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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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Monday, March 16, 2015

GTOs and Muscle Spindles Explained

To keep muscles safe and healthy, it is essential that you have a good understanding of the body’s most basic underlying structural components, including Golgi tendon organs (GTOs) and muscle spindles, and how these two receptors work together within the body. Here’s what you need to know about these important proprioceptors involved in stretching and flexibility.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Set Yourself Up for Success with these Test-taking Strategies

For many people, test taking is right up there with public speaking—it makes their hearts pound and palms sweat. Fortunately, taking the time to practice and prepare can go a long way toward calming those nerves. If you’re apprehensive about your upcoming ACE certification exam, here are some great test-taking strategies that will make you feel more confident and assured of your success.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

How to Find Valid and Reliable Information on the Web

Do you feel confused and overwhelmed by the massive amount of health information out there? It’s not surprising if you do, especially considering how much of what you find is conflicting and seemingly “researched.” To help you sort through the clutter of misinformation, ACE exercise physiologist Jacque Ratliff offers some great tips on how to find valid and reliable information on the web.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Exercise Science—Connecting the Dots with Your Certification: Part 3

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals serves as a crucial learning tool for all health and fitness professionals and has important lessons we must know in order to keep clients safe during training and progression. In this blog, the third of five, we it will cover Chapter 3: Fundamental of Applied Kinesiology, which covers how we move the body with proper form, how to increase or decrease the difficulty level, and how these factors affect our balance and posture.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Working with Special Populations

As a fitness professional, you will likely encounter clients requiring special considerations for their exercise programs. From heart disease to pregnancy, a wide range of conditions and health concerns must be addressed before you conduct assessments or design your clients’ programs. As you study Chapter 14: Special Populations, here are some of the most important areas to pay attention to, particularly when it comes to exercise program design.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 2)

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals is a reference manual designed to help you understand the basics of the science behind exercise. Given the depth and breadth of the information presented, it can definitely feel intimidating. But don’t worry…we’ve got you covered. In this second installment of a five-part blog series, we take you through Chapter 2: Physiology, where you learn the basic functions of the various body systems.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model—Cardiorespiratory Training: Phases 3 and 4

The Cardiorespiratory component of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) Model offers a framework for individualized programming. In this third and final installment of this series, you’ll learn key concepts to keep in mind when programming using Phases 3 and 4: Anaerobic-endurance Training and Anaerobic-power Training.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Mastering Group Fitness Instructor Teaching Techniques, Strategies and Cueing

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the various teaching and cueing techniques presented in Chapter 4 of the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual? This blog provides the clarification you need to understand the various teaching techniques and strategies, as well as how to cue effectively, so you can feel confident on both the exam and in front of your classes.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model: Cardiorespiratory Training: Phase 2

The Cardiorespiratory component of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) Model offers a framework for individualized programming. In the second installment of this series, you’ll learn key concepts to keep in mind when programming using Phase 2: Aerobic Efficiency Training.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model—Cardiorespiratory Training: Phase 1

The Cardiorespiratory component of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) Model provides a layout for individualized cardiorespiratory programming. Here are some key concepts to keep in mind when programming using the four phases of the Cardiorespiratory component of the ACE IFT Model.

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