American Council on Exercise | ACE Personal Trainer Manual Study Coach Program

American Council on Exercise | ACE Personal Trainer Manual Study Coach Program

Week 1 of 12


Week Overview

This week you will cover Chapter 1 of ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals – Human Anatomy. Anatomy is a fundamental component of understanding how the body systems interact. This core information will be expanded on in later chapters.

How This Applies To You

Fitness professionals must have a working knowledge of how these systems impact – and are impacted by – the ability to perform physical activity if they are going to be successful in helping clients improve their health and reach their fitness goals.

What You Will Learn

  • Personal TrainerCommon anatomical, directional and regional terms as they apply to the body
  • Structures of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems and their function
  • Function and classification of the axial and appendicular skeleton bones
  • Structure and function of joints and the types of movements performed at each joint in relationship to the appropriate plane of motion.
  • Structures of the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and their functions
  • Three types of muscle tissue (cardiac, smooth, skeletal), muscle movement (agonist, antagonist, synergist) and muscle fiber types (Type I and Type II)
  • Muscles that act at the following joints: ankle, knee, hip, trunk, wrist, elbow, shoulder and scapulothoracic articulation
  • Major endocrine glands and the hormones they release

Helpful hint

Many candidates get stuck on Chapter 1 because of the vast amount of information covered. Take this week to read through the chapter and complete the study guide. Then create a schedule for the next ten weeks to study the different major muscle groups – arms one week, shoulder one week, upper legs one week, etc. – one week at a time.

Your next steps

  1. Prior to starting your reading, complete the paper sample test to evaluate your initial level of knowledge.
  2. Print out this email and add it to your study binder.
  3. Complete the ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science Study Guide for Chapter 1.