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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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Client Motivation Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

Even at the start of a New Year, when motivation to lose weight is at its peak, helping your clients stick to their programs can be challenging. Here are some great tools and tactics you can use to help your clients reach their goals and create meaningful change that will last a lifetime.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

3 Ways to Build Client Relationships via Social Media

Social media has completely changed the rules when it comes to reaching new clients and communicating with existing ones. Today, you have the opportunity to reach huge numbers of people—if you do it right. Here are three essential tips for building effective, lasting relationships with your clients through social media.

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Best Fitness Apps for Fitness Professionals

Technology, when used properly, can have a profound impact on the success of one’s business. Ted Vickey, ACE’s Senior Consultant for innovation and emerging technology, offers his top picks among the latest apps, websites and digital devices that personal trainers or health coaches should consider using to expand their businesses and set themselves apart from the competition.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

ACE’s Most Popular Workout Posts from 2013

Need some new workout ideas? Look no further. Here are ACE’s most popular workout posts from 2013.

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Monday, January 06, 2014

A HIIT Workout to Jump Start Your New Year

The New Year is here and you are ready to commit! Change up your workout for 2014 by adding one or two non-consecutive days of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to your exercise plan. This workout is efficient and adaptable, increases both muscle mass and metabolism, and, most importantly, is a lot of fun!

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Injury Prevention for the Low Back

One of the best strategies for remaining injury free is to not get injured in the first place. Once the injury cycle has started, however, incidence of future injury increases dramatically. This is especially true of the low back. Fitness pro Chris McGrath explains six principles that will help your clients stabilize and strengthen the core, as well as increase mobility through the hips and thoracic spine.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Help Your Clients Achieve Real Resolve, Not Just Resolutions

Every year it’s the same for so many clients—making resolutions only to break them within the first few weeks of the New Year. Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can be source of real behavior change for your clients all year long by using techniques from positive psychology, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior change.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Morning Workout

If you’re like most people, your Christmas Day probably involves a lot of sitting and eating as you spend time with family and friends. Of course, a little physical activity would undoubtedly help you enjoy the day even more. Here’s a quick and clever at-home, no-equipment workout based on the 12 Days of Christmas that will help get your holiday started off on the right track.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

7 Legal Mistakes of Fitness Professionals

When it comes to being a fitness professional, it can often be difficult to know what you can and can't do. For example, do you really need insurance? What about playing downloaded music in your classes? ACE Corporate Counsel Steven Mashal explains the seven most common legal mistakes fitness professionals make--and how you can avoid them.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Strength Train Your Way to a Great Race Day

A well-designed resistance-training program can go a long way toward helping reduce a runner’s risk of injury. Here are some resistance-band exercises to reduce running-related injuries and possibly kick up your pace a notch.

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