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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Career Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients

Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients

When it comes to losing weight or achieving fitness goals, research confirms the benefits of tracking both food intake and fitness activity. MyFitnessPal makes the process a lot easier than it used to be. Learn about some of the features of this app and tips for using it most effectively with your clients.

Active Career Why Group Fitness Instructors Can Benefit From a Health Coach Education

Why Group Fitness Instructors Can Benefit From a Health Coach Education

If you’re a group fitness instructor who’s been teaching for a while, you may be wondering what other things you can do to increase your value or perhaps diversify your income. Perhaps you are looking for a way to reach more people and have a larger impact on those who need your help the most. If this sounds like you, it may be the right time to add health coaching to your professional credentials.

Active Career Nutrition Scope of Practice – What You Can Do as a Personal Trainer

Nutrition Scope of Practice – What You Can Do as a Personal Trainer

When it comes to educating clients about nutrition, it can be a challenge to make sure you’re staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional. Of course, you can’t avoid the topic altogether—clients need to be educated about proper nutrition. With that in mind, here’s what you can do to reduce your liability and still provide this necessary education to your clients.

Active Career Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

Health is holistic, and an excessive focus on the physical can discount or disrupt other areas. As a group fitness instructor, you can have a deeper impact on your participants’ lives by incorporating the following strategies, which target multiple components of health.

Active Career Your Career Roadmap as a Personal Trainer: Where Are You Now?

Your Career Roadmap as a Personal Trainer: Where Are You Now?

With more than 20 years as a health and fitness professional, Brett Klika knows a thing or two about building a career and creating success in the fitness industry. Drawing on his own experience and that of countless others in the industry, Klika shares his career roadmap for creating a long and successful career in fitness.

Active Career Four Free or Low-cost Tools For Creating Eye-catching Social Media Videos

Four Free or Low-cost Tools For Creating Eye-catching Social Media Videos

Wondering how you can take your videos to the next level so they really stand out? Check out these video-making tools—all free or just a couple of bucks—for mobile and/or desktop. They can help you quickly and easily turn your photos and video into marketing pieces that will command attention on social media.

Active Career 6 Strategies to Keep Your Members Coming Back to the Gym During the Holidays

6 Strategies to Keep Your Members Coming Back to the Gym During the Holidays

If your health club or gym is feeling a little empty this time of year, use these six strategies to keep your members in the gym and drive business throughout the holiday season.

Active Career Interested in becoming eligible for the ICHWC Exam?

Interested in becoming eligible for the ICHWC Exam?

The International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) is a collaboration of leaders representing many health and wellness coach training and education programs in the United States. If you are an ACE Certified Health Coach, you can become eligible to sit for the national examination by taking the approved transition course.

Active Career ACE Scholarships Aim to Make Physical Activity Accessible to All

ACE Scholarships Aim to Make Physical Activity Accessible to All

The ACE Scholarship Program was created to empower health and fitness pioneers to reach beyond the four walls of the gym and into homes, offices and public spaces to meet people where they are and get them moving. Scholarships are awarded to individuals and organizations targeting diverse audiences—from children to the military to seniors—that are passionate about creating stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities.

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 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 Career 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 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 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 Career 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 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 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 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 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 Career How to Set the Right Fees For Your Fitness Services

How to Set the Right Fees For Your Fitness Services

“What’s your fee?” This is a question that nearly every health and fitness professional must answer, but arriving at the right fee for your services can be tricky. Learn how to carefully and confidently consider the many variables involved in setting the right fee(s) for your fitness services and skill sets.

Active Career How to Get Clients Hooked

How to Get Clients Hooked

Do you know what motivates your clients? What helps them stick to the programs you design for them? Asking the right questions and helping your clients zero in on what and why they want to change can mean the difference between a successful trainer-client relationship and an experience that prompts them to start looking for a new trainer.

Active Career 4 Ways to Amp Up Your Social Media Game

4 Ways to Amp Up Your Social Media Game

Most fitness pros rely on social media to market their products and services. Unfortunately, sometimes we spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social channels spinning our wheels and posting without much purpose.

Active Career Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business and Brand?

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business and Brand?

Communicating with your current and potential customers through social media can be a low-cost, yet extremely effective way to grow your brand. However, when used improperly or without a strategy, social media can be a significant waste of time that can actually hurt your business. Answer these three questions to help you create a social-media roadmap that will help you grow your business and enable you to change more lives.

Active Career 7 Tips for a Successful Health & Fitness Blog

7 Tips for a Successful Health & Fitness Blog

Thinking about starting your own health and fitness blog, but unsure where to start? Several of the country’s most well-established health and fitness bloggers share their personal tips for establishing and growing a successful blog.

Active Career Strategies to boost business this summer

Strategies to boost business this summer

Summer is the time of the year when you may notice scheduling gaps, because many people are out and about, on adventures and vacations all over the world. Use this time as an opportunity to find creative ways to build your business, like trading clients or organizing group outings, and reap the benefits the rest of the year!

Active Career How to Structure Coaching Sessions Using the CRAFT Model

How to Structure Coaching Sessions Using the CRAFT Model

Coaching is a wonderful experience and can lead to transformations, first of mind and then of body. But getting each session started smoothly and staying on track is essential to seeing results. Learn how to use the CRAFT model, which can help you structure sessions with clients whom you are actively coaching toward fairly clear objectives.

Active Career 3 Steps to Reach More People and Make More Money as a Health and Fitness Professional

3 Steps to Reach More People and Make More Money as a Health and Fitness Professional

As a health and fitness professional, you have the opportunity to share your positive influence with people all over the world. Follow this three-step strategy to reach more people with your life-changing ideas and perspective, grow your business and start living an extraordinary life while helping others do the same.

Active Career An Underutilized Networking Strategy to Attract New Clients

An Underutilized Networking Strategy to Attract New Clients

Building relationships and networking with massage therapists, nutritionists, medical doctors, chiropractors and other health practitioners can help build a strong foundation source of referrals. But how do you make strong connections with quality, like-minded professionals? Here are five traits to work on developing in yourself, as well as ones you should look for in potential collaborators.

Active Career Group Fitness Instructors Pack a Punch

Group Fitness Instructors Pack a Punch

The enormous impact GFIs make on the health of individuals and communities is felt across the world. What does this look like over the course of a year?

Active Career 4 Mobile Apps for Boosting Your Fitness Business

4 Mobile Apps for Boosting Your Fitness Business

Interested in using technology to help grow your fitness business? These fun and innovative mobile apps will help you get more out of your everyday work routine, and also your career as a whole.

Active Career How to Lose a Client in 10 Days

How to Lose a Client in 10 Days

As a health and fitness professional, knowledge of exercise science is important, but being able to build a relationship is crucial. It’s what gives clients the confidence that you can effectively help them reach their goals and also care about them as a person. If you are interested in building better rapport and maintaining a consistent client base, avoid the following actions, as they will certainly help you lose a client, likely in 10 days or less.

Active Career Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

The group fitness market is constantly changing, so it’s unwise to take your client base for granted. Here are five proven approaches for encouraging both new and seasoned exercisers to keep coming back to your classes, time and time again.

Active Career How to Successfully Negotiate a Lease for Your Fitness Facility

How to Successfully Negotiate a Lease for Your Fitness Facility

You’ve finally found your ideal location for your fitness facility and it’s time to the start the leasing process. If this is your first time leasing a building, it can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are three essential tips for successfully negotiating a lease for your future fitness facility.

Active Career Feel Confident Teaching Any Group Fitness Format

Feel Confident Teaching Any Group Fitness Format

The ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification is an important first step in the evolution of a group fitness instructor. Once you understand the basics of leading a safe and effective class, motivation techniques, class design, music selection, applied anatomy and other key teaching elements can be easily applied to any group modality. Here’s a look at how the knowledge I acquired through the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification has given me the confidence to teach a variety of formats.

Active Career New Approaches to Boot Camps

New Approaches to Boot Camps

Boot camps are now at an all-time high in popularity, which isn’t surprising given how fun and effective these classes can be. If you’re thinking about starting a boot-camp class, or if you feel your boot-camp classes could use a little inspiration, here are some great tips from some of the best in the business.

Active Career Interview Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

Interview Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

As the fitness industry continues to evolve, opportunities for instructors have never been greater. With so much variety in the field, no two interview experiences are the same. Keep in mind that most companies require a verbal interview and a practical audition. The following tips can help you prepare for your interview and make a great first impression.

Active Career Three Signs It's Time to Fire a Fitness Client

Three Signs It's Time to Fire a Fitness Client

Your time is valuable, so it’s important to recognize when you might be better off freeing yourself from problem clients who might be holding you back from progressing your fitness career to its fullest potential. Here are three telltale signs that it’s time to cast off clients who are bringing you down.

Active Career 4 Old-school Marketing Strategies For Health and Fitness Pros

4 Old-school Marketing Strategies For Health and Fitness Pros

Whether you’re marketing online or in person, the key is to build relationships and make people feel important. Here are four time-tested marketing strategies that are grounded in relationship-building, which has proven to be a simple and effective path to success in the fitness industry.

Active Career Top Sightings at IHRSA 2016

Top Sightings at IHRSA 2016

As he does every year, ACE pro Pete McCall compiled a list of the exciting new products and developments on display at this year’s IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) tradeshow, where fitness companies and exercise equipment manufacturers introduce their latest and greatest products. Once again, this year’s offerings did not disappoint. Here are the products that stood out as either new innovations or cool updates on existing designs.

Active Career 7 Questions to ask yourself before becoming a GFI

7 Questions to ask yourself before becoming a GFI

If you’re considering becoming a group fitness instructor, you were probably inspired by one of your teachers, and now you want to create that transformative experience for others. This is exciting! Taking that leap from participant to instructor is a big one—bigger than you might think. When you put the microphone on, you’re taking responsibility for everyone and everything that happens in that room. Here are few questions to ask yourself before heading down this path.

Active Career What's New in the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Study Experience

What's New in the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Study Experience

The American Council on Exercise is proud to announce the release of an all-new ACE Group Fitness Instructor study experience—the definitive resource for health and fitness professionals who want to design and deliver memorable movement experiences in any modality of group exercise. Find out what's new.

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