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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.

Active Fitness Complete Core BOSU® Workout

Complete Core BOSU® Workout

BOSU® Balance Trainers are a standard piece of equipment in most gyms, and their versatility allows for their inclusion in multiple workouts and exercises. These five exercises take advantage of the instability of the balance trainer, requiring you to actively engage multiple muscles and providing an effective core workout.

Active 8 Health and Fitness Gadgets to Look Out For in 2015

8 Health and Fitness Gadgets to Look Out For in 2015

If you’re both a techie and a fitness enthusiast, you’re going to love this list. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey presents his top eight picks for the best new health and fitness apps and gadgets that could very well change the way you approach fitness, nutrition and overall health in 2015.

Active Fitness How to Correct Form With Reactive Neuromuscular Training (RNT)

How to Correct Form With Reactive Neuromuscular Training (RNT)

Reactive neuromuscular training (RNT) is an effective technique for helping clients improve their movement patterns and achieve better form during exercises. ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Kovar explains how to use RNT to help your clients improve joint stability and neuromuscular coordination, and enhance kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness.

Active Wellness 9 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2014

9 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it is worth taking a few minutes to review the research to see what we have learned about how exercise and physical activity can help us stay healthy and achieve our fitness goals. Covering everything from exercise intensity to the role of micro-bacteria, here are nine facts about fitness that were either realized or validated over the past year.

Active Fitness Top Exercises to Gain Thoracic Mobility

Top Exercises to Gain Thoracic Mobility

The thoracic spine—that space above the lumbar spine and below the cervical spine—is meant to be mobile. When we lack mobility in this region, pain and discomfort are often the result. This series of six exercises, which can be used in both group and personal training settings, are designed to improve movement and enhance motor control in the thoracic spine.

Active Fitness The Do's and Don'ts of Flexibility Training

The Do's and Don'ts of Flexibility Training

Do you skimp on your flexibility training? You’re not alone, as flexibility training continues to be one of the most overlooked aspects of most people’s fitness programs. While there is much debate regarding the impact of stretching on sports performance, particularly running, current research suggests there are some crucial do’s and don’t when it comes to this essential component of a well-rounded workout routine.

Active Fitness 4 Drills That Will Improve Your Agility

4 Drills That Will Improve Your Agility

While it’s easy to understand why athletes would spend time working on speed and agility, is this type of training important for non-athletes as well? The answer is yes, and it stems from the need to perform daily functions with ease and confidence. These drills, developed by ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill, will help your clients develop better balance, coordination and quickness, and bring a sense of fun and playfulness to their workouts.

Active Nutrition 3 Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

3 Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Thanksgiving—a day we typically associate with over-indulgence in rich foods—is often followed by a day of regret. This year, transform those traditional heavier foods into something light and healthy to help minimize the likelihood of adding extra holiday pounds.

Active Fitness Total-body Circuit Workout

Total-body Circuit Workout

Integrate the five functional movement patterns into your next workout with this powerful circuit created by ACE. Squat, lunge, push, pull and rotate your way to a pre-holiday burn using portable equipment you can easily use in a gym or at home.

Active Nutrition Benefits of Exercising before a Big Meal

Benefits of Exercising before a Big Meal

The holiday season can present a gauntlet of temptations and challenges for clients trying to stick to their healthy lifestyle goals. Fortunately, exercising before a big holiday meal offers the body numerous benefits. Learn how to advise your clients to choose the right kind of exercise to make it easier to control hunger during holiday meals.

Active Fitness Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

From cycling to swimming to yoga, breathing is a common thread that runs through all fitness modalities. ACE Certified pro and renowned mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains several common breathing techniques, which he says can not only deepen one’s sense of relaxation away from the gym, but also enhance focus, visualization, relaxation response and even intensity during workouts.

Active Fitness How to Use Gliders for Dynamic Planks

How to Use Gliders for Dynamic Planks

Planks are a fantastic core stabilization and strengthening exercise, and there are countless ways to vary them to create more or less challenge. ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Kovar explains how to use gliders to add both variety and challenge to your clients’ core workouts.

Active Career 5 Steps to Starting a Fitness Business in the New Year

5 Steps to Starting a Fitness Business in the New Year

Thinking about taking the leap and starting a fitness business in the New Year? Here are five essential things you can do to ensure your success. Follow these and you’ll be starting a fitness business that will give you both independence and a growing income.

Active Fitness 20-Minute At-home Bodyweight Circuit

20-Minute At-home Bodyweight Circuit

Wondering how you can help your clients stay active during the always-hectic holidays? Share this workout with your clients before the holiday season to help them burn off those extra calories while getting a total-body challenge. This 20-minute, at-home body-weight circuit is just what they need to stay motivated and continue making progress toward their health and fitness goals.

Active Career 7 Signs You’re Meant to Be a Group Fitness Instructor

7 Signs You’re Meant to Be a Group Fitness Instructor

If you’ve been thinking a lot about how fun it might be to teach your own fitness classes, ACE Certified pro Chris Freytag outlines seven signs you should look for before you make the fitness jump.

Active Fitness Balance Training for the Glutes and Abs

Balance Training for the Glutes and Abs

Does your training regimen include a balance component? Considering that balance training has been shown to reduce the risk of falls (especially in older adults) and improve dynamic balance in both athletes and non-athletes, incorporating this type of training could be a wise choice. ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill explains an easy way to test your balance, and presents four great exercises that are sure to keep you steady on your feet.

Active Fitness Improve Your Skin Health with Exercise and Nutrition

Improve Your Skin Health with Exercise and Nutrition

If you need yet another reason to get motivated to step up your nutrition and fitness, add amazing, glowing, healthy skin to the list. The Nutrition Twins explain the types of exercise and specific foods you should choose to improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Active Fitness Top Exercises for Strong Glutes and a Pain-free Back

Top Exercises for Strong Glutes and a Pain-free Back

Strong and well-developed glutes not only look great, but can help protect the lower back from injury during daily activities and sports. Biomechanics expert Justin Price demonstrates several eccentric strengthening exercises that can help develop great-looking glutes and a pain-free lower back.

Active Career Essential Business Systems That Save Both Time and Money

Essential Business Systems That Save Both Time and Money

Looking for ways to streamline your business tasks and free up more of your valuable time? All businesses are built upon systems. Here are the most important systems you need for saving time, staying organized and growing client relationships.

Active Wellness Obesity Weighing Down Military Recruiting Efforts

Obesity Weighing Down Military Recruiting Efforts

Every day, young Americans whose greatest wish is to serve their country are turned away at recruiting stations because they are too overweight to join up. Drew Littman, policy director for the Campaign to End Obesity, argues that we must ensure that youth have access to the necessary preventative tools that enable them to eat better, exercise more and address the obesity epidemic that has now risen to become a national security issue.

Active Fitness Military Boot Camp-inspired Plank Workout

Military Boot Camp-inspired Plank Workout

We are so grateful to the brave men and women who serve at home and around the world, who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy. Not only are we grateful for your service, we are inspired by your commitment to fitness. The following military-inspired plank workout was created by ACE Salute You Scholarship recipient, Valetta SuRae, an Army veteran and ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Active Career How to Create a Diabetes Intervention and Prevention Exercise Program

How to Create a Diabetes Intervention and Prevention Exercise Program

More than 29 million Americans have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, which means at some point in your career you will likely work with clients who suffer from this chronic disease. In recognition of National Diabetes Month, we spoke with ACE pro Jacqueline Sinke, who shares detailed information about her Diabetes Intervention and Prevention (DIP) Exercise Program, and explains how you can create effective exercise programs for your clients with diabetes.

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