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Are you a personal trainer, group fitness instructor or other practicing fitness professional? Thought leaders from ACE and throughout the industry will keep you on the forefront of fitness with the latest research, best practices, and innovative tools and techniques to boost your fitness career. Plus get practical information, insight and tips in the areas of functional movement, strength training, cardio training, core training, metabolic conditioning, performance training, group exercise, small group training, mind-body, behavior change, coaching and motivation for lasting results with clients.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

5 Plank Variations That Will Challenge Your Core

Planks are incredibly effective, strengthening the core, arms, shoulders, glutes and legs. And when you move beyond the basic plank, by lifting an arm or adding movement, you can dramatically increase the challenge of the exercise. Here are five plank variations that focus on lifting the legs and adding rotation to intensity the work.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

Anyone who has tried to help people make a behavioral change knows how difficult it can be, and not everyone is ready to make the changes we think they need to make to improve their health. Learn how to use the ACE Cycle of Change to help you tailor behavior-change interventions to your client’s readiness to change.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

6 Reflection Questions To Help You Find Your Niche

If you’re a newly certified health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to find your personal fitness niche—your area of expertise that makes you stand out from the crowd. Clarifying your target market is important so you can connect with clients who are a good fit for your services. Here are six questions that will help you find your fitness niche.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to Basics Strength-training Workout

Workout programs don’t need to be overly complicated to be effective—they just need to execute the fundamental principles of exercise really well. This basic strength workout, which can be adjusted to focus on hypertrophy or calorie burning, uses offset hand and foot positions to add movement variability, which helps create stronger, more injury-resistant muscle and connective tissue.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

5 Tips for Detoxing

Feeling sluggish because your diet hasn’t been exactly stellar lately? What your body needs are foods that are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, potassium, water and fiber, but low in calories and sodium. These 5 tips will immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track as they hydrate you while flooding your body with nutrients to help to neutralize damaging particles and flushing out bloating culprits, like salt.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

10 Career Growth Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

Interested in picking up more classes and increasing your group fitness income? ACE Gold Certified Group Fitness Instructor Lawrence Biscontini shares his top 10 career growth tips for today’s group fitness professional.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Strength Training for the Cardio Fan

Do you have clients who resist strength training because they prefer cardio? This routine from ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross offers just about everything a person needs to make a stronger and more capable body—pushing, pulling, rotating, squatting and lunging. Your clients’ cardio will feel better and they will move better, too.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nutrition Support for Long-distance Running

When it comes to long-distance running, nutrition is a big consideration for health and success, whether your client’s program is simply moving from a more casual weekly routine to extended times and distances or training for a first marathon. Learn how you can support your clients’ long-distance running efforts while staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Complex Training: Strength and Conditioning Workout for Athletes

If your clients are looking to improve their athletic performance, post-activation potentiation (PAP), commonly referred to as complex training, is an effective approach. This program focuses on improving both muscular strength and power, and can be performed in sets or as a circuit.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Train This, Not That: The Leg Edition

Once again, we are reviewing some common exercise selections and identifying which ones may not be the safest option for helping your clients achieve their goals. Here are some potentially dangerous leg exercises and along with better options for a safer and more effective replacement.

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