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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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Strength Training Workout for Beginners

The gym can be an intimidating place, especially for women who are new to resistance training. Free weights, barbells and cable machines all look like torture devices to a newcomer, and the fear of “looking silly” or like you don’t know what you’re doing may hold you back. Here are a few tips and six beginner exercises targeting each major muscle group to get you or your client started.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seven Habits of Healthy People

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to know how to live healthfully and do all the right things? While a healthy lifestyle comes naturally to some, others have to work at it. Here are seven highly effective health habits that, when adopted gradually over time, can lead to huge health benefits.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to Create an Effective Circuit Workout

Circuit training is a great way to get a fast and effective workout, but the endless variations and combinations of exercises can make it difficult to know what type of circuit is right for you and your clients. Here are a few tips for setting up the best circuit to match specific fitness goals.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Women Should Hit the Weights

Still need a reason to start strength training? We’ve got 10 for you, from greater independence to better moods. Learn why strength training offers women a wide range of benefits that you’d be hard pressed to achieve any other way.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

4 Myths about Strength Training for Women

While many women are discovering the benefits of strength training and learning that lifting weights can result in sculpted, lean bodies that cardio machines simply cannot produce, others are still falling prey to the myths that have made women fear weight training for far too long. As part of ACE’s StrongHER campaign, we’re cutting through the confusion and clearing up some common misconceptions about strength training and women.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

How to Self-Care for the IT Band

IT band issues can be debilitating, but there are steps you can take to help reduce the pain and discomfort. Here is an overview of some of the causes of IT band issues, as well as self-care and foam-rolling techniques that can help alleviate the pain and prevent more serious issues from developing.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Train This, Not That: The Core Edition

Why do you train the core? When doing any type of core strengthening, it is important to ask yourself why you do each movement, and to weigh the risk vs. benefit of the exercise you have selected. Check out this review of some popular core exercises and why we do them, and learn about some safer alternatives.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Jiu-Jitsu Inspired Partner Workout

Partner exercises are a great way to add some creativity to your workouts, as well as offer possibilities for small group and group training. Check out this fun and unique partner workout, which includes exercises that are done during a jiu-jitsu class to help improve strength, balance and coordination.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

4 Ways to Tell You're Ready for a Management Role

Are you thinking about transitioning into management? While the title of fitness manager or director may sound appealing, the unique tasks and challenges you will face are very different from the responsibilities you have as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor. Here’s how you can know if you are ready to make the move into management and lead a team.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6 Lower-body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

Squats are an excellent way to increase lower-body strength and appearance, but can be a difficult exercise to learn how to do correctly. If you are interested in strengthening your hips and developing an appealing backside, but want to reduce your risk of injury, try these six exercises that can help you achieve the results you want.

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