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Active Fitness How to Improve Grip Strength

How to Improve Grip Strength

Whether a movement involves lifting, carrying, throwing or swinging, the hands are the first point of contact with any object or weight that is held. And for those who lift heavy, the grip is often the first thing to go when failing to complete a lift. Here are six benefits of training grip strength followed by eight recommended exercises; pick two from the list and add them to your clients’ workouts to help them develop strong hands with a crushing grip.

Active Fitness 10 Fitness Trends to Look Out For in 2016

10 Fitness Trends to Look Out For in 2016

Ready to look ahead to what fitness trends will be popular in 2016? While the following list is by no means exhaustive, it can provide you with some insight in to what fitness products or programs will be most likely to influence your work and career in the coming months. You can also use this information as a guide for choosing professional development, enabling you to offer the highest level of service to your clients and class participants.

Active Wellness 10 Daily Habits That Can Cause Muscular Imbalances

10 Daily Habits That Can Cause Muscular Imbalances

We all have unique movement patterns, and when certain muscles are overused and others are underused, compensation patterns result. Learn how you can help your clients adopt better movement patterns and identify common habits that can result in muscular imbalances.

Active Fitness 8 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2015

8 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2015

Given today’s hectic lifestyles, it can be a challenge to keep up with all the new discoveries related to exercise, fitness and health. To help fill in the gaps in your knowledge, here are some of the most significant health- and fitness-related findings and trends that emerged in 2015.

Active Fitness Your 2015 Fitness Tech Holiday Gift Guide

Your 2015 Fitness Tech Holiday Gift Guide

With the 2015 holiday season upon us, you may be searching for that perfect fitness tech gift for your loved ones. Whether they are triathletes, weekend warriors or couch potatoes, there is undoubtedly a fitness tech device for them at a number of different price points. Here is ACE Senior Advisor for Fitness Technology Ted Vickey’s 2015 Fitness Tech Holiday Gift Guide to help guide your decision.

Active Fitness 15-minute Cardio Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

15-minute Cardio Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

When your clients are on the road, whether for work or pleasure, it can be a real to challenge for them to stick with their regular workouts. The solution? Offer your clients this fast and efficient cardio workout that can be performed just about anywhere.

Active Nutrition Add These 3 Healthy, Creative Recipes to Your Thanksgiving Day Menu

Add These 3 Healthy, Creative Recipes to Your Thanksgiving Day Menu

A typical Thanksgiving meal contains more than 3,000 calories, but you don’t have to break the calorie bank to enjoy your favorite fall foods. Here are three delicious and healthy dishes you’ll want to add to this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Active Fitness How to Use Drop Sets to Improve Muscle Definition

How to Use Drop Sets to Improve Muscle Definition

For clients interested in rapid muscle growth, drop sets can be an effective strategy to create the necessary overload to initiate physiological changes in the size and shape of the muscle. Here are four reasons why drop sets work, along with a few ways you can use them to help your clients achieve the gains they are seeking.

Active Nutrition Nutrient Dense vs. Calorically Dense Food

Nutrient Dense vs. Calorically Dense Food

Have you ever been told to eat “nutrient-rich” or “nutrient-dense” foods? Or to stay away from foods that have “empty calories”? When terms like these are thrown around, it’s easy to get confused. Learn about the concepts of nutrient density and caloric density and what roles they play in a well-balanced diet.

Active Wellness 7 Tips for Having Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

7 Tips for Having Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

7 Tips for Having Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

Active Fitness 15-minute Core Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

15-minute Core Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

During the busy holiday travel season, it can be tough to fit in a workout. This fast and efficient core workout takes fewer than 20 minutes to complete and, when performed twice a week, will help create a strong core and better posture.

Active Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease: How Exercise and Sleep Can Protect the Brain

Alzheimer’s Disease: How Exercise and Sleep Can Protect the Brain

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. It’s also the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. There is hope, however, and it comes in the form of exercise and proper sleep—two treatments that also happen to have many other pleasant side effects beyond brain health.

Active Fitness ACE Performance Series: Speed Workout

ACE Performance Series: Speed Workout

There’s more to speed training than just running fast. These exercises, which feature equipment from SKLZ, are both fun and effective for warming up the hip flexors, activating the glutes and specifically training type II muscle fibers, all of which are essential for increasing acceleration and maximizing speed.

Active Behavior Change 3 Secrets to Forming New Healthy Habits

3 Secrets to Forming New Healthy Habits

When working with clients who are trying to change behaviors, the goal is to help them identify and integrate new, healthier behaviors into their daily lives. Helping clients to acquire a new habit, or to do away with a routine behavior that is deeply entrenched, takes time and a plan. Learn how you can help your clients successfully form new healthy habits without having to rely heavily on motivation.

Active Fitness 15-minute Lower-body Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

15-minute Lower-body Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

When your clients are on the road, whether for work or pleasure, it can be a real to challenge for them to stick with their regular workouts. The solution? Offer your clients this fast and efficient lower-body circuit workout that requires no equipment and can be performed just about anywhere.

Active Fitness ACE Performance Series: Power Workout

ACE Performance Series: Power Workout

Power training is not only essential for athletes—it’s a great way to maintain mobility and stability throughout the body, and make everyday activities easier to perform. Power training enhances the ability to rapidly accelerate, change directions and increase reaction time. Check out these fun and effective exercises, which feature innovative equipment from SKLZ, for building total-body power.

Active Fitness 6 Standing Ab Exercises

6 Standing Ab Exercises

Traditional abdominal exercises performed on the floor can be a real pain in the neck, literally sometimes. You can avoid some of this discomfort by performing abdominal exercises while standing instead. These six standing abdominal exercises are a great way to avoid unnecessary stresses on the joints and experience a truly dynamic workout.

Active Nutrition Tips for Clients Who Want to Start a Weight Loss Program

Tips for Clients Who Want to Start a Weight Loss Program

Nutrition can make or break your client’s weight-loss program. While it’s vital to stay within your defined scope of practice as a health and fitness professional, helping clients achieve their goals and maintain those numbers beyond the short term with an expert nutrition plan and tips is always part of a successful program. Give your clients the best possible chances for weight-loss success with these 10 essential tips.

Active Fitness 15-Minute Upper-Body Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

15-Minute Upper-Body Workout Using Nontraditional Equipment

When your clients are on the road, whether for work or pleasure, it can be a real to challenge for them to stick with their regular workouts. The solution? Offer your clients this fast and efficient upper-body circuit workout that requires no equipment and can be performed just about anywhere.

Active Behavior Change Motivation Techniques for Your Hard-to-motivate Clients

Motivation Techniques for Your Hard-to-motivate Clients

Fitness, by itself, is rarely enough to keep people feeling motivated to exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices. However, whatever any of us really love about life, it gets better when we do it in a fit, capable body. Learn how to help your clients find their “why” and connect it with fitness to provide a formula for a near endless supply of motivation.

Active Fitness Slow-twitch vs. Fast-twitch Muscle Fibers

Slow-twitch vs. Fast-twitch Muscle Fibers

Understanding how the physiology of the body adapts to exercise can help you develop more effective exercise programs for your specific needs. Learn the unique characteristics of slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibers, along with the best training strategies for maximizing the efficiency and enjoyment of your workout time.

Active Fitness ACE Performance Series: Agility Workout

ACE Performance Series: Agility Workout

Agility training isn’t just for athletes. After all, everyday life requires us to change directions and be able to maintain balance and control of our bodies during activities of daily living. These exercises, which feature equipment from SKLZ, are both fun and effective for improving stability, mobility and strength, whether you want to improve performance in sports or in life.

Active Fitness Halloween Workout: 7 Spooky Moves to Scare Off Weight Gain

Halloween Workout: 7 Spooky Moves to Scare Off Weight Gain

If you want to stay committed to your fitness goals, but still enjoy in the holiday spirit, here’s a great Halloween-themed workout that is both fun and effective. Don’t be scared of the names—this workout can help you fight off the weight gain that tends to haunt most Americans this time of year.

Active Behavior Change How Healthy Habits Can Make Your Life Easier

How Healthy Habits Can Make Your Life Easier

To some, habit is a bad word, one associated with all kinds of negative and unhealthy behaviors. But habits can be healthy, too, and they can also make life a whole lot easier by removing the decision-making process from everyday life. Learn how to help your clients make small, positive changes over time that will add up to powerfully healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Active Career Walk the Talk! A Fitness Professional’s Guide to Developing Walking Programs

Walk the Talk! A Fitness Professional’s Guide to Developing Walking Programs

To support Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities, ACE has created a free toolkit designed to help fitness professionals lead safe and effective walking programs, and become advocates for more walkable communities.

Active Nutrition Food Swaps for Increased Energy

Food Swaps for Increased Energy

Success depends upon more than just regular training sessions. Learn how you can support your clients’ training program and busy lifestyles with energy-boosting eating plans and foods swaps like these for increased energy and drive.

Active Fitness Does Fasted Cardio Provide Significant Benefits?

Does Fasted Cardio Provide Significant Benefits?

The practice of exercising in a “fasted state” has been promoted as a way to burn more calories from fat than from carbohydrates. But does it really work? Learn the pros and cons of exercising first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and whether or not it is a good long-term strategy for promoting weight and fat loss.

Active Fitness 7 TRX Plank Variations for a Stronger Core

7 TRX Plank Variations for a Stronger Core

The core includes much more than just the abdominals—it encompasses the entire trunk—front and back—including the hips. A basic plank can be a great way to strengthen the core and create what Dr. Stuart McGill calls “core stiffness,” which is essential for supporting and protecting the spine. To help keep your clients engaged and challenged while doing core work, here are seven variations on the basic plank using a TRX Suspension Trainer.

Active Nutrition 3 Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

3 Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

There’s no question that, when carefully planned, a plant-based diet offers a wide range of health benefits, including a lower risk of some diseases. Eating less meat may also be less expensive and better for the environment. If you’ve been trying to incorporate more plant-based proteins into your diet, here are three easy and delicious recipes to help you get started.

Active Behavior Change Ask Yourself These Five Questions to Achieve Greater Mindfulness

Ask Yourself These Five Questions to Achieve Greater Mindfulness

Finding balance and achieving mindfulness is a constant challenge, but it’s worth taking the time to invest in your mindset and yourself. Just remember that meaningful change doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it’s much like training for any other physical feat—you have to train consistently. Here are five questions worth asking yourself as you work toward achieving greater mindfulness.

Active Wellness 5 Exercises to Improve Wrist Mobility

5 Exercises to Improve Wrist Mobility

Working at a computer or typing on a tablet at phone all day is not unusual, but it means that many people are at risk for biomechanical issues or ailments such as wrist inflammation and carpal tunnel syndrome. These five elbow and wrist mobility stretches, however, can help ward off the numbness and tingling that are precursors to much more severe disorders, and can be performed in just minutes a day while sitting at a desk or in the car.

Active Career A Trainer’s Must-have Equipment List

A Trainer’s Must-have Equipment List

Although there are countless body-weight exercises you can do with your clients, keeping a few pieces of equipment on hand is a great way to keep them excited and challenged. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money—you can get started by investing in just a few pieces at a time. Here are some great ideas for building your trainer toolbox at a relatively low cost.

Active Fitness 5 Speed Cord Band Drills

5 Speed Cord Band Drills

A speed cord is a versatile tool for applying resistance to traditional strength and plyometric exercises. These bands increase intensity and improve core engagement during movement. Use these five speed cord drills as a means to intensify a workout and progress your clients to the next level of challenge.

Active Career Things to Consider Before Becoming a Personal Trainer

Things to Consider Before Becoming a Personal Trainer

Are you thinking about becoming a personal trainer? Although the idea of spending your days and making your living helping others exercise sounds appealing, there is a whole lot more to being a personal trainer than designing exercise programs. Learn what the top pros in the industry have to say about the joys and challenges of being a personal trainer and what you need to know before pursuing a personal training career.

Active Fitness Strengthen Your Ankles with These 4 Stability and Mobility Exercises

Strengthen Your Ankles with These 4 Stability and Mobility Exercises

Running and sports that involve agility are usually the cause of most ankle injuries, and these usually stem from the joint and tissues that surround it not being strong, mobile or stable enough to control the joint when asked to perform a task. Here are some great exercises for the ankle and foot will help strengthen the joint by creating stability and mobility in the surrounding regions.

Active Fitness 6 Reaction Drills to Enhance Cognitive Processing

6 Reaction Drills to Enhance Cognitive Processing

Reaction drills—which involve taking in a sensory input and producing a physical output—are a great way to have fun while also enhancing cognitive processing. These six reaction drills can be used with individuals or during group exercises, and will help stimulate your client’s brain and body, making exercise more challenging and engaging.

Active Fitness 5 Benefits of Dumbbell Training

5 Benefits of Dumbbell Training

Using dumbbells for full-body, multiplanar movements can provide a variety of different strength outcomes. It also offers many benefits for cardiorespiratory fitness and flexibility. To help you select the best equipment for your needs, here are five benefits of using dumbbells, along with six great dumbbell exercises to try out.

Active Nutrition 18 Healthy Fall Recipes You Must Try

18 Healthy Fall Recipes You Must Try

Fall veggies are loaded with good-for-you nutrients. While some fall veggies help to boost mood, others boost energy, fight stress and bloat—all things most people are looking to do as the cold winter months begin. Whether it’s the back-to-school whirlwind, the upcoming holidays, or simply the stress of everyday life starting to catch up with you, these fall recipes are for you.

Active Fitness Yoga For Kids:  6 Animal-inspired Poses

Yoga For Kids: 6 Animal-inspired Poses

Thinking about introducing your kids to yoga, but not sure where to start? These 6 animal-inspired poses encourage children to get creative by imitating some of their favorite animals, while also empowering them to explore physical activity and the mind-body connection in a fun new way.

Active Fitness Yoga For Active Older Adults: 6 Accessible Poses to Enhance Functional Capacity

Yoga For Active Older Adults: 6 Accessible Poses to Enhance Functional Capacity

Yoga does a body good at any age. And, with the use of props such as blankets, blocks and chairs, individuals of all ability levels can experience the many physiological and psychological benefits that yoga offers. This six-pose yoga series was designed to enhance overall function and well-being, with a focus on improving balance, increasing flexibility, building strength and promoting relaxation.

Active Career 4 Reasons to Become a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist

4 Reasons to Become a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist

As a health and fitness professional, you’ve made it your mission to help others live their most fit lives. As a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, you can dramatically expand your ability to reach those who need your help the most, including the millions of people living with health challenges such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Here are four compelling reasons why current ACE pros should consider becoming an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist.

Active Fitness Yoga for Cardio Lovers: 8 Poses to Build Strength

Yoga for Cardio Lovers: 8 Poses to Build Strength

If your fitness routine largely consists of activities like running, walking or cycling, you might be missing out on the benefits of resistance training. This yoga-focused workout, which uses body weight and the support of props to enhance muscular strength and endurance, is a great way to introduce this essential component to your training regimen.

Active Nutrition The Worst Foods to Eat After a Workout

The Worst Foods to Eat After a Workout

Depending on timing, amounts of food and combinations of macronutrients, nutrition can either amplify your clients’ efforts in the gym or detract from them. Learn how you can help your clients make better food choices immediately following their workouts.

Active Fitness 7 Techniques for Promoting Muscle Growth

7 Techniques for Promoting Muscle Growth

For clients who lift weights for the purpose of gaining muscle, it is a good idea to change the program on a frequent basis to ensure an appropriate amount of stimulus is used to create the mechanical damage or metabolic fatigue that promotes muscle growth. Here are seven suggestions for structuring your clients’ workout programs to help create the optimal environment for muscle growth.

Active Fitness Yoga For 9 to 5ers: 6 Poses to Enhance Posture

Yoga For 9 to 5ers: 6 Poses to Enhance Posture

If you’re one of the many individuals with a desk job, adding yoga to your workout regimen can help counteract the effects of sitting all day. These simple moves will help improve posture, minimize incidents of low-back pain, decrease the risk of injury, and enhance overall movement quality.

Active Fitness 5 Ways to Progress Traditional Balance Exercises

5 Ways to Progress Traditional Balance Exercises

Do you want to progress your client’s balance program? Balance is an everyday movement used from gait to walking up stairs. With age, balance naturally decreases; thus, integrating balance exercises is essential to every fitness program.

Active Nutrition The Worst Things to Eat Before a Workout

The Worst Things to Eat Before a Workout

Paired with a comprehensive nutrition program, the right foods before a workout can energize and sustain clients in their exercise efforts, while the wrong foods can hinder performance. While staying within your scope of practice, learn how to help clients nourish their bodies properly so they can perform to the best of their ability during each workout.

Active Fitness Yoga for Weightlifters: 7 Poses for Increased Range of Motion

Yoga for Weightlifters: 7 Poses for Increased Range of Motion

Flexibility is an important component of a well-rounded fitness routine, especially for those who tend to gravitate towards strength training. Incorporating these yoga poses into your workout regimen will help increase range of motion, as well as enhance stability and mobility.

Active Fitness Metabolic Conditioning Kettlebell Complex

Metabolic Conditioning Kettlebell Complex

Adding kettlebell training to your workout regimen provides a highly-effective way to build strength, flexibility and power. This full-body complex can be performed two to three times per week, with a minimum of one full day of rest between workouts.

Active Career How to Make an Impression with Intros and Outros

How to Make an Impression with Intros and Outros

According to recent research, the first and last five minutes of a class or session hold the potential for the most impact. Whether you’re a personal trainer or group fitness instructor, learn how to make an impression when it counts the most with effective Intros and Outros.

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