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Active Fitness 3 Moves to do Instead of Push-ups

3 Moves to do Instead of Push-ups

The push-up is an all-around excellent exercise that is difficult to replace or duplicate, but when you've had enough of push-ups, any of the following exercises will do.

Active Behavior Change 3 Macro-friendly Desserts

3 Macro-friendly Desserts

Learn the secrets to being able to enjoy sweets and not have them wreak havoc on the body, along with three macro-friendly dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Active Wellness Why Hip Pain is So Common and How to Address It

Why Hip Pain is So Common and How to Address It

There are a multitude of conditions that can cause hip pain, from trochanteric bursitis to osteoarthritis. The great news is that movement is the panacea for many of these conditions. Learn about the three most common causes of hip pain, as well as three effective fixes that will help get your clients back to their preferred activity levels.

Active Fitness 5 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Shoulders

5 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Shoulders

Shoulders are a naturally mobile joint, making them prone to injury. These yoga poses can both strengthen and release tension in the shoulder muscles, helping to increase stability and decrease the risk of injury.

Active Nutrition What Do our ACE Pros Eat for Breakfast?

What Do our ACE Pros Eat for Breakfast?

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your day off right with these breakfast tips and recipes from some of our favorite ACE Pros.

Active Behavior Change How to Set the Right Fees For Your Fitness Services

How to Set the Right Fees For Your Fitness Services

“What’s your fee?” This is a question that nearly every health and fitness professional must answer, but arriving at the right fee for your services can be tricky. Learn how to carefully and confidently consider the many variables involved in setting the right fee(s) for your fitness services and skill sets.

Active Fitness 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 Behavior Change 5 Food Tricks to Boost Your Mood

5 Food Tricks to Boost Your Mood

If you’ve got the summertime blues (or the blues at any time of year, for that matter), don’t fear—these mood-boosting food secrets can help put a little extra pep in your step.

Active Wellness How Exercise Lowers Risks of Cancer

How Exercise Lowers Risks of Cancer

The second leading cause of death in the U.S.—cancer— is somewhat of a mystery. It’s not always clear why one individual gets cancer while another does not. This makes many people feel like they have no control. Quite the opposite is true.

Active Behavior Change How to Get Clients Hooked

How to Get Clients Hooked

Do you know what motivates your clients? What helps them stick to the programs you design for them? Asking the right questions and helping your clients zero in on what and why they want to change can mean the difference between a successful trainer-client relationship and an experience that prompts them to start looking for a new trainer.

Active Fitness Summer Exercise Choices for Individuals With Arthritis

Summer Exercise Choices for Individuals With Arthritis

Hot weather can exacerbate arthritis symptoms and eliminate all motivation to move. Exercise, however, is one of the best ways to help manage the pain and discomfort of both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Here are some great tips and exercises you can offer your clients that can help ease symptoms and reduce pain, no matter what the temperature is outside.

Active Behavior Change Three Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

Three Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

Do you feel like you don’t have the self-discipline or willpower to accomplish your goals? Those are just buzzwords, argues ACE pro Brett Klika, who offers three powerful ways to motivate yourself to start living extraordinary right now.

Active Nutrition 8 Food Facts Every Athlete Should Know

8 Food Facts Every Athlete Should Know

Whether your goal is to get lean, improve performance, or build muscle, proper nutrition is one of the key factors to success.

Active Nutrition How to hit the grocery store with health in mind

How to hit the grocery store with health in mind

Go to the grocery store prepared, with a list in hand, don’t dabble much in the middle aisles, and look for short, clean ingredient lists with a skeptical eye for misleading label terms.

Active Fitness Top 5 Rules for Cycling in a Group

Top 5 Rules for Cycling in a Group

Before you head out on your first group cycling ride, here are some hard-and-fast rules to help you maximize your safety and enjoyment.

Active Behavior Change Essential Snacks For The Gym Bag

Essential Snacks For The Gym Bag

Heading out to the gym? Knowing what nutritious snacks to pack can help take your workout and recovery to the next level.

Active Behavior Change 12 Inspiring Health and Fitness Quotes to Get You Moving

12 Inspiring Health and Fitness Quotes to Get You Moving

We all need a little inspiration sometimes. Share these motivating musings on your social media to get your clients pumped up to get moving.

Active Behavior Change A Squat-free Workout to Strengthen the Glutes

A Squat-free Workout to Strengthen the Glutes

When it comes to training for strong glutes, the first exercise that typically comes to mind is the squat. But is the squat the best exercise to strengthen and develop a muscle that allows us to move in multiple directions? Check out this six-exercise glute-focused workout by ACE certified pro Elizabeth Andrews that will help you develop and strengthen your glutes, while also providing just enough instability to challenge your core stability—all without doing a single squat.

Active Career 4 Ways to Amp Up Your Social Media Game

4 Ways to Amp Up Your Social Media Game

Most fitness pros rely on social media to market their products and services. Unfortunately, sometimes we spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social channels spinning our wheels and posting without much purpose.

Active Behavior Change 5 Ways to Halt Clients' Bad Nutrition Habits

5 Ways to Halt Clients' Bad Nutrition Habits

While nutrition is vital to weight loss and exercise performance, it is more effective to initially focus on helping your client make positive behavior changes before moving on to the “nuts and bolts” of nutrition. As a health and fitness professional, your role is to create an environment for effective and positive change. Here are five ways you can create that type of environment and help your clients establish positive nutrition habits.;

Active Fitness 5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

If you’re a personal trainer or health coach, consider getting a group fitness instructor certification to help advance your career and keep you at the top of your game.

Active Nutrition 3 Trendy Foods That Live Up to the Hype

3 Trendy Foods That Live Up to the Hype

The Nutrition Twins usually advise their clients to avoid diet trends like the Cabbage Soup Diet and the Master Cleanse because they aren’t worth the hype. However, when it comes to trendy foods, some are absolutely worth integrating into your regular eating repertoire. Here are three trendy foods that pack such a nutritional punch that they’re worth including in your diet.

Active Fitness 5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders that plagues the population. Whether it is acute or chronic and no matter where the pain stems from, it can be debilitating and can limit one’s ability to function in daily life.

Active Fitness IDEA World 2016 Recap

IDEA World 2016 Recap

The annual IDEA World Convention combines education, networking, social opportunities and an extensive expo hall featuring a wide variety of vendors into a single, “not to be missed” event. Whether you are a seasoned personal trainer with years of experience or a newbie motivated to learn more about fitness, IDEA World features dozens of education sessions and scores of vendors. There’s a little something for everyone.

Active Fitness Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

If you’re thinking about a career in personal training, it’s important to consider the unique requirements of this job, including technical skills and knowledge, and personality traits.

Active Fitness Yoga Poses to Pair With Your High-intensity Interval Training

Yoga Poses to Pair With Your High-intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and yoga may seem diametrically opposed, but could these two forms of exercise actually be a great complement to one another? Learn how a yoga practice could enhance and deepen HIIT workouts, and give this sample yoga routine—designed with HIIT athletes in mind—a try.

Active Fitness Boost Your Endurance With Low-intensity Workouts

Boost Your Endurance With Low-intensity Workouts

If you’re an endurance athlete looking to improve your race performance, low-intensity workouts—exercises that keep you at a relatively low heart rate for a prolonged period of time—are the key to building your endurance. Learn about the 80/20 rule and why running more slowly can ultimately help you run faster.

Active Wellness 6 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

6 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

To effectively combat stress, we must activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is known as the relaxation response. The prime goal of this response is to trigger the “rest and digest” response and bring the body back to homeostasis following fight-or-flight. Learn how to reduce stress with these six simple breathing exercises.

Active Wellness 7 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

7 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

Don’t let the heat keep you from your favorite activities. Here are seven strategies for staying cool during summer workouts.

Active Wellness Three Myths About Fitness Technology and Why It’s Essential

Three Myths About Fitness Technology and Why It’s Essential

When used properly, fitness technology offers the opportunity to make a real disruptive change to those we have the honor to serve—our clients and communities. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey explains some of the biggest myths and misconceptions many health and fitness professionals have regarding using fitness technology with their clients.

Active Fitness Dynamic Circuit Training for Weight Loss

Dynamic Circuit Training for Weight Loss

While cardiovascular exercise can be effective for burning the calories required for weight loss, it’s not always the best option for those who don’t enjoy it. Fortunately, there is another way to use exercise for weight loss: circuit training!

Active Fitness 3 Steps for Crafting Simple Fitness Programs

3 Steps for Crafting Simple Fitness Programs

To make program design fast and simple for you and effective for your clients, keep it simple. Here are three steps to quickly creating simple programs that deliver tremendous results, while helping clients feel more confident and competent.

Active Fitness Why Foam Rolling Doesn't Eliminate Cellulite

Why Foam Rolling Doesn't Eliminate Cellulite

Even if they can’t eliminate cellulite, foam rollers are great tools for keeping people active. Here are five specific benefits that you can experience from using a foam roller as part of your fitness program.

Active Career Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business and Brand?

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business and Brand?

Communicating with your current and potential customers through social media can be a low-cost, yet extremely effective way to grow your brand. However, when used improperly or without a strategy, social media can be a significant waste of time that can actually hurt your business. Answer these three questions to help you create a social-media roadmap that will help you grow your business and enable you to change more lives.

Active Fitness 3 Things That Make Group Fitness Classes Successful

3 Things That Make Group Fitness Classes Successful

You plan and prepare and come to class pumped to deliver an awesome fitness experience for your participants. There are, however, a few things that can ruin a class and have people sneaking out the back door or, worse yet, skipping your class altogether. Here are three things you need to keep in mind to keep participants coming back, week after week.

Active Career 7 Tips for a Successful Health & Fitness Blog

7 Tips for a Successful Health & Fitness Blog

Thinking about starting your own health and fitness blog, but unsure where to start? Several of the country’s most well-established health and fitness bloggers share their personal tips for establishing and growing a successful blog.

Active Fitness 5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

Each individual who graduates from a yoga teacher training is on a different path. Some new graduates head straight into teaching full-time. Some ease their way in slowly or teach one class per week, while others never teach at all, instead using teacher training as a way to deepen their own practices. They’re all wonderful options! But if you’re a newly-minted yoga instructor and you’re ready to jump into the world of teaching, there are some key points to keep in mind.

Active Nutrition 4 Super Summer Smoothie Recipes

4 Super Summer Smoothie Recipes

Summertime treats can conjure up childhood memories of ice cream cones and milkshakes. But if you’re watching your waistline, smoothies are a smarter choice when the summer heat hits.

Active Fitness Lower-body Plyometric Workout

Lower-body Plyometric Workout

Plyometric exercises yield tremendous benefits in strength, coordination and balance, while also increasing caloric expenditure. For these reasons, incorporating plyometrics—such as this four-exercise lower-body workout—into your clients’ programming can be a great way to complement their lower-body strength-training routines.

Active Nutrition 5 Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

5 Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

The last thing you want to do when the sun is out and you’re on vacation is to worry about what you eat and if you’re sabotaging your diet. But here’s the good news: Summer eating doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five common nutrition mistakes that most of us are guilty of making at times, and easy ways to fix them so you don’t have to stress this summer.

Active Behavior Change One Key to Success: Consistent Action

One Key to Success: Consistent Action

Wanting something and working for something are two different things. We may all want something, but not all work for something. That’s not to say we don’t want to work for it, but sometimes it is a whole lot easier to give up than it is to keep going.

Active Behavior Change Seven Reasons Clients Quit

Seven Reasons Clients Quit

Life is like an elevator. Sometimes you let people off; sometimes you let them on. The same holds true for client-trainer relationships.

Active Behavior Change 4 Ways to Keep your Clients Motivated

4 Ways to Keep your Clients Motivated

Starting a new endeavor is always exciting at first. But how do you keep that excitement going after a few weeks or even months? If you’re a trainer, you may know this scenario well. Keeping your clients motivated over a long period of time is possible with a few simple strategies.

Active Behavior Change Coordination exercises for active aging clients

Coordination exercises for active aging clients

A certain level of coordination is needed to move and exercise efficiently. Integrating balance and agility exercises into workout routines for active aging clients can benefit coordination. The following exercises are ideal for seniors looking to improve their motor coordination.

Active Behavior Change The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

If you’ve been contemplating becoming more physically active, it’s important to recognize that regular exercise can not only help you look better, it can help you feel better, too. Here are six ways exercise can help improve your overall mental health and outlook.

Active Fitness How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

Research suggests that the beginning and ending of a training session or group fitness class leave a lasting impact on participants. With that in mind, ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how to make the most of the “intro” and “outro” portions of your clients’ workouts to maximize their experiences and keep them coming back for more.

Active Career Strategies to boost business this summer

Strategies to boost business this summer

Summer is the time of the year when you may notice scheduling gaps, because many people are out and about, on adventures and vacations all over the world. Use this time as an opportunity to find creative ways to build your business, like trading clients or organizing group outings, and reap the benefits the rest of the year!

Active Fitness 5 Need-to-Know Fitness Career Myths

5 Need-to-Know Fitness Career Myths

People across the globe are becoming interested in careers that allow them to share their passion for health and fitness with others. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the fitness industry, this one’s for you!

Active Wellness 4 Steps to Help Your Clients Prevent a Diet Relapse

4 Steps to Help Your Clients Prevent a Diet Relapse

When it comes to losing weight, lapses and relapses are extremely common, and can be deeply troubling for clients. Our goal as health and fitness professionals is to help guide clients through the frustration of relapse and into a renewed commitment to their healthy eating and activity behaviors. Here are four steps to guide you through that process.

Active Fitness 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.

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