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ACE Receives "Best Personal Trainer Certification" Award from Competitor Magazine

Posted: November 17, 2004 in ACE Press Releases

San Diego, Calif. – Nov. 17, 2004 - The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s non-profit fitness advocate, today announced that it has received the “Best Personal Trainer Certification” Award from Competitor Magazine, California’s Fitness Magazine covering triathlon, running, biking, swimming and endurance sports in general. Survey respondents wrote in their vote for “Best Personal Trainer Certification” and ACE was selected first among other certification organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

This is the first year Competitor has included the “Personal Trainer Certification” category in its third-annual “Best of” reader poll. Advertisements in July, August, September and October issues urged readers to vote online at for a variety of “Best of” categories - with the “Personal Trainer Certification” category receiving the most votes.

"ACE’s success in the Competitor Magazine survey is a testament to our commitment to providing the highest standards for personal trainer certification possible," said Ken Germano, president, American Council on Exercise. "With the more than 100 fitness certifications available, we are proud to be nationally recognized for our high quality programs that help protect the public against unqualified fitness professionals and unsafe and ineffective fitness instruction."

The American Council on Exercise is the world’s largest fitness certification organization with more than 50,000 certified fitness professionals. In 2003, ACE was proud to receive National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation for all ACE professional fitness certifications, including Personal Trainer. The NCCA is a highly credible and well-respected organization with a proven track record for accrediting certification programs from other allied health professions (e.g., athletic training, nursing, dietetics, podiatry, etc,). NCCA accreditation serves as a benchmark on how organizations should conduct certification and ACE is one of only two certification organizations in the fitness industry whose programs have been accredited.

The “Best of” award winners will be announced in the December issue of Competitor as well as online at

About ACE The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s Authority on Fitness, is a non-profit 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 sponsors university-based exercise science 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 onto 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 25 years, we have become an established resource for both fitness professionals and consumers, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on fitness.

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