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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.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spooky Superset Workout

For many people, Halloween is the best holiday of the year. Unfortunately, too many treats can quickly derail your healthy-living efforts. To help keep you on track, check out this Halloween-inspired superset workout, which features pairs of exercises performed without rest in between. Not only is this an efficient way to work out, you’re going to love these super-fun and spooky moves.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Relieve Lower-back Pain Using Myofascial Release

Lower-back pain is a fact of life for a significant number of adults, which means it is likely your clients will turn to you for help in relieving their pain so they can return to the activities they enjoy. Biomechanics expert Justin Price demonstrates several myofascial release techniques that can greatly improve the mobility of the feet, ankles and hips, and help alleviate lower-back pain.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Core-strengthening Stability Ball Workout

There is more to a balanced core program than just performing crunches or sit-ups. ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill explains why it’s important to challenge the core from a variety of different angles and presents a stability ball routine that addresses the entire functionality of the trunk muscles—flexion, extension, side bending and rotation.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Pilates Moves to Alleviate Back Pain

Many people have found relief from chronic back pain by regular performing Pilates exercises. Here are 10 moves that, when practiced regularly, can help improve posture and strengthen the support structures that take pressure off the lower back.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Why You May Be Hitting a Weight-loss Plateau

Not all plateaus are bad, argues ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross. Often, a plateau offers the chance to take a break and reevaluate how you can best reach your goals. Ross explains how to recognize the difference between a good and bad plateau and how to keep making progress—along with your sanity—when you or your client reaches this point in the weight-loss journey.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Add Variety to Your Diet with These Plant-Based Protein Sources

October marks Vegetarian Awareness Month—a time to reflect on the many benefits of a plant-based diet. Registered dietitian Gina M. Crome reviews these benefits and offers suggestions for lean, plant-based protein sources that are easy to incorporate into your daily diet.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Build Explosive Power in Clients of Every Age

ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews explains the importance of building and maintaining power—at every age—and offers a challenging workout focusing on explosive power using the TRX Rip Trainer, TRX Suspension Trainer and Ultimate Sandbags.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Relieve Foot Pain Using Myofascial Release

Foot pain affects nearly all people at one time or another, negatively affecting one’s quality of life and ability to enjoy workouts and/or maintain a regular program of exercise. In this exclusive ACE video, biomechanics expert Justin Price explains how a few simple exercises performed daily can help dramatically reduce foot pain.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Health Coaching: Empowering Clients Through Behavior Change

Good health coaches combine the science of exercise and weight management with the art of coaching and communication to deliver effective messages to help clients make meaningful changes that they can maintain for life. Learn how to use the health coach’s techniques of motivational interviewing and cognitive coaching to help your clients achieve lasting behavioral change that will result in better health and wellness.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Determine What to Charge for Your Services

It’s a common question that both new and experienced fitness professionals must answer: What do I charge for my services? ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains how to accurately price your services according to what your market will bear and offers some great tips for maximizing your per-hour price.

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