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    FREE ACE Study guide + ACE Practice test + Flashcards

    Hey everyone and welcome to my ACE CPT study hub. This page includes a FREE ACE study guide (for the 5th Ed and new 6th edition textbook), ACE practice test (and answer key!), ACE CPT flashcards and a must watch video that talks about the top 10 secrets to passing the ACE CPT. I recommend that you bookmark this page.

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      ACE CPT Study Material Intro

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      This ACE study guide, practice test in flashcards cover the most recent American Council on Exercise personal trainer manual, fifth edition and is updated for 2021.

      On top of covering each chapter of the textbook in my study guide, I also have individual ACE quizzes as well as ACE flashcards for each chapter! I also have an extensive NASM study guide/practice test as well! Let’s get started, shall we?

      Top 10 secrets for passing the ACE CPT Exam

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      FREE ACE study guide: 5th Edition

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      FREE ACE Study Guide: 6th Edition 2021

      FREE ACE practice test: 5th edition 2021

      ACE practice test

      This ACE fitness practice test is broken down in the exact same way of the real exam. Here is how the ACE practice exam is broken down:

      1. Domain I: Interviews and Assessments – 23% of the test
      2. Domain II: Program design and implementation – 31% of the test
      3. Domain III: Program modification and progression – 26% of the test
      4. Domain IV: Professional conduct, safety, and risk management – 20% of the test

      ACE CPT Practice Tests Answers bellow ⬇️ (Don’t Peek Until After!) 🙄

      ACE Practice Exam Answer Key (Questions 1-25)

      Q1: When answering the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q), your client answers “yes” to a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. What is the next step in his fitness program?
      A1: Talk with her doctor about her readiness for exercise.

      Q2: What blood pressure measurement is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease?
      A2: 140/90 mmHg

      Q3: Tight hip adductors and weak gluteus medius muscles can lead to which compensation?
      A3: Knees moving inward

      Q4: Which of the following assesses body fat percentage by measuring the amount of water a person displaces when completely submerged?
      A4: Hydrostatic Weighing

      Q5: Which man has a waist to hip ratio that puts him at risk for obesity-related disease?
      A5: Alex with a ratio of .96

      Q6: Jose is 18 years old. What is his estimated maximum heart rate?
      A6: 202 bpm

      Q7: Which of the following factors influence a client’s resting heart rate?
      A7: All of the above

      Q8: You have performed the Thomas test with Susan and have observed that her lower thigh does not touch the table and her knee does not flex to 80 degrees. What muscles do you suspect to be tight?
      A8: Primary hip flexor muscles

      Q9: Your client, Ben, comes to you with a goal of “being more flexible for his golf and tennis game”. You help Randy define his goals in more specific and measurable terms so that his progress can be evaluated. Helping him set these effective goals are commonly said to be:
      A9: SMART Goals

      Q10: Which of the following functional fitness tests is not contraindicated for individuals who suffer from low-back pain, have had recent back surgery, and/or are in the midst of an acute low-back flare-up?
      A10: Apley’s scratch test

      Q11: Which of the following is not a part of muscular endurance testing?
      A11: Vertical jump test

      Q12: You are watching your client’s heart rate during moderate aerobic exercise and notice that her heart rate is not increasing. Which antihypertensive medication could be preventing your client’s heart rate to rise even though she is exercising?
      A12: Beta blockers

      Q13: What is an example of the “tell, show, do” technique used in the early stages of training?
      A13: Explaining the proper way to perform an exercise, showing your client, and then allowing them to try the exercise.

      Q14: What is the main muscle group involved in the extension portion of a leg extension exercise?
      A14: Quadriceps

      Q15: Your client tells you that he wants to get into better shape because his wife loves to play tennis and he wants to be able to play with her. Which principle of behavior change is this an example of?
      A15: Observational Learning

      Q16: Which phase of cardiorespiratory training challenges the phosphagen system and is typically only entered into for clients with sport specific training goals?
      A16: Anaerobic-power Training

      Q17: Muscular Power takes what two performance factors into account?
      A17: Force and Velocity

      Q18: Which of the following is an example of a concentric contraction?
      A18: Hamstrings in a leg curl

      Q19: Achieving efficient movement through opposing and contralateral pulls at joints refers to which movement principle?
      A19: Force-couple Relationships

      Q20: When referring to the body’s “core” muscles, which of the following is not a part of this group?
      A20: Rectus femoris

      Q21: During the first two weeks of an exercise program, strength gains are typically a result of what adaptation?
      A21: Motor learning

      Q22: Which of the following best describes the principle of training overload?
      A22: Gradually adding more resistance than the muscles have encountered.

      Q23: Which type of exercise should older adults avoid in order to prevent spikes in blood pressure?
      A23: Isometric contractions

      Q24: What is the major benefit of performing a cool down?
      A24: Prevents blood from pooling in your arms and legs

      Q25: All of the following joints are responsible for stability except:
      A25: Glenohumeral

      ACE Practice Exam Answer Key (Questions 26-50)

      Q26: Ben is a new client that has been released from his physician to take part in a basic exercise program. Ben is considered a low-risk cardiac client. What is Ben’s functional capacity?
      A26: Greater than 7 METS

      Q27: Mind-body exercise continues to emerge as an effective fitness and health-enhancement modality. Which of the following are core benefits from regular participation in programs such as tai chi, qigong, and hatha yoga?
      A27: All of the above

      Q28: Bob has been training for and competing in triathlons for 5 years. He wants to increase running speed and cycling power. How many times should you suggest he train per week?
      A28: 4-7

      Q29: This week Janet has 3 sessions at 60 minutes apiece with an RPE rating of 5. According to the training progression scale using RPE, what is Janet’s rating in points for this week?
      A29: 900 points

      Q30: Janet is a 55-year-old woman you have recently taken on as a client. She currently walks the mile in 15 minutes and wants to be able to run in a 5k in six months. Which is an example of a SMART goal for her?
      A30: Janet will complete the mile in 12 minutes within two months.

      Q31: In which resistance training phase should muscular strength and endurance be periodically assessed?
      A31: Load training

      Q32: How many days per week should a client do cardio exercise if they are in phase 2 of cardiorespiratory training and want to keep progressing toward their goal?
      A32: 2-4 days

      Q33: A one rep max test should be given in which phase of the ACE IFT Model?
      A33: Phase 3 or 4

      Q34: Trainers can utilize the ACE IFT model for core conditioning and balance training. Which stage of the ACE IFT model emphasizes seat and standing stabilization over a fixed base of support?
      A34: Stage 2

      Q35: Jon has been strength training for 6 weeks. He is excited the he can now perform 12 repetitions of a seated row easily. What advise should you give Jon if he wants to increase his strength with this exercise?
      A35: Add 5% more resistance

      Q36: Which of the following is not true when planning a resistance workout for an older adult?
      A36: Clients should begin with unsupported resistance exercises to improve balance.

      Q37: What type of activities would you recommend to a client with arthritis?
      A37: All of the above

      Q38: Using the overload principle, which of the following techniques are used to advance upper-body strength?
      A38: All of the above

      Q39: What would be a goal of exercising in the treatment of cancer?
      A39: All of the above.

      Q40: All of the following are ways to progress agility drills, except:
      A40: Increase the base of support

      Q41: Which of the following is appropriate according to the ACE personal trainer’s scope of practice?
      A41: Teaching a client self myo-fascial releasing techniques.

      Q42: You notice that a member of the gym has fallen to the ground. What is the first thing you should do?
      A42: Ask her if she is ok

      Q43: Which of the following is an example of negligence?
      A43: Neglecting to spot a client during a bench press exercise.

      Q44: Your client wants to lose 10 lbs. and wants your advice. Which of the following is considered within your scope of practice?
      A44: Show the client how to read nutrition labels

      Q45: Which of the following does not fit within the scope of practice for an ACE Personal trainer?
      A45: Provide specific diet advice

      Q46: Catherine is a new client who has paid for 5 one-hour training sessions. In order for you to retain her as a long-term client, it is important that you develop a long-term exercise plan based on which of the following concepts?
      A46: Concept of periodization

      Q47: You are performing the risk-management protocol and are specifying the risks that may be encountered in the areas of instruction, supervision, facilities, equipment, contracts, and business structure. What step of the risk-management protocol are you performing?
      A47: Risk identification

      Q48: You notice that a piece of equipment is not working properly, but have seen others using the piece of equipment with no problems. Which of the following would not be an approach for managing risk?
      A48: Solve

      Q49: A personal trainer may own and operate his or her own business. Which of the following would be the risk that consists of the costs of such things as property rental fees, equipment, employees and marketing in the opening of a business?
      A49: Barriers to entry

      Q50: What role would a personal trainer play in keeping a client’s diabetes in control?
      A50: Motivate and client to safely and regularly participate in physical activity

      ACE CPT Flashcards (every chapter)

      ACE CPT Flashcards

      This ACE flashcard deck contains 100 terms that are mixed together from all 18 chapters of the study guide above. Just like the practice exam, I recommend checking out the flashcards first, and then come back to them after you have finished the study guide to see how much you have learned.

      ACE CPT Study Tips

      ACE CPT Study Tips

      The ACE study guide on my website is designed to go along with the fifth addition ACE textbook. It is not a one-stop shop. In fact, I reference a lot of different tables and charts in the book that are extremely important to memorize and learn. This study guide is meant to guide you in the proper direction on what to study because the textbook is so massive. To get the PDF form of the top tips to pass the ACE exam, click here.

      If you are still are not sure whether or not ACE is the right certification for you, I recommend Taking the quiz to find which certification best fits your training style.

      Here is how I recommend you use the study materials on my site:

      • The first thing is to take the ACE personal trainer practice test to see your current level of knowledge on the ACE CPT material.
      • Then, you should study along with the free ACE personal trainer study guide as you go through the textbook.
      • After you finish the ACE personal trainer exam study guide, come back and retake the ACE personal training practice test to see how much better you do.
      • Use the ACE flashcards as an additional resource to help cement the material in your head!
      • If you want an ACE pass guarantee, check out the team over at Trainer Academy. They offer study material such as a fantastic study guide, five full practice tests, spaced repetition flashcards study, study mnemonics, muscle coloring books, Study blueprints, and study cheat sheets. Or, check out my review on them right here.

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