Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise - FIT04

Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise

by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, LD, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.3 / 369 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.10 CEU)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Carbohydrates are critical for optimal sports performance. Athletes and active individuals are exposed to both facts and myths surrounding the roles of carbohydrates for sports performance. Sports nutrition professionals need to have an in-depth understanding of carbohydrate functions when making appropriate recommendations to athletes engaging in different types of sports of varying durations and intensities. This course provides a detailed look at how carbohydrate is stored, made available and used during moderate to high-intensity exercise. Recommendations for carbohydrate intake before, during and after exercise are discussed, along with guidelines for carbohydrate loading before endurance events and the foods that improve performance.


The goal of this carbohydrate and exercise continuing education course is to provide practitioners with evidence-based information on carbohydrate recommendations for athletes. After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of carbohydrate as fuel during moderate and high-intensity exercise
  • Describe the recommended carbohydrate intake based on training intensity and duration
  • Discuss the limitations of using the glycemic index/load to provide guidelines for food intake around an exercise session

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.1 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 6/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/10/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Katherine A - fort lee, NJ  ·  Feb 27, 2017
I'm glad I knew the math and to convert pounds into kilograms (thank you internet). I do wish that it also included lower level exercisers and not focus as much on elite athletic training.
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Ike W - LaGrange, GA  ·  Nov 01, 2016
Course was practical. Easy to understand. Very helpful
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samim i - izmir, IT  ·  Feb 25, 2016
was very teaching, thank you.
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Stepfanie R - Black Mountain, NC  ·  Sep 12, 2015
as with the other courses I have taken, this was sub-par
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Daneill C - Ellensburg, WA  ·  Aug 11, 2015
The course was simple and to-the-point. It didn't take too long, and it was somewhat interesting. It would be a little better if it gave more information for the recreational athlete on what we could be eating to create our own meal plans. As a trainer, I don't work with extreme endurance athletes - I work with functional fitness and regular joes, so it'd be nice to consider what kind of fuel they would need.
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Price: $29.00
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