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Fitness Active 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.

Career Active 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 What You Need to Know About Performance Tape

What You Need to Know About Performance Tape

Performance tape—also known as kinesiology or k-tape—has become increasingly popular in recent years. Learn about the potential benefits of performance tape and the questions you need to answer before recommending it to your clients.

Fitness Active 7 Beach Workouts to Do in the Sand

7 Beach Workouts to Do in the Sand

The beach is an ideal place to get a great workout—the sand provides a great unstable surface and exercising outdoors is always a lot of fun. Whether you’re on vacation, live at the beach or just love to work out in the sand, these dynamic exercises will challenge your entire body.

Active Hill Running Workout

Hill Running Workout

Incline workouts, when done properly and safely, can greatly benefit anyone looking to increase the intensity of their workouts. In fact, incorporating some form of hill running into your regular workout routine is one of the best ways to increase speed, strength and power. Whether you’re an elite athlete or looking to change up your exercise program, here’s a modifiable hill-running workout that almost anyone can do.

Career Active How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck With Continuing Education Options

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck With Continuing Education Options

As a health and fitness professional, continuing education is essential to keeping your certifications current, but it can be a challenge to choose from the endless continuing-education options available. Learn why earning additional certifications, such as a specialty or another core certification, can increase your credibility in the health and fitness industry and enhance your resume or professional bio.

Fitness Active Christmas Morning Workout

Christmas Morning Workout

It can be tough to stick to your exercise routine during the holidays. But even if you can’t get to the gym or don’t want to leave your family, you can always get in a quick and efficient workout at home. Here’s a body-weight workout that you and your family can do in less than 45 minutes. It’s perfect for inside or outside, right before the Christmas Day festivities begin.

Active A Workout You Can Do Anywhere

A Workout You Can Do Anywhere

One of the best ways to integrate a workout into your schedule is to make it a consistent part of your routine so you don’t have to think twice about not having time or the “right place” to do it. Whether you’re at work, home or watching your child’s soccer practice at the park, this fun and challenging workout will get your body moving and your heart pumping.

Fitness Active 6 Standing Ab Exercises

6 Standing Ab Exercises

Traditional abdominal exercises performed on the floor can be a real pain in the neck, literally sometimes. You can avoid some of this discomfort by performing abdominal exercises while standing instead. These six standing abdominal exercises are a great way to avoid unnecessary stresses on the joints and experience a truly dynamic workout.

Career Active A Trainer’s Must-have Equipment List

A Trainer’s Must-have Equipment List

Although there are countless body-weight exercises you can do with your clients, keeping a few pieces of equipment on hand is a great way to keep them excited and challenged. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money—you can get started by investing in just a few pieces at a time. Here are some great ideas for building your trainer toolbox at a relatively low cost.

Active Foam Rolling 101

Foam Rolling 101

If you have aches and pains, or just feel sore after your workouts, you should consider trying a technique called self-myofascial release (SMR). Often performed with a foam roller, SMR is a great way to help alleviate the pain of “trigger points,” while also increasing blood flow and improving joint range of motion. Learn the benefits and basics of this therapeutic technique.

Test Taking Strategies and Preparation Active How to Use the ACE Study Companion

How to Use the ACE Study Companion

If you’re studying for an ACE Certification Exam, don’t forget to use the Study Companion that came with your study package. Learn how you can use this study guide to help you focus your studying on the topics that are most likely to be addressed on the exam.

Active Calorie-Burning Jump Rope Workout

Calorie-Burning Jump Rope Workout

When was the last time you tried jumping rope? This schoolyard favorite offers huge health benefits, including improved cardio endurance and greater bone density. Check out this fun and effective cardio-blasting jump rope workout, which can be performed almost anywhere and requires nothing more than an inexpensive jump rope.

Active 9 Exercises You Didn’t Know You Could Do With a Barbell

9 Exercises You Didn’t Know You Could Do With a Barbell

Think you need a lot of time and fancy equipment to get a full-body workout? Not true. With just nine exercises, this mini-circuit, full-body workout is super efficient, requiring only a barbell and a bit of space.

Exercise Science Active GTOs and Muscle Spindles Explained

GTOs and Muscle Spindles Explained

To keep muscles safe and healthy, it is essential that you have a good understanding of the body’s most basic underlying structural components, including Golgi tendon organs (GTOs) and muscle spindles, and how these two receptors work together within the body. Here’s what you need to know about these important proprioceptors involved in stretching and flexibility.

Active Little Black Dress Workout: 6 Moves to Get You Ready

Little Black Dress Workout: 6 Moves to Get You Ready

With the holidays nearing, many of us are preparing for work engagements, holiday cards, cocktail parties, and other dressy occasions. Combat the festive sweets and indulgent treats, while toning your physique and boosting your confidence, with this unique circuit routine.

Active Try This Rugby-inspired Workout

Try This Rugby-inspired Workout

Looking for a workout that will improve agility, balance, coordination, endurance, and strength? This rugby-inspired workout will challenge your skills and your fitness level, and get you ready to participate in a wide range of sports and activities.

Fitness Active Spooky Superset Workout

Spooky Superset Workout

For many people, Halloween is the best holiday of the year. Unfortunately, too many treats can quickly derail your healthy-living efforts. To help keep you on track, check out this Halloween-inspired superset workout, which features pairs of exercises performed without rest in between. Not only is this an efficient way to work out, you’re going to love these super-fun and spooky moves.

Professional Behaviors Active The Dos and Don’ts of Being a Professional in the Fitness Industry

The Dos and Don’ts of Being a Professional in the Fitness Industry

What are the standards of professionalism in the fitness industry? Here is a great list of dos and don’ts compiled by ACE Certified fitness professionals that will help you stay on track and maintain a high level of professionalism both inside and outside the gym or training setting.

Fitness Active Try This 45-Minute Boot Camp Workout

Try This 45-Minute Boot Camp Workout

Looking for ways to freshen up your boot-camp classes? Here is a great 45-minute circuit that both your regulars and newbies are sure to love. Designed for moderate-to-advanced clients, this workout includes appropriate regressions and extended rest periods to accommodate your less-experienced participants.

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