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Active Career 6 Reflection Questions To Help You Find Your Niche

6 Reflection Questions To Help You Find Your Niche

If you’re a newly certified health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to find your personal fitness niche—your area of expertise that makes you stand out from the crowd. Clarifying your target market is important so you can connect with clients who are a good fit for your services. Here are six questions that will help you find your fitness niche.

Active Nutrition 5 Tips for Detoxing

5 Tips for Detoxing

Feeling sluggish because your diet hasn’t been exactly stellar lately? What your body needs are foods that are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, potassium, water and fiber, but low in calories and sodium. These 5 tips will immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track as they hydrate you while flooding your body with nutrients to help to neutralize damaging particles and flushing out bloating culprits, like salt.

Active Career 10 Career Growth Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

10 Career Growth Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

Interested in picking up more classes and increasing your group fitness income? ACE Gold Certified Group Fitness Instructor Lawrence Biscontini shares his top 10 career growth tips for today’s group fitness professional.

Active Fitness Strength Training for the Cardio Fan

Strength Training for the Cardio Fan

Do you have clients who resist strength training because they prefer cardio? This routine from ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross offers just about everything a person needs to make a stronger and more capable body—pushing, pulling, rotating, squatting and lunging. Your clients’ cardio will feel better and they will move better, too.

Active Nutrition Nutrition Support for Long-distance Running

Nutrition Support for Long-distance Running

When it comes to long-distance running, nutrition is a big consideration for health and success, whether your client’s program is simply moving from a more casual weekly routine to extended times and distances or training for a first marathon. Learn how you can support your clients’ long-distance running efforts while staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional.

Active Fitness Complex Training: Strength and Conditioning Workout for Athletes

Complex Training: Strength and Conditioning Workout for Athletes

If your clients are looking to improve their athletic performance, post-activation potentiation (PAP), commonly referred to as complex training, is an effective approach. This program focuses on improving both muscular strength and power, and can be performed in sets or as a circuit.

Active Fitness Train This, Not That: The Leg Edition

Train This, Not That: The Leg Edition

Once again, we are reviewing some common exercise selections and identifying which ones may not be the safest option for helping your clients achieve their goals. Here are some potentially dangerous leg exercises and along with better options for a safer and more effective replacement.

Active Fitness 8 Ways Strength Training Creates Change in the Body

8 Ways Strength Training Creates Change in the Body

Knowing how to apply metabolic and mechanical stress in the right way is essential for achieving an optimal response from a workout program. If you have a client stuck at a plateau and you’re looking for a way to kick-start his or her workout program, knowing how to create the proper stress stimulus on muscle tissue can help you achieve the results your client wants. Here are eight things to know about how to place the appropriate demands on muscle tissue to achieve your client’s desired results

Active Fitness Why You Should Tell Your Clients to Walk More

Why You Should Tell Your Clients to Walk More

Did you know that a daily gym session may not be enough to protect people from our sedentary culture? We need to be more active throughout the day to avoid the hazards of too much sitting. April 1st is National Walking Day—a perfect time to use these tips to inspire your clients to add more activity to their days by walking.

Active Fitness 12 Interesting New Fitness Products Seen at IHRSA 2015

12 Interesting New Fitness Products Seen at IHRSA 2015

The annual conference and tradeshow of the International Health and Racquet Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) always offers a wide variety of interesting new products and programs that could impact the fitness industry in the coming months and years. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall describes 12 new and innovative products that caught his eye on the tradeshow floor. Learn how these products might help you enhance or change the way that you deliver your fitness services in the coming months and years.

Active Nutrition Why You Need More Calories Than You Might Think

Why You Need More Calories Than You Might Think

From the basic processes of breathing and pumping blood to an all-out HIIT workout or marathon, we all need adequate calories from nutrient-rich foods to perform at our best, mentally and physically. Unfortunately, when weight loss is the goal, many clients lose sight of performance in favor of a number on the scale or the clothing sizes hanging in their closets. Learn why extreme diets are counterproductive and how you can help your clients recognize the difference between hunger and starvation

Active Behavior Change 6 Words to Avoid When Working with Clients

6 Words to Avoid When Working with Clients

Words matter, especially when it comes to forming relationships and communicating effectively with your clients. To help you become more aware of the power of your words, here are some of the most common verbal phrases that trainers and teachers use, along with some psychologically more functional alternatives.

Active Behavior Change 7 Reasons Clients Struggle With Compliance

7 Reasons Clients Struggle With Compliance

If your clients don't make healthy choices outside of the gym, the best training program in the world can't help them. Don’t get frustrated—get informed. Here are seven reasons your personal-training clients may have a hard time sticking to their health and fitness goals.

Active Nutrition Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for High-Intensity Interval Training

Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for High-Intensity Interval Training

If you use high-intensity interval training with your clients or your own workouts, it’s important to understand the nutritional needs to support it from start to finish. While nutritional needs do vary by individual and training program, these nutrition plans and meal ideas for pre- and post-workout nutrition can help.

Active Fitness Why We Still Need Cardio Training: A More Effective Approach

Why We Still Need Cardio Training: A More Effective Approach

While many people have ditched their cardio sessions in favor of building stronger muscles, endurance training plays an important role in a well-rounded exercise program. The good news, ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains, is that there’s no need to do the long, boring, steady-state training of yesterday. Using modern, intelligent approaches to interval training gleans the most out of a minimum investment of time while still providing the benefits of aerobic training.

Active Fitness 6 Exercise Swaps That Will Kick up the Intensity of Your Workout

6 Exercise Swaps That Will Kick up the Intensity of Your Workout

If you want to avoid those dreaded fitness plateaus, you need to give your body new demands and stimuli. Fortunately, you don’t have to change your entire workout. By adding small challenges, such as jumping or rotation, or by changing body position, these exercise swaps will kick up the intensity of your existing program.

Active Nutrition How Popular Restrictive Diets May Impact Clients' Fitness Efforts

How Popular Restrictive Diets May Impact Clients' Fitness Efforts

While a particular diet may appear to be a good choice because it helps facilitate weight loss, many popular diets are simply too restrictive or limiting to follow over the long-term. And if your clients aren’t getting enough calories, it’s going to tough for them to have enough energy to successfully complete the training programs you design. Learn how to spot these restrictive diets and offer your clients healthier, safer alternatives.

Active Fitness 5 Alternative Exercises to the Side Plank

5 Alternative Exercises to the Side Plank

While the side plank is an effective exercise, it’s always a good idea to add variety to your workouts and challenge your body in new ways. Check out these five exercises that are great alternatives to the side plank.

Active Fitness TRX Exercises to Enhance Mobility and Flexibility

TRX Exercises to Enhance Mobility and Flexibility

The TRX Suspension Trainer is a great way to improve mobility and flexibility, both of which are essential staples of fitness. Here are some safe and effective joint mobility and flexibility exercises utilizing the TRX that can be incorporated into the warm-up and cool-down segments of your clients’ workouts.

Active Fitness 7 Signs You May Be Overtraining

7 Signs You May Be Overtraining

While the signs of undertraining are usually fairly visible, the signs of overtraining can be harder to spot. But with the increasing popularity of high-intensity workouts, the risk of overtraining has, arguably, never been higher. Here are some common signs you may be suffering from overtraining.

Active Nutrition How to Improve Client Results with an Expert Nutrition Plan

How to Improve Client Results with an Expert Nutrition Plan

Combining a progressive training program with an expert nutrition plan can dramatically improve client results, leading to everything from improved client retention to increased sales. The real secret is providing your clients with a healthful nutrition plan, not just another diet.

Active Fitness Exercise Progressions for Clients Who Are Overweight or Are Affected by Obesity

Exercise Progressions for Clients Who Are Overweight or Are Affected by Obesity

While there is no single right way to train clients who are overweight or have obesity, using regressions can be an effective method to employ. Functional resistance training and training for daily activities is an ideal method to ensure clients connect their exercise gains with life movements. The key is to utilize “precursor” exercises, like the ones presented here, which benefit coordination, stability, mobility and motor control.

Active Behavior Change 4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

As a health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to get your clients to open up about the difficulties they face in making lasting behavior change. Motivational interviewing, however, can be an effective communication strategy for exploring the ambivalence your clients may feel about making healthy changes in their lives. From asking open-ended questions to affirming your clients’ responses, learn how to use this powerful technique with your clients.

Active Fitness 5 Creative Ways to Use Dumbbells

5 Creative Ways to Use Dumbbells

Dumbbells are arguably the most versatile and affordable exercise equipment available, making it easy to get a total-body workout at home or at the gym. Here are some great variations on traditional exercises that will get your heart pumping and build muscular strength and endurance.

Active Fitness 5 Compound Exercises You Should Add to Your Workout

5 Compound Exercises You Should Add to Your Workout

Some of the simplest exercises are often the most valuable. Compound exercises, for example, address many actions at once, making them both efficient and effective. Here are five of the best compound exercises to add to your workout.

Active Nutrition How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?

How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?

It seems everyone has a different idea about how much protein, carbs and fat we should be eating each day. Should we be eating more protein than carbohydrates or fat? What are the best sources of protein—animal or plant based? From how much protein you need based on your activity level to special considerations for kids and teens, U Rock Girl breaks it all down.

Active Nutrition The Real Impact of Carbs

The Real Impact of Carbs

Still think carbs are evil? It’s time to set the record straight about this essential macronutrient and learn the real impact of carbs on our bodies.

Active Fitness 8 Creative Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

8 Creative Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

Looking for new ways to maximize the versatility and effectiveness of medicine balls in your clients’ workouts? Here are eight new ways to use medicine balls that will build strength, increase power and keep your clients engaged and having fun during their workouts.

Active Career 7 Characteristics of Successful Personal Trainers

7 Characteristics of Successful Personal Trainers

What separates the great personal trainers from the merely good ones? If you’ve made it your goal to be among the best in your field, you’ll want to check out these seven habits of highly successful personal trainers.

Active Fitness 3 TRX Flows That Will Increase Your Flexibility, Strength and Mobility

3 TRX Flows That Will Increase Your Flexibility, Strength and Mobility

Flow is a concept commonly associated with yoga, but have you ever tried sequencing strength, balance and flexibility moves all together, without any breaks or pauses? Check out this innovative flow routine created by ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews that features the TRX Suspension Trainer.

Active Fitness Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move

Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move

Know someone who remains unconvinced that exercise is essential to good health and longevity? Consider this: The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that physical inactivity constitutes the fourth leading cause of death globally, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. Recognizing that the human body was made to move and that it functions best when it is regularly physically active provides a critical foundation for our clients’ journey to improve their fitness and overall wellbein

Active Fitness An Active Aging Workout for (Almost) Everyone

An Active Aging Workout for (Almost) Everyone

Active seniors are dramatically changing what it means to grow older. And exercise—for both the mind and body—plays a huge role in how active those later years can be. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini offers some of his favorite exercises for helping active aging clients improve both their physical and mental activities of daily life.

Active Fitness Train This, Not That: The Upper-body Edition

Train This, Not That: The Upper-body Edition

Not all exercises are created equal. Sure, there are many exercises that are effective, but they can pose a greater risk of injury for some people, especially those who don’t have the mobility or strength to safely complete them. Here are five exercises to consider avoiding—and some safer options for building strength safely and effectively.

Active Career 3 Strategies for Acquiring Clients That Are Affected by Obesity

3 Strategies for Acquiring Clients That Are Affected by Obesity

Individuals who struggle with obesity often don’t know where to turn for help, and the traditional gym setting is often too intimidating for them to even consider. Here are some new approaches that can help you connect with and help the two-thirds of the population that is overweight or has obesity.

Active Fitness Fun Ways to Add Variety to Your Clients’ Workouts

Fun Ways to Add Variety to Your Clients’ Workouts

With so many new exercisers flooding the gyms this time of year, it can be a challenge to figure out how to keep them coming back when their resolve starts to wane. How can we keep them excited and engaged? By getting creative, explains ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews. Here are some fun, creative ideas to add to your clients’ workouts that will keep them mentally and physically stimulated, while having some fun and keeping boredom at bay.

Active Wellness How Sitting Too Much Affects Your Health

How Sitting Too Much Affects Your Health

Sitting for extended periods of time has been identified as an unhealthy behavior that could put you at risk for a number of chronic medical conditions. Learn how excessive sitting can have a negative impact on your health and ways to add more movement to your day.

Active Fitness How to Get Started With Kettlebells

How to Get Started With Kettlebells

Regardless of where you want to be in three, six or 18 months, using kettlebells can be a great way to help you reach your goals. Correct technique, however, is critical. This basic kettlebell program is a great way to perfect your form before moving on to more advanced moves.

Active Fitness 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 Nutrition 4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Diet in the New Year

4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Diet in the New Year

You want to eat healthier, but radically changing your diet rarely ever works. Instead, experts recommending making small changes that you can sustain over the long haul. Here are four ways to transform your diet and get on the healthy track without having to change every single food you put in your mouth.

Active Career Customer Service Tips for Health and Fitness Pros

Customer Service Tips for Health and Fitness Pros

Delivering good service makes all of the difference between developing long-term customers and being out of business within a few months. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall offers some important tips on how to deliver a service experience that will help you stand out from the competition.

Active Fitness Core Combos Using the TRX Suspension Trainer and Ultimate Sandbags

Core Combos Using the TRX Suspension Trainer and Ultimate Sandbags

The TRX Suspension Trainer and the DVRT Ultimate Sandbag are great for building core strength from the inside out. Check out these combination exercises featuring these two pieces of equipment that challenge the core in all planes of motion.

Active The Importance of Identifying Your Client’s “WHY”

The Importance of Identifying Your Client’s “WHY”

“When you know the why, you are willing to try,” says ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross. If your clients understand why and how the program you’ve designed for them will help them reach their goals, they will be more motivated and, therefore, more likely to succeed with their training. Learn how to help your clients find their “why” and reach their goals for the New Year.

Active Wellness Study: Lack of Exercise Twice as Deadly as Obesity

Study: Lack of Exercise Twice as Deadly as Obesity

New research suggests that being inactive may be even more hazardous to your health than previously believed—in fact, it may be twice as deadly as obesity. Learn about the new study and how much activity is needed to help counteract the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Active Behavior Change Why a Positive Attitude is the Most Powerful Tool for Reaching Your Goals

Why a Positive Attitude is the Most Powerful Tool for Reaching Your Goals

Thirty-five percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of January, and most return to old habits by January 17. Why is this? It comes down to one thing, and one thing only: mindset. ACE Certified health and fitness pro Allison Hagendorf explains how to rewire your association with habitual behaviors and give yourself the best possible chances of achieving your New Year’s goals.

Active Fitness 7 Strategies for Helping Clients Train Smarter—NOT Harder

7 Strategies for Helping Clients Train Smarter—NOT Harder

Whether you’re working one on one or with a group, your most important role as a health and fitness professional is to teach your clients how to exercise smarter before working harder. Here are seven strategies that can help your clients and students achieve results by promoting safety before intensity.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Your Clients Develop Intrinsic Motivation for Exercise

How to Help Your Clients Develop Intrinsic Motivation for Exercise

What really motivates your clients to exercise when they are not with you? Do you assume that your passion for fitness can transfer onto your clients so they will love fitness and exercise as much as you do? ACE Certified pro Dominique Wakefield explains how to purposefully interact with your clients to help them develop intrinsic motivation for exercise for greater long-term adherence.

Active Fitness Total-body Workout for Beginners

Total-body Workout for Beginners

When designing strength-training programs for beginning exercisers, keep it simple, urges ACE Exercise Physiologist Jacque Ratliff, who explains how to use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to create simple and appropriately challenging workouts for clients who are new to exercise.

Active Behavior Change How to Work with Clients Who Have Unrealistic Goals

How to Work with Clients Who Have Unrealistic Goals

Every trainer has had—or will have—a client who begins with unrealistic goals. ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how to turn the challenge of unrealistic goals into an opportunity to help steer clients toward realistic, short-term goals that will provide continued motivation and increased chances for success.

Active Behavior Change How to Coach the New Exerciser

How to Coach the New Exerciser

If you’ve been active your whole life, it can be a challenge to understand the mindset of a beginning exerciser. Novice exercisers require coaching strategies that differ from the traditional, everyday exerciser. These methods, tips and guidelines will help you understand the mindset of beginning exercisers and what it takes to help them reach their goals.

Active Fitness 10 Training Tools You Should Check Out in 2015

10 Training Tools You Should Check Out in 2015

The New Year is a great time to try out new equipment and training techniques, but how do you know which ones are worth your time and money? ACE Certified pro Jessica Matthews helps eliminates the guesswork and offers 10 innovative training tools that top trainers use with their clients.

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