Become a Personal Trainer

Posted: December 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

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Course Description

Mason Recreation’s American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Preparation Course instructed by Mason’s director of fitness prepares individuals to complete the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam. On completion of the course, you will feel better equipped to motivate, empower, challenge, and retain clients for the long term. Exam fees and study materials are reduced for those who participate in the preparation course.

This course does not include the exam for certification. Participation in the course allows for a discounted rate of $209 for the ACE Exam registration fee. Registration for the exam is completed through ACE.

Class Dates/Times

SessionDatesTimeLocation
Monday'sMay 22 - July 315pm - 9pmAquatic and Fitness Center Classroom

Course Pricing/Registration

Registration Begins: November 1, 2013

Participant StatusPricePayment Location
College Student$250.00 *must provide proofAFC or RAC front desk
Non-student$400.00AFC or RAC front desk
Re-take$100 *eligible only if you have completed this course with us in a prior semesterAFC or RAC front desk
**Late Fee (After May 22nd)$35AFC or RAC front desk

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Following the receipt of payment, individuals registered for the course will receive information on how to receive the discounted rate for the ACE course materials.

ACE Student Bundle: $120.72

(Manual, Exercise Science text, Master the Manual Study Guide and Sample Test)

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual, fourth edition
  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals
  • ACE Personal Trainer Master the Manual, fourth edition

Key Topics

  • Human anatomy, exercise physiology, applied kinesiology, and nutrition
  • Principles of adherence, motivation, behavior change, and health psychology
  • Communication and teaching techniques
  • ACE integrated fitness training model
  • Building rapport
  • Health and exercise history information assessment
  • Functional training: Assessments, programming, and progressions for posture, movement, core, balance, and flexibility
  • Physiological assessments
  • Resistance training: Programming and progressions
  • Cardiorespiratory training: Programming and progressions
  • Professional and legal responsibilities, scope of practice, and business strategies for personal trainers

*For more information on upcoming ACE courses, please contact the Director, Fitness (703-993-3935).