Share this page
Pin It

Exam Preparation Blog

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.

If you're just starting your studies or if it's your first time reading this blog, get started with our Exam Prep Blog CliffsNotes.
« Older Posts 1 - 10 of 198

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tips for Interview Success

Whether you’re newly certified or a longtime veteran, the fitness industry is ripe with opportunities for qualified health and fitness professionals. Learn how to prepare for the interview process so you can make the best possible impression and land your dream job.

Continue reading »

Monday, May 11, 2015

Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Static Postural Analysis

Functional assessments are an important tool for determining how to design individualized strength and flexibility programs for your clients. In this first installment of a four-part series examining the four main types of functional assessments, we take a closer look at static postural analysis and what information you can gather from this assessment.

Continue reading »

Friday, April 10, 2015

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 5)

In this five-part blog series, we’re examining the key topics in ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals that are important to you, both for the exam and in your work as a health and fitness professional. In part 5 of this series, we examine the information you need to know from Chapter 5: Physiology of Training.

Continue reading »

Friday, April 10, 2015

5 Resume Writing Tips

The demand for qualified health and fitness professionals has never been greater, which is great news for newly certified and experienced health and fitness professionals alike. As you prepare your resume, make sure it’s fit for a competitive market. Here are five things you can do to help make your resume stand out in the application pool.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 4)

In this five-part blog series, we’re examining the key topics in ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals that are important for you, both for the exam and in your work as a health and fitness professional. In part 4 of this series, we examine the important information from Chapter 4: Nutrition.

Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »

« Older Posts 1 - 10 of 198

Search Blog


By Month


Personal Trainer Manual absolute VO2 Academy Elite ACE Academy ACE Academy Elite ACE certification ACE certification exam ACE certifications ACE Group Fitness Instructor ACE Health Coach ACE IFT Model ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach Certification ACE Personal Trainer ACE Resource Center ACE Study Assistance Program ACSM risk factor Admission Ticket Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Manual Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist advanced health and fitness specialist certification AED anatomy anxiety apparently healthy assessment athletic trainer audit autogenic inhibition avoid procrastination Balance behavioral change BMI BMR body composition body fat body mass index business business plan calories cancel exam cardio cardiovascular cardiovascular system career career change career guide career plan certifcation candidate handbook certification certification exam class design client clients closed-chain movement code of ethics community computer based exam concentric continuing education courses counseling CPR CPR/AED CPR/AED class defeat test anxiety definitions diabetic clients diet dietary guidelines diseases domain 4 domains DVD dynamic stretching eccentric education requirements educational partners employment Essentials of Exercise Science exam exam content exam content outline Exam Day exam format exam prep exam preparation exam registration exam report exam review exam tips exam vouchers example questions exercise and diabetes exercise physiology exercise science Facebook fick equation fitness fitness career Fitness Job fitness math fitness professional FITT principle flashcards flexibility flexibility training food diary food labels force frontal get started gfi golgi tendon organs group fitness group fitness class group fitness instructor group fitness instructor certification group fitness instructor exam Group Fitness Instructor Manual growing business gym health risk appraisal heart hip flexors holidays home study bundles Human anatomy ift model insertion Institute of Credentialing Excellence insurance integrated fitness training model Interview Techniques Job Interview job searching job shadowing jobs joints kinesiology kinetic chain laws of motion learning skills liability licensure Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant Manual Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant lifestyle and weight management consultant certification lifestyle weight management counselor live course macrocycle marketing master the manual math memorization mesocycle metabolic rate microcycle mobility money motivation motive force multiple choice questions muscles muscular endurance muscular fitness muscular strength music music selection NCCA accreditation nutrition obesity One-repetition maximum online diagnostic online diagnostic exam open-chain movement origination Par-Q periodization Personal Trainer Personal Trainer certification personal trainer exam Personal Trainer Manual personal trainer-client relationship personal training physical therapist planes planes of motion postural deviations posture practical practical application practical exam practical training practice test pre-natal pre-natal exercise pregnancy pregnancy and exercise procrastination professional boundaries professional portfolio professional responsibilities professional responsibility professionalism proprioception rapport reading comprehension reciprocal inhibition Registered Dietitian relative VO2 relaxation techniques reschedule exam resistive force resume retake exam Risk Factor Stratification Guidelines RMR sagittal sample questions sample test scope of practice second certification serving size social media special accommodations special populations stability Stances static stretching stress management stretching stretching techniques study study assistance study coach study group study guide study materials study tips studying studying techniques test anxiety testing site The Complete Personal Trainer Activation Kit The Fundamental Personal Trainer Activation Kit The National Commission for Certifying Agencies Thomas Test time management tips Transtheoretical model transverse ventilatory threshold VO2 vocabulary weight loss work environment workshops written simulation