There is never one BEST WAY to attain AFAA CEUs that will fit everyone. I think Jason said it best, “courses that will directly benefit your career AND satisfy CEU’s/CEC’s”
Being in this field for almost 30 years, I have seen some instructors and trainers take things that can “freeze” through and doesn’t really enhance their careers.
Do what benefits and is affordable for you.
I do like a combinations of all seven things that listed above to maintain all of my certification.
Since I am certified a Master AFAA Fitness Practitioner, I have to maintain 20 AFAA CEUs where as everyone else has to maintain 15 CEUs. So far, I earned over 50 CEUS through AFAA and other organizations. There is just too much to learn in one lifetime.