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Educational Courses

Educational Courses to Accompany the New Textbook

NEW: ACSM "Self-Study" Course

Law for Fitness Managers: Protect Yourself and Your Business

This course began November 2022 -- it is offered to ACSM and Non-ACSM Members. Earn 11 CECs by completing 5 self-study modules. For more information and to register, click the "more info" button:

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Fitness Law Academy Courses:

Course #1: Faculty Training Course 2023

This faculty training course was first offered in the summer of 2021 and then again in the summer of 2022. To review a summary of the feedback from professors who completed these courses, click the "Course Evals" button:

Course Evals

The 2023 summer faculty training course will begin Tuesday, May 23rd. For more information, see Course #1 below OR register for the FREE WEBINAR:

FREE WEBINAR - Faculty Training Course

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 2:00 pm (Eastern) 

Learn more about the faculty training course by registering for this free webinar. To register, send your name and email address to Dr. JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek at: Type " free webinar" in the subject line. Your name/email will not be shared with anyone -- will only be used to send you the link to the webinar. If unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants. 

Course #2: CEC/CEU Course – Minimizing Legal Liability and Maximizing Fitness Safety

This self-study course is designed for fitness managers, exercise professionals, and students. Upon successful completion of the course, 22 ACSM CECs or 2.0 NSCA CEUs are awarded. Individuals can register anytime for the course and complete it at their own pace. For more information, see Course #2 below.         

Bios of Textbook Authors:

JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek, PhD, FACSM

Barbara Zabawa, JD, MPH

Paul Fenaroli, JD

COURSE #1 – 2023 Faculty Training Course

This course includes 11 weekly Zoom class. The classes are held on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, May 23rd. The time for the class will be set to accommodate preferences of those enrolled. Recordings of the Zoom classes will be available for professors unable to attend the scheduled classes. Professors will have assignments to complete prior to each class, e.g., Class #1 -- read Chapter 1 in the text and complete the study questions for that chapter. Each week will cover one chapter in the text, ending with Chapter 11 (last chapter in the text) for Class #11 on August 1st. 

Professors enrolled in the course will receive the textbook and numerous ancillaries to help them learn/apply the content presented in the textbook and to use with their students in classes. Click the "More Info" button below for a brochure that describes the design/delivery of the course, textbook, ancillaries, FAQs, and registration fees. Register and pay by May 8th and receive the "early bird" 10% discount. Click the "Registration" button to register. 


Refund, Return, Transfer, and Cancellation Policies:

No refunds, returns, and cancellations. However, professors/instructors can transfer their registration to another individual. However, you must inform Dr. JES ( the name and e-mail address of the person to whom you are transferring the course. You are responsible for any and all transactions and costs involved in the transfer.

Course Cancellation Policy:

If at any time, the course professor cancels the course, a full refund will be issued provided the textbook is returned in excellent condition. 

COURSE #2 – CEC/CEU Self-Study Course: Minimizing Legal Liability and Maximizing Fitness Safety 

NEW for 2023: 10% discount if you register by June 1, 2023!  Fee for the course is $259 and with the 10% discount, it is $233. If you already have the text, the course fee in $170 and with the 10% discount, it is $153. 


Earn 22 ACSM CECs and/or 2.0 NSCA CEUs. This course is a comprehensive CEC/CEU course that addresses legal and risk management concepts that are essential for all fitness managers, exercise professionals, and students to learn and apply in today’s litigious society. The course fee includes the textbook (sells for $89 on Amazon) and Study Guide that includes five files: (1) Instructions (2) Study Questions for each of the 11 chapters in the textbook, (3) Answers to all of the study questions, (4) CEC/CEU exam, and (5) Course evaluation form. Upon successful completion of this course, fitness managers and other professionals in supervisory positions can earn the Fitness Law Academy's certification: Certified Fitness Safety Manager. See the Certification page for more information.

A Personal Perspective of this Course (April 2023):

“This CEC/CEU course is an extremely valuable resource for anyone working in the fitness industry. The text that accompanies the course is a must-read for fitness managers as well as personal trainers and strength coaches. As a business owner and sole provider working in healthcare/fitness, I wish knew about this book earlier. The content is comprehensive. Some of my favorite topics included enforceable and unenforceable aspects of liability waivers, the importance of knowing what is and is not covered under a liability insurance policy, state-specific laws, as well as common types of negligence and other liabilities. Current topics such as virtual and in-home/off-site training, as well as data privacy concerns related to wearable technologies are also covered. The many lawsuit case examples highlight just how important and cost-saving it can be to understand fitness law and prioritize safety.“

Joey Flood, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CSCS, TSAC-F

Physical Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Click the "More Info" button for detailed description of the CEC/CEU course, course fee, and Terms and Conditions. Click the "Registration" button to register for the Self-Study course -- see option for students who receive a 20% discount.

NOTE: If the More Info and Registration buttons are not working, email JoAnn at: drjes2014@gmail -- and she will send you this information.


NOTE: If you have a certification from an organization other than ACSM or NSCA, you can contact that organization to ask about petition requirements to obtain CEs from our course. 

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