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Active Fitness 8 Exercises Every Woman Should Be Doing

8 Exercises Every Woman Should Be Doing

Women who regularly hit the weights experience a wide range of health, fitness and quality-of-life benefits. But it can be a challenge to know how to get started. Here are eight female-friendly moves that are particularly beneficial to women (although men should be doing them, too!), so get some friends together and head to the gym!

Active Career 4 Things Health and Fitness Professionals Need to Know About the Apple Watch

4 Things Health and Fitness Professionals Need to Know About the Apple Watch

Excited about the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch? ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., attended Apple’s launch event earlier this month and shares his thoughts on how the Apple Watch will affect health and fitness professionals.

Active Fitness 6 Types of Metabolic Damage Caused by High-intensity Workouts

6 Types of Metabolic Damage Caused by High-intensity Workouts

High intensity workouts are everywhere because they are proven to show results. However, it is important to understand the strain these exercises can put on your body, including metabolic damage. ACE Certified Pro Pete McCall shares the science of how high intensity workouts with improper recovery time could be harmful.

Active Fitness Improve Your Strength and Mobility With These TRX Moves

Improve Your Strength and Mobility With These TRX Moves

There’s no question that mobility is essential to being able to move and perform well, whether in sports or in life. But it can be a challenge to stay focused on doing basic mobility exercises, so ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews created these strength and mobility exercises using the TRX Suspension Trainer. These fun and creative exercises also challenge strength and stability in all planes of motion, so you can get more done in less time.

Active Fitness Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

Today’s active aging market is the largest growing fitness demographic in the industry, with more than 10,000 people in North American turning 65 years old each day. Scientific research suggests that, of the five types of aging—chronological, functional, biological, psychological and social—exercise can have a tremendously positive effect on four of them. To help kick off Active Aging week, let’s take a closer look at the researched anti-aging benefits of exercise.

Active Nutrition How to Create an Effective Circuit Workout

How to Create an Effective Circuit Workout

Circuit training is a great way to get a fast and effective workout, but the endless variations and combinations of exercises can make it difficult to know what type of circuit is right for you and your clients. Here are a few tips for setting up the best circuit to match specific fitness goals.

Active Wellness Seven Habits of Healthy People

Seven Habits of Healthy People

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to know how to live healthfully and do all the right things? While a healthy lifestyle comes naturally to some, others have to work at it. Here are seven highly effective health habits that, when adopted gradually over time, can lead to huge health benefits.

Active Fitness Strength Training Workout for Beginners

Strength Training Workout for Beginners

The gym can be an intimidating place, especially for women who are new to resistance training. Free weights, barbells and cable machines all look like torture devices to a newcomer, and the fear of “looking silly” or like you don’t know what you’re doing may hold you back. Here are a few tips and six beginner exercises targeting each major muscle group to get you or your client started.

Active Fitness Top 10 Reasons Women Should Hit the Weights

Top 10 Reasons Women Should Hit the Weights

Still need a reason to start strength training? We’ve got 10 for you, from greater independence to better moods. Learn why strength training offers women a wide range of benefits that you’d be hard pressed to achieve any other way.

Active Fitness How to Self-Care for the IT Band

How to Self-Care for the IT Band

IT band issues can be debilitating, but there are steps you can take to help reduce the pain and discomfort. Here is an overview of some of the causes of IT band issues, as well as self-care and foam-rolling techniques that can help alleviate the pain and prevent more serious issues from developing.

Active Fitness 4 Myths about Strength Training for Women

4 Myths about Strength Training for Women

While many women are discovering the benefits of strength training and learning that lifting weights can result in sculpted, lean bodies that cardio machines simply cannot produce, others are still falling prey to the myths that have made women fear weight training for far too long. As part of ACE’s StrongHER campaign, we’re cutting through the confusion and clearing up some common misconceptions about strength training and women.

Active Fitness Train This, Not That: The Core Edition

Train This, Not That: The Core Edition

Why do you train the core? When doing any type of core strengthening, it is important to ask yourself why you do each movement, and to weigh the risk vs. benefit of the exercise you have selected. Check out this review of some popular core exercises and why we do them, and learn about some safer alternatives.

Active Fitness Jiu-Jitsu Inspired Partner Workout

Jiu-Jitsu Inspired Partner Workout

Partner exercises are a great way to add some creativity to your workouts, as well as offer possibilities for small group and group training. Check out this fun and unique partner workout, which includes exercises that are done during a jiu-jitsu class to help improve strength, balance and coordination.

Active Career 4 Ways to Tell You're Ready for a Management Role

4 Ways to Tell You're Ready for a Management Role

Are you thinking about transitioning into management? While the title of fitness manager or director may sound appealing, the unique tasks and challenges you will face are very different from the responsibilities you have as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor. Here’s how you can know if you are ready to make the move into management and lead a team.

Active Fitness 6 Lower-body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

6 Lower-body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

Squats are an excellent way to increase lower-body strength and appearance, but can be a difficult exercise to learn how to do correctly. If you are interested in strengthening your hips and developing an appealing backside, but want to reduce your risk of injury, try these six exercises that can help you achieve the results you want.

Active Career The Changing Face of Group Fitness

The Changing Face of Group Fitness

Whether you’re a long-time instructor or just earned your certification, stepping back to look at where the industry has come in group fitness can offers a fresh appreciation for and industry that, arguably, has never been more exciting than it is right now. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini looks at the face of group fitness—then and now.

Active Fitness Youth Fitness: The ABCs of Physical Activity

Youth Fitness: The ABCs of Physical Activity

Given the importance of physical activity to kids’ health and development, it makes sense that the ABCs of physical activity should be taught right alongside the ABCs of language. As a fitness professional, you have the opportunity to help shape the future activity levels and preferences of today’s youth. Here are some great ways to help kids learn the fundamental movement skills that will help lay the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity.

Active Career Apple's iWatch and HealthKit: What They Mean for Health and Fitness Pros and Their Clients

Apple's iWatch and HealthKit: What They Mean for Health and Fitness Pros and Their Clients

The technology and fitness worlds are buzzing as Apple gears up for a new announcement regarding the iPhone 6, iOS8 and the closely guarded Apple iWatch. Combined with Apple’s previously announced HealthKit, these products are poised to have a major impact on the health and fitness industries. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey explains how personal trainers and health coaches can reap huge benefits from these new technologies.

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.

Active Finding The

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.

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