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Physical Fitness: Guidelines for Safe and Effective Exercise

This 32-page booklet, written by two leading authorities in exercise science will benefit fitness participants and fitness professionals.

1. Benefits for fitness participants:

  • Provides instruction on important safety principles
  • Includes education on basic fitness concepts
  • Presented in a user-friendly format - easy, quick to read and understand

2. Benefits for fitness professionals:

  • Provides important information to review with new members/clients during Facility Orientations -  a unique benefit to your facility
  • Helps minimize legal liability by carrying out your legal duty to provide proper instruction*
  • Promotes a "safety culture" in your facility

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Rule the Rules of Workplace Wellness Programs

  • Must have legal resource for professionals who work with workplace fitness/wellness programs
  • Authors: Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH and JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D.
  • Publisher: American Bar Association, 2017
  • Check out the Wellness Compliance Institute (WCI -- for information about the Continuing Education Program (earn 21 CECs or 21 CECHs) and the Certification program that accompany the Rule the Rules book

Additional Educational Resources -- All are FREE

  1. Featured Articles and Legal Columns (n=33) that Dr. JES authored (or co-authored) covering a variety of legal/risk management topics in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal between 1997 and 2017 can found in full text at: ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal Articles -- Dr. JES lead or co-author
  2. Legal Columns (n=20) authored by Dr. Anthony Abbott covering a variety of legal/risk management topics in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal between 2011and 2019 can found in full text at: Legal Columns -- Dr. Abbott
  3. Fitness Law Academy Newsletter: “Free” quarterly newsletter – subscribe on the Newsletter page.
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  5. Articles on a variety of legal and risk management topics for fitness managers and exercise professionals also available at: