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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, May 14, 2014

4 Yoga Poses That Should Be Part of Your Cool-Down

It can be so tempting to skip the stretching and cool-down portion of a workout, especially when time is tight, but a regular routine of static stretching can help increase flexibility, enhance joint range of motion and even improve posture. Here are four yoga poses that will help breathe new life—and bring added benefits—to your client’s conditioning program.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity Forum: A Recap and Call to Action

A large group of individuals and organizations committed to reducing the incidence of childhood obesity recently came together to discuss solutions, particularly for low-income and minority communities where childhood obesity rates are at their highest. ACE’s Dr. Natalie Digate Muth attended this forum and believes that ACE’s network of more than 50,000 ACE Certified Professionals is primed to play a major role in helping to build a healthy environment that reduces the incidence of childhood obe

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Monday, May 12, 2014

How to Spring Clean Your Diet

You’ve heard of spring cleaning your house—this time of year is also a perfect time to spring clean your diet, too. Registered dietitian-nutritionists Tiffani Bachus and Erin Macdonald explain how to detox your kitchen and repack the shelves with cleaner, healthier fare. Plus, you’ll want to try their simple-to-make kale and salmon salad with miso-tahini dressing—the perfect meal to lead off your healthy-eating efforts.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Total Gym® Workout with Founder Tom Campanero

The Total Gym incline bodyweight trainer is a fun, effective piece of equipment that challenges proprioception and core stabilizers by incorporating three-dimensional movement and full range of motion in nearly every exercise. We recently caught up with Total Gym founder Tom Campanero to learn about the benefits of his unique product.

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

5 Exercises Every Runner Should Be Doing

If pounding the pavement is part of your workout routine, don’t forget the importance of other exercises, not only to help you become a better runner, but to keep you injury free this season. Here are five exercises that will help you achieve both those goals.

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Monday, May 05, 2014

Put a Little Shift in Your Lift

Traditional weight-training programs don’t always do a good job of preparing us to move better in real life. After all, in life we move stuff around, not just up and down. Jonathan Ross demonstrates how adding some shifting and twisting movements to your exercise program can provide a more engaging—and useful—training experience.

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Why You Should Train the Core Standing Up

There are a number of ways to strengthen the muscles involved with stabilizing or moving the core, but the most effective exercises are the ones that train the core muscles when the body is standing up in a vertical position. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains why training the core using standing exercises is so effective and offers a list of his favorite core exercises to help you get started.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

6 Upper-body Exercises to Sculpt Sexy Arms for Summer

The days are getting warmer, which means we get to finally peel away the heavy winter layers in favor of t-shirts and tank tops. If the winter has left you feeling less than toned, especially in the upper body, these six exercises will help you sport sexy, sculpted arms all season long.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Why Am I Gaining Weight?

Do you feel like you’re doing all the right things—watching what you eat, exercising regularly—and you’re still gaining weight? Here are 11 reasons why your body may be hanging on to extra weight and what steps you can take to get rid of it for good.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Strength Exercises That Can Change Your Life

ACE Certified fitness pro Chris McGrath won’t promise these exercises will give you six-pack abs in six weeks, Brazilian glutes or a bikini body—although they can contribute to these fitness goals. They will, however, go a long way toward enhancing your quality of life, functionality, injury prevention and longevity.

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