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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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

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.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

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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Thursday, March 5, 2015

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.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

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.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

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.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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.

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