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Active Fitness How to Create Effective Treadmill Intervals

How to Create Effective Treadmill Intervals

Applying a high-intensity interval-training (HIIT) format to treadmill workouts is a great way to improve overall fitness and, according to research, dramatically improve running times. If you’re interested in coaching treadmill classes or incorporating treadmill intervals into your clients’ workouts, use these guidelines to help unleash your creativity.

Active Career How to Find a Job as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer

How to Find a Job as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer

You’ve passed your exam and it’s time to create a plan for the next steps of your journey. Much like fitness, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a career, so this is your opportunity to choose what’s best for you. Here are a few things to consider that will help ensure your success.

Active Fitness 7 Drills to Enhance Agility

7 Drills to Enhance Agility

Agility training isn’t just for athletes—it’s important for anyone who wants to move quickly and easily, and to improve their reflexes, focus, balance, coordination and/or neuromuscular awareness. These seven agility drills are an effective and fun way to add some intensity to your clients’ workouts.

Active Fitness 4 Tips for Successful Outdoor Workouts

4 Tips for Successful Outdoor Workouts

Exercising in the great outdoors has even been shown to increase satisfaction with fitness programs, which has the potential to boost both your business and your clients’ fitness levels. With so many perks to outdoor exercise, you don’t want to miss out on taking your training sessions to a park, beach, trail or sidewalk. Just remember to keep in mind that heading outdoors to train clients can bring some unique challenges.

Active Nutrition Meal Timing: What and When to Eat for Performance and Recovery

Meal Timing: What and When to Eat for Performance and Recovery

Knowing what and when to eat to help support your exercise efforts and reach your health and fitness goals can be a challenge. While there is no one-size-fits-all formula, here are several research-based nutritional guidelines for pre- and post-workout meals that can be adapted to each person’s individual needs.

Active Fitness 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Stretching

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Stretching

Flexibility training is an essential, yet often overlooked health-related component of fitness, offering numerous health benefits when performed regularly. Here are 10 reasons why you should be stretching on a regular basis.

Active Fitness How to Work with Clients Who Have Chronic Conditions

How to Work with Clients Who Have Chronic Conditions

As a health and fitness professional, working with clients who experience one or more chronic disease conditions presents unique and serious challenges. This article discusses the basic principles and considerations associated with the following chronic disease types: cancer, diabetes, disabilities, hypothyroidism, asthma, COPD, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Active Career Certifications, Certificates and CECs—What’s the Difference?

Certifications, Certificates and CECs—What’s the Difference?

As a health and fitness professional, education is an essential component of growing and expanding your skill set and knowledge base. But it can be a challenge to know if you need to get a certification or a certificate, which organization to choose, and how to maintain those credentials. Here’s what you need to know to get credentialed, stay credentialed and, most importantly, become and remain a well-rounded health and fitness professional.

Active Fitness 5 Cognitive Awareness Drills for Training Athletes

5 Cognitive Awareness Drills for Training Athletes

Neuromuscular training is crucial to helping increase awareness and decision-making on the field or court. Here are five great cognitive awareness drills that will help enhance your athletes’ performance during competition.

Active Fitness 5 Yoga Poses Every Athlete Should Be Doing

5 Yoga Poses Every Athlete Should Be Doing

Yoga is great for improving flexibility, but it also builds a strong and calm mind. For these reasons, it’s no surprise that athletes are increasingly turning to yoga to round out their training. Here are five poses for any athlete who wants to improve flexibility, core strength and mental focus.

Active Fitness Creative Ways to Organize Sets

Creative Ways to Organize Sets

There is a major difference between designing a workout program that can actually produce results versus one that simply feels challenging. Just because a workout feels challenging doesn’t mean that it will create the mechanical or metabolic overhead necessary to produce desired results. ACE Pro Pete McCall describes several different ways to organize the sets of a program, along with the outcomes each method can be expected to produce.

Active Career Handling the Dietary Supplement Conversation with Clients

Handling the Dietary Supplement Conversation with Clients

The next time one of your clients asks about a pill, potion or powder, use this three-step model to quash misconceptions and help your clients become informed consumers.

Active Fitness Back to the Basics: How to Create Innovative Fitness Programs

Back to the Basics: How to Create Innovative Fitness Programs

Wondering how to keep your clients’ routines effective and fresh? Sometimes the best challenges are not created from the latest trend, but from the knowledge that lies within. Learn how to use your knowledge of human movement and anatomy to creatively design programs that your clients will love.

Active Nutrition Ergogenic Aids: Foods That Boost Performance

Ergogenic Aids: Foods That Boost Performance

While it is tempting to turn to supplements to increase exercise performance and improve recovery, some of the most potent ergogenic aids can be found in the kitchen. Here are six foods that have been shown to enhance performance by improving time to exhaustion, decreasing perceived exertion, increasing speed, decreasing lactic acid production or decreasing levels of fatigue.

Active Fitness Spring Has Sprung: Why Adults Should Be Working Out on Trampolines

Spring Has Sprung: Why Adults Should Be Working Out on Trampolines

Mini-trampolines have been around for years, but new programming and improved equipment have given the rebounding exercise trend new life in recent years. Now, new research from the American Council on Exercise suggests that exercising on a trampoline is both fun and effective. Here are three reasons you should consider jumping on the rebounding bandwagon.

Active Fitness 5 Essential Rotator Cuff Exercises

5 Essential Rotator Cuff Exercises

Walk into a gym and you’re likely to see people doing rotator cuff exercises incorrectly. Given the importance of this quartet of stabilizers and decelerators, however, it is essential that they receive adequate and appropriate training to ensure effective and efficient movement. Here are five exercises to use with your clients that will effectively—and safely—train this essential muscle group.

Active Wellness Take a walk together

Take a walk together

Whether you’re an exercise professional, community organization or health advocate, starting a community walking group is really quite simple; and it’s a great way to get people moving and impact the health of your community.

Active Wellness Why There’s No Such Thing as “The Best” Exercise

Why There’s No Such Thing as “The Best” Exercise

“What is the best exercise I should be doing?” Every health and fitness professional has been asked this question at one time or another, but if there’s one thing the research has shown over the past several decades it’s that, when it comes to exercise, there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. ACE Pro Jessica Matthews offers three important factors to consider when explaining to clients and participants why there is no single “best” exercise for everyone.

Active Fitness High-intensity Interval Training: Why it Works

High-intensity Interval Training: Why it Works

High-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves repeated bouts of high-intensity effort interspersed with recovery times, has become hugely popular in recent years. Here’s what the research says about why HIIT is such an effective workout.

Active Fitness Two Dumbbells: Help Your Clients Achieve Their Goals With Minimal Equipment

Two Dumbbells: Help Your Clients Achieve Their Goals With Minimal Equipment

Most of our clients want to know what types of workouts they should be doing on the days they’re not training with us or taking classes. With this efficient dumbbell and mat workout, your clients can get an incredible workout just about anywhere.

Active Nutrition Eating for The Seasons: How to Help Your clients succeed year-round

Eating for The Seasons: How to Help Your clients succeed year-round

Eating to optimize workouts and to maximize results is essential for physical fitness, and requires eating whole, seasonal foods. Here are four tips for choosing the freshest in-season foods.

Active Career Track Money Like Your Clients Track Calories

Track Money Like Your Clients Track Calories

Keeping track of money is a powerful habit that’s beneficial for setting goals for your business and yourself. Much like a food journal can reveal a bigger picture of what a person is eating, tracking your money makes it possible to make the necessary changes to reach your financial goals. These healthy money habits will go a long way toward improving your bottom line.

Active Fitness 8 Butt-toning Moves

8 Butt-toning Moves

Contrary to popular belief, having shapely glutes isn’t all about appearance or vanity. Having a strong rear-end not only helps improve posture and athletic performance, and reduce knee and back pain, it can significantly enhance injury prevention as well. Here’s what you need to know about strengthening this essential group, along with eight super-effective exercises that will both strengthen and tone the glutes.

Active Career Why More Personal Trainers are Becoming Health Coaches

Why More Personal Trainers are Becoming Health Coaches

As a personal trainer, adding health coaching to your offerings and being able to discuss nutritional habits and the psychological aspects of behavior change with your clients would undoubtedly increase your effectiveness and put you on a much higher playing field. Here are just a few reasons why more personal trainers are becoming health coaches.

Active Wellness How Walking Meetings Improve Productivity

How Walking Meetings Improve Productivity

The research is clear—incorporating movement into the workday can positively impact employee health and a company’s bottom line. Learn about the benefits of walking meetings and specific strategies for helping your company encourage this enjoyable yet highly productive method for getting things done.

Active Wellness Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

Fitness technology has made it easier than ever to take positive steps toward better health and fitness, but too much of a good thing could actually lead you down a path to less-healthy behaviors and outcomes. Check out these tips for keeping your good intentions on track with three tech-related healthful habits that commonly go awry.

Active Career 9 Benefits of Working as a Club-based Personal Trainer

9 Benefits of Working as a Club-based Personal Trainer

Are you a newly certified personal trainer who dreams of opening a fitness studio or helping clients directly in their homes? While these are certainly viable career options, it can take considerable resources and time to develop an extensive list of clients who can provide you with a steady source of income. If you want to start your new fitness career with a successful foundation, here are nine reasons you should seriously consider working in a health club.

Active Career The Power of a Referral Network – Benefits of Networking

The Power of a Referral Network – Benefits of Networking

As a health and fitness professional, your clients expect you to possess a wide range of skills and knowledge. When your clients require something outside your skill set or scope of practice, however, you need an established quality referral network. Learn about the many and varied benefits of establishing a referral network, which makes it possible to better serve your clients and to elevate your own level of performance as well.

Active Behavior Change Mission to Move

Mission to Move

Here at ACE, we’re on a mission to get people moving. And it all starts with our talented and dedicated health and fitness professionals, who are out there every day, putting their heart and soul into training, coaching and teaching others how to create meaningful transformations in their lives.

Active Behavior Change Why does health coaching matter to allied health?

Why does health coaching matter to allied health?

Integrating health coaches into our healthcare system is one effective way that we can work toward a more preventive approach.

Active Career See, Hear and Do: The Benefits of ACE Live Workshops

See, Hear and Do: The Benefits of ACE Live Workshops

Continuing education is vital to your success as a health and fitness professional, as the fitness industry is constantly changing and evolving. Learn why ACE Live Workshops are an effective and enjoyable way to learn and immediately apply new knowledge, while you earn the necessary continuing education credits to maintain your ACE certification.

Active Wellness All About Hunger

All About Hunger

Hunger is your body’s way of telling you it needs food, but if you’re like most people, you sometimes eat for reasons that reflect other forms of hunger. Understanding the complex nature of hunger and appetite can help you differentiate when you’re truly hungry and when your hunger signals may reflect other needs.

Active Fitness 5 Essential Body-weight Exercises to Ward off Low Back Pain

5 Essential Body-weight Exercises to Ward off Low Back Pain

Low-back pain is a common and debilitating condition. With a proper routine, however, you can strengthen your core and gluteal muscles and reduce your injury risk. Try this effective and efficient core-strengthening workout, which can be performed with nothing but your body weight—at home, in the gym or at the office.

Active Fitness 6 Muscle-building TRX Suspension Training Exercises for Increasing Muscle Mass

6 Muscle-building TRX Suspension Training Exercises for Increasing Muscle Mass

Does the TRX Suspension Trainer provide a great enough load to actually build muscle? Yes, according to a growing body of research. Read about the muscle-building benefits of TRX workouts and learn six super-effective exercises to incorporate into your clients’ programs.

Active Nutrition Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating, which involves being completely aware of your eating experience and perceptions in the present moment, can be a helpful way to disengage from unconscious habits and behaviors that lead to overeating and weight gain. Learn how to tune into your hunger cues and use satiety cues to guide your decisions about when and how much to eat.

Active Career Why It’s Important to Work On Your Business, Not just In Your Business

Why It’s Important to Work On Your Business, Not just In Your Business

As a health and fitness professional, much of your business relies on showing up and trading time for money, but it’s the work you put in outside of class or training sessions that ultimately serve to ensure your success. ACE Pro Shannon Fable explains why it’s so important to set aside dedicated office hours in your weekly schedule for self-promotion, improving your skills and identifying new streams of revenue to create, sustain and grow your fitness business.

Active Fitness Can Yoga Help with Aging Joints?

Can Yoga Help with Aging Joints?

Yoga is a great way to alleviate the stiffness and pain associated with joint aging and arthritis. Here are three poses you can offer your clients to help ease the joint pain that often comes with aging.

Active Fitness Exercise Easy for Big Gains

Exercise Easy for Big Gains

The highest performers in the world know that to ensure safety, efficiency and continued effectiveness of a training program, the “yin” of high-intensity training needs to be paired with the “yang” of rest, recovery and “easy” training. Learn how to balance various intensities to maximize performance gains and minimize injury risk, as well as eight ways for integrating strategic “easy” exercise into your clients’ programs.

Active Nutrition Healthy Snacks You Should Make at Home

Healthy Snacks You Should Make at Home

If you try to eat healthfully most of the time, you could be inadvertently sabotaging yourself by choosing store-bought versions of healthy foods that are not, in fact, all that healthy. Avoid this common pitfall by making these four popular snacks at home, which are not only more nutritious, but also a lot more economical.

Active Fitness Returning to Exercise? Here's a Workout to Help You Get Back on Track

Returning to Exercise? Here's a Workout to Help You Get Back on Track

If you are new to exercise or you’ve been on an extended break, getting back on track can be a challenge. If you go too hard at first, you may experience deep muscle soreness or an injury that causes you to abandon your efforts after just a few days. Here’s a workout that will help you avoid these pitfalls and put you back on the road to better health and fitness.

Active Fitness 8 Hip-strengthening Exercises Using the Versa Loop

8 Hip-strengthening Exercises Using the Versa Loop

Chronic sitting produces a weaker posterior chain, a lack of range of motion, stiff muscles and compensation by using the joints above and below during movement. The following routine, which features the Versa Loop and includes exercises that focus on one or more areas of the hip, can be used for corrective exercise or as part of a client’s regular routine.

Active Career Beyond the Class: How to Connect with Participants and Expand Your Reach as a Health and Fitness Pro

Beyond the Class: How to Connect with Participants and Expand Your Reach as a Health and Fitness Pro

As a health and fitness pro, your exercise selection, in-class persona and music choices are all important, but what you do before and after class matters, too. Here are 10 ways to connect with your participants before and after class.

Active Behavior Change Body Awareness for Beginners

Body Awareness for Beginners

Body awareness is a form of mindfulness that helps you take better care of yourself, maximize exercise time and minimize risk for injury. The more in tune you are with your body, the more optimally it functions. Here are some quick and easy activities that you can do to incorporate greater body awareness into your daily routine.

Active Fitness Lower-body Exercises for Dynamic Balance

Lower-body Exercises for Dynamic Balance

Dynamic balance is defined as the ability to move the body outside of its base of support or the act of maintaining postural control while moving, and should be a consistent part of exercise programming. Try adding the following variations of dynamic balance exercises to your clients’ programs.

Active Nutrition Hidden Sources of Protein

Hidden Sources of Protein

Some people believe you can never consume too much protein, but the truth is that excess calories, regardless of their source, will be stored as fat and can contribute to weight gain. And surveys suggest most people are consuming far more protein than they actually need. Here are the latest guidelines on how much protein you should be consuming, along with sources of protein that you may not be aware of.

Active Career How to Manage a Difficult Client

How to Manage a Difficult Client

As health and fitness professionals, we work with real people who have their own unique personalities and life circumstances. Here are three types of challenging clients you’re likely to encounter in your career, along with tips on how to overcome their resistance and help them reach their goals.

Active Wellness Answers to 5 Common Client Questions About Activity Trackers

Answers to 5 Common Client Questions About Activity Trackers

As a health and fitness pro, your clients have likely turned to you for advice on choosing an activity tracker and how to get the most out of it. If you are unsure about how to answer their questions, here are suggestions for handling five FAQs about activity trackers.

Active Wellness Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

Stuck on a plateau and hoping to get off? Jonathan Ross explains why plateaus shouldn’t be viewed as negative. Rather, they’re an opportunity to stop, rest and take stock of where you’re going and what new steps you need to take to get there, and to celebrate the progress you’ve already made.

Active Fitness Heart Opening Yoga Sequence

Heart Opening Yoga Sequence

Yoga is so much more than a physical practice; it is also a way to bring strength, balance and resilience to the emotional and spiritual parts of ourselves. One of the reasons why yoga makes us feel so amazing is that it gets the energy flowing through our bodies. And with a little know-how, we can choose poses that activate different energy centers (or chakras) in the body. Since it’s February, we thought it would be a perfect time to focus on opening the heart chakra, or anahata.

Active Wellness The Secret to Aging Gracefully - Get Moving!

The Secret to Aging Gracefully - Get Moving!

Though you can’t prevent yourself from aging, you can slow down its effects and ward off potential health threats by adopting and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. We know that regular physical activity plays a critical role in ongoing health, but even just a moderate amount of exercise has been shown to have significant health benefits, especially for adults 50 years and older.

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