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Monday, March 10, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Posture and Movement Assessments

Posture and movement assessments are essential to designing an exercise program that meets the needs of your clients. Through these assessments, you can identify which muscles need to be stretched or strengthened to help improve overall function and movement.

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Friday, January 24, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Exam Day Tips

The day to take to your exam is almost here! ACE Study Coach Belinda has some important tips for you to help make your exam date go smoothly and to give yourself the best possible chances for success.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Goal Setting – Create a Goal the SMART Way

Someone once said that a goal without a plan is just a wish. And an improperly defined or poorly planned goal is not much better. You can help your clients increase their chances of achieving their goals—whether they want to simply get healthier or run a 5K—by using the SMART goal method.

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Monday, November 04, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, October 11, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, September 13, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Everything You Need To Know About Risk Stratification

Do you have a good working knowledge of risk stratification and how to use it to assess your clients’ risk of heart disease? Risk stratification is an important health assessment that all fitness professionals must be familiar with, both for the exam and in their careers. Here’s what you need to know about this essential screening tool.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

My exam is right around the corner and I’ve completed the study materials. What should I focus on?

You’re in the home stretch and want to maximize your study prep in the week or two before the exam. Here are some great study strategies that have proven effective in the period leading up to your exam.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

How Much Should My Clients Lift?

Resistance training offers so many health and fitness benefits, but it can be a challenge to know exactly how much each client should be lifting to achieve maximum benefits while also avoiding injury. Here is a great primer on how to determine a client’s 1 repetition maximum and use this information to help him or her achieve her fitness goals.

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Monday, February 18, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Monday, January 28, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Considerations for Working with Clients With Diabetes

With the dramatic rise in diabetes among Americans, it is increasingly likely that you will work with clients dealing with this disease. All fitness professionals should have a good understanding of the special considerations for working with this specific clientele.

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Monday, January 07, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Monday, November 12, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Nutrition and Supplementation: A Fitness Professional’s Scope of Practice

Clients often turn to their trainers for nutritional advice, so it is essential that you understand exactly what is and is not allowed within a fitness professional’s scope of practice as it relates to nutrition.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

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!

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