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Active Behavior Change Built to Move

Built to Move

The built environment is a term that we often take for granted, but what does it really mean? And how does it affect you, the exercise professional?

Active Fitness 4 Exercises for Stronger Arms

4 Exercises for Stronger Arms

If you have clients who want to strengthen their arms—not just for looks, but for enhanced function—you need to include exercises that engage the rotator cuff, shoulders, core and even the lower body. Here are four exercises (and their variations) that are fun and challenging versions of conventional upper-body exercises that will help develop functional arm strength.

Active Wellness Strong Body, Strong Mind

Strong Body, Strong Mind

Our mission here at ACE is to get people moving. It is widely known that exercise and regular movement can help maintain and improve physical health by controlling weight, increasing strength and building solid, durable bones. Those health benefits may seem obvious, but did you know that regular physical activity can also improve sleep and reduce tiredness, relieve stress, improve mood and boost energy levels?

Active Fitness 5 Things to Know About METs

5 Things to Know About METs

Have you ever seen the term MET on a piece of exercise equipment and wondered what it meant? MET stands for metabolic equivalent, which is one way that exercise physiologists estimate how many calories are burned during physical activity. Having a basic understanding of METs and how to use them can help you determine the best physical activities to help your clients achieve their health and fitness goals.

Active Wellness Genetics or Lifestyle: Which Matters More for Men's Health?

Genetics or Lifestyle: Which Matters More for Men's Health?

When it comes to living a vital, healthy life, what matters more, genetics or lifestyle? ACE Pro Jonathan Ross tackles this age-old question, comparing genetic determinism with the effects of a healthy lifestyle, and argues that your mindset and approach to day-to-day life, which largely determines the choices we make each day, might be the most important factor of all.

Active Nutrition Gut Bacteria and Health

Gut Bacteria and Health

Your gut microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses, the majority of which are ideally healthy and beneficial, and the state of your microbiome is determined by your genes, geography, health status, stress, diet, age, gender and everything you touch. Learn why the microbiome is so central to the body’s operations and how it impacts everything from aging and digestion to mood and cognitive function.

Active Fitness Top 10 Mistakes People Make in the Gym

Top 10 Mistakes People Make in the Gym

With so many obligations competing for your time and attention, it’s essential that you maximize your workout time at the gym. Avoid these10 common mistakes people make at the gym so you can get in, get it done and get on with your life.

Active Fitness Top Strategies for Optimal Recovery Between Workouts

Top Strategies for Optimal Recovery Between Workouts

If you’re interested in how you can maximize the benefits from your workouts, take a look at what you do after you exercise to help achieve optimal results. Following these top strategies can help you increase the effectiveness of the post-workout recovery period.

Active Fitness The Pilates Ball Core-strengthening Workout

The Pilates Ball Core-strengthening Workout

The Pilates ball is an effective training tool because it promotes core stabilization by adding resistance, which forces exercisers to activate their pelvic floor muscles. These eight Pilates ball exercises, which can be added into an existing routine or performed together in a single workout, are a great way to challenge the deep layers of your core.

Active Career 7 Things to Think About Before Making the Move Into Fitness Club Management

7 Things to Think About Before Making the Move Into Fitness Club Management

At some point in almost every health and fitness professional’s career, there will be the consideration about whether or not to apply for a promotion to club management. While moving into club management can be a great step for your career, it is a big change from training clients or teaching classes full-time. Here are some factors worth carefully considering if you are interested in testing yourself with the challenge of managing others.

Active Fitness 5 Chair Exercises for Older Adults

5 Chair Exercises for Older Adults

Exercise can help (and even alleviate) some of the health issues faced by older adults, but many people are simply unable to perform traditional workouts. Chair workouts can be a highly effective alternative, allowing individuals to train for strength, flexibility and balance. Here are a few sample exercises for each of these components of fitness that you can use with your clients.

Active Wellness Movement is Beautiful: How Exercise Can Make You More Creative

Movement is Beautiful: How Exercise Can Make You More Creative

Even if you aren’t a dancer, musician or poet, there is a great deal of creativity you can apply to your life—and exercise may be the key to unlocking that creativity. Learn about the research linking creativity with exercise and how you can use movement to ignite the creative genius inside of you.

Active Career How to Create an Inclusive Group Fitness Environment

How to Create an Inclusive Group Fitness Environment

Our goal as fitness instructors is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that fosters success and positive energy around movement for people of all abilities. Here are some things you can do to help make your classes more inviting and make everyone feel at home, regardless of experience, fitness level or identity.

Active Fitness How to Train a Client with Chronic Injuries

How to Train a Client with Chronic Injuries

When it comes to working with clients who have had a previous injury and/or suffer from continuous complications from an unhealed or recurring injury, there are considerations to keep in mind while staying within your scope of practice. Here are recommendations for some of the most common injuries you may encounter, including bursitis, fractures, torn muscles or ligaments, connective tissue concerns, overuse injuries, sciatica and shin splints.

Active Fitness 5 Ab Exercises: No Crunches, No Equipment!

5 Ab Exercises: No Crunches, No Equipment!

When designing abdominal sequences for your clients, it is important to consider all segments of the abdominals and how they move or stabilize the spine. Here are five exercises that target all of the abdominal muscles by flexing, rotating, stabilizing and laterally flexing the spine.

Active Wellness Get Moving May

Get Moving May

Use this May to find inspiration in movement, in whatever form it takes, and help inspire your clients and the community find the right activity for them.

Active Career A Step-by-step Approach to a Thriving Health Coach Career

A Step-by-step Approach to a Thriving Health Coach Career

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a health coach, it can be hugely helpful to learn from those who have walked this path before you. Learn about the step-by-step approach one successful health coach took to build a thriving business and career, and why the support she has received from ACE has made all the difference in the world.

Active Wellness Fitness Warriors Fight to Reclaim Health

Fitness Warriors Fight to Reclaim Health

Is it really possible for you to make a difference in your community? We believe it is. We believe everyone has what it takes to create great change.

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.

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