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Fitness Active Get Stronger Calves with These 5 Exercises

Get Stronger Calves with These 5 Exercises

Strong calves are important for everyday activities like walking, running and jumping. Effectively working the calves involves raising the heels against resistance, whether that’s your own body weight or an added load, such as dumbbells or elastic resistance. The following five-exercise workout, which can be performed just about anywhere, is a great way to strengthen and sculpt the calves.

Active 10-minute Biceps Workout

10-minute Biceps Workout

Strong biceps are not just for show—they are responsible for bending the elbow and make it possible for you to lift and carry heavy objects—including your own body weight. This 10-minute biceps workout is a great way to strengthen these essential muscles.

Active 10-minute Shoulder Workout

10-minute Shoulder Workout

Strong shoulders not only look good, they also make it a lot easier to perform a wide range of everyday activities, especially those involving bringing the arms overhead, like getting an item down from a shelf. This 10-minutes circuit is a fast and efficient way to strengthen all the muscles of the shoulder.

Active 10-minute Back Workout

10-minute Back Workout

A healthy back is essential for good posture and being able to do all the things required by daily life. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to ensure your back muscles are strong and supportive. This 10-minute back workout focuses on both the upper- and lower-back muscles, and will make everything from carrying groceries to standing in line a whole lot easier.

Active 10-minute Triceps Workout

10-minute Triceps Workout

Strong, toned triceps muscles are a goal for many people—men and women alike. This 10-minute triceps workout, which involves extending the elbows against resistance, will not only help create toned muscles, but also build the strength needed for everyday activities involving pushing and reaching.

Active 10-minute Core Workout

10-minute Core Workout

A strong core is essential for a healthy back and a body that moves well in both sports and everyday life. This 10-minute workout strengthens the muscles of the torso through the use of static-hold exercises coupled with dynamic movements, all of which will challenge these important muscles and prepare them for life’s daily demands.

Active 10-Minute Glute-Building Workout

10-Minute Glute-Building Workout

Some call the glutes the body’s powerhouse and there’s no question they play a huge role in sports and everyday life. This 10-minute workout for the glutes will help strengthen these essential muscles, while also making a wide range of activities—from making a jump shot in basketball to getting up out of a chair—much easier to do.

Fitness Active Boost Your Metabolism With This HIIT Circuit

Boost Your Metabolism With This HIIT Circuit

Ready to get a whole-body, heart-pumping workout that increases cardio and strength and boosts metabolism—all in the most efficient way possible? Check out this high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuit that will help you burn lots of calories and put your metabolism in high gear well after your workout is over.

Active 4 Effective Exercises for Fat Loss

4 Effective Exercises for Fat Loss

If your fitness goals include reducing body fat, high-intensity workouts that feature whole-body movements have been proven to be effective. Check out this mini-circuit workout, which can help you burn tons of calories while building up your strength and endurance as well.

Fitness Active Increase Your Mobility and Strength with This Bodyweight Circuit

Increase Your Mobility and Strength with This Bodyweight Circuit

Body-weight workouts, which require minimal equipment and can be done just about anywhere, are both effective and convenient. Try this six-exercise circuit, which challenges all the major muscle groups while promoting mobility and strength.

Active Reset Your Day With This Cool-down

Reset Your Day With This Cool-down

Stretching is arguably the most frequently overlooked component of a fitness program, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Even a few minutes of stretching can offer big benefits. Try the following short routine at the end of your next workout for a whole-body stretch that will leave you feeling relaxed and ready for whatever your day brings.

Fitness Active 4 Drills That Will Improve Your Agility

4 Drills That Will Improve Your Agility

While it’s easy to understand why athletes would spend time working on speed and agility, is this type of training important for non-athletes as well? The answer is yes, and it stems from the need to perform daily functions with ease and confidence. These drills, developed by ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill, will help your clients develop better balance, coordination and quickness, and bring a sense of fun and playfulness to their workouts.

Fitness Active Balance Training for the Glutes and Abs

Balance Training for the Glutes and Abs

Does your training regimen include a balance component? Considering that balance training has been shown to reduce the risk of falls (especially in older adults) and improve dynamic balance in both athletes and non-athletes, incorporating this type of training could be a wise choice. ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill explains an easy way to test your balance, and presents four great exercises that are sure to keep you steady on your feet.

Fitness Active Core-strengthening Stability Ball Workout

Core-strengthening Stability Ball Workout

There is more to a balanced core program than just performing crunches or sit-ups. ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill explains why it’s important to challenge the core from a variety of different angles and presents a stability ball routine that addresses the entire functionality of the trunk muscles—flexion, extension, side bending and rotation.

Active Is Your Workout Doing More Harm than Good?

Is Your Workout Doing More Harm than Good?

If you’ve noticed a decline in your exercise or sports performance, you could be experiencing overtraining syndrome. Whether you’re an athlete training for a competitive event, or a regular exerciser working out to improve fitness, there is a chance that you may unwittingly sabotage your efforts by training too frequently or too vigorously without adequate rest. Here are three research-based, yet practical, tips for avoiding the negative effects of overtraining syndrome.

Active The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Muscle

The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Muscle

Interested in building more muscle? Fortunately, you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from the evidence-based techniques that bodybuilders have long used to perfect their physiques. Here are some important tips for exactly what to do, and what not to do, when it comes to building muscle.

Active Lower-body Circuit Workout

Lower-body Circuit Workout

Check out this great lower-body routine designed by ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill. When combined with a comprehensive fitness program and a healthy, balanced diet, this circuit is a great way to build strong, sculpted legs.

Career Active Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

Do you have what it takes to be a personal trainer? ACE Certified Pro Sabrena Merrill explains the four signs that could mean you’re ready to take on the challenge of helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Fitness Active 6 Moves for a Stronger Core

6 Moves for a Stronger Core

While most of us wouldn’t mind having a flatter belly, what we really should be after is a healthy core and the muscular development that goes along with it. When combined with a balanced diet and a comprehensive fitness plan, the following exercises provide a multi-directional strategy for working the muscles of abdomen and back, which will give you the waist you both want and need.

Active Tone Up Your Triceps with These Three Exercises

Tone Up Your Triceps with These Three Exercises

Ready to firm up those upper arms once and for all? ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill offers up a trio of triceps exercises that, along with a comprehensive fitness plan and balanced diet, are sure to improve the shape, tone and strength of the upper arms.

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