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Organization also shares new group fitness classes to try in 2013 to kick off New Year’s resolutions


SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2012) – In anticipation of the holiday shopping season, American Council on Exercise (ACE) has released two ‘best of’ lists, featuring some of ACE’s top picks to help share the gift of fitness. ACE’s collection of the top new fitness DVDs will help consumers shop smart for the fitness lovers on their gift lists, while ACE’s picks for hot new fitness classes will help motivate exercise enthusiasts and those new to fitness to kick off a healthy 2013.


“We know how difficult it can be to get everything on your holiday list done and still maintain a healthy, active daily routine. In keeping an eye on trends and reviewing newly released fitness DVD’s and classes we hope to help take some of the guesswork out of holiday shopping, and provide the inspiration individuals need to achieve their health and fitness goals,” said Jessica Matthews, ACE exercise physiologist.  “It’s our goal at ACE to give everyone the tools they need to live their most fit lives while encouraging them to have fun in the process.”


ACE’s top choices of new fitness DVDs  provide holiday gift ideas for the fitness lover on anyone’s gift list.  Those making the list include “STOTT Pilates Intense Body Blast: Pilates Interval Training Level 1,” Amy Dixon’s “Breathless Body Volume 2: The Edge,” and Jessica Smith’s “10lbs Down Better Body Blast.” Tested by Matthews, the DVDs were evaluated based on a number of factors, including quality of instruction, the safety and effectiveness of the exercises and overall workout. 


To help fitness seekers get a head start on meeting their New Year’s resolutions, ACE’s list of  hot new group fitness classes to try in 2013 range from dance-focused classes like Aqua Zumba® to the latest fun and funky programs to hit the market such as Aerial Yoga. The list is designed to meet the needs and interests of exercise intenders and enthusiasts at any fitness level. 


Beginning Dec. 12, ACE’s full suite of holiday resources will be available at  In addition to learning more about new fitness DVDs and classes visitors can access:

  • ACE’s healthy cooking video and recipes, providing a health-conscious twist on your favorite holiday traditions.
  • “12 Days of Fitness Challenge”, where ACE will post on Facebook, tweet and pin fitness and wellness tips to help make this holiday a healthy one.
  •  Resolution Evolution Facebook app enabling everyone from exercise beginners to professionals to upload photos illustrating their New Year’s resolutions with captions to explain their goals via a social photo album. ACE will follow participants throughout the year, and invite the inaugural group of the Resolution Evolution project to post updated photos in December 2013 and share how they have achieved their goals. 
    • FitGift Coupon Book for sharing with family and friends


About ACE
Since 1985, American Council on Exercise (ACE) has evolved from a small nonprofit dedicated to educating people about proper fitness to a 50,000-strong network of certified Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors (GFI), Health Coaches and Advanced Health & Fitness Specialists (AHFS). As the largest NCCA-accredited nonprofit fitness certification organization in the world, ACE provides quality continuing education to professionals and conducts independent science-based research to protect all Americans from unsafe and ineffective products. Our goal is to inspire people to live their most fit lives through free fitness resources including workouts, nutrition information and expert advice. For more information, call (800) 825-3636 or visit  AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.

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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, we have become an established resource for health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased research and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on health and fitness.

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