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Latest Posts By Dr Michael Mantell

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D., the Senior Fitness Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for ACE, earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his M.S. degree in clinical psychology at Hahnemann Medical College where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. He has served as Chief Psychologist for San Diego's Children's Hospital and Health Center and the San Diego Police Department and has been on the clinical faculty of UCSD's Department of Psychiatry. He is a Behavior Science coach for fitness trainers, health coaches, world-class athletes and fitness enthusiasts for mental and behavioral performance enhancement. He has taught for the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, is an Ambassador for PHIT America, serves on the expert panel for greatist.com, is a weekly contributor to Fox 5 News, writes monthly for IHRSA, and is a member of the Sports Medicine Team at the Sporting Club of San Diego specializing in fitness behavioral science.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How Stress Affects Your Waistline

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

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Monday, March 03, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Help Your Clients Increase Their Willpower

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.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Help Your Clients Achieve Real Resolve, Not Just Resolutions

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.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Holidays: When You Are Needed Most

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.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

IDEA: Inspiration, Development, Education and Awareness

Didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s 2013 IDEA World Fitness Convention? Here is a quick summary of some of the highlights, which included top-notch education and high-energy workouts. Dr. Michael Mantell also explains why this year, information was clearly king.

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Friday, July 26, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

How to Remember What You Study

Feeling nervous about trying to learn and memorize all the necessary information to pass your ACE certification exam? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great advice and shares his tips for making the most of your study time and actually absorbing the material you are trying to learn.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Less Panic, More Health

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.

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Friday, December 21, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Help Your Clients Overcome Setbacks

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.

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Monday, November 26, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Stay Calm or Cram On?

What’s the best way to prepare for your ACE exam? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great studying strategies that will leave you feeling calm and assured as your exam date approaches, as well as tips on how to reduce anxiety on the day of your exam.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Mentally Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

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.

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Friday, September 07, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Person in the Person-ality

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.

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Friday, August 24, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Rapport: The Secret Ingredient to Career Success

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.

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Friday, August 17, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Real Benefits of Strengthening Your Core…Beliefs

As fitness professionals, we often spend so much time focusing on the physical aspects of health that we often forget the emotional side. Help yourself and your clients reevaluate their core selves by asking a few questions that will help them achieve their goals.

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Friday, July 13, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

A 30 Year-Old IDEA

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention in San Diego last week, you missed a venue full of new equipment and research, and a networking opportunity that drew about 6,000 fitness professionals from across the country. But don’t worry, our own ACE Senior Consultant Michael Mantell, Ph.D., has a recap of the event, as well as a few thoughts on his favorite products introduced there.

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Friday, July 06, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Body Image: What’s It All About?

Hearing a client say they want to “tone up” or “get leaner” is nothing new, but going beyond that to explore any body image issues your client may have could be undiscovered territory. Check out some insight from Dr. Michael Mantell on some signals that your client may be experiencing body image dissatisfaction and how you should handle it.

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Monday, June 18, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Gain Optimal Advantage for Life with Breakthrough Goal Setting

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.

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Monday, May 21, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Remember What You Study?

Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve been in school and now you’re faced with studying a 700+ page ACE Personal Trainer Manual along with additional technical publications filled with words, concepts, definitions and material that you’re having a hard time remembering. It’s exasperating and maybe even stressful, especially when the certification exam is fast approaching. You begin wondering if you should postpone the exam date. The short answer is don’t!

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Transform Your Career, Coach!

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.

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Monday, April 02, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Anatomy of Multiple-Choice Tests

Ever since Frederick J. Kelly, in 1914, at the University of Kansas, invented this approach, students have struggled with no real clue how to approach and analyze multiple-choice questions. Some people create so much stress and anxiety over these tests that they continually postpone taking it. To help you overcome anxiety and succeed, you simply need to understand the system behind multiple-choice tests.

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Monday, February 06, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

6-Step Plan to Avoid Procrastination

Don’t wait until tomorrow! Let’s take a look at what procrastination is all about and equip you with a six-step plan to successfully prepare for your ACE certification exam!

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