DIEGO, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE), a leading authority on
fitness and the world's largest nonprofit fitness and training organization,
today announced a partnership with Town Sports International (TSI), a leading owner and
operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the
United States, which operates the New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia
Sports Clubs. The two companies have come together to create Xercise International (XI), a personal training
instructional program designed to develop fitness enthusiasts' passion into a

program is a three-month course that builds students' knowledge and skills in
anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, personal training, and business
and marketing skills. The program will help students prepare for ACE's Personal Trainer Certification and for employment
within the fitness industry, and will include both classroom lectures and
hands-on training at TSI locations. 

training program will be facilitated at select TSI locations, rolling out
initially in Connecticut and Virginia and led by TSI fitness professionals who
will be trained by ACE. Additionally, upon completion of the course, top
graduates will be considered for employment at TSI clubs.

is a renowned fitness organization and was a natural partner to bring enhanced
training and leadership skills to those looking to enter the industry, along
with a pipeline to a rewarding career in fitness," said ACE CEO Scott
Goudeseune. "ACE is committed to arming the public with the latest
knowledge and research for safe and effective fitness options. Fitness literacy
for both professionals and fitness seekers is a key element in the fight
against the obesity epidemic as we help empower Americans to live their most
fit lives." 

certification from ACE, through XI training, validates that a fitness
professional is an expert in his or her field and has gone through the
intensive training and testing necessary to produce an effective and safe
workout program for clients," said Bob Giardina, President and CEO of TSI.
"Bringing XI and ACE certified personal trainers on board further enhances
our successful personal training program, adding value to the services we
currently offer our half a million TSI club members."

About ACE

Council on Exercise (ACE), America's premier fitness and personal trainer certification, continuing education, and training organization, is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity
and protecting Americans against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and
instruction. ACE sponsors university-based fitness and exercise science research studies and is the world's
largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization.  For more information
on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or visit the ACE website at  AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE
and the ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on

About Town Sports International Holdings, Inc.:

York-based Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. is a leading owner and
operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the
United States and, through its subsidiaries, operated 160 fitness clubs as of
March 31, 2012, comprising 108 New York Sports Clubs, 25 Boston Sports Clubs,
18 Washington Sports Clubs (two of which are partly-owned), six Philadelphia
Sports Clubs, and three clubs located in Switzerland. These clubs collectively
served approximately 523,000 members. For more information on TSI, visit


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