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ACE Fitness / Functional Assessments



Practical & applied knowledge makes up the majority of the test questions for all CPT Exams whether it's ACE, ACSM, or NASM. They want to know you have the base knowledge to properly assess clients and then begin training them in a safe and effective manner. This post provides video links to every assessment as well as other helpful links. We recommend reading the ace fitness textbook, watch the linked videos, and then practice the movements / assessments on yourself, friends, and family members. This will help you retain the information and be able to apply the knowledge learned during the test and into your career as a fitness professional.

Quick Note: Aspiring trainers interested in becoming certified can check out CPT Prep Study Guides on Amazon and Audio Prep on Audible for additional information related to the exams along with practice questions similar to the actual tests!


Static Posture


Set it Straight Blog describing the common postural deviations: Lordosis, Kyphosis, Flat Back, Sway Back, and Scoliosis.


Lordosis Description Video *Make sure to know the overactive and underactive muscles involved with this deviation.

ACE blog on muscles that move the scapula

*Make sure to know the overactive and underactive muscles associated with scapular abduction / pronation which is also seen in the Kyphosis postural deviation.

Postural Deviations & Associated Muscle Imbalances


Movement Screens / Assessments

ACE blogs on Posture and Movement Assessments

*This is a link to the official website of ACE where they have 5 short blogs describing all of the assessments along with tips to practice and learn them.


Flexibility Screens / Assessments

Core Function & Balance Assessments

Common Compensations and Muscles involved

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