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CEU Corners

AFAA's CEU Corners


AFAA's CEU Corner program is one of AFAA's most popular continuing education options. Not only are AFAA's CEU Corners available in Amercan Fitness Magazine, but they can now also be accessed and completed online at e-AFAA.

Simply read the comprehensive article and pass the corresponding multiple-choice quiz to earn 2 CEUs for a $25 fee.

Course Requirements

This course must be completed within one (1) year of the purchase date to be eligible for earning credit.

You are allowed three (3) tries per CEU Corner exam to score 100% and can see your results as you go.

Successful completion of a CEU Corner exam counts as the AFAA course required for recertification.

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CEU Corners

Sometimes You Just Have to Unplug

In today's world, stress is a very real and dangerous situation in the landscape of life.

Train the Brain!

A plethora of body training approaches abounds today

The Harmful Effects of Excessive Exercise

Studies Reveal Links to Heart Damage


Are trend HIT programs to blame?

Legal Liability and Risk Management for the Fitness Professional

When an injury occurs in a fitness facility, it can lead to costly negligence claims and/or lawsuits against fitness professionals and facilities.

The Sports Surfaces Debate

I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.

Pilates-Based Postural Assessment

Improve spinal mobility and strength through proper posture

Parkinson's Disease

It's more frequently seen in patients over the age of 60 and is one of the most common neurological disorders of this age group

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

The knee is the largest joint in the body

Finding the Right Angle to Remedy Knee Pain

Many people who suffer from knee pain are regular exercisers who want to train

Top Seven Injuries Below the Belt

The best way to avoid getting hurt is to understand how it happens and then take precautions

ApoE Genotype Testing

Helping to direct treatments, dietary recommendations and predict disease risk.

When Rest Doesn't Recover

The usual first sign of this syndrome is persistent fatigue that exists after several rest periods.

Organic, Natural and Healthy

Much confusion abounds over terms such as Organic, Natural and Healthy.

The Shoulder Complex

Anatomy, Common Dysfunctions and Activities to Prevent Injury

The New Heart Rate Training

Exercising to reduce the aging process

How to Fool Mother Nature

Exercising to reduce the aging process

Barefoot Running

A Revolution or Regression

Activities Tools for Balance

Training minds and muscles to avert falls

Keeping Older Adults Fit and Functional

Retaining Vitality and Independence

How's Your Posture?

Identifying and Remediating Common Postural Anomalies

Standard Strength Training

My preferred approach is a progressive three-level program that includes resistance machine exercises

Adolescent Growth Plate Injuries

How to protect, diagnose and treat young athletes


As sport, exercise and physical activity require various multi-joint movements, it is essential that musculoskeletal function not be compromised by insufficient flexibility.

The New Frontier for Personal Trainers

Aging, Chronic Disease and Disability

It's All About the ZZZs

Obstructive sleep apnea and its impact on staying fit

The Business of Wellness

Wellness is the optimal condition of an individual's physical, mental and emotional self.

Mobility and Exercise:
What Is the Connection?

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system.

Vitamin D: An Introductory Guide

Vitamin D is a hormone. It is not a vitamin. It was discovered back in the 1930s and had a huge public health effect by its addition to food. Rickets, present in up to 80 percent of children....

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Regardless of where clients train, specific strategies can be employed to help reduce the chances of an ACL tear. A rigorous and comprehensive training regimen is the key.

Understanding the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

Fitness professionals deal with a wide array of clients ranging from the highly motivated, extremely physically fit overachiever to the unmotivated, depressed, sedentary individual

Medicine and Fitness: Care of the Back

Linking Health Practitioners in Providing a Continuity of Care

Overtraining Syndrome

With prolonged training stresses and inadequate rest and recovery periods, overtraining syndrome (OTS) may have caused competitors' performances to come up short instead of propelling them into fame

Enduring With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) (pronounced "fi-bro-my-AL-jia") is a chronic pain syndrome, characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain consistently felt in the deep tissue of ligaments, joints and muscles.

Pumping Up Cardiac Rehab

Certified instructors and personal trainers should be familiar with the benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness.

The More We Learn, the Better We Work

Finding the most valuable exercise tool is a never-ending quest for fitness professionals.

Steer Clear of the Silent Thief

Good practices for prevention of osteoporosis

Row Your Way to a Fitter You

The advantages of a rowing workout

When Trouble is Afoot

When Trouble is Afoot

Upper Respiratory Viral Infections in the Athlete

With the onset of winter comes the worry of catching a cold and fighting it for the rest of the season.

Beyond Pink Ribbons and Walkathons

Breast cancer is by far the most feared disease occurring in women, despite its prevalence being second to lung cancer.

Life After Knee Surgery

Life After Knee Surgery

The Postpartum Challenge

There is nothing more incredible than the changes a woman's body undergoes during pregnancy

Complete Core Care

Sculpt a strong center to prevent back pain and increase athletic performance.

More to Know about HDL's

More to Know about HDL's

Diabetes and Obesity

Diabetes and Obesity

Run Like a Pro

This article is based on a program in which a group of inexperienced runners train for a 5K event by studying intensity

The Lungs

Our lungs are deceptively simple organs of respiration


Named after its creator, Pilates is a method of exercise that focuses on the core, consisting of the abdominal and back musculature.

Metabolic Syndrome

Patients with metabolic syndrome have a three times greater risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

MyPyramid: A Personalized Approach to Healthy Eating

MyPyramid: A Personalized Approach to Healthy Eating

Hyponatremia: Water Intoxication

The word intoxication is often associated with drinking too much alcohol.

The Growing Problems of Overweight American Youths

It is not difficult to find staggering statistics regarding obesity in America. Obesity is prevalent in both genders, affects all ages, crosses all ethnic groups and has quadrupled in the last 25 years (Ogden et al. 2002).

Bringing Outdoor Cycling to the Great Indoors

With indoor cycling at peak popularity, fitness professionals are searching for fresh approaches to teaching cycling classes, while participants need change to feel successful and keep coming back.

Factors Determining Exercise Adherence

One of the greatest challenges in the fitness profession is keeping clients motivated, particularly when learning new exercises.

Stretching to Prevent IT Band Syndrome

Recent research shows, aside from medical conditions or acute injury, a tight iliotibial band (IT Band) is to blame for knee pain.

Lifestyle Coaching

The ultimate challenge for health and fitness professionals is filling the gap between clients' intentions and their actions.

Practical Tips for a Wet Workout

For effective vocal and visual cueing, the instructor should lead classes from the pool deck facing the class. This way, participants will have an unobstructed view of the instructor and he or she will be able to keep an eye on them to ensure their safety.

The Female Triad

Specifically for young women, there is an even greater health concern that far outweighs typical "overuse syndrome"-the female triad.

Osteoporosis and Adolescent Females

Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone density and micro architectural deterioration of bone tissue

Practical Pilates Training with a Small Stability Ball

Pilates is one of the fastest growing exercise forms in the fitness industry. Therefore, many personal trainers and group fitness professionals turn to Pilates to expand their careers.

Post-Polio Syndrome: Can it be Managed?

After many years of neurologic and functional stability, people who suffered from polio earlier in their lives may develop late-onset, neuromuscular symptoms.

Strength Training Guidelines for Children

Among the general developmental benefits of strength training is its ability to increase bone mineral density, thereby decreasing the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. In 1994, Welton and colleagues showed the skeleton is most responsive to strength training benefits during growth. This means strength training is most beneficial for young women before the age of 16 and young men before the age of 18. Evidently, the benefits acquired are long term. Post-menopausal women suffered fewer hip fractures if they had engaged in weight-bearing activity as young girls.

A Lupus Overview

Although the exercising public often appears to be "high energy" and "feeling good," not everyone in the gym is quite so fortunate.

Package Deal

Nutrition labels present a wealth of information, but most people do not know what they're reading...

Hypertension and Exercise

Hypertension or high blood pressure, a common disease in industrial societies, has reached epidemic proportions.

AFAA's Nutrition Policy Statement

As a starting point, fitness professionals must acknowledge that some manufacturers of nutritional supplements as well as others are presently encouraging health and fitness facilities and fitness professionals to sell a wide range of nutritional products to their employees and customers.

Understanding Gait Function

Walking involves the complex interaction of muscle forces on bones, rotations through multiple joints and physical forces acting on the body (Chambers and Sutherland, 2002). The walking gait maneuver is the body's natural means of locomotion. Together with balance and stabilization, this convenient mode of travel represents personal mobility and thus, autonomy.

Back on the Ball

Four out of five adults experience back pain in their lifetimes. Impairment is most prevalent in the 45 to 64 year-old age group.

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

A study published in the May 3, 2001, New England Journal of Medicine appears to prove what health experts have long preached-in predisposed individuals

Kick the Risk

The explosion of kickboxing onto the fitness scene has resulted in hundreds of men and women punching, kicking, and sweating while working out to the thundering beat of music.

Water Tai Chi

Water tai chi is a combination of the principles of water fitness and the graceful flowing movements of tai chi chuan.


Fibromyalgia syndrome (FS) is an increasingly common, chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, stiffness and general fatigue (Krsnich-Shriwise, 1997).

Stretching Into the 21st Century: Part 2

While flexibility is one of the five health-related components of physical fitness (along with muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and body composition)

Stretching Into the 21st Century: Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series. This article covers theoretical knowledge of stretching and flexibility.

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