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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, April 26, 2013

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.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

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.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

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.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

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.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

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.

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