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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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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

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.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

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.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

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.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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.

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Friday, August 02, 2013

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.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

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.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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.

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