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Active The Fick Equation

The Fick Equation

The Fick equation. You may have read about it in your Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professional’s book (page 228) or heard about it on the street, but do you really understand it?

Active I've Got a Voucher...Now What Do I Do?

I've Got a Voucher...Now What Do I Do?

Maybe you’ve bought your study materials recently and received an ACE Certification Exam Voucher (aka voucher) as part of your package. You know it’s good for one exam registration…but what else do you know? And what do you need to know?

Active MRA: Your most requested answers!

MRA: Your most requested answers!

We know you have questions. We know there are answers out there. But we also know that sometimes it helps to have all your questions answered in one place. Well, most of your questions. Maybe just some of your questions.

Active Psst! Want to know what’s on the test?

Psst! Want to know what’s on the test?

Want to know what’s on your certification exam? Check out Appendix B in the back of your manual – it’s all there! That’s right; the Exam Content Outline (Appendix B) is the blueprint to passing the exam.

Active Little GTO

Little GTO

Proprioception. It’s that little sense that lets you know where the body is in relation to its various segments and the external environment. Also known as kinesthetic awareness. You have receptors (proprioceptors) located in the skin, in and around the joints and muscles, and in the inner ear that send back information to tell you where you are.

Active Hands on Testing

Hands on Testing

Practical testing. It is a topic that occasionally comes up when discussing exam preparation. For the most part, people express the opinion that practical testing is the way to go. There is a belief that a multiple choice test cannot possibly measure all aspects of personal training and that all personal trainer exams should have a practical section where candidates can really show what they know. While this all sounds good in theory, have you considered what a practical test involves?

Active The Written Simulation…Gone With the Wind

The Written Simulation…Gone With the Wind

That’s right…the written simulation has retired. It has left the building. Cashed out. However you want to say it, beginning May 1st, the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam will consist solely of a 3-hour exam with 150 multiple-choice questions.

Active Do you want to be my study buddy?

Do you want to be my study buddy?

Sometimes one is the loneliest number. And what if you are one of those people who learn best in a group? Or with a partner? Maybe you need someone holding you accountable for your studies. What are your options then?

Active Re-Test Anxiety...Trying it a second time

Re-Test Anxiety...Trying it a second time

We’ve talked here before about test anxiety and how to deal with it. But those candidates who are re-testing because they were unsuccessful on their first exam often experience a different kind of anxiety as well – re-test anxiety.

Active Reading other people's diaries (food diaries, that is)

Reading other people's diaries (food diaries, that is)

Nutrition and scope of practice is, and will continue to be, a tricky area for ACE candidates and professionals. We’ve talked before about the limits of your certification with regards to nutrition, but I wanted to specifically address food diaries in this post.

Active Anatomy - The Movie

Anatomy - The Movie

I know we talk about anatomy a lot on this blog (see here and here) but that is because anatomy is a challenging and anxiety producing subject for many candidates.

Active Are you average?

Are you average?

Are you an average healthy adult? Or an apparently healthy individual? Do you know what those phrases mean and why they are important?

Active Ready for a second ACE certification?

Ready for a second ACE certification?

Have you considered sitting for a second ACE exam? I know, I know, some of you are just starting your studies for your first ACE exam…but now is a good time for me to put the idea in your head. Maybe you are a group fitness instructor who is being approached for small group or individual training. Or you might be a personal trainer who realizes that their client base is starting to develop more health issues as they age.

Active Group Fitness Instructor - It's not all about you!

Group Fitness Instructor - It's not all about you!

Really, it’s about your participants. When you review the Group Fitness Instructor Exam Content Outline you’ll notice that the two largest categories are Group Instructional Methods (37%) and Group Leadership (29%).

Active Test Anxiety...again!

Test Anxiety...again!

Nearly everyone experiences some form of test anxiety. For some people it pushes them to study harder. For others test anxiety is debilitating, especially when it affects exam performance. So how do you deal with it?

Active Are online diagnostic practice tests like the real test?

Are online diagnostic practice tests like the real test?

ACE offers several of pre-exam testing opportunities for candidates. There is the paper sample test, the online diagnostic test (or tests depending on your certification) and the short quizzes at the end of each module of the exam review

Active It's New...It's Improved...It's the 2010 Dietary Guidelines!

It's New...It's Improved...It's the 2010 Dietary Guidelines!

The long wait for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines is over. But what does it all mean? Well, it means it is time to get yourself up to date.

Active But can you talk about it?

But can you talk about it?

You’ve read your manuals…you’ve reviewed your flashcards…you’ve even memorized a whole bunch of muscles…but can you talk about what you know?

Active Stability and Mobility

Stability and Mobility

Stability and mobility are the cornerstones of Phase 1 of the Functional Movement and Resistance Training part of the Integrated Fitness Training model (IFT). We’re going to start with discussing the basics – the five programming components of mobility and stability. And just like with the IFT model, we need to understand the basics before we can move on.

Active Measuring Intensity

Measuring Intensity

Understanding how to measure intensity is a key concept in effective programming for your clients. But before we can gauge how hard our clients are working, we have to know how to measure their effort. If our clients are whining about working too hard, we have to understand what they should be working at and why.

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