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Career Active Certifications, Certificates and CECs—What’s the Difference?

Certifications, Certificates and CECs—What’s the Difference?

As a health and fitness professional, education is an essential component of growing and expanding your skill set and knowledge base. But it can be a challenge to know if you need to get a certification or a certificate, which organization to choose, and how to maintain those credentials. Here’s what you need to know to get credentialed, stay credentialed and, most importantly, become and remain a well-rounded health and fitness professional.

Active Making Time for Mindfulness

Making Time for Mindfulness

You have probably heard about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, but don’t have the time to commit to a time-consuming practice. Here’s some good news: A mini-meditation of as little as 60 seconds a day can help reduce stress and assist your health and fitness efforts. Here’s how…

Career Active 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 When is it Time to Change Your Workout?

When is it Time to Change Your Workout?

Consistency is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, right? But how do you know when it’s time to change your routine? While consistency is good, here are a few signs that may indicate that it’s time to change your current workout.

Career Active 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.

Career Active 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 4 Signs You Need to Hire a Personal Trainer

4 Signs You Need to Hire a Personal Trainer

Have you thought about hiring a personal trainer, but are wary of making a long-term commitment? The good news is that even one or two sessions with a qualified personal trainer can be incredibly helpful to ensure that the time you spend working on your fitness is productive. Here are four signs that the time might be right for you to hire a trainer.

Fitness Active 3 Things Successful Health and Fitness Pros Avoid

3 Things Successful Health and Fitness Pros Avoid

What are the keys to becoming a successful health and fitness professional? Not surprisingly, avoiding common—yet often costly—mistakes is often just as important as taking the right steps or actions. Check out these three common mistakes to make sure you’re on the right track and to help ensure your success as a health and fitness professional.

Career Active 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.

Career Active 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.

Career Active Better Body Language for Health and Fitness Professionals

Better Body Language for Health and Fitness Professionals

Positive body language is a simple way to engage more fully in any relationship in your life. Use these five tips, both in and out of the gym, to build better communication, trust and rapport.

Active Elements of an Effective Exercise Program

Elements of an Effective Exercise Program

With so much conflicting fitness information out there, how do you determine the most effective program for you? First, it’s important to know that a well-rounded fitness regime should include cardiorespiratory training, resistance training, and mobility or flexibility training. Here is a summary of what and why each component is important in your routine.

Active 5 Tips for the Group Fitness Newbie

5 Tips for the Group Fitness Newbie

Group fitness can be a great way to stay on track because people who exercise in groups are more likely to adhere to a consistent routine due to the accountability provided by social connections. If you are thinking of trying group fitness classes for the first time, here are five tips to help you get started off on the right foot.

Active Are You Wearing the Right Shoes For Your Workout?

Are You Wearing the Right Shoes For Your Workout?

Few things can derail a workout faster than ill-fitting shoes. But the right shoe can make all the difference. Experts recommend wearing sport-specific shoes if you participate in activities more than twice a week. Here are some recommendations on how to choose the right shoes for your activities and how to know when it’s time to retire your latest pair.

Active 3 Stretches for Opening Up Tight Hips

3 Stretches for Opening Up Tight Hips

Many people spend a large amount of time sitting down—at a desk, in the car and while watching television. As a result, they may experience tight hips, limited range of motion or chronic back pain. Performing these three effective hip openers can go a long way toward improving general mobility and alleviate discomfort

Career Active 8 Things Group Fitness Instructors Should Carry in Their Gym Bags

8 Things Group Fitness Instructors Should Carry in Their Gym Bags

Teaching group fitness means making adjustments to your plans on the fly, especially when stereo equipment malfunctions or you don’t have time to eat a meal between classes. Fill your backpack or duffel with these 8 essential back-up tools and you will be better prepared to adapt to any situation.

Active Tips for Interview Success

Tips for Interview Success

Whether you’re newly certified or a longtime veteran, the fitness industry is ripe with opportunities for qualified health and fitness professionals. Learn how to prepare for the interview process so you can make the best possible impression and land your dream job.

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5 Resume Writing Tips

The demand for qualified health and fitness professionals has never been greater, which is great news for newly certified and experienced health and fitness professionals alike. As you prepare your resume, make sure it’s fit for a competitive market. Here are five things you can do to help make your resume stand out in the application pool.