Get Legit for Fit: ‘Starting’ My Fitness Education

So when Jenn and I first started Fit Bottomed Girls in 2008 (holy cow, by the way!), we billed ourselves as one fitness professional and one normal gal who provided that non-expert take on fitness. I was the normal gal, and while I obviously have gobs of experience in working out, I didn’t have any fitness credentials to my name. And that might be changing.

Jenn and I were talking recently and we figured, hey, why not make all of my years of workout knowledge and know-how more official? Why not actually get certified? And so I started looking into it and decided that it would not only benefit me, but it would also definitely benefit you guys, our readers, by having one more “pro” at the FBG reins. So I went ahead and ordered ACE study materials to get myself started on the journey to Formal Fitness Knowledge.


The nerd in me was pretty excited when the box of knowledge landed on my doorstep. After all, it’s been — gulp — a decade since I’ve done any formal learnin’. So it’s been kind of fun to crack open a book at night and study fitness. I’m early in the process, and right now, I’m simply reading through the materials before I crank down and get to really studying for the exam.

And through the first several chapters of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual, there were a lot more “Yep. Yep. Knew that” moments than “aha” moments. Then I opened up ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals, and hello anatomy! Considering the last time I took a science class was probably an environmental studies class or geology in college, it’s been awhile since I had a human biology refresher. It’s going to take some time for me to really nail down all of the bones and muscles of the body — but I’m hoping that when I do, not only will my fitness improve, but also I’ll be better able to help you improve yours, too!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress here and there, but until then, any recently ACE-certified trainers have any test tips? —Erin

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  1. Shauna says:

    I’ve been looking into this, also! I hope you hit them up for some discounted training materials considering your success on FBG! I think it’s awesome that you’re going to make it official! Keep us posted on the actual process – I know for some it can be really confusing.

  2. Julia says:

    Great post! Is the ACE training manual pretty easy to understand or do you have to have like someone to teach it to you?? xxx

  3. Vicki says:

    Me too. I get analysis paralysis trying to pick one program over another. Congrats and Good luck!

  4. Alex says:

    Good luck with your education nothing like having it on paper. You’ll excel more than most with it, giving the fact you lived it for so long 🙂

  5. Melissa says:

    Congratulations!! You can’t go wrong with ACE.

  6. krissy says:

    I’m so glad i read your blog post today! I’ve actually been strongly considering getting a certification in personal training lately. I teach group fitness classes, but am looking for a way to expand upon fitness as a career! please keep us (me) updated about how you like ACE, i’m trying to decide what program i should get certified through.

  7. Karen Bean says:

    NAFC had a groupon special for group fitness certification last year and I jumped on that. From the research I’ve done, they sounded pretty similar but i’m curious to hear what you think! Education is never a bad thing and certainly a lot more fun if its in something you love! Good Luck!!!!

  8. Alissa says:

    I just signed up on Wednesday for ACE, I am excited to find a fellow bloggers oping through the training around the same time. Can’t wait to hear what you think. I am a little worried, because it has also been a long time since I did school.