Make Today's Children Tomorrow's Healthy Adults
In the past 30 years, obesity rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents, and the amount of physical activity in schools has drastically decreased. Our Youth Fitness Specialty Certification gives parents, coaches, and fitness and health care professionals the knowledge and skills to develop age-appropriate exercise programs, improve the overall health and well-being of children and teens, and help instill the value of physical activity at an early age.
Who is it designed for?
Becoming a Youth Fitness Specialist will help parents, youth sports coaches and other professionals in fitness, health care, recreation or education gain the knowledge and skills they need to create customized and organized fitness programs for children and teens. The curriculum addresses motor development, pediatric exercise physiology, growth-related differences in abilities, youth resistance and cardiorespiratory training, and integration of health- and skill-related activities into fitness programs.
How do I earn one?
To earn a Youth Fitness Specialty Certification, you must review all of the components, including the ACE Youth Fitness Manual, the American Council on Exercise Presents Youth Fitness video and Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior text, and take the two quizzes associated with the material.
After you complete both quizzes, you will be automatically updated in our system as an ACE specialist and a specialty certification will be uploaded into your MyACE account. Continuing education credits (CECs) used by health and fitness professionals will also be added to your account, allowing you to apply them to current recertification requirements. Our specialty certifications do not expire. Purchase price includes all materials and the specialty certification itself.
For health and fitness professionals, a Youth Fitness Specialty Certification is equivalent to 2.5 ACE CECs, 25.0 ACSM CECs, 1.9 NASM CEUs or 1.5 NFPT CECs.
Our ACE Youth Fitness Course is comprised of three components — our ACE Youth Fitness Manual, a two-part video series featuring ACE-certified Health Coach and youth performance expert Brett Klika and our ACE Youth Fitness Quiz. The text and Klika, named the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, will cover how to engage and empower youth using creative, integrative approaches to physical activity while the quiz gauges your understanding of ACE material.
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ACE Youth Fitness Manual
The ACE Youth Fitness Manual, written by leading researchers and authors Dr. Avery Faigenbaum and Dr. Wayne Westcott, gives fitness professionals the tools they need to engage and empower youth using creative, integrative approaches to physical activity. By designing classes that incorporate games, group activities and resistance training options, instructors can help develop an appreciation for fitness among children and teenagers they will carry into adulthood.
ACE Presents Youth Fitness
In our two-part video series, ACE-certified Health Coach and youth performance expert Brett Klika demonstrates programming and leadership for safe and effective play- and skill-based classes. Klika, named the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, will show how to deliver fun and engaging warm-up, agility, coordination, strength, speed and flexibility activities that are specific to certain ages, and skill and fitness levels.
ACE Youth Fitness Quiz
The ACE Youth Fitness Quiz will gauge your understanding of material you reviewed in both the ACE Youth Fitness Manual and our ACE Presents Youth Fitness video. The 50-question, multiple-choice quiz is delivered in a convenient, online format you can complete from your home or office.
The Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Course consists of a comprehensive manual that addresses causes, contributing factors and fundamental issues related to physical activity and youth, and a quiz that helps gauge your knowledge of the material. Edited by Alan L. Smith and Stuart J.H. Biddle, the text breaks away from traditional thinking that places activity and sedentary behavior on a single continuum and instead focuses on how the two behaviors coexist.
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Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual
The Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual addresses causes, contributing factors, and fundamental issues in dealing with physical inactivity among youth. The text is organized into three sections that cover behavior and trends; personal accounts of inactivity; and the role parents, peers, schools and coaches can play in instilling the value of health and fitness.
Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual Quiz
Based on the Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual, the quiz is delivered in the same convenient online format as our ACE Youth Fitness Specialty Certification Quiz. Gauge your knowledge of the health dilemma of physical inactivity among youth, and potential solutions that health and fitness experts offer in the book.