American Council on Exercise
Personal Training Prep Course
Stephanie Hoffman, MS, ACE – CPT, EIM
Coordinator of Fitness, UND Wellness Center
What the course is?
• Designed to give students the knowledge and
understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Personal
Trainer Certification Exam and become effective personal
• Presents the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ (ACE IFT™)
Model as a comprehensive system for designing
individualized programs based on each client's unique
health, fitness, and goals.
• Helps students learn how to facilitate rapport, adherence,
self-efficacy and behavior change in clients, as well as
design programs that help clients to improve posture,
movement, flexibility, balance, core function,
cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and
Key topic Areas
• Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Applied
Kinesiology, and Nutrition
• Principles of Adherence, Motivation, Behavior
Change, and Health Psychology
• Communication and Teaching Techniques
• The ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model
• Building Rapport
Key Topic Areas, cont’d
• Health and Exercise History Information
• Functional Training:
– Assessments
– Programming
– Progressions for Posture, Movement, Core, Balance,
and Flexibility
• Physiological Assessments
• Resistance Training: Programming and
Key Topic Areas, cont’d
• Cardiorespiratory Training: Programming and
• Professional and Legal Responsibilities
– Scope of Practice
– Business Strategies for Personal Trainers
• Special Exercise Programming Topics:
– Mind-body Exercise
– Special Populations
– Exercise Implications of Common Musculoskeletal
• Non-Credit Course
• Class held Sept 5th – Dec 5th
– No class November 28th
• (Possibly no class Sept 25th)
– 2 -4 pm
– Classroom & Lab/Hands On Work
• Cost:
– Current Wellness Center Employees - $160*
– All Others - $215*
» * Includes the study materials.
Details, cont’d
• Must have 8 people register in order for class
to run
– 15 spots available.
• Must register by Sept 4th
• Will be prepared to take ACE PT Exam
*Cost of Exam is $249
(with ACE Course Discount – could be $199)
• Will be able to work at the UND Wellness
Center as a Personal Trainer before certified
upon successful completion of the course.
WC Employment Eligibility
Training program eligibility (Train without certification)
Must attend and complete 90% of classes and assigned homework
Must attain an 85% on final exam
Must attend 2 different group exercise classes (Can be completed simutaneously with course)
Must attend 1 Cheap Fast & Healthy class (Can be completed simutaneously with course)
Must shadow 2 different trainers for 1 session each. (Can be completed simutaneously with course)
Must take national exam within 1 semester of completion of the course
Must complete WC Application process that is in place.
Must attend mandatory interviews
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