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Like Barefoot, Only Better?

By Caitlin McCarthy, M.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Tom Kernozek, Ph.D., John Willson, Ph.D., and Carl Foster, Ph.D., with Mark Anders Are barefoot-style and minimalist running shoes really a better alternative to overly cushioned shoes, as proponents claim? This ACE-sponsored study examined the potential benefits and drawbacks of Vibram Five Fingers, one of the most popular brands in this category.


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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 P90X is a best-selling home exercise program and has attracted legions of fans. Although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests the program is effective, this ACE-sponsored study was the first to determine the true energy cost and exercise intensity of P90X.


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ACE Study Identifies Best Triceps Exercises

By Brittany Boehler, B.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Dennis Kline, M.S., C. Russell Hendrix, Ph.D., and Carl Foster, Ph.D., with Mark Anders This ACE-sponsored study identified which exercises are most effective—and efficient—for toning and strengthening the triceps. Armed with this new research, you'll be able to better guide your clients in their efforts to tone and strengthen their triceps.


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Zumba Fitness: Sure It’s Fun But Is it Effective?

By Mary Luettgen, M.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Carl Foster, Ph.D., Richard Mikat, Ph.D., and Jose Rodriguez-Morroyo, Ph.D. Despite the immense popularity of Zumba fitness, very little research had been done to document the potential benefits of this form of aerobic dance. That is, until this ACE-sponsored research study, which determined whether Zumba fitness provides a workout, a party or both.


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Does the Mega-selling Shake Weight Live Up to the Hype?

by Mark Anders with Jennah Hackbarth, M.S., John P. Porcari, PH.D., Thomas Kernozek, PH.D., Scott Doberstein, M.S., Timothy Suchomel, B.S., and Carl Foster, PH.D. Hitting the infomercial airwaves in 2009 with fabulous promises, Shake Weight quickly became one of the hottest-selling products on TV. This ACE-commissioned study evaluated the degree of muscle activation when using the Shake Weight versus a traditional dumbbell of equal weight.


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What are the Top 3 Most Effective Chest Exercises?

By Whitnee Schanke, M.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Emmanuel Felix, Ph.D., Charles Hendrix, M.S. Ed., and Carl Foster, Ph.D. This exclusive ACE-sponsored study identified which of the most commonly performed chest exercises, such as bench press, flys and push-ups, were the most effective for strengthening and toning the muscles of the chest.


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Toning Pants—Too Good to Be True?

By Alexa Kleingartner, M.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Scott Doberstein, M.S., Charles Hendrix, M.S., and Carl Foster, Ph.D. Fila USA claims its Toning Resistance Tight Capri provides a “50% increase in muscle workouts.” This ACE-commissioned study put this $50 exercise pant to the test to determine if it really works as advertised.


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An Elliptical Cross-Trainer on Three Wheels?

By Jordan Becker, M.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Carl Foster, Ph.D., and Scott Doberstein, M.S., with Mark Anders Wouldn’t it be great if you could take your elliptical trainer outdoors? That’s the concept behind the StreetStrider, which uses movements of both legs and arms to meld the motion of jogging, cycling and cross-country skiing into one. But does it offer a good workout?


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As we look forward to 2013, ACE will be significantly expanding its research efforts to include even more studies. That’s where your expertise and experience comes in. We’d like to know what you would like to see studied—what products, techniques and trends do you and your clients have questions about? Please email your ideas to research@ACEfitness.org.
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