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Monday, May 11, 2015 in Exam Preparation Blog

Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Static Postural Analysis

Functional assessments are an important tool for determining how to design individualized strength and flexibility programs for your clients. In this first installment of a four-part series examining the four main types of functional assessments, we take a closer look at static postural analysis and what information you can gather from this assessment.

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Friday, April 10, 2015 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 in Exam Preparation Blog

How to Find Valid and Reliable Information on the Web

Do you feel confused and overwhelmed by the massive amount of health information out there? It’s not surprising if you do, especially considering how much of what you find is conflicting and seemingly “researched.” To help you sort through the clutter of misinformation, ACE exercise physiologist Jacque Ratliff offers some great tips on how to find valid and reliable information on the web.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Monday, October 13, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Mastering Group Fitness Instructor Teaching Techniques, Strategies and Cueing

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the various teaching and cueing techniques presented in Chapter 4 of the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual? This blog provides the clarification you need to understand the various teaching techniques and strategies, as well as how to cue effectively, so you can feel confident on both the exam and in front of your classes.

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Monday, August 18, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

The ACE Resource Center – How Can We Help You?

Did you know ACE has a Resource Center to support you while you’re preparing for your certification exam? If you ever have a question or concern related to your studies (or a health and fitness question in general), we are happy to help. Here are some ways that our Resource Center can help get the most out of your studies and put you on the path to success.

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Monday, May 19, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

How to Use the Case Study Chapters

You may be tempted to skip over the case study chapters in the manuals because they don’t offer any new information, but these chapters often prove to be the most useful for helping you learn to apply what you’ve already learned. Here’s a primer on how to use these case studies to your best advantage, both in working with clients and for passing the exam.

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Friday, May 9, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Physiological Assessments: Sports-skills Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this final installment of a four-part series, sports-skills assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Friday, May 2, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Physiological Assessments: Muscular Fitness Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this third of a four-part series, muscular fitness assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Friday, April 25, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Physiological Assessments: Cardiovascular Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this second of a four-part series, cardiovascular assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Physiological Assessments: Anthropometric Measurements

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this first of a four-part series, a variety of anthropometric measurements are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Monday, April 7, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Motivation, Behavior Change and Program Adherence

Understanding your clients’ motivations is essential for being able to recommend the most appropriate and effective steps to helping them achieve their lifestyle goals. In fact, identifying their motivations and level of self-efficacy can mean the difference between a client making short-term, temporary fixes and truly achieving lasting, lifestyle changes.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 7

Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her seventh installment, featuring Chapters 16 and 17, which cover physical-activity programming.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 6

Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her sixth installment, featuring Chapters 11 and 12, which cover the assessments you should perform with a client prior to, and throughout, an exercise program.

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Friday, February 14, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

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.

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Friday, February 7, 2014 in Exam Preparation Blog

How to Review a Client’s Food Journal

As a fitness professional, it is essential that you stay within your scope of practice, particularly in the area of nutrition. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t help guide your clients toward making healthier choices. Research suggests that food journals are one of the best ways to increase awareness and help identify areas of less-than-healthy behaviors related to food. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to helping your clients utilize this effective tool.

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