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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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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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Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Core-Tex: More Than a Balance Trainer

It is not uncommon for the Core-Tex to be mistaken for a balance trainer, but according to its inventor, Anthony Carey, it was specifically designed to provide a multi-dimensional reactive training challenge. In this interview, Carey explains his intentions behind developing the Core-Tex, and why engaging all of the fascia and connective tissue surrounding a joint simultaneously is so important.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Do We Really Need to Crunch? 5 Core Exercises That Don’t Require Crunching

Everyone, it seems, wants six-pack abs, but the most common exercise most people use to get them may be more effective at increasing back pain than building rock-hard abs. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall explains why crunches can be a pain in the back and offers 5 great alternatives that not only sculpt the abs, but strengthen the entire core as well.

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Friday, April 05, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Latest and Greatest From IHRSA 2013

Fitness industry tradeshows are a great place to spot the newest trends and try out the latest equipment that may be coming soon to a gym near you. If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s IHRSA convention last month, you don’t want to miss ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall’s recap of walking the tradeshow, along with his picks for the most promising new equipment and trends.

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Monday, March 25, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Take the CoreFIST Challenge with BOSU's David Weck

ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall recently sat down with BOSU Balance Trainer creator David Weck to discuss his exciting new WeckMethod training program. CoreFIST, which is just one component of this new program, focuses on the importance of optimal bone alignment. Here, Weck explains the principles behind this cutting-edge programming.

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Monday, February 25, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Winter Workout Circuit

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.

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Monday, February 04, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

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

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.

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Monday, January 21, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

5 Ways to Spice up Your Workout in 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.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

5 BOSU® Exercises for Dynamic Balance

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.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Strategies for Success: Turning Resolutions Into Opportunities

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.

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Friday, October 26, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Can Women Pull Their Own Weight?

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.

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Friday, October 26, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

How To Get Real Results with Metabolic Conditioning

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.

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Friday, October 12, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Is the ViPR the Right Tool for Your Clients?

Have you tried the ViPR yet? By enabling users to move and strengthen the body in a whole new way, this revolutionary piece of equipment is transforming the way trainers design exercise programs for their clients. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall explains why the ViPR is destined to become a vital component of your trainer toolkit.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Train Movement - Not Muscles

If you grew up in the 80s, then chances are you probably spent most of your teen or early college years trying to look like an old-school action hero. Who didn’t want arms like the Arnold back then? Check out a first-hand perspective from ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall, whose philosophy about attaining all-around fitness has evolved significantly.

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