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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, 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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Friday, October 11, 2013

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.

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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.

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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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