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Merritt Athletic Clubs Names American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Preferred Certification Provider

SAN DIEGO—Merritt Athletic Clubs, based in Maryland, has selected the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a preferred certification provider for its growing network of full-service athletic clubs.

Through this relationship, all fitness professionals working for Merritt clubs will have the opportunity to become ACE certified. ACE, the largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization, sets the standards for certification in the fitness industry. Since 1985, more than 164,000 people have taken ACE exams. Currently, there are approximately 50,000 active ACE-certified fitness professionals in the U.S. and 77 other countries.

Currently, Merritt Athletic Clubs operates seven facilities in the Maryland area, providing service to more than 15,000 members.

Among the services that ACE will offer fitness professionals at the Merritt clubs will be practical training programs and continuing education courses on exercise techniques and business development skills delivered by ACE Faculty. These continuing education programs will help personal trainers and group fitness instructors build their skills and careers and will increase the level of service at each club. In addition, Merritt fitness professionals will have the opportunity to become ACE Master Practical Trainers, allowing them to train fellow professionals.

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation’s workout watchdog, ACE conducts university-based research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log on to the ACE Web site at

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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, we have become an established resource for health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased research and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on health and fitness.

Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit health and fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with more than 65,000 certified professionals who hold more than 72,000 ACE Certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected organizations in the industry and a resource the public has come to trust for health and fitness education.