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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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Monday, April 14, 2014

6 Not-so-healthy Health Foods

Marketing words like “healthy” and “all natural” can make a food seem a lot healthier than it really is. The Nutrition Twins set the record straight on six foods many people believe to be healthy, but are not nearly as good for you as you might think.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Dynamic Warm-up Every Runner Should Try

To many, warming up can feel like a waste of precious workout time, especially to runners. But skipping preparation and recovery strategies does not lead to maximized results and it certainly does not contribute to pain-free running longevity. Teach your clients how to take a few minutes to properly warm up with these multiplanar drills and you’ll be helping them run with better results for many years to come.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

How Stress Affects Your Waistline

You know stress is bad for you, but do you know exactly how bad? It’s much worse than you think. Dr. Michael Mantell describes the high cost of stress-inducing thinking on both the brain and the body, and explains why halting these thoughts in their tracks is essential to both your health and your waistline

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Monday, April 07, 2014

3 Delicious Protein Pancake Recipes

Pancakes taste so good, but most are not-so-good for you. These protein pancakes are an exception—they contain a great combination of protein, carbs, fiber and healthy fats—and can be used as an ideal recovery meal. You’ll love this easy recipe and the three delicious variations: chocolate chip, banana walnut and blueberry lemon. Hungry now?

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

ACE Total-body Barbell Workout

Did you know you can do a lot more with a barbell than just the basic chest press? This versatile tool is great for performing multijoint movements that target a large amount of muscle tissue. Plus, exercises like squats, deadlifts and presses help to strengthen functional movements that we use everyday. Here is an effective total-body workout that will enhance both strength and flexibility.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

ACE Partnership Brings Mobile Credit Card Payment Technology to ACE-certified Professionals

ACE recently partnered with Square, a leader in mobile credit card payment technology, to make it easier for trainers and coaches to accept credit-card payments for their products and services using a device they already carry with them—their cell phone. Tech guru Ted Vickey chatted with Square spokeswoman Faryl Ury to learn more about this useful technology.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

How to Incorporate Yoga Into Your Training Sessions

Yoga is widely accepted as a great way to increase both strength and flexibility, while also yielding positive mind-body benefits. But not every pose is suitable or safe for every client. Here are five poses that require little modification and are a positive addition to any fitness program.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Tabata Training

Think you know a thing or two about Tabata training? Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding this high-intensity protocol. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross clears up some of the confusion and explains how Tabata-inspired interval training can help your clients keep burning calories long after their workout has ended.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lighten Up With These Spring Salads

Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to trade in those heavy winter meals for lighter fare like these delicious spring salads created by The Nutrition Twins. Packed with fiber, protein and quality carbs—a combination that provides long-lasting energy—these four salads are sure to satisfy.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

IHRSA 2014 Products and Trends

Didn’t make it out to IHRSA this year? No problem! Fitness pro Pete McCall walked the trade show floor to identify the biggest trends and hottest new products emerging this year. Here’s what he found.

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