What do NASM and ACE mean, and why are they important?

NASM stands for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and ACE stands for the American Council on Exercise. Both of these companies are two of the most popular and renowned organizations for personal trainer certifications in the entire industry.

  • ACE is a non-profit organization and their certifications are widely recognized throughout the United States. You can find a link to their website here.

  • NASM is not only recognized throughout the United States as the most thorough and comprehensive certification but is also globally renowned. NASM has been certifying trainers since its inception 30 years ago. You can find a link to their website here.

It is very important that one of the first things you ask someone who offers personal or group training services is, who were they certified by? Do this, before even considering signing up for any program or purchasing any product. The reason for this is the fact that in order to become certified, one must first complete a rigorous study process and then successfully pass a nationally accredited final exam. The material learned from these certifications is crucial for ensuring the safety of each individual client. Topics include: knowledge of exercise science and related fields, and other specializations such as how to perform exercises properly or how to tweak exercise modalities for an individual client’s needs.

A random person who has been going to the gym for 10 years but hasn’t completed an accredited certification is not fit to be giving advice to anyone other than him or herself. Many severe injuries and even deaths have occurred in the gym or while exercising as a result of a person taking advice from an unqualified trainer or coach. Think about it this way…you wouldn’t want to be on an airplane with a random person who doesn’t have a pilot’s license piloting the airplane. Therefore, you shouldn’t be taking advice about lifting heavy iron weights or exercising in the hot summer sun without an experienced professional’s supervision either.

Other reputable certification organizations include: the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) to name a few.


  • NASM - Certified Personal Trainer

  • NASM - Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • NASM – Weight Loss Specialist

  • NASM - Fitness Nutrition Specialization

  • NASM - Certified Nutrition Coach

  • ACE - Certified Personal Trainer

  • ACE - Sports Performance Specialist

  • Red Cross - CPR/AED & First Aid Certified


Working on:

  • Brookbush Institute - Human Movement Specialist

  • NSCA – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Continuing Education: