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Group Fitness Instructor Certification

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?

Teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver experiences your participants will never forget. Unlike many other certification providers, ACE is not guided by profit or publicity. As a nonprofit, we are guided by our mission to empower people to live their most fit lives. Our ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification helps us do that by producing quality, knowledgeable leaders who can safely and effectively guide the millions of people who attend classes every year. In addition to maintaining NCCA accreditation since 2003, the program is the only one of its kind accredited by the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA). Aside from being part of the largest nonprofit fitness certification organization in the world, becoming an ACE pro will give you the knowledge and skills you need to set yourself apart – no matter where you are in the world.

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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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Group Fitness as a Career


In addition to giving you the opportunity to reach more people through fitness, earning a Group Fitness Instructor Certification will help you create a diverse career path. You can apply your certification to teach anything from Zumba® and kickboxing to yoga and boot camps. ACE is committed to fostering the career growth of certified group fitness instructors and identifying opportunities at every stage. Many national health and fitness facilities are equally committed, offering eligible ACE Group Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers job interviews for qualifying positions. Totaling thousands of locations nationwide, 24 Hour Fitness, Anytime Fitness, and Orangetheory Fitness are looking forward to hearing from you. Explore their career offerings online, and then identify yourself as an ACE professional when you inquire about an interview.

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ACE professionals have an advantage in the hiring process at gyms, hospitals, corporate wellness departments and universities in 83 countries worldwide. Group exercise classes are often the first place people are introduced to fitness. It’s where many feel the most comfortable, and it’s where we feel you can have a tremendous impact on the obesity epidemic.


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 Bundle

Take the first step in becoming an ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor by choosing a bundle of study materials 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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