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As part of our mission to protect people against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and trends, ACE often commissions independent, third-party research studies from major universities across the country. In some cases, those studies have prompted action by the Federal Trade Commission against several companies making false claims.

ACE Study Examines Effects of Bikram Yoga on Core Body Temps

posted: 4/21/2015 12:00:00 AM   by: American Council on Exercise

Despite Bikram yoga's wide range of potential benefits, the question of safety regarding the performance of exercise in hot, humid environments has lingered. In this exclusive ACE-sponsored study, researchers examined the effects of exercising in such extreme conditions.

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ACE-sponsored Research: Are Activity Trackers Accurate?

posted: 1/14/2015 12:00:00 AM   by: American Council on Exercise

Activity trackers are everywhere these days, but when it comes to tracking steps and calories, are they really accurate? A new ACE-sponsored research study examined five popular activity trackers to determine whether or not they are worth your time or your money.

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ACE Research Study: Sequencing Exercise for Optimum Results

posted: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM   by: American Council on Exercise

Industry guidelines spell out how much the various types of training should be performed each week. But when it comes to creating your clients’ programs, is there an optimal order for performing cardio, resistance, flexibility and neuromotor exercise? This exclusive new ACE-sponsored study sheds light on how to best organize your workouts for maximum results.

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Dynamite Delts: ACE Research Identifies Top Shoulder Exercises

posted: 8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM   by: American Council on Exercise

When it comes to both functional strength and aesthetics, strong shoulder muscles are key. But what’s the best way to effectively strengthen and shape the entire shoulder muscle? To learn the answer, check out this exclusive ACE study, which evaluated 10 popular shoulder exercises to determine which ones are the most effective.

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ACE Study Reveals Best Biceps Exercises

posted: 7/14/2014 12:00:00 AM   by: American Council on Exercise

Some call them the vanity muscles—and for good reason. In gyms across the nation, the biceps are among the most coveted, sought after and overly trained muscles in the human body. But what’s the best to safely build strong and defined biceps? Exclusive ACE-sponsored research evaluates eight popular biceps exercises to determine which is the most effective.

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