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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.

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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.

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.

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