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ACE and SCW Fitness Education Partner to Increase Educational Opportunities for Fitness Professionals

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 27, 2005 – The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with SCW Fitness Education (SCW), formerly Sara’s City Workout. SCW offers a variety of high-quality fitness instructor education programs including Specialty Certificates, home-study programs, MANIA conventions and products ranging from Pilates to Pregnancy and Aquatics to Aging.

In a collaborative effort, the two organizations will work together to offer increased continuing education and certification opportunities for ACE-certified and other fitness professionals and attendees of SCW MANIA conventions.

“SCW Fitness has always worked with some of the industry’s most recognized educators to develop courseware and present educational workshops at SCW MANIA events,” said Graham Melstrand, Director of Educational Services for ACE. “With SCW supporting the fitness industry’s move towards a credible standard for credentialing, the opportunity presented itself to demonstrate our shared commitment to support quality continuing education programs for the fitness professional.”

Through the partnership, ACE will now host its Professional Forums at various SCW MANIA events throughout the year. SCW will also offer ACE Certification exams and continue to offer ACE-approved continuing education courses at its events creating more professional development opportunities for ACE-certified and other fitness professionals.

“SCW is extremely pleased to have formalized this partnership with ACE,” said Sara Kooperman, CEO SCW Fitness Education. “We are committed to educating the fitness professional and we consider our relationship with ACE to be a very positive extension of this mission.”

About SCW Fitness Education
SCW Fitness Education, formerly Sara’s City Workout, is committed to providing the finest fitness instructor education programs including certifications, specialty certificates, home-study programs and MANIA Instructor Training Conventions. These MANIA fitness education conferences are “Where the Fitness Professionals go to Learn,” and are offered in seven cities across the country (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Boston) attracting over 8,000 professionals annually. SCW has produced more than 300 fitness instructor training DVDs and videos making them the largest producer and distributor of fitness instructor training DVDs/videos in the world. For more information on SCW Fitness Education programs and products, visit, or call 877-SCW-FITT.

About ACE
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s Authority on Fitness, 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 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 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.