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Friday, April 18, 2014

Math as a Fitness Professional: Part II

Nutrition-related math can be a stumbling block for many exam candidates, but it really doesn’t have to be. Being able to determine things like caloric deficits and macronutrients needs is important, whether your clients are trying to lose weight or maximize performance. Here are the types of problems and calculations you need to know to perform, both for the exam and in your work with clients later on.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Physiological Assessments: Anthropometric Measurements

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this first of a four-part series, a variety of anthropometric measurements are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Motivation, Behavior Change and Program Adherence

Understanding your clients’ motivations is essential for being able to recommend the most appropriate and effective steps to helping them achieve their lifestyle goals. In fact, identifying their motivations and level of self-efficacy can mean the difference between a client making short-term, temporary fixes and truly achieving lasting, lifestyle changes.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Legal Responsibility

Do you understand what your legal responsibilities entail as a fitness professional? Do you understand what types of insurance you need to protect yourself in the event of a lawsuit? Not only do you need to know this information for the ACE exam, but it is especially important for your work as a fitness professionals. Learn about established standard of care and the different types of insurance that can help keep you protected if a client gets hurt.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 7

Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her seventh installment, featuring Chapters 16 and 17, which cover physical-activity programming.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Posture and Movement Assessments

Posture and movement assessments are essential to designing an exercise program that meets the needs of your clients. Through these assessments, you can identify which muscles need to be stretched or strengthened to help improve overall function and movement.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Health Coach Helper: Lesson 6

Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her sixth installment, featuring Chapters 11 and 12, which cover the assessments you should perform with a client prior to, and throughout, an exercise program.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About Musculoskeletal Injury

Whether or not a person is physically active, the possibility of musculoskeletal injury is always present. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the risk, but should an injury happen, it is essential that fitness professionals know how to adjust their clients’ programs accordingly. Here are some of the most common musculoskeletal injuries you might see, as well as information on how to respond to both preexisting and acute injuries.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Math as a Fitness Professional: Part I

Let’s face it: Math is not everyone’s favorite subject. But a certain amount of basic math is required, both to pass your ACE certification exam and in your work as a fitness professional. To make it easier to know exactly what you need, here is a breakdown of the most important equations, along with examples of how to calculate them.

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Friday, February 07, 2014

How to Review a Client’s Food Journal

As a fitness professional, it is essential that you stay within your scope of practice, particularly in the area of nutrition. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t help guide your clients toward making healthier choices. Research suggests that food journals are one of the best ways to increase awareness and help identify areas of less-than-healthy behaviors related to food. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to helping your clients utilize this effective tool.

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