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Are you a personal trainer, group fitness instructor or other practicing fitness professional? Thought leaders from ACE and throughout the industry will keep you on the forefront of fitness with the latest research, best practices, and innovative tools and techniques to boost your fitness career. Plus get practical information, insight and tips in the areas of functional movement, strength training, cardio training, core training, metabolic conditioning, performance training, group exercise, small group training, mind-body, behavior change, coaching and motivation for lasting results with clients.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

5 Reasons Movement Preparation Is an Effective Warm-Up Strategy

Movement preparation, also referred to as a dynamic warm-up, involves moving in a variety of directions at different speeds to help activate the tissues along with the nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems responsible for controlling and fueling movement. Learn how to use movement preparation as an effective and functional way to prepare the body for a tough and physically demanding workout.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

The demand for health coaching and behavior-change coaching has never been greater, with research demonstrating the value of coaching in helping people improve health behaviors and, as a result, quality of life. ACE has developed a general consensus and position on what it means to be a certified health coach versus a specialist in behavior change. Here’s what you need to know about this new and evolving field, and how it can enhance and expand your career as a health and fitness professional.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How Hydration Affects Performance

Even the most well-designed exercise program is likely to fail if your clients aren’t properly hydrated before, during and after their workouts. Learn why proper hydration is crucial and what recommendations to make to your clients to help them achieve optimal performance and health.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Total-Body Battle Ropes Workout

Heavy ropes have become hugely popular in recent years—and for good reason. Heavy ropes make it possible to get a full-body workout that incorporates all the primary movement patterns with just one piece of equipment. ACE pro Jonathan Ross developed this super-efficient heavy ropes workout, which features both traditional and novel movements that are sure to engage and challenge your clients.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

5 Healthy Habits of Successful People

While exercise is essential, it isn’t the only healthy habit worth adopting. These five simple, but highly effective healthy habits can go a long way toward helping you and your clients achieve optimal health and well-being.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for Strength Training

As with any type of training, nutrition is key to optimal results for strength training. Learn the basics of pre- and post-workout nutrition for strength training to help your clients maximize their results.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Combat Breakfast Boredom with this Mix and Match Food Guide

Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight. Unfortunately, this usually backfires, leaving them feeling even hungrier and tempted to overeat. Here are a few reasons why breakfast is so essential, along with some great options for mixing and matching healthy foods to make delicious and satisfying morning meals.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 Exercises Trainers Should Never Do

Do you ever see people doing exercises that leave you shaking your head, wondering why in the world they would do that? ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross sees this all too often and urges trainers to remember the foundational principles of exercise science. Here are 5 exercises trainers should never do because the risks simply outweigh the rewards.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

As a health and fitness professional, you can maximize client-behavior change through the use of coaching techniques such as open-ended questions and reflective listening to help a client explore his or her own motivations, strengths and benefits from making the change. By doing so, you shift your approach from “expert”-centered programs to client-centered programs, and set the stage for increased client success.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

Are you tired of spending inordinate amounts of time developing tailored exercise programs only to have a client drop off after a few sessions? You can increase your impact and efficiency by incorporating a few key behavior-change principles into your personal-training program. Here are five ways to help incorporate behavior-change principles into your daily client interactions.

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