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Hi, my name is Sarfu, and I’m glad you came here because that means you are interested in becoming a fitness trainer or just learning more about fitness!

Start with this post: ACE Exam Content Outline-Appendix B

Whether you’re brand new to the fitness world or a veteran, I hope you’ll find some value in the resources on this blog. We never truly stop learning and at 36 years of age, I’ve decided to start the process all over again. Its been 12 years since I have last picked up a book to study, and it wasn’t an easy decision to make. With a day job, a kid, and a little one on the way my life is busy, but fulfilling.

All my life I have been involved in something active. I ran track in high school and that helped me get a free college education and even a shot at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was fun while it lasted, but that discipline and urge for staying fit never really left me. I stayed active playing recreational basketball with friends and working out regularly. Within my friend’s circles I always was asked to help others get in shape and help them with a healthy life change of their own.  I knew what I knew from my own experiences but it wasn’t always relevant to what they needed.  Then I helped a friend transform his life into a healthy and fit lifestyle. It was really fulfilling to see the changes he went through in a year based on my simple direction.  He had a new outlook on life, improved self confidence, a happier marriage and overall satisfaction that he not only felt great but looked amazing.

This lead me to the path that I am on now, studying to become a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer.

There is a lot of material to go through and grasp. But before I start studying, its important to come up with a game plan and stay consistent with it.  I like to set goals for myself before I start anything. Goals that can be accomplished, short and long term.


Short term goal:
  • Daily study time: 90 min (6x /week)
    • 2x: 30 min reading sprints (60 min)
    • 2x: 5 min to take notes between each sprint (10 min)
    • 20 min. Recap and summarize my studies on the blog (20 min)
Long term goal:
  • Pass the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam in October 2015. (6 months)

I’m not much of a morning person, but I’ve realized that I can learn and be very creative earlier in the day (7am – 10am).  From watching my wife study to become a Registered Dietician, she does her reviewing at night. Which I found to be quite helpful right before you go to bed.  She spends about 30 min reviewing her notes from the day. This helps her keep concepts and theories in mind now that she has seen it for a second time. Also I noticed one important thing. All her notes are in short one sentence bullet points and properly categorized. This made it easier to review and learn only the most relevant points and omitting the fluff.

ACE Books

The main textbook that we will be covering is the ACE Personal Trainer Manual 4th Edition.  To be honest the books isn’t very well written. It doesn’t flow very well and you can loose yourself sometimes, because it does jump around a lot. My goal here is to simplify this material so its easier for me to read and understand.  I have always loved learning by reading simple bullet points. Thats what I plan to do when writing my posts.


If you have read this far, thank you. Really! That means you do have the interest and more so the motivation to do this. Its hard to find a study buddy when it comes to certifications such as these. You are not alone in this. Lets study together, share ideas and knowledge to help one another prepare for and pass the ACE certification exam.  This is my passion and I hope its yours as well. I can spend all day helping people change their lives for the better.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.Confucius

My family is where my motivation truly lyes. I love spending time with my 8 year old daughter and my beautiful wife.  She is a Registered Dietician and has her own blog,, which goes hand in hand with what I do. Eating right and living an active lifestyle. We both hold each other responsible for staying on top of things and together our relationship has really grown. Doing something you love takes the stress of a 9-5 job, out of your life. No more rat race. Now you have time to enjoy what really matters.

I hope you are doing this for the right reasons and have some motivation behind it. I would love to hear from you and why you are taking this journey.

Happy Studying!