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    New Nutrition Tools for Pros

    Fitness professionals have the opportunity to reach people struggling to manage or lose weight, but unfortunately, many shy away from discussing nutrition, assuming it is outside of their scope of practice. ACE has taken the initiative to find solutions that allow fitness professionals to maximize their expertise in nutrition without going beyond the boundaries.

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    Top Tips and Never-Before Seen Exercises for Training the Abs [VIDEO]

    The weather's warming up, so you and your clients may be wondering how to get chiseled abs. Author of "Abs Revealed," Jonathan Ross, knows exactly how to work all your abs — not just the main ones. Watch this video series for two never-before seen, innovative ab exercises.

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    Riding a Bike Going Nowhere Is Harder Than It Looks

    Many people falsely assume that it's easy to teach an indoor cycling class. As long as they are in shape, have a great personality and spend a ton of time on their tunes, how hard can it be? If you truly want to provide the best experience, there's more than meets the eye.

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    Correct Cues for Scapular Motion

    Personal trainers often give clients cues on how to move the shoulder blades during back- and chest-strengthening exercises, but they don't always agree on exactly what those cues should be. Our experts examine shoulder-blade positioning during four common resistance exercises and explain when, why and how to cue scapular movement to achieve safe and effective form.

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    5 Foods That Are Healthy (But Aren't)

    There are a lot of food options out there and many of them hide under a guise of being healthy. It can definitely get confusing! We decided to take the guesswork out of healthy eating by asking registered dietitians and nutrition experts to weigh in. They told us which foods aren't as healthy as we may think and even better, healthy swaps for them.

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    Applying the ACE IFT Model to P90X and Crossfit

    We’ll take a look at P90X and Crossfit, and how the Load and Performance phases of the ACE IFT Model are related to the popular workout trends.

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    Shifting Is the New Lifting

    Most lifting programs are incomplete. And it’s because they are just that — lifting programs. Most weightlifting exercises involve lifting, directly opposing gravity. But in life, we lift, shift and twist things we hold. If you add some shifting and twisting, your “lifting” program can now provide a more complete movement experience.

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Dynamite Delts: ACE Research Identifies Top Shoulder Exercises

By Samantha Sweeney, M.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Clayton Camic, Ph.D., Attila Kovacs, Ph.D., and Carl Foster, Ph.D.

When it comes to both functional strength and aesthetics, strong shoulder muscles are key. But what’s the best way to effectively strengthen and shape the entire shoulder muscle? To learn the answer, check out this exclusive ACE study, which evaluated 10 popular shoulder exercises to determine which ones are the most effective. Read more »

By the American Council on Exercise

Best Exercises for Great Legs and Pain-free Knees

By Justin Price

Is there a secret to developing strong, great-looking legs without increasing the risk of painful knees? Biomechanics expert Justin Price explains why traditional lower-body workouts can actually increase the likelihood of knee pain and/or injury because they don’t train the muscles of the legs in a functional, weight-bearing fashion. Here are his top exercises for building great-looking legs while minimizing the risk of injury. Read more »

By the American Council on Exercise

Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

Is your motto, “Everything in moderation” or “You can never have too much of a good thing”? It seems the fitness industry has decided you can never have too much high-intensity interval training (HIIT), with the intense modality taking over class schedules across the country. But popularity doesn’t always mean great results, explains ACE Certified pro Shannon Fable, who argues that we’ve gotten a little too carried away with all-HIIT programming, all the time. Could there be a more effective app Continue Reading »

By Shannon Fable on 8/30/2014 | 0 Comments Comments

7 Things to Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)

Just like a car’s engine takes a while too cool off after a long trip, your metabolism can continue to burn more calories after a high-intensity workout then when at complete rest. This physiological effect is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains seven things you should know about EPOC and how it can help you and your clients achieve optimal levels of calorie burning from your workouts. Continue Reading »

By Pete McCall, MS on 8/28/2014 | 0 Comments Comments