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Posts found under "Personal and Small Group Training" within Fitnovatives Blog

Essential Business Systems That Save Both Time and Money

By amSTATZ . on Thursday, November 13, 2014


Looking for ways to streamline your business tasks and free up more of your valuable time? All businesses are built upon systems. Here are the most important systems you need for saving time, staying organized and growing client relationships.




5 Things Fitness Professionals Should Know About Diabetes

By Jacqueline Ratliff on Monday, November 03, 2014


November is National Diabetes Month and, given the increasing prevalence of this disease, it is essential that fitness professionals understand how to design safe and effective exercise programs that take into account the unique needs of those with diabetes. Here are five things that every fitness professional should know about diabetes.




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

By Cedric Bryant on Monday, September 29, 2014


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.




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

By Ted Vickey on Monday, September 08, 2014


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.




Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

By Sabrena Merrill on Friday, August 22, 2014


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.




Finding The "Why" behind Your Clients' Goals

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, August 21, 2014


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.




Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With an Android Body Type

By Jacqueline Ratliff on Thursday, June 05, 2014


Reducing abdominal fat—a common goal of many who have an android body type—can be a challenge. While spot reduction remains a myth, there are specific workouts you can use with your clients that take into account their individual body types. In part 2 of this two-part series, Jacque Ratliff explains how to use moderate-intensity aerobic training and total-body resistance-training circuits to help clients reduce stubborn abdominal fat that could negatively affect their health.




Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

By Shannon Fable on Tuesday, June 03, 2014


Did you hear about the fitness pro who was kicked out of a SoulCycle studio and banned from attending future classes? The news caused quite a stir, to the say the least. Shannon Fable weighs in on the controversy and offers some incredibly insightful principles to guide you in your life and work as a fitness professional.




ACE Total-body Barbell Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Thursday, April 03, 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.




How to Recommend Group Fitness Classes to Personal Training Clients

By Pete McCall on Monday, March 10, 2014


One of the most important things personal trainers can do for their clients is to help them exercise consistently. Group fitness classes are a great option for most people, especially on non-training days. Here are some ways you can help your clients take advantage of the wide range of classes available at most clubs.




How Not to Impress Your Clients: Top 5 Things Trainers Do that Backfire

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, February 06, 2014


Could some of your training choices and approaches inadvertently turn your clients off from you—or even exercise altogether? Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains five common mistakes many trainers do—often in a sincere desire to motivate and push their clients—that ultimately may do more harm than good.




Using Professional Football Skills to Market Personal Training

By Pete McCall on Monday, January 27, 2014


The NFL Combine, where college players perform a number of grueling tests to see if they have what it takes to compete at the professional level, is coming up soon. If you’re looking for some fun, interactive programming ideas for your personal-training clients or group-fitness participants, this event offers a great opportunity for your participants to “compete” against the best of the best by performing the same tests and drills.




8 Reasons to Start a Career in the Fitness Industry

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, January 21, 2014


With the start of a New Year, have you been considering a new career? If you have a strong desire to help others achieve their health and fitness goals and teach them how to love and appreciate fitness as much as you do, it might be time to start seriously considering becoming a personal trainer.




The Benefits of Sandbell Training

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, January 16, 2014


Sandbells® by Hyperwear are changing the way personal trainers design exercise programs. We recently caught up with Master Trainer John Sinclair to learn how Sandbells can be used to create fun, challenging and engaging workout programs for clients.




Client Motivation Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Even at the start of a New Year, when motivation to lose weight is at its peak, helping your clients stick to their programs can be challenging. Here are some great tools and tactics you can use to help your clients reach their goals and create meaningful change that will last a lifetime.




Metabolic Training: The Workout

By Shana Verstegen on Monday, September 23, 2013


There is a lot of buzz around metabolic training these days, but few understand how to really maximize the benefits that come from this type of training. Fitness pro Shana Martin explains how to help your clients get the “biggest bang” for their workout buck and offers a quick and effective workout that is designed to accomplish a large amount of work in a very short amount of time.




ACE Fit Tools for Health and Fitness Pros

By ACE FITNESS on Saturday, July 27, 2013


Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting your career as a fitness professional, you’re probably on the lookout for new products and tools that can help you do your job better. Did you know that ACE recently created an entire website packed with information and services that can help you educate and provide much-needed support for your clients? Here is a sampling of some of the great free tools offered on ACEfit.com.




Power Plate: The Inside Scoop From a Master Trainer

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, June 17, 2013


Curious about the Power Plate and what benefits it might offer your clients? Master Trainer Derrick Price explains how the Power Plate works and why you might want to consider tapping into the many benefits of whole-body vibration training offered by this unique fitness device.




Playgrounds In, Machines out

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 02, 2013


Has traditional strength-training equipment started disappearing from your gym? In the past year and a half or so, many clubs have started to replace fancy weight machines in favor of creating open space for more functional training. Learn how this new trend may be offer huge benefits to both fitness professionals and their clients.




Less Panic, More Health

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Tragic and senseless acts such as the Boston Marathon bombings can leave many people feeling traumatized and stressed, even if they have no personal connections to the incident. If you find your clients are struggling to deal with these recent events, Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can help them utilize wellness tools to cope with the emotional aftermath of this horrific tragedy.




Winter Workout Circuit

By Pete McCall on Monday, February 25, 2013


Are those New Year’s fitness resolutions already a distant memory? Did you get tired of slogging through the cold and ice only to wait in line for a piece of equipment or fight your way into an exercise class? Don’t worry—there is still time to get cranking with a workout program that will banish winter blahs and have you ready to bare those arms once the first flowers start poking their way up from the soil.




Music Tames (or Revs Up) the Savage Exercising Beast

By Mark Kelly on Tuesday, February 19, 2013


When it comes to making a workout more enjoyable, nothing quite matches the power of music. And the science proves it—from increasing intensity and reducing how difficult exercise feels, to enhancing explosiveness and lactate clearance during recovery, music improves nearly every aspect of working out.




Top Trainers Share their Workouts for 2013

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 11, 2013


When it comes to fitness, doing the same workout over and over again is not only boring, it may even lead to burnout. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to avoid this common trap by setting new goals and challenging yourself to new things. Here’s some great inspiration from top trainers on how you can switch things up in your fitness routine in 2013.




5 BOSU® Exercises for Dynamic Balance

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, January 08, 2013


The BOSU® Balance Trainer is an ideal tool for helping your clients develop ideal dynamic balance. Here are five innovative exercises that require the body to work in a coordinated fashion for efficient and effective movement.




Strategies for Training Overweight and Obese Clients (Part 3 - The Energetic Connection)

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, November 27, 2012


The energetic connection is the piece that is often missing when trainers work with overweight clients. Learn how to create a winning environment that will help your clients move out of a cycle of failure, feel more engaged in a size-friendly environment and develop a deep sense of trust with you and their bodies.




How to Physically Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, November 15, 2012


Check out these 5 great tips from Jonathan Ross that will keep your clients engaged and inspired to work out, even when time is tight this holiday season.




Strategies for Training Overweight and Obese Clients (Part 2 - What's In It for Them?)

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Trust. Honesty. Values. These are the building blocks for building a strong and effective relationship between trainers and clients, particularly those who are struggling with the complex issues related to being overweight or obese.




How to Mentally Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, November 08, 2012


We’re fast approaching that time of year when all resolve and willpower seem to go out the window. Learn how to motivate your clients to stay on track by helping them make SMARTER health and fitness goals that give them the greatest chances for success.




Strategies for Training Overweight and Obese Clients (Part 1 - Size Sensitivity)

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, October 30, 2012


With the dramatic increases in the rates of obesity and overweight, chances are high that you work with clients who are dealing with the unique challenges that come with a larger body size. Learn how to be size sensitive by seeing beyond the fat, anticipating the physical and emotional challenges that often come with being overweight, and designing movement that creates a pleasurable experience.




Can Women Pull Their Own Weight?

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 26, 2012


Are women really at a disadvantage when it comes to muscle development and fat reduction? ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall weighs in on a research study that looked at women’s ability to do pull-ups after following an upper-body strength training program.




How To Get Real Results with Metabolic Conditioning

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 26, 2012


Metabolic conditioning has become a popular buzzword in the industry, but is this type of training really only about gut-busting workouts and pushing your clients to their absolute limits? Not necessarily, according to ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall, who explains how to effectively—and safely—progress you clients’ programs to maximize the benefits they can achieve from metabolic-conditioning workouts.




The Person in the Person-ality

By Michael Mantell on Friday, September 07, 2012


Understanding a client’s unique personality is essential for establishing rapport, and to help our trainers, ACE has created a Fitness Personality Quiz that determines and assess clients’ predominant personality styles. Check out what ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Dr. Michael Mantell has to say about his personal experience while taking the quiz, and how it can serve as a useful tool during your ACE-based assessment.




Rapport: The Secret Ingredient to Career Success

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 24, 2012


Knowing how to connect with your clients in a way that caters to their personal styles can build the foundation for a healthy, lifelong relationship. Learn from ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Dr. Michael Mantell as he discusses the importance of rapport and the role it plays in career success.




Gain Optimal Advantage for Life with Breakthrough Goal Setting

By Michael Mantell on Monday, June 18, 2012


Only about 3% of people set goals for themselves and follow them through to the end. Don’t underestimate the value of goal-setting – for yourself and your clients. Determine what your clients want to achieve, have them write it down and help them take steps to turn it into reality.




Common Sense Ways to Approach Exercise with Runner's Knee

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, June 12, 2012


With “runner’s knee” accounting for up to a quarter of all running injuries, chances are you’ve either had a client recovering from knee soreness or you will have one soon. Check out some ways you can tailor an exercise regimen to clients overcoming Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) and specific exercises you can do to help them avoid re-injury.




Preparing Your Clients for Summertime Activities

By Pete McCall on Friday, May 25, 2012


The weather is getting warmer, the sun is staying out later, and it’s more pleasant to spend time outdoors enjoying various recreational activities. If you’re like me you may cringe a little bit during this time of year because in my experience when clients start picking up their favorite outdoor activities after a long winter indoors, more often than not they jump right back into their recreational pastime at the same intensity as when they left off in the fall.




How to Choose the Best Kettlebell Training Course for You

By Christopher McGrath on Monday, May 14, 2012


Due to their versatility and effectiveness, kettlebells are becoming more of a staple for trainers working with clients of all abilities. While they’re a great way to incorporate whole-body movement, trainers who’ve never used them before should make sure they know what they’re doing before they whip them into client programs. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you begin incorporating kettlebells into your workouts.




Applying the ACE IFT Model to Popular Workout Trends (Part 2 of 3 — P90X and Crossfit)

By Pete McCall on Friday, March 02, 2012


In part 1, I discussed how the first two faces of the ACE IFT™ model — Stability and Mobility, and Movement — related to yoga. This time, we’ll take a look at P90X and Crossfit, and how the Load and Performance phases of the ACE IFT Model are related to the popular workout trends.




Small Group Training: The Future of the Workout Experience and the Missing Link to Your Personal Training Career's Success

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, February 24, 2012


Small group training has been gaining popularity because it’s an affordable, fun way for clients to take advantage of a trainer’s expertise at a lower financial investment — all while keeping the fun and competitiveness of a group dynamic. How does it differ from one-on-one personal training, and how can you effectively design programs? Find out.




Train Like a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

By Doug Balzarini on Wednesday, February 08, 2012


Increase the intensity of your workouts by training like a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Doug Balzarini shows you his top five favorite exercises that he uses when training elite athletes. With upper-body pushing and pulling, lower-body and rotational core movements, these exercises will make you sweat.




Defining Small Group Training and Its Benefits to the Fitness Professional

By Pete McCall on Thursday, January 05, 2012


Trends come and go in our industry, but one recent trend that has some staying power is small group training. If you’re looking for a way to increase your business in the new year, consider adding small group training to your service options. The January rush might be a great time to start a new small group program. Learn more about it.




Defining Excellent Customer Service from Fitness Professionals and Its Value to Clients

By Pete McCall on Friday, December 02, 2011


As personal trainers and group exercise instructors, we are not selling a tangible item that can be replaced if something goes wrong. Instead, we are marketing and selling a service, which author Harry Beckwith defines as, “the delivery of a promise.” Excellent customer service is important for client retention and acquisition. But what exactly is a high level of customer service and how can you deliver it?





Be a Fitness Professional, Not a Trainer

By Michael Mantell on Friday, October 07, 2011


With nearly 40% of adults not exercising sufficiently, and 50% of those who do begin an exercise program discontinuing within the first six months, obtaining and keeping clients can be a major business hurdle for fitness trainers. Become a fitness professional, however, and that hurdle might not be so challenging. Find out what that entails.




Best Clubs for Personal Training…and Why

By Pete McCall on Friday, September 30, 2011


Whenever I go into a studio, independent gym or corporate health club, I pay close attention to details such as the equipment, available space for movement, and organization. What are important considerations fitness facilities should take when creating a space that accomodates customers' individual workouts and personal training sessions? See a list of places that do it well.




Personal Training & Group Fitness – It’s Like Chocolate & Peanut Butter!

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 15, 2011


In the fitness world there are two widely different tastes of a 1-on-1 personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. In many health clubs these two worlds very rarely collide yet they are a magical recipe of success for fitness professionals interested in reaching a new audience of potential clients while simultaneously creating a way to provide additional services to existing ones.




A Valuable Lesson to Learn from Clients: Walking into Unfamiliar Territory

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 01, 2011


When I was training and teaching group fitness fulltime I was a big education junkie and would always be reading the latest industry literature to learn strategies and techniques for helping clients to achieve goals or design fun and challenging classes. Rather than spending down time in the gym where it might be perceived that I was slacking off during work (even though I was only paid while training clients) it made more sense to me to would use a local Starbucks as my office to catch up on wh