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Latest Posts By Pete McCall

As an Exercise Physiologist with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Pete creates and delivers fitness education programs to uphold ACE’s mission of enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. He is one of the creators of the new ACE Integrated Fitness Training (IFT) model of exercise program design. Pete has a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he is a Certified Personal Trainer with ACE and holds additional certifications and advanced specializations through the NSCA (CSCS), and NASM. Outside of his work responsibilities Pete coaches high school rugby and teaches group fitness classes.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

6 Types of Metabolic Damage Caused by High-intensity Workouts

High intensity workouts are everywhere because they are proven to show results. However, it is important to understand the strain these exercises can put on your body, including metabolic damage. ACE Certified Pro Pete McCall shares the science of how high intensity workouts with improper recovery time could be harmful.

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Monday, September 22, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

4 Myths about Strength Training for Women

While many women are discovering the benefits of strength training and learning that lifting weights can result in sculpted, lean bodies that cardio machines simply cannot produce, others are still falling prey to the myths that have made women fear weight training for far too long. As part of ACE’s StrongHER campaign, we’re cutting through the confusion and clearing up some common misconceptions about strength training and women.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

6 Lower-body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

Squats are an excellent way to increase lower-body strength and appearance, but can be a difficult exercise to learn how to do correctly. If you are interested in strengthening your hips and developing an appealing backside, but want to reduce your risk of injury, try these six exercises that can help you achieve the results you want.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

7 Things to Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)

Just like a car’s engine takes a while too cool off after a long trip, your metabolism can continue to burn more calories after a high-intensity workout then when at complete rest. This physiological effect is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains seven things you should know about EPOC and how it can help you and your clients achieve optimal levels of calorie burning from your workouts.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Are Two-a-Day Workouts Right for You?

Wondering if two-a-day workouts might help you achieve your fitness goals? ACE Certified Pro Pete McCall explains how to determine if two-a-days are right for you and, if so, how to organize your workouts to achieve specific fitness goals.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Training for Movement Variability

Designing movement-based exercise programs that challenge clients through a variety of patterns can improve coordination, movement skill and increase the energy expenditure of a workout. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains why knowing how to challenge clients with variability in their exercise programs can help them learn the safest, most effective solutions for safely executing the movements they have to perform on a regular basis.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Select the Right Rest Intervals and Post-Training Recovery for Your Clients

In the final installment of this series focusing on the variables of exercise program design, ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains why adequate rest intervals and post-training recovery periods may be the most important of all the variables. Here’s how you can enhance your clients’ efforts during training sessions by ensuring optimal rest and recovery periods.

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Friday, July 11, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Select the Right Volume and Frequency for Your Clients

Both the volume of a workout program and the frequency of training sessions play a critical role in stimulating muscle growth. If you have clients who want to train for muscle size or definition, volume and frequency are two essential variables to consider when designing an exercise program.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Select the Right Sets and Tempo for Your Clients

So far in this series on exercise program design, we have covered the principles of specificity and overload, as well as the application of the program design variables exercise selection, intensity and repetitions. In part 3, we address the principle of progression and how to apply the variables of sets and tempo.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Select the Right Intensity and Repetitions for Your Clients

One of the most common challenges faced by the average fitness enthusiast is reaching a plateau, where exercise no longer seems to have an effect and the body stops making any physiological changes. In part two of an ongoing series, ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains why this happens and how to adjust the variables of intensity and repetitions so you can help your clients reach their goals.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Select the Right Exercises for Your Clients

In this first in an ongoing series examining the principles and variables of program design and how they can be applied to create results for clients, ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains the art and science of selecting the right exercises when designing an exercise program.

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Friday, May 09, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Total Gym® Workout with Founder Tom Campanero

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

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Friday, May 02, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Why You Should Train the Core Standing Up

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

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

IHRSA 2014 Products and Trends

Didn’t make it out to IHRSA this year? No problem! Fitness pro Pete McCall walked the trade show floor to identify the biggest trends and hottest new products emerging this year. Here’s what he found.

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Monday, March 10, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Recommend Group Fitness Classes to Personal Training Clients

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.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Training for Obstacle Course Races

Obstacle course races like the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder are hugely popular right now, attracting legions of fans throughout the country. That popularity represents a great opportunity for fitness professionals to offer race-specific training programs to would-be participants. Fitness pro Pete McCall explains the physical demands of these races and offers a sample training program you can use with your clients.

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Monday, January 27, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Using Professional Football Skills to Market Personal Training

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.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

8 Reasons to Start a Career in the Fitness Industry

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.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

5 Reasons Why Personal Trainers Should Consider Sharing Clients

Are you struggling with meeting the demands of a wide range of clientele, and wondering how you can be available to them at all hours of the day without giving up your own personal time? ACE-certified Fitness Professional Pete McCall has a solution for trainers facing this dilemma: client sharing. In fact, you may even be able to increase your income AND reduce your working hours by teaming up with other personal trainers and sharing clients.

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Monday, December 02, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Time-saving Workout Ideas for Busy Clients

It’s not surprising that the busiest time of year—when stress levels are high and energy levels are often low—that clients need their trainers the most. Unfortunately, even the most dedicated exercisers don’t always make the time to work out. You can help your clients deal with the stress of the season and remain fit by incorporating these time-restricted workouts into their routines that will get the job done quickly and effectively.

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