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Active Fitness 6 Exercise Swaps That Will Kick up the Intensity of Your Workout

6 Exercise Swaps That Will Kick up the Intensity of Your Workout

If you want to avoid those dreaded fitness plateaus, you need to give your body new demands and stimuli. Fortunately, you don’t have to change your entire workout. By adding small challenges, such as jumping or rotation, or by changing body position, these exercise swaps will kick up the intensity of your existing program.

Active Nutrition How Popular Restrictive Diets May Impact Clients' Fitness Efforts

How Popular Restrictive Diets May Impact Clients' Fitness Efforts

While a particular diet may appear to be a good choice because it helps facilitate weight loss, many popular diets are simply too restrictive or limiting to follow over the long-term. And if your clients aren’t getting enough calories, it’s going to tough for them to have enough energy to successfully complete the training programs you design. Learn how to spot these restrictive diets and offer your clients healthier, safer alternatives.

Active Fitness 5 Alternative Exercises to the Side Plank

5 Alternative Exercises to the Side Plank

While the side plank is an effective exercise, it’s always a good idea to add variety to your workouts and challenge your body in new ways. Check out these five exercises that are great alternatives to the side plank.

Active Fitness TRX Exercises to Enhance Mobility and Flexibility

TRX Exercises to Enhance Mobility and Flexibility

The TRX Suspension Trainer is a great way to improve mobility and flexibility, both of which are essential staples of fitness. Here are some safe and effective joint mobility and flexibility exercises utilizing the TRX that can be incorporated into the warm-up and cool-down segments of your clients’ workouts.

Active Fitness 7 Signs You May Be Overtraining

7 Signs You May Be Overtraining

While the signs of undertraining are usually fairly visible, the signs of overtraining can be harder to spot. But with the increasing popularity of high-intensity workouts, the risk of overtraining has, arguably, never been higher. Here are some common signs you may be suffering from overtraining.

Active Nutrition How to Improve Client Results with an Expert Nutrition Plan

How to Improve Client Results with an Expert Nutrition Plan

Combining a progressive training program with an expert nutrition plan can dramatically improve client results, leading to everything from improved client retention to increased sales. The real secret is providing your clients with a healthful nutrition plan, not just another diet.

Active Fitness Exercise Progressions for Clients Who Are Overweight or Are Affected by Obesity

Exercise Progressions for Clients Who Are Overweight or Are Affected by Obesity

While there is no single right way to train clients who are overweight or have obesity, using regressions can be an effective method to employ. Functional resistance training and training for daily activities is an ideal method to ensure clients connect their exercise gains with life movements. The key is to utilize “precursor” exercises, like the ones presented here, which benefit coordination, stability, mobility and motor control.

Active Behavior Change 4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

As a health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to get your clients to open up about the difficulties they face in making lasting behavior change. Motivational interviewing, however, can be an effective communication strategy for exploring the ambivalence your clients may feel about making healthy changes in their lives. From asking open-ended questions to affirming your clients’ responses, learn how to use this powerful technique with your clients.

Active Fitness 5 Creative Ways to Use Dumbbells

5 Creative Ways to Use Dumbbells

Dumbbells are arguably the most versatile and affordable exercise equipment available, making it easy to get a total-body workout at home or at the gym. Here are some great variations on traditional exercises that will get your heart pumping and build muscular strength and endurance.

Active Fitness 5 Compound Exercises You Should Add to Your Workout

5 Compound Exercises You Should Add to Your Workout

Some of the simplest exercises are often the most valuable. Compound exercises, for example, address many actions at once, making them both efficient and effective. Here are five of the best compound exercises to add to your workout.

Active Nutrition How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?

How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?

It seems everyone has a different idea about how much protein, carbs and fat we should be eating each day. Should we be eating more protein than carbohydrates or fat? What are the best sources of protein—animal or plant based? From how much protein you need based on your activity level to special considerations for kids and teens, U Rock Girl breaks it all down.

Active Nutrition The Real Impact of Carbs

The Real Impact of Carbs

Still think carbs are evil? It’s time to set the record straight about this essential macronutrient and learn the real impact of carbs on our bodies.

Active Fitness 8 Creative Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

8 Creative Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

Looking for new ways to maximize the versatility and effectiveness of medicine balls in your clients’ workouts? Here are eight new ways to use medicine balls that will build strength, increase power and keep your clients engaged and having fun during their workouts.

Active Career 7 Characteristics of Successful Personal Trainers

7 Characteristics of Successful Personal Trainers

What separates the great personal trainers from the merely good ones? If you’ve made it your goal to be among the best in your field, you’ll want to check out these seven habits of highly successful personal trainers.

Active Fitness 3 TRX Flows That Will Increase Your Flexibility, Strength and Mobility

3 TRX Flows That Will Increase Your Flexibility, Strength and Mobility

Flow is a concept commonly associated with yoga, but have you ever tried sequencing strength, balance and flexibility moves all together, without any breaks or pauses? Check out this innovative flow routine created by ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews that features the TRX Suspension Trainer.

Active Fitness Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move

Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move

Know someone who remains unconvinced that exercise is essential to good health and longevity? Consider this: The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that physical inactivity constitutes the fourth leading cause of death globally, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. Recognizing that the human body was made to move and that it functions best when it is regularly physically active provides a critical foundation for our clients’ journey to improve their fitness and overall wellbein

Active Fitness An Active Aging Workout for (Almost) Everyone

An Active Aging Workout for (Almost) Everyone

Active seniors are dramatically changing what it means to grow older. And exercise—for both the mind and body—plays a huge role in how active those later years can be. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini offers some of his favorite exercises for helping active aging clients improve both their physical and mental activities of daily life.

Active Fitness Train This, Not That: The Upper-body Edition

Train This, Not That: The Upper-body Edition

Not all exercises are created equal. Sure, there are many exercises that are effective, but they can pose a greater risk of injury for some people, especially those who don’t have the mobility or strength to safely complete them. Here are five exercises to consider avoiding—and some safer options for building strength safely and effectively.

Active Career 3 Strategies for Acquiring Clients That Are Affected by Obesity

3 Strategies for Acquiring Clients That Are Affected by Obesity

Individuals who struggle with obesity often don’t know where to turn for help, and the traditional gym setting is often too intimidating for them to even consider. Here are some new approaches that can help you connect with and help the two-thirds of the population that is overweight or has obesity.

Active Fitness Fun Ways to Add Variety to Your Clients’ Workouts

Fun Ways to Add Variety to Your Clients’ Workouts

With so many new exercisers flooding the gyms this time of year, it can be a challenge to figure out how to keep them coming back when their resolve starts to wane. How can we keep them excited and engaged? By getting creative, explains ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews. Here are some fun, creative ideas to add to your clients’ workouts that will keep them mentally and physically stimulated, while having some fun and keeping boredom at bay.

Active Wellness How Sitting Too Much Affects Your Health

How Sitting Too Much Affects Your Health

Sitting for extended periods of time has been identified as an unhealthy behavior that could put you at risk for a number of chronic medical conditions. Learn how excessive sitting can have a negative impact on your health and ways to add more movement to your day.

Active Fitness How to Get Started With Kettlebells

How to Get Started With Kettlebells

Regardless of where you want to be in three, six or 18 months, using kettlebells can be a great way to help you reach your goals. Correct technique, however, is critical. This basic kettlebell program is a great way to perfect your form before moving on to more advanced moves.

Active Fitness Increase Your Mobility and Strength with This Bodyweight Circuit

Increase Your Mobility and Strength with This Bodyweight Circuit

Body-weight workouts, which require minimal equipment and can be done just about anywhere, are both effective and convenient. Try this six-exercise circuit, which challenges all the major muscle groups while promoting mobility and strength.

Active Nutrition 4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Diet in the New Year

4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Diet in the New Year

You want to eat healthier, but radically changing your diet rarely ever works. Instead, experts recommending making small changes that you can sustain over the long haul. Here are four ways to transform your diet and get on the healthy track without having to change every single food you put in your mouth.

Active Career Customer Service Tips for Health and Fitness Pros

Customer Service Tips for Health and Fitness Pros

Delivering good service makes all of the difference between developing long-term customers and being out of business within a few months. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall offers some important tips on how to deliver a service experience that will help you stand out from the competition.

Active Fitness Core Combos Using the TRX Suspension Trainer and Ultimate Sandbags

Core Combos Using the TRX Suspension Trainer and Ultimate Sandbags

The TRX Suspension Trainer and the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag are great for building core strength from the inside out. Check out these combination exercises featuring these two pieces of equipment that challenge the core in all planes of motion.

Active The Importance of Identifying Your Client’s “WHY”

The Importance of Identifying Your Client’s “WHY”

“When you know the why, you are willing to try,” says ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross. If your clients understand why and how the program you’ve designed for them will help them reach their goals, they will be more motivated and, therefore, more likely to succeed with their training. Learn how to help your clients find their “why” and reach their goals for the New Year.

Active Wellness Study: Lack of Exercise Twice as Deadly as Obesity

Study: Lack of Exercise Twice as Deadly as Obesity

New research suggests that being inactive may be even more hazardous to your health than previously believed—in fact, it may be twice as deadly as obesity. Learn about the new study and how much activity is needed to help counteract the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Active Behavior Change Why a Positive Attitude is the Most Powerful Tool for Reaching Your Goals

Why a Positive Attitude is the Most Powerful Tool for Reaching Your Goals

Thirty-five percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of January, and most return to old habits by January 17. Why is this? It comes down to one thing, and one thing only: mindset. ACE Certified health and fitness pro Allison Hagendorf explains how to rewire your association with habitual behaviors and give yourself the best possible chances of achieving your New Year’s goals.

Active Fitness 7 Strategies for Helping Clients Train Smarter—NOT Harder

7 Strategies for Helping Clients Train Smarter—NOT Harder

Whether you’re working one on one or with a group, your most important role as a health and fitness professional is to teach your clients how to exercise smarter before working harder. Here are seven strategies that can help your clients and students achieve results by promoting safety before intensity.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Your Clients Develop Intrinsic Motivation for Exercise

How to Help Your Clients Develop Intrinsic Motivation for Exercise

What really motivates your clients to exercise when they are not with you? Do you assume that your passion for fitness can transfer onto your clients so they will love fitness and exercise as much as you do? ACE Certified pro Dominique Wakefield explains how to purposefully interact with your clients to help them develop intrinsic motivation for exercise for greater long-term adherence.

Active Fitness Total-body Workout for Beginners

Total-body Workout for Beginners

When designing strength-training programs for beginning exercisers, keep it simple, urges ACE Exercise Physiologist Jacque Ratliff, who explains how to use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to create simple and appropriately challenging workouts for clients who are new to exercise.

Active Behavior Change How to Work with Clients Who Have Unrealistic Goals

How to Work with Clients Who Have Unrealistic Goals

Every trainer has had—or will have—a client who begins with unrealistic goals. ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how to turn the challenge of unrealistic goals into an opportunity to help steer clients toward realistic, short-term goals that will provide continued motivation and increased chances for success.

Active Behavior Change How to Coach the New Exerciser

How to Coach the New Exerciser

If you’ve been active your whole life, it can be a challenge to understand the mindset of a beginning exerciser. Novice exercisers require coaching strategies that differ from the traditional, everyday exerciser. These methods, tips and guidelines will help you understand the mindset of beginning exercisers and what it takes to help them reach their goals.

Active Fitness 10 Training Tools You Should Check Out in 2015

10 Training Tools You Should Check Out in 2015

The New Year is a great time to try out new equipment and training techniques, but how do you know which ones are worth your time and money? ACE Certified pro Jessica Matthews helps eliminates the guesswork and offers 10 innovative training tools that top trainers use with their clients.

Active Fitness ACE's Top 10 Workouts from 2014

ACE's Top 10 Workouts from 2014

Need some new workout ideas? Look no further. Here are ACE’s most popular workout posts from 2014.

Active Nutrition The Best Nutrition Trends of 2014 for Weight Loss

The Best Nutrition Trends of 2014 for Weight Loss

Buzzwords, popular eating plans and fads come and go in the fitness industry, but nutrition trends that embrace healthy foods and easily sustainable diet strategies can provide a foundation for client health and weight-loss success. Here are four popular nutrition trends for 2014 that are worth carrying into the New Year.

Active Career 4 Steps to Calculating ROI When Starting a Personal Training Business

4 Steps to Calculating ROI When Starting a Personal Training Business

Are you thinking about starting a personal training business in 2015? Or do you have plans to grow your existing business? Either way, it is important to know how to determine the return on investment (ROI) of any investments you make in your business. Here’s what you need to know when calculating ROI.

Active Career 8 Awesome Things about Being a Personal Trainer

8 Awesome Things about Being a Personal Trainer

Thinking about becoming a personal trainer? In recognition of Personal Trainer Awareness Day, we have asked some of our top ACE Certified Personal Trainers to share what they love about this rewarding career.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Your Clients Set Goals They Can Achieve

How to Help Your Clients Set Goals They Can Achieve

Why do people fail at their New Year’s resolutions an average of six times? Unrealistic goals. It is easy to set our clients—and ourselves—up for failure if we are not realistic with goals. Here are four key steps for helping our clients make and stick to their goals in 2015.

Active Career 3 Things Health and Fitness Pros Can Do to Prepare for January

3 Things Health and Fitness Pros Can Do to Prepare for January

Do you have a tendency to take on too many obligations and clients, to the point where you end up running on empty? This is a common occurrence among health and fitness professionals, especially at the start of a New Year. ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how you can avoid burnout and set up both yourself and your clients for success—not just for January, but for every month of the new year.

Active Fitness Partner HIIT Workout

Partner HIIT Workout

You want to enjoy all the season has to offer—parties, celebrations, great food—but it’s also important to make the time to stay on track with your fitness goals. This 30-minute partner workout is a great way to spend time with a friend or loved one, while also getting in a sweaty, energizing exercise session.

Active Fitness Amp Up Your Workout with These Metabolic Drills

Amp Up Your Workout with These Metabolic Drills

With so many opportunities to overindulge during the holidays, it might be a good idea to amp up your workouts a bit to help compensate for all those extra calories. These metabolic drills take traditional exercises like shuttle runs and squat jumps and up the intensity and challenge.

Active Nutrition 6 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Body

6 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Body

Do alcoholic drinks have a place in a healthy meal plan? Whether it’s a cocktail at happy hour, wine with dinner or beer at the big game, it’s important to know how alcohol affects the body, especially when it comes to nutrition and meal planning.

Active Behavior Change Top Workplace Wellness Trends for 2015

Top Workplace Wellness Trends for 2015

Looking ahead to 2015, businesses will be more motivated than ever to help keep their employees healthy and happy. From the Affordable Care Act to revamping company culture, here are the top health and fitness trends affecting businesses and their employees in 2015.

Active 4 Tips to Prevent Overindulging at Holiday Parties

4 Tips to Prevent Overindulging at Holiday Parties

Do you feel prepared to run the gauntlet of temptations that the holiday season has to offer? From office parties to family get-togethers, opportunities to overindulge are everywhere. The Nutrition Twins offer their top five tips for staying on track and enjoying the season without adding extra pounds.

Active Fitness 10 Fitness Trends to Look Out For in 2015

10 Fitness Trends to Look Out For in 2015

With the end of 2014 in sight, it’s time to identify the programs or products that could become the next CrossFit and shape the fitness landscape in 2015. After soliciting input from some of the top experts and educators in the fitness industry, here is my top 10 list of fitness trends that are sure to be a hit in 2015.

Active Career 8 Reasons to Start a Career in Personal Training

8 Reasons to Start a Career in Personal Training

If you've been thinking about becoming a personal trainer, it’s time to stop thinking and start doing! Here are eight reasons why you should consider turning your passion for fitness into a career.

Active Wellness Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

Signs of stress can include a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, nervousness, a feeling of general discomfort, nausea, and even irritability. Whether you experience symptoms in chronic or acute form, being able to recognize these signs early sometimes can be half of the battle. After that, two choices exist: management or reduction.

Active Nutrition 4 Superfoods to Look Out For in 2015

4 Superfoods to Look Out For in 2015

Move over kale. Take a seat flax. These up-and-coming superfoods are about to take back the spotlight and elevate your diet to a whole new level of exceptional taste and nutrition.

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