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Are you a personal trainer, group fitness instructor or other practicing fitness professional? Thought leaders from ACE and throughout the industry will keep you on the forefront of fitness with the latest research, best practices, and innovative tools and techniques to boost your fitness career. Plus get practical information, insight and tips in the areas of functional movement, strength training, cardio training, core training, metabolic conditioning, performance training, group exercise, small group training, mind-body, behavior change, coaching and motivation for lasting results with clients.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What Is CREP and How Will It Affect You?

With more and more discussions within statehouses about regulating health and fitness professionals, ACE and other like-minded leaders in our industry have recognized the opportunity to advocate for the recognition of these professionals as health providers. In this article, ACE CEO Scott Goudeseune discusses our participation in the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP), a nonprofit, 501(c)(6) corporation composed of organizations that offer NCCA-accredited exercise ce

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Monday, February 24, 2014

5 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Weight-loss Goals

Weight loss can be a tough struggle, especially if you feel like you’re giving it your all. In their work with clients, the Nutrition Twins have identified five common weight-loss mistakes that can sabotage even the most dedicated dieter. Learn about these mistakes and easy ways to correct or avoid them.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Training for Obstacle Course Races

Obstacle course races like the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder are hugely popular right now, attracting legions of fans throughout the country. That popularity represents a great opportunity for fitness professionals to offer race-specific training programs to would-be participants. Fitness pro Pete McCall explains the physical demands of these races and offers a sample training program you can use with your clients.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Loaded Movement Training with the ViPR®

The ViPR® is a unique and versatile piece of equipment that is helping to popularize what many believe to be the future of fitness: loaded movement training. We recently caught up with creator Michol Dalcourt, who discussed the concept and benefits of loaded movement training and demonstrated some of the creative and effective exercises that can be done to build stability, mobility and strength throughout the entire body.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

10 Reasons Why Those with Arthritis Should Exercise

For those who suffer from arthritis, exercise can seem like a painful proposition. But the truth is that the right kind of exercise—low-impact walking, strength training and stretching, for example—can help minimize many of the adverse effects of arthritis. Here are 10 great reasons why people with arthritis should start a program of regular exercise.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fitness Leadership: Which Side of the Fence Are You On?

As a fitness professional, you are leading your clients toward greater health and fitness. But what do you do when what your client wants and what he or she needs are in conflict with one another? This is when your role as a fitness leader comes into play. Fitness pro Chris McGrath explains why it is your professional responsibility to give your clients what they need so they can achieve the results they want.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Lifestyle Habits that Don’t Work: Part II

When you decide to make healthy lifestyle changes, people are often ready to offer their advice on what changes you should make. But beware—some of the most common advice can actually end up doing you more harm than good. In this second of a two-part series, fitness pro Jonathan Ross breaks down two more common lifestyle habits that simply don’t work.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

How Not to Impress Your Clients: Top 5 Things Trainers Do that Backfire

Could some of your training choices and approaches inadvertently turn your clients off from you—or even exercise altogether? Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains five common mistakes many trainers do—often in a sincere desire to motivate and push their clients—that ultimately may do more harm than good.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Total-body Dumbbell Workout

If you’re interested in strengthening your muscles, you don’t have to go to the gym. With a pair of dumbbells, you can a great total-body workout right at home. Here is a quick and effective dumbbell workout that will hit all the major muscle groups—not only will this routine help build strength, it could potentially increase metabolism, reduce body fat and improve your posture as well.

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Monetizing Group Fitness

Group fitness instructors are among the most enthusiastic, upbeat people on the planet, especially when it comes to their careers. But it can be tough to love a job that doesn’t always pay the bills. Fitness pro Shannon Fable explains four viable paths that group fitness instructors should consider if they want to expand their career paths and increase their income.

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