I have gotten a lot of inquiries about the ACE Personal Trainer Exam. Since most of the questions are similar I’m using this post to address all of it at once. I just took the exam Thursday so I’ll also add some info that I remember about the actual test too.
Why did you choose ACE over NASM or AFAA or…?
I remember when I first started to research personal training certifications I spent hours and hours looking at all the official companies’ websites, educational materials, support, cost, other certifications…
I decided on ACE because:
I felt like they were a reputable organization based on my comparisons.
They had a strong educational materials package, online tools and phone support.
They offer Group Fitness, Weight Management and other certifications that are also of interest to me long term
They are somewhat local. The company is located in San Diego and I liked that. Does this count as “buying local”?
So I could shout “ACE in your face!!!” like the volleyball girls used to do in high school.
What materials do you think someone studying for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification NEEDS?
The two most important pieces of material are the ACE Personal Trainer Manual and the Written Simulation example. Basically everything from the test comes from the manual and the written simulation is 25% of the grade as well.
What do you plan on doing with your certification now?
I have a degree in Communications and am a writer. I consider my 8-5 career to be writing. But, I will soon start coaching a running group after hours and on weekends.
I am glad to have the certification so I am a more knowledgeable running coach and healthy living blogger. I have some ideas on where we’ll go from here, but you have to stick around to find out
Things I remember from the exam:
Know what actin and myosin are
There were a few questions on pregnant clients. (A pregnant woman’s temperature should not exceed 100 degrees.)
What muscle is adducting in a certain exercise. (Totally got this wrong I’m sure.)
Calculate how long it will take someone to lose x amount of weight in x weeks if they walk 3 days. (Something to that effect.)
Nutrition label with info is given and you must calculate how many calories from fat. (The math is really really basic and they give you scratch paper.)
Weird question on your client wanting to date another trainer at your gym and how to handle it?
Eating disorder question: a female client (her stats are given and she is normal weight) wanting to lose weight. How do you handle?
When to refer someone to an RD or doctor
Hope that helps! If you have anymore questions, feel free to email me.
Lunch is sad looking, but awesome tasting. I had leftover salad from last night and decided to add chickpeas, deli turkey, TJ’s peanut sauce and peanuts to the mix to make it a meal. This is after mixing, so it’s a mess.
Served up with grapes And since I like to keep it real here, I’ll admit that I ate a bunch of dirty grapes on the drive home. If I die from “dirty grape disease” I will rest in peace knowing that it was totally worth it.