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ACE Personal Training Prep Course - PEPROF 315 (3 credits)

Course Objectives/Description
This course is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a national certification exam in personal training. Topics include guidelines for instructing safe, effective, and purposeful exercise, essentials of the client-trainer relationship, conducting health and fitness assessments, and designing and implementing appropriate exercise programming. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model
  2. Understand the application of principles of exercise science, human anatomy, and biomechanics to movement design and exercise instruction.
  3. Understand principles and methods of training for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to individualize exercise instruction for apparently healthy adults using an exercise progression model.
  5. Demonstrate the proper usage of various commercial fitness machines and equipment utilizing appropriate exercise guidelines and spotting techniques.
  6. Exhibit the communication skills needed in personal fitness instruction.

Additional Topics Discussed
Topics covered will be:

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Behavior Change, Rapport and Communication
  • Foundational Sciences
  • Assessments
  • IFT Model and Programming
  • Stability/Mobility

Recommended Text
ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 5th Edition

ACE Personal Trainer Master the Manual, A Study Guide to Accompany the ACE Personal Trainer Manual

Cost: $150 (class fee), plus the cost of the national exam, if you choose to sit for it.

Class Schedule

Non-Student Option
If you are not currently a UWW student, you are eligible to register for the course. You must contact the Office of Admissions at or 262.472.1440 and inquire about becoming a "Special Non-Credential Student".

Student Discounts/Certification Exam Information
ACE has designed a special student landing page that will provide discounts on materials and the exam fee. See for discounts. The student discount is 20% off ACE Study Materials and $40 off the exam. Discounts will appear in your shopping cart.

UW-Whitewater currently hosts all computer-based ACE Certification Exams. Registration and details can be found within the landing page link above.


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Whitewater, WI 53190-1790 

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