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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.

Active Fitness 6 Types of Metabolic Damage Caused by High-intensity Workouts

6 Types of Metabolic Damage Caused by High-intensity Workouts

High intensity workouts are everywhere because they are proven to show results. However, it is important to understand the strain these exercises can put on your body, including metabolic damage. ACE Certified Pro Pete McCall shares the science of how high intensity workouts with improper recovery time could be harmful.

Active Fitness Improve Your Strength and Mobility With These TRX Moves

Improve Your Strength and Mobility With These TRX Moves

There’s no question that mobility is essential to being able to move and perform well, whether in sports or in life. But it can be a challenge to stay focused on doing basic mobility exercises, so ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews created these strength and mobility exercises using the TRX Suspension Trainer. These fun and creative exercises also challenge strength and stability in all planes of motion, so you can get more done in less time.

Active Fitness Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

Today’s active aging market is the largest growing fitness demographic in the industry, with more than 10,000 people in North American turning 65 years old each day. Scientific research suggests that, of the five types of aging—chronological, functional, biological, psychological and social—exercise can have a tremendously positive effect on four of them. To help kick off Active Aging week, let’s take a closer look at the researched anti-aging benefits of exercise.

Active Nutrition How to Create an Effective Circuit Workout

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.

Active Wellness Seven Habits of Healthy People

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.

Active Fitness Strength Training Workout for Beginners

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.

Active Fitness Top 10 Reasons Women Should Hit the Weights

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.

Active Fitness How to Self-Care for the IT Band

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.

Active Fitness 4 Myths about Strength Training for Women

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.

Active Fitness Train This, Not That: The Core Edition

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.

Active Fitness Jiu-Jitsu Inspired Partner Workout

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.

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

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.

Active Fitness 6 Lower-body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

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.

Active Career The Changing Face of Group Fitness

The Changing Face of Group Fitness

Whether you’re a long-time instructor or just earned your certification, stepping back to look at where the industry has come in group fitness can offers a fresh appreciation for and industry that, arguably, has never been more exciting than it is right now. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini looks at the face of group fitness—then and now.

Active Fitness Youth Fitness: The ABCs of Physical Activity

Youth Fitness: The ABCs of Physical Activity

Given the importance of physical activity to kids’ health and development, it makes sense that the ABCs of physical activity should be taught right alongside the ABCs of language. As a fitness professional, you have the opportunity to help shape the future activity levels and preferences of today’s youth. Here are some great ways to help kids learn the fundamental movement skills that will help lay the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity.

Active Career Apple's iWatch and HealthKit: What They Mean for Health and Fitness Pros and Their Clients

Apple's iWatch and HealthKit: What They Mean for Health and Fitness Pros and Their Clients

The technology and fitness worlds are buzzing as Apple gears up for a new announcement regarding the iPhone 6, iOS8 and the closely guarded Apple iWatch. Combined with Apple’s previously announced HealthKit, these products are poised to have a major impact on the health and fitness industries. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey explains how personal trainers and health coaches can reap huge benefits from these new technologies.

Active Fitness The Posterior-chain Workout

The Posterior-chain Workout

Training the posterior chain is essential for helping the muscles move synergistically and with greater fluidity and flexibility. It also can help reduce the risk of injury caused by weak or improperly functioning muscle groups. These compound exercises, which utilize two or more muscle groups, are ideal for training the posterior chain.

Active Fitness Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

It seems the fitness industry has decided you can never have too much high-intensity interval training (HIIT), with the intense modality taking over class schedules across the country. But popularity doesn’t always mean great results, explains ACE Certified pro Shannon Fable, who argues that we’ve gotten a little too carried away with all-HIIT programming, all the time. Could there be a more effective approach?

Active Fitness 7 Things to Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)

7 Things to Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)

Just like a car’s engine takes a while too cool off after a long trip, your metabolism can continue to burn more calories after a high-intensity workout then when at complete rest. This physiological effect is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains seven things you should know about EPOC and how it can help you and your clients achieve optimal levels of calorie burning from your workouts.

Active Fitness Improve Your Stability and Mobility with These Functional Exercises

Improve Your Stability and Mobility with These Functional Exercises

Functional fitness isn’t just a fitness concept, it’s an essential component of living a healthy, active life. It’s also the newest addition to the ACE Integrated Fitness TrainingTM (ACE IFTTM) Model. Here are some great functional exercises you can add to your clients’ current workout routines as part of a dynamic warm-up or, if your client is new to exercise, start with these to begin developing his or her stability and mobility, while also gently increasing heart rate.

Active Wellness 5 Habits That Will Help Increase Your Longevity

5 Habits That Will Help Increase Your Longevity

We can’t avoid growing older, but our lifestyle habits can help determine or not those years are long and happy ones. Fortunately, living healthy doesn't have to be a chore. ACE Certified Pro Chris Freytag explains how to incorporate five habits into your normal routine that will equip you for the marathon that is life.

Active Career Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

Do you have what it takes to be a personal trainer? ACE Certified Pro Sabrena Merrill explains the four signs that could mean you’re ready to take on the challenge of helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Active Finding The

Finding The "Why" behind Your Clients' Goals

Do you know what motivates your clients? Learning the deeper, driving forces behind your clients’ lives can help you discover the right formula for helping them stay motivated and committed to exercising regularly and eating healthfully, explains ACE Certified Pro Jonathan Ross. After all, when we are drawn to the things that make life healthy and fulfilling, we can do them easily without willpower.

Active Fitness Train Smarter with Fitwall: A High-Intensity Interval Training Workout

Train Smarter with Fitwall: A High-Intensity Interval Training Workout

Have you experienced Fitwall yet? Fitwall’s Director of Training and National Head Coach Clifton Harski shows ACE’s Anthony Wall how to “Train Smarter” using Fitwall’s unique combination of high-intensity interval training plus continuous biofeedback via heart-rate monitors and mounted iPADs. Check out this abbreviated version of Fitwall’s fun and highly effective 40-minute workout.

Active Nutrition Nutrition Tips to Protect Your Body against Chronic Inflammation

Nutrition Tips to Protect Your Body against Chronic Inflammation

Acute inflammation can be a sign that the body is healing itself, like when you twist your ankle. But chronic inflammation can take a steep toll on the body. The Nutrition Twins explain what lifestyle factors to avoid and what foods to choose to help fight chronic inflammation.

Active Fitness Are Two-a-Day Workouts Right for You?

Are Two-a-Day Workouts Right for You?

Wondering if two-a-day workouts might help you achieve your fitness goals? ACE Certified Pro Pete McCall explains how to determine if two-a-days are right for you and, if so, how to organize your workouts to achieve specific fitness goals.

Active Nutrition 10 Ways to Avoid Overeating

10 Ways to Avoid Overeating

Do you struggle with occasionally overeating? Given the fact that food is everywhere—from sporting events to holidays, birthday parties to break rooms—it can be a huge challenge to not overindulge on a regular basis. The Nutrition Twins® understand what a struggle it can be and offer 10 effective ways to avoid overeating while staying on track with your healthy lifestyle efforts.

Active Wellness An Interview with the Campaign to End Obesity

An Interview with the Campaign to End Obesity

There’s no question that obesity is having a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of both America’s citizens and its economy. The Campaign to End Obesity was formed to help come up with policies, procedures and laws to help reduce the prevalence of obesity. The American Council on Exercise has joined this effort and invites you to learn how you can help. Here’s what you need to know about the Campaign to End Obesity and how you can get involved.

Active Fitness 6 Moves for Stronger Glutes

6 Moves for Stronger Glutes

Strong, toned glutes not only look good, they are key to maintaining balance and moving well, whether your main activity is walking or competing in triathlons. Here are six great moves that will help lift and strengthen your glutes.

Active Fitness 30-minute Ultimate Sandbag Workout

30-minute Ultimate Sandbag Workout

If you need a time-efficient, full-body workout (and who doesn’t?), check out this Ultimate Sandbag workout from ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews. This fun and challenging full-body, multi-planar training session can be done almost anywhere in less than 30 minutes.

Active Fitness Improve Your Balance with These Six Simple Moves

Improve Your Balance with These Six Simple Moves

Balance is a learned skill and the adage “practice makes permanent” best summarizes how to hone these skills. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how anyone can improve their balance by performing six simple moves for just minutes a day.

Active Fitness Try This 45-Minute Boot Camp Workout

Try This 45-Minute Boot Camp Workout

Looking for ways to freshen up your boot-camp classes? Here is a great 45-minute circuit that both your regulars and newbies are sure to love. Designed for moderate-to-advanced clients, this workout includes appropriate regressions and extended rest periods to accommodate your less-experienced participants.

Active Fitness Training for Movement Variability

Training for Movement Variability

Designing movement-based exercise programs that challenge clients through a variety of patterns can improve coordination, movement skill and increase the energy expenditure of a workout. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains why knowing how to challenge clients with variability in their exercise programs can help them learn the safest, most effective solutions for safely executing the movements they have to perform on a regular basis.

Active Wellness 3 Health Lies We Tell Ourselves

3 Health Lies We Tell Ourselves

A little self-delusion isn’t always a bad thing—it can help us cope during some of life’s greatest trials—but it can also derail our best intentions when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices. ACE Certified Pro Jonathan Ross describes three of the most common health lies many of us tell ourselves to feel better and why they may be doing more harm than good.

Active Wellness Six Tips for Staying Cool during Summer Workouts

Six Tips for Staying Cool during Summer Workouts

Exercising outdoors in the summer can be a lot of fun, but it also can increase your risk of heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Learn how you can safely exercise outside even when the mercury is on the rise. Here are six tips for staying cool while you heat up that calorie burn.

Active Fitness 6 Moves for a Stronger Core

6 Moves for a Stronger Core

While most of us wouldn’t mind having a flatter belly, what we really should be after is a healthy core and the muscular development that goes along with it. When combined with a balanced diet and a comprehensive fitness plan, the following exercises provide a multi-directional strategy for working the muscles of abdomen and back, which will give you the waist you both want and need.

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