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10 Reasons Why Those with Arthritis Should Exercise

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 13, 2014


For those who suffer from arthritis, exercise can seem like a painful proposition. But the truth is that the right kind of exercise—low-impact walking, strength training and stretching, for example—can help minimize many of the adverse effects of arthritis. Here are 10 great reasons why people with arthritis should start a program of regular exercise.




Study: Are Overweight Children and Teens Destined to Become Overweight Adults?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, February 03, 2014


New research suggests that a child who is overweight by the age of five is highly likely to grow up to be an overweight teenager and adult. Pediatrician and obesity expert Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the implications of this new study and offers practical, proven tips for parents who want to help their children eat more healthfully and potentially avoid a lifetime of weight issues.




Injury Prevention for the Low Back

By Christopher McGrath on Friday, January 03, 2014


One of the best strategies for remaining injury free is to not get injured in the first place. Once the injury cycle has started, however, incidence of future injury increases dramatically. This is especially true of the low back. Fitness pro Chris McGrath explains six principles that will help your clients stabilize and strengthen the core, as well as increase mobility through the hips and thoracic spine.




A Day in the Life of a Figure Competitor

By Riana Rohmann on Thursday, August 22, 2013


What does it really take to become a competitive fitness athlete? As is the case with any competitive athlete, there are no shortcuts to success. Instead, there is a lot of sweat and sacrifices. Riana Rohmann shares both her secrets and her daily schedule, giving us a glimpse at a typical day in the intense and driven life of a figure competitor.




5 Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach and Reduce Low-back Pain

By Pete McCall on Monday, February 04, 2013


When it comes to creating a flat stomach while also reducing low-back pain, few exercises are more effective than the plank. Here are 5 great variations on the plank, which not only use the deep abdominal muscles (which helps flatten the stomach), but also recruit the hip, shoulder and upper-back muscles as well.




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.




Profiting from Corrective Exercise

By Justin Price on Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Corrective exercise is not only growing in popularity, its potentially very profitable as well. Corrective exercise expert Justin Price explains how you can gain access to this lucrative field and help your clients minimize aches and pains and get back to the activities they love.




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.




Is YOUR Grandmother an Athlete?

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, May 18, 2012


Although the current trend in fitness is to “train your grandmothers like your athletes,” if that idea isn’t approached thoughtfully and carefully, it can potentially be a terrible mistake. Training older adults like you train more competitive athletes is a great concept that I fully support, as long as trainers use proper movement and exercise progressions. The huge problem with putting it into practice is that proper exercise progressions are often thrown out in favor of tire flips.




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?




Ready to Train Your, or Someone’s, Grandparents?

By Michael Mantell on Monday, October 24, 2011


Anyone who reads professional fitness, exercise physiology or strength and conditioning journals, knows that fitness equals longevity. Inactivity doubles the risk of mobility limitations and propels cognitive decline. Being professionally prepared to graciously meet the fitness and health needs of this generation makes good business sense.




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