Fitness Law Academy

Enhancing Fitness Safety through Education

Physical Fitness: Guidelines for Safe and Effective Exercise

This 32-page booklet, written by two leading authorities in Exercise Science, will benefit both fitness participants and 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

*How can this Fitness Booklet help minimize your legal liability?

The failure to provide proper instruction is one of the most common negligence claims that plaintiffs make when they file lawsuits against fitness professionals and facilities. 

Case Examples:

Case #1: An expert witness testified that the plaintiff’s stroke was likely due to the failure of the plaintiff’s personal trainer to (a) properly instruct and supervise her to ensure breathing was continuous while performing resistance exercises, and (b) warn her about the risks of the Valsalva maneuver during weightlifting (1).

Case #2: An expert witness testified that the plaintiff’s cardiac arrest was likely due to the failure of the fitness staff to carry out their legal duty to orient/educate the plaintiff on the (a) importance of cool-down and (b) concept of blood pooling (2).

These important “safety” concepts along with many others are covered in this Fitness Booklet. By providing this booklet to your participants and reviewing it with them, it can help you create an effective defense, if ever needed, by providing evidence that you did not breach your duty to instruct your participants on important principles of fitness safety.

1. Bursik, D. & Conway, G. (2013). Warning clients of possible effects of Valsalva with resistance exercise--implications to the standard of care for fitness professionals? The      Exercise, Sports and Sports Medicine Standards & Malpractice Reporter, 2(1), 11-12.

2. Abbott, A. (2013). Cardiac arrest litigations. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, 17(1), 31-34.

Table of Contents

  1.    Top 25 Reasons to Exercise
  2.    Fitness Components
  3.   Principles of Exercise
  4.   Pre-activity Screening
  5.    Aerobic Principles
  6.   Resistance Training Principles
  7.  Flexibility Principles
  8. Potential Risks Associated with Exercise
  9.   Motivational Tips
  10.    Sample Workouts


Number of copies

1 Review Copy




Price per copy

$5.00 (includes shipping)




After an order is submitted, an invoice will be sent. Once paid, the booklets will be shipped (shipping cost:  USPS Priority Mail rate will be added to the invoice).