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Make Today's Children Tomorrow's Healthy Adults

In the past 30 years, obesity rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents, and the amount of physical activity in schools has drastically decreased. Our Youth Fitness Specialty Certification gives parents, coaches, and fitness and health care professionals the knowledge and skills to develop age-appropriate exercise programs, improve the overall health and well-being of children and teens, and help instill the value of physical activity at an early age.

Who is it designed for?

Having a Youth Fitness Certification goes beyond personal gains. You will be able to help parents, youth sports coaches and other professionals in fitness, health care, recreation or education gain the knowledge and skills they need to create customized and organized fitness programs for children and teens. The curriculum addresses motor development, pediatric exercise physiology, growth-related differences in abilities, youth resistance and cardiorespiratory training, and integration of health- and skill-related activities into fitness programs.

How do I earn one?

To earn a Youth Fitness Specialty Certification, you must review all of the components listed below and take the quizzes associated with the material. Although you may complete courses for any Specialty Certification, ACE will not recognize you as a Specialist unless you also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or an equivalent professional credential. For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here.

After you complete all courses and quizzes, an ACE Specialty Certification and continuing education credits (CECs) will be uploaded into your My ACE account. The purchase price includes all materials and fees necessary to become a Specialist, and your designation as a Specialist will not expire.

Have other questions about ACE Specialty Certifications? Check out our list of FAQs.

An ACE Youth Fitness Specialty Certification is approved for 2.5 ACE CECs. The program is also approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

  • AAMA
    25.0 CEUs in General Category
  • ACSM
    25.0 CECs
  • CI
    25.0 Contact Hours
  • NASM
    1.9 CEUs
  • NCSF
    7.0 CEUs
  • NFPT
    1.5 CECs
ACE Youth Fitness Course

ACE Youth Fitness Course
(Online Content, Book, Online Quiz)

Our ACE Youth Fitness Course is comprised of three components — our ACE Youth Fitness Manual, a two-part video series featuring ACE-certified Health Coach and youth performance expert Brett Klika and our ACE Youth Fitness Quiz. The text and Klika, named the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, will cover how to engage and empower youth using creative, integrative approaches to physical activity while the quiz gauges your understanding of ACE material.

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ACE Youth Fitness Manual

The ACE Youth Fitness Manual, written by leading researchers and authors Dr. Avery Faigenbaum and Dr. Wayne Westcott, gives fitness professionals the tools they need to engage and empower youth using creative, integrative approaches to physical activity. By designing classes that incorporate games, group activities and resistance training options, instructors can help develop an appreciation for fitness among children and teenagers they will carry into adulthood.

ACE Presents Youth Fitness

In our two-part video series, ACE-certified Health Coach and youth performance expert Brett Klika demonstrates programming and leadership for safe and effective play- and skill-based classes. Klika, named the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, will show how to deliver fun and engaging warm-up, agility, coordination, strength, speed and flexibility activities that are specific to certain ages, and skill and fitness levels.

ACE Youth Fitness Quiz

The ACE Youth Fitness Quiz will gauge your understanding of material you reviewed in both the ACE Youth Fitness Manual and our ACE Presents Youth Fitness video. The 50-question, multiple-choice quiz is delivered in a convenient, online format you can complete from your home or office.

Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Course

Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Course
(Book, Online Quiz)

The Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Course consists of a comprehensive manual that addresses causes, contributing factors and fundamental issues related to physical activity and youth, and a quiz that helps gauge your knowledge of the material. Edited by Alan L. Smith and Stuart J.H. Biddle, the text breaks away from traditional thinking that places activity and sedentary behavior on a single continuum and instead focuses on how the two behaviors coexist.

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Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual

The Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual addresses causes, contributing factors, and fundamental issues in dealing with physical inactivity among youth. The text is organized into three sections that cover behavior and trends; personal accounts of inactivity; and the role parents, peers, schools and coaches can play in instilling the value of health and fitness.

Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual Quiz

Based on the Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Manual, the quiz is delivered in the same convenient online format as our ACE Youth Fitness Specialty Certification Quiz. Gauge your knowledge of the health dilemma of physical inactivity among youth, and potential solutions that health and fitness experts offer in the book.

The American Council on Exercise reserves the right to discontinue the sale and/or support of any continuing education course at any time, in order to cancel, correct, or update content based on current industry standards, guidelines, and/or technological advances. Notification will be given 6 months prior to expiration to allow for course completion and no refund will be given for expiring courses.