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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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6 Creative Drills for Building Strong Glutes

Strong glutes are essential for being able to move well, in both life and sport. And while we need to be able to move in all planes of motion, glute exercises like walking lunges and squats focus primarily on sagittal plane movements. Here are six multiplanar drills that are extremely effective for increasing mobility and building power and strength, while also creating strong, shapely glutes.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

How to Increase Upper-body Stability and Mobility

To avoid injury and create a balanced body that moves efficiently, it is important that both stability and mobility are obtained to some degree before moving on to more complex movement patterns, and especially before adding load and intensity to those movements. In this first installment of a two-part series, learn which exercises can be used to enhance upper-body stability and mobility.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

5 Essential Tips for Improving Running Form

Many people are reluctant to take up running because it can be physically painful. However, unless your client has an injury or musculoskeletal issue that prevents him or her from running, it is a safe activity to add to one’s fitness routine. Here are a few tips you can offer clients that can help them improve their running economy and decrease their risk of injury.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

10 Things to Know About Muscle Fibers

If you are interested in designing exercise programs that produce results, you must have a good understanding of how muscle fibers work and respond to exercise. Here are 10 important facts about muscle fibers and how they are affected by exercise that will improve your effectiveness as a trainer and help your clients achieve their fitness goals.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How Caffeine Affects Athletic Performance

When it comes to the question of whether or not to consume caffeine, there is no shortage of opinions. But what does the research say? And how much is too much? Learn how caffeine affects athletic performance and how you can help your clients make healthy choices that enhance their health and fitness goals.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Best Social Networks for Health and Fitness Professionals

As a health and fitness professional, social networks can be a great way to keep in touch with your clients between training sessions. But did you know you have more options than just Facebook and Twitter? Tech expert Ted Vickey describes three fitness-focused social networks worth checking out.

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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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