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Active Health Coach ACE Health Coach Helper: Lesson 1

ACE Health Coach Helper: Lesson 1

Are you studying for your ACE Health Coach Exam and want a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals? Jessie, the new Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and will be blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips over the next several weeks. Here is her first blog.

Active Exercise Science Muscles in Motion

Muscles in Motion

To design safe and effective exercise programs for your clients, you must have a good working knowledge of how muscles move and contract. Here is a great primer on the various actions that muscles perform, along with the roles and responsibilities muscles take on when they move various parts of the body, particularly during exercise.

Active Personal Trainer Special Considerations for Training in Cold Weather

Special Considerations for Training in Cold Weather

Environmental conditions are important to consider when designing an exercise program. In this blog, we take a closer look at the implications of exercising in the cold, and how fitness professionals can design programs that are safe for their clients—even on winter’s coldest days.

Active Exercise Science Muscles of the Core

Muscles of the Core

A good working knowledge of anatomy is essential for designing safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. You also need to know this information to be able to pass your exam. In this third installment of an ongoing series, we look at the muscles of the core.

Active Personal Trainer Diabetes: Understanding the Effects of Insulin on the Body

Diabetes: Understanding the Effects of Insulin on the Body

There has been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of diabetes over the past several decades, which makes it increasingly likely that you will work with clients who have some form of diabetes. Here is a basic primer on how insulin affects the body and the different types of diabetes you may encounter among your clients.

Active Exercise Science Muscles That Move the Arm

Muscles That Move the Arm

As a fitness professional, you need a good working knowledge of anatomy so you can design safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. You need to know this information to be able to pass your exam as well. In this second installment of an ongoing series, we look at the muscles that move the arm at the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.

Active Personal Trainer The High Life: Special Considerations for Training at Altitude

The High Life: Special Considerations for Training at Altitude

If you train clients at higher altitudes—or to participate in activities at high altitude—it is essential that you understand the factors that need to be considered. Not only is there less oxygen available at higher altitudes, there is greater potential for reduced physical performance. Here is a quick review of the special considerations for training at altitude, along with tips on how to spot signs of altitude sickness.

Active Exercise Science Muscles That Move the Scapulae

Muscles That Move the Scapulae

As a fitness professional, you need a good working knowledge of anatomy so you can design safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. As a result, you also need to know this information to be able to pass your exam as well. In the first of an ongoing series, we’ll look at the movements of numerous body parts, beginning with the muscles that move the scapulae.

Active Personal Trainer Considerations for Exercising in the Heat

Considerations for Exercising in the Heat

As a fitness professional, it is essential that you understand how to help keep their clients safe and reduce their risk of heat illness when exercising in extreme heat and/or humidity. Here are some important precautions and tips for staying safe throughout the hottest months of the year.

Active Personal Trainer Everything You Need To Know About Risk Stratification

Everything You Need To Know About Risk Stratification

Do you have a good working knowledge of risk stratification and how to use it to assess your clients’ risk of heart disease? Risk stratification is an important health assessment that all fitness professionals must be familiar with, both for the exam and in their careers. Here’s what you need to know about this essential screening tool.

Active Study Tips Exam Voucher 101

Exam Voucher 101

Confused about where to find your exam voucher, how to register for your exam, or what to bring with you when the big day finally arrives? Here is a quick primer on everything related to your exam voucher, including important expiration dates and what to do if you don’t feel quite prepared to take the exam even though your expiration date is looming.

Active Professional Application I Passed! Now What Do I Do?

I Passed! Now What Do I Do?

You passed your ACE certification exam…now what? Here are the answers to many of the questions you may have, including when your certificate will arrive, where to find information on starting your career, and how to start earning the continuing education credits you need to stay certified.

Active Study Tips How to Remember What You Study

How to Remember What You Study

Feeling nervous about trying to learn and memorize all the necessary information to pass your ACE certification exam? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great advice and shares his tips for making the most of your study time and actually absorbing the material you are trying to learn.

Active Study Tips How many questions do I need to get right to pass the exam?

How many questions do I need to get right to pass the exam?

If you’re preparing to take your exam, you might be wondering exactly how many correct answers you need to successfully pass your exam. To help put your mind at ease, here is a review of the types of questions you can expect to see, which ones will be graded and how many you need to get right.

Active Exercise Science What do I really need to know from ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals manual?

What do I really need to know from ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals manual?

If you’re just starting to study for your ACE certification exam, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the volume of material you need to absorb and understand, beginning with ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals. Here is a chapter-by-chapter guide to tackling this foundational manual, along with tips on what information you should be focusing on for the exam.

Active Study Tips My Exam Day Is Here! What Do I Need to Do?

My Exam Day Is Here! What Do I Need to Do?

If your exam date is looming, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions, including what to bring, what to expect and how soon you will be able to learn your results. Here are the answers to all your questions so you can make sure your exam day goes smoothly and is as stress-free as possible.

Active Study Tips My exam is right around the corner and I’ve completed the study materials. What should I focus on?

My exam is right around the corner and I’ve completed the study materials. What should I focus on?

You’re in the home stretch and want to maximize your study prep in the week or two before the exam. Here are some great study strategies that have proven effective in the period leading up to your exam.

Active Study Tips Math on the Exam: We’ve Got You Covered

Math on the Exam: We’ve Got You Covered

If it’s been years since you did any math you may be worried about some of the exam questions requiring you to use formulas and determine a correct answer. The good news is that the amount of questions involving math on the exams is minimal. Plus, we’ve created two math-specific tools—the Helpful Formulas Sheet and the Fitness Math course—that, with a little practice, will have you breezing through those math questions in no time.

Active Medical Exercise Specialist Everything You Need to Know About Earning an ACE Advanced Certification

Everything You Need to Know About Earning an ACE Advanced Certification

If you’ve decided to pursue one of ACE’s advanced certifications, it’s a good idea to take a moment and ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements for that particular certification. Here are specific prerequisites for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist certifications, along with instructions on how to submit the necessary documentation before sitting for your exam.

Active Professional Application How to Better Understand the Role of a Fitness Professional (Even Before You Pass Your Exam)

How to Better Understand the Role of a Fitness Professional (Even Before You Pass Your Exam)

Don’t wait until you’ve passed your ACE certification exam before getting some firsthand experience working as, or shadowing other, fitness professionals. Regardless of which certification you choose to pursue, these great tips will help you gain much-needed hands-on experience and understanding of the role of each fitness profession.

Active Professional Application CEC Opportunities You May Not Know About

CEC Opportunities You May Not Know About

You know you can earn CECs through live workshops, conferences and online courses, but that’s just the beginning. Here are several ways you may not have considered that will allow you to earn the CECs you need to renew your certification.

Active Study Tips 7 Things You Should Know About Exam Registration

7 Things You Should Know About Exam Registration

If you’ve recently purchased your Personal Trainer Study Bundle, there are a few important things to remember as you start preparing for your exam—7 things, to be exact. From expiration dates to CPR/AED certification, here’s what you need to know as you get closer to taking your exam.

Active Personal Trainer The Three Primary Energy Pathways Explained

The Three Primary Energy Pathways Explained

Are you struggling to understand the primary energy pathways and how the body uses the energy formed from each system? Here’s a quick breakdown of the phosphagen, anaerobic and aerobic pathways that fuel the body through all types of activity.

Active Professional Application I just became certified. What tools and other perks come with passing the exam?

I just became certified. What tools and other perks come with passing the exam?

As a newly ACE-certified Fitness Professional, you now have access to a wide range of benefits and resources that will be a huge help as you launch your career. Here is an overview of some of the great features that are exclusively yours now that you’ve passed your exam.

Active Personal Trainer How Much Should My Clients Lift?

How Much Should My Clients Lift?

Resistance training offers so many health and fitness benefits, but it can be a challenge to know exactly how much each client should be lifting to achieve maximum benefits while also avoiding injury. Here is a great primer on how to determine a client’s 1 repetition maximum and use this information to help him or her achieve her fitness goals.

Active Personal Trainer Training for Balance, Training for Life

Training for Balance, Training for Life

Balance is essential for all human movement and movement and is necessary for all activities of daily living. Therefore, it should be considered a foundational component of all programming and trained early in the exercise program once core function has been established. Learn the mechanical principles related to balance and how to manipulate training variables to help your clients achieve not only better balance, but improved fitness and quality of life as well.

Active Professional Application How to Nail a Job Interview

How to Nail a Job Interview

Feeling intimidated about the prospect of interviewing for your first job in fitness? We have expert insight for you on everything from how to dress for your interview to preparing your résumé, plus a list of do’s and don’ts that will help you make the right impression and land that coveted position.

Active Personal Trainer How to Establish Rapport With Non-Verbal Communication

How to Establish Rapport With Non-Verbal Communication

As a fitness professional, you want to establish rapport with your clients and they, in turn, must be able to trust you and know that you are concerned about their well-being. In this regard, what you communicate non-verbally—through your voice quality or body position, for example—is every bit as important as the words you speak. Learn how you can develop your non-verbal skills to achieve positive and effective communication with your clients.

Active Personal Trainer How to Use the Transtheoretical Model to Help Clients Make Healthy Behavioral Changes

How to Use the Transtheoretical Model to Help Clients Make Healthy Behavioral Changes

Having a good working knowledge of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavioral Change is not only important for your certification exam, but in your work as a fitness professional as well. Identifying which stage each of your clients is in will help you better understand how your clients are feeling about adopting positive lifestyle changes, and how you can help them progress through the stages of change.

Active Study Tips Which study guide should I use?

Which study guide should I use?

Having trouble deciding how to best prepare for your ACE certification exam? ACE offers two highly effective study guides designed to prepare you to successfully pass your ACE exam. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.

Active Personal Trainer What is the Difference Between VT1, VT2 and VO2 max?

What is the Difference Between VT1, VT2 and VO2 max?

When you first begin your studies, understanding the differences between VT1, VT2 and VO2 max can be a challenge. Here is a quick primer on the definitions of each one.

Active Study Tips How to Get the Most Out of Flashcards

How to Get the Most Out of Flashcards

Flashcards can be an incredibly helpful study tool as you prepare for your ACE exam, and these tips for using them effectively will help you make the most of your study time. Didn’t purchase the ACE flashcards? No problem—follow these simple steps for making your own.

Active Personal Trainer How much math do we need to know for the exam? And why do we need to know it?

How much math do we need to know for the exam? And why do we need to know it?

The math section of the certification exam can be a source of major anxiety. To help calm your nerves and clear up any misunderstandings, ACE answers your frequently asked questions about fitness math.

Active Medical Exercise Specialist Considerations for Working with Clients With Diabetes

Considerations for Working with Clients With Diabetes

With the dramatic rise in diabetes among Americans, it is increasingly likely that you will work with clients dealing with this disease. All fitness professionals should have a good understanding of the special considerations for working with this specific clientele.

Active Study Tips Time to Review the Exam Review

Time to Review the Exam Review

Are you maximizing your study time by taking advantage of ACE’s online exam review courses? Available for each of ACE’s four certifications, the online exam review course is a great way to not only boost your comprehension of the material covered in the manual, but to increase your chances of success as well.

Active Study Tips ACE Academy Elite…A Sane Approach to Studying

ACE Academy Elite…A Sane Approach to Studying

Having trouble studying for your ACE certification exam on your own? Get the support and guidance you need with the ACE Academy Elite interactive study guide. A recent candidate shares her experience and demonstrates how this approach studying can dramatically improve your chances of successfully passing your ACE exam.

Active Personal Trainer How should I study anatomy?

How should I study anatomy?

For the many exam candidates who are overwhelmed by the anatomy content, ACE Study Coach Belinda Thompson shares how - and how much - you should study anatomy in preparation for the ACE certification exam.

Active Professional Application 7 Ways for Newly Certified Pros to Get Hands-on Experience

7 Ways for Newly Certified Pros to Get Hands-on Experience

You’ve passed your exam—now how do you gain the experience you need to start training clients? Here are seven great ways you can acquire much-needed hands-on experience while boosting your confidence as well.

Active Study Tips The Holidays are Here – To Study or Not to Study?

The Holidays are Here – To Study or Not to Study?

Do you really need to keep studying for your ACE certification exam during the holidays? While a little time off can be good, you don’t want to risk losing your momentum and motivation. Here are some great tips for squeezing in some time to study for your upcoming exam.

Active Study Tips What is the ACE Resource Center and How Should I Use It?

What is the ACE Resource Center and How Should I Use It?

Did you know the ACE Resource Center is staffed with professionals just waiting to help answer your questions? Whether you’re studying for your certification exam or are a new or seasoned fitness professional looking for answers about the industry, our Study Coaches are ready to offer their assistance. Here are some great reasons you might want to contact the ACE Resource Center today.

Active Study Tips Stay Calm or Cram On?

Stay Calm or Cram On?

What’s the best way to prepare for your ACE exam? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great studying strategies that will leave you feeling calm and assured as your exam date approaches, as well as tips on how to reduce anxiety on the day of your exam.

Active Exercise Science What are the different types of stretching techniques?

What are the different types of stretching techniques?

ACE Certification Consultant Makeba Edwards discusses the six common stretching techniques and examples of each.

Active Personal Trainer Nutrition and Supplementation: A Fitness Professional’s Scope of Practice

Nutrition and Supplementation: A Fitness Professional’s Scope of Practice

Clients often turn to their trainers for nutritional advice, so it is essential that you understand exactly what is and is not allowed within a fitness professional’s scope of practice as it relates to nutrition.

Active Personal Trainer Health Risk Appraisal and Risk Stratification

Health Risk Appraisal and Risk Stratification

As a fitness professional, you must know how to perform a Health Risk Appraisal for your clients. This systematic screening will help you identify signs and symptoms of disease, risk factors and family history that will give you a clearer picture of each client's overall health. While there are several forms you can use, the basic ParQ & You and the ACSM Risk Stratification are two of your most important tools for assessing your clients' readiness for exercise.

Active Study Tips I’m not prepared for my exam! Should I reschedule or retake?

I’m not prepared for my exam! Should I reschedule or retake?

We often receive calls and emails from candidates expressing their fears about not being prepared to sit for their upcoming exam. If you find yourself feeling this same way, here is some great advice to help alleviate those fears and give yourself the best possible chance at success.

Active Personal Trainer What is a Kinetic Chain?

What is a Kinetic Chain?

ACE Study Coach Chris Gagliardi discusses the difference between open-chain and closed-chain movements.

Active Personal Trainer What is the Thomas Test?

What is the Thomas Test?

ACE Exercise Physiologist Mark Kelly discusses how to administer the Thomas Test, as well as what mistakes to avoid when performing the assessment.

Active Personal Trainer Set it Straight!

Set it Straight!

Because every human body is different and varies in shape, size and type, as well as muscularity, flexibility and fat-deposition patterns, it is not surprising that few people actually exhibit an “ideal” posture. There are various types of deviations from neutral spine position, which may be either temporary or permanent, and that can sometimes be alleviated through exercise.

Active Personal Trainer Predicted 1 RM vs. Actual 1 RM

Predicted 1 RM vs. Actual 1 RM

As a trainer, performing proper assessments is essential to program development and evaluation. Muscular strength testing plays a major role in a client’s muscular fitness assessment, making it critical to know the difference between actual 1 RM and predicted 1 RM. Learn from ACE’s Tyler Pagano as he discusses the difference between the two and when to utilize each assessment technique.

Active Exercise Science What's the Difference between Autogenic and Reciprocal Inhibition?

What's the Difference between Autogenic and Reciprocal Inhibition?

Autogenic and reciprocal inhibition occur when the GTO and muscle spindes activate as a response to muscle tension and length. Learn from ACE's Chris Gagliardi as he discusses the difference between the two and how they apply to flexibility and stretching.

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