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Latest Posts By Jacqueline Crockford

Jacque Crockford, MS, CSCS, is an ACE certified personal trainer and an ACE exercise physiologist and education specialist with more than 12 years of personal training experience. Crockford grew up in the fitness industry through participation in YMCA sports and began teaching gymnastics and swimming at a young age. Completing her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University and master’s degree in sport and exercise science from Florida International University, her work as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, NSCA strength-and-conditioning coach, and endurance coach led her to begin teaching for post-secondary educational institutions in allied health and holistic wellness. She is a published content writer for USATriathlon and was a member of the KSU women’s varsity rowing team. Crockford has also competed in multiple triathlons in Kansas, Washington, Florida and California, and as a National Physique Committee competitor.

Friday, May 22, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Improve Lower-body Mobility and Stability

Stability and mobility are essential to avoiding injury and creating a balanced body that moves efficiently. This second installment of a two-part series on how to improve stability and mobility throughout the body focuses on exercises for the lower body, including the hips, knees, ankles and feet.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Increase Upper-body Stability and Mobility

To avoid injury and create a balanced body that moves efficiently, it is important that both stability and mobility are obtained to some degree before moving on to more complex movement patterns, and especially before adding load and intensity to those movements. In this first installment of a two-part series, learn which exercises can be used to enhance upper-body stability and mobility.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

5 Essential Tips for Improving Running Form

Many people are reluctant to take up running because it can be physically painful. However, unless your client has an injury or musculoskeletal issue that prevents him or her from running, it is a safe activity to add to one’s fitness routine. Here are a few tips you can offer clients that can help them improve their running economy and decrease their risk of injury.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

8 Creative Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

Looking for new ways to maximize the versatility and effectiveness of medicine balls in your clients’ workouts? Here are eight new ways to use medicine balls that will build strength, increase power and keep your clients engaged and having fun during their workouts.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

Total-body Workout for Beginners

When designing strength-training programs for beginning exercisers, keep it simple, urges ACE Exercise Physiologist Jacque Ratliff, who explains how to use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to create simple and appropriately challenging workouts for clients who are new to exercise.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Partner HIIT Workout

You want to enjoy all the season has to offer—parties, celebrations, great food—but it’s also important to make the time to stay on track with your fitness goals. This 30-minute partner workout is a great way to spend time with a friend or loved one, while also getting in a sweaty, energizing exercise session.

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Monday, November 3, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

5 Things Fitness Professionals Should Know About Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and, given the increasing prevalence of this disease, it is essential that fitness professionals understand how to design safe and effective exercise programs that take into account the unique needs of those with diabetes. Here are five things that every fitness professional should know about diabetes.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Create an Effective Circuit Workout

Circuit training is a great way to get a fast and effective workout, but the endless variations and combinations of exercises can make it difficult to know what type of circuit is right for you and your clients. Here are a few tips for setting up the best circuit to match specific fitness goals.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Improve Your Stability and Mobility with These Functional Exercises

Functional fitness isn’t just a fitness concept, it’s an essential component of living a healthy, active life. It’s also the newest addition to the ACE Integrated Fitness TrainingTM (ACE IFTTM) Model. Here are some great functional exercises you can add to your clients’ current workout routines as part of a dynamic warm-up or, if your client is new to exercise, start with these to begin developing his or her stability and mobility, while also gently increasing heart rate.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

6 Moves for Stronger Glutes

Strong, toned glutes not only look good, they are key to maintaining balance and moving well, whether your main activity is walking or competing in triathlons. Here are six great moves that will help lift and strengthen your glutes.

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Monday, July 14, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Total-body Plyometrics Workout

Plyometrics exercise are an incredibly effective way to improve reactivity, power and coordination, while also increasing both the calorie burn and challenge of your workouts. And, while the intensity of these exercises means that participants need to be physically ready to do them, plyometrics should be a supplemental part of a well-rounded training program. Here are some great exercises to help you get started.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With an Android Body Type

Reducing abdominal fat—a common goal of many who have an android body type—can be a challenge. While spot reduction remains a myth, there are specific workouts you can use with your clients that take into account their individual body types. In part 2 of this two-part series, Jacque Ratliff explains how to use moderate-intensity aerobic training and total-body resistance-training circuits to help clients reduce stubborn abdominal fat that could negatively affect their health.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With a Gynoid Body Type

Reducing lower-body fat—a common goal of many who have a gynoid body type—can be a challenge. While spot reduction remains a myth, there are specific workouts you can use with your clients that take into account their individual body types. In part 1 of this two-part series, Jacque Ratliff explains how to use high-intensity interval training and total-body resistance-training circuits to help clients reduce stubborn lower-body fat.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Incorporate Yoga Into Your Training Sessions

Yoga is widely accepted as a great way to increase both strength and flexibility, while also yielding positive mind-body benefits. But not every pose is suitable or safe for every client. Here are five poses that require little modification and are a positive addition to any fitness program.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

6 Exercises to Improve Agility

Agility—the ability to move quickly and change directions with ease—is an essential part of an active lifestyle. As such, agility training should be an important part of your workout routine. Here are six agility drills that will help you stay quick on your toes and sharp as a tack.

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