Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Content
Online Quiz
CEC Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 1.0 CECs

Detect Which Claims Are Real and Which Are Too Good to Be True

We’re confronted with advertising on a daily basis, especially when it comes to health and fitness. How can you tell if a certain product, program or trend measures up to its marketing claims?

Value or Hype? Effectiveness of Fitness Products, Programs and Trends According to ACE-Sponsored Research dives into key ACE-sponsored studies on HIIT training, suspension training, hot yoga, the “best” exercises for various body parts and more. Created by ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM and presented by ACE Director of Science and Research Content Sabrena Jo, MS, this course will teach you how to make more informed decisions regarding these heavily marketed and often hyped products, programs and training trends so you can provide your clients unbiased, evidence-based information.

You will learn:

  • To separate research-based evidence from “gym science” when evaluating the effectiveness of many popular fitness products, programs and training trends
  • To recognize and access reliable sources for evaluating product and programming research and marketing claims
  • To educate and inform your clients and class participants of the supporting evidence for their physical-activity options

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
1.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637


Very dense material. It's good it was divided into more retainable segments.

I was struck during the presentation of the hot yoga research that the presenter seemed to have a negative opinion of this style of yoga. Whether this is accurate or not the language suggested a bias that interfered with my ability to take their interpretation as coming from a fully scientific, unbiased foundation. There is a lot of current research on heat and depression, including a small study I just saw today from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If the presenter had a prejudgement on the validity or possible negative health consequences of this style of yoga it would be better not to present the study, allow another person to present it, or strive to present the data in an unbiased manner. For the record I am associated with a hot yoga studio but I do not do or teach hot yoga. I accept that certain aspects of the practice would be good to research to see if there are benefits or risks.