara Kung

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine – Advisor: Sleep, Breathing, xAlt Pillars

Dr. Tamara Kung, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, focuses her practice on disease prevention and longevity. She primarily uses foods to help her patients achieve optimal health, with the help of good sleep and mental health. Dr. Kung loves to help patients integrate healthier habits in a step-by-step way, so that it never feels overwhelming or restrictive. At IFI, Dr. Kung educates students on the importance of proper sleep for recovery, as well as the importance of breathing on overall health and longevity.

Hamza Khan

M.Ed., Personal Trainer – Head Teaching Assistant

Hamza is an experienced personal trainer with his Masters in Education, IFI’s head educational instructor. His years of experience teaching students and clients in the industry, as well as overseeing business growth and decisions relevant to advancing personal training benefit the students at IFI. Hamza aids the rest of the leadership team in putting theory into practice. He knows how to deliver high-quality, scientific content to a diverse population of coaches in an efficient and effective manner. Hamza brings learning to life at IFI. 

Laura Magas

M.S. Sport Management, B.Kin. – Academic Coordinator


Laura Magas has her Masters of Science in Sport Management and a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology. She has an abundance of experience working in the sports, fitness, and medical industries. From dissecting human cadavers and analyzing mobility, to working alongside Dr. Adeel Khan at his practice, Laura is knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and psychology. Her business background, passion, and knowledge for movement, fitness and health, combined with her attention to detail and high organization make her an asset to the development of the International Fitness Institute. Laura is the Academic Coordinator at IFI, where she manages curriculum development, design, and implementation.