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Active Fitness Total-body Circuit Featuring the Plyometric Box

Total-body Circuit Featuring the Plyometric Box

The plyobox offers endless possibilities for varying your workouts while building explosive power and strength. This total-body plyobox workout, which puts the versatility of the plyobox on display, is a great option for those days when time is limited.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Fitness Tips for Couples Training Together

Tips for Couples Training Together

Exercising together as a couple can seem like a great idea—until one tries to push the other to exercise harder or you each want to do different activities. Here we examine some benefits to partner workouts, warning signs that your workouts may not be helpful to the relationship, and options for making exercise fun and healthy for both you and your significant other.

Active Fitness 5 Full-body BOSU Exercises Favorited By Master Trainers

5 Full-body BOSU Exercises Favorited By Master Trainers

Five of the country’s leading master trainers share their favorite full-body, go-to moves using the BOSU Balance Trainer.

Active Fitness 5 Creative Body-weight Exercises

5 Creative Body-weight Exercises

There are endless options for body-weight exercises—squats, lunges and planks, to name just a few. But when people have too many familiar options, they often end up doing nothing because it’s just not appealing enough. Here are five novel body-weight exercises to offer your clients for those times when they need a fun and effective equipment-free workout.

Active Fitness How to Maximize Efficiency of Workout Time

How to Maximize Efficiency of Workout Time

Delivering time-efficient, highly effective fitness programs is essential to creating a successful career as a personal trainer or health coach. Here is a creative system for helping you get the most of the time your clients spend in their workouts, and it starts with one simple rule: Always do something with all of your workout time.

Active Fitness 7 Exercises for the Bride to Be

7 Exercises for the Bride to Be

If you count brides among your clients, you know that they are amongst your most motivated exercisers! It is your job to help her achieve her physical goals so her big day will match the vision in her dreams. Mix it up and make it fun for the beautiful bride with these basic exercises, each of which has a hidden agenda.

Active Fitness Cardio Before or After Lifting?

Cardio Before or After Lifting?

Which should you do first in a single workout, cardio or strength training? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question that accurately applies to everyone. Instead, ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains how to best answer this question based on your individual needs and goals.

Active Fitness One Weight Workout Series: The Barbell

One Weight Workout Series: The Barbell

To help you and your clients save time and maximize the efficiency of their workouts, we present the One Weight Workout series, with each workout featuring a single piece of equipment. This installment focuses on the barbell, which can be used for a variety of exercises to increase muscular strength while also boosting caloric burn.

Active Fitness Embrace the Cold: How to Get in a Workout in Below-freezing Temperatures

Embrace the Cold: How to Get in a Workout in Below-freezing Temperatures

Cold weather keeping you indoors? Check out these great tips for moving your workouts outdoors during the cold winter months—not only will you enjoy all the great benefits of exercise, but the added bonus of getting outside in the fresh air.

Active Fitness Santa Workout

Santa Workout

Don’t let the cold weather or seasonal demands derail you from your hard efforts the rest of the year. If you don’t want to be mistaken for jolly old Saint Nick, this no-equipment necessary workout program can help you maintain your fitness and body weight, even if you don’t have time to make it to the gym.

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 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 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 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 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

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