Our goal is simple: To Educate Health and Fitness Professionals to Empower Cancer Survivors

The Cancer Exercise Training Institute provides health and fitness professionals with comprehensive coursework on twenty-five types of cancer, their surgeries and treatments, breast reconstruction, upper and lower body lymphedema prevention, identification, and management, cancer pain and fatigue, comprehensive fitness evaluations including postural assessment and goniometry, as well as marketing strategies and how to position themselves as the "next step" in the health care continuum.

Cancer Exercise Specialists are to cancer what cardiac rehab is to the heart patient. At CETI we provide products and educational materials for health care professionals as well as cancer patients.

Developed by Cancer Exercise Specialist and author of Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors and the EM-POWER program, Andrea Leonard, The Cancer Exercise Training Institute was established in response to a growing need to provide scientifically-based, current information on exercise therapy as a critical component of cancer recovery.

"I took the ASCM cancer trainer certification last fall. Yours was WAY more practical, and actually helped me to pass my ASCM! In fact, other fitness managers from ... Corp. have been referred to me, asking which certification they should have their Trainers take... Your program actually teaches a Trainer how to work with cancer clients. ACSM is simply a test of knowledge. Thanks for your efforts. I am one Trainer who cares, and so do my clients. They think I am the one and only expert on cancer and exercise, thanks to you!"


Marjie Zimmerman



Upcoming News
New Certification Coming    10-01-2013
Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist. Call 503-502-6776 to be one of the first in the country to be certified!

New BOSU® Program Manual    05-29-2013
Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist Advanced Qualification Program Manual

New DVD Release    07-01-2012
Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors 2nd Edition

CES 9th Edition Handbook    11-01-2012
CES 9th Edition Handbook to include a new pediatric component as well as more exercises for Personal Trainers, Fitnes Instructors, and Yoga and Pilates Instructors.


Recent Posts
04-17-2014
Father's Age at Birth may Affect Daughter's Cancer Risk
A parent’s age at birth, particularly a father’s age, may affect the adult-onset cancer risk for daughters — especially for breast cancer. Women born to a father under the age of 20 had a 35 percent greater risk of breast cancer and more than two times greater risk of ovarian cancer, when compared to those born to a father whose age at his daughter’s birth was 25 to 29 years old. SOURCE: City of HOPE
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04-10-2014
Tulum Mexico Cancer Exercise Retreat
Call Shira at 416-417-6353 shira@bestinhealthradio.com
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04-08-2014
Yoga Benefits for Breast Cancer Survivors
Funds from the National Cancer Institute helped finance the study. Written by Catharine Paddock PhD
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04-07-2014
Reduce the Risk of Cancer with Nutrition
Stanford Medicine Cancer Institute
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04-01-2014
Trim Your Risk of Cancer with Exercise
How much exercise is too much? According to national activity guidelines, a good goal is to exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. To get the most benefit, though, aim for about an hour a day. Moderate-intensity activities such as brisk walking may be sufficient, although there is more benefit with increased intensity. How much exercise is too much? According to national activity guidelines, a good goal is to exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. To get the most benefit, though, aim for about an hour a day. Moderate-intensity activities such as brisk walking may be sufficient, although there is more benefit with increased intensity.
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03-30-2014
Dropping ACID - in our diet
Sources: Gatenby, R.A., & Gillies, R.J. (2004). Why do cancers have high aerobic glycolysis. Nature Reviews, 4, 891-899. Mahan, L.K., & Escott-Stump, S. (2008). Acid-Base Balance. (2008). Krause’s food and nutrition therapy. St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders. Liebman, B. (2010, November). Bad for bones? the latest of food and fractures. Nutrition Action, 3-7. Jajoo, R, Song, L, Rasmussen, H, Harris, S, & Dawson-Hughes, B. (2006). Dietary acid-base balance, bone resorption, and calcium excretion. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 25(3), 224-230. Taylor, Keith. (2005). Gout foods to avoid, makes you acid. Retrieved from http://www.goutpal.com/gout-food-to-avoid.html
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03-14-2014
Sugar May be Sweet, but it is not a Friend

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03-12-2014
Yoga and Breast Cancer Survivor Quality of Life
Breast cancer survivors frequently cite myriad symptoms, including fatigue, deconditioning, and depression. In addition, their cardiorespiratory fitness is about 30% lower than that of their sedentary, age-matched, cancer-free counterparts. Survivors benefit from regular exercise but often limit their physical activity because of pain and fatigue. Would less vigorous yoga exercise provide health benefits for such individuals? To find out, investigators conducted a 3-month, randomized, controlled trial in which 200 breast cancer survivors were assigned to a yoga program (twice-weekly, 90-minute, hatha yoga workouts for 12 weeks) or to usual activities (controls). The primary outcomes were measures of inflammation associated with decreased physical function — interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a), and interleukin (IL)-1ß — as well as scores on validated assessments of vitality, fatigue, and depression. Women reporting more than 5 hours of vigorous exercise per week or prior or current yoga practice were excluded. Immediately after treatment, vitality was higher in the yoga group than in controls (P=0.01), but fatigue was not diminished. At 3 months after treatment, fatigue was lower in the yoga group (P=0.002), vitality was higher (P=0.01), and inflammatory measures were lower: IL-6 (P=0.027), TNF-a (P=0.027), and [IL-1ß] (P=0=.037). Measures of depression did not differ between groups. COMMENT Modest exercise of any sort has been shown in prior studies to improve functional status, physiologic fitness, and many common symptoms that cancer survivors experience. Yoga appears to have similar effects on sedentary breast cancer survivors. Encouraging patients and survivors to exercise, even with modest exertion, can provide significant benefits and should be part of a survivorship plan. William J. Gradishar, MD reviewing Kiecolt-Glaser JK et al. J Clin Oncol 2014 Jan 27.
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02-09-2014
Breast Cancer Recovery and Exercise

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01-06-2014
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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12-15-2013
New CES Program coming in 2014

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10-18-2013
Breast Cancer recovery BOSU(R) Specialist
This exciting new protocol is scheduled for release in October, 2013. This will be the first ever Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist (BCRBS) program in the country, making you, your trainers, and your fitness facility the first to offer this BOSU® specific breast cancer protocol. About the Program: The goal of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI) is simple: To Educate Health and Fitness Professionals to Empower Cancer Survivors. The BCRBS program was designed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with breast cancer patients in post-operative exercise and quality-of-life programs. Both the BCRBS Workshop and Home Study programs address the exercise implications and contraindications related to breast cancer surgery and treatment, and their impact on physical mobility. This program, specifically designed for Personal Trainers and Group Fitness instructors, addresses and corrects muscle imbalances and range of motion limitations related to breast cancer using rehabilitative exercise protocol developed exclusively for the BOSU® balance trainer. Upon successful completion of the home study and certification exam, graduates will: • Become certified as a Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist (BCRBS) • Satisfy continuing education requirements • Be included in our International Online Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist Directory, free of charge, driving new clients directly to you. • Be able to establish themselves and your facility as one of the premier fitness centers in your region to offer post-operative breast cancer rehabilitative services
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09-16-2013
NEW DVD available in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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06-27-2013
Breast Cancer and Exercise
Because every muscle in the body works synergistically, an imbalance in the shoulder can lead to a multitude of imbalances from the hips to the knees to the ankles etc… Choose your exercises carefully. Put emphasis on the areas of need. This is not and can never be a cookie-cutter workout. No two breast cancer patients are the same. Not only are you taking into consideration their surgery, reconstruction, and treatment, you have to also factor in the remainder of their health history and any additional orthopedic concerns. I urge anyone who wants to work with cancer patients to undergo specialized training. It is very complex and the untrained professional can end up doing more harm than good.
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05-19-2013
Race for the Cure
What a fantastic event. Survivors and their families were thrilled to see the new Pink BOSU (R)! It was great to be able to present them with specific recovery protocol for breast cancer. This is just one more option that we can offer survivors who want a fun, safe, and effective way to combat the negative side-effects of treatment and surgery.
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04-02-2013
Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist Adv. Qualification
Cancer Exercise Training Institute and BOSU® have teamed up to bring you theBreast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist Advanced Qualification in June 2013. This will be similar to our 2-day Cancer Exercise Specialist course except that the focus will be entirely on breast cancer surgery, treatment, and reconstruction and all of the postural, range of motion, and long-term side effects that go along with it. A good part of the training will be hands-on BOSU®-specfic breast cancer recovery exercises (beginner to advanced)along with comprehensive postural and range of motion analysis. Be the first in your area to offer these exclusive services. To pre-register, or schedule the FIRST workshop in your area, please call 503-502-6776.
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12-10-2012
Give the Gift that will have a life-long impact

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11-12-2012
New CES Handbook

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11-12-2012
Lance Armstrong Resigns

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10-04-2012
My Friend Laurie

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09-12-2012
Bridging the Gap

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09-05-2012
NCI Cancer Bulletin "To Eat or not to Eat"

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08-16-2012
Good Bye to a Dear Lady

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08-15-2012
NCI Cancer Bulletin Article on Diet and Cancer

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07-12-2012
Exercise Inspires, strengthens, encourages, and motivates!
...at a time when you are facing life-changing choices and decisions regarding treatment, surgery, reconstruction, etc.....that exercise would be ranked at the bottom of the totem poll...
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03-15-2012
New Website Launch
We are launching a new website to better assist cancer professionals, and cancer patients...
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In the Media
The Training Edge   03-22-2014
Taking Control of Cancer
Learning how to train special populations can set you up to focus on market niches...
Taking Control of Cancer

US Dep. of Human Services   01-30-2014
Physical Activity for Cancer Patients
So what should cancer patients and survivors do? The best advice is to start a new physical activity program with the help of a trained specialist.
Physical Activity for Cancer Patients

YouTube.com   06-05-2013
Andrea Leonard demonstrating on Pink BOSU
Andrea Leonard demonstrating breast cancer recovery exercises on Pink BOSU
Breast cancer recovery exercises on Pink BOSU

CapitalStyle   05-15-2013
Race for the Cure: Q&A with Andrea Leonard
After watching her mother struggle with breast cancer twice and suffering from thyroid cancer herself, personal trainer Andrea Leonard decided to help cancer survivors and recovery patients through exercise...
Race for the Cure: Q&A with Andrea Leonard

Examiner.com   02-20-2013
The BOSU® helped cancer survivor Andrea Leonard
Incorporating the BOSU® at home or in the gym can be an amazing addition to your workout. For the girly girl and those looking to give back towards a worthy cause the BOSU® would be the ideal choice!
The BOSU® helped cancer survivor Andrea Leonard

Club Solutions Magazine   12-20-2012
Training Members Who Have Cancer
...according to the American Cancer Society, working out while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation may be beneficial to a cancer patient’s overall health.
Training Members Who Have Cancer

ClubIndustry.com   10-01-2012
Breast Cancer Survivors Rebuild Strength with Pilates
As more health club operators look to small group training for specific populations to increase ancillary revenue, one program that some operators are implementing is Pilates for...
Breast Cancer Survivors Rebuild Strength with Pilates

Le Mars Daily Sentinel   03-07-2012
Exercise Specialist helps Cancer Survivors
..."The program centers around the idea that fitness, exercise is a wonderful way to rebound after and actually while you're going through (cancer) treatment,"...
Exercise Specialist helps Cancer Survivors

LiveStrong.com   08-11-2011
Breast Cancer Workout
...build strength and flexibility in your upper body. According to exercise experts Amy Halverstadt and Andrea Leonard in their book, "Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors,"...
Breast Cancer Workouts

Herald Tribune   04-26-2011
Fighting Cancer with Exercise
...Lenari earned her certification through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute, a group founded by Andrea Leonard...
Fighting Cancer with Exercise

stlToday.com   06-30-2010
Exercise Can Help Cancer Recovery
...women who've had mastectomies often can't reach things in a cupboard, scratch their back or blow-dry their hair, said Andrea Leonard...
Exercise Can Help Cancer Recovery


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