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Active Fitness ‘Twas the Night Before Fitness: Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Group Experiences

‘Twas the Night Before Fitness: Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Group Experiences

At this time of year, adding an extra-special flavor to the group fitness experience gives participants extra reasons for coming to the club instead of getting caught up in the normal holiday rush of things. Here are some easy-to-implement ideas from group fitness experts around the globe for adding some holiday spirit to the group fitness experience.

Active Fitness 6 Calorie-blasting Partner Exercises

6 Calorie-blasting Partner Exercises

Partner exercises are a great way to add fun and interest to traditional exercises, while also creating a more stimulating environment. Check out these great partner exercises, which can be used in both your individual and group-training programs.

Active Behavior Change Health Hacks for the Holidays

Health Hacks for the Holidays

To help you help others successfully navigate the holidays, here are some helpful health hacks for the holidays. Use these with your clients and students to help them sail through the holidays while maintaining fitness, feeling positive, and starting the new year with energy and enthusiasm.

Active Wellness Mitigate Holiday Stress With Meditation

Mitigate Holiday Stress With Meditation

With the holiday season upon us, if you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed, consider giving yourself the greatest gift of all—a moment each day for meditation. Learn how to cultivate a sense of calm and peace and nourish your body, mind and spirit this holiday season by putting these guiding principles into practice.

Active Behavior Change Make Mindful Mistakes this Holiday Season

Make Mindful Mistakes this Holiday Season

The holiday season is about to kick into high gear—a two-month hurricane of poor nutrition. As a fitness leader, you have the opportunity to guide your clients to a new perspective and, as a result, new and improved choices. And when they do overindulge, learn how to help clients take the focus off of the bad behavior and instead examine what led them to make bad choices in the first place.

Active Fitness 4-Week Progression Workout

4-Week Progression Workout

Compound exercises such as the Romanian deadlift and the Turkish get-up are super efficient for producing strength gains. Learn how to combine some of the most effective compound exercises (all of which were recently featured in ACE ProSource), in a workout program that is sure to produce incredible results.

Active Behavior Change 6 Strategies for Lighter Alcohol and Snack Consumption During the Holidays

6 Strategies for Lighter Alcohol and Snack Consumption During the Holidays

When it comes to alcohol and snacks during the holiday season, it can feel like an all-or-nothing proposition—either indulge or abstain. Show your clients a different approach with these six strategies that make it possible to have fun, indulge a bit and thoroughly enjoy all this season has to offer.

Active Career Getting Clients To and Through the Doors

Getting Clients To and Through the Doors

Do you have clients who struggle to commit and remain engaged with their training programs? If so, how do you keep these individuals from slipping through the proverbial crack? As a health and fitness professional, you must seek innovative ways to keep your interactions and experiences with clients fresh, rewarding and engaging. Try some of these “hacks” for getting your clients to consistently attend scheduled sessions with you.

Active Behavior Change The Power of Giving Thanks in Group Fitness from a Global Perspective

The Power of Giving Thanks in Group Fitness from a Global Perspective

A growing body of research suggests that expressing gratitude on a regular basis can increase productivity, boost happiness and even improve general health. Learn how group fitness instructors can make gratitude a part of the group fitness experience and help all participants reap these benefits and more.

Active Nutrition Healthy and Innovative Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy and Innovative Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Looking for tips on how to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers in new and delicious ways? The Nutrition Twins offer up their favorite recipes for repurposing Thanksgiving Day leftovers and creating meals your family will love.

Active Nutrition Thanksgiving Portion Guide

Thanksgiving Portion Guide

Thanksgiving is such a curious holiday. At a time when we are showing gratitude for our health and those around us, you would think the holiday would feature a slow meal filled with foods that nourish the body and spirit. Perhaps it used to be that way, but somehow the traditional Thanksgiving foods have gotten richer and heavier, with enormous portions to boot.

Active Fitness Tips for Helping Clients Set Goals, Both Big and Small

Tips for Helping Clients Set Goals, Both Big and Small

Whether it’s engaging in a new behavior such as exercising or eating healthfully, or starting a business, without a direction, a plan, or a goal it is difficult to know how to begin. Goal setting is a way to eliminate this uncertainty. Here are five tips for helping your clients achieve their goals, both big and small.

Active Fitness 7 Fitness Investments That Really Pay Off

7 Fitness Investments That Really Pay Off

Positive reinforcement is a great way to help facilitate behavior change, and rewards for exercising regularly can help enhance motivation and enjoyment. Here are seven ideas, from simple to complex, you can suggest to clients to reward themselves for exercising regularly and improving their health.

Active Career Doing Well While Doing Good: Boost Your Bottom Line with Social Impact

Doing Well While Doing Good: Boost Your Bottom Line with Social Impact

As a health and fitness professional, adding a cause strategy to your bottom line is a way to not only better the community in which you live and work, but also to help build your personal brand.

Active Fitness Total Body Medicine Ball Workout

Total Body Medicine Ball Workout

On those days when you make it to the gym only to find that all of your favorite equipment is being used, you can take comfort in knowing that you can still get a great workout with this medicine ball circuit.

Active Fitness 3 Essential Movements for Your Kids

3 Essential Movements for Your Kids

Are you concerned about your child’s physical development and ability to move properly? While there are many critical movements that must be developed during early childhood, here are three specific movements to try with your children to make sure they are on the path to be able to participate, perform and enjoy physical activity for a lifetime.

Active Fitness Advocating for Healthy Communities

Advocating for Healthy Communities

How do fitness professionals make opportunities for physical activity accessible, safe and affordable? These tips can help make you an advocate for change in your community.

Active Behavior Change Health and Fitness Trends You'll See in 2017

Health and Fitness Trends You'll See in 2017

ACE pro Pete McCall describes what he believes will be the biggest health and fitness trends of 2017.

Active Wellness 8 Ways Marijuana Affects the Body’s Response to Exercise

8 Ways Marijuana Affects the Body’s Response to Exercise

Regardless of your personal stance on the legalization of marijuana, as a health and fitness professional you must have an understanding of how marijuana affects normal physiological function so that you can help your clients make the best decisions for their health and fitness. Here are eight things to know about how this drug affects the body, each of which could have an impact on your client’s exercise program.

Active Fitness ACE's Top 10 Workouts in 2016

ACE's Top 10 Workouts in 2016

The year is almost up and there were plenty of workouts that challenged you or your clients! See ACE’s 10 best workouts that will have you working up a sweat!

Active Fitness How to work with clients who have disabilities

How to work with clients who have disabilities

How do we go about building an environment where everyone feels invited to fully participate? These seven tips can help you engage with all groups of people and create new opportunities to foster a physically active culture

Active Career What Health Coaches Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers

What Health Coaches Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers

To help you set yourself up for career success and longevity as a health coach, certified health and wellness coaches from around the country offer words of wisdom and practical advice they wish they had received earlier in their coaching careers.

Active Behavior Change Pokémon GO vs. FitBit—Which One Has America Walking More?

Pokémon GO vs. FitBit—Which One Has America Walking More?

There is no question that health technologies (like wearables and apps) can be effective tools for many people, offering motivation to those traveling down their own paths toward better health and wellness. But are some more effective than others? ACE technology expert Ted Vickey aims to answer the question that has been on the minds of many Americans this year: Which got America walking more—Pokémon GO or Fitbit?

Active Fitness Spooky Spine-Tingling Halloween Workout

Spooky Spine-Tingling Halloween Workout

For many, Halloween marks the start of the gluttonous holiday season, when it seems as though there are food-laden gatherings every time you turn around. Fortunately, you don’t have to be afraid of adding weight or losing your hard-earned gains this time of year. Here is a Halloween-themed workout that can help you stay fit and trim.

Active Nutrition 7 Healthier Halloween Treats Kids will Actually Love

7 Healthier Halloween Treats Kids will Actually Love

What healthy Halloween candy will actually excite trick-or-treaters (and parents) without completely breaking your bank? In other words, what treats fall between dental floss and a $5 bill?

Active Career 6 Tips on Email Etiquette for Health and Fitness Pros

6 Tips on Email Etiquette for Health and Fitness Pros

As a health and fitness pro, you are often on the go, and a full inbox makes it tempting to communicate with clients in shorthand or text-like fashion. Unfortunately, this shortcut can often be misconstrued as careless, unprofessional or even rude. Make sure your email game is on point by utilizing these six tips for better email etiquette in the fitness industry.

Active Behavior Change Take the Stairway to Fitness

Take the Stairway to Fitness

You likely pass by them every day, not realizing that a simple staircase offers endless opportunities to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, flexibility and balance. Use these exercises as separate movements or combine them for a quick total-body workout.

Active Wellness Creative Strategies for Rest and Recovery

Creative Strategies for Rest and Recovery

Recovery from a tough workout is all about getting the right combination of rest and movement to circulate blood, but not so much movement that you are introducing a new challenge to the body. Here are four creative and effective ways to do this.

Active Nutrition Why Your Diet is Causing Constipation

Why Your Diet is Causing Constipation

It’s not a topic most people want to talk about, but if you are constipated, making these healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle can help get things moving again.

Active Behavior Change Four Steps to Becoming an Online Personal Trainer

Four Steps to Becoming an Online Personal Trainer

Are you considering adding an online component of personal training or health coaching into your existing training or coaching business, but don’t know how to get started? Here are four simple steps to help you create a basic roadmap for your business and build from there: Plan, Prepare, Proceed and Pursue.

Active Career Instagram Accounts to Motivate You and Your Clients

Instagram Accounts to Motivate You and Your Clients

Looking to fill your Instagram feed with real-life, motivating health and fitness pros and brands? From ACE Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors to fitness influencers with something smart to say and companies making a positive difference in the industry, here’s a shortlist of folks who post eye-catching Insta-pics, motivational messages and inspiring exercises you won’t want to miss.

Active Fitness 5 Steps to Helping Clients Feel Better With Exercise

5 Steps to Helping Clients Feel Better With Exercise

While some people have a natural, intrinsic motivation to exercise, others literally drag their feet to the gym. A deeper understanding of what drives behavior and makes your clients want to be fit will help you to inspire them more effectively. Use these behavior change strategies and leading questions to keep clients on track and on your schedule.

Active Career The Value of Being a Versatile Health and Fitness Professional

The Value of Being a Versatile Health and Fitness Professional

If you’re new to the fitness industry, it can be easy to feel as though you want to specialize in one type of training, client or class. Learn why diversifying your skill set and being open to a wide range of educational and vocational opportunities will increase your versatility and usefulness, both to employers and potential clients.

Active Wellness 3 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Exercise

3 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Exercise

Virtual technology is here to stay, so if our goal as teachers, parents and health mentors is to get kids excited about exercise again, we need to acknowledge the competition and step up our game. Here are three ways we can start making exercise “cool” again to get kids off the couch and enjoying physical activity as a lifestyle.

Active Behavior Change Get Faster on the Bike with Interval Training

Get Faster on the Bike with Interval Training

When it comes to fitness, less may be better than more—but only if you’re hitting the right intensity level. Learn how to maximize your strength and cardio levels and get faster on the bike by adding one or two high-intensity workouts per week.

Active Behavior Change Why You Need to Walk it Out for Health

Why You Need to Walk it Out for Health

One of the very best ways for people of all ages and abilities to get moving is by walking. This isn’t just an effective form of activity; but it can also serve as a mode of transportation and allow you to spend more time outdoors and connect with your community.

Active Fitness Why Strong Glutes are Key To Your Golf Swing

Why Strong Glutes are Key To Your Golf Swing

When it comes to swinging a golf club, most people think the arm muscles do the majority of the work, but it’s actually the gluteal muscle group that plays the biggest role in all aspects of the golf swing. Read on to learn how to help your golfing clients improve their game.

Active Career Cash in on Downtime With These 5 Simple Tasks

Cash in on Downtime With These 5 Simple Tasks

What do you do when you have an unexpected break in your schedule? Work out? Socialize? Check email? Hold up a minute! Take a deep breath and contemplate the next step. This pause can transform unexpected downtime into uptime for your business. Question your go-to habits and consider incorporating one of these proven strategies for getting ahead in your career.

Active Behavior Change 6 Exercises For Stronger Triceps

6 Exercises For Stronger Triceps

These six exercises include a combination of traditional isolation and innovative functional movement exercises to target all three heads of the triceps—the long head, lateral head and short head. Incorporate these exercises into your clients’ routines based on their individual training protocols and fitness goals.

Active Nutrition Superfood Soups for Fall

Superfood Soups for Fall

We often associate the word “superfood” with foods that are rich in nutrients that can positively impact our health. Gear up for the fall season with easy soup ideas using three very popular superfoods.

Active Fitness How to Create an Unmatched Personal Training Experience

How to Create an Unmatched Personal Training Experience

Clients want to feel confident that you have his or her best interests in mind. Creating this experience for clients is not a matter of just being an “energetic” butt-kicker. Rather, it’s a process of identifying all of the opportunities within a training session to connect and empower. Here are the four “E’s” to creating an unmatched training experience for your clients.

Active Wellness Exercise for Each Decade of the Adult Lifespan

Exercise for Each Decade of the Adult Lifespan

Until we develop the ability to travel back in time, we have to accept the fact that we can't stop the aging process. The good news is that a healthy lifestyle can be the proverbial fountain of youth and help you to slow down, and in some cases, reverse the effects of aging. Here are some general considerations for exercise, nutrition and lifestyle choices for each decade of the adult lifespan.

Active Fitness A Yoga Routine to Energize Your Morning (No Coffee Needed)

A Yoga Routine to Energize Your Morning (No Coffee Needed)

Start your morning off right with this time-efficient and thoughtfully designed at-home yoga routine. With a combination of invigorating breathing techniques and dynamic variations of postures, this sequence is designed to enhance stability and mobility, heighten awareness and prepare you for whatever the day may throw at you.

Active Fitness The Basics of Training Older Adults

The Basics of Training Older Adults

Have you considered training older adults? According to the United States 2010 Census Bureau report, more than 40 million Americans are age 65 or older. That’s a huge potential market for your health and fitness services. Here are some recommended exercises and workouts for older adults, as well as additional factors to be aware of when working with an older population.

Active Career Personal Trainer Salary Considerations

Personal Trainer Salary Considerations

If you are passionate about helping people create happier and healthier lives, you’ve undoubtedly considered a career as a personal trainer. There are many ways to enter this profession, but starting with education and certification is key. Certification is required for working in any established gym, but it will also give you instant credibility with potential clients and the tools you need to safely train your clients.

Active Nutrition Best Ways to Get Your Iron Levels Healthy

Best Ways to Get Your Iron Levels Healthy

If your iron levels are low, you may be feeling sluggish and find it difficult to muster up the strength or energy to get through a workout. The Nutrition Twins explain why iron is so important and what you can do to boost your iron intake.

Active Fitness A 20-minute Workout for the Incredibly Busy

A 20-minute Workout for the Incredibly Busy

Life, says ACE pro Jonathan Ross, is a choice between “busy and unfit,” and “busy and fit.” Everyone is busy. So, what is the fix? With a few simple ingredients, Ross explains how you can make a workout fit the time you have instead of feeling frustrated trying to fit a 60-minute workout into a 20-minute window.

Active Nutrition DO YOU NEED AN OIL CHANGE? WHICH FATS YOU SHOULD BE EATING

DO YOU NEED AN OIL CHANGE? WHICH FATS YOU SHOULD BE EATING

From the “low-fat” craze of the ‘80s and ‘90s to the renewed love for fat sparked by the Paleo movement, many people are confused and unsure about fat; specifically, how to tell the good from the bad and how much to have. Here’s what you need to know about the different forms of dietary fats and how they can affect your risk of disease and overall health.

Active Career 10 Tips to Dominate Your Group Fitness Class

10 Tips to Dominate Your Group Fitness Class

The following 10 tips will help you grow as an instructor while getting your participants moving with smiles on their faces and vitality in their movements.

Active Nutrition Do You Need More Protein?

Do You Need More Protein?

In the age of information, it seems as if everyone has an opinion on just about every subject, and arguably few areas are more heavily contested than nutrition. One search of the Internet is likely to turn up conflicting information—especially when it comes to how much protein you require.

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