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Active Career How to Select the Right Rest Intervals and Post-Training Recovery for Your Clients

How to Select the Right Rest Intervals and Post-Training Recovery for Your Clients

In the final installment of this series focusing on the variables of exercise program design, ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains why adequate rest intervals and post-training recovery periods may be the most important of all the variables. Here’s how you can enhance your clients’ efforts during training sessions by ensuring optimal rest and recovery periods.

Active Career What’s new in the ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition)?

What’s new in the ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition)?

We’re very proud to announce that our new ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) has arrived! Rooted in the latest science, the new manual delivers relevant tools that new professionals and industry veterans from all fields can apply to the clients of today. It marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with new information about managing a personal training business, and the evolution of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model, proven to help you deliver custom, individualized program

Active Career Are You Meant to Be An Infopreneur?

Are You Meant to Be An Infopreneur?

Have you wondered how you can expand your impact and your business through writing or presenting on health and fitness topics? ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how he made this leap, including

Active Nutrition 6 Reasons Carbs Are Your Friend

6 Reasons Carbs Are Your Friend

So many people think they have to cut out all carbs if they want to lose weight, but this approach can quickly backfire. The Nutrition Twins explain how choosing the right kind of carbohydrates can make you feel more satisfied, stave off hunger, improve your health and help you lose weight.

Active Fitness Total-body Plyometrics Workout

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.

Active Fitness How to Select the Right Volume and Frequency for Your Clients

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.

Active Wellness Why We Need to Stop Obsessing over the Scale

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.

Active Fitness 10 Exercises for Rock-hard Abs

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.

Active Career A Fitness Pro's Guide to Surviving the Summer

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.

Active Fitness How to Select the Right Sets and Tempo for Your Clients

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.

Active Wellness Why You Should Take Time to Meditate

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.

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

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.

Active Nutrition The Best and Worst Fourth of July Food and Drinks

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.

Active Fitness How to Select the Right Intensity and Repetitions for Your Clients

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.

Active Fitness How to Select the Right Exercises for Your Clients

How to Select the Right Exercises for Your Clients

In this first in an ongoing series examining the principles and variables of program design and how they can be applied to create results for clients, ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains the art and science of selecting the right exercises when designing an exercise program.

Active Fitness Summer Boot Camp: Core Workout

Summer Boot Camp: Core Workout

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to start strengthening and toning up for the season. In this three-part workout series, exercises for the arms, core and legs will have you looking your best and feeling strong as you take advantage of all the fun activities summer has to offer. This week’s focus: core.

Active Nutrition 5 Great Post-workout Snacks

5 Great Post-workout Snacks

After a workout your body needs the proper fuels to help muscles recover and repair. Eating the right foods at the right time following exercise will increase energy to get you through the day and provide protein and carbohydrates to enhance your workout benefits.

Active Fitness The Problem With Lifting Too Little

The Problem With Lifting Too Little

As modern technology continues to make things physically easier, many people are becoming incapable of performing any kind of physically challenging activity. Unfortunately, some people continue to hang on to an aversion to strength training due to a fear of building big muscles. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains the hazards of not physically challenging the body and why lifting heavier weights is essential for keeping the body strong and vital.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Your Clients Develop a Positive Self-Image

How to Help Your Clients Develop a Positive Self-Image

Body-image issues can be hugely damaging to an individual’s self-esteem and ability to enjoy life. As a fitness professional, you will likely encounter clients struggling to feel good about how they look and feel. Learn how you can help your clients develop a more positive self-image and begin to counteract some of the outside forces that contribute to body-image disorders.

Active Fitness Summer Boot Camp: Legs Workout

Summer Boot Camp: Legs Workout

Summer is just days away, which means it’s time to start strengthening and toning up for the season. In this three-part workout series, exercises for the arms, core and legs will have you feeling your best as you take advantage of all the fun activities summer has to offer. This week’s focus: legs.

Active Nutrition 6 Great Pre-workout Snacks

6 Great Pre-workout Snacks

Fueling your body with the right nutrients to support your routine is important for ensuring optimal performance and recovery. Ideal pre-exercise snacks can help maintain your stamina and may be just the thing to help you push on to greater fitness levels. Gina Crome offers some great options for foods that will help you do just that.

Active Career Customer Retention Tips for Personal Trainers and Fitness Studios

Customer Retention Tips for Personal Trainers and Fitness Studios

Customers are the lifeblood of any fitness business and attaining them is an important process. However, even more essential is retaining existing clientele as this process is more cost- and time-effective. When times get tough, maintaining a steady relationship with current customers increases exponentially in its importance. Here are four effective approaches you can use to retain customers.

Active Fitness Summer Boot Camp: Arms Workout

Summer Boot Camp: Arms Workout

Summer is just right around the corner, which means it’s time to start strengthening and toning up for the season. In this three-part workout series, exercises for the arms, core and legs will have you looking your best and feeling confident in your swimwear, party dress and summertime attire. First up: arms.

Active Fitness Metabolic Conditioning Wedding Workout

Metabolic Conditioning Wedding Workout

In this third and final installment of this series, fitness pro Shana Verstegen provides a metabolic-conditioning workout that you can share with your clients who want to shape up for their wedding day.

Active Fitness Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With an Android Body Type

Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With an Android Body Type

Reducing abdominal fat—a common goal of many who have an android body type—can be a challenge. While spot reduction remains a myth, there are specific workouts you can use with your clients that take into account their individual body types. In part 2 of this two-part series, Jacque Ratliff explains how to use moderate-intensity aerobic training and total-body resistance-training circuits to help clients reduce stubborn abdominal fat that could negatively affect their health.

Active Fitness Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With a Gynoid Body Type

Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With a Gynoid Body Type

Reducing lower-body fat—a common goal of many who have a gynoid body type—can be a challenge. While spot reduction remains a myth, there are specific workouts you can use with your clients that take into account their individual body types. In part 1 of this two-part series, Jacque Ratliff explains how to use high-intensity interval training and total-body resistance-training circuits to help clients reduce stubborn lower-body fat.

Active Career Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

Did you hear about the fitness pro who was kicked out of a SoulCycle studio and banned from attending future classes? The news caused quite a stir, to the say the least. Shannon Fable weighs in on the controversy and offers some incredibly insightful principles to guide you in your life and work as a fitness professional.

Active Nutrition 3 Foods for Healthy Skin

3 Foods for Healthy Skin

Fresh, younger-looking skin is something everyone can appreciate. And with summer around the corner, many of us are turning our attention to what we put on our skin to protect it from the elements. However, what we put in our body can be just as important as what we put on our body. The nutrients that promote healthy, glowing skin can easily be incorporated into a delicious summer menu.

Active Fitness Lower-body Wedding Workout

Lower-body Wedding Workout

In part two of this series, fitness pro Shana Verstegen shares an effective lower-body workout that you can share with your clients who want to shape up for their wedding day.

Active Fitness Strengthen Your Core with This Ab Circuit Workout

Strengthen Your Core with This Ab Circuit Workout

Yes, spot reduction is a myth, but exercise still has the power to not only strengthen the body, but change its shape as well. Here are three abdominal circuits that, when combined with a healthy diet and an adequate calorie-torching cardio routine, can contribute to a smaller waist, stronger core and better shape to your entire midsection.

Active Fitness How to Add Speed Training to Your Workout Routine

How to Add Speed Training to Your Workout Routine

Life and sport will make you move quickly at some point, so it makes sense to add some speed training to your workouts. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains why lifting quickly can be a great way to train for whatever life might throw at you and offers some great options and exercises to help you get started.

Active Fitness Upper-body Wedding Workout

Upper-body Wedding Workout

A person’s wedding day is one of the most thrilling day of their lives, and there’s no other day where looking and feeling your best is more important. Fitness pro Shana Verstegen, who recently took her own walk down the aisle, provides an upper-body workout that you can share with your clients who want to shape up for their wedding day.

Active Fitness 9 Health Benefits of Exercise

9 Health Benefits of Exercise

Think exercise is only good for losing weight? That’s just the tip of the iceberg! Regular physical activity offers a wide range of health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as better sleep and improved job performance. It can even help you look younger! To learn more about these and other amazing health benefits of exercise, check out this infographic and be sure to pass it along to anyone who still needs convincing that exercise is worth the effort.

Active Nutrition 5 Foods for a Flatter Stomach

5 Foods for a Flatter Stomach

Looking leaner and sporting a flatter stomach could be as easy as choosing the right foods. The Nutrition Twins have identified five foods that are sure to help banish bloat and aid digestion, both of which will result in a flatter stomach.

Active Career ACE’s Top Articles for Health and Fitness Business Owners

ACE’s Top Articles for Health and Fitness Business Owners

In honor of National Small Business Week, ACE is celebrating our pros that have made the leap to owning their own health and fitness business. To say thank you for the positive impact you’ve had on the health and fitness industry, and the difference you are making in each and every one of your client’s and customer's lives, here is a list of our top career posts. Use these blogs to help grow your business or share them with a friend or colleague who is just getting started.

Active Fitness 4 Yoga Poses That Should Be Part of Your Cool-Down

4 Yoga Poses That Should Be Part of Your Cool-Down

It can be so tempting to skip the stretching and cool-down portion of a workout, especially when time is tight, but a regular routine of static stretching can help increase flexibility, enhance joint range of motion and even improve posture. Here are four yoga poses that will help breathe new life—and bring added benefits—to your client’s conditioning program.

Active Wellness Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity Forum: A Recap and Call to Action

Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity Forum: A Recap and Call to Action

A large group of individuals and organizations committed to reducing the incidence of childhood obesity recently came together to discuss solutions, particularly for low-income and minority communities where childhood obesity rates are at their highest. ACE’s Dr. Natalie Digate Muth attended this forum and believes that ACE’s network of more than 50,000 ACE Certified Professionals is primed to play a major role in helping to build a healthy environment that reduces the incidence of childhood obe

Active Nutrition How to Spring Clean Your Diet

How to Spring Clean Your Diet

You’ve heard of spring cleaning your house—this time of year is also a perfect time to spring clean your diet, too. Registered dietitian-nutritionists Tiffani Bachus and Erin Macdonald explain how to detox your kitchen and repack the shelves with cleaner, healthier fare. Plus, you’ll want to try their simple-to-make kale and salmon salad with miso-tahini dressing—the perfect meal to lead off your healthy-eating efforts.

Active Fitness Total Gym® Workout with Founder Tom Campanero

Total Gym® Workout with Founder Tom Campanero

The Total Gym incline bodyweight trainer is a fun, effective piece of equipment that challenges proprioception and core stabilizers by incorporating three-dimensional movement and full range of motion in nearly every exercise. We recently caught up with Total Gym founder Tom Campanero to learn about the benefits of his unique product.

Active Fitness 5 Exercises Every Runner Should Be Doing

5 Exercises Every Runner Should Be Doing

If pounding the pavement is part of your workout routine, don’t forget the importance of other exercises, not only to help you become a better runner, but to keep you injury free this season. Here are five exercises that will help you achieve both those goals.

Active Fitness Put a Little Shift in Your Lift

Put a Little Shift in Your Lift

Traditional weight-training programs don’t always do a good job of preparing us to move better in real life. After all, in life we move stuff around, not just up and down. Jonathan Ross demonstrates how adding some shifting and twisting movements to your exercise program can provide a more engaging—and useful—training experience.

Active Fitness Why You Should Train the Core Standing Up

Why You Should Train the Core Standing Up

There are a number of ways to strengthen the muscles involved with stabilizing or moving the core, but the most effective exercises are the ones that train the core muscles when the body is standing up in a vertical position. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains why training the core using standing exercises is so effective and offers a list of his favorite core exercises to help you get started.

Active Fitness 6 Upper-body Exercises to Sculpt Sexy Arms for Summer

6 Upper-body Exercises to Sculpt Sexy Arms for Summer

The days are getting warmer, which means we get to finally peel away the heavy winter layers in favor of t-shirts and tank tops. If the winter has left you feeling less than toned, especially in the upper body, these six exercises will help you sport sexy, sculpted arms all season long.

Active Wellness Why Am I Gaining Weight?

Why Am I Gaining Weight?

Do you feel like you’re doing all the right things—watching what you eat, exercising regularly—and you’re still gaining weight? Here are 11 reasons why your body may be hanging on to extra weight and what steps you can take to get rid of it for good.

Active Fitness Strength Exercises That Can Change Your Life

Strength Exercises That Can Change Your Life

ACE Certified fitness pro Chris McGrath won’t promise these exercises will give you six-pack abs in six weeks, Brazilian glutes or a bikini body—although they can contribute to these fitness goals. They will, however, go a long way toward enhancing your quality of life, functionality, injury prevention and longevity.

Active Fitness Why You Should Avoid Program Hopping

Why You Should Avoid Program Hopping

Are you or your clients guilty of program hopping? If you change up your program every few weeks, you may be missing out on some of the greatest benefits. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Jonathan Ross explains how to know how and when to change your workouts to achieve maximum results.

Active Career How to Run a Successful Promotion for your Fitness Business

How to Run a Successful Promotion for your Fitness Business

Have you considered offering promotions to encourage new clients to try out your services? When a promotion is mixed with a strong customer value proposition, you can convert these new clients into long-term clients who have a consistent purchasing pattern. Here are some effective tips for running a successful promotion for your fitness business.

Active Nutrition 6 Not-so-healthy Health Foods

6 Not-so-healthy Health Foods

Marketing words like “healthy” and “all natural” can make a food seem a lot healthier than it really is. The Nutrition Twins set the record straight on six foods many people believe to be healthy, but are not nearly as good for you as you might think.

Active Fitness The Dynamic Warm-up Every Runner Should Try

The Dynamic Warm-up Every Runner Should Try

To many, warming up can feel like a waste of precious workout time, especially to runners. But skipping preparation and recovery strategies does not lead to maximized results and it certainly does not contribute to pain-free running longevity. Teach your clients how to take a few minutes to properly warm up with these multiplanar drills and you’ll be helping them run with better results for many years to come.

Active Wellness How Stress Affects Your Waistline

How Stress Affects Your Waistline

You know stress is bad for you, but do you know exactly how bad? It’s much worse than you think. Dr. Michael Mantell describes the high cost of stress-inducing thinking on both the brain and the body, and explains why halting these thoughts in their tracks is essential to both your health and your waistline

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