Cancer Exercise Training Institute


The Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI) provides health and fitness professionals with comprehensive coursework on twenty-five types of cancer as well as pediatrics, 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.

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.

Cancer Exercise Specialists are to cancer what cardiac rehab is to the heart patient. At CETI, we provide products and educational materials for healthcare professionals as well as cancer patients. Our goal is simple: To Educate Health and Fitness Professionals to Empower Cancer Survivors.

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MFN professional members receive a $100 discount on the Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES) Advanced Qualification.


The Cancer Exercise Training Institute offers two primary fitness certifications.

The Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification is available in 4 different professional areas: Personal Trainer/Group Exercise Instructor, Yoga Instructor/Yoga Therapist, Pilates Instructor, and Nurse.

Qualification is available both in live workshop and home study.

The Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with cancer patients during and after cancer surgery and treatment and into survivorship. Participants will gain a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. Our unique and individualized programming will help to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the mental and physical stress following cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Our comprehensive programming covers 25 types of cancer, as well as pediatrics, with special emphasis on breast cancer and breast reconstruction.

The Cancer Exercise Training Institute has trained more health and fitness professionals worldwide to become Cancer Exercise Specialists than any other organization. Andrea Leonard, 32-year cancer survivor, author of “Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors,” NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, and President/Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute began her extensive research in 1995; long before anyone had ever hear of “cancer exercise.” She spent three years working on Essential Exercises with the chiefs of breast surgery at Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns’ Hopkins University Hospital Medical Centers. Realizing there was a need to assist patients with many types of cancer, Andrea expanded her research and writing to cover a broader spectrum. She is truly a pioneer in the field of cancer and exercise and has paved the way for other organizations to follow.

The Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist Advanced Qualification was developed 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. Participants will gain a complete understanding of the entire breast cancer process, from diagnosis and treatment all the way through reconstruction. Using the

BOSU® Balance Trainer, participants will learn how to prescribe corrective exercises for muscle imbalances and range of motion deviations, as well as exercises to promote lymph drainage.

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