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Group Fitness Instructor Certification

Teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver experiences your participants will never forget. Group fitness has exploded in the past five years, attracting more than 22.1 million people annually to indoor cycling, Les Mills BODYPUMP, Zumba® fitness, CrossFit, boot camp, yoga and more. That growing demand has led many certification organizations to create narrowly focused education programs designed to get instructors on the floor fast. At ACE, we believe you and your class participants deserve more.

Our ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification will give you the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver experiences your participants will never forget. Don’t position yourself as a performer when you can position yourself as a professional. Earning a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) will set you apart as a teacher who leads more than just the front row.

Why Choose ACE?

Earning an ACE certification means meeting a standard accepted by other leaders in the healthcare industry. In addition to holding NCCA accreditation for all four certification programs, ACE also goes above and beyond when it comes to taking care of our professionals. We advocate on your behalf every day—among policymakers, among partners who share our vision of eliminating the obesity epidemic, and among employers exploring workplace wellness solutions.

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ACE Resource Center


Unlike other certifications who only sell you the materials, ACE supports you throughout the study process. And we don’t just mean online. Experts in our ACE Resource Center provide a personal, one-on-one connection for candidates who need help navigating complicated topics or encouragement when they’re overwhelmed with studying. Give them a call or send them an email when you need expertise, motivation or advice on starting your career as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor.

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Fitness as a career


ACE professionals work at gyms, hospitals, workplace wellness departments and universities in 83 countries worldwide. To help you begin or continue your career, ACE has secured agreements from a number of health and fitness companies, which have all guaranteed interviews for ACE Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors who apply for qualifying positions at facilities nationwide. No matter where you decide to work, you'll feel good about the job growth your profession is projected to experience. The latest U.S. Department of Labor statistics state employment opportunities for personal trainers and group fitness instructors are expected to increase 13% through 2022.

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ACE Group Fitness Manual

The ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual provides credible, comprehensive knowledge of class design, cueing techniques and business strategies that apply to any type of group exercise class.

ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual
More than any other certification provider in the industry, ACE prepares group fitness instructors to design effective classes in a wide range of formats, for participants at all levels of fitness. A must-have resource for any instructor, the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual offers valuable information on motivational and cueing techniques, the principles of class design, creating a positive fitness experience, and progressions and regressions for multi-level classes. The text also includes a companion DVD by award-winning group fitness instructor Lawrence Biscontini, who covers the key elements of exercise and movement selection, sequencing, choreography, program modifications and music.


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Group Fitness Instructor Certification study materials

Choose Your Study Program

Take the first step in becoming an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor by choosing a study program to help you prepare for the exam. Our two options feature a variety of study aids – from flashcards to online practice tests.
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Professional Resources



In addition to ProSource™ our online publication committed to providing new training techniques and research-based insight, ACE has a number of professional resources to help you grow. We offer advanced certifications and continuing education to help you learn. We test the effectiveness of products and trends with independent, third-party research. We offer guided, easy-to-follow lifestyle programs and thousands of other tools on designed to help you lead people to long-term, healthy change.
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