Welcome to the first co-branded issue of IDEA Fitness Journal! For the past several months, we’ve been telling you about some exciting changes on the horizon, and now that day is finally here. In our 25-year history, we have never wavered in our commitment to finding new and more effective ways to enhance and increase the amount of information and education we offer our ACE-certified professionals. With that goal in mind, we are very excited to provide you with this exclusive, co-branded edition of IDEA Fitness Journal, which is published 10 times per year and features great opportunities to earn continuing education credits (CECs).

In addition to IDEA Fitness Journal, you will also receive your ACE Certified News monthly in our new digital format, available at www.acefitness.org. This enhancement allows us to remain environmentally conscious while taking advantage of the incredible opportunities offered by Web-based technologies. You will continue to receive the same high-quality information and education that you’ve come to expect from ACE—with the ability to earn CECs—with added features like videos and exercise demonstrations that will enhance your learning experience.

Speaking of online opportunities, ACE has had great success in building a community of fitness professionals and enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels. If you haven’t yet signed up, you’re missing out on a wealth of information and opportunities to network and exchange ideas with like-minded professionals. And for more great tips on how to use social media tools and techniques to grow your business, check out Biray Alsac’s article.

If you are a part of our online community, you know that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of ACE and the launch of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ (ACE IFT™) Model, which provides fitness professionals with the tools they need to increase the effectiveness of their programs. This new model, which is featured in the all-new ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 4th Edition, will be covered in detail by ACE experts at an all-day seminar on August 4, 2010, at the IDEA World Fitness Convention™, in Los Angeles.

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model is a great example of how ACE continues to take the lead in our industry—from developing new certifications to utilizing new technologies—to give you the tools and knowledge you need to thrive as an ACE-certified Fitness Professional. While we may take a moment to reflect on the milestones and accomplishments of the past 25 years, we’re much more excited about what the future of ACE will bring. And I think you will be, too.

Yours in health,

Scott Goudeseune

President and CEO, American Council on Exercise

P.S.

So there is no interruption in the delivery of your publications, we want to be sure we have your correct mailing addresses—both physical and electronic. Simply log into your ACE account at www.acefitness.org to review your information. And while you’re there, take a minute to complete your online profile listing, viewed by potential clients nationwide.