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February 27, 2012, 11:30AM PT in Exam Preparation Blog  |  0 Comments

Learning How to Make Continuing Education Work For You As a Newly Certified Fitness Professional

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Congratulations! You’ve passed your ACE exam and you are now an ACE-certified fitness professional! You may have questions now as to what your next step should be.

You may have already identified a specific path that you want to take with your fitness career, or you may be asking yourself, “Where do I go from here?”  Either way, ACE has the quality continuing education courses that will help you get started and thrive in your fitness professional career.

One of the most important decisions you will make while moving forward with your career will be selecting continuing education courses to further your knowledge and skills as a fitness professional.

To get yourself off to a good start, one of the most important things you can do is familiarize yourself with the numerous quality continuing education opportunities available to you.  Begin by identifying courses that will help you get started on the right path to a successful career in the fitness industry.

One of the best tips I can give is to avoid waiting until the last minute to select your continuing education courses. If you do, you may find yourself selecting courses solely based on convenience, instead of completing courses in areas that will help you grow in your respective field.

The key to success is to begin seeking out quality continuing education courses early in your recertification cycle so you make the best choices for your long-term career growth. 

For those individuals who do not yet have a specific plan formulated or who may have questions about how to grow your business, we’ve taken the guesswork out of continuing education for you! We have recently created two perfect continuing education opportunities for you: the 2.0 Personal Trainer Career Launch Bundle and the 1.0 Personal Trainer Career Launch Bundle.

These bundles are made up of several different courses designed to help you get started on your path to a successful career as a Personal Trainer.

The individual courses within each of these kits were specifically selected to help educate you on the many different facets of starting a successful personal training career. And together, these courses are designed to help you create the fitness career you truly desire.

Whether you’ve determined that you want to focus your training on a specific population — older adults, individuals with weight loss goals, or perhaps athletes — or whether you just know that you have a passion for fitness and for helping others, these bundles will provide you with the information and tools that you need to work with any client. They will also prepare you to work with anyone no matter where they currently fall on the health-fitness-performance continuum.

With a roadmap to the revolutionary ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) model, you will gain critical insight and knowledge on assessment and exercise programming that you can effectively put into practice with any client, so you can create positive, life-changing experiences for your clients.

While having a systematic approach to programming is imperative, learning how to apply that knowledge to a business plan and effectively market your services are also important. There are courses included within the kits that are designed to help you with the business side of the fitness industry, such as starting your own business, strategies to help you gain new clients and defensive techniques to protect your business from lawsuits.

In addition to marketing your training services and formulating a business plan, a vital key to success in this people-oriented business is learning how to develop a true connection with your clients. Included in the bundles are courses designed to help you master interpersonal skills, understand and relate to different personality types. These skills will allow you to effectively establish rapport with your clients, which is the foundation for any successful client-trainer relationship.

Keep in mind that it is called personal training for a reason, so your “people skills” will be an extremely important aspect of your success as a personal trainer not only now as you’re getting started, but throughout the entire duration of your career.

By Ted Ruch


Ted Ruch is the Education and Certification Consultant Lead at ACE, and has been with the organization since 2000. He enjoys helping individuals in the process of becoming ACE-certified, as well assisting individuals with maintaing their certifications. Ted is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and has been involved with athletics his entire life.