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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, July 14, 2014

Total-body Plyometrics Workout

Plyometrics exercise are an incredibly effective way to improve reactivity, power and coordination, while also increasing both the calorie burn and challenge of your workouts. And, while the intensity of these exercises means that participants need to be physically ready to do them, plyometrics should be a supplemental part of a well-rounded training program. Here are some great exercises to help you get started.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Select the Right Volume and Frequency for Your Clients

Both the volume of a workout program and the frequency of training sessions play a critical role in stimulating muscle growth. If you have clients who want to train for muscle size or definition, volume and frequency are two essential variables to consider when designing an exercise program.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Why We Need to Stop Obsessing over the Scale

Are your clients obsessed with the scale? They’re not alone. Too many people live and die by the number on the scale, explains ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross, who recommends helping clients change their focus from weight to what they want to do in their lives. After all, living in a capable body that allows us to stay connected and fully participate in that which we love and to do it with those we love is what most of us truly seek from fitness.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

10 Exercises for Rock-hard Abs

Sure, rock-hard abs look great, but they’re also crucial for every stage of life. ACE Certified Pro Chris Freytag explains how to train the core smarter—not harder—so it not only looks good, it’s stronger and functions effectively so we can do all the things our lives require. Check out these 10 exercises that, when combined with a healthy diet, will help you develop rock hard abs and a fully functional core.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

A Fitness Pro's Guide to Surviving the Summer

The summer months can be a challenge for fitness pros, with lower class numbers and cancellations nearly every day. How can you keep your energy and enthusiasm up in the face of dwindling participation? ACE Certified fitness pro Shannon Fable shares six tips that will help the summer fly by and leave you revved up and excited for fall.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

How to Select the Right Sets and Tempo for Your Clients

So far in this series on exercise program design, we have covered the principles of specificity and overload, as well as the application of the program design variables exercise selection, intensity and repetitions. In part 3, we address the principle of progression and how to apply the variables of sets and tempo.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Why You Should Take Time to Meditate

You probably know that meditation offers a wide range of benefits, but exactly how do you get started? ACE Certified Pro and mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains why you should make the time to meditate and how even a few minutes a day can help calm the mind, reduce your stress and dramatically improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

ACE Participates in First-of-its-kind Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill

ACE advocacy staff recently met with members of Congress to discuss ways to help Americans become more physically active and how we all can support a cultural shift toward wellness. ACE also used the opportunity to explain the important role that qualified fitness professionals and health coaches play in the healthcare arena. Read on for more information about the #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill and what it means for fitness professionals.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

The Best and Worst Fourth of July Food and Drinks

Have you ever noticed that most of our holiday traditions center around food? The Fourth of July is no exception, with barbecues and all the fixings taking center stage. But this day doesn’t have to be a dietary disaster, explain the Nutrition Twins. Here are their best tips for celebrating Independence Day without sabotaging your healthy-eating efforts.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

How to Select the Right Intensity and Repetitions for Your Clients

One of the most common challenges faced by the average fitness enthusiast is reaching a plateau, where exercise no longer seems to have an effect and the body stops making any physiological changes. In part two of an ongoing series, ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains why this happens and how to adjust the variables of intensity and repetitions so you can help your clients reach their goals.

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