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Spooky Spine-Tingling Halloween Workout

By Kari Luu on Thursday, October 27, 2016

For many, Halloween marks the start of the gluttonous holiday season, when it seems as though there are food-laden gatherings every time you turn around. Fortunately, you don’t have to be afraid of adding weight or losing your hard-earned gains this time of year. Here is a Halloween-themed workout that can help you stay fit and trim.

Take the Stairway to Fitness

By Kari Luu on Thursday, October 20, 2016

You likely pass by them every day, not realizing that a simple staircase offers endless opportunities to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, flexibility and balance. Use these exercises as separate movements or combine them for a quick total-body workout.

5 Steps to Helping Clients Feel Better With Exercise

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

While some people have a natural, intrinsic motivation to exercise, others literally drag their feet to the gym. A deeper understanding of what drives behavior and makes your clients want to be fit will help you to inspire them more effectively. Use these behavior change strategies and leading questions to keep clients on track and on your schedule.

Why Strong Glutes are Key To Your Golf Swing

By Kari Luu on Monday, October 3, 2016

When it comes to swinging a golf club, most people think the arm muscles do the majority of the work, but it’s actually the gluteal muscle group that plays the biggest role in all aspects of the golf swing. Read on to learn how to help your golfing clients improve their game.

How to Create an Unmatched Personal Training Experience

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Clients want to feel confident that you have his or her best interests in mind. Creating this experience for clients is not a matter of just being an “energetic” butt-kicker. Rather, it’s a process of identifying all of the opportunities within a training session to connect and empower. Here are the four “E’s” to creating an unmatched training experience for your clients.

The Basics of Training Older Adults

By Kari Luu on Thursday, September 22, 2016

Have you considered training older adults? According to the United States 2010 Census Bureau report, more than 40 million Americans are age 65 or older. That’s a huge potential market for your health and fitness services. Here are some recommended exercises and workouts for older adults, as well as additional factors to be aware of when working with an older population.

A 20-minute Workout for the Incredibly Busy

By Kari Luu on Monday, September 12, 2016

Life, says ACE pro Jonathan Ross, is a choice between “busy and unfit,” and “busy and fit.” Everyone is busy. So, what is the fix? With a few simple ingredients, Ross explains how you can make a workout fit the time you have instead of feeling frustrated trying to fit a 60-minute workout into a 20-minute window.

3 Moves to do Instead of Push-ups

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The push-up is an all-around excellent exercise that is difficult to replace or duplicate, but when you've had enough of push-ups, any of the following exercises will do.

5 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Shoulders

By Kari Luu on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Shoulders are a naturally mobile joint, making them prone to injury. These yoga poses can both strengthen and release tension in the shoulder muscles, helping to increase stability and decrease the risk of injury.

7 Beach Workouts to Do in the Sand

By Kari Luu on Monday, August 22, 2016

The beach is an ideal place to get a great workout—the sand provides a great unstable surface and exercising outdoors is always a lot of fun. Whether you’re on vacation, live at the beach or just love to work out in the sand, these dynamic exercises will challenge your entire body.

How to Get Clients Hooked

By Kari Luu on Monday, August 15, 2016

Do you know what motivates your clients? What helps them stick to the programs you design for them? Asking the right questions and helping your clients zero in on what and why they want to change can mean the difference between a successful trainer-client relationship and an experience that prompts them to start looking for a new trainer.

Summer Exercise Choices for Individuals With Arthritis

By Kari Luu on Friday, August 12, 2016

Hot weather can exacerbate arthritis symptoms and eliminate all motivation to move. Exercise, however, is one of the best ways to help manage the pain and discomfort of both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Here are some great tips and exercises you can offer your clients that can help ease symptoms and reduce pain, no matter what the temperature is outside.

8 Food Facts Every Athlete Should Know

By Kari Luu on Monday, August 8, 2016

Whether your goal is to get lean, improve performance, or build muscle, proper nutrition is one of the key factors to success.

5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

By Kari Luu on Friday, July 22, 2016

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders that plagues the population. Whether it is acute or chronic and no matter where the pain stems from, it can be debilitating and can limit one’s ability to function in daily life.

Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

If you’re thinking about a career in personal training, it’s important to consider the unique requirements of this job, including technical skills and knowledge, and personality traits.

Yoga Poses to Pair With Your High-intensity Interval Training

By Kari Luu on Monday, July 18, 2016

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and yoga may seem diametrically opposed, but could these two forms of exercise actually be a great complement to one another? Learn how a yoga practice could enhance and deepen HIIT workouts, and give this sample yoga routine—designed with HIIT athletes in mind—a try.

Dynamic Circuit Training for Weight Loss

By Kari Luu on Thursday, July 7, 2016

While cardiovascular exercise can be effective for burning the calories required for weight loss, it’s not always the best option for those who don’t enjoy it. Fortunately, there is another way to use exercise for weight loss: circuit training!

3 Steps for Crafting Simple Fitness Programs

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

To make program design fast and simple for you and effective for your clients, keep it simple. Here are three steps to quickly creating simple programs that deliver tremendous results, while helping clients feel more confident and competent.

Why Foam Rolling Doesn't Eliminate Cellulite

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Even if they can’t eliminate cellulite, foam rollers are great tools for keeping people active. Here are five specific benefits that you can experience from using a foam roller as part of your fitness program.

Lower-body Plyometric Workout

By Kari Luu on Friday, June 17, 2016

Plyometric exercises yield tremendous benefits in strength, coordination and balance, while also increasing caloric expenditure. For these reasons, incorporating plyometrics—such as this four-exercise lower-body workout—into your clients’ programming can be a great way to complement their lower-body strength-training routines.

One Key to Success: Consistent Action

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wanting something and working for something are two different things. We may all want something, but not all work for something. That’s not to say we don’t want to work for it, but sometimes it is a whole lot easier to give up than it is to keep going.

Seven Reasons Clients Quit

By Kari Luu on Monday, June 13, 2016

Life is like an elevator. Sometimes you let people off; sometimes you let them on. The same holds true for client-trainer relationships.

5 Need-to-Know Fitness Career Myths

By Kari Luu on Thursday, June 2, 2016

People across the globe are becoming interested in careers that allow them to share their passion for health and fitness with others. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the fitness industry, this one’s for you!

3 Things Successful Health and Fitness Pros Avoid

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What are the keys to becoming a successful health and fitness professional? Not surprisingly, avoiding common—yet often costly—mistakes is often just as important as taking the right steps or actions. Check out these three common mistakes to make sure you’re on the right track and to help ensure your success as a health and fitness professional.

How to Structure Coaching Sessions Using the CRAFT Model

By Kari Luu on Friday, May 27, 2016

Coaching is a wonderful experience and can lead to transformations, first of mind and then of body. But getting each session started smoothly and staying on track is essential to seeing results. Learn how to use the CRAFT model, which can help you structure sessions with clients whom you are actively coaching toward fairly clear objectives.

Suns out, Guns Out: Arm Workout

By Kari Luu on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Want to add a little definition to your arms so you can show them off the next time the sun is shining? If toned arms are what you’re after this summer, try this strength training workout.

3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

By Shannon Fable on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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.

6 Words to Avoid When Working with Clients

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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.

7 Reasons Clients Struggle With Compliance

By amSTATZ on Monday, March 16, 2015

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.

7 Characteristics of Successful Personal Trainers

By amSTATZ on Friday, February 6, 2015

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.

Fun Ways to Add Variety to Your Clients’ Workouts

By Elizabeth Andrews on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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.

The Importance of Identifying Your Client’s “WHY”

By Shana Verstegen on Friday, January 16, 2015

“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.

7 Strategies for Helping Clients Train Smarter—NOT Harder

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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.

Total-body Workout for Beginners

By Jacqueline Crockford on Monday, January 12, 2015

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.

How to Work with Clients Who Have Unrealistic Goals

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, January 12, 2015

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.

How to Coach the New Exerciser

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, January 8, 2015

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.

10 Training Tools You Should Check Out in 2015

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 7, 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.

How to Help Your Clients Set Goals They Can Achieve

By Kelley Vargo on Monday, December 29, 2014

Why do people fail at their New Year’s resolutions an average of six times? Unrealistic goals. It is easy to set our clients—and ourselves—up for failure if we are not realistic with goals. Here are four key steps for helping our clients make and stick to their goals in 2015.

Essential Business Systems That Save Both Time and Money

By amSTATZ on Thursday, November 13, 2014

Looking for ways to streamline your business tasks and free up more of your valuable time? All businesses are built upon systems. Here are the most important systems you need for saving time, staying organized and growing client relationships.

5 Things Fitness Professionals Should Know About Diabetes

By Jacqueline Crockford on Monday, November 3, 2014

November is National Diabetes Month and, given the increasing prevalence of this disease, it is essential that fitness professionals understand how to design safe and effective exercise programs that take into account the unique needs of those with diabetes. Here are five things that every fitness professional should know about diabetes.

4 Things Health and Fitness Professionals Need to Know About the Apple Watch

By Cedric Bryant on Monday, September 29, 2014

Excited about the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch? ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., attended Apple’s launch event earlier this month and shares his thoughts on how the Apple Watch will affect health and fitness professionals.

Apple's iWatch and HealthKit: What They Mean for Health and Fitness Pros and Their Clients

By Ted Vickey on Monday, September 8, 2014

The technology and fitness worlds are buzzing as Apple gears up for a new announcement regarding the iPhone 6, iOS8 and the closely guarded Apple iWatch. Combined with Apple’s previously announced HealthKit, these products are poised to have a major impact on the health and fitness industries. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey explains how personal trainers and health coaches can reap huge benefits from these new technologies.

Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

By Sabrena Jo on Friday, August 22, 2014

Do you have what it takes to be a personal trainer? ACE Certified Pro Sabrena Merrill explains the four signs that could mean you’re ready to take on the challenge of helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Finding The "Why" behind Your Clients' Goals

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do you know what motivates your clients? Learning the deeper, driving forces behind your clients’ lives can help you discover the right formula for helping them stay motivated and committed to exercising regularly and eating healthfully, explains ACE Certified Pro Jonathan Ross. After all, when we are drawn to the things that make life healthy and fulfilling, we can do them easily without willpower.

Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With an Android Body Type

By Jacqueline Crockford on Thursday, June 5, 2014

Reducing abdominal fat—a common goal of many who have an android body type—can be a challenge. While spot reduction remains a myth, there are specific workouts you can use with your clients that take into account their individual body types. In part 2 of this two-part series, Jacque Ratliff explains how to use moderate-intensity aerobic training and total-body resistance-training circuits to help clients reduce stubborn abdominal fat that could negatively affect their health.

Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

By Shannon Fable on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Did you hear about the fitness pro who was kicked out of a SoulCycle studio and banned from attending future classes? The news caused quite a stir, to the say the least. Shannon Fable weighs in on the controversy and offers some incredibly insightful principles to guide you in your life and work as a fitness professional.

ACE Total-body Barbell Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Did you know you can do a lot more with a barbell than just the basic chest press? This versatile tool is great for performing multijoint movements that target a large amount of muscle tissue. Plus, exercises like squats, deadlifts and presses help to strengthen functional movements that we use everyday. Here is an effective total-body workout that will enhance both strength and flexibility.

How to Recommend Group Fitness Classes to Personal Training Clients

By Pete McCall on Monday, March 10, 2014

One of the most important things personal trainers can do for their clients is to help them exercise consistently. Group fitness classes are a great option for most people, especially on non-training days. Here are some ways you can help your clients take advantage of the wide range of classes available at most clubs.

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

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, February 6, 2014

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.

Using Professional Football Skills to Market Personal Training

By Pete McCall on Monday, January 27, 2014

The NFL Combine, where college players perform a number of grueling tests to see if they have what it takes to compete at the professional level, is coming up soon. If you’re looking for some fun, interactive programming ideas for your personal-training clients or group-fitness participants, this event offers a great opportunity for your participants to “compete” against the best of the best by performing the same tests and drills.

8 Reasons to Start a Career in the Fitness Industry

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

With the start of a New Year, have you been considering a new career? If you have a strong desire to help others achieve their health and fitness goals and teach them how to love and appreciate fitness as much as you do, it might be time to start seriously considering becoming a personal trainer.

The Benefits of Sandbell Training

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sandbells® by Hyperwear are changing the way personal trainers design exercise programs. We recently caught up with Master Trainer John Sinclair to learn how Sandbells can be used to create fun, challenging and engaging workout programs for clients.

Client Motivation Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Even at the start of a New Year, when motivation to lose weight is at its peak, helping your clients stick to their programs can be challenging. Here are some great tools and tactics you can use to help your clients reach their goals and create meaningful change that will last a lifetime.

Metabolic Training: The Workout

By Shana Verstegen on Monday, September 23, 2013

There is a lot of buzz around metabolic training these days, but few understand how to really maximize the benefits that come from this type of training. Fitness pro Shana Martin explains how to help your clients get the “biggest bang” for their workout buck and offers a quick and effective workout that is designed to accomplish a large amount of work in a very short amount of time.

ACE Fit Tools for Health and Fitness Pros

By ACE FITNESS on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting your career as a fitness professional, you’re probably on the lookout for new products and tools that can help you do your job better. Did you know that ACE recently created an entire website packed with information and services that can help you educate and provide much-needed support for your clients? Here is a sampling of some of the great free tools offered on

Power Plate: The Inside Scoop From a Master Trainer

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, June 17, 2013

Curious about the Power Plate and what benefits it might offer your clients? Master Trainer Derrick Price explains how the Power Plate works and why you might want to consider tapping into the many benefits of whole-body vibration training offered by this unique fitness device.

Playgrounds In, Machines out

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 2, 2013

Has traditional strength-training equipment started disappearing from your gym? In the past year and a half or so, many clubs have started to replace fancy weight machines in favor of creating open space for more functional training. Learn how this new trend may be offer huge benefits to both fitness professionals and their clients.

Less Panic, More Health

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tragic and senseless acts such as the Boston Marathon bombings can leave many people feeling traumatized and stressed, even if they have no personal connections to the incident. If you find your clients are struggling to deal with these recent events, Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can help them utilize wellness tools to cope with the emotional aftermath of this horrific tragedy.

Winter Workout Circuit

By Pete McCall on Monday, February 25, 2013

Are those New Year’s fitness resolutions already a distant memory? Did you get tired of slogging through the cold and ice only to wait in line for a piece of equipment or fight your way into an exercise class? Don’t worry—there is still time to get cranking with a workout program that will banish winter blahs and have you ready to bare those arms once the first flowers start poking their way up from the soil.

Music Tames (or Revs Up) the Savage Exercising Beast

By Mark Kelly on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

When it comes to making a workout more enjoyable, nothing quite matches the power of music. And the science proves it—from increasing intensity and reducing how difficult exercise feels, to enhancing explosiveness and lactate clearance during recovery, music improves nearly every aspect of working out.

Top Trainers Share their Workouts for 2013

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 11, 2013

When it comes to fitness, doing the same workout over and over again is not only boring, it may even lead to burnout. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to avoid this common trap by setting new goals and challenging yourself to new things. Here’s some great inspiration from top trainers on how you can switch things up in your fitness routine in 2013.

5 BOSU® Exercises for Dynamic Balance

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The BOSU® Balance Trainer is an ideal tool for helping your clients develop ideal dynamic balance. Here are five innovative exercises that require the body to work in a coordinated fashion for efficient and effective movement.

Strategies for Training Overweight and Obese Clients (Part 3 - The Energetic Connection)

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The energetic connection is the piece that is often missing when trainers work with overweight clients. Learn how to create a winning environment that will help your clients move out of a cycle of failure, feel more engaged in a size-friendly environment and develop a deep sense of trust with you and their bodies.

How to Physically Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Check out these 5 great tips from Jonathan Ross that will keep your clients engaged and inspired to work out, even when time is tight this holiday season.

Strategies for Training Overweight and Obese Clients (Part 2 - What's In It for Them?)

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Trust. Honesty. Values. These are the building blocks for building a strong and effective relationship between trainers and clients, particularly those who are struggling with the complex issues related to being overweight or obese.

How to Mentally Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, November 8, 2012

We’re fast approaching that time of year when all resolve and willpower seem to go out the window. Learn how to motivate your clients to stay on track by helping them make SMARTER health and fitness goals that give them the greatest chances for success.

Strategies for Training Overweight and Obese Clients (Part 1 - Size Sensitivity)

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

With the dramatic increases in the rates of obesity and overweight, chances are high that you work with clients who are dealing with the unique challenges that come with a larger body size. Learn how to be size sensitive by seeing beyond the fat, anticipating the physical and emotional challenges that often come with being overweight, and designing movement that creates a pleasurable experience.

Can Women Pull Their Own Weight?

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 26, 2012

Are women really at a disadvantage when it comes to muscle development and fat reduction? ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall weighs in on a research study that looked at women’s ability to do pull-ups after following an upper-body strength training program.

How To Get Real Results with Metabolic Conditioning

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 26, 2012

Metabolic conditioning has become a popular buzzword in the industry, but is this type of training really only about gut-busting workouts and pushing your clients to their absolute limits? Not necessarily, according to ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall, who explains how to effectively—and safely—progress you clients’ programs to maximize the benefits they can achieve from metabolic-conditioning workouts.

The Person in the Person-ality

By Michael Mantell on Friday, September 7, 2012

Understanding a client’s unique personality is essential for establishing rapport, and to help our trainers, ACE has created a Fitness Personality Quiz that determines and assess clients’ predominant personality styles. Check out what ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Dr. Michael Mantell has to say about his personal experience while taking the quiz, and how it can serve as a useful tool during your ACE-based assessment.

Rapport: The Secret Ingredient to Career Success

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 24, 2012

Knowing how to connect with your clients in a way that caters to their personal styles can build the foundation for a healthy, lifelong relationship. Learn from ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Dr. Michael Mantell as he discusses the importance of rapport and the role it plays in career success.

Gain Optimal Advantage for Life with Breakthrough Goal Setting

By Michael Mantell on Monday, June 18, 2012

Only about 3% of people set goals for themselves and follow them through to the end. Don’t underestimate the value of goal-setting – for yourself and your clients. Determine what your clients want to achieve, have them write it down and help them take steps to turn it into reality.

Common Sense Ways to Approach Exercise with Runner's Knee

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

With “runner’s knee” accounting for up to a quarter of all running injuries, chances are you’ve either had a client recovering from knee soreness or you will have one soon. Check out some ways you can tailor an exercise regimen to clients overcoming Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) and specific exercises you can do to help them avoid re-injury.

Preparing Your Clients for Summertime Activities

By Pete McCall on Friday, May 25, 2012

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is staying out later, and it’s more pleasant to spend time outdoors enjoying various recreational activities. If you’re like me you may cringe a little bit during this time of year because in my experience when clients start picking up their favorite outdoor activities after a long winter indoors, more often than not they jump right back into their recreational pastime at the same intensity as when they left off in the fall.

How to Choose the Best Kettlebell Training Course for You

By Christopher McGrath on Monday, May 14, 2012

Due to their versatility and effectiveness, kettlebells are becoming more of a staple for trainers working with clients of all abilities. While they’re a great way to incorporate whole-body movement, trainers who’ve never used them before should make sure they know what they’re doing before they whip them into client programs. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you begin incorporating kettlebells into your workouts.

Applying the ACE IFT Model to Popular Workout Trends (Part 2 of 3 — P90X and Crossfit)

By Pete McCall on Friday, March 2, 2012

In part 1, I discussed how the first two faces of the ACE IFT™ model — Stability and Mobility, and Movement — related to yoga. This time, we’ll take a look at P90X and Crossfit, and how the Load and Performance phases of the ACE IFT Model are related to the popular workout trends.

Small Group Training: The Future of the Workout Experience and the Missing Link to Your Personal Training Career's Success

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, February 24, 2012

Small group training has been gaining popularity because it’s an affordable, fun way for clients to take advantage of a trainer’s expertise at a lower financial investment — all while keeping the fun and competitiveness of a group dynamic. How does it differ from one-on-one personal training, and how can you effectively design programs? Find out.

Train Like a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

By Doug Balzarini on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Increase the intensity of your workouts by training like a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Doug Balzarini shows you his top five favorite exercises that he uses when training elite athletes. With upper-body pushing and pulling, lower-body and rotational core movements, these exercises will make you sweat.

Defining Small Group Training and Its Benefits to the Fitness Professional

By Pete McCall on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Trends come and go in our industry, but one recent trend that has some staying power is small group training. If you’re looking for a way to increase your business in the new year, consider adding small group training to your service options. The January rush might be a great time to start a new small group program. Learn more about it.

Defining Excellent Customer Service from Fitness Professionals and Its Value to Clients

By Pete McCall on Friday, December 2, 2011

As personal trainers and group exercise instructors, we are not selling a tangible item that can be replaced if something goes wrong. Instead, we are marketing and selling a service, which author Harry Beckwith defines as, “the delivery of a promise.” Excellent customer service is important for client retention and acquisition. But what exactly is a high level of customer service and how can you deliver it?

Be a Fitness Professional, Not a Trainer

By Michael Mantell on Friday, October 7, 2011

With nearly 40% of adults not exercising sufficiently, and 50% of those who do begin an exercise program discontinuing within the first six months, obtaining and keeping clients can be a major business hurdle for fitness trainers. Become a fitness professional, however, and that hurdle might not be so challenging. Find out what that entails.

Best Clubs for Personal Training…and Why

By Pete McCall on Friday, September 30, 2011

Whenever I go into a studio, independent gym or corporate health club, I pay close attention to details such as the equipment, available space for movement, and organization. What are important considerations fitness facilities should take when creating a space that accomodates customers' individual workouts and personal training sessions? See a list of places that do it well.

Personal Training & Group Fitness – It’s Like Chocolate & Peanut Butter!

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 15, 2011

In the fitness world there are two widely different tastes of a 1-on-1 personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. In many health clubs these two worlds very rarely collide yet they are a magical recipe of success for fitness professionals interested in reaching a new audience of potential clients while simultaneously creating a way to provide additional services to existing ones.

A Valuable Lesson to Learn from Clients: Walking into Unfamiliar Territory

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 1, 2011

When I was training and teaching group fitness fulltime I was a big education junkie and would always be reading the latest industry literature to learn strategies and techniques for helping clients to achieve goals or design fun and challenging classes. Rather than spending down time in the gym where it might be perceived that I was slacking off during work (even though I was only paid while training clients) it made more sense to me to would use a local Starbucks as my office to catch up on wh