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Fitness Active 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 3 Ways to Find Your Fit

3 Ways to Find Your Fit

There is no shortage of workout ideas floating around for you to explore, but it can be hard to know which workouts are worth your time and effort. Follow these three simple steps and you may just find the activities you will do for a lifetime.

Career Active 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.

Fitness Active What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

When you transition from taking classes to leading classes, your gym bag doubles as your survival kit. A properly stocked bag can make the difference between a great class and a disaster. While fitness clubs and studios should have a majority of the tools we need to teach, there are times when a little extra preparation pays off. Let’s take a look at the must-have, the nice-to-have, and the bonus tools you should consider carrying in your bag.

Career Active 3 Ways to Make Your Group Fitness Classes More Effective

3 Ways to Make Your Group Fitness Classes More Effective

The landscape of fitness is changing. With the increase of boutique studios, small-group training programming and more convenient methods of getting your sweat on (think apps and on-demand players), a group fitness instructor needs to take a look in the mirror and make sure he or she is still relevant. Shannon Fable explains the three P’s of professional group fitness instructors that will help you stand out this year.

Active How to Be Consistent When Working Toward Your Wellness Goals

How to Be Consistent When Working Toward Your Wellness Goals

The beginning of a New Year offers a natural opportunity to press the reset button on our lives. But while January is a great time to wipe the slate clean and start anew, adopting an all-or-nothing approach to the New Year (and a new you!) is likely to backfire. Learn how to set yourself up for success, achieve your goals, and make the most of this brand New Year.

Career Active 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.

Career Active 3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

What is the secret to helping clients stay motivated and on track to achieve their goals? ACE pro Shannon Fable believes that helping clients celebrate small victories while working toward larger goals is key to helping clients believe those goals are within reach. Whether your clients want to lose weight or simply increase their fitness, these secrets to perpetual motivation will help your clients build the intrinsic motivation that only comes through increased self-confidence.

Fitness Active Complete Core BOSU® Workout

Complete Core BOSU® Workout

BOSU® Balance Trainers are a standard piece of equipment in most gyms, and their versatility allows for their inclusion in multiple workouts and exercises. These five exercises take advantage of the instability of the balance trainer, requiring you to actively engage multiple muscles and providing an effective core workout.

Fitness Active Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

It seems the fitness industry has decided you can never have too much high-intensity interval training (HIIT), with the intense modality taking over class schedules across the country. But popularity doesn’t always mean great results, explains ACE Certified pro Shannon Fable, who argues that we’ve gotten a little too carried away with all-HIIT programming, all the time. Could there be a more effective approach?

Career Active A Fitness Pro's Guide to Surviving the Summer

A Fitness Pro's Guide to Surviving the Summer

The summer months can be a challenge for fitness pros, with lower class numbers and cancellations nearly every day. How can you keep your energy and enthusiasm up in the face of dwindling participation? ACE Certified fitness pro Shannon Fable shares six tips that will help the summer fly by and leave you revved up and excited for fall.

Career Active Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

Did you hear about the fitness pro who was kicked out of a SoulCycle studio and banned from attending future classes? The news caused quite a stir, to the say the least. Shannon Fable weighs in on the controversy and offers some incredibly insightful principles to guide you in your life and work as a fitness professional.

Career Active Monetizing Group Fitness

Monetizing Group Fitness

Group fitness instructors are among the most enthusiastic, upbeat people on the planet, especially when it comes to their careers. But it can be tough to love a job that doesn’t always pay the bills. Fitness pro Shannon Fable explains four viable paths that group fitness instructors should consider if they want to expand their career paths and increase their income.

Career Active 3 Ways GFIs Can Up Their Game This Year

3 Ways GFIs Can Up Their Game This Year

January is the best month for group fitness, as newly committed exercisers flood your classes. But if we’re not careful to give our new participants reasons to keep coming back, we may find our class numbers dwindling by March. Here are three tips to up your game with newbies and keep your classes packed all year long.

Career Active How NOT to Impress Your Students: The Top 5 Things GFIs Do That Backfire

How NOT to Impress Your Students: The Top 5 Things GFIs Do That Backfire

Could some of the passion and enthusiasm you feel as a group fitness instructor actually turn off some potential participants? Fitness pro Shannon Fable has some challenging ideas for GFIs, explaining that many of our industry’s tried-and-true practices may not be the best way to encourage the masses to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.

Career Active Turning Newbies into Groupies

Turning Newbies into Groupies

It’s nearly back-to-school time, which also happens to be back-to-the-gym time for many people, especially busy moms who finally get some time to focus on their fitness. Creating a welcoming environment in your classes for new participants is essential to keeping them coming back for more. Fitness expert Shannon Fable shares her best tips for helping newbies feel successful and have fun in your group fitness classes.

Career Active The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 2)

The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 2)

Ready to learn more about what separates a good group fitness instructor from one who is truly great? In part two of our series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the remaining top 5 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.

Career Active The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 1)

The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 1)

Like so many others, you became a group fitness instructor so you could help others enjoy the transformative benefits of exercise. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a LOT of fun! In this first of a two-part series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the top 10 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.

Active Train Your Core Off the Floor

Train Your Core Off the Floor

A strong core is the first step to a strong you. Not only will it make you look better by changing your posture, it will help you move better and keep you protected during many of life’s daily activities. Here are some great tips for strengthening all the muscles that comprise the core, as well as some on- and off-the-floor core exercises that are sure to fire up those muscles, while also improving your posture and reducing your risk of injury.

Active How Can I Sculpt a Ballet Body?

How Can I Sculpt a Ballet Body?

Dance is one of the oldest, most respected forms of group exercise, and over the years, a number of variations have come about to meet the demands of diverse audiences. There’s no doubt that ballet dancers have beautiful figures, contributing to the rising popularity of ballet-inspired workouts. ACE Fitness Expert Shannon Fable shares moves you can incorporate into your fitness routine to help you sculpt a dancer’s body from the comfort of your own home.

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