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Active Exercise Science Muscles in Motion

Muscles in Motion

To design safe and effective exercise programs for your clients, you must have a good working knowledge of how muscles move and contract. Here is a great primer on the various actions that muscles perform, along with the roles and responsibilities muscles take on when they move various parts of the body, particularly during exercise.

Active Exercise Science What is the Difference Between VT1, VT2 and VO2 max?

What is the Difference Between VT1, VT2 and VO2 max?

When you first begin your studies, understanding the differences between VT1, VT2 and VO2 max can be a challenge. Here is a quick primer on the definitions of each one.

Active Exercise Science Muscles That Move the Leg

Muscles That Move the Leg

A good working knowledge of anatomy is essential for designing safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. You also need to know this information to be able to pass your exam. In this fourth installment of an ongoing series, we look at the muscles that move the leg.

Active Exercise Science Muscles That Move the Arm

Muscles That Move the Arm

As a fitness professional, you need a good working knowledge of anatomy so you can design safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. You need to know this information to be able to pass your exam as well. In this second installment of an ongoing series, we look at the muscles that move the arm at the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.

Active Exercise Science Axis of Rotation

Axis of Rotation

If you’re having trouble understanding the concept of the axis of rotation, here is a great primer on this somewhat complex concept. Learn about the three axes of rotation and the various types of movements that occur at different types of joints.

Active Exercise Science Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 5)

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 5)

In this five-part blog series, we’re examining the key topics in ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals that are important to you, both for the exam and in your work as a health and fitness professional. In part 5 of this series, we examine the information you need to know from Chapter 5: Physiology of Training.

Active Exercise Science Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 4)

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 4)

In this five-part blog series, we’re examining the key topics in ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals that are important for you, both for the exam and in your work as a health and fitness professional. In part 4 of this series, we examine the important information from Chapter 4: Nutrition.

Active Exercise Science GTOs and Muscle Spindles Explained

GTOs and Muscle Spindles Explained

To keep muscles safe and healthy, it is essential that you have a good understanding of the body’s most basic underlying structural components, including Golgi tendon organs (GTOs) and muscle spindles, and how these two receptors work together within the body. Here’s what you need to know about these important proprioceptors involved in stretching and flexibility.

Active Exercise Science Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 3)

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 3)

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals serves as a crucial learning tool for all health and fitness professionals and has important lessons we must know in order to keep clients safe during training and progression. In this blog, the third of five, we it will cover Chapter 3: Fundamental of Applied Kinesiology, which covers how we move the body with proper form, how to increase or decrease the difficulty level, and how these factors affect our balance and posture.

Active Exercise Science Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 2)

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 2)

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals is a reference manual designed to help you understand the basics of the science behind exercise. Given the depth and breadth of the information presented, it can definitely feel intimidating. But don’t worry…we’ve got you covered. In this second installment of a five-part blog series, we take you through Chapter 2: Physiology, where you learn the basic functions of the various body systems.

Active Exercise Science Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 1)

Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 1)

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals is a reference manual designed to help you understand the basics of the science behind exercise. Given the depth and breadth of the information presented, it can definitely feel intimidating. But don’t worry…we’ve got you covered. This current five-part blog series will take you through all of the chapters of the manual and highlight the key topics that are important for you as a fitness professional.

Active Exercise Science Math as a Fitness Professional: Part II

Math as a Fitness Professional: Part II

Nutrition-related math can be a stumbling block for many exam candidates, but it really doesn’t have to be. Being able to determine things like caloric deficits and macronutrients needs is important, whether your clients are trying to lose weight or maximize performance. Here are the types of problems and calculations you need to know to perform, both for the exam and in your work with clients later on.

Active Exercise Science Math as a Fitness Professional: Part I

Math as a Fitness Professional: Part I

Let’s face it: Math is not everyone’s favorite subject. But a certain amount of basic math is required, both to pass your ACE certification exam and in your work as a fitness professional. To make it easier to know exactly what you need, here is a breakdown of the most important equations, along with examples of how to calculate them.

Active Exercise Science Muscles of the Core

Muscles of the Core

A good working knowledge of anatomy is essential for designing safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. You also need to know this information to be able to pass your exam. In this third installment of an ongoing series, we look at the muscles of the core.

Active Exercise Science Diabetes: Understanding the Effects of Insulin on the Body

Diabetes: Understanding the Effects of Insulin on the Body

There has been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of diabetes over the past several decades, which makes it increasingly likely that you will work with clients who have some form of diabetes. Here is a basic primer on how insulin affects the body and the different types of diabetes you may encounter among your clients.

Active Exercise Science Muscles That Move the Scapulae

Muscles That Move the Scapulae

As a fitness professional, you need a good working knowledge of anatomy so you can design safe and effective exercise programs for your clients. As a result, you also need to know this information to be able to pass your exam as well. In the first of an ongoing series, we’ll look at the movements of numerous body parts, beginning with the muscles that move the scapulae.

Active Exercise Science What do I really need to know from ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals manual?

What do I really need to know from ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals manual?

If you’re just starting to study for your ACE certification exam, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the volume of material you need to absorb and understand, beginning with ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals. Here is a chapter-by-chapter guide to tackling this foundational manual, along with tips on what information you should be focusing on for the exam.

Active Exercise Science The Three Primary Energy Pathways Explained

The Three Primary Energy Pathways Explained

Are you struggling to understand the primary energy pathways and how the body uses the energy formed from each system? Here’s a quick breakdown of the phosphagen, anaerobic and aerobic pathways that fuel the body through all types of activity.

Active Exercise Science How should I study anatomy?

How should I study anatomy?

For the many exam candidates who are overwhelmed by the anatomy content, ACE Study Coach Belinda Thompson shares how - and how much - you should study anatomy in preparation for the ACE certification exam.

Active Exercise Science What are the different types of stretching techniques?

What are the different types of stretching techniques?

ACE Certification Consultant Makeba Edwards discusses the six common stretching techniques and examples of each.

Active Exercise Science What is a Kinetic Chain?

What is a Kinetic Chain?

ACE Study Coach Chris Gagliardi discusses the difference between open-chain and closed-chain movements.

Active Exercise Science Set it Straight!

Set it Straight!

Because every human body is different and varies in shape, size and type, as well as muscularity, flexibility and fat-deposition patterns, it is not surprising that few people actually exhibit an “ideal” posture. There are various types of deviations from neutral spine position, which may be either temporary or permanent, and that can sometimes be alleviated through exercise.

Active Exercise Science Explaining the Planes of Motion

Explaining the Planes of Motion

You probably already know that your body doesn’t move in one dimension. It moves in, out, front, back and side-to-side. But do you know what those dimensions are called? Check out our explanation of the different planes of motion, and how you can apply that information to designing well-rounded exercise programs.