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January 2012

Research Examines
the Effects of
Personal Training

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Why a Mid-morning Snack Could Derail Your Clients' Weight-loss Efforts

When it comes to losing weight, it’s generally the culmination of numerous small actions—such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or choosing nonfat over whole milk—that end up making the biggest difference. Unfortunately, the reverse also appears to be true. New research suggests that something as benign as a mid-morning snack may hamper even the most dedicated dieter’s efforts.
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Q and A: Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) Training

By Pete McCall, M.S.

Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) is growing in popularity and many personal trainers are wondering if earning this credential is worth the time and expense. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall explains the theory behind MAT training and describes how personal trainers might benefit from offering this service to their clients.
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Mind Over Matter: Can Your Clients Be Tricked Into Better Performance?

By Jim Gerard
What limits how fast a person can run, swim or cycle? How high she can jump? How hard he can strike a tennis ball or throw a javelin? For years, exercise physiologists pondering the elements of ultimate athletic performance believed that an athlete’s body (including his or her genes) sets the ceiling, but a growing body of research suggests that our minds play a prominent role in fixing our limits—or allowing us to surpass them.
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Does Childhood Obesity Start at Conception?

By Natalie Digate Muth, M.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Few would argue that the changes in the way we live—from how we get to work and school to what we eat for snacks and meals—are responsible for the rapid and alarming widening of our waistlines from infancy to old age. But it turns out that, for many kids, the risk of obesity starts long before their first fast-food outing, bowl of ice cream, or entire afternoon spent watching TV or playing video games.
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From Ancient Greece to Zumba: 50 Events, People and Trends That Have Shaped the History of Fitness (Part 1)

By Lance Dalleck, Ph.D.
Did you know that some of our basic fitness principles originated more than 5,000 years ago? And you may be surprised to learn how events like wars and inventions like the computer have influenced our fitness knowledge and practices. Here in part 1 of this series, we highlight the first 25 notable events, people and trends that have shaped the history of fitness, beginning with primitive man up to some famous figures of the 20th century.
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ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model—Your Roadmap to a Better Career

Every trainer needs a roadmap to success. Learn why it’s so critical to connect with clients and how to do so effectively. Instead of conducting a battery of initial tests, find out what makes each client different and unique and how to progress them safely and effectively toward real results.
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How to Advance Your Fitness Career to the Next Level

By Pete McCall, M.S.

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard, studied, and have finally passed your ACE Personal Trainer certification. Now what? Pete McCall shows what options are available for advancing your career, and shares his experience of going from club management to becoming a full-time personal trainer and group fitness instructor to a fitness educator. Get his tips on securing positions to advance your career as a fitness professional.
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