If you are coming to this article from my “how to become health coach” article, good for you, you are moving in the right direction!
After finishing this article, you will be sure whether or not this is the right certification for you. This certification is not for everybody. After reading my review, if you decide to go with this certification, I recommend checking out the details from ACE.
In my personal opinion, the ACE health coach certification is the best health coach certification that is on the market today. It is currently the only NCCA accredited health coach certification.
In my official review, you will learn what this certification is all about and why becoming a health coach holds lots of value for anyone that is working in the fitness industry (such as a personal trainer).
I will also discuss what materials are included with the certification as well as talk about the exam a little bit. Let’s dive in so you can learn more about the ACE health coach certification.
Check out the ACE website for more information and current prices on the health coach certification if you decide it’s right for you.
There is a new role in the fitness industry that health coaches fit right into!
Health coaches approach health and wellness from a whole new perspective compared to the typical personal training certifications that I talk about on my website. They approach fitness from a holistic point of view compared to the standard diet and exercise.
They try to help people by looking at the root of the problem, and lifestyle changes that need to be changed. If you are a personal trainer that is reading this you probably already know that the workout that you do with your clients is only a small part of their overall health.
You have probably experienced clients that no matter how hard they “seem to try,” they never make too much progress. To make great strides in your health or fitness, you need to have self-motivation.
You can have the greatest workouts in the world with your clients, but if they go home and eat junk food for the rest of the day, it won’t matter. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans that are obese or overweight.
The majority of these individuals live extremely sedentary lives, use tobacco products, drink excessive amounts of alcohol and eat terribly. The goal of the health coach is to try to change these habits from their roots.
Because no matter how much exercise you do in the gym with a personal trainer it won’t matter if you still have terrible habits at home. It is the job of the health coach to help the transition from these bad habits.
Most Americans are looking for that magical quick-fix solution or pill that they can take to be healthy. This is why so many Americans are addicted to prescription medications.
The real secret to health is changing its habits one of the time so that you can prevent terrible diseases and prescription medications!
The Study Materials
There are two different study bundles that you could purchase through ACE (link to my general certification review). Each of these different bundles contains different study materials depending on the type of learner that you are.
The first package that you can buy is called the standard bundle and will cost you $499 (check current price). The standard bundle includes the primary textbook (or health coach manual), access to take the exam and entrance into their “ACE Academy”.
The more expensive of the two bundles is called their premium bundle and will cost you $599. It contains everything that the standard package does in addition to their booklet on mastering the manual and a retest voucher just in case end up failing the test on the first try.
The manual that comes with the Certification
This is the primary textbook for the health coach certification. It is mostly comprised of information on how to coach individuals through the lifestyle changes that I mentioned above.
It also includes some information on exercise programs (although not as in-depth as in a personal trainer certification). It also has a chapter on the control and prevention of different diseases and the statistics on these epidemics.
What is the “ACE Academy”?
The “ACE Academy” is probably the most helpful part of studying for this certification. It gives you access to a three-month guided exercise series that helps you stay on track with your studying goals for the certification.
This Academy gives you excellent guidance and gives you access to either call or e-mail one-on-one with an ACE health coach expert. These experts can help you work your way through the manual and answer any questions that you may have.
Within the Academy, you have access to practice exams. I thought these exams were beneficial to get a reasonable estimate of how the real test will be. The premium package gives you two practice exams were the standard bundle only includes one.
Also included in the premium bundle is what ACE calls custom progress tracking. This helps from an organizational point of view. It just allows you to mark off assignments as you do them such as videos or quizzes that you take. This kind of hard to explain.
Mastering the manual booklet
The mastering the manual booklet that comes with the premium package is helpful for studying. It does a great job of accompanying the textbook because it lays out great exercises chapter to chapter.
I would recommend following along with this booklet as you go through the primary textbook. The quizzes at the end of each chapter are extremely helpful and do a great job of highlighting fundamental concepts.
The mastering the manual booklet made it much easier for me to pass and obtain the healthcare certification!
Conclusion on the ACE Health Coach Certification
In conclusion, if you are looking to change up the way you approach health fitness and personal training, the ACE health coach certification might be an excellent option for you!
- For more information and current prices check out the website!
It is a great way to supplement your knowledge as a personal trainer and even a better way to check off those pesky continuing education credits. This is a great way to combine your knowledge of exercise and what you do with your clients inside the gym with ways to change your client’s habits outside of the gym!
If your clients do not have healthy lifestyles outside of the gym, it does not matter how hard they work at the gym with you. Both are critical factors for them to reach their goals and full potential.
I hope you liked my review, leave a comment down below if you have any other questions. If this article is helpful, please like it on social media or share it with your friends! Also, make sure to check out my article on how to become a health coach.
Tyler Read has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Tyler is also a certified personal trainer with NASM, ACE and CSCS. Tyler’s main goal is to help people get started in the personal training industry and to become successful personal trainers. Tyler is the owner of Personal Training Pioneer which helps people get started in the personal training industry and become successful.