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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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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nutrition Support for Long-distance Running

When it comes to long-distance running, nutrition is a big consideration for health and success, whether your client’s program is simply moving from a more casual weekly routine to extended times and distances or training for a first marathon. Learn how you can support your clients’ long-distance running efforts while staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Complex Training: Strength and Conditioning Workout for Athletes

If your clients are looking to improve their athletic performance, post-activation potentiation (PAP), commonly referred to as complex training, is an effective approach. This program focuses on improving both muscular strength and power, and can be performed in sets or as a circuit.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Train This, Not That: The Leg Edition

Once again, we are reviewing some common exercise selections and identifying which ones may not be the safest option for helping your clients achieve their goals. Here are some potentially dangerous leg exercises and along with better options for a safer and more effective replacement.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

8 Ways Strength Training Creates Change in the Body

Knowing how to apply metabolic and mechanical stress in the right way is essential for achieving an optimal response from a workout program. If you have a client stuck at a plateau and you’re looking for a way to kick-start his or her workout program, knowing how to create the proper stress stimulus on muscle tissue can help you achieve the results your client wants. Here are eight things to know about how to place the appropriate demands on muscle tissue to achieve your client’s desired results

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Why You Should Tell Your Clients to Walk More

Did you know that a daily gym session may not be enough to protect people from our sedentary culture? We need to be more active throughout the day to avoid the hazards of too much sitting. April 1st is National Walking Day—a perfect time to use these tips to inspire your clients to add more activity to their days by walking.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

12 Interesting New Fitness Products Seen at IHRSA 2015

The annual conference and tradeshow of the International Health and Racquet Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) always offers a wide variety of interesting new products and programs that could impact the fitness industry in the coming months and years. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall describes 12 new and innovative products that caught his eye on the tradeshow floor. Learn how these products might help you enhance or change the way that you deliver your fitness services in the coming months and years.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why You Need More Calories Than You Might Think

From the basic processes of breathing and pumping blood to an all-out HIIT workout or marathon, we all need adequate calories from nutrient-rich foods to perform at our best, mentally and physically. Unfortunately, when weight loss is the goal, many clients lose sight of performance in favor of a number on the scale or the clothing sizes hanging in their closets. Learn why extreme diets are counterproductive and how you can help your clients recognize the difference between hunger and starvation

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

6 Words to Avoid When Working with Clients

Words matter, especially when it comes to forming relationships and communicating effectively with your clients. To help you become more aware of the power of your words, here are some of the most common verbal phrases that trainers and teachers use, along with some psychologically more functional alternatives.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

7 Reasons Clients Struggle With Compliance

If your clients don't make healthy choices outside of the gym, the best training program in the world can't help them. Don’t get frustrated—get informed. Here are seven reasons your personal-training clients may have a hard time sticking to their health and fitness goals.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for High-Intensity Interval Training

If you use high-intensity interval training with your clients or your own workouts, it’s important to understand the nutritional needs to support it from start to finish. While nutritional needs do vary by individual and training program, these nutrition plans and meal ideas for pre- and post-workout nutrition can help.

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