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Active Fitness 8 Motivational Health and Fitness Quotes

8 Motivational Health and Fitness Quotes

8 Motivational Health and Fitness Quotes

Active Nutrition Common Signs Your Client May Have an Eating Disorder

Common Signs Your Client May Have an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are complex, clinically diagnosed conditions that can have serious physical and emotional complications. As a health and fitness professional, you can play an important role in recognizing the early warning signs of eating disorders, which may increase the likelihood of successful recovery.

Active Fitness 7 Exercises to Create an Anti-Rotation Progression Sequence

7 Exercises to Create an Anti-Rotation Progression Sequence

Anti-rotation exercises train core stability without rotating the torso, which is important for the lumbar spine, which is a stabilized joint (with very little range of motion). Here are seven anti-rotation exercises that you can use with clients who require core development and strength.

Active Fitness 7 Reasons to Introduce Power Training Exercises to Your Clients

7 Reasons to Introduce Power Training Exercises to Your Clients

Losing weight and toning up are the two most common reasons for starting an exercise program. While endurance training can help improve aerobic efficiency and burn excess calories, it is not that effective at promoting muscle definition. If your clients want to increase their levels of lean muscle mass and enhance their aesthetic appearance, it is worth considering these seven benefits of power training. Also included is a sample workout to help you get started.

Active Career The Coaching Approach to Behavior Change

The Coaching Approach to Behavior Change

The ACE Cycle of Change makes it possible to recognize and determine a client’s readiness to embrace the necessary behavior changes that will positively impact his or her life. Learn how to determine a client’s readiness to change by honing your interviewing skills, as this will give you the information you need to help the client design an approach to behavior change that is both achievable and effective.

Active Career ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification: A Pathway onto the Healthcare Team

ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification: A Pathway onto the Healthcare Team

The ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual is a comprehensive, science -based resource to prepare you for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification. Earning this certification can position you to serve as a vital link between the clinic and the community.

Active Fitness 6 Functional Strength and Conditioning Exercises You’re Not Using With Your Clients

6 Functional Strength and Conditioning Exercises You’re Not Using With Your Clients

Consider adding one or more of these six highly effective functional strength and conditioning exercises to your clients’ programs. Not only do these exercises challenge the body in new ways and can help break through fitness plateaus, they can also improve overall quality of life by making daily activities easier to perform.

Active Career 5 Steps to Becoming a Celebrity Personal Trainer in Your Own Community

5 Steps to Becoming a Celebrity Personal Trainer in Your Own Community

Celebrity personal trainers may be common in Los Angeles and New York, but did you know that you can become one in your own community? The key is to become the trainer others look to for both information and results. These five steps will help you start creating buzz and raise your celebrity profile in your own community today.

Active Nutrition 5 Whole Foods to Replace Ergogenic Aids

5 Whole Foods to Replace Ergogenic Aids

Ergogenic aids are purported to give people an edge over their competition, but do you really have to purchase often-expensive potions and pills to boost exercise performance? Not according to ACE pro Elizabeth Kovar, who explains how to choose whole foods that offer many of the same benefits of sports-nutrition supplements in a much healthier—and tastier—form.

Active Fitness Upper-body Explosive Training Workout

Upper-body Explosive Training Workout

Many popular high-intensity exercise programs feature jumps, hops or skips to increase power output in lower-body muscles, but omit exercises for developing upper-body power. Whether you want to perform better in sports or in life, it is important to include exercises that improve the strength and power of the muscles of the upper back, shoulders and arms. This workout programs is ideal for developing essential upper-body power.

Active Fitness Heart-pumping Plyometrics Workout

Heart-pumping Plyometrics Workout

Plyometric training, which uses explosive movements to build strength and condition the muscles and heart, offers the benefits of both strength training and high-intensity interval training. This 15-minute plyometric workout is a great way to introduce this form of training to your clients that are ready for a greater challenge.

Active Fitness The Impact of Flexibility Training on Performance

The Impact of Flexibility Training on Performance

Flexibility training is arguably the most frequently neglected component of fitness among the general population, but that doesn’t mean it’s the least important. Engaging in regular flexibility training can assist with increased joint mobility, better posture, decreased back pain and a lower risk of injury. Learn about these and other key benefits of flexibility training and how to incorporate it into your clients’ routines.

Active Nutrition 5 Foods That Get a Bad Rap

5 Foods That Get a Bad Rap

Are there specific foods you or your clients deliberately avoid? Do you label certain foods good and others bad? When it comes to a healthy eating plan that your clients can follow, no food should be off limits. In fact, guiding clients on the best ways to navigate every choice, including these 5 foods that get a bad rap, can help set your clients up for success.

Active Fitness 8 Hormones Involved in Exercise

8 Hormones Involved in Exercise

Hormones have a huge effect on the functions of the body, and many are directly affected by exercise (and vice versa). Here is a rundown of some of the most important hormones involved in exercise, along with the physiological functions they control. Understanding how exercise influences hormone levels can help you develop safe and effective exercise programs for your clients.

Active Career How to Make Group Exercise Accessible to Everyone

How to Make Group Exercise Accessible to Everyone

As group fitness instructors, it’s important for us to help beginners enjoy the experience so they can become experienced exercise enthusiasts in the shortest amount of time possible. Here are six ideas for making your group fitness workouts more accessible, which may, in turn, increase your class sizes and help more people experience the benefits of exercise.

Active Nutrition Low Carb vs. Low Fat: Which One is Best for Your Client?

Low Carb vs. Low Fat: Which One is Best for Your Client?

How often do you hear this question from your clients: Should I follow a low-carb or a low-fat diet? The answer, of course, depends on each client’s individual needs and goals. Learn about the pros and cons of these popular diets and how they may or not work for your clients and their health and fitness goals.

Active Behavior Change Making the Shift From “Educator” to “Facilitator”

Making the Shift From “Educator” to “Facilitator”

“Telling” our clients what they need to do to reach their health and fitness goals rarely results in long-term lifestyle change. Instead, we need to help clients find the right answers within themselves. Learn how to transition from being an educator to a facilitator and help your clients find the strength and motivation within themselves to live healthier, happier lives.

Active Fitness How to Develop Programs for Clients with Scoliosis

How to Develop Programs for Clients with Scoliosis

When working with clients with scoliosis, it’s essential to know how to interpret their functional limitations and muscular imbalances so you can create a workout program that improves strength, range of motion and the length-tension relationship of the muscles on either side of the vertebral column. Here is a basic primer in developing programs for individuals with scoliosis.

Active Fitness Prenatal Workout Recommendations

Prenatal Workout Recommendations

Wondering what exercises to recommend to your pregnant clients? Research confirms the benefits for women who continue exercising throughout their pregnancies, but important modifications are needed to make it both safe and comfortable. In this second installment of a two-part series, learn which cardio options are best during pregnancy and how social support can help women during this major life transition.

Active Fitness An Arnold-inspired Workout

An Arnold-inspired Workout

Some might say that Arnold Schwarzenegger has inspired more people to participate in bodybuilding—and possibly even strength training in general—than anyone else. While his body-building approach could be considered decidedly old-school, there are still huge benefits to be had from following a high-volume strength-training program. Check out this Arnold-inspired workout regimen, which is not only effective, but can also help satisfy the primal urge to lift heavy stuff.

Active Fitness Steady State Vs. Interval Training: Which One is Best for Your Clients?

Steady State Vs. Interval Training: Which One is Best for Your Clients?

Which is more effective: steady-state exercise or high-intensity interval training? The answer, of course, depends on an individual’s goals and preferences. Learn about the unique advantages and drawbacks to each type of exercise to better determine which approach is best for both you and your clients.

Active Nutrition The Effects of Alcohol on Muscle Gains

The Effects of Alcohol on Muscle Gains

An effective nutrition plan is key to helping clients achieve their weight-loss and muscle-gain goals. Habitual and binge drinkers could be unknowingly derailing their efforts due to alcohol’s significant effects on the body. Learn how alcohol affects everything from the immune and endocrine systems to dehydration, and why it’s vital that both you and your clients to understand the impact of alcohol on muscle gains.

Active Fitness 4 Moves to Help You Master the Pull-up

4 Moves to Help You Master the Pull-up

Performing a full, unassisted pull-up is a challenging task for most people, because it involves moving the entirety of your own bodyweight up against gravity. It also takes incredible upper-body strength and trunk stability. Here are four exercises that should be a part of your routine if your goal is to complete this essential movement pattern without assistance.

Active Fitness 6 Benefits of Using Weightlifting Machines

6 Benefits of Using Weightlifting Machines

The role of a personal trainer is to help clients live healthier lives. We are failing at our mission if we design exercise programs that are so challenging that our clients don’t feel comfortable working out on their own. Machine-based strength-training programs can be a great way for clients to build muscle and maintain a consistent exercise program, even when they aren’t training with you every day. Here are six benefits of machine-based training that can help you reconsider whether it’s wort

Active Fitness Prenatal Fitness Modifications For Safety and Comfort

Prenatal Fitness Modifications For Safety and Comfort

Research confirms the benefits for women who continue exercising throughout their pregnancies, but important modifications are needed to make it both safe and comfortable. Learn about the best exercise choices for prenatal fitness. In this first installment of a two-part series, learn about precautions specific to pregnancy and effective exercises that can help counteract some of the common physical issues of pregnancy.

Active Career 6 Steps to Managing Your Fitness Business

6 Steps to Managing Your Fitness Business

Competition is everywhere, and the fitness industry is no exception. Learn how you can get an edge on the competition with these six important steps.

Active Nutrition Healthy Meals for Less Than $5

Healthy Meals for Less Than $5

Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be expensive—if you know which items to choose and which ones to avoid when you’re doing your grocery shopping. Whether you're cooking for one or a family of four, here are four recipes that are both nutritious and delicious, and cost less than $5 per serving.

Active Fitness 4 Moves to Help You Master the Push-Up

4 Moves to Help You Master the Push-Up

The push-up is a great exercise for improving upper-body and core strength, both of which are essential for being able to do a wide range of daily activities, from picking up groceries to playing with your kids. Of course, mastering the push-up takes time, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Here are a few moves to help you improve your ability to perform the traditional push-up.

Active Fitness Bulgarian Bag Workout

Bulgarian Bag Workout

The Bulgarian Bag is a unique and versatile piece of equipment that allows for a wide range of movements. Here are three great exercises that will challenge the whole body, particularly the muscles of the core.

Active Behavior Change Why Mind Control is Self-Control

Why Mind Control is Self-Control

Have you noticed that when certain situations arise, your inner voice and thoughts are often automatic? What if you could change your automatic patterns? ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how to start recognizing when negative thought patterns take hold and how to break the cycle and redirect your thoughts to something more positive and constructive.

Active Nutrition 5 Nutrition Myths Your Clients Still Believe

5 Nutrition Myths Your Clients Still Believe

There is no shortage of nutrition myths out there—and chances are many of your clients still believe them. From gluten-free diets to getting enough calcium, help set the record straight on these five nutrition myths that research has shown to be outdated or just plain wrong.

Active Fitness Top 7 Reasons for Using Periodization With Your Clients

Top 7 Reasons for Using Periodization With Your Clients

Acquiring and retaining clients is a common concern of health and fitness professionals. You can create added value for your services by systematically changing the volume and intensity of your clients’ exercise programs. Here are seven compelling reasons why you should apply the science of periodization to develop long-term programs that are dynamic, challenging and effective.

Active Fitness Stand Up Paddle Board Workout

Stand Up Paddle Board Workout

Get in shape on and off the stand-up paddle board (SUP) this summer with this SUP-specific workout. These exercises are great for warming up and strengthening the SUP muscles.

Active Career 5 Essential Tools for Independent Personal Trainers

5 Essential Tools for Independent Personal Trainers

Every day new technology is making the administration and delivery of personal-training services faster and easier. Here are the five essential tools for the independent trainer that will help minimize some of the tasks that, although essential to your business, keep you from spending more time with clients.

Active Fitness 3 Exercises to Do Instead of Burpees

3 Exercises to Do Instead of Burpees

Tired of doing burpees all the time? There’s no question they are effective, but doing the same movement over and over can get monotonous. ACE pro Jonathan Ross presents three burpee alternatives that deliver similar full-body benefits.

Active Nutrition 5 Must-Try Green Smoothie Recipes

5 Must-Try Green Smoothie Recipes

Looking for an appealing way to add more leafy greens to your diet? The Nutrition Twins have the answer—green smoothies. They explain their tried-and-true formula for making delicious and nutritious green smoothies and present some super-easy recipes for you to try at home.

Active Wellness How Sleep Affects Your Weight and Performance

How Sleep Affects Your Weight and Performance

Do you view sleep as unproductive time? The truth is sleep is as important for your health as what you choose to eat and the exercise you do. It’s time to make a mental shift and view sleep as an investment in our health. Learn how sleep directly affects your weight and your performance during the day—and how you can optimize your sleep for better overall health and wellbeing.

Active Fitness 9 Progressed Yoga Hip Opener Postures

9 Progressed Yoga Hip Opener Postures

Tight hips are a common problem, particularly among people who spend a lot of time sitting during the day. Yoga is an ideal form of exercise to open tight and stiff hips. Check out these yoga asanas, which are effective for increasing both mobility and flexibility in the hips.

Active Career 3 Steps to Getting Clients to Buy in on Monthly Packages

3 Steps to Getting Clients to Buy in on Monthly Packages

If you own your personal-training business, you know that maintaining a steady flow of income is essential to your success. Monthly packages offer both personal trainers and clients significant benefits over session packages. Learn how to use value, ease of use and social validation to convince your clients to buy in to this increasingly popular form of billing within the fitness industry.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Clients Find Greater Happiness

How to Help Clients Find Greater Happiness

What does it really take to live a happy, full-filling life? Research suggests that happiness is the result of the convergence of three things: emotional contentment, engagement and meaning. ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains some of the science behind positive psychology, along with practical questions and techniques you can use with your clients to help them identify their personal keys to greater happiness.

Active Career How to Avoid the Summer Slump

How to Avoid the Summer Slump

If your classes are starting to feel a little empty this summer, you’re not alone. This time of year leaves even the most loyal class participants with less-predictable attendance patterns, which leads to lower-than-normal numbers in our classes. Here are a few ideas to encourage class participants to stay put and help keep numbers up during the summer.

Active Fitness 7 Different Types of Strength and Their Benefits

7 Different Types of Strength and Their Benefits

Are your clients following the right strength-training program to achieve their fitness goals? Knowing what type of training program to use essential to helping your clients find success. Learn about the different types of strength along with guidelines on how to design training programs to achieve each that outcome.

Active Career How to Start a Fitness Studio That Creates a Lasting Member Experience

How to Start a Fitness Studio That Creates a Lasting Member Experience

If you’re thinking about opening your own fitness studio, there are several crucial factors to consider to ensure you’re ready to make the leap. Get the best tips from the Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) to help you offer your clients and members the best possible experience, while successfully launching your new fitness business.

Active Fitness The Foundational Building Blocks of Physical Literacy

The Foundational Building Blocks of Physical Literacy

Kids need to move to stay healthy and develop the physical literacy they need to become healthy, active adults. Learn how you can help kids develop foundational motor abilities (FMAs) by using drills and games that make movement fun and effective and will help them become more competent and confident with movement for life.

Active Nutrition 13 Healthy Grilling Recipes That Help Eliminate Carcinogens

13 Healthy Grilling Recipes That Help Eliminate Carcinogens

Summer is ideal for grilling up tasty and healthy meals, but you may be unknowingly increasing your exposure to harmful carcinogens created when meats are cooked for too long. Learn how to limit your exposure to these chemicals and still take advantage of all the wonderful foods the season has to offer.

Active Fitness 20-minute Opposing Super Set Workout

20-minute Opposing Super Set Workout

Super sets can be a great way to create new strength-training challenges for your clients. Time-efficient and super effective, this opposing super set workout takes just 20 minutes to complete and, with little-to-no rest between each exercise, it includes a cardio component that keeps the heart rate up throughout the workout.

Active Fitness How to Increase Physical Literacy Among America’s Youth

How to Increase Physical Literacy Among America’s Youth

Physically confident and competent children are active for life, but far too many of America’s youth are physically inactive. As a health and fitness professional, you are in a great position to help kids become more physically active and, as a result, more physically literate. Learn about the foundational building blocks that are essential to helping children develop physical literacy.

Active Fitness Does Your Heart Rate Really Matter?

Does Your Heart Rate Really Matter?

Gone are the days where you need to know someone’s age to recommend heart-rate training intensities. Today, instead of having to rely on formulas, we have field tests that measure specific points where the physiological response to exercise intensity shifts. Learn how you can utilize these more accurate methods to help your clients safely and effectively achieve their health and fitness goals.

Active Fitness 7 Squat Variations That Will Strengthen Your Lower Body

7 Squat Variations That Will Strengthen Your Lower Body

Squatting is a foundational movement that most of us perform every day without even thinking about it. And yet this exercise can be a challenge for some people. Learn how to help your clients master the basic body-weight squat before progressing to more challenging moves that will strengthen the muscles of the lower body and improve their ability to perform this foundational movement.

Active Behavior Change The Causes and Effects of Physical Inactivity Among America's Youth

The Causes and Effects of Physical Inactivity Among America's Youth

Physical inactivity is a widespread problem in America, particularly among kids. As a health and fitness professional, you are likely driven to help people of all ages enjoy the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. This 6-part blog series offers a step-by-step approach to rebuilding physical literacy so you can help youngsters develop the skills necessary to be active for life.

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