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Posts found under "Behavior Change, Motivation and Communication" within Fitnovatives Blog

8 Health and Fitness Gadgets to Look Out For in 2015

By Ted Vickey on Tuesday, December 09, 2014


If you’re both a techie and a fitness enthusiast, you’re going to love this list. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey presents his top eight picks for the best new health and fitness apps and gadgets that could very well change the way you approach fitness, nutrition and overall health in 2015.




Benefits of Exercising before a Big Meal

By U Rock Girl! on Monday, November 24, 2014


The holiday season can present a gauntlet of temptations and challenges for clients trying to stick to their healthy lifestyle goals. Fortunately, exercising before a big holiday meal offers the body numerous benefits. Learn how to advise your clients to choose the right kind of exercise to make it easier to control hunger during holiday meals.




5 Habits That Will Help Increase Your Longevity

By Chris Freytag on Monday, August 25, 2014


We can’t avoid growing older, but our lifestyle habits can help determine or not those years are long and happy ones. Fortunately, living healthy doesn't have to be a chore. ACE Certified Pro Chris Freytag explains how to incorporate five habits into your normal routine that will equip you for the marathon that is life.




Why We Need to Stop Obsessing over the Scale

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, July 09, 2014


Are your clients obsessed with the scale? They’re not alone. Too many people live and die by the number on the scale, explains ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross, who recommends helping clients change their focus from weight to what they want to do in their lives. After all, living in a capable body that allows us to stay connected and fully participate in that which we love and to do it with those we love is what most of us truly seek from fitness.




How Stress Affects Your Waistline

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, April 09, 2014


You know stress is bad for you, but do you know exactly how bad? It’s much worse than you think. Dr. Michael Mantell describes the high cost of stress-inducing thinking on both the brain and the body, and explains why halting these thoughts in their tracks is essential to both your health and your waistline




How to Help Your Clients Increase Their Willpower

By Michael Mantell on Monday, March 03, 2014


No amount of fitness or nutrition knowledge will be enough to help your clients make healthy lifestyle changes that last unless they learn to increase their levels of willpower and self-control. Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can help your clients develop the WIT (whatever it takes), grit and self-control necessary to reach their goals and live happier, healthier lives.




5 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Weight-loss Goals

By The Nutrition Twins on Monday, February 24, 2014


Weight loss can be a tough struggle, especially if you feel like you’re giving it your all. In their work with clients, the Nutrition Twins have identified five common weight-loss mistakes that can sabotage even the most dedicated dieter. Learn about these mistakes and easy ways to correct or avoid them.




Lifestyle Habits That Don’t Work: Part I

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, January 30, 2014


It’s nice to think that living more healthfully could be as simple as following the advice in a 140-character sound-bite, but those recommendations often do more harm than good. In this first of a two-part series, fitness pro Jonathan Ross breaks down two of the most common lifestyle habits that simply don’t work.




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.




Help Your Clients Achieve Real Resolve, Not Just Resolutions

By Michael Mantell on Saturday, December 28, 2013


Every year it’s the same for so many clients—making resolutions only to break them within the first few weeks of the New Year. Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can be source of real behavior change for your clients all year long by using techniques from positive psychology, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior change.




The Holidays: When You Are Needed Most

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Clients who back off from their workouts during the hectic holiday season are not only impacting their health and well being, but your business as well. Here are some great strategies you can use to keep your clients engaged and motivated during this most wonderful—and busiest—time of year.




Workout Wednesday

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, November 04, 2013


You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday—now it’s time to starting thinking about Workout Wednesday, ACE’s brand new initiative to help people get moving and engage in fitness activities on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving. In addition to providing a wide range of tools and resources for you and your clients, ACE is hosting a photo contest on Twitter and Instagram. Learn how you can enter to win great prizes, including a trip to an ultra-luxurious spa in the Dominican Republic.




Recovery Redefined: How Much Rest You Actually Need

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, October 28, 2013


What does recovery mean and what can you do to help yourself and your clients recover from the physical demands of training? In this first installment of a two-part series, award-winning fitness pro Jonathan Ross answers all your questions about recovery—how much, how long, what is considered rest, etc.—so you can help your clients get the greatest possible benefits from the workouts you design for them.




How to Keep Your Clients Coming Back Every Week

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, August 02, 2013


It’s one thing to gain new clients—and an entirely different task to hang on to them over the long-term. Client retention is, as many will tell you, more of an art than a science—and some trainers are definitely masters. Here, several top pros share their secrets for ensuring their clients keep coming back, week after week.




How a Personal Trainer is Using Her Health Coach Certification

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, July 22, 2013


ACE-certified Personal Trainer Nicole Copare shares her story of why she decided to become an ACE Health Coach and how this one decision has had a huge impact on both her career and her ability to help improve the health and well-being of her clients.




Rehab for Exercise Names

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, July 15, 2013


Could you be inadvertently scaring off your clients, simply by the names you use to describe the exercises you recommend? Fitness expert Jonathan Ross thinks so and has proposed a new set of rules for describing and naming exercises, which will help clear up confusion and prevent clients from feeling intimidated by exercises that sound more frightening than functional.




Obesity as a Disease: What This Means for You

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, June 26, 2013


You may have heard that obesity is now being recognized as a disease instead of as a condition, but how does that affect you? Learn what this new designation may mean to both the general population and to those who work within the health and fitness industry.




How a Physical Therapy Assistant is Using Her Health Coach Certification

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, June 13, 2013


This is the first installment of an ongoing series highlighting how people in a wide range of industries are using their ACE Health Coach certification to expand their careers. Here, physical therapy assistant Stephanie Longson explains why she was inspired to become an ACE Health Coach, and how the tools and knowledge she gained has enabled her to assist her clients in making positive, lasting lifestyle changes.




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.




Watch Your Language

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, April 01, 2013


Could the words you use with your clients be causing more harm than good? While words like “shredded” or “ripped” are common in the fitness industry, they may not have the same appeal to other, less performance or appearance-driven clients. Learn how to modify your language and better connect with your clients as you help them achieve their health and fitness goals.




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.




5 Ways to Spice up Your Workout in 2013

By Pete McCall on Monday, January 21, 2013


Looking for ways to maximize your workouts and shake things up a bit in 2013? Here are 5 great tips for rejuvenating your exercise routine, increasing your motivation and getting off those dreaded plateaus.




How to Help Your Clients Overcome Setbacks

By Michael Mantell on Friday, December 21, 2012


Setbacks and unexpected life events are inevitable, but they don’t have to completely derail your clients’ efforts or progress. Here is some important advice for how to help your clients keep moving forward, no matter what life throws at them.




Strategies for Success: Turning Resolutions Into Opportunities

By Pete McCall on Thursday, November 29, 2012


The New Year’s rush is almost here—that time of year when healthy resolutions send droves of people to the gym. But by mid-February or so, many of them have already abandoned their efforts. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall offers some great tips for how you can maximize the New Year’s resolution rush and develop clients who will stay with you for the long haul.




Get Off the Pendulum (Part 1)

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, September 14, 2012


The human tendency to think and act in extremes is particularly common in the fitness industry. ACE Fitness Expert Jonathan Ross discusses the tendency for fitness professionals to “ride the pendulum” from one extreme to the other in regards to abdominal and cardiorespiratory exercises, and shares tips on how to avoid this behavior.




Why Do People Hate to Change?

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, June 22, 2012


If you believe your clients follow every piece of advice you give, chances are you’re probably wrong. Struggling with clients who resist changing their behavior – even if it means living a happier, healthier lifestyle – is something most everyone experiences. Check out some key strategies you can help overcome your clients begin to embrace the changes you recommend.




Transform Your Career, Coach!

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Why would your clients settle for a Model-T when they could have a new Corvette? Don’t use the old model of personal training; be a coach. Explore how going beyond biomechanics and exercise program design can help your clients achieve more, and build your business in the process.




How to Talk to Clients About Fad Diets and Help Them with Weight Loss

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 27, 2012


It’s inevitable that clients will ask you about weight loss. After all, it’s one of the most common health and fitness goals. And with the diet industry’s heavy marketing efforts out there, you can be sure you’ll have to answer questions about popular fad diets, too.




Will You Still Be Training New Year’s Clients After Valentine’s Day?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, January 27, 2012


Since fewer than two in 10 Americans get the recommended levels of exercise, and more than 25% of U.S. adults do not devote any time to physical activity, there was likely a sudden rush of new members and former recommitted clients at your gym at this new year. Many of these new gym-goers are probably also leaping into levels of exercise intensity that may have a negative impact on adherence. Learn how to ensure you'll be training new and recommitted clients through Valentine's Day.




Are You Equipped to Coach The 6,000,000 Women Who Will Get Pregnant This Year?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, December 09, 2011


There are 6 million pregnancies throughout the US every year, with just over 4 million live births and nearly 2 million pregnancy losses, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The likelihood is great that you will be privileged to serve as a fitness coach for a pregnant woman. How can you train them effectively?




You Won’t Inspire Your Client Unless You Connect

By Michael Mantell on Monday, November 28, 2011


Some fitness trainers make “safe and effective exercise programming decisions” for their clients while others who have more of a coaching mindset go one layer deeper and unlock their client’s potential, helping them learn how to enhance wellbeing and performance. Find out how you can take your training to the next level.




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.




Do You Hear What I Hear?

By Michael Mantell on Monday, September 19, 2011


If you aren’t hearing what your clients are thinking above the general commotion on the gym floor, you will miss important cues in both assisting them to achieve their fitness goals and to effectively promote their adherence to training — both business building necessities.




“Do as I say, not as I do”: 7 Steps To Avoid This Phrase

By Todd Galati on Tuesday, September 06, 2011


It is no secret that today’s youth are more sedentary, overweight, and at risk for lifelong ailments. They need mentors who are going to lead by example and help them to develop positive relationships with physical activity that will make it a habitual part of their lives.




Do You Allow “ANTs” in Your Workouts?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 19, 2011


When it comes to linking mind-body awareness for your clients, one key element to teach is a degree of “mental toughness.” That means, in part, exterminating “ANTs” that your client may bring to your training session.




Anorexia Athletica: The Not-So-Healthy Mind-Body Interaction

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 05, 2011


When you hear, “to run faster,” “build endurance,” “to lose body fat,” or to “get thinner,” besides thinking about structuring an integrated fitness training program, do you ever wonder if these performance goals are thinly disguised indicators of anorexia athletica? Probably not, given that compulsive exercisers are often erroneously honestly mistaken for people with an enviable, deep commitment to exercise. They are far from that, pushing the threshold of distance, intensity or duration beyo




The PERMA Path to Becoming an Unequalled Personal Trainer

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 22, 2011


Truly outstanding and distinguished personal trainers can stand out. They act on an understanding that physical training, fitness, and well-being—happinesss—are intimately entwined, closely related and have a direct link. They bring current thinking on mind and body enhancement and expansion into every interaction with their clients whether in the gym, boot camp, group ex, home training, goal setting, and relationship development collaboration.




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




Your Client’s Got Personality…Reading It Accurately?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, June 24, 2011


It’s been said that the most important element of communication is to hear what isn’t being spoken. When it comes to the all important ingredient of building trust (visceral) and credibility (intellectual) during the rapport building phase of creating a healthy client-trainer alliance, you would do well to rely on Jimi Hendrix’ adage, “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”




Creating Rapport: The Doorway into an Effective, Enduring, Training Relationship

By Michael Mantell on Friday, June 10, 2011


Rapport with clients is necessary for designing effective exercise programs of the ACE IFT model. Understanding the psychological and emotional needs and characteristics of clients forms the base upon which to build this rapport.