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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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for Strength Training

As with any type of training, nutrition is key to optimal results for strength training. Learn the basics of pre- and post-workout nutrition for strength training to help your clients maximize their results.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Combat Breakfast Boredom with this Mix and Match Food Guide

Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight. Unfortunately, this usually backfires, leaving them feeling even hungrier and tempted to overeat. Here are a few reasons why breakfast is so essential, along with some great options for mixing and matching healthy foods to make delicious and satisfying morning meals.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 Exercises Trainers Should Never Do

Do you ever see people doing exercises that leave you shaking your head, wondering why in the world they would do that? ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross sees this all too often and urges trainers to remember the foundational principles of exercise science. Here are 5 exercises trainers should never do because the risks simply outweigh the rewards.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

As a health and fitness professional, you can maximize client-behavior change through the use of coaching techniques such as open-ended questions and reflective listening to help a client explore his or her own motivations, strengths and benefits from making the change. By doing so, you shift your approach from “expert”-centered programs to client-centered programs, and set the stage for increased client success.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

Are you tired of spending inordinate amounts of time developing tailored exercise programs only to have a client drop off after a few sessions? You can increase your impact and efficiency by incorporating a few key behavior-change principles into your personal-training program. Here are five ways to help incorporate behavior-change principles into your daily client interactions.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Advanced Kettlebell Workout for Increased Strength and Conditioning

If you are looking for a way to help your clients increase strength and conditioning, and take on a new challenge, double kettlebell complexes are a versatile and effective approach. This workout video from ACE pro Erik Blekeberg featuring double kettlebell exercises is ideal for helping clients break through strength plateaus and increase caloric expenditure by increasing the total load on the body.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

5 Plank Variations That Will Challenge Your Core

Planks are incredibly effective, strengthening the core, arms, shoulders, glutes and legs. And when you move beyond the basic plank, by lifting an arm or adding movement, you can dramatically increase the challenge of the exercise. Here are five plank variations that focus on lifting the legs and adding rotation to intensity the work.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

Anyone who has tried to help people make a behavioral change knows how difficult it can be, and not everyone is ready to make the changes we think they need to make to improve their health. Learn how to use the ACE Cycle of Change to help you tailor behavior-change interventions to your client’s readiness to change.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

6 Reflection Questions To Help You Find Your Niche

If you’re a newly certified health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to find your personal fitness niche—your area of expertise that makes you stand out from the crowd. Clarifying your target market is important so you can connect with clients who are a good fit for your services. Here are six questions that will help you find your fitness niche.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to Basics Strength-training Workout

Workout programs don’t need to be overly complicated to be effective—they just need to execute the fundamental principles of exercise really well. This basic strength workout, which can be adjusted to focus on hypertrophy or calorie burning, uses offset hand and foot positions to add movement variability, which helps create stronger, more injury-resistant muscle and connective tissue.

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