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Latest Posts By Chris Gagliardi

Monday, September 15, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Jiu-Jitsu Inspired Partner Workout

Partner exercises are a great way to add some creativity to your workouts, as well as offer possibilities for small group and group training. Check out this fun and unique partner workout, which includes exercises that are done during a jiu-jitsu class to help improve strength, balance and coordination.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Try This Jiu Jitsu-inspired Workout

The Brazilian art of Jiu Jitsu offers an excellent way to strengthen and increase agility throughout the entire body. The exercises featured in this Jiu Jitsu-inspired routine can add great variety to your existing program or be used to create an intense, total-body workout.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Considerations for Training the Pre- and Postnatal client

Maintaining a physically active lifestyle is a great way for women to support a healthy pregnancy and for them to return to a normal healthy lifestyle after delivery. As a fitness professional, it is important to be aware of the general guidelines, contraindications and signs for discontinuing exercise, which are key aspects to creating a safe and effective exercise program for both the pre and postnatal client.

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Monday, October 14, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Special Considerations for Training in Cold Weather

Environmental conditions are important to consider when designing an exercise program. In this blog, we take a closer look at the implications of exercising in the cold, and how fitness professionals can design programs that are safe for their clients—even on winter’s coldest days.

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Thursday, October 03, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Diabetes: Understanding the Effects of Insulin on the Body

There has been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of diabetes over the past several decades, which makes it increasingly likely that you will work with clients who have some form of diabetes. Here is a basic primer on how insulin affects the body and the different types of diabetes you may encounter among your clients.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

The High Life: Special Considerations for Training at Altitude

If you train clients at higher altitudes—or to participate in activities at high altitude—it is essential that you understand the factors that need to be considered. Not only is there less oxygen available at higher altitudes, there is greater potential for reduced physical performance. Here is a quick review of the special considerations for training at altitude, along with tips on how to spot signs of altitude sickness.

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Monday, September 09, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Considerations for Exercising in the Heat

As a fitness professional, it is essential that you understand how to help keep their clients safe and reduce their risk of heat illness when exercising in extreme heat and/or humidity. Here are some important precautions and tips for staying safe throughout the hottest months of the year.

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Friday, May 24, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Math on the Exam: We’ve Got You Covered

If it’s been years since you did any math you may be worried about some of the exam questions requiring you to use formulas and determine a correct answer. The good news is that the amount of questions involving math on the exams is minimal. Plus, we’ve created two math-specific tools—the Helpful Formulas Sheet and the Fitness Math course—that, with a little practice, will have you breezing through those math questions in no time.

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Friday, April 19, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

The Three Primary Energy Pathways Explained

Are you struggling to understand the primary energy pathways and how the body uses the energy formed from each system? Here’s a quick breakdown of the phosphagen, anaerobic and aerobic pathways that fuel the body through all types of activity.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

I just became certified. What tools and other perks come with passing the exam?

As a newly ACE-certified Fitness Professional, you now have access to a wide range of benefits and resources that will be a huge help as you launch your career. Here is an overview of some of the great features that are exclusively yours now that you’ve passed your exam.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Training for Balance, Training for Life

Balance is essential for all human movement and movement and is necessary for all activities of daily living. Therefore, it should be considered a foundational component of all programming and trained early in the exercise program once core function has been established. Learn the mechanical principles related to balance and how to manipulate training variables to help your clients achieve not only better balance, but improved fitness and quality of life as well.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Which study guide should I use?

Having trouble deciding how to best prepare for your ACE certification exam? ACE offers two highly effective study guides designed to prepare you to successfully pass your ACE exam. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.

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Monday, February 11, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

How to Get the Most Out of Flashcards

Flashcards can be an incredibly helpful study tool as you prepare for your ACE exam, and these tips for using them effectively will help you make the most of your study time. Didn’t purchase the ACE flashcards? No problem—follow these simple steps for making your own.

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Monday, February 04, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

How much math do we need to know for the exam? And why do we need to know it?

The math section of the certification exam can be a source of major anxiety. To help calm your nerves and clear up any misunderstandings, ACE answers your frequently asked questions about fitness math.

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Monday, January 21, 2013 in Exam Preparation Blog

Time to Review the Exam Review

Are you maximizing your study time by taking advantage of ACE’s online exam review courses? Available for each of ACE’s four certifications, the online exam review course is a great way to not only boost your comprehension of the material covered in the manual, but to increase your chances of success as well.

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Monday, December 03, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

What is the ACE Resource Center and How Should I Use It?

Did you know the ACE Resource Center is staffed with professionals just waiting to help answer your questions? Whether you’re studying for your certification exam or are a new or seasoned fitness professional looking for answers about the industry, our Study Coaches are ready to offer their assistance. Here are some great reasons you might want to contact the ACE Resource Center today.

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Monday, October 15, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

What is a Kinetic Chain?

ACE Study Coach Chris Gagliardi discusses the difference between open-chain and closed-chain movements.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

What's the Difference between Autogenic and Reciprocal Inhibition?

Autogenic and reciprocal inhibition occur when the GTO and muscle spindes activate as a response to muscle tension and length. Learn from ACE's Chris Gagliardi as he discusses the difference between the two and how they apply to flexibility and stretching.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Using ACE Academy & ACE Academy Elite

If you’ve been exploring an ACE Personal Trainer Certification – or if you feel a bit overwhelmed with the study process – you’ll love our new study materials. Take an in-depth look at ACE Academy and ACE Academy Elite, designed to help you study more efficiently and retain the knowledge you’ll need to become a better personal trainer later on.

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