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Active Medical Exercise Specialist Do I Need to Switch to the New ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual?

Do I Need to Switch to the New ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual?

Individuals studying from the Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Manual and associated materials may be wondering if their current materials will still be sufficient to help them prepare for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification Exam. Here is some information about how to prepare for the exam and a career as an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist using the study materials you already have at home.

Active Personal Trainer Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Movement Assessments

Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Movement Assessments

Functional assessments are an important tool for determining how to design individualized strength and flexibility programs for your clients. In this second installment of a four-part series examining the four main types of functional assessments, we take a closer look at movement assessments and how to use them to address any muscular imbalances your clients may exhibit.

Active Study Tips How to Use the ACE Study Companion

How to Use the ACE Study Companion

If you’re studying for an ACE Certification Exam, don’t forget to use the Study Companion that came with your study package. Learn how you can use this study guide to help you focus your studying on the topics that are most likely to be addressed on the exam.

Active Study Tips 4 Tips for a Successful Study Experience

4 Tips for a Successful Study Experience

If you’ve just signed up to take your first ACE Certification Exam, you probably have a thousand questions about how to get started. Here are four helpful tips that will help you create a successful study experience and bring you closer to your goal of becoming an ACE Certified Fitness Professional.

Active Professional Application Tips for Interview Success

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.

Active Professional Application Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Static Postural Analysis

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.

Active Professional Application 5 Resume Writing Tips

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Active Personal Trainer GTOs and Muscle Spindles Explained

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.

Active Study Tips Set Yourself Up for Success with these Test-taking Strategies

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.

Active Professional Application How to Find Valid and Reliable Information on the Web

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.

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

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.

Active Personal Trainer Working with Special Populations

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Active Group Fitness Instructor Mastering Group Fitness Instructor Teaching Techniques, Strategies and Cueing

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Active Exercise Science Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 1)

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 1)

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. This current five-part blog series will take you through all of the chapters of the manual and highlight the key topics that are important for you as a fitness professional.

Active Professional Application The Dos and Don’ts of Being a Professional in the Fitness Industry

The Dos and Don’ts of Being a Professional in the Fitness Industry

What are the standards of professionalism in the fitness industry? Here is a great list of dos and don’ts compiled by ACE Certified fitness professionals that will help you stay on track and maintain a high level of professionalism both inside and outside the gym or training setting.

Active Professional Application Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model—Phases 3 and 4: Load and Performance Training

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

The ACE Integrated Fitness TrainingTM (ACE IFTTM) Model is an incredibly useful tool for designing safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. This continuing blog series explains the purpose of the ACE IFT Model as well as its phases and training components, which will help you design individualized programs to meet the varying needs of your clients. In part 4, we cover Phases 3 and 4 of the ACE IFT Model: Load and Performance Training.

Active Professional Application Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model—Phase 2: Movement Training

Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model—Phase 2: Movement Training

The ACE Integrated Fitness TrainingTM (ACE IFTTM) Model is an incredibly useful tool for designing safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. This continuing blog series explains the purpose of the ACE IFT Model as well as its phases and training components, which will help you design individualized programs to meet the varying needs of your clients. In part 3, we cover Phase 2 of the ACE IFT Model: Movement Training.

Active Personal Trainer Do I Need to Switch to the new ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th edition)?

Do I Need to Switch to the new ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th edition)?

If you’re preparing for your ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam, you may be wondering if you should purchase the newest edition of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th edition). Here’s some information that should help put your mind at ease and give you the best chances for success.

Active Study Tips Meet Your ACE Resource Center Study Coaches

Meet Your ACE Resource Center Study Coaches

Ever wonder who’s answering the phones when you call the ACE Resource Center for help with your exam preparation? Here is a brief peek into the lives and backgrounds of the ACE Study Coaches and why they are so committed to health and fitness.

Active Professional Application Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model—Phase 1: Stability and Mobility Training

Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model—Phase 1: Stability and Mobility Training

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) Model is an incredibly useful tool for designing safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. This new blog series explains the purpose of the ACE IFT Model as well as its phases and training components, which will help you design individualized programs to meet the varying needs of your clients. In part 2, we cover Phase 1 of the ACE IFT Model: Stability and Mobility Training.

Active Study Tips The ACE Resource Center – How Can We Help You?

The ACE Resource Center – How Can We Help You?

Did you know ACE has a Resource Center to support you while you’re preparing for your certification exam? If you ever have a question or concern related to your studies (or a health and fitness question in general), we are happy to help. Here are some ways that our Resource Center can help get the most out of your studies and put you on the path to success.

Active Professional Application Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model

Practical Application of the ACE IFT Model

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) Model is an incredibly useful tool for designing safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. This new blog series explains the purpose of the ACE IFT Model as well as its phases and training components, which will help you design individualized programs to meet the varying needs of your clients.

Active Study Tips How to Use the Case Study Chapters

How to Use the Case Study Chapters

You may be tempted to skip over the case study chapters in the manuals because they don’t offer any new information, but these chapters often prove to be the most useful for helping you learn to apply what you’ve already learned. Here’s a primer on how to use these case studies to your best advantage, both in working with clients and for passing the exam.

Active Personal Trainer Physiological Assessments: Sports-skills Assessments

Physiological Assessments: Sports-skills Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this final installment of a four-part series, sports-skills assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

Active Personal Trainer Physiological Assessments: Muscular Fitness Assessments

Physiological Assessments: Muscular Fitness Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this third of a four-part series, muscular fitness assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

Active Personal Trainer Physiological Assessments: Cardiovascular Assessments

Physiological Assessments: Cardiovascular Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this second of a four-part series, cardiovascular assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

Active Personal Trainer Math as a Fitness Professional: Part II

Math as a Fitness Professional: Part II

Nutrition-related math can be a stumbling block for many exam candidates, but it really doesn’t have to be. Being able to determine things like caloric deficits and macronutrients needs is important, whether your clients are trying to lose weight or maximize performance. Here are the types of problems and calculations you need to know to perform, both for the exam and in your work with clients later on.

Active Personal Trainer Physiological Assessments: Anthropometric Measurements

Physiological Assessments: Anthropometric Measurements

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this first of a four-part series, a variety of anthropometric measurements are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

Active Professional Application Motivation, Behavior Change and Program Adherence

Motivation, Behavior Change and Program Adherence

Understanding your clients’ motivations is essential for being able to recommend the most appropriate and effective steps to helping them achieve their lifestyle goals. In fact, identifying their motivations and level of self-efficacy can mean the difference between a client making short-term, temporary fixes and truly achieving lasting, lifestyle changes.

Active Professional Application Legal Responsibility

Legal Responsibility

Do you understand what your legal responsibilities entail as a fitness professional? Do you understand what types of insurance you need to protect yourself in the event of a lawsuit? Not only do you need to know this information for the ACE exam, but it is especially important for your work as a fitness professionals. Learn about established standard of care and the different types of insurance that can help keep you protected if a client gets hurt.

Active Health Coach Health Coach Helper: Lesson 7

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 7

Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her seventh installment, featuring Chapters 16 and 17, which cover physical-activity programming.

Active Personal Trainer Posture and Movement Assessments

Posture and Movement Assessments

Posture and movement assessments are essential to designing an exercise program that meets the needs of your clients. Through these assessments, you can identify which muscles need to be stretched or strengthened to help improve overall function and movement.

Active Health Coach Health Coach Helper: Lesson 6

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 6

Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her sixth installment, featuring Chapters 11 and 12, which cover the assessments you should perform with a client prior to, and throughout, an exercise program.

Active Personal Trainer Everything You Need To Know About Musculoskeletal Injury

Everything You Need To Know About Musculoskeletal Injury

Whether or not a person is physically active, the possibility of musculoskeletal injury is always present. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the risk, but should an injury happen, it is essential that fitness professionals know how to adjust their clients’ programs accordingly. Here are some of the most common musculoskeletal injuries you might see, as well as information on how to respond to both preexisting and acute injuries.

Active Personal Trainer Math as a Fitness Professional: Part I

Math as a Fitness Professional: Part I

Let’s face it: Math is not everyone’s favorite subject. But a certain amount of basic math is required, both to pass your ACE certification exam and in your work as a fitness professional. To make it easier to know exactly what you need, here is a breakdown of the most important equations, along with examples of how to calculate them.

Active Personal Trainer How to Review a Client’s Food Journal

How to Review a Client’s Food Journal

As a fitness professional, it is essential that you stay within your scope of practice, particularly in the area of nutrition. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t help guide your clients toward making healthier choices. Research suggests that food journals are one of the best ways to increase awareness and help identify areas of less-than-healthy behaviors related to food. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to helping your clients utilize this effective tool.

Active Health Coach Health Coach Helper: Lesson 5

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 5

Feeling like you need a study partner to help you prepare for your ACE Certification Exam? Meet Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center. She is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her fifth installment, featuring Chapters 4, 10 and 13, which cover relationship building, client interviews and goal setting.

Active Study Tips Exam Day Tips

Exam Day Tips

The day to take to your exam is almost here! ACE Study Coach Belinda has some important tips for you to help make your exam date go smoothly and to give yourself the best possible chances for success.

Active Health Coach Health Coach Helper: Lesson 4

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 4

When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her fourth installment, which covers chapters 8 and 9, which focus on the physiology of obesity and weight-management concepts.

Active Personal Trainer Considerations for Training the Pre- and Postnatal client

Considerations for Training the Pre- and Postnatal client

Maintaining a physically active lifestyle is a great way for women to support a healthy pregnancy and for them to return to a normal healthy lifestyle after delivery. As a fitness professional, it is important to be aware of the general guidelines, contraindications and signs for discontinuing exercise, which are key aspects to creating a safe and effective exercise program for both the pre and postnatal client.

Active Health Coach Health Coach Helper: Lesson 3

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 3

When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her third installment, which covers chapters 6, 7 and 15, which are all related to nutrition.

Active Professional Application Goal Setting – Create a Goal the SMART Way

Goal Setting – Create a Goal the SMART Way

Someone once said that a goal without a plan is just a wish. And an improperly defined or poorly planned goal is not much better. You can help your clients increase their chances of achieving their goals—whether they want to simply get healthier or run a 5K—by using the SMART goal method.

Active Personal Trainer Axis of Rotation

Axis of Rotation

If you’re having trouble understanding the concept of the axis of rotation, here is a great primer on this somewhat complex concept. Learn about the three axes of rotation and the various types of movements that occur at different types of joints.

Active Health Coach Health Coach Helper: Lesson 2

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 2

Are you studying for your ACE Health Coach Exam and want a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals? Jessie, the new Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and will be blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips over the next several weeks. Here is her second blog.

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