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

Help Fight Obesity with Strategic Strength Training

Obesity in America is taking a major toll on population health, leading to or exacerbating inactivity-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, one in every three Americans is affected by obesity, and two of every three Americans are overweight. Health and fitness professionals are on the front lines of the battle against obesity, but many lack the specific knowledge needed to safely and effectively train clients with obesity—particularly when it comes to strength training.

New research demonstrates that people impacted by obesity have less white matter in their brains, which is essential for coordination and movement. Strength training is incredibly effective in battling obesity—but requires some complex movements which can be difficult for certain clients. Strength Training for Clients Who Have Obesity will help you account for these neurological challenges and design personalized strength programs for this unique population.

Taught by Amy Ashmore, Ph.D.—a university professor and fitness author—this course will dive into the latest neurological research on obesity to help you understand how to design safe and effective strength training movements for your clients.

You will learn:

  • How to design exercise programs from a “motor learning” perspective
  • The very latest neurological research, and how it relates to your clients affected by obesity
  • How to account for changes in the brain when building strength training programs


For a seasoned trainer, the information was good, but somewhat practical to what experience has taught me with all clients. The 2-10-20 model was well explained, and I can see how that is so helpful with obese clients. The obesity-related brain changes information was fascinating to me!

What you get is a short PDF to read. The video goes through some exercises. I thought I would learn more general information about biomechanics and ways to scale any exercise for obese clients, and how to work specific joints or muscles taking into account size considerations. There really isn't much to this 'course' for the $30 I paid. Glad it was at least on sale.