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.

Our exams are written by Christy Hamilton, a certified personal trainer and health and fitness writer, who holds certifications as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and an ACSM Inclusive Fitness Trainer.

1. There are three types of skeletal muscle tissue in the human body. Which of these muscle fibers is the strongest?
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. Three kinds of fat are commonly consumed. Which of the following is not one of them?
6. How do you calculate a client's Body Mass Index (BMI)?
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7. What is the average resting heart rate for a healthy individual? Assume this person is not an athlete and is at his or her ideal weight.
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. Weight training is the only way to store protein.
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. Of the three ways the human body uses to generate ATPs, which way is the fastest
19. The human body contains many types of muscles. One of these muscle types shortens when it contracts. Which one is it?
20. Stretches should be held for at least 30 seconds.
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21. It is important for you to utilize the Karvonen formula when designing a client's workout routine. What does this formula calculate?
22. Define the "overload principle."
23. The Client Program Design Process has eight separate parts. Which of following is a part of the process?
24. The calories consumed at each meal should be 45-65 percent carbohydrates.
25. Determine which of the following is not a good way to determine body composition.
26. The types of muscle fiber in the human body are all different. Some are stronger than others, while others have more endurance. Which type of muscle fiber 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. Adults should consume 35-55 percent of their daily calories in the form of fats.
29. Stretching is important because it helps loosen muscles before exercise and decreases the likelihood of injuries. It also confers other benefits, however. Name one of the benefits of stretching.
30. You have a client who is interested in increasing his Absolute Strength. He is young and healthy, with no known medical conditions and no history of injury. What prescription should you give him?