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The Different Between ACE and NASM Personal Training Certification

what is the different between NASM AND ACE PERSONAL TRAINING certification COMPARISON

Yoyoyo , it has been awhile since my last blog post . I was busy with my new jobs  (I KNOW YOU DO NOT GIVE A DAMN) .

Anyway , i got couple of  questions regarding what is the different between NASM and ACE personal training certification flying in recently  . Those questions come to the right person , OF COURSE IS ME !

I did my NASM personal training certification (online) couple years back , i dint choose ACE certification purely because the gym that i previously work with , offered NASM certification with good price .

To help these people in answering the question ” Different Between NASM and ACE Personal Training Certification” , i did some very in depth industry research and below are the results :

NASM AND ACE PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION COURSE MODULE COMPARISON

The first step to identified the different between these 2 courses are by comparing their course module .
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NASM PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION IN A NUT SHELL

As we can see over here , NASM personal training certification waste no time on getting straight into the science of training ,then introduce their famous OPT training module ,nutrition chapter, psychology and finish off with the business chapter  .

SCIENCE/CONCEPT OF TRAINING ==>OPT TRAINING MODULE ==>NUTRITION==>PSYCHOLOGY==>BUSINESS

ACE PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION IN A NUT SHELL

On the other hand , ACE  taking their own sweet time explaining the role and scope of a personal training , their integrated fitness training model/the science of training,special population ,injury prevention and finish off with the business chapter .

ROLE AND SCOPE OF A PERSONAL TRAINING ==> INTEGRATED FITNESS TRAINING MODEL/THE SCIENCE OF TRAINING ==> SPECIAL POPULATION==> INJURY PREVENTION ==>BUSINESS

It sounds pretty similar right ?

Hmmmmmmmmmmm……not really !!

NASM Personal training certification has a STAND ALONE NUTRITION and SUPPLEMENTATION .

ACE has a stand alone chapter on MIND BODY EXERCISE

ACE has a stand alone chapter on EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

ACE has a stand alone chapter on LEGAL GUIDELINES AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES.

 

THE NASM AND ACE PERSONAL TRAINING MODULE

NASM’s Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model is a three level system of five phases  .

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LEVEL 1 :STABILIZATION

PHASE 1 :STABILIZATION AND ENDURANCE

LEVEL 2:STRENGTH

PHASE 2 : STRENGTH AND ENDUARANCE

PHASE 3:HYPERTROPHY

PHASE 4:MAXIMAL STRENGTH

LEVEL 3: POWER

PHASE 5: POWER

Phase 1 Stabilization endurance training uses high repetitions and proprioceptively enriched activities—activities that challenge an exerciser’s balance. These proprioceptive type activities are progressively introduced from stable to unstable.

can also be applied to core and balance activities in addition to resistance training.Even plyometric activities can be adapted to Phase 1 by adding a static hold to landings (i.e., squat jump with a 3-second hold on the landing).

Weight loss is one of the top reasons people join a fitness club. Fitness professionals can help members achieve this goal with Phase 1 stabilization endurance training as well.

During this phase 1, rest time between sets ranges from no rest at all to 90 seconds. Repetitions range between 12 to 20 per set, with 1 to 3 sets of each exercise. The amount of weight being moved during Phase 1 is less intense—approximately 50 to 70% of a client’s one repetition maximum (1RM) or even just body weight alone.

Phase 2: Strength endurance training is one of the most underused formats of conditioning and one that can achieve multiple goals at the same time. Want to get the heart rate up and improve endurance? Need to build up lean tissue? Is getting a good sweat going your indicator of a great workout? This is the phase of training that can do it all…at the same time.

Phase 3: hypertrophy is Phase 3 and is part of the strength level. opt_model_5_phasesA hypertrophy phase workout consists of exercises utilizing low to intermediate repetition ranges with progressive overload. An example of this is 3-5 sets of 6-12 repetitions, performing the barbell chest press at 75-85% of the one repetition maximum (1RM) with a rest period of 1-2 minutes.

The ACE IFT model Overview
The big picture of the ACE IFT model starts with the health , fitness and performance continuum.

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This continuum is based on the principle that all clients are currently at some point along the continuum, and that quality fitness professionals can help them to progress along this continuum.

The foundation of the model is RAPPORT . Creating rapport promotes open communication and develops trust with your client. This is key for improving your clientʼs participation in their program and starting the process of long-term change.

There are two training components to the ACE IFT model ‒ Cardiorespiratory Training and Functional Movement and Resistance Training . Each component is comprised of four phases along the health, fitness, performance continuum.

There are four phases in this training component.

Phase 1 of the cardiorespiratory training component is Aerobic-base training. This phase is designed to improve health and create positive exercise experiences and progesses to improving cardiorespiratory fitness.

Phase 2 , the Aerobic-efficiency training phase. Phase 2 is likely where many clients will train for years to maintain overall fitness levels.

Phase 3 , clients with competitive endurance goals will progress to Phase 3, Anaerobic-endurance training. Only those clients with specific needs for near-maximal speed.

Phase 4 , during endurance events or competitive sports activities will train in Phase 4, the Anaerobic-power training phase.

The phase of each component your client fits into depends primarily on their fitness level at the time youʼre designing their exercise program.

source from :https://www.acefitness.org/continuingeducation/courses/support_items/WEB-IFT-REC/ACE-FREE-IFT.pdf

 

NASM AND ACE PERSONAL TRAINING PRICE COMPARISON

I’m not able to do a comparison on the offline pricing, as the price will be different between country and state . However , i can do some price comparison on online courses.

NASM AND ACE PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION PRICING

NASM PRICING 

ACE AND NASM PRICING COMPARISON

ACE PRICING

ACE AND NASM PERSONAL TRAINING PRICING COMPARISON 

 

So , what do you think ? Which course do you prefer ? Feel free to comments below .

American Council on Exercise

RESOURCE :

https://magazine.nasm.org/american-fitness-magazine/issues/american-fitness-winter-2016/nasm’s-optimum-performance-training

blog.nasm.org/sports-performance/back-to-the-basics-hypertrophy

fitnessmentors.com/free-ace-cpt-study-guide/

 

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    […] In my opinion both certification is great , is long as your personal training certification is from either ACE or NASM you will not go wrong on your fitness career . Which want is better is depends on personal .However , if you insist to know what is the different between this 2 personal training certification you can check out my complete post on The Different Between ACE and NASM Personal Training Certification […]

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