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ProSource: April 2014

ProSource: April 2014

Abs! Abs! Abs!

Strong abs are about much more than good looks—they are key to increasing core strength and endurance, improving posture, reducing low-back pain and enhancing sport performance. In keeping with its role as America’s Workout Watchdog®, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned exclusive research to determine just how effective some of the most popular devices and ab exercises are in comparison to the traditional crunch.

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Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain

By Megan Senger

High levels of stress and poor posture can cause chronic tension in the neck, shoulders and upper back that can dramatically affect one’s quality of life. With regular and mindful practice, however, yoga can offer a long-term solution to both the physical and psychological causes of neck and shoulder pain discomfort. Learn how you can help your clients alleviate their neck and shoulder pain with these simple, yet effective yoga poses.

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Understanding and Alleviating Plantar Fasciitis

By Justin Price

The pain of plantar fasciitis plagues many clients and fitness professionals alike. While it is not within your scope of practice to determine if a client has plantar fasciitis, you can use your knowledge of what causes it to address problematic muscle and soft tissue imbalances. Here’s what you need to know, what causes it, and what you can do within your scope of practice to help clients manage this potentially debilitating problem.

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Sugar Shock: Why Experts Say It's Time to Get Serious About Taming That Sweet Tooth

By Karen Asp

Americans have been so focused on the fat in their diets they haven’t noticed the huge quantities of sugar they now consume. Unfortunately, all that sugar may be just as harmful and disease-inducing as saturated fats. Learn why added sugars may literally be killing people and how you can help your clients unsweeten their diets.

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Help Your Program-hopping Clients Find an Exercise Program That Works

By Pete McCall, M.S.

Do you have clients who seem to follow every exercise trend? These “program hoppers” are easily distracted, so they’re always looking for the newest, latest greatest fad that promises quick results, but changing programs too often or doing different types of exercise at the same time may not help them achieve the results they desire. Here’s what you can do to keep your program-hopping clients on track.

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Roundtable Discussion: What is the Role of the Qualified Fitness Professional in the Healthcare Continuum?

In this roundtable discussion, experts discuss the evolution of the healthcare system and how qualified fitness professionals can become part of patient-centered care teams and help far more people become physically active and stay healthy.

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