Learn scientifically-proven fundamentals of group fitness—from exercise programing and motivation techniques to music selection—to deliver unforgettable classes. Every time.

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  • 100% online course
  • Study at your own pace
  • Take the exam whenever you are ready
  • International certification
  • Certified Group Fitness Trainer (AEL4)
  • Only $499 complete with exam fee

Today’s group fitness landscape is as energized and diverse as the students and instructors moving and building community together in studios everywhere. From strength training to dance-based workouts to mind-body classes, the AE Certified Group Fitness Trainer Certification gives you the versatility to keep your career-and your community-moving and shaking.

With all ACE Certification Study Programs, you can count on learning the latest instructional techniques, coaching skills, and leadership strategies for teaching safe, effective, and enjoyable group fitness classes. Here’s a look at what you will learn:

Understanding human movement

Learn anatomy through a practical approach, focused on the primary movement patterns people perform throughout the day and in group fitness classes.

Intelligent selection and sequencing of exercises

Understand how to develop systematic and inclusive class blueprints with planned progressions and regressions through interactive learning activities.

Providing inclusive classes

Discover how to encourage individuals of varying ages and fitness levels to come as they are and to share in positive class experience.

Communication strategies and behavioral change

Learn strategies to promote healthy behavior change in class participants and applied communication, such as cueing, motivation, and feedback.

Class participant safety and legal considerations

Learn how to appropriately respond to incidents and emergency situations that may arise during a class and gain an understanding of the professional responsibilities and legal guidelines to guide your actions as a group fitness instructor.

Creating memorable movement experiences

Obtain skills to inspire and motivate class participants through interactive learning activities focused on creating opening and closing statements, music selection, powerful transitions, and strategies for providing effective feedback.


This unique program is designed for you to complete entirely online. With digital learning materials, recorded videos, expert articles, practice tests, and study support, you’ll learn and complete the course at your own pace.

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