Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Content
Online Quiz
CEC Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 1.0 CECs, NBHWC 1.0 CECs

Modeling Group Fitness Classes the ACE Way

Every client is different, with varying needs, abilities and desires. Helping your clients reach their health and fitness goals requires a combination of knowledge, technique, rapport building and most of all, strategy. The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model was created to provide health and fitness professionals with a blueprint to design and execute successful training programs for their clients. It’s a tried and true system that has helped ACE Professionals make a positive impact on their clients’ lives, and on their own careers.

The ACE IFT® Model wasn’t just created with the personal trainer in mind. It can also be easily applied to group fitness instruction. Led by ACE Master Trainer Garrett Stangel, this video training will teach you how to apply the revolutionary ACE IFT® Model to create safe and effective group fitness programming, regardless of class size. If you’re a group fitness instructor, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to design group fitness classes the ACE way.

You will learn:

  • The key components of the ACE IFT® Model and how to apply them to group training
  • How to program for individual clients and progress them during group sessions
  • Underutilized but critical movement patterns and modalities that should be included in your programming

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
1.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2017 - December 2020). Providership # 687637

1.0 CECs


Went over a lot of ideas from the general IFT model

There is good information in this webinar, but I gave it 2 stars because it simply did not translate very well into the typical group exercise scenario most instructors deal with. It did not do the information justice, or live up to the standards I’m accustomed to with ACE. This presenter strikes me as a personal trainer (likely a very good one) who has moved into small group “training programs” with beginning and end dates. While this is certainly working with groups, it is more of a personal training format/style rather than what many of us teach in the club setting where you have classes on the schedule that people drop into as their schedules may dictate. The reality is that the crowd can vary greatly from day to day, and there is nearly always a profound mix of abilities, fitness levels and ages NO MATTER WHAT LEVEL THE CLASS SCHEDULE SAYS. *How* to incorporate these principles into such scenarios really wasn’t addressed. And it wasn’t shown in the demo. Teaching 1:2 is extremely different than teaching 1:25. There are some critical skills and nuances to teaching a group of perhaps 25-30 people - (some you’ve probably never met, and they often are the ones who slip into class at the last minute, or even late) - that personal training does not require. Honestly I would like to see this seminar offered again with a presenter who has a rich history of teaching group exercise, and actually lead a full group class as part of the session (even if it’s only a 30 minute class) instead of stop-and-go with 2 people. That was a 1:2 personal training demo! If it needs more than an hour, please take the time necessary. As for people who I think would do a great job with this, Lawrence Biscontini comes to mind, as well as Rob Glick, Petra Kolber, Jay Blahnick, and many others. What they all have in common is a wealth and depth of experience teaching group exercise. And they’re outstanding presenters.