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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, October 20, 2014

10 Pilates Moves to Alleviate Back Pain

Many people have found relief from chronic back pain by regular performing Pilates exercises. Here are 10 moves that, when practiced regularly, can help improve posture and strengthen the support structures that take pressure off the lower back.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Why You May Be Hitting a Weight-loss Plateau

Not all plateaus are bad, argues ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross. Often, a plateau offers the chance to take a break and reevaluate how you can best reach your goals. Ross explains how to recognize the difference between a good and bad plateau and how to keep making progress—along with your sanity—when you or your client reaches this point in the weight-loss journey.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Add Variety to Your Diet with These Plant-Based Protein Sources

October marks Vegetarian Awareness Month—a time to reflect on the many benefits of a plant-based diet. Registered dietitian Gina M. Crome reviews these benefits and offers suggestions for lean, plant-based protein sources that are easy to incorporate into your daily diet.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Build Explosive Power in Clients of Every Age

ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews explains the importance of building and maintaining power—at every age—and offers a challenging workout focusing on explosive power using the TRX Rip Trainer, TRX Suspension Trainer and Ultimate Sandbags.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

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.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

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.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

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.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

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.

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