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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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Exercise Progressions for Clients Who Are Overweight or Are Affected by Obesity

While there is no single right way to train clients who are overweight or have obesity, using regressions can be an effective method to employ. Functional resistance training and training for daily activities is an ideal method to ensure clients connect their exercise gains with life movements. The key is to utilize “precursor” exercises, like the ones presented here, which benefit coordination, stability, mobility and motor control.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

As a health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to get your clients to open up about the difficulties they face in making lasting behavior change. Motivational interviewing, however, can be an effective communication strategy for exploring the ambivalence your clients may feel about making healthy changes in their lives. From asking open-ended questions to affirming your clients’ responses, learn how to use this powerful technique with your clients.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

5 Compound Exercises You Should Add to Your Workout

Some of the simplest exercises are often the most valuable. Compound exercises, for example, address many actions at once, making them both efficient and effective. Here are five of the best compound exercises to add to your workout.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

5 Creative Ways to Use Dumbbells

Dumbbells are arguably the most versatile and affordable exercise equipment available, making it easy to get a total-body workout at home or at the gym. Here are some great variations on traditional exercises that will get your heart pumping and build muscular strength and endurance.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?

It seems everyone has a different idea about how much protein, carbs and fat we should be eating each day. Should we be eating more protein than carbohydrates or fat? What are the best sources of protein—animal or plant based? From how much protein you need based on your activity level to special considerations for kids and teens, U Rock Girl breaks it all down.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Real Impact of Carbs

Still think carbs are evil? It’s time to set the record straight about this essential macronutrient and learn the real impact of carbs on our bodies.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

8 Creative Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

Looking for new ways to maximize the versatility and effectiveness of medicine balls in your clients’ workouts? Here are eight new ways to use medicine balls that will build strength, increase power and keep your clients engaged and having fun during their workouts.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

7 Characteristics of Successful Personal Trainers

What separates the great personal trainers from the merely good ones? If you’ve made it your goal to be among the best in your field, you’ll want to check out these seven habits of highly successful personal trainers.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

3 TRX Flows That Will Increase Your Flexibility, Strength and Mobility

Flow is a concept commonly associated with yoga, but have you ever tried sequencing strength, balance and flexibility moves all together, without any breaks or pauses? Check out this innovative flow routine created by ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews that features the TRX Suspension Trainer.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move

Know someone who remains unconvinced that exercise is essential to good health and longevity? Consider this: The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that physical inactivity constitutes the fourth leading cause of death globally, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. Recognizing that the human body was made to move and that it functions best when it is regularly physically active provides a critical foundation for our clients’ journey to improve their fitness and overall wellbein

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