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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 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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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Working Around Low-back Pain: How to Approach LBP With Clients

With four out of five adults experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, fitness professionals are sure to encounter clients who need help improving their low-back health. Fitness pro Chris McGrath explains how you can develop programs that address good core stability and timing, along with multi-dimensional mobility of the hips and thoracic spine, which can help keep a client’s low back healthy and open up opportunities to build fitness with greater safety and effectiveness.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

5 Reasons Why Personal Trainers Should Consider Sharing Clients

Are you struggling with meeting the demands of a wide range of clientele, and wondering how you can be available to them at all hours of the day without giving up your own personal time? ACE-certified Fitness Professional Pete McCall has a solution for trainers facing this dilemma: client sharing. In fact, you may even be able to increase your income AND reduce your working hours by teaming up with other personal trainers and sharing clients.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Slide Your Way To A Stronger You

With so many equipment options available, how do you choose which ones are best for your clients? ACE-certified Personal Trainer Doug Balzarini recommends sliders, which can be used in a variety of ways to challenge the entire body. With a pair of sliders and a little space, you can help your clients get in a great workout.

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