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Fitness Professional Resources

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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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Maximize HIIT With Metabolic Strength Conditioning

By Amanda Vogel, M.A.

Have you tried metabolic strength conditioning? It combines a circuit format with resistance exercises and back-to-back intervals, making it particularly effective for producing both cardio and strength results. Check out this sample workout that alternates between non-competing muscle groups to capitalize on the rest periods between exercises and get more muscles working in less time. Read more »

By the American Council on Exercise

ACE-sponsored Research: Identifying the Best Method to Program Exercise Intensity

By Daniel J. Green

Exercise intensity is typically presented as a percentage of heart-rate reserve, maximum heart rate or VO2reserve, but this method often yields mixed results. A new ACE-commissioned study compared the effectiveness of two exercise-training programs for improving cardiorespiratory fitness: the ACE three-zone training model versus the more common relative-percent method. Read on to learn their findings and how to apply them. Read more »

By the American Council on Exercise

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. Continue Reading »

By Stephanie Thielen on 4/14/2015 | 0 Comments Comments

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. Continue Reading »

By Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, FAAP on 4/14/2015 | 0 Comments Comments