Personal Trainer Practice Test

Take this free practice test to see how prepared you are for a personal trainer certification exam. There are a number of organizations that provide a certifying credential for personal trainers. All of them require the passing of an exam to obtain certification.

For other resources, check out our free ACE Personal Trainer practice exam or our free NSCA Certified Personal Tainer practice exam.

To prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer exam, use our ACE Personal Trainer Practice Exam Kit with 300 questions with answers fully explained.

If you need to prepare for the NSCA-CPT exam, check out our NSCA-CPT Practice Exam Kit.

1. Skeletal muscle consists of two main types of muscle fibers. Which of these muscle fibers are the largest and fastest?
2. A young man is just beginning a strength training routine and has hired you as his trainer. Listed below are some generic strength training guidelines. Determine which of them is inappropriate for a beginner.
3. A young woman has engaged you as her trainer. She is in her early 20s, appears to be very fit, is within her proper weight range and has no known health concerns. Given all of this, what is the very first thing you should do?
4. The aerobic system is the fastest way for the human body to generate energy.
5. Which of the following is not considered a monosaccharide?
6. How do you calculate a client's Body Mass Index (BMI)?
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7. What is considered to be the average approximate resting heart rate for both men and women?
8. Subcutaneous fat is stored under the skin and wrapped around internal organs.
9. Name the six essential nutrients the human body must have to be healthy.
10. One of your newest clients has diabetes. How should you handle her condition?
11. Which of the following is not a complex carbohydrate?
12. Insulin is an example of a fast acting hormone.
13. What does a goniometer measure?
14. Determine which of the following types of food is not necessary for a healthy diet.
15. The human body stores carbohydrates in the form of glycogen. This glycogen is stored in several places until it is needed. Which of the following is one location in which glycogen is not stored?
16. It is not necessary to ensure that a healthy, male client in his early 20s is exercising in his Target Heart Rate Zone.
17. There are many forms of aerobic activity, but only a few of them are considered to be primary aerobic activities. Which of the following is a primary aerobic activity?
18. There are three energy systems in the body used to resynthesize ATP.  Which of the following energy systems occurs almost immediately?
19. Which of the following muscle contraction types generates force with little to no joint movement?
20. Dynamic stretches should be held for at least 30 seconds.
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21. The Karvonen formula is a popular method for monitoring training intensity.  What does this formula calculate?
22. What is the correct definition of the "overload principle"?
23. Which of the following should be considered as part of effective program design for your clients?
24. It is considered within the scope of practice to offer a specific dietary plan for your clients.
25.  Which of the following assessments cannot determine actual  body fat composition?
26. Muscle fiber types have different characteristics. Which muscle fiber type is least prone to fatigue?
27. A standard fitness assessment has many components, but one of the following is not included. Which one is not a part of the assessment?
28. A popular method for determining your client’s daily energy needs is the Mifflin-St. Jeor resting metabolic rate (RMR) equation.
29. Stretching is important because it helps loosen tight muscles and decreases the likelihood of injuries. It also offers other benefits. Which of the following is also a well known benefit of stretching?
30. You have a client who is interested in improving his muscular strength. He is young and healthy, with no known medical conditions and no history of injury. What prescription should you give him?