ACE CPT Chapter 9 – Functional Programming for Stability-Mobility and Movement

ACE Study Guide Chapter 9

Save $100 on the ACE CPT here. Click here to head back to the ACE practice test/study guide homepage.

I recommend checking out the team over at Trainer Academy. They produce the best ACE study materials, will reduce your study time by 50% and even provided an exam pass guarantee. To learn more about them, check out my full Trainer Academy review here.

Get the ACE exam cheat sheet for free here. Courtesy of Trainer Academy.

Post Content


    Joint stability – The ability of a person to control and maintain the joint position or movement

    Joint mobility – This is the amount (range) of uninhibited movement around a body segment or joint

    Arthrokinematics – This is motor output and sensory input based on physiological and neurological systems. It also includes joint mechanics.

    The length/tension relationship

    • Actin and myosin as contractile proteins

    The force/couple relationship

    • The prime movers

    Neural control

    • Reciprocal inhibition: This is the reflex inhibition of antagonistic motor neurons during the time that agonist muscles are contracting.
    • Synergistic dominance: This happens when synergistic muscles carry out the primary movements/functions of an inhibited/weakened prime mover

    The first phase: Stability and mobility training

    The first phase is meant to restore good levels of mobility and stability within the client’s body

    Slow twitch muscle fibers: Improve the muscular endurance of stabilizer muscles

    • Allows joint stabilization for prolonged periods of time with minimal fatigue


    • Static stretching, self-myofascial release (SMR), PNF, dynamic and ballistic stretching

    Proximal stability (core activation)

    • Help to promote lumbar spine stability by bettering the core musculature reflex function
    • The innermost layer of core
    • The vertebral discs/bones and ligaments of the spine on both the back and front of the spinal column

    The three stages

    • Core function
    • Static balance
    • Dynamic balance

    The proximal stability (core function)

    • The supine draw in exercise (centering)
    • The quadrupled draw in exercise with added movement of the extremities

    Proximal mobility (thoracic spine and hips)

    Helps to improve the mobility of both the joints that are adjacent to the lumbar spine

    Helps in avoiding compensated or undesirable movement patterns

    Monoarticulate: When muscle crosses one joint

    Biarticulated: When a muscle crosses to joints

    Different exercises:

    Pelvic Tilts

    • Modified dead bug + reverse knee marches, supine bent knee marches


    Mobility for hip flexors

    • The half kneeling triplanar stretch
    • hip flexor stretch (lying)

    Hamstring mobility exercises

    • Lying hamstring stretch

    Hip mobilization + glute activation

    • Glue to bridge/shoulder bridge
    • Supine 90/90 hip rotator stretch

    T-spine (thoracic) mobilization exercises

    • Spinal twists and spinal extension

    Posterior mobilization

    • Rocking quadriceps

    Proximal stability (around the shoulder)

    For bettering the stability in the scapulothoracic area during pushing and pulling type movements

    Glenohumeral joint mobility

    Requirements for improving stability in the scapulothoracic area

    • Thoracic mobility
    • Extensibility of tissue by passive and active structures
    • Self-myofascial release, posterior capsule stretches, inferior capsule stretch, superior capsule stretch and anterior capsule stretch (for pecs).
    • Healthy muscle functions of the rotator cuffs
    • Good muscle balance in the parascapular muscles
    • The ability to resist an upward gliding motion and impingement of the coracoacromial arch during shoulder movements

    CKC (closed chain kinetic) movements

    • The distal segment stays more fixed while moving
    • Compress and load joints
    • Increased proprioception and kinesthetic awareness
    • Exercises:
    • External and internal humeral rotation, shoulder packing, reverse flies with 90/90, diagonals, CKC weight shifts, prone arm lifts

    Distal mobility

    Static balance

    The variables of training:

    • 2 to 3 sessions per week
    • Perform at the beginning of the routine
    • One set of between two and four repetitions. Each for between five and 10 seconds

    Training conditions:

    • Narrow BOS
    • Raise COG
    • Shift LOG
    • Sensory alteration
    • Sensory removal

    Dynamic balance

    When one’s body needs to react to a changing surface

    Standing patterns on one leg

    Imbalance identification


    Exclusive PTP Offers

    Gold Standard Cert
    Save 25%
    Most Popular Cert
    3 Certs for 1
    A Good Option
    50% off
    Best Study Materials
    See MVP discount
    Best online PT course
    $100 Off
    The Top PT Software
    Get Free Trial
    • Single leg static balance
    • Single leg stands

    The second phase: Movement training for ADL’s

    Valgus – This is an internal rotation between the tibia and femur where the knees move inward

    Bend and lift

    The hip hinge

    The alignment of the lower extremity

    Figure 4 position

    Single Leg

    Half kneeling lunge rise

    The lunge matrix and lunges


    Unilateral and bilateral pressing

    Thoracic matrix

    The overhead press


    Unilateral and bilateral rowing

    Rotational exercises

    Hay bailers

    Wood shops

    If you want additional study materials, check out the team over at Trainer Academy. They have incredible study materials for ACE And I have a special limited-time discount for my readers. I also suggest you check out my review on Trainer Academy here.

    ACE CPT Chapter 9 - Functional Programming for Stability-Mobility and Movement 1
    ACE CPT Chapter 9 - Functional Programming for Stability-Mobility and Movement 2
    ACE CPT Chapter 9 - Functional Programming for Stability-Mobility and Movement 3

    About The Author

    2 thoughts on “ACE CPT Chapter 9 – Functional Programming for Stability-Mobility and Movement”

      1. Hey Patel,
        My study guide and practice test for the ACE personal training exam is a good place to start but it definitely is not the best study guide or practice test out there. If you want to pass the final exam guaranteed, I highly suggest checking out the study materials from Trainer Academy. They will tell you exactly what you need to focus on in order to pass the exam.. https://traineracademy.org/ace/

    Leave a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Get The Sectret Cheat Sheet For The CSCS Exam


    Get The Sectret Cheat Sheet For The ACSM Exam


    Save $100 On The ACE MVP Study System

    Get the top 5 Tips for Passing the ACE CPT


    Get the top 5 Tips for Passing the NASM CPT


    Get The Sectret Cheat Sheet For The ACE Exam


    Get The Sectret Cheat Sheet For The NSCA CPT Exam


    Get The Sectret Cheat Sheet For The ACE Exam


    Get The Sectret Cheat Sheet For The NASM Exam


    Get The Sectret Cheat Sheet For The ISSA Exam

    Scroll to Top