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ACE Personal Trainer Test

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  • 1. 
    The PRIMARY purpose of professional certifications is to: 
    • A. 

      Provide the professional with additional education to enhance his or her knowledge, skills and abilities

    • B. 

      Enhance a professional's resume for employment and/or higher compensation

    • C. 

      Protect the public from harm by assessing if candidates meet established levels of minimum competence

    • D. 

      Confirm a candidate's understanding of key concepts following the complete of a bachelor's degree

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is WITHIN the scopr of practice for personal trainers?
    • A. 

      Counseling clients through life experiences that negatively impact program adherence

    • B. 

      Screening clients for exercise limitations to facilitate exercise program design

    • C. 

      Evaluating client injuries while designing rehabilitative exercise programs

    • D. 

      Recommending effective supplements for clients who skip meals

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is OUTSIDE of the ACE-certified Personal Trainer scope of practice?
    • A. 

      Developing exercise programs for clients who have type 2 diabetes and medical clearance for exercise

    • B. 

      Providing guidance, motivation, and feedback to empower individuals to adhere to their exercise programs

    • C. 

      Implementing post-rehabilitative exercise programs for clients following their physicians recommendations

    • D. 

      Conducting a VO2 max test to determine a client's need for referral to his or her physician

  • 4. 
    At what point does a candidate for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification (or any other ACE certification) agree to uphold the ACE Code of Ethics?
    • A. 

      While registering for an ACE certification exam

    • B. 

      Once the candidate earns his or her first ACE certification

    • C. 

      Upon receiving a printed copy of the ACE Code Of ethics with the printed ACE certification

    • D. 

      When accepting his or her first job as an ACE-certified Personal Trainer

  • 5. 
    Ace certified Personal Trainers must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing edcuation every 2 years to maintain their certifications. The PRIMARY reason ACE has established this minimum continuing-education requirement is to help ACE Perosnal Trainers to _____________________.
    • A. 

      Earn promotions so they can advance their careers

    • B. 

      Increase their earning potential by adding new specialties certifications to their resumes

    • C. 

      Enhance their resumes to attract more clients

    • D. 

      Stay current with the latest exercise science research and guidelines for fitness and health

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Helping clients gain a better understanding of portion sizes and healthful foods so they can make better choices

    • B. 

      Providing clients with recipes and shopping lists for four weeks to get them on track with healthful eating

    • C. 

      Conducting 24-hour dietary recalls to help clients learn where they have micro-nutrient deficiencies

    • D. 

      Educating clients about resting metabolic rate (RMR) and the need to consume fewer calories than RMR to lost weight

  • 7. 
    A personal trainer who wants to provide massage to help clients who have tight or sore muscles can do so ONLY if __________.
    • A. 

      The personal trainer has extensive knowledge about the benefits of massage

    • B. 

      The client gives his or her consent for the massage

    • C. 

      The personal trainer becomes a licensed massage therapist

    • D. 

      The massage therapist is not available and the personal trainer has some training

  • 8. 
    What do the credentials for registered dietitians (R.D.), occupational therapists (OTR), athletic trainers (ATC), registered nurses (RN), and massage therapists (LMT) all have in common with certifications from the American Council on Exercise? 
    • A. 

      Each of them requires a bachelor's degree as a minimum eligibility requirement

    • B. 

      They are all accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies

    • C. 

      All of them require CPR, AED, and first aid as eligibility requirements

    • D. 

      As allied healthcare professions, they share the same scope of practice

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      The personal trainer should only recommend those supplements covered under his or her professional liability insurance

    • B. 

      Unless the personal trainer has other credentials such as an R.D. or M.D., he or she does not possess the qualifications to legally recommend supplements

    • C. 

      The personal trainer should become educated about the specific supplements before making any recommendations

    • D. 

      Due to potential complications from taking supplements with other medications, personal trainers should recommend only plant-based supplements

  • 10. 
    ACE-certified Personal Trainer looking to advance their knowledge, skills, and abilities beyond their ACE Personal Trainer Certification would be BEST served by earning which of the following additional certifications?
    • A. 

      A second NCCA-accredited personal-trainer certification

    • B. 

      A certification covering sports nutrition and supplementation from a fitness industry organization

    • C. 

      An additional personal-training certification from an organization that is not NCCA- accredited

    • D. 

      An advanced fitness certification (e.g. ACE-AHFS, ACE -LWMC) that is NCCA-accredited

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      A. The medial epicondyle is more toward the front of the body than the lateral epicondyle

    • B. 

      B. The medial epicondyle is more toward the back of the body than the lateral epicondyle

    • C. 

      C. The medial epicondyle is more toward the midline of the body than the lateral epicondyle

    • D. 

      D. The medial epicondyle is more away from the midline of the body than the lateral epicondyle

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Muscular

    • B. 

      Nervous

    • C. 

      Epithelial

    • D. 

      Vascular

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Plasma

    • B. 

      Red blood cells

    • C. 

      White blood cells

    • D. 

      Platelets

  • 14. 
    When blood is flowing through the heart, where does it go after passing through the tricuspid valve?
    • A. 

      Right atrium

    • B. 

      Left atrium

    • C. 

      Right ventricle

    • D. 

      Left ventricle

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Which of the following movements takes place in the frontal plane?
    • A. 

      Depression of the scapulae

    • B. 

      Flexion at the elbow

    • C. 

      Extension at the hip

    • D. 

      Supination at the wrist

  • 17. 
    Which of the following statements about flexibility is CORRECT?
    • A. 

      As people age, flexibility naturally increases due to decreased collagen levels.

    • B. 

      Males are generally more flexible than females.

    • C. 

      Collagen is made up of proteins that limit motion and resist stretch.

    • D. 

      The build-up of scar tissue after injury often increases flexibility.

  • 18. 
    Which pair of shoulder muscles is BEST strengthened by shoulder shrugs performed with resistance?
    • A. 

      Rhomboid major and rhomboid minor

    • B. 

      Pectoralis minor and serratus anterior

    • C. 

      Levator scapulae and trapezius

    • D. 

      Teres major and latissimus dorsi

  • 19. 
    • A. 

      Multifidi

    • B. 

      Erector spinae

    • C. 

      Rectus abdominis

    • D. 

      Transverse abdominis

  • 20. 
    Which category of hip muscles is primarily responsible for hip adduction?
    • A. 

      Anterior muscles

    • B. 

      Posterior muscles

    • C. 

      Medial muscles

    • D. 

      Lateral muscles

  • 21. 
    What is the MOST important factor for an individual who is starting an exercise program?
    • A. 

      Strong support from family and friends

    • B. 

      Convenience of the exercise facility

    • C. 

      Readiness to change behavior related to exercise

    • D. 

      Connecting with a personal trainer

  • 22. 
    Which personal attribute is the MOST reliable predictor of an indivdual's participation in an exercise program? 
    • A. 

      Weight

    • B. 

      Past exercise program participation

    • C. 

      Age

    • D. 

      Perceived time barriers

  • 23. 
    What is the MOST common excuse used by people when dropping out of an exercise program?
    • A. 

      Limited access to the exercise facility

    • B. 

      A lack of support

    • C. 

      Being too old to exercise

    • D. 

      A lack of time

  • 24. 
    Which is the BEST strategy for personal trainers to implement to enhance the liklihood that a client will continue working with them?
    • A. 

      Designing the program so the client can work out without having to think much about the exercises

    • B. 

      Motivating the client through extrinsic motivators to enhance self-efficacy

    • C. 

      Encouraging client ownership of the program to facilitate development of intrinsic motivation

    • D. 

      Creating an exercise coaching style based primarily on direction rather than education

  • 25. 
    A person who is confident that he or she can successfully participate reguarly in an exercise program __________. 
    • A. 

      Has good self-efficacy related to exercise

    • B. 

      Is in the contemplation stage of behavior change

    • C. 

      Has very strong self- esteem

    • D. 

      Is completely intrinsically motivated

  • 26. 
    Which of the following would be MOST liekly to enhance program particiaption and goal attainment? 
    • A. 

      Setting a series of progressively attainable short-term goals

    • B. 

      Helping clients keep a primary focus on never missing a session

    • C. 

      Setting many goals to ensure some type of program success

    • D. 

      Keeping clients focused on their primary long-term goals

  • 27. 
    A strong social support network can provide an individual with all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Improved program adherence

    • B. 

      Extrinsic motivation

    • C. 

      Relapse-prevention support

    • D. 

      Intrinsic motivation

  • 28. 
    • A. 

      Small-group personal training

    • B. 

      Vigorous-intensity exercise program

    • C. 

      Home-based personal training

    • D. 

      Moderate-intensity exercise program

  • 29. 
    Which of the following is generally considered to be unrelated to adherence levels in supervised exercise settings? 
    • A. 

      Education

    • B. 

      Age

    • C. 

      Income

    • D. 

      Gender

  • 30. 
    • A. 

      Extrinsic motivation

    • B. 

      Self-esteem

    • C. 

      Intrinsic motivation

    • D. 

      Program design skills

  • 31. 
    Which of the following is NOT a benefit of regular physical activity?
    • A. 

      Decreased anxiety and depression

    • B. 

      Improved lipid profile

    • C. 

      Improved glucose control

    • D. 

      Increased diastolic blood pressure

  • 32. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 33. 
    • A. 

      Fat

    • B. 

      Carbohydrate

    • C. 

      Protein

    • D. 

      Fiber

  • 34. 
    • A. 

      Phosphagen system

    • B. 

      Anaerobic glycolysis

    • C. 

      Aerobic glycolysis

    • D. 

      Beta oxidation

  • 35. 
    Low-intensity exercise is the best way to lose weight because it burns a higher percentage of fat than exercise at a higher intensity.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 36. 
    At what stage of an exercise bout are phosphagen stores being replenished, remaining lactate being removed from the blood, and the metabolic rate decreasing?
    • A. 

      Immediately after the commencement of exercise

    • B. 

      As the body approaches steady state

    • C. 

      During steady-state training

    • D. 

      After the cessation of exercise

  • 37. 
    • A. 

      Increase in respiratory capacity

    • B. 

      Improved cardiac output efficiency

    • C. 

      Increase in body density

    • D. 

      Improved lean body mass

  • 38. 
    Which hormone promotes triglyceride breakdown to aid in maintaining blood glucose?
    • A. 

      Vasopressin

    • B. 

      Cortisol

    • C. 

      Norepinephrine

    • D. 

      Estrogen

  • 39. 
    Replacing body fluid as it is lost is an important guideline to follow whether exercising in the heat or in the cold.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 40. 
    Which of the following is NOT one of the primary symptoms of altitude sickness?
    • A. 

      Shortness of breath

    • B. 

      Profuse sweating

    • C. 

      Headache

    • D. 

      Nausea

  • 41. 
    Most health benefits occur with at least ______minutes a week of moderate-intensity physcial activity, suck as brisk walking. Additonal benefits occur with more physcial activity. 
    • A. 

      60 minutes

    • B. 

      75 minutes

    • C. 

      150 minutes

    • D. 

      180 minutes

  • 42. 
    • A. 

      They are able to provide detailed dietary planning to combat chronic illnesses

    • B. 

      They are at the top of the allied healthcare pyramid due to the extended time they spend with clients

    • C. 

      They are able to show clients how to exercise effectively while following physicians' general recommendations

    • D. 

      They are licensed professionals who can prescribe specific exercise programs

  • 43. 
    What is the primary purpose of a fitness certification?
    • A. 

      To protect the public from harm

    • B. 

      To prove mastery of the profession

    • C. 

      To increase one's earning potential

    • D. 

      To provide hands-on experience

  • 44. 
    • A. 

      The legal range of services that professional in a given field can provide.

    • B. 

      The code of ethics that must be adhered to while in the workplace

    • C. 

      The setting in which the services can be provided

    • D. 

      Guideline or parameters that must be followed

  • 45. 
    According the general scope of practice for fitness professionals, personal trainers can rehabilitate clients who are recovering from musculoskeletal injuries.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 46. 
    As a general rule, ACE recommends that candidates allow _______ of study time to adequately prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam. 
    • A. 

      1-3 months

    • B. 

      3-6 months

    • C. 

      6-9 months

    • D. 

      9-12 months

  • 47. 
    Diagnosing the cause of a client's lordosis posture and prescribing an exercise to treat it is within a personal trainer's scope of practice
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 48. 
    To renew certification for a new two-year cycle, ACE-certified Professionals must complete a minimum of ___ hours of continuing education credtis and maintain a current certification in _____________ and, if living in North America, automated external defibrillation.
    • A. 

      10; CPR

    • B. 

      20; risk management

    • C. 

      20; CPR

    • D. 

      30; risk management

  • 49. 
    What should a personal trainer do if a client insists on using dietray supplements desipte the trainer's assurance that his or her fitness goals can be met without them?
    • A. 

      Refer the client to the health club's sales team

    • B. 

      Refer the client to a registered dietitian or physician

    • C. 

      Check that the facility's insurance policy covers the sale of these products

    • D. 

      Stop training the client until he or she agrees to stop using these products

  • 50. 
    Which of the following is an appropriate response to a client who mentions being sore following a weekend tennis tournament? 
    • A. 

      Recommending the use of over-the counter anti-inflammatory medications

    • B. 

      Recommending the use of a creatine supplement prior to his or her next tournament

    • C. 

      Providing deep tissue massage to help relieve the soreness

    • D. 

      Discussing the proper technique for icing affected areas