Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Content
Online Quiz
CEC Credits: ACE 0.4 CECs , ACSM 4.0 CECs

When clients have lived most of their life either overweight or on an unhealthy track, the same strategies you use to design exercise programs for other clients may not apply. In this course, you’ll explore principles, strategies and techniques for exercise program design and implementation for clients who need to change the way they live or manage their weight. Learn methods that will improve their adherence and behavior change theories that will help them achieve and maintain a healthy bodyweight.

You will learn:

  • Criteria for client referral to other appropriate health care providers
  • Relationship between sustained physical activity and weight-loss behavior
  • How to explain and implement effective exercise program design strategies for weight loss
  • Strategies to improve adherence to exercise and maintenance of weight loss

CEC Credits

This course is approved for 0.4 ACE CECs and is also approved by the following organizations for Continuing Education hours:

ACSM 4.00 CECs


I really liked this course however would have preferred to have this in a textbook form for easier note taking and highlighting.

I didn't feel there was any tangible new information that was specifically targeted towards those with a 25+ bmi to give additional insight or tools for us to use with the client

Assigning large random chapters out of the PT manual was just plain lazy on your part. Secondly, as the course goes on it becomes more & more about basic programming and less with a focus on overweight/obese individuals. The photos demonstrating the recommended exercises don't even feature an overweight or obese person. What's more is that a good bit of those exercises and stretches would be difficult for an obese person to perform well, which violates the basic tenant of giving them achievable goals that boost self-confidence. As 20+ year Medical Exercise Specialist, a front plank test is completely inappropriate for an obese/overweight de-conditioned person. You even mention in the course that many floor exercises are difficult for this population to do and yet, many of your photos are of healthy, very fit people on the floor. Additionally, there is no talk of or strategies for how to make the progression moves more "doable" for an obese person and how to help them not "feel" like they look awkward while doing these movements. And most of the research sited was 10-20 years old!