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It starts with movement

We believe movement is at the core of what it means to feel healthy, to feel alive, to engage in the human experience. We believe every step, jump, or lap puts people on the path toward a more active, and fulfilling life. Whether that means an afternoon walk, an invigorating dance class, or a heart-pounding set of squats, movement is vitally important. In fact, it's so important that we've made it our mission to Get People Moving.

1Why ACE

As the leading nonprofit organization certifying health coaches and exercise professionals, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) seeks to get people moving worldwide. In addition to setting the highest industry standards and elevating the careers of health coaches and exercise professionals, our commitment to the ACE mission inspires us to collaborate with like-minded organizations, top research institutions, policymakers on the federal and state level, fitness industry leaders and diverse community organizations to increase physical activity for improved public health. By offering NCCA-accredited certification programs, continuing education, and access to easy to understand evidence-based health and fitness information, we invest in our mission to get people moving–so people from all backgrounds are equipped to lead active, healthy lives.

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To get people moving.


To be the leading nonprofit advocate for achieving health through physical activity and other lifestyle changes by providing accessible NCCA-accredited certifications and scientifically rooted education to fitness professionals and health enthusiasts to significantly impact preventable, inactivity-related lifestyle diseases by 2035.


  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Ingenuity & Passion
  • Collaboration & Connection
  • Access & Inclusiveness
  • Continuous Learning & Development

Moving the Profession

ACE leads the movement towards a healthier population by ensuring everyone has access to certified exercise professionals and health coaches who provide leadership, expertise and programs to help people achieve their goals. As a founding member of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals, we work to secure recognition of registered exercise professionals for their distinct roles in medical, health, fitness and sports performance fields.

Moving Behaviors

Extensive scientific, evidence-based research has proven that instilling healthy behavior patterns, good nutrition and consistent physical activity are the keys to achieving healthy sustainable life changes that help ward off inactivity-related diseases. ACE is leading a movement to help more people gain access to healthy behavior programs through our NCCA-accredited Health Coach Certification, Behavior Change and Weight Management Specialist Programs, which are grounded in the ACE Mover Method philosophy. We also establish partnerships with organizations that bring behavioral health programs to the places people live, study, work and play.

Moving the Public

ACE is moving public perceptions about health and fitness by making unbiased, science-based and easy to understand health information readily available and accessible to the public online, investing in underserved communities and facilitating partnerships with business, non-profit, educational, healthcare and community organizations. This information—anchored in expertise from physicians, psychologists, dieticians and healthcare providers—empowers people from all walks of life to make movement their mission, instilling positive, sustainable life changes that lead to happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

American Council on Exercise: Impact Report 2022

2022 ACE Impact Report

We inspired millions to move last year. View our annual Impact Report to see the contributions ACE made to the fight against inactivity-related disease in 2022.


2 Advocacy

We're not just moving people — we're moving policy. ACE engages policy makers to advocate for a stronger intersection of fitness and healthcare, putting exercise professionals and health coaches at the front line in the battle to end inactivity-related diseases.

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ACE certifies thousands of exercise professionals and health coaches every year by assessing their ability to provide safe and effective programs, while elevating the industry by creating innovative continuing education programs that help move careers forward.


ACE commissions, supports and disseminates scientifically-rooted, evidence-based research to evaluate health and fitness programs and practices to ensure that our health and fitness professionals have the latest information and tools to grow their careers.


ACE brings movement to the masses by advocating for universal access to health and fitness programs and interventions and investing in underserved communities across the nation through outreach, education and expanded access to health and fitness programs.


ACE serves as America's Authority on Fitness®, moving health and fitness education into the public forum and supporting health and fitness professionals with safe, scientifically-rooted, innovative and effective resources to inspire people to lead healthy, active lives.


ACE moves people everywhere towards better health — and towards a better quality of life — by connecting them with ACE Certified health and fitness professionals who help them move their goals from a vision to reality.


ACE builds meaningful and collaborative relationships with policy makers, industry experts and community leaders to collectively advocate for the power of physical activity as preventative health.

3 Our Team

Movement is a team sport. At the American Council on Exercise (ACE), we rely on a variety of experts to help us craft relevant, science-based information for professionals, the public, and policy makers working to move the needle on the fight against chronic, inactivity-related disease.


4 Press Room

As the leading nonprofit exercise professional and health coach certification organization, ACE is the go to source for national and international media for insights on research, products, programs and trends. Let us know how we can help add value to your story on research, behavior change, nutrition, fitness and exercise science. Please send us specific details on your story and your deadline.

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5 Accreditation

There are a lot of accreditations out there, but only one that matters and elevates the value of your career — the NCCA. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies is the widely-accepted gold standard for programs that certify professionals in many healthcare and fitness occupations.

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6 Careers

Movement is our mission — and we want you to make it yours. ACE is looking for dedicated, energetic people with a true passion for helping people live healthier happier lives to join our team.

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