Provider: Amy Ashmore, PhD
Type: Online Course
CEC Credits: ACE 0.2 CECs

160 Million Americans Need Your Help

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, more than half of the U.S. population is impacted by overweight or obesity, making them more susceptible to inactivity-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is an epidemic in America and across the world—but you can help turn the tide. As a health and fitness professional, you have the knowledge to deliver fitness instruction to a wide variety of people, but you may be struggling with programming and implementing safe and effective cardiovascular workouts for clients affected by obesity.

Recent research that shows that people with obesity have fewer neural pathways connecting the different parts of the brain than do those at a healthy weight, meaning that some people with obesity may have a tougher time with complex movements. Cardiovascular Training for Clients Who Have Obesity will help you account for these neurological challenges and design personalized, strategic programs for this unique population.

Taught by Amy Ashmore, Ph.D.—noted fitness professional and the author of over two dozen fitness related periodicals and books—this course will give you the knowledge to serve your clients impacted by obesity more effectively, including an informative, step-by-step how-to cardiovascular programming guide you can use immediately to better support a vast population in need of health and fitness instruction. 

You will learn:

  • How to make safe and effective cardiovascular programming decisions, including selecting exercise mode and intensity
  • How biomechanics can make certain movements difficult for clients affected by obesity
  • How to account for changes in the brain when building exercise programs


This course was well organized and I learned a lot! I would like to have had a visual with an obese person when talking about biomechanics and analysis. Also, I have clients who won't go near a gym or can't afford it and there's no way they would have access to the really expensive machines for 400+ people. I would like to have seen some other ideas of cardio activities they could do at home, or outside.

Very good information, very easy to use in practice. I think it can help a lot by developing a training.

I loved this course. h Helps me better understand my clients

What you get is a short PDF to read. The video is the author reading the PDF to you. I thought I would learn more general information about biomechanics and ways to adapt cardio exercises for obese clients. There really isn't much to this 'course' for the $30 I paid. Glad it was at least on sale. It also contains many of the same questions on the quiz as the Strength training for Obesity course. Perhaps these two should be combined into one course for the same price as the one.