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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) offers four primary certifications, and there are currently more than 55,000 ACE-certified professionals in the United States and around the world. After earning a certification, you can choose to focus your studies with a specialty certification in topics ranging from youth fitness and mind-body exercise to fitness nutrition and senior fitness. To learn more about ACE and its many educational offerings, visit the ACE website:


The ACE Personal Trainer Certification is designed for fitness professionals who provide one-on-one or small-group fitness instruction to people who are apparently healthy or have medical clearance to exercise.


The ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification is designed for fitness professionals who teach any form of exercise to apparently healthy individuals in a group setting.


The ACE Health Coach Certification prepares professionals from fitness, health care, workplace wellness, and a variety of other fields to lead clients to long-term, healthy lifestyle change using in-depth behavior-change strategies and a knowledge of fitness and nutrition. The certification equips professionals with insight on behavioral psychology, the physiology of obesity, techniques for lifestyle coaching, development of weight-management programs, and the relationship between exercise and nutrition for weight control.


The ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Certification provides in-depth knowledge for health and fitness professionals working with individuals at risk for or recovering from a variety of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, and musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, as well as special population groups including older adults, youth, and prenatal and postnatal women.

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