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Are you studying for the ACE certification exam? Interested in becoming an ACE-certified personal trainer or other fitness professional? Get study tips and gain insight, motivation and confidence from staff here at ACE and learn from others currently studying for the ACE certification exam.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 4

When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her fourth installment, which covers chapters 8 and 9, which focus on the physiology of obesity and weight-management concepts.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Considerations for Training the Pre- and Postnatal client

Maintaining a physically active lifestyle is a great way for women to support a healthy pregnancy and for them to return to a normal healthy lifestyle after delivery. As a fitness professional, it is important to be aware of the general guidelines, contraindications and signs for discontinuing exercise, which are key aspects to creating a safe and effective exercise program for both the pre and postnatal client.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 3

When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her third installment, which covers chapters 6, 7 and 15, which are all related to nutrition.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Goal Setting – Create a Goal the SMART Way

Someone once said that a goal without a plan is just a wish. And an improperly defined or poorly planned goal is not much better. You can help your clients increase their chances of achieving their goals—whether they want to simply get healthier or run a 5K—by using the SMART goal method.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Axis of Rotation

If you’re having trouble understanding the concept of the axis of rotation, here is a great primer on this somewhat complex concept. Learn about the three axes of rotation and the various types of movements that occur at different types of joints.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 2

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 second blog.

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Muscles That Move the Leg

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 fourth installment of an ongoing series, we look at the muscles that move the leg.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

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.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

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.

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