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Active Personal Trainer Health Risk Appraisal and Risk Stratification

Health Risk Appraisal and Risk Stratification

As a fitness professional, you must know how to perform a Health Risk Appraisal for your clients. This systematic screening will help you identify signs and symptoms of disease, risk factors and family history that will give you a clearer picture of each client's overall health. While there are several forms you can use, the basic ParQ & You and the ACSM Risk Stratification are two of your most important tools for assessing your clients' readiness for exercise.

Active Study Tips I’m not prepared for my exam! Should I reschedule or retake?

I’m not prepared for my exam! Should I reschedule or retake?

We often receive calls and emails from candidates expressing their fears about not being prepared to sit for their upcoming exam. If you find yourself feeling this same way, here is some great advice to help alleviate those fears and give yourself the best possible chance at success.

Active Personal Trainer 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 Personal Trainer What is the Thomas Test?

What is the Thomas Test?

ACE Exercise Physiologist Mark Kelly discusses how to administer the Thomas Test, as well as what mistakes to avoid when performing the assessment.

Active Personal Trainer 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 Personal Trainer Predicted 1 RM vs. Actual 1 RM

Predicted 1 RM vs. Actual 1 RM

As a trainer, performing proper assessments is essential to program development and evaluation. Muscular strength testing plays a major role in a client’s muscular fitness assessment, making it critical to know the difference between actual 1 RM and predicted 1 RM. Learn from ACE’s Tyler Pagano as he discusses the difference between the two and when to utilize each assessment technique.

Active Exercise Science What's the Difference between Autogenic and Reciprocal Inhibition?

What's the Difference between Autogenic and Reciprocal Inhibition?

Autogenic and reciprocal inhibition occur when the GTO and muscle spindes activate as a response to muscle tension and length. Learn from ACE's Chris Gagliardi as he discusses the difference between the two and how they apply to flexibility and stretching.

Active Personal Trainer 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.

Active Study Tips My Materials Just Arrived...Now What Do I Do?

My Materials Just Arrived...Now What Do I Do?

Don’t let that feeling of excitement when you receive your ACE study materials turn into anxiety. In this article, we explain how to tackle all of the materials without feeling overwhelmed and how to utilize the resources that ACE provides, which are designed to assist and guide you through your exam preparation.

Active Personal Trainer What is Body Mass Index (BMI) and Can I Rely on It?

What is Body Mass Index (BMI) and Can I Rely on It?

Confused about Body Mass Index? Here’s some detailed information about how to calculate it, and an explanation about why the skinfold measurement may be more accurate for some of your muscle-bound clients or those with an athletic build.

Active Study Tips ACE Launches Study Center Facebook Page

ACE Launches Study Center Facebook Page

After recognizing the high demand for connecting with fellow students and receiving study tips and answers to exam-related questions in real-time, ACE launched a Study Center community Facebook page. Learn how we are using social media to better prepare our students for exam day.

Active Professional Application How to Land a Job in the Fitness Industry

How to Land a Job in the Fitness Industry

People pursue careers in fitness for different reasons. Maybe working out is something your passionate about, or maybe you want to help people change their lives. Either way, to get started you first need a job. Check out some ways you can start your search and some useful tools you need to have to stand out from your peers.

Active Study Tips Using ACE Academy & ACE Academy Elite

Using ACE Academy & ACE Academy Elite

If you’ve been exploring an ACE Personal Trainer Certification – or if you feel a bit overwhelmed with the study process – you’ll love our new study materials. Take an in-depth look at ACE Academy and ACE Academy Elite, designed to help you study more efficiently and retain the knowledge you’ll need to become a better personal trainer later on.

Active Personal Trainer Selling Clients on Flexibility Training

Selling Clients on Flexibility Training

Selling clients on the importance of stretching before and after workouts isn’t always as easy as motivating them with fun, exciting cardiorespiratory or strength training. Learn how you can inspire them to incorporate flexibility training, and how it can help them reach their fitness goals.

Active Group Fitness Instructor Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 3 of 3)

Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 3 of 3)

In the third and final post of this series on how to become a great Group Fitness Instructor (GFI), you’ll learn how to continue to use a wide range of opportunities to advance your knowledge and skills. Check out how everything from continuing education courses to watching DVDs can help keep your students interested and your classes fresh.

Active Professional Application How to Develop a Professional Portfolio

How to Develop a Professional Portfolio

You may have a resume, but how accurately can one page demonstrate your value to employers? Make yourself more attractive in the job market by building a professional portfolio that includes letters of recommendation, articles you’ve written, and even transcripts that show the college or university courses you’ve taken.

Active Group Fitness Instructor Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 2 of 3)

Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 2 of 3)

In Part 2 of 3 in our series on how to kick start your career as a group fitness instructor, ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Lawrence Biscontini discusses some tips you can use to lead a great class. From finding mentors in your modality to rehearsing your class script, check out how you can begin to set yourself apart.

Active Group Fitness Instructor Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 1 of 3)

Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 1 of 3)

Ready to start your career as a group fitness instructor? Let’s get to it. Check out Part 1 of 3 in our series about how you can master the two Ps of fitness – being popular and professional. You’ll need both if you want to set yourself apart from other instructors in the fitness industry.

Active Professional Application The Ins and Outs of Liability Insurance

The Ins and Outs of Liability Insurance

Whether you have just passed the ACE exam or you’ve been working in the fitness industry for several years, carrying professional and liability insurance should be strongly considered. While there are several insurance agencies that provide coverage, you may be wondering which type of insurance is right for you, and how much coverage is needed. To help answer some of these common questions, I’ve put together some definitions and details to better explain the process.

Active Personal Trainer What You Need to Know about Pregnancy and Exercise

What You Need to Know about Pregnancy and Exercise

As a soon-to-be personal trainer, you will likely one day be asked to work with a pregnant client. It’s important to know and understand this special population as best as possible to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their exercise experience. Use this blog as a starting point for learning some of the ins and outs of pregnancy and exercise.

Active Study Tips Remember What You Study?

Remember What You Study?

Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve been in school and now you’re faced with studying a 700+ page ACE Personal Trainer Manual along with additional technical publications filled with words, concepts, definitions and material that you’re having a hard time remembering. It’s exasperating and maybe even stressful, especially when the certification exam is fast approaching. You begin wondering if you should postpone the exam date. The short answer is don’t!

Active Group Fitness Instructor Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Group Fitness Instructor Certification

Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Group Fitness Instructor Certification

You’re a new group fitness instructor! … Now what? Taking the next step of finding a job in the fitness industry once you earn your certification can be overwhelming. Before you make any moves, the first step is really understanding what opportunities you have. Discover how teaching classes at multiple gyms and modality-specific clubs can affect your business.

Active Personal Trainer 3 Ways You Can Get Clients Walking the Walk

3 Ways You Can Get Clients Walking the Walk

As a new fitness professional, you know that getting your clients to adopt a new habit of physical activity takes more than an assessment, a fitness program and your captivating smile. It requires an in-depth understanding and implementation of behavior change principles. Whether they want to increase physical activity, eat healthier or learn new ways to cope with stress, your clients’ long-term success depends in large part on you.

Active Personal Trainer Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Personal Trainer Certification

Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Personal Trainer Certification

So you’ve got your certification … now what?? Personal trainers have so many options to choose from when getting started in the fitness business. It’s important to have a broad view of what opportunities exist, the pros and cons of each and a clear picture of what position will best suit your talents, your passion and your expectations for the fitness industry.

Active Professional Application What You Need To Know About Earning and Redeeming Continuing Education Credits

What You Need To Know About Earning and Redeeming Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education is imperative for your growth and development as a fitness professional. Find out how to earn continuing education credits and redeem them for your recertification.

Active Professional Application Essential Elements of a Good Business Plan

Essential Elements of a Good Business Plan

They say failing to plan is planning to fail, which isn’t a great way to start your personal training career. Whether you’re looking to start or change careers, it’s important to have a strategy in place, even if it’s just a working document that outlines your business.

Active Study Tips Can I take the ACE exam if I need special testing accommodations?

Can I take the ACE exam if I need special testing accommodations?

Are you eager to register for your certification exam, but are unsure if you may be eligible for special test accommodations? ACE’s Exam Registration Manager discusses what you need to know and how to go about ensuring you are properly registered for your desired testing date with the accommodations you may need.

Active Study Tips Anatomy of Multiple-Choice Tests

Anatomy of Multiple-Choice Tests

Ever since Frederick J. Kelly, in 1914, at the University of Kansas, invented this approach, students have struggled with no real clue how to approach and analyze multiple-choice questions. Some people create so much stress and anxiety over these tests that they continually postpone taking it. To help you overcome anxiety and succeed, you simply need to understand the system behind multiple-choice tests.

Active Personal Trainer What Is Rapport and Why Is It So Important?

What Is Rapport and Why Is It So Important?

You’ve probably heard the word rapport before but maybe never thought much about its meaning and its importance. If you’re like me then you had heard the word, but never knew how to spell it properly. Read on to learn more about the significance of rapport — and its proper spelling.

Active Professional Application Tips on Successfully Making a Career Change Into Fitness

Tips on Successfully Making a Career Change Into Fitness

My own journey into the ranks of the fitness industry started at the age of 39 with a promise I made to myself to share the success I had battling type 2 diabetes. That success gave me the drive and a perspective I wanted to share with others. I transitioned from a 10-year run in the high-tech software industry to personal training in 2007. Here are lessons I learned and tips I share with many exam candidates who are also making a career change. 

Active Professional Application Three Tasks To Do BEFORE You Jump into the Fitness Profession

Three Tasks To Do BEFORE You Jump into the Fitness Profession

You may be excited about lacing up your sneakers and leaving that desk job behind, but before you jump into your fitness profession, be sure to complete these three tasks! Doing these items before you embark on your journey will help you become more successful.

Active Professional Application Learning How to Make Continuing Education Work For You As a Newly Certified Fitness Professional

Learning How to Make Continuing Education Work For You As a Newly Certified Fitness Professional

Congratulations! You've passed your ACE exam and you are now an ACE-certified fitness professional! You may have questions now as to what your next step should be. Learn about two continuing education bundles that will help you thrive in your new career as a fitness professional.

Active Exercise Science What You Really Need to Know from the Essentials of Exercise Science

What You Really Need to Know from the Essentials of Exercise Science

Have you recently begun your studies and feel overwhelmed by the science? Let us help you! Here’s what you need to know from the Essentials of Exercise Science book to not only be successful on the ACE exam, but to become a top-notch personal trainer!

Active Personal Trainer Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? ACE Certification Exam Math Refresher

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? ACE Certification Exam Math Refresher

What’s one thing you can learn from a 5th grader? Math doesn’t have to be that scary! Whether it’s been a few years since you last formally practiced math or whether you’re just in need of a bit of a refresher, check out these helpful formulas and math tips to help you successfully prepare for your ACE certification exam.

Active Study Tips 6-Step Plan to Avoid Procrastination

6-Step Plan to Avoid Procrastination

Don’t wait until tomorrow! Let’s take a look at what procrastination is all about and equip you with a six-step plan to successfully prepare for your ACE certification exam!

Active Medical Exercise Specialist What You Need to Know About Earning an Advanced ACE Certification

What You Need to Know About Earning an Advanced ACE Certification

Ready to take your fitness career to the next level by earning an advanced certification? Learn more about the eligibility and registration requirements to start your journey toward becoming a Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach and/or an Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist.

Active Study Tips Are the practice tests similar to the actual exam and are they helpful?

Are the practice tests similar to the actual exam and are they helpful?

Many candidates often wonder if  practicing through the sample tests will truly help them on the “big day.” Learn more about how the sample tests are structured and how they compare to the actual exam in terms of format, content and difficulty.

Active Study Tips How to Defeat Test Anxiety

How to Defeat Test Anxiety

No matter how much you follow good test-taking and preparation advice, there's still that fear of mentally blacking out, those racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts about past performance, the "what if's, the nausea, sweating, headache, fast heartbeat - well, you get it. It's test anxiety and it happens to the best of us. The good news is you can do something about it!

Active Study Tips Strategy of Successful Candidates Who Passed Their Exams the First Time

Strategy of Successful Candidates Who Passed Their Exams the First Time

To those of you who have taken on the challenge of attaining professional recognition in your chosen field, kudos to you! While you may be overwhelmed by having to study for and take the test (we understand), take heart in knowing that successful test-takers who have gone before you have used common strategies that may also help you.

Active Group Fitness Instructor The 3-Step System for Delivering Amazing Group Fitness Classes

The 3-Step System for Delivering Amazing Group Fitness Classes

Are you on your way to becoming an ACE Group Fitness Instructor? Put the content of Chapters 3 & 4 of the ACE 3rd edition GFI manual into practice with this 3-step system for planning and delivering amazing group fitness classes!

Active Group Fitness Instructor 4 Factors to Help You Understand and Master Music Selection

4 Factors to Help You Understand and Master Music Selection

Incorporating music into a group fitness class can be a fun component to class design, but in order to use it well, it’s important to understand it first. Learn the four

Active Personal Trainer What's the Difference Between a Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist?

What's the Difference Between a Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist?

Often times, these professions are confused because they have many similar qualities and characteristics; however, there are some very distinct differences that you should know. Learn more.

Active Study Tips Answers to 6 Popular Questions About the Exam Content Outline

Answers to 6 Popular Questions About the Exam Content Outline

Perhaps you have heard or read the term ‘Exam Content Outline’ but do you know what it is and how to use it to be successful in studying for your ACE Exam?

Active Group Fitness Instructor Becoming a Great Group Fitness Instructor

Becoming a Great Group Fitness Instructor

As a group fitness instructor (GFI) today, you have to keep your eye on two main goals – being professional and popular.

Active Study Tips Everything you need to know about retaking your ACE Exam!

Everything you need to know about retaking your ACE Exam!

You studied for the ACE Exam, the big day finally arrived and you were not as successful as you had hoped…now what? Read on for more information about the important steps to take when preparing for and scheduling your ACE retake Exam!

Active Study Tips Feel like getting schooled? Try one of ACE’s Educational Partners

Feel like getting schooled? Try one of ACE’s Educational Partners

A speed bump on the cruise to studying for the ACE certification exam through hundreds of pages of text and information is bound to happen. Not everyone can breeze through all of the ACE study materials without hitting a bump or two. I know I did. At times, the volume of material is overwhelming…and that’s normal. Since ACE understands that not everyone enjoys learning out of a book at home on their own, we have a solution for those who want that live education aspect. Find out more.

Active Study Tips 10 Steps to Success When Preparing for the ACE Exam

10 Steps to Success When Preparing for the ACE Exam

Are you looking for an edge in passing the exam? Although there isn’t a magical pill or some special flash cards with all the answers available for purchase, I do hope to provide some valuable insight and directions. Hopefully, this will help improve your odds and make your preparation – and professional journey – more enjoyable. I hope my 10 steps will help guide you through the process and get you confident that you will be successful in taking the ACE exam. If I can do it, I know you can as w

Active Personal Trainer How was the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ Model Created?

How was the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ Model Created?

To truly understand how the ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT™) Model was created, let’s first review why it was created. Learn more about the ACE IFT Model and how it was developed.

Active Study Tips I Need to Change My Exam Date!

I Need to Change My Exam Date!

Have you registered for an exam date that is no longer going to work with your schedule? Don’t panic. You can reschedule your exam. Find out how to do this and why you shouldn't reschedule if you have a case of exam day nerves.

Active Health Coach What does it mean to be an ACE Health Coach?

What does it mean to be an ACE Health Coach?

Are you a Personal Trainer and considering the Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach Certification, but unclear on what it really means to be an LWMC? Continue reading to find out more about this NCCA-accredited advanced credential, and how it can benefit both you and your clients.

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