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INTRODUCTION

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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: http://ACEfitness.org/fitness-certifications.

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PERSONAL TRAINER

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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.

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GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

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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.

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HEALTH COACH

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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.

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ADVANCED HEALTH & FITNESS SPECIALIST

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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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