Exercise and Fitness: Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer

I have been a Physical Educator for the past 13 years. This summer I decided to set my sights on also becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. When I see the increase in the obesity level in this country, it makes me sad. When I see the cuts in public education funding it makes me frustrated. When I see schools cutting Physical Education and recess time to concentrate on increasing reading and math test scores it makes me angry.

In the future, I believe Americans will have to take their health into their own hands in the form of preventative medicine. I want to be ready to help those individuals who are ready to to take that step.

I started in early July by beginning the ACE Certified Personal Training Course.  This is a course you can do on your own schedule in your own home. I started in the summer so I would have more time to study. The package I got includes a study schedule and a weekly e-mail to keep you on track. I have a year from the date I enrolled to register for the test.  The schedule was written for 12 weeks.  I am taking things a little slower than that! I am on week five right now.

The first four weeks was study of “The Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology”.  I was really glad I already had a Health and PE degree.  This was review of a lot of things I had learned in college.  College was a loooong time ago though so it took me a while to slog through all the information!

This week I started the ACE Personal Training Manual. This reading seems a little easier…at least for now!  ACE has also added a new option “ACE Academy Elite” where you can watch videos and take quizzes that correspond to each chapter in the written study materials.

I’m looking forward to becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress. If you think this is something that may be in your future, feel free to ask any questions you have.

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

5 thoughts on “Exercise and Fitness: Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer”

  1. Hi! I found your post through pinterest, I have recently enrolled in ACE myself. I am very excited, currently on week two. However, I am also working full time, taking care of two babies, coaching, and enrolled in two other college courses! Haha I saw your post was from 2012, I was curious how it went?! How was your studies? What did the exam look like? What are you doing now? Hope all is well! Keep up the good work!

    1. Siobhan,
      Congrats on getting started with ACE. I took my Certified Personal Trainer’s exam in August of 2013 and passed. I thought the online ACE review was a BIG help. After I became certified, I did a mentorship with a local training facility that has a great reputation. They really helped me know how to blend the science and the art of training. After I completed my mentorship, I began training out of my home. I work full time, so I only take on a few clients at a time. I enjoy it and my clients say they like having a program that is tailored just for them. My next step is to start some online training, but I have to take things SLOWLY. I am a full time teacher. Don’t want to spread myself too thin. Hope it all goes well for you. Thanks for commenting. Stop back and let me know how things are going!

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