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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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

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.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

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.

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