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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 Nutrition Eating for The Seasons: How to Help Your clients succeed year-round

Eating for The Seasons: How to Help Your clients succeed year-round

Eating to optimize workouts and to maximize results is essential for physical fitness, and requires eating whole, seasonal foods. Here are four tips for choosing the freshest in-season foods.

Active Career Track Money Like Your Clients Track Calories

Track Money Like Your Clients Track Calories

Keeping track of money is a powerful habit that’s beneficial for setting goals for your business and yourself. Much like a food journal can reveal a bigger picture of what a person is eating, tracking your money makes it possible to make the necessary changes to reach your financial goals. These healthy money habits will go a long way toward improving your bottom line.

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 Career 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 Wellness How Walking Meetings Improve Productivity

How Walking Meetings Improve Productivity

The research is clear—incorporating movement into the workday can positively impact employee health and a company’s bottom line. Learn about the benefits of walking meetings and specific strategies for helping your company encourage this enjoyable yet highly productive method for getting things done.

Active Wellness Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

Fitness technology has made it easier than ever to take positive steps toward better health and fitness, but too much of a good thing could actually lead you down a path to less-healthy behaviors and outcomes. Check out these tips for keeping your good intentions on track with three tech-related healthful habits that commonly go awry.

Active Career 9 Benefits of Working as a Club-based Personal Trainer

9 Benefits of Working as a Club-based Personal Trainer

Are you a newly certified personal trainer who dreams of opening a fitness studio or helping clients directly in their homes? While these are certainly viable career options, it can take considerable resources and time to develop an extensive list of clients who can provide you with a steady source of income. If you want to start your new fitness career with a successful foundation, here are nine reasons you should seriously consider working in a health club.

Active Career The Power of a Referral Network – Benefits of Networking

The Power of a Referral Network – Benefits of Networking

As a health and fitness professional, your clients expect you to possess a wide range of skills and knowledge. When your clients require something outside your skill set or scope of practice, however, you need an established quality referral network. Learn about the many and varied benefits of establishing a referral network, which makes it possible to better serve your clients and to elevate your own level of performance as well.

Active Behavior Change Mission to Move

Mission to Move

Here at ACE, we’re on a mission to get people moving. And it all starts with our talented and dedicated health and fitness professionals, who are out there every day, putting their heart and soul into training, coaching and teaching others how to create meaningful transformations in their lives.

Active Behavior Change Why does health coaching matter to allied health?

Why does health coaching matter to allied health?

Integrating health coaches into our healthcare system is one effective way that we can work toward a more preventive approach.

Active Career See, Hear and Do: The Benefits of ACE Live Workshops

See, Hear and Do: The Benefits of ACE Live Workshops

Continuing education is vital to your success as a health and fitness professional, as the fitness industry is constantly changing and evolving. Learn why ACE Live Workshops are an effective and enjoyable way to learn and immediately apply new knowledge, while you earn the necessary continuing education credits to maintain your ACE certification.

Active Wellness All About Hunger

All About Hunger

Hunger is your body’s way of telling you it needs food, but if you’re like most people, you sometimes eat for reasons that reflect other forms of hunger. Understanding the complex nature of hunger and appetite can help you differentiate when you’re truly hungry and when your hunger signals may reflect other needs.

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 Nutrition Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating, which involves being completely aware of your eating experience and perceptions in the present moment, can be a helpful way to disengage from unconscious habits and behaviors that lead to overeating and weight gain. Learn how to tune into your hunger cues and use satiety cues to guide your decisions about when and how much to eat.

Active Career 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.

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 Nutrition Healthy Snacks You Should Make at Home

Healthy Snacks You Should Make at Home

If you try to eat healthfully most of the time, you could be inadvertently sabotaging yourself by choosing store-bought versions of healthy foods that are not, in fact, all that healthy. Avoid this common pitfall by making these four popular snacks at home, which are not only more nutritious, but also a lot more economical.

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 Career Beyond the Class: How to Connect with Participants and Expand Your Reach as a Health and Fitness Pro

Beyond the Class: How to Connect with Participants and Expand Your Reach as a Health and Fitness Pro

As a health and fitness pro, your exercise selection, in-class persona and music choices are all important, but what you do before and after class matters, too. Here are 10 ways to connect with your participants before and after class.

Active Behavior Change Body Awareness for Beginners

Body Awareness for Beginners

Body awareness is a form of mindfulness that helps you take better care of yourself, maximize exercise time and minimize risk for injury. The more in tune you are with your body, the more optimally it functions. Here are some quick and easy activities that you can do to incorporate greater body awareness into your daily 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 Nutrition Hidden Sources of Protein

Hidden Sources of Protein

Some people believe you can never consume too much protein, but the truth is that excess calories, regardless of their source, will be stored as fat and can contribute to weight gain. And surveys suggest most people are consuming far more protein than they actually need. Here are the latest guidelines on how much protein you should be consuming, along with sources of protein that you may not be aware of.

Active Career How to Manage a Difficult Client

How to Manage a Difficult Client

As health and fitness professionals, we work with real people who have their own unique personalities and life circumstances. Here are three types of challenging clients you’re likely to encounter in your career, along with tips on how to overcome their resistance and help them reach their goals.

Active Wellness Answers to 5 Common Client Questions About Activity Trackers

Answers to 5 Common Client Questions About Activity Trackers

As a health and fitness pro, your clients have likely turned to you for advice on choosing an activity tracker and how to get the most out of it. If you are unsure about how to answer their questions, here are suggestions for handling five FAQs about activity trackers.

Active Wellness Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

Stuck on a plateau and hoping to get off? Jonathan Ross explains why plateaus shouldn’t be viewed as negative. Rather, they’re an opportunity to stop, rest and take stock of where you’re going and what new steps you need to take to get there, and to celebrate the progress you’ve already made.

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 Wellness The Secret to Aging Gracefully - Get Moving!

The Secret to Aging Gracefully - Get Moving!

Though you can’t prevent yourself from aging, you can slow down its effects and ward off potential health threats by adopting and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. We know that regular physical activity plays a critical role in ongoing health, but even just a moderate amount of exercise has been shown to have significant health benefits, especially for adults 50 years and older.

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 Career Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients

Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients

When it comes to losing weight or achieving fitness goals, research confirms the benefits of tracking both food intake and fitness activity. MyFitnessPal makes the process a lot easier than it used to be. Learn about some of the features of this app and tips for using it most effectively with your clients.

Active Behavior Change The Missing Link in the Health Care System: Agents of Behavior Change

The Missing Link in the Health Care System: Agents of Behavior Change

The responsibility of providing the breakthrough medicine of the 21st century must ultimately be borne by other health professionals—well-qualified fitness professionals, health coaches, nurses, registered dietitians, medical assistants, physician assistants and others—who have received the proper training and gained the necessary expertise to create sustainable behavior change.

Active Nutrition Try This One Week Meal Plan to Boost Your Immune System

Try This One Week Meal Plan to Boost Your Immune System

The dreaded cold and flu season is here and it feels as if those invisible germs are lurking everywhere. In addition to frequent hand washing, jam-packing each meal with immune-boosting foods is a great way to reduce your risk for getting sick. Give this one-week meal plan a try, which was designed for busy people who don’t have a lot of time to cook during the week.

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 Wellness 10 Ways Exercise Helps to Protect Your Heart

10 Ways Exercise Helps to Protect Your Heart

When it comes to preventing heart disease, there are some risk factors we can’t control, such as age and family history, but there are a number of things each of us can do to lower our risk. Number one on the list: regular physical activity. Read on for 10 ways exercise helps to protect your heart.

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 Wellness 5 Reasons Walking is the Best Exercise During Pregnancy

5 Reasons Walking is the Best Exercise During Pregnancy

Walking offers countless health benefits, including increased strength and endurance and reduced stress levels. And, while walking is good for just about everyone, it is especially good for women who want to stay active throughout pregnancy.

Active Wellness Tackling the Inactivity Epidemic

Tackling the Inactivity Epidemic

For the first time since 2014, ACE has developed a new key policy position statement—The Inactivity Epidemic. Why did ACE decide to add another key issue to its advocacy efforts? Because we’re committed to monitoring and addressing current health trends, research and policies to ensure we’re focusing on the most current issues impacting the health and fitness industries.

Active Career 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 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 Career Nutrition Scope of Practice – What You Can Do as a Personal Trainer

Nutrition Scope of Practice – What You Can Do as a Personal Trainer

When it comes to educating clients about nutrition, it can be a challenge to make sure you’re staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional. Of course, you can’t avoid the topic altogether—clients need to be educated about proper nutrition. With that in mind, here’s what you can do to reduce your liability and still provide this necessary education to your clients.

Active Career Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

Health is holistic, and an excessive focus on the physical can discount or disrupt other areas. As a group fitness instructor, you can have a deeper impact on your participants’ lives by incorporating the following strategies, which target multiple components of health.

Active Nutrition 15 Things You Didn't Know About Fruit

15 Things You Didn't Know About Fruit

Think you know everything there is to know about fruit? Not so fast…here are 15 facts about this delicious food group that just might surprise you.

Active Behavior Change 5 Ways to Start the New Year With a Healthier Mindset

5 Ways to Start the New Year With a Healthier Mindset

Every New Year, clients commit to becoming healthier and making lifestyle changes. But with so much focus on diet and exercise, many clients forget about their mindset, which makes or breaks their fitness efforts. Here are five ways to help your clients start the New Year with a healthier mindset.

Active Nutrition 5 Food Trends That Will Dominate in 2017

5 Food Trends That Will Dominate in 2017

What will be the top food trends in 2017? Here are Justin Robinson’s top five picks for the food trends that will define the coming year and, possibly, change the way we eat for years to come.

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 Career Your Career Roadmap as a Personal Trainer: Where Are You Now?

Your Career Roadmap as a Personal Trainer: Where Are You Now?

With more than 20 years as a health and fitness professional, Brett Klika knows a thing or two about building a career and creating success in the fitness industry. Drawing on his own experience and that of countless others in the industry, Klika shares his career roadmap for creating a long and successful career in fitness.

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