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November 2011

When Pigs Crunch:

A Commonsense Approach to Abdominal Training

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Does P90X Really Bring It?

By Joel Woldt, M.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Scott Doberstein, M.S., Jeff Steffen, Ph.D., and Carl Foster, Ph.D., with Mark Anders

With more than 3 million copies sold, P90X has been the best-selling home exercise program for seven years in a row and has attracted legions of fans including celebrities, weekend warriors and stay-at-home moms. But is it really as effective as the infomercials claim? Exclusive ACE-sponsored research puts it to the test.
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A Diet Fit for a Caveman

By Jim Gerard According to Paleo diet adherents, we should all be eating a diet that more closely mimics that of our ancient ancestors, with a heavy emphasis on lean meats, healthy fats and fruits and vegetables. But not everyone agrees: After all, researchers don’t really know exactly what our ancestors ate, most of whom didn’t live past the age of 30. We delve into this dietary trend and uncover the benefits and drawbacks of trying to eat like a caveman.
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Green Tea: A Dieter’s Secret Weapon

New research presents a convincing argument for adding a cup or two of green tea to your daily diet, especially for those who are trying to lose weight. Researchers believe that a specific compound in green tea may hold the key to helping people maintain or lose weight—potentially providing dieters an effective weapon in the battle against obesity.
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The Tough Stuff: Confronting Clients About Body Image–related Health Concerns

By Megan Senger
Have you ever suspected that one of your clients has an eating disorder, takes questionable supplements for weight loss or gain, or dangerously overtrains? Should you say something to him or her? In this article we reveal the signs of some specific body image–related health concerns that may be especially evident in an exercise environment, and offer important tips on how to handle the type of client conversations you hope to never have.
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Boost Athletic Performance With a Big Gulp of Beetroot Juice?

By Natalie Digate Muth, M.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Could beetroot juice be the next big performance-enhancing super food? New research suggests that beets contain properties that significantly boost exercise performance by lowering blood pressure and reducing the oxygen cost of activity.
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Share Your Insights — Take the 2012 Fitness Trends Survey

Each year, we reach out to ACE-certified professionals with our Fitness Trends Survey to gain important insights into the fitness industry. Your trend predictions are important to us, and every year the results of the survey are picked up by broadcast, print and online media outlets all over the world. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts about what's next on the horizon.
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Nicole Nichols Named America’s Top Personal Trainer to Watch

The call by ACE and Life Fitness to discover America’s top personal trainer elicited hundreds of entries and many truly amazing stories. Ten finalists and one grand-prize winner were announced at Club Industry 2011, and honored as having gone above and beyond in demonstrating a growing commitment to fitness, helping clients achieve lasting lifestyle change and serving as leaders in their communities.
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How Can You Play a Critical Role in Fighting America's Obesity Epidemic?

ACE is thrilled that Joining Forces representative and member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Cornell McClellan, will be the featured speaker at the networking lunch during the ACE Fitness Symposium. Find out how—in the spirit of the Let’s Move! and Joining Forces campaigns—collaboration across all fitness and health industries is so critical to creating a healthier America.
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ACE Impact Report 2011

2011 proved to be a busy and rewarding year and we couldn’t have done it without your help! Initiatives designed to educate and motivate Americans to live healthier lifestyles—from Hershey’s Moderation Nation to Joining Forces—continue to reinforce ACE’s position as an industry bridge-builder and an organization dedicated to connecting you with individuals in your communities.
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