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The New ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model Course

By: Fabio Comana, MA, MS, Todd Galati, MA, Pete McCall, MS

Discover the American Council on Exercise's Integrated Fitness Training (IFT) Model; a NEW course that provides personal trainers with a systematic and comprehensive approach to exercise program design, assessments and programming guidelines to facilitate lasting behavioral change. Each phase of the model provides customized levels of programming that are geared toward improving health, basic fitness, advanced fitness and enhanced performance. In addition, focus is placed on functional movement and resistance training as well as cardiorespiratory training. When combined, the phases of this model allow the personal trainer to provide comprehensive training solutions that are appropriate for each client's goals along the health-fitness-performance training continuum. Ultimately, the information shared in this course will help trainers to create positive experiences that result in better program adherence and success for their clients.

  1. Discuss the components and variables of a well-designed exercise program to address both the needs and wants of a client.
  2. Describe a model for exercise program design where the underlying principle is to first help clients by implementing strategies to change their behavior in order to make exercise a part of their lives.
  3. Determine if client goals are attainable, based on current fitness levels and implement goal-setting techniques to help clients develop intrinsic motivation for developing long-term adherence to an exercise program.
  4. Identify ways to design a functional movement and resistance training exercise program to help a client progress from foundational stabilization and mobilization exercises all the way to advanced drills for enhanced athletic performance.
  5. Explain the parameters of exercise program design for cardiovascular training including frequency, intensity, progression, recovery and specificity.
  6. Design long-term exercise programs to help clients achieve their goals through appropriate training volume, consistent progression and adequate recovery.
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