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Active Wellness 5 Natural Ways to Boost Energy

5 Natural Ways to Boost Energy

When we feel tired or we lack energy, many of us feel the need to recharge our batteries in artificial ways, via consuming energy drinks or supplements. But what our run-down bodies and minds really need is a heavy dose of self-care. Here are five natural ways to rejuvenate yourself when you’re feeling worn out.

Active Wellness Are Americans Becoming More Health Conscious?

Are Americans Becoming More Health Conscious?

More than ever, Americans are more concerned about genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and organic-based foods, which is causing many industries to change how they do business. Here are some examples of how Americans have become more health conscious and are influencing the future health of their fellow citizens.

Active Career How to Structure Coaching Sessions Using the CRAFT Model

How to Structure Coaching Sessions Using the CRAFT Model

Coaching is a wonderful experience and can lead to transformations, first of mind and then of body. But getting each session started smoothly and staying on track is essential to seeing results. Learn how to use the CRAFT model, which can help you structure sessions with clients whom you are actively coaching toward fairly clear objectives.

Active Fitness Is Fitness Technology Good for Kids?

Is Fitness Technology Good for Kids?

ACE technology expert Ted Vickey examines the use of activity trackers and other fitness wearables by children and offers advice to parents and health and fitness professionals on how to most effectively utilize these health and fitness technologies.

Active Fitness Effectively Meeting the Fitness Needs of Seniors

Effectively Meeting the Fitness Needs of Seniors

The senior or active aging population—is arguably the most heterogeneous group within the health club setting. As such, having a mindset for inclusive teaching is paramount for all health and fitness professionals. ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains what you need to know about the active aging population so that you can work with them more effectively in today’s fitness environment.

Active Wellness Why Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

Why Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

Physical activity plays an important role in brain growth and development, yet children aren’t receiving nearly enough physical activity in schools. By providing children with opportunities to move more, we’re playing a role in improving their physical fitness AND their cognitive performance.

Active Nutrition 21 EASY FOOD SWAPS

21 EASY FOOD SWAPS

If you want to achieve better health by making changes to your diet, one critical success factor is taking small steps. These small steps pointed in the right direction will lead you to success in your bigger health and fitness goals. Making many dietary changes all at once can be a resister for disaster; instead, learn to make small changes over a period of time, which is a recipe for success. Try introducing these easy food swaps into your snacks and meals.

Active Nutrition Macronutrient Needs Based on Goals

Macronutrient Needs Based on Goals

All food can be broken down into three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fat. This guide to macros will help you to understand what role each macronutrient plays in the body, as well as the best food sources for each one.

Active Career 3 Steps to Reach More People and Make More Money as a Health and Fitness Professional

3 Steps to Reach More People and Make More Money as a Health and Fitness Professional

As a health and fitness professional, you have the opportunity to share your positive influence with people all over the world. Follow this three-step strategy to reach more people with your life-changing ideas and perspective, grow your business and start living an extraordinary life while helping others do the same.

Active Fitness 10 Testosterone-Boosting Workouts

10 Testosterone-Boosting Workouts

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid responsible for promoting the repair and growth of muscle proteins. Currently, there are a lot of half-truths out there regarding low testosterone levels among men and how to raise them. To help clarify some of the misinformation being propagated, here is what you need to know about low-T and what you can do about it in the gym.

Active Fitness Suns out, Guns Out: Arm Workout

Suns out, Guns Out: Arm Workout

Want to add a little definition to your arms so you can show them off the next time the sun is shining? If toned arms are what you’re after this summer, try this strength training workout.

Active Nutrition Epigenetics: Passing on obesity or other health paramaters through genes

Epigenetics: Passing on obesity or other health paramaters through genes

You have more control over your physical health and well-being than you may realize. Learn how exercise can positively impact obesity, even if the tendency toward overweight and obesity runs in your family.

Active Behavior Change  Better Communication for Better Client Results

Better Communication for Better Client Results

When it comes to exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices, very client is unique, with varying levels of skills and motivation. Understanding your clients’ motivations and attitudes about exercise can help you tailor your communications and expectations to accommodate each individual’s needs. Learn how to identify the four common client types and how you can use this information to create more relevant and engaging personal-training experiences.

Active Fitness What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

When you transition from taking classes to leading classes, your gym bag doubles as your survival kit. A properly stocked bag can make the difference between a great class and a disaster. While fitness clubs and studios should have a majority of the tools we need to teach, there are times when a little extra preparation pays off. Let’s take a look at the must-have, the nice-to-have, and the bonus tools you should consider carrying in your bag.

Active Behavior Change Exercises for Different Personality Types

Exercises for Different Personality Types

If you want to be able to make instant connections with new clients and participants, being able to identify their personality types can help. Learn how you can improve your ability to communicate with your clients by understanding the characteristics and traits of different personality types. This can help you identify the most effective ways to design exercise programs for each client’s specific needs.

Active Career An Underutilized Networking Strategy to Attract New Clients

An Underutilized Networking Strategy to Attract New Clients

Building relationships and networking with massage therapists, nutritionists, medical doctors, chiropractors and other health practitioners can help build a strong foundation source of referrals. But how do you make strong connections with quality, like-minded professionals? Here are five traits to work on developing in yourself, as well as ones you should look for in potential collaborators.

Active Nutrition How to Slash Your Sodium Intake

How to Slash Your Sodium Intake

Is it time you started slashing sodium from your diet? As the world’s most prolific (and certainly the cheapest) food preservative, sodium is added to many of the foods we eat. Learn how to spot added sodium in prepared foods and how to prepare a low-sodium seasoning substitute. Even if you aren’t sodium sensitive, it’s a good idea to analyze your diet and see where you might be able to shrink your sodium intake.

Active Fitness 6 Standing Core Stabilizer Exercises

6 Standing Core Stabilizer Exercises

Many standing strength, balance and cardiovascular exercises also enhance core strength and stability, while also allowing the body to move in various planes of motion. Here are six standing core stabilizer exercises that can be used in a variety of personal training and group exercise programs to effectively challenge both the core and the entire body.

Active Fitness Improve Spine Health With These Core-strengthening Moves

Improve Spine Health With These Core-strengthening Moves

Developing core strength involves incorporating a variety of different exercises that target different areas of the core. While there are numerous ways to strengthen the core, it is essential to keep it simple. These six key core-strengthening exercises, which require no equipment and can be performed at home, provide a good basic routine for just about anyone.

Active Career Group Fitness Instructors Pack a Punch

Group Fitness Instructors Pack a Punch

The enormous impact GFIs make on the health of individuals and communities is felt across the world. What does this look like over the course of a year?

Active Fitness Team-building Exercises for Boot-camp Classes

Team-building Exercises for Boot-camp Classes

Boot-camp classes present a great opportunity to facilitate a sense of camaraderie among your participants. Through team-building activities, participants focus on problem-solving, developing relationships and honoring everyone’s unique qualities and perspectives, all while working toward a common goal or completing a task. Here are four team-building activities you can use to help unite any group to exercise and work together.

Active Career 4 Mobile Apps for Boosting Your Fitness Business

4 Mobile Apps for Boosting Your Fitness Business

Interested in using technology to help grow your fitness business? These fun and innovative mobile apps will help you get more out of your everyday work routine, and also your career as a whole.

Active Career How to Lose a Client in 10 Days

How to Lose a Client in 10 Days

As a health and fitness professional, knowledge of exercise science is important, but being able to build a relationship is crucial. It’s what gives clients the confidence that you can effectively help them reach their goals and also care about them as a person. If you are interested in building better rapport and maintaining a consistent client base, avoid the following actions, as they will certainly help you lose a client, likely in 10 days or less.

Active Fitness Pilates Morning Wake-up: A Triplanar Routine to Awaken the Spine

Pilates Morning Wake-up: A Triplanar Routine to Awaken the Spine

Warming up the spine before getting out of bed can help clients go about their activities of daily living in a more productive, less painful way. The following routine, which is appropriate for clients who have no contraindications or special issues like osteoporosis, provides a sound biomechanical start to the day.

Active Career Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

The group fitness market is constantly changing, so it’s unwise to take your client base for granted. Here are five proven approaches for encouraging both new and seasoned exercisers to keep coming back to your classes, time and time again.

Active Fitness Three Exercises Health and Fitness Pros Can Teach Better

Three Exercises Health and Fitness Pros Can Teach Better

The human body is an amazing machine, and when it works the way it is supposed to, that machine gets really strong, mobile and lean. Take a break from counting reps and setting timers and re-focus on coaching clients to mastery on three simple, “familiar” moves: the push-up, squat and basic breathing.

Active Career How to Successfully Negotiate a Lease for Your Fitness Facility

How to Successfully Negotiate a Lease for Your Fitness Facility

You’ve finally found your ideal location for your fitness facility and it’s time to the start the leasing process. If this is your first time leasing a building, it can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are three essential tips for successfully negotiating a lease for your future fitness facility.

Active Nutrition How to Determine Macronutrient Needs Based on Goals

How to Determine Macronutrient Needs Based on Goals

“Macronutrients” (or macros, as some call them) and macronutrient profiling (the customization of ratios to fit an individual’s health or fitness goals or needs) are hot topics these days. But what exactly do these terms mean for you and your clients? Here is a review of some basic recommendations for macros, along with some strategies to help educate clients on their individual nutritional needs.

Active Fitness Effective Exercises to Target the Glutes

Effective Exercises to Target the Glutes

Strong glutes are vital for both life and sport. Unfortunately, dysfunctions elsewhere in the body can create problems in the glutes and hips. The following exercises are designed to help offset dysfunction in the glutes by increasing lateral and pelvic stability and eccentric control, and generating power through extension.

Active Career Feel Confident Teaching Any Group Fitness Format

Feel Confident Teaching Any Group Fitness Format

The ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification is an important first step in the evolution of a group fitness instructor. Once you understand the basics of leading a safe and effective class, motivation techniques, class design, music selection, applied anatomy and other key teaching elements can be easily applied to any group modality. Here’s a look at how the knowledge I acquired through the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification has given me the confidence to teach a variety of formats.

Active Career New Approaches to Boot Camps

New Approaches to Boot Camps

Boot camps are now at an all-time high in popularity, which isn’t surprising given how fun and effective these classes can be. If you’re thinking about starting a boot-camp class, or if you feel your boot-camp classes could use a little inspiration, here are some great tips from some of the best in the business.

Active Fitness Recover Faster and More Effectively With These Foam Roller Moves

Recover Faster and More Effectively With These Foam Roller Moves

You don’t get better when you work out; you get better by recovering from a workout, and foam rolling is a highly effective way to hydrate your muscles and help them recover and rebuild. ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains why foam rolling is so effective and presents five movements that will increase blood flow and relieve those tender spots.

Active Career Interview Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

Interview Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

As the fitness industry continues to evolve, opportunities for instructors have never been greater. With so much variety in the field, no two interview experiences are the same. Keep in mind that most companies require a verbal interview and a practical audition. The following tips can help you prepare for your interview and make a great first impression.

Active Career Three Signs It's Time to Fire a Fitness Client

Three Signs It's Time to Fire a Fitness Client

Your time is valuable, so it’s important to recognize when you might be better off freeing yourself from problem clients who might be holding you back from progressing your fitness career to its fullest potential. Here are three telltale signs that it’s time to cast off clients who are bringing you down.

Active Career 4 Old-school Marketing Strategies For Health and Fitness Pros

4 Old-school Marketing Strategies For Health and Fitness Pros

Whether you’re marketing online or in person, the key is to build relationships and make people feel important. Here are four time-tested marketing strategies that are grounded in relationship-building, which has proven to be a simple and effective path to success in the fitness industry.

Active Career Top Sightings at IHRSA 2016

Top Sightings at IHRSA 2016

As he does every year, ACE pro Pete McCall compiled a list of the exciting new products and developments on display at this year’s IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) tradeshow, where fitness companies and exercise equipment manufacturers introduce their latest and greatest products. Once again, this year’s offerings did not disappoint. Here are the products that stood out as either new innovations or cool updates on existing designs.

Active Career 7 Questions to ask yourself before becoming a GFI

7 Questions to ask yourself before becoming a GFI

If you’re considering becoming a group fitness instructor, you were probably inspired by one of your teachers, and now you want to create that transformative experience for others. This is exciting! Taking that leap from participant to instructor is a big one—bigger than you might think. When you put the microphone on, you’re taking responsibility for everyone and everything that happens in that room. Here are few questions to ask yourself before heading down this path.

Active Fitness A Basic High-intensity Interval Training Routine for Beginning Exercisers

A Basic High-intensity Interval Training Routine for Beginning Exercisers

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) continues to be extremely popular, but many programs are too challenging for beginning exercisers. The key to designing HIIT programs for beginning clients is to start simple and gradually progress to more complex movement patterns. Here is a sample workout and some basic guidelines for creating safe and effective HIIT programs for your new participants and clients.

Active Fitness 5 Variations of the Body-weight Squat

5 Variations of the Body-weight Squat

Many people consider the squat to be the king of all exercise moves, because it effectively works so many muscles of the body. Plus, there are numerous variations of the basic squat, which you can use with your clients to recruit different muscles and help stave off boredom. In addition to the basic body-weight squat, here are five squat variations to add to your exercise arsenal.

Active Career What's New in the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Study Experience

What's New in the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Study Experience

The American Council on Exercise is proud to announce the release of an all-new ACE Group Fitness Instructor study experience—the definitive resource for health and fitness professionals who want to design and deliver memorable movement experiences in any modality of group exercise. Find out what's new.

Active Career 10 Reasons I Love Being a Group Fitness Instructor

10 Reasons I Love Being a Group Fitness Instructor

As a group fitness instructor (GFI) for the past 16 years, I can personally attest to the unparalleled and pivotal role that instructors play in the world of health and fitness. Here are the top 10 reasons why I love being a GFI, and why you will, too.

Active Career 6 Easy Steps to Raising Your Rates

6 Easy Steps to Raising Your Rates

If you’re an independent health and fitness professional, you may be the only person who can give yourself a pay increase. Nobody wants to ask for more money, especially when you have to do it multiple times. But keeping up with inflation and earning a decent living are perfectly reasonable reasons for requesting a pay raise. Here are six steps to help you prepare for this exciting change.

Active Fitness Explosive Plyometric Workout

Explosive Plyometric Workout

Plyometrics are explosive exercises that increase speed, quickness and power. Most exercises include “jumping,” in which the muscles exert maximal effort and force in short bouts or intervals of time. These advanced plyometrics exercises offer three levels of difficulty, which can be incorporated, as appropriate, into a client’s training program.

Active Career How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck With Continuing Education Options

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck With Continuing Education Options

As a health and fitness professional, continuing education is essential to keeping your certifications current, but it can be a challenge to choose from the endless continuing-education options available. Learn why earning additional certifications, such as a specialty or another core certification, can increase your credibility in the health and fitness industry and enhance your resume or professional bio.

Active Fitness Post-run Yoga Routine

Post-run Yoga Routine

Yoga is a great way to counterbalance the areas most fatigued or tightened by running—the hips, hamstrings and calves—and helps your body recover from your efforts. This yoga sequence hits all those areas and includes some essential core work as well.

Active Fitness Exercise Starting Point and Progressions

Exercise Starting Point and Progressions

It is often said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” However, so does the short journey that is abandoned in the early stages because it is not going well. One of your primary roles as a health and fitness professional, argues ACE pro Jonathan Ross, is ensuring your clients’ first steps are the ones that will lead to long-term success. After all, the finish line doesn’t matter if you don’t put the starting line in the right place.

Active Nutrition Ingredient Swaps for Clients With Food Intolerances and Allergies

Ingredient Swaps for Clients With Food Intolerances and Allergies

If you or someone you know has an allergy or intolerance to a particular food, knowing how and what to substitute in recipes will make food preparation easier. Here are substitutions that offer similar flavors, textures and nutrients to the eight most common food allergens, along with ingredient names of hidden sources of these foods.

Active Fitness How to Create a Movement Training Matrix

How to Create a Movement Training Matrix

Knowing how to create a movement-training matrix can help you design effective programs that will help your clients perform successful movement patterns in all three planes of motion. Learn how to take a single exercise and alter it to initiate movement in all three planes, and how to use a matrix to program and coach multiplanar movement patterns.

Active Career How to Change Others’ Lives Without Ruining Your Own

How to Change Others’ Lives Without Ruining Your Own

As a health and fitness professional, you give so much of yourself to your clients that you may often feel as though you’re running on empty. And without a strategy to refill your tank, the way you make a living can suck the life right out of you. Here are some great tips for creating a better balance of training and recovery, so you can live an extraordinary life while you help others do the same.

Active Behavior Change Behavior Change Coaching for Weight Loss

Behavior Change Coaching for Weight Loss

Having a weight-management coach can make a huge difference in whether a person is able to successfully achieve and maintain weight loss. Part of the reason coaching experiences are often so successful in helping people achieve their weight-management goals is because the most effective weight-management coaches have mastered these five specific skills.

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