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Active Fitness Strengthen Your Ankles with These 4 Stability and Mobility Exercises

Strengthen Your Ankles with These 4 Stability and Mobility Exercises

Running and sports that involve agility are usually the cause of most ankle injuries, and these usually stem from the joint and tissues that surround it not being strong, mobile or stable enough to control the joint when asked to perform a task. Here are some great exercises for the ankle and foot will help strengthen the joint by creating stability and mobility in the surrounding regions.

Active Fitness 6 Reaction Drills to Enhance Cognitive Processing

6 Reaction Drills to Enhance Cognitive Processing

Reaction drills—which involve taking in a sensory input and producing a physical output—are a great way to have fun while also enhancing cognitive processing. These six reaction drills can be used with individuals or during group exercises, and will help stimulate your client’s brain and body, making exercise more challenging and engaging.

Active Fitness 5 Benefits of Dumbbell Training

5 Benefits of Dumbbell Training

Using dumbbells for full-body, multiplanar movements can provide a variety of different strength outcomes. It also offers many benefits for cardiorespiratory fitness and flexibility. To help you select the best equipment for your needs, here are five benefits of using dumbbells, along with six great dumbbell exercises to try out.

Active Nutrition 18 Healthy Fall Recipes You Must Try

18 Healthy Fall Recipes You Must Try

Fall veggies are loaded with good-for-you nutrients. While some fall veggies help to boost mood, others boost energy, fight stress and bloat—all things most people are looking to do as the cold winter months begin. Whether it’s the back-to-school whirlwind, the upcoming holidays, or simply the stress of everyday life starting to catch up with you, these fall recipes are for you.

Active Fitness Yoga For Kids:  6 Animal-inspired Poses

Yoga For Kids: 6 Animal-inspired Poses

Thinking about introducing your kids to yoga, but not sure where to start? These 6 animal-inspired poses encourage children to get creative by imitating some of their favorite animals, while also empowering them to explore physical activity and the mind-body connection in a fun new way.

Active Fitness Yoga For Active Older Adults: 6 Accessible Poses to Enhance Functional Capacity

Yoga For Active Older Adults: 6 Accessible Poses to Enhance Functional Capacity

Yoga does a body good at any age. And, with the use of props such as blankets, blocks and chairs, individuals of all ability levels can experience the many physiological and psychological benefits that yoga offers. This six-pose yoga series was designed to enhance overall function and well-being, with a focus on improving balance, increasing flexibility, building strength and promoting relaxation.

Active Career 4 Reasons to Become a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist

4 Reasons to Become a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist

As a health and fitness professional, you’ve made it your mission to help others live their most fit lives. As a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, you can dramatically expand your ability to reach those who need your help the most, including the millions of people living with health challenges such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Here are four compelling reasons why current ACE pros should consider becoming an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist.

Active Fitness Yoga for Cardio Lovers: 8 Poses to Build Strength

Yoga for Cardio Lovers: 8 Poses to Build Strength

If your fitness routine largely consists of activities like running, walking or cycling, you might be missing out on the benefits of resistance training. This yoga-focused workout, which uses body weight and the support of props to enhance muscular strength and endurance, is a great way to introduce this essential component to your training regimen.

Active Nutrition The Worst Foods to Eat After a Workout

The Worst Foods to Eat After a Workout

Depending on timing, amounts of food and combinations of macronutrients, nutrition can either amplify your clients’ efforts in the gym or detract from them. Learn how you can help your clients make better food choices immediately following their workouts.

Active Fitness 7 Techniques for Promoting Muscle Growth

7 Techniques for Promoting Muscle Growth

For clients who lift weights for the purpose of gaining muscle, it is a good idea to change the program on a frequent basis to ensure an appropriate amount of stimulus is used to create the mechanical damage or metabolic fatigue that promotes muscle growth. Here are seven suggestions for structuring your clients’ workout programs to help create the optimal environment for muscle growth.

Active Fitness Yoga For 9 to 5ers: 6 Poses to Enhance Posture

Yoga For 9 to 5ers: 6 Poses to Enhance Posture

If you’re one of the many individuals with a desk job, adding yoga to your workout regimen can help counteract the effects of sitting all day. These simple moves will help improve posture, minimize incidents of low-back pain, decrease the risk of injury, and enhance overall movement quality.

Active Fitness 5 Ways to Progress Traditional Balance Exercises

5 Ways to Progress Traditional Balance Exercises

Do you want to progress your client’s balance program? Balance is an everyday movement used from gait to walking up stairs. With age, balance naturally decreases; thus, integrating balance exercises is essential to every fitness program.

Active Nutrition The Worst Things to Eat Before a Workout

The Worst Things to Eat Before a Workout

Paired with a comprehensive nutrition program, the right foods before a workout can energize and sustain clients in their exercise efforts, while the wrong foods can hinder performance. While staying within your scope of practice, learn how to help clients nourish their bodies properly so they can perform to the best of their ability during each workout.

Active Fitness Yoga for Weightlifters: 7 Poses for Increased Range of Motion

Yoga for Weightlifters: 7 Poses for Increased Range of Motion

Flexibility is an important component of a well-rounded fitness routine, especially for those who tend to gravitate towards strength training. Incorporating these yoga poses into your workout regimen will help increase range of motion, as well as enhance stability and mobility.

Active Fitness Metabolic Conditioning Kettlebell Complex

Metabolic Conditioning Kettlebell Complex

Adding kettlebell training to your workout regimen provides a highly-effective way to build strength, flexibility and power. This full-body complex can be performed two to three times per week, with a minimum of one full day of rest between workouts.

Active Career How to Make an Impression with Intros and Outros

How to Make an Impression with Intros and Outros

According to recent research, the first and last five minutes of a class or session hold the potential for the most impact. Whether you’re a personal trainer or group fitness instructor, learn how to make an impression when it counts the most with effective Intros and Outros.

Active Fitness Youth Fitness: Games for Kids

Youth Fitness: Games for Kids

When working with kids, it’s important to engage them with fun and challenging fitness activities. Using these games for children, learn how to improve their functional movement patterns, cardiovascular efficiency and balance all while having a good time.

Active Fitness Youth Fitness: Principles for Effective Programming

Youth Fitness: Principles for Effective Programming

Fitness professionals have a very important role in the fitness of future generations and, by focusing on youth fitness, they can help proactively reduce the obesity epidemic in our country. Learn how to effectively program for children that will instill foundations of body awareness, flexibility, strength and confidence in America’s youth.

Active Fitness Yoga For Beginners: 6 Poses to Enhance Stability and Mobility

Yoga For Beginners: 6 Poses to Enhance Stability and Mobility

Studies prove yoga enhances your lifestyle. These poses will make adding this form of exercise to your workout regime comfortable and unintimidating.

Active Fitness 8 Strategies for Improving Strength

8 Strategies for Improving Strength

Your clients come to you for help in achieving a wide range of goals, from getting stronger to improving their aesthetic appearance. If your clients are interested in improving strength, but don’t necessarily want to experience muscle growth, here are eight things to keep in mind as you design their programs.

Active Fitness Sculpt Your Back With These TRX Moves

Sculpt Your Back With These TRX Moves

With so much variety in the back musculature, it can be hard to know exactly what part of the back is working when you are doing any single movement. These TRX Suspension Trainer exercises provide a variety of pulling angles and/or rotation of the arm muscles to assist with pulling. Mix them into your clients’ back program and they’ll keep rocking those tanks and strapless dresses.

Active Career Why Personal Trainers Should Consider Teaching Group Fitness Classes

Why Personal Trainers Should Consider Teaching Group Fitness Classes

The two worlds of personal training and group fitness are often kept separate, but teaching group fitness classes actually offers up a wide variety of career-enhancing opportunities for personal trainers. If you are a personal trainer looking to enhance your career or establish a more consistent income stream, here are seven reasons you should consider teaching group fitness.

Active Fitness Are Your Clients Doing Enough Flexibility Training?

Are Your Clients Doing Enough Flexibility Training?

Do you clients talk about their muscles feeling stiff and tight, or do they complain about their lack range of motion? If so, incorporating a stretching routine is ideal for promoting better mobility and overall well-being.

Active Nutrition How to Build a Successful Challenge with Nutrition

How to Build a Successful Challenge with Nutrition

Creating successful fitness and weight-loss challenges based on effective nutrition plans that will deliver the results your clients demand can be a great way to build your business. Once you have clear and easy-to-follow meal plans that adhere to these essential guidelines, making them an integral part of your fitness challenge is a must for participant success. Here’s how to build your successful challenge with nutrition.

Active Fitness 8 Motivational Health and Fitness Quotes

8 Motivational Health and Fitness Quotes

8 Motivational Health and Fitness Quotes

Active Nutrition Common Signs Your Client May Have an Eating Disorder

Common Signs Your Client May Have an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are complex, clinically diagnosed conditions that can have serious physical and emotional complications. As a health and fitness professional, you can play an important role in recognizing the early warning signs of eating disorders, which may increase the likelihood of successful recovery.

Active Fitness 7 Exercises to Create an Anti-Rotation Progression Sequence

7 Exercises to Create an Anti-Rotation Progression Sequence

Anti-rotation exercises train core stability without rotating the torso, which is important for the lumbar spine, which is a stabilized joint (with very little range of motion). Here are seven anti-rotation exercises that you can use with clients who require core development and strength.

Active Fitness 7 Reasons to Introduce Power Training Exercises to Your Clients

7 Reasons to Introduce Power Training Exercises to Your Clients

Losing weight and toning up are the two most common reasons for starting an exercise program. While endurance training can help improve aerobic efficiency and burn excess calories, it is not that effective at promoting muscle definition. If your clients want to increase their levels of lean muscle mass and enhance their aesthetic appearance, it is worth considering these seven benefits of power training. Also included is a sample workout to help you get started.

Active Career The Coaching Approach to Behavior Change

The Coaching Approach to Behavior Change

The ACE Cycle of Change makes it possible to recognize and determine a client’s readiness to embrace the necessary behavior changes that will positively impact his or her life. Learn how to determine a client’s readiness to change by honing your interviewing skills, as this will give you the information you need to help the client design an approach to behavior change that is both achievable and effective.

Active Career ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification: A Pathway onto the Healthcare Team

ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification: A Pathway onto the Healthcare Team

The ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual is a comprehensive, science -based resource to prepare you for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification. Earning this certification can position you to serve as a vital link between the clinic and the community.

Active Fitness 6 Functional Strength and Conditioning Exercises You’re Not Using With Your Clients

6 Functional Strength and Conditioning Exercises You’re Not Using With Your Clients

Consider adding one or more of these six highly effective functional strength and conditioning exercises to your clients’ programs. Not only do these exercises challenge the body in new ways and can help break through fitness plateaus, they can also improve overall quality of life by making daily activities easier to perform.

Active Career 5 Steps to Becoming a Celebrity Personal Trainer in Your Own Community

5 Steps to Becoming a Celebrity Personal Trainer in Your Own Community

Celebrity personal trainers may be common in Los Angeles and New York, but did you know that you can become one in your own community? The key is to become the trainer others look to for both information and results. These five steps will help you start creating buzz and raise your celebrity profile in your own community today.

Active Nutrition 5 Whole Foods to Replace Ergogenic Aids

5 Whole Foods to Replace Ergogenic Aids

Ergogenic aids are purported to give people an edge over their competition, but do you really have to purchase often-expensive potions and pills to boost exercise performance? Not according to ACE pro Elizabeth Kovar, who explains how to choose whole foods that offer many of the same benefits of sports-nutrition supplements in a much healthier—and tastier—form.

Active Fitness Upper-body Explosive Training Workout

Upper-body Explosive Training Workout

Many popular high-intensity exercise programs feature jumps, hops or skips to increase power output in lower-body muscles, but omit exercises for developing upper-body power. Whether you want to perform better in sports or in life, it is important to include exercises that improve the strength and power of the muscles of the upper back, shoulders and arms. This workout programs is ideal for developing essential upper-body power.

Active Fitness Heart-pumping Plyometrics Workout

Heart-pumping Plyometrics Workout

Plyometric training, which uses explosive movements to build strength and condition the muscles and heart, offers the benefits of both strength training and high-intensity interval training. This 15-minute plyometric workout is a great way to introduce this form of training to your clients that are ready for a greater challenge.

Active Fitness The Impact of Flexibility Training on Performance

The Impact of Flexibility Training on Performance

Flexibility training is arguably the most frequently neglected component of fitness among the general population, but that doesn’t mean it’s the least important. Engaging in regular flexibility training can assist with increased joint mobility, better posture, decreased back pain and a lower risk of injury. Learn about these and other key benefits of flexibility training and how to incorporate it into your clients’ routines.

Active Nutrition 5 Foods That Get a Bad Rap

5 Foods That Get a Bad Rap

Are there specific foods you or your clients deliberately avoid? Do you label certain foods good and others bad? When it comes to a healthy eating plan that your clients can follow, no food should be off limits. In fact, guiding clients on the best ways to navigate every choice, including these 5 foods that get a bad rap, can help set your clients up for success.

Active Fitness 8 Hormones Involved in Exercise

8 Hormones Involved in Exercise

Hormones have a huge effect on the functions of the body, and many are directly affected by exercise (and vice versa). Here is a rundown of some of the most important hormones involved in exercise, along with the physiological functions they control. Understanding how exercise influences hormone levels can help you develop safe and effective exercise programs for your clients.

Active Career How to Make Group Exercise Accessible to Everyone

How to Make Group Exercise Accessible to Everyone

As group fitness instructors, it’s important for us to help beginners enjoy the experience so they can become experienced exercise enthusiasts in the shortest amount of time possible. Here are six ideas for making your group fitness workouts more accessible, which may, in turn, increase your class sizes and help more people experience the benefits of exercise.

Active Nutrition Low Carb vs. Low Fat: Which One is Best for Your Client?

Low Carb vs. Low Fat: Which One is Best for Your Client?

How often do you hear this question from your clients: Should I follow a low-carb or a low-fat diet? The answer, of course, depends on each client’s individual needs and goals. Learn about the pros and cons of these popular diets and how they may or not work for your clients and their health and fitness goals.

Active Behavior Change Making the Shift From “Educator” to “Facilitator”

Making the Shift From “Educator” to “Facilitator”

“Telling” our clients what they need to do to reach their health and fitness goals rarely results in long-term lifestyle change. Instead, we need to help clients find the right answers within themselves. Learn how to transition from being an educator to a facilitator and help your clients find the strength and motivation within themselves to live healthier, happier lives.

Active Fitness How to Develop Programs for Clients with Scoliosis

How to Develop Programs for Clients with Scoliosis

When working with clients with scoliosis, it’s essential to know how to interpret their functional limitations and muscular imbalances so you can create a workout program that improves strength, range of motion and the length-tension relationship of the muscles on either side of the vertebral column. Here is a basic primer in developing programs for individuals with scoliosis.

Active Fitness Prenatal Workout Recommendations

Prenatal Workout Recommendations

Wondering what exercises to recommend to your pregnant clients? Research confirms the benefits for women who continue exercising throughout their pregnancies, but important modifications are needed to make it both safe and comfortable. In this second installment of a two-part series, learn which cardio options are best during pregnancy and how social support can help women during this major life transition.

Active Fitness An Arnold-inspired Workout

An Arnold-inspired Workout

Some might say that Arnold Schwarzenegger has inspired more people to participate in bodybuilding—and possibly even strength training in general—than anyone else. While his body-building approach could be considered decidedly old-school, there are still huge benefits to be had from following a high-volume strength-training program. Check out this Arnold-inspired workout regimen, which is not only effective, but can also help satisfy the primal urge to lift heavy stuff.

Active Fitness Steady State Vs. Interval Training: Which One is Best for Your Clients?

Steady State Vs. Interval Training: Which One is Best for Your Clients?

Which is more effective: steady-state exercise or high-intensity interval training? The answer, of course, depends on an individual’s goals and preferences. Learn about the unique advantages and drawbacks to each type of exercise to better determine which approach is best for both you and your clients.

Active Nutrition The Effects of Alcohol on Muscle Gains

The Effects of Alcohol on Muscle Gains

An effective nutrition plan is key to helping clients achieve their weight-loss and muscle-gain goals. Habitual and binge drinkers could be unknowingly derailing their efforts due to alcohol’s significant effects on the body. Learn how alcohol affects everything from the immune and endocrine systems to dehydration, and why it’s vital that both you and your clients to understand the impact of alcohol on muscle gains.

Active Fitness 4 Moves to Help You Master the Pull-up

4 Moves to Help You Master the Pull-up

Performing a full, unassisted pull-up is a challenging task for most people, because it involves moving the entirety of your own bodyweight up against gravity. It also takes incredible upper-body strength and trunk stability. Here are four exercises that should be a part of your routine if your goal is to complete this essential movement pattern without assistance.

Active Fitness 6 Benefits of Using Weightlifting Machines

6 Benefits of Using Weightlifting Machines

The role of a personal trainer is to help clients live healthier lives. We are failing at our mission if we design exercise programs that are so challenging that our clients don’t feel comfortable working out on their own. Machine-based strength-training programs can be a great way for clients to build muscle and maintain a consistent exercise program, even when they aren’t training with you every day. Here are six benefits of machine-based training that can help you reconsider whether it’s wort

Active Fitness Prenatal Fitness Modifications For Safety and Comfort

Prenatal Fitness Modifications For Safety and Comfort

Research confirms the benefits for women who continue exercising throughout their pregnancies, but important modifications are needed to make it both safe and comfortable. Learn about the best exercise choices for prenatal fitness. In this first installment of a two-part series, learn about precautions specific to pregnancy and effective exercises that can help counteract some of the common physical issues of pregnancy.

Active Career 6 Steps to Managing Your Fitness Business

6 Steps to Managing Your Fitness Business

Competition is everywhere, and the fitness industry is no exception. Learn how you can get an edge on the competition with these six important steps.

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