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20-Minute Calorie-Burning HIIT Workout

By Stephanie Thielen on Sunday, December 28, 2014


High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an effective and efficient way to squeeze in a workout when the hustle and bustle of the holiday season threatens to derail your healthy-living efforts. If you have 20 minutes, you’ve got time for this no-equipment-necessary workout that will burn lots of calories and leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle your holiday to-do list.




Yoga-inspired Dynamic Warm-up

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, December 15, 2014


Are you looking for a new way to prepare your body for your workouts? ACE pro Jessica Matthews demonstrates a six-minute yoga-inspired dynamic warm-up that will get you ready for just about any activity.




The Mistakes You Might Be Making In Your Group Fitness Classes

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Do you love group fitness classes? From yoga to indoor cycling, group fitness offers a wide range of experiences and challenging workouts. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your classes, four of the country’s top group fitness instructors share the mistakes they most often see in a variety of formats and offer tips to help you get more out of your next sweat session.




6 Exercise Swaps for a More Effective Workout

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, December 2, 2014


There are many popular exercises that are not necessarily the most effective for strengthening and toning the muscles of the body. Learn which exercises you might want to skip and which ones you should probably add to your workout repertoire.




6 BOSU Exercises for the Core

By Elizabeth Kovar on Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The BOSU—which stands for both sides up—is a unique piece of fitness equipment that allows you to perform exercises on top of an unstable surface. Among its many benefits include the ability to make exercises easier or more challenging. Here are six great core exercises that will add variety to your current exercise routine.




Fitness Gift Ideas for the 2014 Holiday Season

By Pete McCall on Thursday, November 13, 2014


The holidays are right around the corner…have you started shopping for your loved ones? If you need gift ideas for your fitness-minded friends and family, ACE Certified pro and fitness industry expert Pete McCall shares some of the top fitness products, subscription services and wearable technology that are sure to please everyone on your list.




The Two Fitness Myths You Still Believe Are True

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, November 10, 2014


If you’re going all out on your workouts and you’re just not seeing the results you want—or worse, you’re getting hurt a lot—it may be because you believe two common fitness myths that just won’t seem to go away. ACE Certified pro Jessica Matthews explains why, when it comes to exercise, more doesn’t always equal better.




7 DIY Tools for Reaching Your Health Goals

By Kelley Vargo on Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Need some extra support to stick to your health and fitness goals? Here are seven do-it-yourself tools that can give you the extra boost you need to stay on track and find success, whether you want to increase your fitness, lose a few pounds or simply feel better.




Try This Rugby-inspired Workout

By Mollie Martin on Friday, October 31, 2014


Looking for a workout that will improve agility, balance, coordination, endurance, and strength? This rugby-inspired workout will challenge your skills and your fitness level, and get you ready to participate in a wide range of sports and activities.




High-intensity Interval Training vs. Super-Slow Training

By Andrea Metcalf on Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Lack of time is the most common reason for not working out, which is why it’s no surprise that 20- to 30-minute express workouts have become so popular. Everyone wants to get more done in less time. While you may be speeding things up with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), you might also consider slowing things down with super-slow weight training. Learn why both of these workouts can produce amazing results.




Is Your Workout Doing More Harm than Good?

By Sabrena Merrill on Thursday, October 16, 2014


If you’ve noticed a decline in your exercise or sports performance, you could be experiencing overtraining syndrome. Whether you’re an athlete training for a competitive event, or a regular exerciser working out to improve fitness, there is a chance that you may unwittingly sabotage your efforts by training too frequently or too vigorously without adequate rest. Here are three research-based, yet practical, tips for avoiding the negative effects of overtraining syndrome.




Top 10 Reasons to Stretch

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Think you don’t have time to stretch before or after your workouts? ACE’s Top 10 Reasons to Stretch will help change your mind. From better posture to reduced stress levels, stretching offers numerous benefits, which is why it should be an integral part of every workout program.




How to Eat and Train for an Ectomorph Body Type

By U Rock Girl! on Friday, October 3, 2014


If you’re struggling to meet your health and fitness goals, despite major efforts to clean up your diet and stick to your workouts, it could be that you’re eating and training for a body type other than your own. There are three dominant body types—mesomorphs, endomorphs and ectomorphs. In this final installment of a three-part series, learn how to eat and train most effectively if you have a ectomorph body type.




8 Reasons HIIT Workouts are So Effective

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, September 30, 2014


One of the most common misperceptions about exercise that it is necessary to spend hours busting your butt and sweating buckets to obtain benefits like weight loss, muscle growth and improved overall health and well-being. Here are eight reasons why you should consider working smarter—not longer—by using short intervals of extremely high-intensity exercise.




How to Eat and Train for an Endomorph Body Type

By U Rock Girl! on Friday, September 26, 2014


If you’re struggling to meet your health and fitness goals, despite major efforts to clean up your diet and stick to your workouts, it could be that you’re eating and training for a body type other than your own. There are three dominant body types—mesomorphs, endomorphs and ectomorphs. In this second of a three-part series, learn how to eat and train most effectively if you have a endomorph body type.




The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Muscle

By Sabrena Merrill on Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Interested in building more muscle? Fortunately, you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from the evidence-based techniques that bodybuilders have long used to perfect their physiques. Here are some important tips for exactly what to do, and what not to do, when it comes to building muscle.




Benefits of Agility Training for Non-athletes

By Pete McCall on Monday, September 22, 2014


A wide variety of field- and court-based sports require athletes to have high levels of speed, agility, reactivity and quickness (SARQ) to be the first to the ball and make the play. For those of us who just want to remain injury-free while participating in our favorite activity or to simply keep up with our kids on the playground, SARQ skills are can be developed and improved with specialized, progressively challenging exercise programs.




How to Deal with The "Side Effects" of Working Out

By Chris Freytag on Monday, September 15, 2014


We all know how exercising can produce weight loss, good-looking muscles and a healthier heart. But what about those other side effects— the post-workout hunger cravings, chafed spots on your legs and arms, and the mountain of dirty, sweaty laundry? ACE Certified Pro Chris Freytag shares tips on how to tackle the pesky side effects of working out.




What to Look for In a Personal Trainer

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, August 25, 2014


Finding a high-quality trainer who is a good fit for your needs and personality can be tough, so ACE Certified Pro Jonathan Ross created a list of questions that will help you separate the good from the bad and identify the right trainer for you.




Lower-body Circuit Workout

By Sabrena Merrill on Friday, August 22, 2014


Check out this great lower-body routine designed by ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill. When combined with a comprehensive fitness program and a healthy, balanced diet, this circuit is a great way to build strong, sculpted legs.




The Walking Games

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Fitness and movement are too much fun to let it be boring, argues ACE Certified Pro Jonathan Ross, who explains how to use walking games to make your walking workouts more enjoyable. After all, when exercise is more fun, you don’t have to force yourself to do it!




6 Signs it’s Time to Switch Up Your Workout

By Pete McCall on Thursday, August 14, 2014


If you normally enjoy exercising and working out, but find yourself feeling a little sluggish, stuck on a plateau or just not looking forward to your workouts, it may be time to mix things up. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall describes the six signs that you should probably switch up your workout and how to stay engaged and make exercise fun throughout the year.




5 Secrets for Firing up Your Metabolism

By The Nutrition Twins on Thursday, August 7, 2014


There’s no question that some people seem to have been born with a faster metabolism than others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help yours move a little faster. The Nutrition Twins® share their fives secrets for firing up your metabolism so you can burn more calories all day long.




6 Ways Runners Can Protect Themselves From Heat Illness

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, July 31, 2014


It’s summertime and many people are taking advantage of the warm weather by running outdoors. But, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the heat may beat them before they have the chance to finish the first mile. Only fifteen minutes into a run, a person’s body temperature could be as high as 5° F above normal and continuing could bring on fatigue and heat illness.




Jiu Jitsu-inspired Partner Warm-up

By Christopher Gagliardi on Monday, July 28, 2014


Partner exercises are a great way to add a new challenge to your routine and keep your workouts fresh. This unique jiu jitsu-inspired partner warm-up is a fun way to prepare your body for your next workout, as well as improve your strength, balance and coordination.




Fitness Pros Share Their Favorite Exercises

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, July 17, 2014


Ever wonder what elite fitness professionals do during their own workouts? After all, who would know better which exercises are the most effective for burning calories, strengthening and toning your muscles, and even improving your balance and stability? To give you the inside scoop, we asked some of ACE’s top pros to share their all-time favorite exercises.




Tone Up Your Triceps with These Three Exercises

By Sabrena Merrill on Thursday, July 3, 2014


Ready to firm up those upper arms once and for all? ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill offers up a trio of triceps exercises that, along with a comprehensive fitness plan and balanced diet, are sure to improve the shape, tone and strength of the upper arms.




10 Moves Every Man Should Do

By Pete McCall on Thursday, June 5, 2014


Fitness pro presents 10 exercises that every man should be doing. Whether your fitness goals are to increase lean muscle, improve definition or simply lose a few of the extra pounds you've picked up over the years, these exercises will help you reach them.




Improve Your Strength and Flexibility with This Total-Body Barbell Workout

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Did you know you can do a lot more with a barbell than just the basic chest press? This versatile tool is great for performing multijoint movements that target a large amount of muscle tissue. Plus, exercises like squats, deadlifts and presses help to strengthen functional movements that we use everyday. Here is an effective total-body workout that will enhance both strength and flexibility.




Summer Shorts Workout

By Sabrena Merrill on Thursday, May 8, 2014


The days are getting warmer, which means it’s time to shed those winter layers. Fitness pro Sabrena Merrill presents three ideal moves that target the muscles of the hips and thighs and will have you rocking your shorts this summer.




Try This Upper-body Fat-blasting Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Increased calorie burning, metabolism and endurance—these are just a few of the benefits that come from high-intensity interval training (HIIT). But did you know you can also turn your weight-training sessions into HIIT workouts? Whether you’re an experienced HIIT devotee or a newbie, incorporating these weight-training intervals into your regular workouts can be a great way to reap these amazing benefits.




Try This Fat-Blasting Step Mill Interval Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Increased calorie burning, metabolism and endurance—these are just a few of the benefits that come from high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Whether you’re an experienced HIIT devotee or a newbie, incorporating these step mill intervals into your regular workouts can be a great way to reap these amazing benefits.




Get a Full-Body Workout with Rubber Tubing and Bands

By Doug Balzarini on Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Rubberized tubing and bands are some of the most versatile pieces of equipment out there today. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Doug Balzarini explains why you don’t always need heavy weights to overload your system and get stronger—and how tubing and bands may be all you need for an effective and efficient full-body workout.




Try This Fat-Blasting Treadmill Interval Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Thursday, April 17, 2014


The list of benefits that come from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a long one—increased calorie burning, metabolism and endurance, to name just a few. Whether you’re an experienced HIIT devotee or a newbie, incorporating these treadmill intervals into your regular workouts can be a great way to reap these amazing benefits.




9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Workouts

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, April 14, 2014


For most of us, time is tight, so it’s essential we get the most benefit from our workout sessions. From fueling and warming up to enhance performance, to structuring strength-training sessions to maximize results, these nine tips will help you get the most out of every workout.




7 Exercises to Enhance Your Quality of Life

By Pete McCall on Monday, April 14, 2014


Of course exercise is good for you, but did you know that it can greatly improve the quality of your life by giving you the strength and confidence to do what you want to do when you want to do it? ACE Certified fitness pro Pete McCall describes the seven exercises that not only have the power to improve how you look, but can vastly improve your overall strength and movement skill, which are essential for an active, healthy life.




Test Your Healthy Habits Knowledge

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Do you know what it takes to live your personal best? Take this quick quiz and test your healthy-habits knowledge. Fortunately, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. By slowly incorporating a few simple habits over time, you’ll be happier, healthier and reduce your risk of chronic disease.




Love Means Exercising, Too

By Michael Mantell on Monday, April 7, 2014


Does your spouse or partner support your physical-activity efforts? If not, you’re not alone—a recent survey found that nearly half of respondents said that their spouse or partner did not support regular gym attendance. Dr. Michael Mantell explains why supporting one another’s fitness goals is essential to not only a healthy body, but a healthy relationship as well.




Heavy Ball Slam Workout

By Shana Verstegen on Thursday, April 3, 2014


Heavy balls are a great alternative to medicine balls—not only can use them as you would a dumbbell or kettlebell, they’re also great for slamming. Much like kettlebell work, using a heavy ball with different slamming techniques is a great way to strengthen the large muscle groups using a range of powerful moves. Here’s what you need to know to perform a slam with perfect form, along with several progressions that will challenge your entire body and burn a lot of calories.




Say Goodbye to Tight Hips With These Yoga Poses

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, March 31, 2014


Tight hips, which are often caused by sitting at a desk for hours on end, are a common contributor to low-back pain. Here are five great yoga poses that will help improve flexibility, reduce stress and tension, and open up the key muscles of the hips, all of which can help relieve low-back pain.




The Most Effective Warm-Up

By Pete McCall on Thursday, March 27, 2014


You hear it time and again—don’t skip the warm-up!—but all too often we don’t listen, citing lack of time for not properly preparing for the workout to come. Unfortunately, this strategy usually backfires, causing less-than-great workouts and, potentially, even injuries. Here is a full-body warm-up that, when done properly, can be a timesaving way to burn extra calories and prepare for even the most intense workouts.




Standing Exercises to Improve Your Core Stability

By Pete McCall on Monday, March 17, 2014


To train the core the way it is designed to work, we need to get off of the floor and train the muscles from a standing position so they learn how to stabilize the body while working against the forces of gravity. Here are some great exercises to help you do just that.




Try This HIIT Workout on the Elliptical Trainer

By Stephanie Thielen on Thursday, March 6, 2014


High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can produce equal if not better results than steady-state exercise—and in a lot less time. HIIT workouts can be done a variety of different ways, but one of the most versatile machines is the elliptical trainer. Learn why HIIT is so effective and give these sample training protocols a try.




The N.E.A.T. Way to Exercise

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, February 27, 2014


Determined to increase the number of calories you burn each day, but can’t imagine trying to squeeze in another (or longer) workout? The good news is that you can significantly increase your caloric expenditure by simply finding more ways to move and be active throughout your day—without scheduling another trip to the gym. Learn how the N.E.A.T. way to exercise can help you reach your weight-loss goals.




Burn 100 Calories with These Cold Weather Activities

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Sick of winter? Take advantage of the cold weather and burn a few extra calories with these winter activities. Here are six easy ways to burn 100 calories in under an hour.




Try This High-Intensity Stair-Climbing Workout

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Running stairs is an extremely effective way to improve your fitness and burn a ton of calories. This high-intensity stair-running workout, which can be done indoors or outside, is a particularly good option for those days when you don’t have a lot of time.




4 Strength Training Mistakes

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, February 13, 2014


When it comes to strength training, myths and misinformation continue to abound, leaving many people at a loss as to how to make the most of their strength-training efforts. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross examines four of the most common strength-training mistakes and offers some great tips for turning these mistakes into successes.




Improve Your Heart Health with These Tips

By Gina Crome on Monday, February 10, 2014


While most people associate February with Valentine’s Day, it’s also American Heart Month. This is a great time to think about ways to improve our heart health, which is so important given the high incidence of heart disease among Americans. So, while you’re celebrating your love this month, here are a few simple things you can do to improve your health and keep you celebrating for years to come.




How to Avoid Looking Like a Newbie at the Gym

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, February 7, 2014


There’s no question that a gym or health club can be an intimidating place, especially for those who are just beginning to exercise. If you want to avoid standing out and looking like a newbie, follow these seven great tips from fitness expert Pete McCall. Not only will you look like a pro, you’ll also maximize your time and get a great workout, too.




How to Supercharge Push-ups

By Stephanie Thielen on Wednesday, February 5, 2014


The push-up is a highly effective exercise—when done properly, it can help you build a strong core and upper-body strength in the chest, shoulders and arms. And, with a few variations, you can reap even more benefits. Whether you perform them from your feet or knees, give these four push-up variations a try and you’ll undoubtedly see improvements in your overall flexibility, athletic performance and real-life strength.




10 Ways Exercise Can Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 4, 2014


While most people know that exercise is beneficial, few realize how harmful being inactive can be—especially when it comes to developing heart disease. But the good news is that even just three 10-minute bouts of exercise per day can go along way toward improving health and reducing one’s risk of numerous diseases, including heart disease. To kick off American Heart Month, and to help boost your motivation to get moving, here are 10 ways exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease.




The FitBit Phenomenon

By Shana Verstegen on Thursday, January 30, 2014


Wondering what all the fuss is over the FitBit? This powerhouse activity tracker is hugely popular with both fitness professionals and enthusiasts—and for good reason. It offers great tracking features and makes it possible to virtually compete with your friends and family via social media. Fitness pro Shana Verstegen outlines the features and benefits of this highly addictive device.




Try These Fun and Creative Sandbell® Exercises

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, January 27, 2014


Looking for a new way to challenge your fitness? Sandbells® are a super-effective training tool that can be used to challenge everything from grip and total-body strength to power and cardio endurance. ACE Personal Trainer Pete McCall chats with Sandbell® Master Trainer John Sinclair Holman about some of the fun and creative Sandbell exercises you can do just about anywhere.




5 Exercises to Include in Every Workout

By Pete McCall on Thursday, January 23, 2014


If your exercise goals include getting the most benefits in the shortest amount of time, your workouts should include movement-based exercises that involve a number of joints and muscles simultaneously. Plus, the more muscles and whole-body movements you use during a workout, the higher your caloric expenditure. With that in mind, here are five exercises that you want to be sure to include in every workout.




Five Full-Body Exercises That'll Challenge Your Fitness

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, January 16, 2014


Looking for some new exercises to add to your routine? Check out these five time-efficient exercises that will strengthen the whole body, burn calories and add new challenge to your workout.




Supercharge the Ab Crunch

By Stephanie Thielen on Monday, January 6, 2014


Are you ready to supercharge your abdominal routine? Here are four exercises that challenge not only your abdominal strength, but also your stability and balance. Add in a couple of changes in body positioning and these exercises will provide you an overall improvement in your postural muscles as well.




Upper Body Sculpting Secrets from a Fitness Cover Model

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, December 16, 2013


Want to sport stronger sexier arms in the New Year? ACE pro Jessica Matthews chats with six-time fitness cover model and IFBB Figure Pro Felicia Romero to get the scoop on the upper-body sculpting exercises that she swears by for staying in shape, both on and off the stage.




8 Minutes to Better Balance

By Lawrence Biscontini on Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Having good balance is an important requirement for daily life and can be enhanced through proper training. This 8-minute balance workout, developed by fitness pro Lawrence Biscontini, is a great way to quickly and efficiently improve balance and thus increase agility and reduce one’s risk of injury due to falls.




7 Tips to Avoid Looking Like a Newbie at the Gym

By Pete McCall on Monday, December 2, 2013


Are you a health-club newbie? Joining a gym or health club is a great step in building a healthy lifestyle, but it can also be an intimidating environment for the uninitiated. These 7 great tips from fitness pro Pete McCall will help ensure you have a great health club experience and make you look like a seasoned regular instead of an awkward outsider.




Monitor Your Fitness With These New Devices: Part 2

By Ted Vickey on Tuesday, November 19, 2013


In part two of this series, fitness tech guru Ted Vickey investigates two new on-body monitoring devices—the LumoBack and the Spark—to determine if these products make good on their promises to help you get more out of your workouts.




Training Movements, Not Muscles

By Pete McCall on Thursday, November 14, 2013


Looking for a new and more effective way to achieve a strong, sculpted physique? Instead of working each muscle on its own—as you would using typical gym machines—try a movement-based approach. Not only can these exercises help you perform better in your daily life, you’ll burn a lot more calories, too.




Workout Wednesday: 10-Minute Stability-ball Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Don’t think you have time to exercise today? Well, if you’ve got 10 minutes, you’ve got enough time to exercise all your major muscle groups with this simple, yet effective stability-ball workout. Give it a try and then enter ACE’s Workout Wednesday photo contest on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #ACEWorkoutWed for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.




20-Minute Tabata-Inspired Workout

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, November 7, 2013


Want a great workout in just 20 minutes? Break a sweat and burn an average of 15 calories a minute with this total-body, Tabata- inspired workout featured in a new ACE research study.




Workout Wednesday: 15-Minute Dumbbell Workout

By Shana Verstegen on Wednesday, November 6, 2013


An increasing body of research continues to document the proven benefits of short, high-intensity workouts. Still, it can be a challenge to know exactly what exercises you should be doing. This amazing 15-minute workout—which is part of ACE’s national Workout Wednesday initiative—will hit all the major muscles of the body and have you feeling stronger and more fit in almost no time at all.




Massaging Your Running Warm-Up

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, November 4, 2013


Despite its popularity, there is surprisingly little research as to how self-myofascial release (SMR) enhances the running experience. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains the known benefits of performing SMR during a warm-up and offers the four exercises he has found to be most effective for runners of varying ages and abilities.




Mastering the Deadlift

By Riana Rohmann on Wednesday, October 30, 2013


There is no question that deadlifts are awesome for building strength and power in the legs, glutes and even the core. Unfortunately, if done incorrectly, they can increase your risk of injury as well. Here are clear, step-by-step instructions that will help you master two variations of the deadlift—traditional and stiff-legged—and help you avoid getting hurt.




Recovery: The Forgotten Training Variable

By Pete McCall on Monday, October 28, 2013


Could you be missing out on an important element of training that could help you achieve your health and fitness goals? Fitness pro Pete McCall explains why allowing for adequate recovery time between workouts is one of the most important components of a total wellness program.




Breast Cancer: Exercise Important Part of Prevention

By Andrea Metcalf on Monday, October 21, 2013


Awareness of the dangers and prevalence of breast cancer has never been higher, but do you know that lifestyle choices can play a huge role in reducing one’s risk of developing breast cancer? In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are five important lifestyle tips you can start following now to empower your health.




What You Need to Know Before You Compete: Part 2

By Riana Rohmann on Tuesday, October 15, 2013


In this second installment of a two-part series, ACE-certified Personal Trainer and National Physique Committee competitor Riana Rohmann details five important things to consider before making the commitment to become involved in figure or bodybuilding competitions.




What You Need to Know Before You Compete: Part 1

By Riana Rohmann on Thursday, October 10, 2013


If it’s been your dream to participate in figure or bodybuilding competitions, there are few things worth considering before you make the commitment. ACE-certified Personal Trainer and National Physique Committee competitor Riana Rohmann offers the inside scoop on this unique world and how can decide if this is the right challenge for you.




Are All Lunges Created Equal?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Is the lunge a staple of your workout routine? If not, it should be—whether you lunge forward or backward, this no-equipment move is incredibly effective for strengthening the muscles of the lower body and core, while also challenging balance. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some precautions to make sure you’re doing the moves safely. Top personal trainers explain the benefits and drawbacks of both the forward and reverse lunge, and how to modify these moves, if necessary.




10-Minute A.M. Yoga Practice to Start Your Day Right

By Elizabeth Kovar on Friday, October 4, 2013


Looking for a better way to start your day? This 10-minute yoga routine will awaken your mind and invigorate your body—just what you need to face whatever the day might hold in store. Try something new this fall and rise, shine and practice yoga.




Why You Should Be Foam Rolling

By Christopher McGrath on Thursday, October 3, 2013


It may look a little painful, but foam rolling—also known as myofascial release—is one of the best things you can do to help your muscles not only feel better, but also perform better during your workouts. Fitness pro Chris McGrath explains the rationale behind this increasingly popular technique, and offers some great tips and exercises for seeking out those tight and sensitive areas in your muscles and finding some much-needed relief.




TRX Workout Video to Follow at Home

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Short on time but still want to burn tons of calories? Follow our TRX workout video from home and get pointers from CEO and inventor Randy Hetrick. Get a quick metabolic blast with a series of fun and innovative moves.




Music Matters When it Comes to Strength Training

By Chris Freytag on Friday, September 27, 2013


You know how important it is to choose the right music to get your blood pumping and up the intensity of your cardio workouts, but did you know that the same principle can be applied to your strength-training workouts as well? Fitness pro Chris Freytag explains how music choice—especially when it comes to tempo—can go a long way toward enhancing your strength-training efforts.




4 Full-body Medicine Ball Exercises to Boost Your Calorie Burn

By Shana Verstegen on Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Medicine balls have become a staple of most gyms, largely because they are versatile, effective and a lot of fun to use. Fitness pro Shana Martin shares four of her favorite medicine ball exercises that are sure to strengthen your entire body, while also burning a ton of calories.




Creative Exercises for the Actively Aging

By Lawrence Biscontini on Monday, September 23, 2013


Adults over 50 have been told for years that as we progress in age, our exercise program should include fewer standing movements. ACE Fitness Expert Lawrence Biscontini cites new research that says otherwise. He also spells out the three components of aging movements, and ways you can incorporate them into your workout.




Mental Tricks to Up Your Workout Motivation

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, September 19, 2013


Despite countless books and articles devoted to staying motivated, many of us still have a hard time sticking to our exercise routines. Dr. Michael Mantell presents a simple exercise that will help you fill your thinking with positive expectations, know clearly what you expect from yourself and what you value when it comes to your health and wellbeing—all of which will help you overcome “motivation stagnation.” Try it, says Dr. Michael, and it will change your life.




Getting Started With Running Stairs

By Stephanie Thielen on Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Going back to the basics has been a huge trend in fitness for some time now, and few activities are more basic—or more challenging—than running stairs. Fitness pro Stephanie Thielen explains how advanced and beginning exercisers alike can build speed, power, agility and cardiovascular fitness, simply by walking, running or sprinting up and down a flight (or more) of stairs.




Got 10-Minutes to Break a Sweat?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, September 17, 2013


New research suggests that even micro-bouts of exercise—less than 10 minutes—can be really effective in helping people lose weight if the intensity is high enough. Fitness pro Jessica Matthews offers this super-effective workout that can be completed almost anytime, anywhere—and in just 10 minutes. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to break a sweat…




Step Up Your Walking Routine

By Andrea Metcalf on Friday, September 13, 2013


When it comes to convenience and effectiveness, it’s tough to beat walking for exercise. Great for newbies and seasoned exercisers alike, walking offers numerous health benefits and can be done almost anywhere. Fitness pro Andrea Metcalf offers her top 10 tips for adding variety and challenge to your usual walking routine, whether you take it indoors or out.




Build Your Own Workout of the Day (WOD)

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, September 12, 2013


Are you intrigued about CrossFit-style workouts, but don’t know how to get started? The good news is you don’t have to belong to a CrossFit facility to enjoy the benefits of these effective and time-efficient workouts. ACE fitness pro Jessica Matthews shows you how to create your own workouts using one of two methods, and includes sample workouts to help get you started.




Burn Calories: Supercharge the Squat Thrust

By Stephanie Thielen on Monday, September 9, 2013


Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no question that squat thrusts are an extremely effective total-body exercise. Fitness pro Stephanie Thielen offers some creative variations on the squat thrust that will help you burn lots of calories and challenge your muscles in whole new ways.




Try Our Skinny Jeans Workout

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Burn calories, build strength, look and feel great as you sport a hot trend for fall – skinny jeans. ACE expert Jessica Matthews shows you 6 no-equipment lower body sculpting moves you can do at home.




Down 100 Pounds and Helping Others Do the Same

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, September 3, 2013


The first time Ryan Vivar changed his life, he lost nearly 100 pounds. It wasn’t long before he changed his life again by becoming an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, and began helping clients overcome their own weight struggles and, in the process, regaining their lives like he once did.




Confessions of a Pilates Master Instructor: 3 Favorite Core Exercises

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, August 28, 2013


There’s nothing quite like Pilates for strengthening and challenging the muscles of the core—or, as it’s known in Pilates, your “powerhouse.” World-renowned Pilates instructor P.J. O’Clair shares her favorite moves for challenging your powerhouse, improving your posture, and creating a healthier, balanced body.




3 Yoga Poses Every Runner Should Know

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Runners have notoriously tight lower-body muscles, especially the hamstrings and hips, so stretching those muscles after a run is important. Fitness pro and yoga expert Jessica Matthews shares her three favorite yoga poses for giving the lower-body some much-needed TLC after a hard run.




9 Tips to Perfect Your Walking Form

By Michele Stanten on Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Did you know that having good posture while walking will help you reach your distance goal? Walking coach Michele Stanten shares nine posture tips for stronger striding during your next walk.




Separating Strength Training Fact from Fiction

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, August 19, 2013


Exercise science has come a long way in the past three decades, but there are still numerous misconceptions that persist, despite the best efforts of educated and committed fitness professionals. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross examines four common fitness fictions and sets the record straight on how to safely and effectively get the most from your workouts.




Will The Popular Running Apps Get You Ready to Run?

By Ted Vickey on Sunday, August 18, 2013


Looking for some new ideas to help fuel and motivate your runs? Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey reviews the latest running apps and shares his thoughts on which ones offer the most valuable features and newest innovations.




7 Steps to a Healthy Life

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, August 15, 2013


There’s no question that leading a healthy lifestyle can be challenging, to say the least, but it is also surprisingly simple in that there aren’t a whole lot of steps. There are, in fact, just 7 steps to a healthy life, explains Dr. Michael Mantell, who offers his step-by-step toolkit for taking control of your life and achieving true health and wellbeing.




Terms to Know to Tackle Your First Indoor Cycling Class

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Indoor cycling comes with a language all its own, and if you’re not fluent, you may be left wondering what to do or how to get the most out of your workout. Fitness pro Julz Arney explains the terms you need to know, as well as how to manipulate the settings of the bike, to maximize your indoor cycling experience.




3 Exercise Upgrades To Help You Score a Better Core

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, August 13, 2013


With increasing time demands and busy schedules, the last thing you want to do is to waste time performing less-than-effective exercises during your workouts. To make sure you’re making the most of your time, top trainers explain which common exercises you can cut out of your fitness routine and the upgraded moves you can replace them with to help you score a better core.




A New Approach to Warming Up For Your Cardio Workout

By Christopher McGrath on Thursday, August 8, 2013


Dynamic warm-ups can reward you far beyond general warm-ups by enhancing your control and freedom of movement, thereby enhancing the performance of your workout. They can also lower your chance for overuse injuries. Here are five incredibly effective moves from fitness pro Chris McGrath that you will definitely want to add to your warm-up repertoire.




Core Transformer Workout

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, August 7, 2013


With so much buzz around the body sculpting benefits of barre fitness, ACE gets an exclusive sneak peek at the Core Transformer Barre Band, a hot new piece of exercise equipment debuting to the fitness world later this week. Creator Linda LaRue, RN, MEd, ATC shows how the principles of three-dimensional core training can be fused with elements of barre fitness and Pilates to totally transform your approach to training.




Home-Based Boot Camp

By Sabrena Merrill on Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Trying to squeeze in a workout, but you’re really short on time? Combine these 10 fun and effective exercises to create a quick, total-body, heart-pumping workout just about anytime, anywhere—including your home.




Build a Better Butt With At-home Barre-inspired Exercises

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Build a better backside at-home with barre-inspired moves that will add new challenge and variety to your workout. Fitness expert and core performance guru Linda LaRue, RN, Med, ATC, leads you thorough creative moves you can do in the comfort of your own home by just simply using a chair.




3 Simple Steps to Creating Healthier Habits

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 26, 2013


Let’s face it: Good habits can be as hard to develop, as bad habits are to shake. But it isn’t impossible. Dr. Michael Mantell shares a proven, step-wise process for creating positive habits that will not only make living healthier a breeze, but a whole lot more rewarding as well.




Total-body Strengthening With Resistance Tubing

By Stephanie Thielen on Thursday, July 25, 2013


Resistance tubing is a gym staple because of its versatility, portability and ease of use, especially when it comes to quickly adjusting the level of resistance. Fitness pro Stephanie Thielen explains some of the benefits of resistance tubing and offers four fun and effective exercises to get you started.




Getting to the Bottom of Barefoot Training

By Lawrence Biscontini on Wednesday, July 24, 2013


There are countless options for training the core, arms and legs, but did you know that you should also be training your feet? Check out these great strength and flexibility exercises from fitness pro Lawrence Biscontini. After all, the muscles of the feet are literally carrying you through your life, so don’t neglect to give them the care and attention they deserve.




What’s in a Trainer’s Gym Bag?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Leave it to fitness professionals to find the best products to maximize both the effectiveness and enjoyability of their workouts. From fueling options and apparel accessories, to gadgets that motivate them and items to keep them comfortable, here are some of the items ACE-certified Fitness Professionals swear by for their sweat sessions.




Fuel Your Runs Right

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, July 22, 2013


Regardless of what time of day you exercise, it can be a challenge to discover the right combination of foods and fluids that will fuel—but not disrupt—your training runs. Top registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts share the pre-workout foods they use to fuel their own runs, and offer great post-workout options that will help you recover before it’s time to hit the road again.




Is Sweating the Small Stuff Making You Fat?

By Andrea Metcalf on Thursday, July 18, 2013


Chronic stress can wreck havoc on both your emotional and physical well-being. After all, when life feels unmanageable or hard, the body releases the same types of stress hormones it needs to respond to dangerous situations. These tips from ACE Health Coach Andrea Metcalf can help you manage that stress and help you better respond to the challenges of modern daily life.




3 Fitness Gadgets You Should Know About

By Ted Vickey on Wednesday, July 17, 2013


There is no shortage of fitness gadgets claiming to be able to track your progress and keep you moving toward your goals. But how do you decide which one is best suited to your needs? Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey reviews three new monitoring devices and offers insight on whether these products will really deliver on their promises.




5 Foam-rolling Moves for the Lower Body

By Julz Arney on Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Foam rolling—also known as self-myofascial release—has become increasingly popular for reducing muscle tension and improving overall athletic performance. Fitness expert Julz Arney shares her top techniques for foam rolling, along with five great moves targeting the lower body, that will keep you pain-free during and after your workouts.




Have You Been Misinformed on Exercise Form?

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, July 15, 2013


People exercising at the gym frequently share a lot of advice and tips on how to execute exercises correctly, but unfortunately, that information isn’t always accurate. Here are some common exercise cues that might be keeping you from maximizing the safety and effectiveness of your workouts—and how to make the necessary tweaks to get the most from these exercises.




Awakening Yoga Flow Experience

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, July 11, 2013


Journey with ACE expert Jessica Matthews through a refreshing, 40-minute yoga flow video that will energize your body and awaken your mind. Discover a new sense of gratitude to carry you through the day.




Indoor Cycling: The Breakdown on Bike Set-Up

By Julz Arney on Thursday, July 11, 2013


When it comes to low-impact, high-energy workouts, it’s tough to beat indoor cycling classes. But an improperly fitting bike can quickly derail your efforts and keep you out of the saddle indefinitely. Whether you’re a beginning cycler or just getting back on the bike after a break, here are some easy tips for adjusting your bike for a great fit—and a great workout.




Signs it May Be Time to Find a New Trainer

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, July 8, 2013


Are you working with a personal trainer, but not seeing the results you had hoped for? As is true with any profession, not all trainers are created equal. Here are five signs that it may be time to start looking for a new trainer to help you reach your health and fitness goals.




She Worked with a Trainer to Lose Weight and Then Became One

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, July 5, 2013


Having once weighed 200 pounds, ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach Lisa Woods knows exactly what her weight-loss clients are going through. Here, Lisa shares her story of losing nearly 80 pounds—and gaining a whole new purpose—and encourages others to seek the help of a qualified fitness professional to make the healthy lifestyle changes that will transform their lives for good.




Yoga for Elementary Children, Found Irreligious

By Elizabeth Kovar on Wednesday, July 3, 2013


A Superior Court judge recently ruled that yoga could be taught in a Southern California school district. But what exactly are the benefits of yoga for kids? Elizabeth Kovar offers insight into the wide-ranging benefits of this ancient practice, and its application to the modern issues faced by today’s youth.




Stability Ball Exercises to Sculpt a Sexy Body

By Stephanie Thielen on Thursday, June 27, 2013


Are you ready for summertime and the warm-weather clothing that comes with it? Here are some great stability ball exercises designed to work your body from head to toe and create a sculpted, sexy physique.




Total-body Moves You Can Do With a TRX® Suspension Trainer

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, June 26, 2013


The TRX Suspension Trainer is such a versatile piece of equipment, allowing users to develop total-body strength using asymmetrical movements. Jonathan Ross presents four great, time-efficient exercises using the TRX® Suspension Trainer that make it possible to work more muscles in less time and help bring your body back into balance.




Get in Fighting Shape

By Doug Balzarini on Monday, June 24, 2013


There is no question that mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes are incredibly fit and the results of their intense training are hard to miss. While you may not have the time to train like they do, you can incorporate these highly effective exercises that ACE-certified Personal Trainer Doug Balzarini uses with his MMA athletes to keep them in fighting shape and looking great, too.




How to Get More Out of Your Yoga Practice

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, June 21, 2013


Whether you’re new to yoga or have been practicing consistently for years, there is always room to grow and enhance your yoga experience. Some of the nation’s top yoga instructors share their best tips for getting the most out of your yoga practice, which will enhance your life, both on and off the mat.




He Turned His Own Struggle Into a Career Helping Others Lose Weight

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, June 20, 2013


They say you’ll never really understand another person’s struggles until you walk a mile in his or her shoes. When it comes to helping clients lose weight, ACE-certified Personal Trainer Scott Gordon has walked in their shoes and knows exactly what it takes to successfully lose weight and keep it off for good. Here, Gordon shares his personal weight-loss story and how he’s inspiring others to drop the weight and start living life to the fullest.




The “7-Minute Workout” Gets Upgraded

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, June 17, 2013


Did all the buzz about the 7-minute workout get your attention? Emerging research suggests that high-intensity circuit training (HICT) may be one of the time-efficient ways to get in shape and burn calories. The 12 exercises featured in the 7-minute workout are a great start, but to up the intensity—and the effectiveness—of this workout, you’ll want to give these fun and challenging options a try.




312-pound Turnaround to Life as a Trainer

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, June 12, 2013


There’s a reason all those weight-loss reality shows are so popular—it is inspiring to watch people lose large amounts of weight and, in the process, transform their lives. ACE-certified Personal Trainer and registered dietitian Gina Crome is equally inspiring, having shed 171 pounds and kept it off for a decade. Today, Gina helps others who want to lose weight and live healthier lives. Here are her strategies and tips for making lifestyle changes that are sure to last.




Everything Is Better Together: Why You Want a Workout Partner

By Julz Arney on Tuesday, June 11, 2013


There is nothing quite like a committed workout partner to help keep you on track and make your exercise time more fun. Here are some great tips on how to choose the right training buddy and how you can help each crush your fitness goals.




Moves That Put the FUN Into Functional Training

By Julz Arney on Thursday, June 6, 2013


Functional fitness is not only a great way to get in shape, but it’s both time efficient and a lot of fun! And, because you are strengthening multiple muscle groups simultaneously and completing full-body movements, your overall calorie expenditure is increased. Check out these 5 functional moves that challenge just about every major muscle group and are so much fun you may even forget you’re exercising.




He Lost 281 Pounds and Gained a Career as a Health Coach

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, June 5, 2013


ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach Lee Jordan shares his inspiring weight-loss story of dropping 281 pounds and gaining a career as a fitness professional. Plus, he shares his top three tips for losing weight—regardless of how much you need to lose—and keeping it off for good.




4 Fun Moves to Do With a BOSU®

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Given its incredible versatility, it’s no wonder the BOSU® Balance Trainer is a favorite of fitness professionals all over the world, including ACE Senior Group Fitness Consultant Lawrence Biscontini. Here are four of his favorite BOSU moves for challenging cardio, strength, flexibility and balance.




Turn Up the Volume on Your Workout Motivation

By Julz Arney on Monday, June 3, 2013


There’s nothing quite like music to get your feet moving and your body rocking, especially during a workout, and there’s a ton of research to prove it. But do you know how to use music to your best advantage? Here are some great tips for creating music mixes that are sure fire up your workouts.




The Workout Mistakes You Might Be Making

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, May 31, 2013


If you’ve made a commitment to exercise regularly, you want to be sure that you’re doing all you can to enhance your efforts and achieve the best results. Take the advice of four of the world’s leading fitness experts and avoid these five common workout mistakes that might be holding you back from reaching your full fitness potential.




Do You Know Your Fitness Personality?

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, May 30, 2013


Trying to do a workout routine that isn’t tailored to your personality is a lot like wearing someone else’s clothes—it just doesn’t fit right. But how can you be sure what types of activities are right for you? Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can use ACE’s online personality quiz to learn if you’re a social butterfly, go-getter, planner or adventurer, and discover which workouts will keep you coming back for more.




Nutrition and Fitness: Fact vs. Fiction

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Trying to stay on top of all the latest research related to nutrition and fitness can be challenging, to say the least, especially when so much of what’s reported appears to contradict earlier findings. To help you separate fact from fiction, here is the lowdown on three hot topics in nutrition and what you need to know to maximize your workouts.




Train Your Core Off the Floor

By Shannon Fable on Tuesday, May 21, 2013


A strong core is the first step to a strong you. Not only will it make you look better by changing your posture, it will help you move better and keep you protected during many of life’s daily activities. Here are some great tips for strengthening all the muscles that comprise the core, as well as some on- and off-the-floor core exercises that are sure to fire up those muscles, while also improving your posture and reducing your risk of injury.




Track to Attack Your Fitness Goals

By Julz Arney on Monday, May 20, 2013


Are you struggling to make progress on your fitness or weight-loss goals? The secret to success could be in tracking your food intake and activity levels. Sure, tracking sounds like a lot of work, but several new products make it much easier—and even fun—to track your progress and help you identify factors that might be holding you back.




8 Trainer Tips for Navigating the Weight Room

By Stephanie Thielen on Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The benefits of strength training are endless, but many women feel too intimidated by the weight room at the gym to even get started. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 8 helpful tips for navigating the weight room like a pro.




I’m considering taking a new fitness class. What should I look for in a group fitness instructor?

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Thinking about trying out a new group fitness class at your local gym or studio? It’s important to choose wisely, because instructors have the power to make your fitness experience both fun and effective, or they can make it a miserable memory you’ll go out of your way to avoid. Here’s how to choose the right instructor who will keep you coming back to class time and again.




Pressed for time? 3-in-1 Combo Exercises

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Pressed for time at the gym? Up the intensity by combining three great exercises into one challenging move that helps you make the most out of your workouts. Check out these three combos that will have you breaking a sweat in no time.




6 Moves to Kick Your Way to Fitness

By Stephanie Thielen on Wednesday, January 16, 2013


You don’t have to get into the ring to work out like a prizefighter. Our kickboxing routine can be done from the comfort of your living room, your back yard or in your favorite gym. Kick, punch and jab your way to a leaner you while you work on your coordination and agility.




What can I expect in an Aqua Zumba® class?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Ready to try a new twist on your favorite Zumba® fitness class? Aqua Zumba® combines the traditional elements of aqua fitness classes with the upbeat, Latin-infused dance moves and music Zumba fitness is famous for. ACEs own Jessica Matthews gave the class a try and offers her take on this latest fitness sensation.




Train Smarter, Not Longer: 30-Minute Elliptical Workout

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, December 17, 2012


Inspired by a new 10-20-30 training concept developed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews shares a 30-minute elliptical workout she put together as an efficient, effective way to improve running performance and overall health.




What can I expect in an aerial yoga class?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, November 28, 2012


It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s yoga performed in mid-air? Aerial yoga gives a whole new meaning to yoga asanas gone airborne. Check out fitness expert Jessica Matthews’ review of aerial yoga, a fun and exciting new way to take your yoga practice to new heights!




4 Fun Fitness Classes You Should Try in 2013

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Ready to expand your fitness repertoire and try something new in 2013? We’ve handpicked 4 fun, challenging and innovative classes that will give you a jumpstart on a healthier and fitter New Year.




Top Fitness DVDs to Keep You Active During the Holidays

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Looking for the perfect fitness gift or a new workout to carry you through the holiday season? Check out these three newly released (or soon to be released) workout videos that made our “Best of” list.




Little Black Dress Workout

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, November 9, 2012


Don’t just wear your favorite dress at your next holiday party – rock it! Lose fat and develop lean muscle with a total-body workout you can do at home when you have a few minutes to spare.




Sculpt a Pilates Physique

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Pilates has a well-deserved reputation for creating strong muscles and beautiful physiques. These three great moves typically featured in Pilates classes are highly effective at strengthening and sculpting your entire body and can be done from the comfort of your own home.




7 Not-So-Scary Halloween-Inspired Exercises

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 10, 2012


It’s finally here—that time of year when we embrace the ghouls, goblins, other spooky creatures and fun festivities of the night. While for some, the thought of bowls and bags of chocolate and other sweet treats may cause a bit of fright, have no fear this year! There’s plenty of fun to be had by adding these exercises to your workout on Halloween night!




Gym Class: CrossFit

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 3, 2012


If you’re the type of person who likes to challenge yourself physically and constantly add new exercises to your routine, CrossFit may be right for you. Check out what ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews has to say after trying this total-body strength and conditioning program for the first time!




5-5-5 Chair Workout

By Lawrence Biscontini on Thursday, September 13, 2012


Get fit while you sit! Let ACE Fitness Expert Lawrence Biscontini guide you through a 15-minute chair workout that you can do at-home. With a focus on cardio, strength and flexibility, get the moves and music to help you on your way to leading your most fit life!




How Can I Sculpt a Ballet Body?

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Dance is one of the oldest, most respected forms of group exercise, and over the years, a number of variations have come about to meet the demands of diverse audiences. There’s no doubt that ballet dancers have beautiful figures, contributing to the rising popularity of ballet-inspired workouts. ACE Fitness Expert Shannon Fable shares moves you can incorporate into your fitness routine to help you sculpt a dancer’s body from the comfort of your own home.




Gizmos for Your Get-Up and Go (Part 2 of 2)

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, August 22, 2012


In Part 2 of our series exploring technology that can help you on your journey to fitness, ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Jonathan Ross reviews some useful smartphone apps. Check out ways you can incorporate innovative ab exercises or calm your breathing just by using your phone.




What Can I Expect in a Paddleboard Yoga Class?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, August 8, 2012


If you’re looking for a new experience and a change of scenery, stand up paddleboard yoga (SUP yoga) may be the perfect option for you to explore on your fitness journey. ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews explores yet another new fitness classes by attending a stand up paddleboard yoga class on San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay. Check out what she experienced and what she recommends if you’re thinking of trying this popular fitness trend.




It’s Time to HIIT It!

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, August 1, 2012


You’ve probably heard the term “high-intensity interval training” at some point in your fitness journey, but have you ever tried it? Check out some advice from ACE Fitness Expert Shannon Fable on how you can incorporate intervals into your workout without using any equipment. You can even apply the training technique to your favorite exercise, whether it’s running or cycling.




How Can I Increase My Running Speed for a 10K or Half-Marathon?

By Beth Shepard on Wednesday, July 11, 2012


If you’ve reached your goal of just completing a distance race, perhaps now’s the time to focus on your speed. Check out 10 tips on how you can beat the clock with interval training techniques, adequate rest and recovery, and maybe even losing a few extra pounds.




I have arthritis. What are some exercises I can do and tips I can follow?

By Beth Shepard on Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Thousands of people suffer from arthritis. The pain can be agonizing, but it doesn’t have to keep you from being physically active. Check out some tips from ACE Fitness Expert Beth Shepherd on how you can create a workout routine that helps ease your pain and allows you to meet your fitness goals.




Can You Go 3 Rounds in the MMA Fighter Circuit?

By Doug Balzarini on Thursday, June 14, 2012


Take your workout to the next level as Doug Balzarini returns with a circuit he uses with his elite level MMA fighter clients. His 3 minute, 4 station, advanced metabolic circuit is packed with upper-body pulling and pushing movements and lower-body work. Get ready for your toughest workout this week and see if you can go all three rounds.




How can I sculpt swimsuit-ready thighs?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, May 17, 2012


If your shorts and swimsuits are making their way back into your wardrobe for summer, then it's time to start thinking about the areas of the body that get more exposure. ACE's Jessica Matthews shows you some of her favorite moves to sculpt beach-ready thighs.




I'm expecting! What are some safe exercises I can do during my pregnancy?

By Sabrena Merrill on Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Exercising during pregnancy has many benefits, but in order to reap them, it's important to engage in safe exercises. In this video, Sabrena Merrill walks you through some




How can I sculpt my butt in time for bikini season?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, March 15, 2012


With beach and pool weather sneaking up, it's not too early to start thinking about your backside. ACE's Jessica Matthews reveals some of her favorite moves she integrates into her workouts for a summer-ready body.




What exactly is Tai Chi and what are some of its benefits?

By Lawrence Biscontini on Wednesday, March 7, 2012


You may think yoga is the oldest exercise discipline. But, among the oldest group exercise movements on the planet — outdating yoga by hundreds of years — is the Chinese discipline of Tai Chi. Learn more about this practice and learn about some of its benefits.




What are some common mistakes people make with popular fitness trends and how can I avoid them?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Let’s be honest: We all want the most “bang for our buck,” especially when it comes to working out. Many popular workout trends today elicit great results in a short period of time, but without learning the proper mechanics and training protocols first, you may not be getting the most benefit — and may be putting yourself at risk for injury. Here are three easy fixes for plyometric, kettlebells and high-intensity interval training exercises.




How can I make sure I meet my fitness and nutrition New Year's resolutions?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Are you excited about setting your New Year's resolutions, but tired of always failing to meet your goals? ACE Fitness Expert & Exercise Physiologist, Jessica Matthews, provides practical tips on how to revolutionize your resolutions — so you can meet your fitness and nutrition goals this year.




Can you bust four common fitness myths? (Part 1)

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, November 30, 2011


It's so easy to believe those fitness myths, but they're just that — myths! ACE Fitness Expert & Exercise Physiologist, Jessica Matthews, busts four common fitness myths in this two-part series. Ready to see those pesky myths get busted and also learn how you can incorporate the truth into your fitness routine?




What are some pilates-inspired exercises that will tone my body?

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, November 8, 2011


ACE's Senior Group Fitness Consultant and Fitness Expert, Lawrence Biscontini, reveals three pilates-inspired exercises that will sculpt your body in time for the new year. Watch the video to learn what they are and how to do them properly.




Am I too old to exercise?

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, September 28, 2011


If you’ve ever thought you aren’t standing as straight and tall as you once did, find walking up a flight of stairs to be a strain at times or you groan when reaching for the arms of a chair as you slowly get up from sitting, you aren’t alone. Find out why it's important to maintain moderate activity and what exercises to perform.




What are some proven exercises to target my “trouble spots”?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, August 17, 2011


We all have “trouble spots” (or at least the majority of us think that we think we do); areas of our bodies that we wish were more tight, toned, defined and sculpted. Let’s discuss some research supported exercises that have been proven effective in helping you to get the physique that you want, all of which use little or no equipment!




I'm 45 years old and preparing for a master's tennis tournament. What are some tips for training to improve my tennis game?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, July 27, 2011


This is the type of question that we are starting to hear more frequently, as it seems that many of us who are in Generation X refuse to get older and still want to continue with our active, athletic lifestyles. The good news is that regardless of how old you are you can improve your athletic skills, however in order to be competitive at your age you have to follow the proper training program. Read on to find out how you can maximize your workouts to get back on top of your game.




What is functional strength training?

By Cedric Bryant on Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Functional strength training has become a popular buzzword in the fitness industry, but what exactly does it mean? Let’s discuss this subject and uncover what the buzz is really all about.




I've been consistently following a walking program and am looking to add strength training to my routine, preferably outdoors. Any suggestion on how I can go about doing so?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I've been consistently following a walking program and am looking to add strength training to my routine, preferably outdoors. Any suggestion on how I can go about doing so?




What are some good golf exercises?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, March 23, 2011


When training for a sport, first study the sport to identify the movements involved in the execution of appropriate technique. For example, when watching the sport of golf it is evident that a successful golf-swing requires a lot of mobility from the feet and ankles, the hips and the thoracic spine.




Why is it important to vary my workout routines?

By Cedric Bryant on Wednesday, February 9, 2011


You’ve probably heard the expression that “change is a good thing,” and when it comes to your workout routines, this statement rings true. Discover the many benefits of varying your approach to exercise.




Fat Burning: Fact vs. Fiction

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, December 1, 2010


When it comes to losing weight, many people find themselves wondering which method is best? From popular workouts to fad diets and fitness products, we often hear of different "fat burning" strategies, but how do you separate fact from fiction? Let's explore this topic and discuss what you need to know to help you reach your weight loss goals.




Is it better to do my cardio workout before or after my strength training exercises?

By Patricia Schwartz on Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Much like the chicken and the egg debate, many of us often wonder when it comes to exercising which comes first- cardio or strength training? Read on to find out what's right for you.




How can I train for a sprint triathlon?

By Marion Webb on Thursday, July 29, 2010


The sprint triathlon distance—a 0.47-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run—draws more newcomers every year for good reasons: It’s an achievable goal for most healthy people—even busy professionals—who don’t have a swimming, biking and running background.




Does the type of physical activity I choose matter?

By Todd Galati on Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The initial response to this question is “yes”, but that only leads us to the deeper root of the question which is “if the type of physical activity I choose matters, what should I be doing?”




If my muscles are sore from previous workouts, is it safe to exercise them?

By Julia Valentour on Wednesday, May 26, 2010


The answer to this question depends on the severity of muscle soreness, which can range from slight tenderness to debilitating pain.




What is CrossFit training and is it appropriate for the average person?

By Pete McCall on Thursday, April 29, 2010


Due to the intensity and explosive muscle action of the exercises in a CrossFit workout, there are many benefits for the average exercise enthusiast; however, the intensity of the exercises which deliver the benefits could also increase the risk of injury if not done correctly.




How do I get started in an exercise program?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Are you ready to take the first step towards a happier, healthier you but are unsure where to begin? Check out these helpful tips to get your exercise program started off on the right foot.




I'm experiencing discomfort in my low back after sitting at my desk for an extended period of time. Are there any tips or exercises I can do to help with this?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Muscle imbalances can lead to poor posture, increased pain and aches in muscles and joints, as well as increase the risk of injury. In order to improve posture we must activate and strengthen weak and neglected muscles thereby reducing muscle imbalances.




Is it ever okay for your knees to extend beyond your toes while doing squats or lunges?

By Fabio Comana on Wednesday, March 3, 2010


It is correct to avoid excessive forward movement of the knee during squatting and lunging movements. It is a myth, however, that you should “never let your knees go past your toes while doing a squat or lunge.




I am hearing a lot about whole body vibration training. What do you think about this technology?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Does the idea of whole body vibration exercise have you all shook up? Let's shed some light on this form of training.




Does exercising in shorter bouts throughout the day really provide the same benefit as exercising in one continuous bout?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Struggling to find 30 minutes each day to devote to exercise? Wondering if several 10-minute bouts of exercise throughout the day really provides the same health benefits as 30-minutes of continuous exercise? Let's review the research and discuss simple ways to make your days more physically active.




When strength training, is it better to do more reps with lighter weights or fewer reps with heavier weights?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, February 17, 2010


We know that regular strength training can have many benefits including increasing muscle fiber size and strength as well as increased bone mineral density, but how much weight should we be using and how many repetitions should we be completing in order to maximize our results?




How do I train for a half marathon?

By Marion Webb on Tuesday, February 2, 2010


There really is no ‘one’ best way to train for a half marathon, because a lot of your training will depend on multiple variables: Time to train, your running background (novice vs. experienced runner), current fitness level and mileage, willingness to commit to a training plan, and ability to learn to listen to your body.




How do I get started using kettlebells?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, January 20, 2010


If you are looking for a challenging, high-intensity workout that can help you burn as many calories as cross-country skiing without the snow and freezing cold then consider adding kettlebells to your training routine.




When is the best time to stretch?

By Cedric Bryant on Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Is it best to stretch before or after exercising? Available research is inconclusive regarding the optimal time to stretch. In addition, strong evidence is lacking with regard to the beneficial effects associated with pre-exercise stretching (e.g., injury prevention or enhanced athletic performance).




What does overtraining mean?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Is exercising leaving you feeling more exhausted than energized? Is your body telling you enough is enough? If so, you may be suffering from an acute case of overtraining.




I can easily start an exercise program, but lose motivation long-term. What can help?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Are you searching for long-term motivational strategies? Then look no further!




What can I expect when working with a personal trainer?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Ever thought about working with a personal trainer, but are unsure what it will be like? Let’s shed some light on what to expect from a training session, as well as examine how a personal trainer can kick start or revamp your fitness routine.




Are the warm-up and cool-down portions of a workout really that important?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, September 3, 2009


Every story should have a beginning, middle, and an end- and so should every workout.




What is cross training and why is it important?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Find out what cross training can do for you.




Should I change up my workout routine?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, September 1, 2009


To change or not to change…that is the question.