Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) is now enrolling students for the Personal Trainer Certification Program.

Program Details

FFC has teamed up with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to provide a 32-hour Personal Trainer Program. Based on the ACE Personal Trainer Manual, this course hosted by FFC and will help participants master the necessary information and theories of exercise science for personal training and prepare participants for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam. Many organizations require a NCCA-accredited fitness certification like ACE for job placement or to be completed within a set time period after employment. Add to your credibility and marketability today!

This course presents a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and goals. The information covered by this course will help students learn how to facilitate rapport, adherence, self-efficacy and behavior change in clients, as well as design programs that help clients to improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardio-respiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength.

Key topic areas include:

  • Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Applied Kinesiology, and Nutrition
  • Principles of Adherence, Motivation, Behavior Change, and Health Psychology
  • Communication and Teaching Techniques
  • ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) Model
  • Building Rapport
  • Health and Exercise History Information Assessment
  • Functional Training: Assessments, Programming, and Progressions for Posture, Movement, Core, Balance, and Flexibility
  • Physiological Assessments
  • Resistance Training: Programming and Progressions
  • Cardio-respiratory Training: Programming and Progressions
  • Professional and Legal Responsibilities, Scope of Practice, and Business Strategies for Personal Trainers
  • Special Exercise Programming Topics: Mind-body Exercise, Special Populations, and Exercise Implications of Common Musculoskeletal Injuries


FFC Union Station
444 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606

Program Times & Dates

Thursdays April 7th through June 4th, from 5pm to 9pm.  (FFC Union Station)
(We will skip Thursday May 26th for the Memorial Day Weekend)

Classes meet once per week based on the day chosen from above for 8 consecutive weeks.


one payment ($1500)
three payments (down payment charged upon receipt of registration form)

Cost Includes:

    • 32-hours of classroom instruction
    • NEW***4-week internship at the conclusion of the classroom instruction
    • Specialty Workshops
    • Complimentary Membership during the Program (3 months)
    • ACE Personal Trainer Manual Set w/Study Guide & Sample Test
    • Newly released 5th edition with the latest information on the position of Personal Trainer
    • IDEA ClubConnect Membership during the length of the program
    • ACE Exam Voucher
    • CPR/AED Certification

Upon completion of the FFC Personal Trainer Certification Program, participants can interview for a position as a Personal Trainer with FFC. Proof of successful passing grade on the ACE Personal Training Certification exam is required for all hired Personal Trainers within three months of hire date.