ACE Reinvents Personal Training

Posted: Jun 16, 2011 in

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 16, 2011)—The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s leading authority on fitness, today formally introduced the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ (ACE IFT™) Model, the first comprehensive personal training program designed by a national organization using an exclusive, complete and easy-to-understand approach that is customized to suit the fitness goals, communication style, behavioral tendencies and personality of each client.  Developed from and based on cutting-edge research on the concept of functional movement and resistance training as well as cardiorespiratory training, the comprehensive ACE IFT Model is the first model of its kind to incorporate a unique combination of behavioral sciences by integrating psychological and emotional concepts, changing the future of personal training.


“As an industry thought leader, we recognize that many personal trainers have been using popular yet outdated training models to develop programs for clients.  By doing so, they have often struggled to help their clients not only attain even the most modest fitness goals, but more importantly establish long-lasting healthy behaviors,” said ACE’s Chief Science Officer, Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D.  “To keep ACE-certified personal trainers on the forefront of fitness and ensure clients reach their fitness, health and performance goals, we have turned not only to exercise science, but also behavioral sciencesomething that has never been done before in our industry.  By considering the physiological, psychological and emotional needs of clients, we can truly create personalized programs that yield real and lasting results.  In addition, our platform is the first to veer from relying on target heart rates and the first to target individuals’ metabolic targets, which ultimately equates to better results for weight loss and weight management.”


The ACE IFT Model represents the key component of ACE’s larger “Personal Training. Reinvented.” initiative, aimed to raise awareness of the most effective, research-proven ways to train clients.  To educate both consumers and fitness professionals on this revolutionary approach, ACE has developed science-based curriculum, expert blogs, textbooks, online courses (including a free introductory webinar) and live workshops that are being delivered throughout the country and around the world. 


ACE is also tapping into its network of 50,000 certified fitness professionals to help educate consumers about the benefits that this model provides.  By working with an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, individuals will receive personalized programs, gain motivation and stay empowered to meet or exceed their fitness goals.  Individuals can find ACE-certified personal trainers in their area by going to


“The ACE IFT Model is excellent for choosing the right entry point into fitness for anyone, regardless of starting fitness level,” said Jonathan Ross, award-winning personal trainer and health expert.  “It helps trainers investigate all of the factors that can affect a person’s ability to have a better experience in his or her body, no matter the activity, while focusing the efforts of each individual based on what their body needs.  Overall, the ACE IFT Model elevates the knowledge of the fitness industry.”

For more information on the American Council on Exercise and the ACE IFT Model, please visit or reference the ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 4th Edition. 



About ACE

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s premier fitness education, certification and training organization, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting Americans against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction.  ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization.  For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or visit the ACE website at



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