The Exercise Safety Association
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The Exercise Safety Association (ESA) is a professional membership and certification organization for exercise instructors, the leaders in safety education, setting standards since 1978.
ESA has a long standing reputation of quality and experience. The Exercise Safety Association is dedicated to bringing its members the latest information, research and ideas. ESA networks fitness instructors across the United States and several foreign countries, who are truly concerned about practicing safe methods of exercise for the long term health of their participants. ESA administers the only safety certification examination in the industry and has certified over 100,000 instructors.
Exercise Safety Association News
Welcome to the Exercise Safety Association's revised website. This site is designed as a resource for professionals; it includes a general area that is open to everyone, and a log-in area reserved exclusively for ESA certified members.
Congratulations to Kim Osborne of Columbus, Ohio, who was presented ESA's 2010 Luminary Award. A "Luminary" is a source of light, an intellectual or notable teacher. ESA has bestowed the honor annually since 2007 to recognize an outstanding ESA STAR America Representative, trainer or mentor/facilitator who has demonstrated progressive leadership, training excellence and community service.
Mary Anne Fantauzzi, owner of Total Body
Trifecta in Saratoga Springs, has demonstrated
that "everything old is new again" with an
innovative use of an abandoned fitness prop.
Remember the lateral slide from the 1990s? If
you don't, a slide is a flat vinyl board with
bumpers on each end. Sharyn Kalinkewicz, an
ESA Certified member and charter member of
Total Body Trifecta, is pictured to the left of this
article demonstrating the Slide. The participant
wears special cloth booties over his or her
exercise shoes and begins on the bumper at one
end. He or she "pushes off," slides across the
very slippery surface, and is stopped by the
rubber bumper at the other end. Mary Anne tells
us about the class that she created, which
makes use of the Slide, the Yoga Sticky Mat, and the Body Ball to condition core muscles.
In response to many ESA certified instructor
requests, the Exercise Safety Association has
started a program that critiques popular
commercial exercise videos for elements of
safety and effectiveness. Videos are submitted
by ESA members and rated by a representative
from ESA's Advisory Board. The critique includes
rationales based on scientific guidelines and
generally accepted fitness recommendations.
The purpose of the system is to help ESA
professionals reinforce the safety information
that they learned in their primary training
ESA rates Jane Fonda's new video.
Every issue of the ESA News includes a different
discount coupon to stretch your professional
A new .1 continuing education article is included
in every ESA Newsletter. These articles cover
information about various aspects of health and
fitness and can be used as instructional
resources. Articles may be read to learn new
information and reinforce knowledge, and they may
be completed to earn .1 continuing education
credit. To earn .1 CEC, read the article and
complete the Continuing Education Submission
Form. Click here for a
complete listing of ALL ESA articles.
In this newsletter ART150 explains Lateral Slide
Training, which has many benefits and can be
used in a variety of ways to train a number of
fitness components. However, the responsibility
for the safety of the participant and the success
of the program depends not only on the
instructor's implementation of safety
recommendations but also on the instructor's
understanding of the body mechanics and
physiology used while exercising on the Slide.