PE 460 - ACE Review for Exercise Science

PE 460:  Exercise Physiology Review for ACE Trainer Certification

This course uses the SAKAI coursesite through the LAMP portal for access to the syllabus, notes, handouts, etc.

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and understanding of the practical skills needed to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam.  The course 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.  This information will help students learn how to facilitate rapport, adherence, self-efficacy, and behavior change in clients as well as design programs that help clients improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscle strength and endurance. 


  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 4th edition(2010) and 
  • ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals (2010) and
  • ACE Personal Trainer Master the Manual Workbook, 4th edition (2010)

ISBN 10: 1-8920-14-3  (these are packaged together and available through the bookstore or ACE)

Course Goals/Objectives:

  • Understand the application of principles of exercise science, human anatomy, and biomechanics to movement design and exercise instruction
  • Understand principles and methods of training for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility
  • Demonstrate the ability to individualize exercise instruction for apparently healthy adults using an exercise progression model
  • Demonstrate the proper usage of various commercial fitness machines and equipment utilizing appropriate exercise guidelines and spotting techniques
  • Exhibit the communication skills needed in personal fitness instruction

Course Relationship to Major Program and Department:
This course is a requirement for the Exercise Science, Sports and Fitness Management, and pre-Physical Therapy emphases in the Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences.  Others may take the course as an elective.

 Course Relationship to Knowledge of Content Area and Skills:

  • Knowledge about the measurement process;
  • Ability to use numbers and statistics in measurement and evaluation;
  • Ability to identify, select and perform appropriate measurement and evaluation for the population group in various physical education, exercise science, coaching, athletic training, and health areas.

 Course Topics:

  • Review of Exercise Physiology, Human Anatomy, Biomechanics (Applied Kinesiology), Nutrition
  • Principles of Adherence, Motivation, Behavior Change, Health Psychology
  • Communication & Teaching Techniques
  • ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model
  • Building Rapport
  • Health & Exercise History Information Assessment
  • Functional Training: Assessments, Programming, & Progressions for Posture, Movement, Core, Balance, & Flexibility
  • Physiological Assessments
  • Resistance Training: Programming & Progressions
  • Cardiorespiratory Training: Programming & Progressions
  • Professional & Legal Responsibilities, Scope of Practice, & Business Strategies for Personal Trainers
  • Special Exercise Programming Topics: Mind-Body Exercise, Special Populations, & Exercise Implications of Common Musculoskeletal Injuries

Modules for Class:
Module #1 -
Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals (Chapters 1 - 5)

Module #2 - Personal Trainer Manual & Workbook (Chapters 1, 17, 18)

Module #3 - Personal Trainer Manual & Workbook (Chapters 2 - 4)

Module #4 - Personal Trainer Manual & Workbook (Chapters 5 - 8)

Module #5 - Personal Trainer Manual & Workbook (Chapters 9 - 10)

Module #6 - Personal Trainer Manual & Workbook (Chapters 13 - 15)