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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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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

Is your motto, “Everything in moderation” or “You can never have too much of a good thing”? It seems the fitness industry has decided you can never have too much high-intensity interval training (HIIT), with the intense modality taking over class schedules across the country. But popularity doesn’t always mean great results, explains ACE Certified pro Shannon Fable, who argues that we’ve gotten a little too carried away with all-HIIT programming, all the time. Could there be a more effective app

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

7 Things to Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)

Just like a car’s engine takes a while too cool off after a long trip, your metabolism can continue to burn more calories after a high-intensity workout then when at complete rest. This physiological effect is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains seven things you should know about EPOC and how it can help you and your clients achieve optimal levels of calorie burning from your workouts.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Improve Your Stability and Mobility with These Functional Exercises

Functional fitness isn’t just a fitness concept, it’s an essential component of living a healthy, active life. It’s also the newest addition to the ACE Integrated Fitness TrainingTM (ACE IFTTM) Model. Here are some great functional exercises you can add to your clients’ current workout routines as part of a dynamic warm-up or, if your client is new to exercise, start with these to begin developing his or her stability and mobility, while also gently increasing heart rate.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

5 Habits That Will Help Increase Your Longevity

We can’t avoid growing older, but our lifestyle habits can help determine or not those years are long and happy ones. Fortunately, living healthy doesn't have to be a chore. ACE Certified Pro Chris Freytag explains how to incorporate five habits into your normal routine that will equip you for the marathon that is life.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

Do you have what it takes to be a personal trainer? ACE Certified Pro Sabrena Merrill explains the four signs that could mean you’re ready to take on the challenge of helping others achieve their fitness goals.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Finding The "Why" behind Your Clients' Goals

Do you know what motivates your clients? Learning the deeper, driving forces behind your clients’ lives can help you discover the right formula for helping them stay motivated and committed to exercising regularly and eating healthfully, explains ACE Certified Pro Jonathan Ross. After all, when we are drawn to the things that make life healthy and fulfilling, we can do them easily without willpower.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Train Smarter with Fitwall: A High-Intensity Interval Training Workout

Have you experienced Fitwall yet? Fitwall’s Director of Training and National Head Coach Clifton Harski shows ACE’s Anthony Wall how to “Train Smarter” using Fitwall’s unique combination of high-intensity interval training plus continuous biofeedback via heart-rate monitors and mounted iPADs. Check out this abbreviated version of Fitwall’s fun and highly effective 40-minute workout.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nutrition Tips to Protect Your Body against Chronic Inflammation

Acute inflammation can be a sign that the body is healing itself, like when you twist your ankle. But chronic inflammation can take a steep toll on the body. The Nutrition Twins explain what lifestyle factors to avoid and what foods to choose to help fight chronic inflammation.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Are Two-a-Day Workouts Right for You?

Wondering if two-a-day workouts might help you achieve your fitness goals? ACE Certified Pro Pete McCall explains how to determine if two-a-days are right for you and, if so, how to organize your workouts to achieve specific fitness goals.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

10 Ways to Avoid Overeating

Do you struggle with occasionally overeating? Given the fact that food is everywhere—from sporting events to holidays, birthday parties to break rooms—it can be a huge challenge to not overindulge on a regular basis. The Nutrition Twins® understand what a struggle it can be and offer 10 effective ways to avoid overeating while staying on track with your healthy lifestyle efforts.

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