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ACE-certified Success Stories

Gwen Hyatt
ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE-certified Personal Trainer
Tucson, Arizona

2005 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year

It's easy to stay motivated when you love what you do. I guess I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was four years old when my mother enrolled me in dance classes—and I discovered the joy of movement. The sheer pleasure, exhilaration and passion I feel from being physically active motivates me each day to teach and mentor others. This has led me to my life mission: to create a healthier world through increased physical activity.

At Central Michigan University I majored in physical education, was a four-year competitive springboard diver and member of the AIAW (Association for Interscholastic Athletics for Women). I graduated from college the year Title IX was passed and began my quest to instill in others the benefits of physical activity teaching high school and college students. To reach additional people and have a more profound impact, I co-founded Desert Southwest Fitness, Center for Continuing Education (now, DSWFitness) in 1980. It is with great pride that DSWFitness is celebrating our 25th year in business in 2005.

For over 25 years I have had the opportunity to work with many industry leaders that have helped to create and shape professional development for our industry. The DSWFitness faculty includes over fifty of the industries top content experts and fitness educators. Fitness professionals in all 50 states and in 48 countries have enrolled in DSWFitness continuing education (CE) courses. The experiences and stories from these professionals regarding their student and client successes are just one of the many rewards I receive daily.

ACE has also been instrumental in allowing me to develop professionally by providing opportunities for networking with outstanding fitness educators and by contributing to raising the level of professionalism in our industry. I first served as Chairperson of the inaugural Aerobic Instructor Certification Exam from 1985-1989 and continued to serve as a member of the Personal Training Exam Development Committee in 2004 and ACE Spokesperson.

For fun on my 50th birthday I rode my first century cycling event and for my 55th birthday I entered my first triathlon. DSWFitness is also taking on equally challenging projects as we expand our course offerings to stay current with the needs of the industry, integrate online learning modules, and position the company to remain the number one provider of home study education for the fitness profession for the next twenty five years. There is always something new to try!

INSPIRE,MOTIVATE,EDUCATE...become ACE-certifed today!