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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.

Active Fitness Top Exercises for Pain-free Knees

Top Exercises for Pain-free Knees

Is there a secret to developing strong, great-looking legs without increasing the risk of painful knees? Biomechanics expert Justin Price offers his top exercises for building great-looking legs while minimizing the risk of injury and knee pain.

Active Fitness Looking Back at the Fitness Trends of 2014

Looking Back at the Fitness Trends of 2014

As we pull together our predictions for 2015, let’s take a moment to look back at six of the best fitness trends that grabbed us in 2014 by the leg and wouldn’t let go. Will you still be following these trends in the New Year?

Active Nutrition 4 Fall Superfoods Swaps

4 Fall Superfoods Swaps

Fall is here! And with it come some delicious, nutrient-packed superfoods that are guaranteed to boost your health and add flavor to your meals. Here are four great foods—and some easy recipes—that can help improve both the quality of your meals and the health of your body.

Active Career 5 Things Fitness Professionals Should Know About Diabetes

5 Things Fitness Professionals Should Know About Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and, given the increasing prevalence of this disease, it is essential that fitness professionals understand how to design safe and effective exercise programs that take into account the unique needs of those with diabetes. Here are five things that every fitness professional should know about diabetes.

Active Nutrition 7 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

7 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Few foods are more closely associated with fall than pumpkin, but did you know that pumpkin offers great health benefits along with great taste? Learn seven health benefits of pumpkin, plus tips and recipes to expand your pumpkin repertoire beyond your basic pie.

Active Fitness How to Relieve Shoulder Pain Using Myofascial Release Techniques

How to Relieve Shoulder Pain Using Myofascial Release Techniques

Shoulder pain is a fact of life for many people, especially those who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or driving. Corrective exercise expert Justin Price explains how to perform self-myofascial release techniques that will help increase range of motion and mobility around the shoulder joint and, ultimately, reduce pain.

Active Career 5 Reasons to Grow Your Business With Online Training

5 Reasons to Grow Your Business With Online Training

Have you considered adding online training to your list of services? Creating additional sources of income is essential for the savvy fitness professional and online training is a great way to do just that. Here are five great reasons why online training may be the future of fitness training.

Active Nutrition How Sugar Affects Your Body

How Sugar Affects Your Body

You know sugar is bad for your teeth and your waistline, but a growing body of research suggests that the negative impact of sugar is far more significant than previously thought. From appetite to heart health, learn why sugar’s sweet taste may be having a bitter effect on your body.

Active Fitness Spooky Superset Workout

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.

Active Fitness How to Relieve Lower-back Pain Using Myofascial Release

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.

Active Fitness Core-strengthening Stability Ball Workout

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.

Active Fitness 10 Pilates Moves to Alleviate Back Pain

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.

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

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.

Active Wellness Why You May Be Hitting a Weight-loss Plateau

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.

Active Fitness How to Build Explosive Power in Clients of Every Age

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.

Active Fitness How to Relieve Foot Pain Using Myofascial Release

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.

Active Behavior Change Health Coaching: Empowering Clients Through Behavior Change

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.

Active Career How to Determine What to Charge for Your Services

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.

Active Career Will Small-group Training Replace One-on-one Training?

Will Small-group Training Replace One-on-one Training?

Is it possible that small-group training could one day replace one-on-one personal training? All signs point to that being the case within the next few years. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains the many benefits offered by small-group training—to fitness professionals, health clubs and consumers—and why fitness professionals should start embracing this growing trend.

Active Fitness Yoga-inspired BOSU Workout for Tight Hips

Yoga-inspired BOSU Workout for Tight Hips

Chronically tight hips not only can make certain yoga poses difficult to perform, they can also be the cause of major discomfort, particularly in the lower back and legs. This BOSU workout is designed to make hip-opening yoga postures easier to perform, while also reducing tightness in the hips.

Active Career The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model for Obesity

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model for Obesity

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model for Obesity was designed to help trainers know how to effectively start training an obese client based on his or her current movement skills, and how to recognize common compensation patterns and providing appropriate exercise solutions. Learn how you can use this important tool to help your obese clients achieve greater mobility and enhanced quality of life.

Active Fitness The Importance of Strength Training as You Age

The Importance of Strength Training as You Age

There are so many positives that come from strength training, especially as we age. ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews describes some of the benefits she has personally experienced from strength training, and shares the success she has enjoyed for more than three decades.

Active Fitness The Psychological Benefits of Strength Training

The Psychological Benefits of Strength Training

There’s no question that strength training has a ton of great physical benefits, but the mental benefits are just as, if not more, important. In this article, ACE Certified Health Coach Allison Hagendorf shares her personal experience of how lifting weights has helped her gain the confidence to push her limits in all aspects of life, and shares some of the psychological benefits of strength training that you can apply to your own lives.

Active Nutrition Strength Training Post-Workout Nutrition Guidelines

Strength Training Post-Workout Nutrition Guidelines

If you’re strength training consistently and not seeing the results you desire, you may want to look at how you’re refueling after your workouts. Knowing what and when to eat to help your body repair and refuel is essential for seeing optimal results. Here’s how to best take advantage of your post-workout “window of opportunity.”

Active Nutrition Strength Training Pre-Workout Nutrition Guidelines

Strength Training Pre-Workout Nutrition Guidelines

Before hitting the gym and lifting weights, you need to prepare your body for the demands of weight training. Depending on how much time you have for your pre-workout meal before you train will determine what and how much you can eat. Here are some great, time-specific suggestions to help you optimally prepare for your next workout.

Active Behavior Change The Surprising Reason You May Not Be Getting Results

The Surprising Reason You May Not Be Getting Results

Do you dread your workouts? Turns out your body knows if you do—and you may be negating many of the benefits simply because you view exercise as a “have to” instead of a “want to.” Learn why you can’t get by on willpower and forcing yourself to exercise—and how you can instead find joy and enthusiasm that will help you get the most from your workouts.

Active Career 8 Signs You're Meant to Be a Health Coach

8 Signs You're Meant to Be a Health Coach

Have you been considering expanding your career or starting a new one altogether? If you find yourself drawn to the health coaching profession, chances are you possess certain characteristics that inspire you to want to help other live their most fit lives. Here are eight signs that you were meant to be a great health coach.

Active Fitness 8 Exercises Every Woman Should Be Doing

8 Exercises Every Woman Should Be Doing

Women who regularly hit the weights experience a wide range of health, fitness and quality-of-life benefits. But it can be a challenge to know how to get started. Here are eight female-friendly moves that are particularly beneficial to women (although men should be doing them, too!), so get some friends together and head to the gym!

Active Career 4 Things Health and Fitness Professionals Need to Know About the Apple Watch

4 Things Health and Fitness Professionals Need to Know About the Apple Watch

Excited about the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch? ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., attended Apple’s launch event earlier this month and shares his thoughts on how the Apple Watch will affect health and fitness professionals.

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