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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Study Tips for the ACE Personal Trainer Exam.



General Study Tips


When I bought my study materials for ACE, I was completely overwhelmed. There was so much to learn. At first I kicked myself for buying the bare minimum, which was two main books: ACE Personal Trainer Manual 4th Edition and ACE's Essentials of Exercise Science. I had no study guides, flash cards, or practice quizzes. It was simply me reading the books and learning it for myself.

I can't attest to how helpful the other materials may have been, but obviously having study guides, video lectures, and already made flashcards, etc would have helped. It just depends on how much money you are willing to spend and how organized/focused you think you can be without all of that stuff. I would say if you have the money, definitely get the extra items! It couldn't hurt.


Some general tips about studying:

- Work at your own pace. ACE kept sending me emails about what chapters I should be mastering each week and they stuck to a 12 week timeline. It took me almost a year to learn all the materials. Learning it in 12 weeks seems crazy to me. Ignore the emails if they make you feel pressured.

- After purchasing your materials, you have 6 months to schedule the exam, but the exam can be months away. I scheduled mine four months away, so I ended up having 10 months total to study. I could have had longer, if I wanted.

- Sometimes I need math explained to me. I found this great Fitness Math powerpoint. ACE gives you the 8 main formulas you need, but this powerpoint explains them nicely.

- Take the practice exam that comes in your study bundle. Everyone says if you pass the practice exam, you will pass the real exam. I thought the real exam was much more intense- it's over 3 times longer!

Good luck on your exam! It is worth the hard work and effort!

18 comments:

  1. awesome tips!!!

    and congrats again on passing the exam :)

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    1. Thank Dawn :) I don't know why I typed all this out but maybe someday it will help SOMEONE :)

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  2. It's amazing all you have to learn to train others. It's so awesome you passed :) I know how I am about trying new things and how intimidated I can feel, I have thought about a trainer to help feel more confident and so I know my form is proper, and luckily recently I was "adopted" at the gym. I have a buddy that spots and pushes me and it has helped me a great deal.

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    1. That is awesome that you have a friend to workout with who can make sure you're doing things right and push you. It's definitely good to have another set of eyes once in awhile because I know I sometimes develop bad habits that I don't even know I'm doing! I guess that's why they put all the mirrors- so you can watch your form.

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  3. I'm favoriting this...I feel like someday, I'll want to take this step! Thanks for the insights!

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    1. That is very exciting! I couldn't find many "tips" about what was actually on the test when I was studying so I wanted to write down as much as possible.

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  4. I am the type of person who notices things like what 'wasn't on the test' as well, lol. Thanks so much for the tips and once again a giant CONGRATS on passing!!!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I am so relieved and it still feels strange...

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  9. I appreciate you typing all of this out! I, like you, only ordered the bare minimum to save money and then freaked out that I didn't know how to work my way through the material! I'm really enjoying reading the books and I've learned a lot so far. I found some Quizlets that have been very helpful and am trying to utilize every free online resource I can find (which is how I found you)! So, thank you! And a very belated congratulations on passing!

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    1. I did the same- looked for free online resources! Good luck with your studies!

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