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Active Fitness 7 Benefits of Heavy Resistance Training

7 Benefits of Heavy Resistance Training

While all exercise provides general health benefits, doing resistance training with heavy weights is one of the quickest ways to achieve a wide range of health and appearance benefits. Learn more about these benefits and how you can help your clients achieve them through heavy-resistance training.

Active Fitness Improve Your Strength and Performance With This 5 x 5 Workout

Improve Your Strength and Performance With This 5 x 5 Workout

It can be a challenge to come up with new ways to help your clients safely and effectively achieve their strength goals. Here’s a technique that originated in the former Soviet Union that has proven extremely effective: lifting just five reps at a time. Check out this 5 x 5 workout that can help improve both strength and, when combined with proper skills practice, sport-specific performance as well.

Active Fitness Passive Vs. Active Recovery: Which is More Effective?

Passive Vs. Active Recovery: Which is More Effective?

You’ve just started a new workout routine or you reached a new PR with your current program and you’re feeling sore—really sore. What’s the best way to approach your recovery—being completely inactive or performing active recovery? ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains the differences between passive and active recovery and offers guidelines on how to effectively prepare for your next workout.

Active Career ACE's 30th Anniversary: Thank You From our CEO

ACE's 30th Anniversary: Thank You From our CEO

ACE's 30th Anniversary: Thank You From Our CEO

Active Fitness 6 Exercises for a Stronger Core

6 Exercises for a Stronger Core

A strong core is essential to a stable and mobile body. To challenge the entire core—and not just the abdominals—it is best to use a variety of stances and to incorporate a wide range of movements. Check out these six exercises that target the abdominals, back muscles, glutes and upper legs, and were designed to help improve movement efficiency and prevent injury.

Active Nutrition How to Coach the Vegetarian and Vegan Client

How to Coach the Vegetarian and Vegan Client

Trainers who are neither vegans or vegetarians—but train clients who are—may be concerned about their clients’ dietary choices and whether these will affect how they respond to exercise. Here is a basic primer on plant-based eating that can help you understand the specific needs of your vegan and vegetarian clients—and better help them reach their health and fitness goals.

Active Career 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 Fitness How to Improve Lower-body Mobility and Stability

How to Improve Lower-body Mobility and Stability

Stability and mobility are essential to avoiding injury and creating a balanced body that moves efficiently. This second installment of a two-part series on how to improve stability and mobility throughout the body focuses on exercises for the lower body, including the hips, knees, ankles and feet.

Active Fitness 5 Upper-body Power Moves

5 Upper-body Power Moves

You know plyometric exercises are great for the lower body, but did you know you could also use plyometrics to increase upper-body strength and power as well? Requiring only a medicine ball or sandbag, these explosive upper-body exercises involve the entire body and can help your clients improve upper-body power for everything from swinging a racquet or golf club to picking up a child or carrying heavy bags of groceries.

Active Career ACE Pros Share Tips on How to be a Successful Studio Owner

ACE Pros Share Tips on How to be a Successful Studio Owner

Starting a business in the fitness industry requires a lot of time, planning, and support from others who have been there. In a new video series created in partnership with the Association of Fitness Studios, experienced ACE Certified Pros share tips and stories about their personal entrepreneurial paths. Whether you are a new or experienced business owner, or you're debating whether to embark on your own, these videos provide some great insight.

Active Nutrition 5 Immune System-Boosting Foods

5 Immune System-Boosting Foods

It doesn’t have to be flu season for the body’s immune system to need immune-boosting nutrition to fight off the latest bug. Learn why including a variety of healthful and nutritionally dense foods in your meals, combined with regular exercise, is an effective way to stay healthy all year long.

Active Nutrition How Sodium Affects Your Body

How Sodium Affects Your Body

While salt can make foods taste great, too much of it can lead to a variety of health issues. Learn how too much sodium affects your organs and why creating a well-rounded meal plan that limits salt intake can help ensure that your body functions at optimal levels now and for years to come.

Active Fitness 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 Fitness 8 Balance Moves for Active Agers

8 Balance Moves for Active Agers

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. In the second installment of his two-part series, 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 Career 3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

What is the secret to helping clients stay motivated and on track to achieve their goals? ACE pro Shannon Fable believes that helping clients celebrate small victories while working toward larger goals is key to helping clients believe those goals are within reach. Whether your clients want to lose weight or simply increase their fitness, these secrets to perpetual motivation will help your clients build the intrinsic motivation that only comes through increased self-confidence.

Active Fitness 6 Creative Drills for Building Strong Glutes

6 Creative Drills for Building Strong Glutes

Strong glutes are essential for being able to move well, in both life and sport. And while we need to be able to move in all planes of motion, glute exercises like walking lunges and squats focus primarily on sagittal plane movements. Here are six multiplanar drills that are extremely effective for increasing mobility and building power and strength, while also creating strong, shapely glutes.

Active Fitness 5 Essential Tips for Improving Running Form

5 Essential Tips for Improving Running Form

Many people are reluctant to take up running because it can be physically painful. However, unless your client has an injury or musculoskeletal issue that prevents him or her from running, it is a safe activity to add to one’s fitness routine. Here are a few tips you can offer clients that can help them improve their running economy and decrease their risk of injury.

Active Fitness How to Increase Upper-body Stability and Mobility

How to Increase Upper-body Stability and Mobility

To avoid injury and create a balanced body that moves efficiently, it is important that both stability and mobility are obtained to some degree before moving on to more complex movement patterns, and especially before adding load and intensity to those movements. In this first installment of a two-part series, learn which exercises can be used to enhance upper-body stability and mobility.

Active Fitness 10 Things to Know About Muscle Fibers

10 Things to Know About Muscle Fibers

If you are interested in designing exercise programs that produce results, you must have a good understanding of how muscle fibers work and respond to exercise. Here are 10 important facts about muscle fibers and how they are affected by exercise that will improve your effectiveness as a trainer and help your clients achieve their fitness goals.

Active Nutrition How Caffeine Affects Athletic Performance

How Caffeine Affects Athletic Performance

When it comes to the question of whether or not to consume caffeine, there is no shortage of opinions. But what does the research say? And how much is too much? Learn how caffeine affects athletic performance and how you can help your clients make healthy choices that enhance their health and fitness goals.

Active Career The Best Social Networks for Health and Fitness Professionals

The Best Social Networks for Health and Fitness Professionals

As a health and fitness professional, social networks can be a great way to keep in touch with your clients between training sessions. But did you know you have more options than just Facebook and Twitter? Tech expert Ted Vickey describes three fitness-focused social networks worth checking out.

Active Fitness 5 Reasons Movement Preparation Is an Effective Warm-Up Strategy

5 Reasons Movement Preparation Is an Effective Warm-Up Strategy

Movement preparation, also referred to as a dynamic warm-up, involves moving in a variety of directions at different speeds to help activate the tissues along with the nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems responsible for controlling and fueling movement. Learn how to use movement preparation as an effective and functional way to prepare the body for a tough and physically demanding workout.

Active Behavior Change The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

The demand for health coaching and behavior-change coaching has never been greater, with research demonstrating the value of coaching in helping people improve health behaviors and, as a result, quality of life. ACE has developed a general consensus and position on what it means to be a certified health coach versus a specialist in behavior change. Here’s what you need to know about this new and evolving field, and how it can enhance and expand your career as a health and fitness professional.

Active Nutrition How Hydration Affects Performance

How Hydration Affects Performance

Even the most well-designed exercise program is likely to fail if your clients aren’t properly hydrated before, during and after their workouts. Learn why proper hydration is crucial and what recommendations to make to your clients to help them achieve optimal performance and health.

Active Fitness Total-Body Battle Ropes Workout

Total-Body Battle Ropes Workout

Heavy ropes have become hugely popular in recent years—and for good reason. Heavy ropes make it possible to get a full-body workout that incorporates all the primary movement patterns with just one piece of equipment. ACE pro Jonathan Ross developed this super-efficient heavy ropes workout, which features both traditional and novel movements that are sure to engage and challenge your clients.

Active Wellness 5 Healthy Habits of Successful People

5 Healthy Habits of Successful People

While exercise is essential, it isn’t the only healthy habit worth adopting. These five simple, but highly effective healthy habits can go a long way toward helping you and your clients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Active Nutrition Combat Breakfast Boredom with this Mix and Match Food Guide

Combat Breakfast Boredom with this Mix and Match Food Guide

Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight. Unfortunately, this usually backfires, leaving them feeling even hungrier and tempted to overeat. Here are a few reasons why breakfast is so essential, along with some great options for mixing and matching healthy foods to make delicious and satisfying morning meals.

Active Nutrition Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for Strength Training

Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for Strength Training

As with any type of training, nutrition is key to optimal results for strength training. Learn the basics of pre- and post-workout nutrition for strength training to help your clients maximize their results.

Active Fitness 5 Exercises Trainers Should Never Do

5 Exercises Trainers Should Never Do

Do you ever see people doing exercises that leave you shaking your head, wondering why in the world they would do that? ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross sees this all too often and urges trainers to remember the foundational principles of exercise science. Here are 5 exercises trainers should never do because the risks simply outweigh the rewards.

Active Fitness Advanced Kettlebell Workout for Increased Strength and Conditioning

Advanced Kettlebell Workout for Increased Strength and Conditioning

If you are looking for a way to help your clients increase strength and conditioning, and take on a new challenge, double kettlebell complexes are a versatile and effective approach. This workout video from ACE pro Erik Blekeberg featuring double kettlebell exercises is ideal for helping clients break through strength plateaus and increase caloric expenditure by increasing the total load on the body.

Active Behavior Change 5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

Are you tired of spending inordinate amounts of time developing tailored exercise programs only to have a client drop off after a few sessions? You can increase your impact and efficiency by incorporating a few key behavior-change principles into your personal-training program. Here are five ways to help incorporate behavior-change principles into your daily client interactions.

Active Behavior Change Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

As a health and fitness professional, you can maximize client-behavior change through the use of coaching techniques such as open-ended questions and reflective listening to help a client explore his or her own motivations, strengths and benefits from making the change. By doing so, you shift your approach from “expert”-centered programs to client-centered programs, and set the stage for increased client success.

Active Behavior Change How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

Anyone who has tried to help people make a behavioral change knows how difficult it can be, and not everyone is ready to make the changes we think they need to make to improve their health. Learn how to use the ACE Cycle of Change to help you tailor behavior-change interventions to your client’s readiness to change.

Active Fitness 5 Plank Variations That Will Challenge Your Core

5 Plank Variations That Will Challenge Your Core

Planks are incredibly effective, strengthening the core, arms, shoulders, glutes and legs. And when you move beyond the basic plank, by lifting an arm or adding movement, you can dramatically increase the challenge of the exercise. Here are five plank variations that focus on lifting the legs and adding rotation to intensity the work.

Active Fitness Back to Basics Strength-training Workout

Back to Basics Strength-training Workout

Workout programs don’t need to be overly complicated to be effective—they just need to execute the fundamental principles of exercise really well. This basic strength workout, which can be adjusted to focus on hypertrophy or calorie burning, uses offset hand and foot positions to add movement variability, which helps create stronger, more injury-resistant muscle and connective tissue.

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 Career 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.

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