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SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2012) – As the premier authority on professional development for fitness professionals, American Council on Exercise (ACE) has forged a partnership with respected health care publisher, F.A. Davis Company, to release a series of core academic texts.

The Foundations of Exercise Science series will begin with the release of Exercise Physiology and Psychology of Health and Fitness in fall 2013 and culminate with the release of three additional books on applied sports nutrition (2014), biomechanics and program design (both 2015).

Aimed at ACE-certified professionals, professors and students in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, each of the books will be written by a team of ACE subject-matter experts led by ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant, Ph.D.

“We are extremely excited about this partnership for a number of reasons,” Bryant said. “One, it gives us a chance to provide faculty and students with application-focused core exercise science textbooks that put the principles of exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and behavioral psychology into practice. And two, it gives us a chance to capitalize on  our reputation as a key authority on academic and professional development for fitness professionals alongside a well-respected name in the health care publishing industry.”

Like all of ACE’s textbooks, the Foundations of Exercise Science series will focus on turning theory into practice. Each chapter of the texts will stress the core reason for gaining an understanding of the key physiological principles and how to translate that knowledge into improved health, fitness and performance. A major distinguishing feature of in this series will be the applied approach of each text to ensure readers gain knowledge and understanding that’s relevant and practical.

“We have a long history of producing best-selling textbooks, references and educational software for students and professionals in the allied health industry, and we’re excited to put that experience to work with the most trusted name in fitness,” said Quincy McDonald, Senior Acquisitions Editor for F.A. Davis Company. “Our experts will help ACE facilitate peer reviews for all of the material, ensuring the highest quality of information for fitness professionals, and professors and students in university settings.”

Beginning in fall 2013, when Exercise Physiology and Psychology of Health and Fitness are released, the text will be available through ACE National Accounts at (800) 825-3636, F.A. Davis at (800) 323-3555 or on, and at bookstores nationwide.


About F.A. Davis

F.A. Davis Company is a leading American publisher that has been independently owned and operated since 1879. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the company is well known in the health care industry for its numerous best-selling textbooks, references and educational software in nursing, medicine and the health professions. Among its top selling titles are Taber’s® Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, the best-selling health care dictionary for more than 70 years, and Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses®. In addition to nursing, F.A. Davis publishes extensively in other health professions including physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, athletic training, clinical lab sciences, medical assisting, respiratory therapy and surgical technology. For more information, visit


About ACE

Since 1985, American Council on Exercise (ACE) has evolved from a small nonprofit dedicated to educating people about proper fitness to a 50,000-strong network of certified Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors (GFI), Lifestyle & Weight Management Coaches (LWMC), and Advanced Health & Fitness Specialists (AHFS). As the largest NCCA-accredited nonprofit fitness certification organization in the world, ACE provides quality continuing education to professionals and conducts independent science-based research to protect all Americans from unsafe and ineffective products. Our goal is to inspire people to live their most fit lives through free fitness resources including workouts, nutrition information and expert advice. For more information, call (800) 825-3636 or visit  AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.

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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.

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