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Five Exercises to Help Your Clients Develop Power

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Power is a fundamental component of fitness that is often developed through Olympic weightlifting movements. However, not all clients meet the strength and mobility prerequisites to perform these types of exercises. Here are five exercises for developing power that are well-suited for the general population.

Six Exercises to Target the Gluteus Medius

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The gluteus maximus may get all the attention, but you shouldn’t overlook the gluteus medius. When this muscle is underactive and weak, hip, knee and lower-back function can be compromised. Here are six effective exercises to incorporate into your clients’ programs to help them activate and strengthen this powerful lower-body muscle.

HIIT Programming: When and How to Use Moderate-intensity Exercise as a Modification

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 12, 2018

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a time-efficient way to improve fitness and manage weight. However, when creating high-intensity workouts for your clients, you need to take each individual’s fitness levels into account. Learn how to use a variety of modifications and training methods to make HIIT safe and effective for everyone.

The Power of Walking

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

According to a significant amount of research, one of the best ways to prevent heart disease is simply going for a walk. Learn more about the benefits of this easy and accessible form of exercise, along with tips for making it as enjoyable as possible.

When Is The Best Time of Day to Exercise?

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Operating in sync with your body’s circadian rhythm can help you sustain adequate energy levels and ensure recovery from exercise. However, things like artificial light, easy access to food and high levels of stress make it easy to override your natural circadian rhythm. Here are a handful of hormones and processes to keep in mind when attempting to identify your ideal time of day to exercise.

Stability vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 5, 2018

While cardiovascular exercise is important, doing exercises that can establish optimal mobility and stability relationships in the body is essential for staying injury-free and experiencing long-term success. Here are six things you should know about the stability and mobility relationships in the body, along with a few exercises that can help your clients improve their movement skills while also reducing their risk of experiencing an injury.

How to Build Your Own 30-day Fitness Challenge

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Learn how to build a unique 30-day fitness challenge that can boost your brand, help you attract more clients, and even provide you with a new stream of income.

Shattering Older Adult Exercise Stereotypes

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Do you have an accurate vision of what it’s like to train older adults? Many people harbor stereotypes about working with older populations, but most of these couldn’t be further from the truth. Learn about these common misconceptions and why training this often-underserved and overlooked population could lead to your greatest success.

Your Client and Chronic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, January 22, 2018

Do you work with clients who experience chronic pain? When you consider an individual’s pain experience, a vast matrix of biological, psychological and social ingredients are in play. Learn why viewing chronic pain through a three-dimensional, biopsychosocial perspective can help refine your ability to create positive experiences for your clients.

ACE Mover Must Haves: Physical-activity Trackers

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Much like tailoring your clients’ workouts to suit their fitness goals, selecting the right activity tracker must be individualized and thoughtful. Engaging with an app that provides a tangible, visible reminder of a commitment to increasing physical activity might provide the extra nudge your clients need to stick with exercise.

Why Crawling Fixes Everything

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, January 11, 2018

The fitness and rehab fields have seen a boost in the popularity of infant movement patterns. The crawl pattern, in particular, offers a variety of benefits for nearly every part of the body. Read on to learn how moving like a baby can offer big-time results for adults.

From Fragile to Agile

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Finding the right starting point for exercise using the ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) model is key to helping your older clients improve their fitness levels. Learn how to create programs that help your clients progress properly and transform from fragile to agile by developing strength, mobility and agility for life.

Keeping Cold-weather Physical Activity Safe

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, January 5, 2018

During a typical winter, it is not uncommon to hear about cardiac-related deaths linked to physical exertion—namely snow shoveling. Learn why the combination of cold weather and physical exertion places some people at risk for a cardiac event—especially older, unfit individuals or those with cardiac disease—and how to make exercising in the cold a safer experience.

Functional Circuits for Older Adults

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, December 28, 2017

Circuit training can be a great format for training older clients of all ages and ability levels, as it creates an environment of social interaction, motivation and fun, which is critical to engaging and retaining this population. Learn how to create effective functional circuits that address the wide-ranging needs and fitness levels of your older clients.

4 Exercises to Leave Behind This Year

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

To keep evolving and training clients in the most effective ways, here are four exercises that should be left behind in 2017, along with some much safer and more effective replacements.

8 Fitness Trends for 2018

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 is winding down and it’s almost time to flip the calendar to 2018, which is the perfect opportunity to gaze into the future and try to predict what will happen in the fitness industry over the coming year. Check out these eight trends, which represent opportunities for you to increase your knowledge as a health and fitness professional, and identify potential areas of growth for 2018.

8 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2017

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, December 21, 2017

As we shift into the end of the year, it is the time to review what we’ve accomplished and reflect back on what our industry has achieved in 2017. Let’s take a moment to celebrate our successes, learn from our mistakes and continue to evolve to have an even greater positive impact on countless lives.

5 Dynamic Stretches for Downhill Snow Skiers

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, December 18, 2017

Most skiers loathe the chairlift on a chilly day. The muscles get stiff and the body cools down quickly. Dynamic stretches are an excellent solution for this problem. Help your clients stay warm and reduce their risk of injury by teaching them to practice these stretches before heading out to ski, after the day is done or in the hot tub.

5 Basic Yoga Modifications to Get Clients Affected by Obesity Started

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, December 11, 2017

As a health and fitness pro, you can make yoga easier and more approachable for your clients who inhabit larger bodies. Learn how to introduce clients to yoga in a physically and emotionally safe manner, which can help open a world benefits to those who might not be inclined to try it on their own.

What Are Your Older Adult Training Programs Missing?

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, December 8, 2017

Two of the top three concerns for older adults are losing their functional abilities and cognitive abilities. Fortunately, many of the same exercise strategies and techniques that improve physical function are cognitively stimulating as well. Here are some effective training strategies for helping your clients improve both physical and cognitive functioning.

The BEST Resistance-training Program for Fat Loss

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Almost any resistance-training program will be effective in the short-term for modestly decreasing body fat (assuming proper nutrition is observed). For a program to continually be effective, however, it’s important to understand how to modify the three essential training variables that impact fat loss.

Functional Exercises for Active Aging

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Learn more about functional exercise for active aging with the videos below, presented by the National Senior Games.

5 Moves for a Better Butt

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

To create a better-looking backside, you must lift a challenging level of resistance while monitoring your energy balance—calories in vs. calories out. Here are five exercises that are super-effective for sculpting a butt that is strong, functional and toned.

Halloween Workout: EMOM

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It’s time for ACE’s annual Halloween-themed workout! Learn how to create a fun and unique workout using an “every minute on the minute” (EMOM) format of organizing sets combined with exercises that you select from a “goodie” bowl. This “grab bowl” format is sure to help you and your clients burn off any excess calories that may cross your paths this Halloween.

Time to Reconsider Muscle Confusion

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, October 23, 2017

It is widely accepted that combined training adversely impacts strength, but not endurance. Learn research-proven approaches to programming to overcome muscle confusion and achieve strength gains, while not forgetting about cardiovascular and flexibility training.

Addressing Stubborn Back Pain: 5 Exercises that Address the Deep Anatomy

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Approximately 80% of the U.S. population complains of back pain at some point in their lives. As sedentary behavior continues to pervade our lives and jobs, we can expect that number to continue to rise and for back pain to be even more difficult to abate.

Exercise Programming Considerations for Clients Who Have Been Successfully Treated for Breast Cancer

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, October 9, 2017

Working with breast cancer survivors can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your career as a health and fitness professional. To provide your clients with safe and effective cancer-recovery programs, however, it is critical that you seek out proper training regarding both the acute and chronic side effects of cancer surgery and treatment.

Stop Loading and Start Exploding: Power Training for Powerful Aging

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Did you know that muscle power is an important factor for aging well? If you are interested in implementing more power training into the programs of your older clients, here are some important guiding principles to consider, along with some fun and effective exercises that are appropriate for this population.

Exercise for Optimal Brain Function

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, September 22, 2017

The same strategies that contribute to a healthy heart—eating well, staying physically active, keeping stress levels low, maintaining a healthy weight—can also contribute to a healthy brain. Learn about additional steps you can help your clients take, such as adding complex and novel movement patterns, to enhance brain health and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

10-minute Upper-body Workout: Total Arm Burnout

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, September 21, 2017

If you’re like most people, you are busier than ever, with little time to yourself. But here’s some good news: You can increase your arm strength and endurance in as little as 10 minutes with this super-effective AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout.

10 Yoga Poses to Alleviate Low Back Pain

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

If you want to keep your body moving fluidly throughout your life, having a strong, healthy back is a must. Stretching and strengthening your back can provide a greater range of movement and prevent injury, pain and even costly trips to the chiropractor and doctor. Practicing these 10 yoga poses on a regular basis can be a gentle yet powerful way to both strengthen and increase flexibility in the back.

Plyo Play

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When something is fun, we usually want to do it more often. Play is inherently pleasurable. Plyometric exercises are inherently intense. Learn how to combine the two for an intense, yet enjoyable work

Cardio Exercises for Active Agers

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Working with older adult clients can be hugely rewarding, particularly because regular physical activity can play a crucial role in helping them maintain their independence and perform activities of daily living. Learn about some of the special considerations you need to keep in mind when designing cardio training programs for older adults.

Assessing Functional Fitness in Mature Adults

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Improving physical function should be one of your primary objectives when working with your older clients. Because older adults vary widely in their physical abilities, conducting some initial functional assessments is necessary for you to be able to design the most effective programs for each client. Here are three assessments you can use to determine the types of training that you will want to include in each older client’s program.

How to Improve Mobility in the Hips and Shoulders

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, September 1, 2017

The hips and shoulders provide the most potential mobility in all three planes of movement and they form the point of connection between the extremities and the torso. As a result, successful movement is only possible with sufficient mobility in these two joints. This article highlights two very common problems for each joint and presents a few exercises to work on a solution for each.

Exercise Swaps: Do This, Not That!

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, August 31, 2017

If you find that you’ve been doing the same exercises for a while and are stuck on the proverbial plateau, here are five exercise swaps you can use to enhance your workouts.

One Weight Workout: Dumbbell

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

This installment of the One Weight Workout series focuses on the dumbbell. Learn how to create a dumbbell circuit that will improve both total-body muscular strength and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Training for Shift Work: When is the Best Time to Work Out?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 21, 2017

Do you have clients who do shift work? If so, they may need help figuring out the best times to exercise. ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains how identifying a client’s chronotype and reaction to exercise can help determine the client’s most beneficial time for working out.

One Weight Workout - Kettlebell

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, August 17, 2017

This installment of the One Weight Workout series focuses on the kettlebell. Learn how to use a technique called EMOM—Every Minute on the Minute—to build strength, maximize your workout time and help push past plateaus.

5 Exercises to Train Balance in Motion

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

We don’t often fully notice balance until we lose it. But like any other fitness characteristic like speed, power or strength, it can be developed and enhanced. Check out these five fun and effective exercises for training balance while in motion.

4 Crunch Variations That Hit the Core

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, August 10, 2017

Abdominals are always a popular workout topic, so it’s a perfect time to revisit crunches with some tweaks to make them more beneficial for your core than they used to be. Here are four variations for you.

5 Exercises for Stronger Legs

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, July 31, 2017

While there are hundreds of great lower-body strength-training options, these five movements are particularly effective for developing optimal leg strength for any sport or life activities your clients may pursue.

One Weight Workout - Cable Machine

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, July 28, 2017

This installment of the One Weight Workout series focuses on the highly versatile cable machine. Learn how to incorporate several total-body exercises that will help you increase strength, burn calories and reduce your risk of an overuse injury.

Four Pilates Moves for Lean Legs

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, July 28, 2017

You know Pilates is great for improving posture and strengthening the core, but did you know a regular Pilates practice can help strengthen your entire body? Check out these four Pilates-based moves for strengthening the legs, which can be done just about anywhere and require little to know equipment.

5 TRX Exercises to Improve Balance

By Matt Gossman on Friday, July 21, 2017

Research confirms that both static and dynamic balance play a critical role in keeping us active and injury-free. Here are five TRX exercises you can use in your group fitness classes or with personal-training clients to help improve balance.

3 Exercises Good Trainers Always Avoid

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

As we evolve in the industry and become more knowledgeable about current scientific studies and theories, we need to constantly be re-evaluating the exercises we have our clients perform. Here are three common exercises that are outdated and should be removed from your programs. The good news is that there are more effective ways to do them.

Hike Like You Mean It!: Take Your Hiking Workouts to the Next Level

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, July 10, 2017

Hiking a long distance requires stability, mobility, endurance and strength—and that’s just on the way up! If your clients are interested in hiking, here are three essential components to include in their workouts, along with workout guidelines and recommended exercises for improving hiking conditioning.

The DIY SUP Fitness Workout

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Soak up some sun and try out this total-body workout, which combines the research-supported benefits of standup paddleboarding (SUP) with a few easy-to-follow bodyweight exercises.

Five Programming Tips for Faster Results

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New research suggests that the key to faster results is to align your workouts with your body’s natural rhythms. Here are five easy tips to personalize your clients’ workouts and get faster results.

How to Create an Effective Workout Schedule for Your Clients

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Finding the training times that work best for your clients is key to keeping their motivation going and their adherence levels high. Here is a sample workout schedule that can work for many clients, along with some tips for avoiding injury and getting the most benefit from their workouts.

5 Core Exercises to Improve Balance

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Core stability is essential to both static and dynamic balance. Unfortunately, many traditional core-training exercises, such as crunches and leg raises, do little to improve stability. Here are six effective core exercises to you use with your clients to help them boost balance and improve health, fitness and athletic performance.

Recruit the Glutes: 6 Exercises to Improve Mobility and Strength

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Strong glutes produce mobile hips, a stable core, and a decreased risk of knee and back pain. Add these six exercises into your classes and programs and your participants are sure to experience significant increases in strength and mobility.

Fast and Efficient Upper-body Training

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, June 16, 2017

With everyone so short on time, creating efficient workouts while still helping clients achieve results is hugely important. Here is a fast and efficient upper-body program that targets opposing muscle groups and, thus, helps to maximize your clients’ workout time.

8 Things to Know About Aerobic Capacity (And How to Improve It)

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, June 15, 2017

Regardless of what your clients’ fitness goals may be, improving aerobic capacity can help move them closer to reaching them. Learn why aerobic capacity is so essential, and eight things to consider when structuring your clients’ programs to maximize the benefits of enhanced aerobic capacity.

How to Add Variety to Your HIIT Workouts

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

There’s no question that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are effective, but they can also be really challenging. Creating formats that have a variety of work and rest ratios is key to keeping clients engaged in the experience. Here are some ideas for how you can structure HIIT workouts for your clients.

Tips for Training Clients Impacted by Obesity

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, June 12, 2017

Training clients impacted by obesity can be tremendously rewarding. Learn about the specific physical considerations you must take into account to develop realistic, customized and sensitive exercise programs that will set your clients up for long-term success.

The Benefits of Machine-based Circuit Training

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lack of time and not knowing what type of exercise they should be doing are two of the most frequently cited reasons for why many people don’t exercise. As health and fitness professionals, it’s our job to help our clients overcome these roadblocks to exercising consistently. Learn why circuit training with selectorized resistance-training machines, which is incredibly time-efficient and can be easy to follow, can be a great solution to both of these common concerns.

Seated Workouts for Beginners: 5 Tips for Starting Exercise from Scratch

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Seated workouts are a great option for clients who have mobility issues, such as the elderly or those with obesity. Here are five considerations for using seated workouts with your clients, and some starting exercises that could help pave the way for standing workouts in the future.

Small Changes to Traditional Exercises Can Yield Big Benefits

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Making even slight changes to traditional exercises can dramatically alter the functionality and effectiveness of the movements, which can help prevent injury and enhance performance. Here are four common exercises that, by making a slight movement change, you can change the primary muscles being strengthened.

Total-body Circuit Featuring the Plyometric Box

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, May 29, 2017

The plyobox offers endless possibilities for varying your workouts while building explosive power and strength. This total-body plyobox workout, which puts the versatility of the plyobox on display, is a great option for those days when time is limited.

4 Exercises for Stronger Arms

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you have clients who want to strengthen their arms—not just for looks, but for enhanced function—you need to include exercises that engage the rotator cuff, shoulders, core and even the lower body. Here are four exercises (and their variations) that are fun and challenging versions of conventional upper-body exercises that will help develop functional arm strength.

5 Things to Know About METs

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Have you ever seen the term MET on a piece of exercise equipment and wondered what it meant? MET stands for metabolic equivalent, which is one way that exercise physiologists estimate how many calories are burned during physical activity. Having a basic understanding of METs and how to use them can help you determine the best physical activities to help your clients achieve their health and fitness goals.

Top 10 Mistakes People Make in the Gym

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

With so many obligations competing for your time and attention, it’s essential that you maximize your workout time at the gym. Avoid these10 common mistakes people make at the gym so you can get in, get it done and get on with your life.

Top Strategies for Optimal Recovery Between Workouts

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, May 15, 2017

If you’re interested in how you can maximize the benefits from your workouts, take a look at what you do after you exercise to help achieve optimal results. Following these top strategies can help you increase the effectiveness of the post-workout recovery period.

The Pilates Ball Core-strengthening Workout

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Pilates ball is an effective training tool because it promotes core stabilization by adding resistance, which forces exercisers to activate their pelvic floor muscles. These eight Pilates ball exercises, which can be added into an existing routine or performed together in a single workout, are a great way to challenge the deep layers of your core.

5 Chair Exercises for Older Adults

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Exercise can help (and even alleviate) some of the health issues faced by older adults, but many people are simply unable to perform traditional workouts. Chair workouts can be a highly effective alternative, allowing individuals to train for strength, flexibility and balance. Here are a few sample exercises for each of these components of fitness that you can use with your clients.

How to Train a Client with Chronic Injuries

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 4, 2017

When it comes to working with clients who have had a previous injury and/or suffer from continuous complications from an unhealed or recurring injury, there are considerations to keep in mind while staying within your scope of practice. Here are recommendations for some of the most common injuries you may encounter, including bursitis, fractures, torn muscles or ligaments, connective tissue concerns, overuse injuries, sciatica and shin splints.

5 Ab Exercises: No Crunches, No Equipment!

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, May 1, 2017

When designing abdominal sequences for your clients, it is important to consider all segments of the abdominals and how they move or stabilize the spine. Here are five exercises that target all of the abdominal muscles by flexing, rotating, stabilizing and laterally flexing the spine.

How to Create Effective Treadmill Intervals

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Applying a high-intensity interval-training (HIIT) format to treadmill workouts is a great way to improve overall fitness and, according to research, dramatically improve running times. If you’re interested in coaching treadmill classes or incorporating treadmill intervals into your clients’ workouts, use these guidelines to help unleash your creativity.

7 Drills to Enhance Agility

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Agility training isn’t just for athletes—it’s important for anyone who wants to move quickly and easily, and to improve their reflexes, focus, balance, coordination and/or neuromuscular awareness. These seven agility drills are an effective and fun way to add some intensity to your clients’ workouts.

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Stretching

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flexibility training is an essential, yet often overlooked health-related component of fitness, offering numerous health benefits when performed regularly. Here are 10 reasons why you should be stretching on a regular basis.

How to Work with Clients Who Have Chronic Conditions

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, April 17, 2017

As a health and fitness professional, working with clients who experience one or more chronic disease conditions presents unique and serious challenges. This article discusses the basic principles and considerations associated with the following chronic disease types: cancer, diabetes, disabilities, hypothyroidism, asthma, COPD, arthritis and osteoporosis.

5 Cognitive Awareness Drills for Training Athletes

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Neuromuscular training is crucial to helping increase awareness and decision-making on the field or court. Here are five great cognitive awareness drills that will help enhance your athletes’ performance during competition.

5 Yoga Poses Every Athlete Should Be Doing

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Yoga is great for improving flexibility, but it also builds a strong and calm mind. For these reasons, it’s no surprise that athletes are increasingly turning to yoga to round out their training. Here are five poses for any athlete who wants to improve flexibility, core strength and mental focus.

Creative Ways to Organize Sets

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

There is a major difference between designing a workout program that can actually produce results versus one that simply feels challenging. Just because a workout feels challenging doesn’t mean that it will create the mechanical or metabolic overhead necessary to produce desired results. ACE Pro Pete McCall describes several different ways to organize the sets of a program, along with the outcomes each method can be expected to produce.

Back to the Basics: How to Create Innovative Fitness Programs

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wondering how to keep your clients’ routines effective and fresh? Sometimes the best challenges are not created from the latest trend, but from the knowledge that lies within. Learn how to use your knowledge of human movement and anatomy to creatively design programs that your clients will love.

Spring Has Sprung: Why Adults Should Be Working Out on Trampolines

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 31, 2017

Mini-trampolines have been around for years, but new programming and improved equipment have given the rebounding exercise trend new life in recent years. Now, new research from the American Council on Exercise suggests that exercising on a trampoline is both fun and effective. Here are three reasons you should consider jumping on the rebounding bandwagon.

5 Essential Rotator Cuff Exercises

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Walk into a gym and you’re likely to see people doing rotator cuff exercises incorrectly. Given the importance of this quartet of stabilizers and decelerators, however, it is essential that they receive adequate and appropriate training to ensure effective and efficient movement. Here are five exercises to use with your clients that will effectively—and safely—train this essential muscle group.

High-intensity Interval Training: Why it Works

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 27, 2017

High-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves repeated bouts of high-intensity effort interspersed with recovery times, has become hugely popular in recent years. Here’s what the research says about why HIIT is such an effective workout.

Two Dumbbells: Help Your Clients Achieve Their Goals With Minimal Equipment

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 24, 2017

Most of our clients want to know what types of workouts they should be doing on the days they’re not training with us or taking classes. With this efficient dumbbell and mat workout, your clients can get an incredible workout just about anywhere.

8 Butt-toning Moves

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, having shapely glutes isn’t all about appearance or vanity. Having a strong rear-end not only helps improve posture and athletic performance, and reduce knee and back pain, it can significantly enhance injury prevention as well. Here’s what you need to know about strengthening this essential group, along with eight super-effective exercises that will both strengthen and tone the glutes.

5 Essential Body-weight Exercises to Ward off Low Back Pain

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Low-back pain is a common and debilitating condition. With a proper routine, however, you can strengthen your core and gluteal muscles and reduce your injury risk. Try this effective and efficient core-strengthening workout, which can be performed with nothing but your body weight—at home, in the gym or at the office.

6 Muscle-building TRX Suspension Training Exercises for Increasing Muscle Mass

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Does the TRX Suspension Trainer provide a great enough load to actually build muscle? Yes, according to a growing body of research. Read about the muscle-building benefits of TRX workouts and learn six super-effective exercises to incorporate into your clients’ programs.

Can Yoga Help with Aging Joints?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 6, 2017

Yoga is a great way to alleviate the stiffness and pain associated with joint aging and arthritis. Here are three poses you can offer your clients to help ease the joint pain that often comes with aging.

Exercise Easy for Big Gains

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 3, 2017

The highest performers in the world know that to ensure safety, efficiency and continued effectiveness of a training program, the “yin” of high-intensity training needs to be paired with the “yang” of rest, recovery and “easy” training. Learn how to balance various intensities to maximize performance gains and minimize injury risk, as well as eight ways for integrating strategic “easy” exercise into your clients’ programs.

Returning to Exercise? Here's a Workout to Help You Get Back on Track

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, March 2, 2017

If you are new to exercise or you’ve been on an extended break, getting back on track can be a challenge. If you go too hard at first, you may experience deep muscle soreness or an injury that causes you to abandon your efforts after just a few days. Here’s a workout that will help you avoid these pitfalls and put you back on the road to better health and fitness.

8 Hip-strengthening Exercises Using the Versa Loop

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chronic sitting produces a weaker posterior chain, a lack of range of motion, stiff muscles and compensation by using the joints above and below during movement. The following routine, which features the Versa Loop and includes exercises that focus on one or more areas of the hip, can be used for corrective exercise or as part of a client’s regular routine.

Lower-body Exercises for Dynamic Balance

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dynamic balance is defined as the ability to move the body outside of its base of support or the act of maintaining postural control while moving, and should be a consistent part of exercise programming. Try adding the following variations of dynamic balance exercises to your clients’ programs.

Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stuck on a plateau and hoping to get off? Jonathan Ross explains why plateaus shouldn’t be viewed as negative. Rather, they’re an opportunity to stop, rest and take stock of where you’re going and what new steps you need to take to get there, and to celebrate the progress you’ve already made.

Heart Opening Yoga Sequence

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yoga is so much more than a physical practice; it is also a way to bring strength, balance and resilience to the emotional and spiritual parts of ourselves. One of the reasons why yoga makes us feel so amazing is that it gets the energy flowing through our bodies. And with a little know-how, we can choose poses that activate different energy centers (or chakras) in the body. Since it’s February, we thought it would be a perfect time to focus on opening the heart chakra, or anahata.

Tips for Couples Training Together

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, February 10, 2017

Exercising together as a couple can seem like a great idea—until one tries to push the other to exercise harder or you each want to do different activities. Here we examine some benefits to partner workouts, warning signs that your workouts may not be helpful to the relationship, and options for making exercise fun and healthy for both you and your significant other.

5 Full-body BOSU Exercises Favorited By Master Trainers

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, February 3, 2017

Five of the country’s leading master trainers share their favorite full-body, go-to moves using the BOSU Balance Trainer.

5 Creative Body-weight Exercises

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

There are endless options for body-weight exercises—squats, lunges and planks, to name just a few. But when people have too many familiar options, they often end up doing nothing because it’s just not appealing enough. Here are five novel body-weight exercises to offer your clients for those times when they need a fun and effective equipment-free workout.

How to Maximize Efficiency of Workout Time

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, January 20, 2017

Delivering time-efficient, highly effective fitness programs is essential to creating a successful career as a personal trainer or health coach. Here is a creative system for helping you get the most of the time your clients spend in their workouts, and it starts with one simple rule: Always do something with all of your workout time.

7 Exercises for the Bride to Be

By Webmaster on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

If you count brides among your clients, you know that they are amongst your most motivated exercisers! It is your job to help her achieve her physical goals so her big day will match the vision in her dreams. Mix it up and make it fun for the beautiful bride with these basic exercises, each of which has a hidden agenda.

Cardio Before or After Lifting?

By Webmaster on Friday, January 6, 2017

Which should you do first in a single workout, cardio or strength training? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question that accurately applies to everyone. Instead, ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains how to best answer this question based on your individual needs and goals.

7 Exercises for the Bride to Be

By Webmaster on Friday, January 6, 2017

If you count brides among your clients, you know that they are amongst your most motivated exercisers! It is your job to help her achieve her physical goals so her big day will match the vision in her dreams. Mix it up and make it fun for the beautiful bride with these basic exercises, each of which has a hidden agenda.

One Weight Workout Series: The Barbell

By Webmaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

To help you and your clients save time and maximize the efficiency of their workouts, we present the One Weight Workout series, with each workout featuring a single piece of equipment. This installment focuses on the barbell, which can be used for a variety of exercises to increase muscular strength while also boosting caloric burn.

Embrace the Cold: How to Get in a Workout in Below-freezing Temperatures

By Webmaster on Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cold weather keeping you indoors? Check out these great tips for moving your workouts outdoors during the cold winter months—not only will you enjoy all the great benefits of exercise, but the added bonus of getting outside in the fresh air.

Santa Workout

By Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2016

Don’t let the cold weather or seasonal demands derail you from your hard efforts the rest of the year. If you don’t want to be mistaken for jolly old Saint Nick, this no-equipment necessary workout program can help you maintain your fitness and body weight, even if you don’t have time to make it to the gym.

6 Calorie-blasting Partner Exercises

By Webmaster on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Partner exercises are a great way to add fun and interest to traditional exercises, while also creating a more stimulating environment. Check out these great partner exercises, which can be used in both your individual and group-training programs.

4-Week Progression Workout

By Webmaster on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Compound exercises such as the Romanian deadlift and the Turkish get-up are super efficient for producing strength gains. Learn how to combine some of the most effective compound exercises (all of which were recently featured in ACE ProSource), in a workout program that is sure to produce incredible results.

Total Body Medicine Ball Workout

By Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On those days when you make it to the gym only to find that all of your favorite equipment is being used, you can take comfort in knowing that you can still get a great workout with this medicine ball circuit.

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.

Is Fitness Technology Good for Kids?

By Kari Luu on Thursday, May 26, 2016

ACE technology expert Ted Vickey examines the use of activity trackers and other fitness wearables by children and offers advice to parents and health and fitness professionals on how to most effectively utilize these health and fitness technologies.

10 Testosterone-Boosting Workouts

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, May 20, 2016

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid responsible for promoting the repair and growth of muscle proteins. Currently, there are a lot of half-truths out there regarding low testosterone levels among men and how to raise them. To help clarify some of the misinformation being propagated, here is what you need to know about low-T and what you can do about it in the gym.

6 Standing Core Stabilizer Exercises

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Many standing strength, balance and cardiovascular exercises also enhance core strength and stability, while also allowing the body to move in various planes of motion. Here are six standing core stabilizer exercises that can be used in a variety of personal training and group exercise programs to effectively challenge both the core and the entire body.

Improve Spine Health With These Core-strengthening Moves

By Matt Gossman on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Developing core strength involves incorporating a variety of different exercises that target different areas of the core. While there are numerous ways to strengthen the core, it is essential to keep it simple. These six key core-strengthening exercises, which require no equipment and can be performed at home, provide a good basic routine for just about anyone.

Team-building Exercises for Boot-camp Classes

By Matt Gossman on Monday, May 2, 2016

Boot-camp classes present a great opportunity to facilitate a sense of camaraderie among your participants. Through team-building activities, participants focus on problem-solving, developing relationships and honoring everyone’s unique qualities and perspectives, all while working toward a common goal or completing a task. Here are four team-building activities you can use to help unite any group to exercise and work together.

Pilates Morning Wake-up: A Triplanar Routine to Awaken the Spine

By Matt Gossman on Monday, April 25, 2016

Warming up the spine before getting out of bed can help clients go about their activities of daily living in a more productive, less painful way. The following routine, which is appropriate for clients who have no contraindications or special issues like osteoporosis, provides a sound biomechanical start to the day.

Three Exercises Health and Fitness Pros Can Teach Better

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, April 21, 2016

The human body is an amazing machine, and when it works the way it is supposed to, that machine gets really strong, mobile and lean. Take a break from counting reps and setting timers and re-focus on coaching clients to mastery on three simple, “familiar” moves: the push-up, squat and basic breathing.

Effective Exercises to Target the Glutes

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Strong glutes are vital for both life and sport. Unfortunately, dysfunctions elsewhere in the body can create problems in the glutes and hips. The following exercises are designed to help offset dysfunction in the glutes by increasing lateral and pelvic stability and eccentric control, and generating power through extension.

New Approaches to Boot Camps

By Matt Gossman on Monday, April 11, 2016

Boot camps are now at an all-time high in popularity, which isn’t surprising given how fun and effective these classes can be. If you’re thinking about starting a boot-camp class, or if you feel your boot-camp classes could use a little inspiration, here are some great tips from some of the best in the business.

Recover Faster and More Effectively With These Foam Roller Moves

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, April 7, 2016

You don’t get better when you work out; you get better by recovering from a workout, and foam rolling is a highly effective way to hydrate your muscles and help them recover and rebuild. ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains why foam rolling is so effective and presents five movements that will increase blood flow and relieve those tender spots.

A Basic High-intensity Interval Training Routine for Beginning Exercisers

By Matt Gossman on Monday, March 28, 2016

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) continues to be extremely popular, but many programs are too challenging for beginning exercisers. The key to designing HIIT programs for beginning clients is to start simple and gradually progress to more complex movement patterns. Here is a sample workout and some basic guidelines for creating safe and effective HIIT programs for your new participants and clients.

5 Variations of the Body-weight Squat

By Matt Gossman on Friday, March 18, 2016

Many people consider the squat to be the king of all exercise moves, because it effectively works so many muscles of the body. Plus, there are numerous variations of the basic squat, which you can use with your clients to recruit different muscles and help stave off boredom. In addition to the basic body-weight squat, here are five squat variations to add to your exercise arsenal.

Explosive Plyometric Workout

By Matt Gossman on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Plyometrics are explosive exercises that increase speed, quickness and power. Most exercises include “jumping,” in which the muscles exert maximal effort and force in short bouts or intervals of time. These advanced plyometrics exercises offer three levels of difficulty, which can be incorporated, as appropriate, into a client’s training program.

Post-run Yoga Routine

By Matt Gossman on Monday, March 7, 2016

Yoga is a great way to counterbalance the areas most fatigued or tightened by running—the hips, hamstrings and calves—and helps your body recover from your efforts. This yoga sequence hits all those areas and includes some essential core work as well.

How to Create a Movement Training Matrix

By Matt Gossman on Monday, February 29, 2016

Knowing how to create a movement-training matrix can help you design effective programs that will help your clients perform successful movement patterns in all three planes of motion. Learn how to take a single exercise and alter it to initiate movement in all three planes, and how to use a matrix to program and coach multiplanar movement patterns.

7 Squat Variations That Will Strengthen Your Lower Body

By Elizabeth Andrews on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Squatting is a foundational movement that most of us perform every day without even thinking about it. And yet this exercise can be a challenge for some people. Learn how to help your clients master the basic body-weight squat before progressing to more challenging moves that will strengthen the muscles of the lower body and improve their ability to perform this foundational movement.

7 Benefits of Heavy Resistance Training

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, June 4, 2015

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.

Improve Your Strength and Performance With This 5 x 5 Workout

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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.

Passive Vs. Active Recovery: Which is More Effective?

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, June 1, 2015

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.

How to Coach the Vegetarian and Vegan Client

By Elizabeth Kovar on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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.

How to Improve Lower-body Mobility and Stability

By Jacqueline Crockford on Friday, May 22, 2015

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.

8 Balance Moves for Active Agers

By Lawrence Biscontini on Friday, May 15, 2015

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.

Boost Your Metabolism With This HIIT Circuit

By Sabrena Jo on Friday, May 15, 2015

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.

6 Creative Drills for Building Strong Glutes

By Elizabeth Andrews on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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.

10 Things to Know About Muscle Fibers

By Pete McCall on Thursday, May 7, 2015

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.

5 Reasons Movement Preparation Is an Effective Warm-Up Strategy

By Pete McCall on Monday, May 4, 2015

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.

Total-Body Battle Ropes Workout

By Jonathan Ross on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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.

5 Exercises Trainers Should Never Do

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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.

Advanced Kettlebell Workout for Increased Strength and Conditioning

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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.

5 Plank Variations That Will Challenge Your Core

By Stephanie Thielen on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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.

Back to Basics Strength-training Workout

By Pete McCall on Monday, April 13, 2015

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.

Complex Training: Strength and Conditioning Workout for Athletes

By Pete McCall on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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.

Train This, Not That: The Leg Edition

By Shana Verstegen on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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.

Why You Should Tell Your Clients to Walk More

By Michele Stanten on Friday, March 20, 2015

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.

Why We Still Need Cardio Training: A More Effective Approach

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, March 9, 2015

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.

6 Exercise Swaps That Will Kick up the Intensity of Your Workout

By Stephanie Thielen on Thursday, March 5, 2015

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.

5 Alternative Exercises to the Side Plank

By Elizabeth Andrews on Monday, March 2, 2015

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.

Exercise Progressions for Clients Who Are Overweight or Are Affected by Obesity

By Elizabeth Kovar on Monday, February 23, 2015

While there is no single right way to train clients who are overweight or have obesity, using regressions can be an effective method to employ. Functional resistance training and training for daily activities is an ideal method to ensure clients connect their exercise gains with life movements. The key is to utilize “precursor” exercises, like the ones presented here, which benefit coordination, stability, mobility and motor control.

5 Compound Exercises You Should Add to Your Workout

By Elizabeth Andrews on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Some of the simplest exercises are often the most valuable. Compound exercises, for example, address many actions at once, making them both efficient and effective. Here are five of the best compound exercises to add to your workout.

3 TRX Flows That Will Increase Your Flexibility, Strength and Mobility

By Elizabeth Andrews on Thursday, February 5, 2015

Flow is a concept commonly associated with yoga, but have you ever tried sequencing strength, balance and flexibility moves all together, without any breaks or pauses? Check out this innovative flow routine created by ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews that features the TRX Suspension Trainer.

An Active Aging Workout for (Almost) Everyone

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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. 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.

Train This, Not That: The Upper-body Edition

By Shana Verstegen on Monday, February 2, 2015

Not all exercises are created equal. Sure, there are many exercises that are effective, but they can pose a greater risk of injury for some people, especially those who don’t have the mobility or strength to safely complete them. Here are five exercises to consider avoiding—and some safer options for building strength safely and effectively.

ACE's Top 10 Workouts from 2014

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, January 5, 2015

Need some new workout ideas? Look no further. Here are ACE’s most popular workout posts from 2014.

Amp Up Your Workout with These Metabolic Drills

By Elizabeth Andrews on Thursday, December 18, 2014

With so many opportunities to overindulge during the holidays, it might be a good idea to amp up your workouts a bit to help compensate for all those extra calories. These metabolic drills take traditional exercises like shuttle runs and squat jumps and up the intensity and challenge.

Complete Core BOSU® Workout

By Shannon Fable on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BOSU® Balance Trainers are a standard piece of equipment in most gyms, and their versatility allows for their inclusion in multiple workouts and exercises. These five exercises take advantage of the instability of the balance trainer, requiring you to actively engage multiple muscles and providing an effective core workout.

Top Exercises to Gain Thoracic Mobility

By Elizabeth Kovar on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The thoracic spine—that space above the lumbar spine and below the cervical spine—is meant to be mobile. When we lack mobility in this region, pain and discomfort are often the result. This series of six exercises, which can be used in both group and personal training settings, are designed to improve movement and enhance motor control in the thoracic spine.

The Do's and Don'ts of Flexibility Training

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do you skimp on your flexibility training? You’re not alone, as flexibility training continues to be one of the most overlooked aspects of most people’s fitness programs. While there is much debate regarding the impact of stretching on sports performance, particularly running, current research suggests there are some crucial do’s and don’t when it comes to this essential component of a well-rounded workout routine.

4 Drills That Will Improve Your Agility

By Sabrena Jo on Monday, December 1, 2014

While it’s easy to understand why athletes would spend time working on speed and agility, is this type of training important for non-athletes as well? The answer is yes, and it stems from the need to perform daily functions with ease and confidence. These drills, developed by ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill, will help your clients develop better balance, coordination and quickness, and bring a sense of fun and playfulness to their workouts.

Benefits of Exercising before a Big Meal

By U Rock Girl! on Monday, November 24, 2014

The holiday season can present a gauntlet of temptations and challenges for clients trying to stick to their healthy lifestyle goals. Fortunately, exercising before a big holiday meal offers the body numerous benefits. Learn how to advise your clients to choose the right kind of exercise to make it easier to control hunger during holiday meals.

20-Minute At-home Bodyweight Circuit

By Chris Freytag on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wondering how you can help your clients stay active during the always-hectic holidays? Share this workout with your clients before the holiday season to help them burn off those extra calories while getting a total-body challenge. This 20-minute, at-home body-weight circuit is just what they need to stay motivated and continue making progress toward their health and fitness goals.

Top Exercises for Strong Glutes and a Pain-free Back

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, November 13, 2014

Strong and well-developed glutes not only look great, but can help protect the lower back from injury during daily activities and sports. Biomechanics expert Justin Price demonstrates several eccentric strengthening exercises that can help develop great-looking glutes and a pain-free lower back.

Military Boot Camp-inspired Plank Workout

By Valetta Stewart on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We are so grateful to the brave men and women who serve at home and around the world, who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy. Not only are we grateful for your service, we are inspired by your commitment to fitness. The following military-inspired plank workout was created by ACE Salute You Scholarship recipient, Valetta SuRae, an Army veteran and ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

How to Create a Diabetes Intervention and Prevention Exercise Program

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, November 6, 2014

More than 29 million Americans have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, which means at some point in your career you will likely work with clients who suffer from this chronic disease. In recognition of National Diabetes Month, we spoke with ACE pro Jacqueline Sinke, who shares detailed information about her Diabetes Intervention and Prevention (DIP) Exercise Program, and explains how you can create effective exercise programs for your clients with diabetes.

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.

10 Pilates Moves to Alleviate Back Pain

By Andrea Metcalf on Monday, October 20, 2014

Many people have found relief from chronic back pain by regular performing Pilates exercises. Here are 10 moves that, when practiced regularly, can help improve posture and strengthen the support structures that take pressure off the lower back.

How to Build Explosive Power in Clients of Every Age

By Elizabeth Andrews on Thursday, October 16, 2014

ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews explains the importance of building and maintaining power—at every age—and offers a challenging workout focusing on explosive power using the TRX Rip Trainer, TRX Suspension Trainer and Ultimate Sandbags.

Yoga-inspired BOSU Workout for Tight Hips

By Elizabeth Kovar on Monday, October 6, 2014

Chronically tight hips not only can make certain yoga poses difficult to perform, they can also be the cause of major discomfort, particularly in the lower back and legs. This BOSU workout is designed to make hip-opening yoga postures easier to perform, while also reducing tightness in the hips.

The Importance of Strength Training as You Age

By Elizabeth Andrews on Sunday, October 5, 2014

There are so many positives that come from strength training, especially as we age. ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews describes some of the benefits she has personally experienced from strength training, and shares the success she has enjoyed for more than three decades.

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.

Improve Your Strength and Mobility With These TRX Moves

By Elizabeth Andrews on Friday, September 26, 2014

There’s no question that mobility is essential to being able to move and perform well, whether in sports or in life. But it can be a challenge to stay focused on doing basic mobility exercises, so ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews created these strength and mobility exercises using the TRX Suspension Trainer. These fun and creative exercises also challenge strength and stability in all planes of motion, so you can get more done in less time.

How to Create an Effective Circuit Workout

By Jacqueline Crockford on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Circuit training is a great way to get a fast and effective workout, but the endless variations and combinations of exercises can make it difficult to know what type of circuit is right for you and your clients. Here are a few tips for setting up the best circuit to match specific fitness goals.

Top 10 Reasons Women Should Hit the Weights

By Shana Verstegen on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Still need a reason to start strength training? We’ve got 10 for you, from greater independence to better moods. Learn why strength training offers women a wide range of benefits that you’d be hard pressed to achieve any other way.

6 Lower-body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Squats are an excellent way to increase lower-body strength and appearance, but can be a difficult exercise to learn how to do correctly. If you are interested in strengthening your hips and developing an appealing backside, but want to reduce your risk of injury, try these six exercises that can help you achieve the results you want.

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.

7 Things to Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)

By Pete McCall on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just like a car’s engine takes a while too cool off after a long trip, your metabolism can continue to burn more calories after a high-intensity workout then when at complete rest. This physiological effect is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains seven things you should know about EPOC and how it can help you and your clients achieve optimal levels of calorie burning from your workouts.

Improve Your Stability and Mobility with These Functional Exercises

By Jacqueline Crockford on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Functional fitness isn’t just a fitness concept, it’s an essential component of living a healthy, active life. It’s also the newest addition to the ACE Integrated Fitness TrainingTM (ACE IFTTM) Model. Here are some great functional exercises you can add to your clients’ current workout routines as part of a dynamic warm-up or, if your client is new to exercise, start with these to begin developing his or her stability and mobility, while also gently increasing heart rate.

6 Moves for Stronger Glutes

By Jacqueline Crockford on Thursday, August 7, 2014

Strong, toned glutes not only look good, they are key to maintaining balance and moving well, whether your main activity is walking or competing in triathlons. Here are six great moves that will help lift and strengthen your glutes.

30-minute Ultimate Sandbag Workout

By Elizabeth Andrews on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If you need a time-efficient, full-body workout (and who doesn’t?), check out this Ultimate Sandbag workout from ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews. This fun and challenging full-body, multi-planar training session can be done almost anywhere in less than 30 minutes.

Improve Your Balance with These Six Simple Moves

By Lawrence Biscontini on Monday, August 4, 2014

Balance is a learned skill and the adage “practice makes permanent” best summarizes how to hone these skills. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how anyone can improve their balance by performing six simple moves for just minutes a day.

Try This 45-Minute Boot Camp Workout

By Mollie Martin on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Looking for ways to freshen up your boot-camp classes? Here is a great 45-minute circuit that both your regulars and newbies are sure to love. Designed for moderate-to-advanced clients, this workout includes appropriate regressions and extended rest periods to accommodate your less-experienced participants.

Training for Movement Variability

By Pete McCall on Monday, July 28, 2014

Designing movement-based exercise programs that challenge clients through a variety of patterns can improve coordination, movement skill and increase the energy expenditure of a workout. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains why knowing how to challenge clients with variability in their exercise programs can help them learn the safest, most effective solutions for safely executing the movements they have to perform on a regular basis.

How to Select the Right Rest Intervals and Post-Training Recovery for Your Clients

By Pete McCall on Thursday, July 17, 2014

In the final installment of this series focusing on the variables of exercise program design, ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains why adequate rest intervals and post-training recovery periods may be the most important of all the variables. Here’s how you can enhance your clients’ efforts during training sessions by ensuring optimal rest and recovery periods.

How to Select the Right Volume and Frequency for Your Clients

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 11, 2014

Both the volume of a workout program and the frequency of training sessions play a critical role in stimulating muscle growth. If you have clients who want to train for muscle size or definition, volume and frequency are two essential variables to consider when designing an exercise program.

A Fitness Pro's Guide to Surviving the Summer

By Shannon Fable on Saturday, July 5, 2014

The summer months can be a challenge for fitness pros, with lower class numbers and cancellations nearly every day. How can you keep your energy and enthusiasm up in the face of dwindling participation? ACE Certified fitness pro Shannon Fable shares six tips that will help the summer fly by and leave you revved up and excited for fall.

How to Select the Right Intensity and Repetitions for Your Clients

By Pete McCall on Thursday, June 26, 2014

One of the most common challenges faced by the average fitness enthusiast is reaching a plateau, where exercise no longer seems to have an effect and the body stops making any physiological changes. In part two of an ongoing series, ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains why this happens and how to adjust the variables of intensity and repetitions so you can help your clients reach their goals.

Summer Boot Camp: Core Workout

By Stephanie Thielen on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to start strengthening and toning up for the season. In this three-part workout series, exercises for the arms, core and legs will have you looking your best and feeling strong as you take advantage of all the fun activities summer has to offer. This week’s focus: core.

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.

How to Add Speed Training to Your Workout Routine

By Jonathan Ross on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Life and sport will make you move quickly at some point, so it makes sense to add some speed training to your workouts. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains why lifting quickly can be a great way to train for whatever life might throw at you and offers some great options and exercises to help you get started.

Total Gym® Workout with Founder Tom Campanero

By Pete McCall on Friday, May 9, 2014

The Total Gym incline bodyweight trainer is a fun, effective piece of equipment that challenges proprioception and core stabilizers by incorporating three-dimensional movement and full range of motion in nearly every exercise. We recently caught up with Total Gym founder Tom Campanero to learn about the benefits of his unique product.

Why You Should Train the Core Standing Up

By Pete McCall on Friday, May 2, 2014

There are a number of ways to strengthen the muscles involved with stabilizing or moving the core, but the most effective exercises are the ones that train the core muscles when the body is standing up in a vertical position. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains why training the core using standing exercises is so effective and offers a list of his favorite core exercises to help you get started.

6 Upper-body Exercises to Sculpt Sexy Arms for Summer

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The days are getting warmer, which means we get to finally peel away the heavy winter layers in favor of t-shirts and tank tops. If the winter has left you feeling less than toned, especially in the upper body, these six exercises will help you sport sexy, sculpted arms all season long.

How to Incorporate Yoga Into Your Training Sessions

By Jacqueline Crockford on Monday, March 31, 2014

Yoga is widely accepted as a great way to increase both strength and flexibility, while also yielding positive mind-body benefits. But not every pose is suitable or safe for every client. Here are five poses that require little modification and are a positive addition to any fitness program.

Training for Obstacle Course Races

By Pete McCall on Thursday, February 20, 2014

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.

Loaded Movement Training with the ViPR®

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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.

Total-body Dumbbell Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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.

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.

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.

A HIIT Workout to Jump Start Your New Year

By Shana Verstegen on Monday, January 6, 2014

The New Year is here and you are ready to commit! Change up your workout for 2014 by adding one or two non-consecutive days of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to your exercise plan. This workout is efficient and adaptable, increases both muscle mass and metabolism, and, most importantly, is a lot of fun!

Injury Prevention for the Low Back

By Christopher McGrath on Friday, January 3, 2014

One of the best strategies for remaining injury free is to not get injured in the first place. Once the injury cycle has started, however, incidence of future injury increases dramatically. This is especially true of the low back. Fitness pro Chris McGrath explains six principles that will help your clients stabilize and strengthen the core, as well as increase mobility through the hips and thoracic spine.

5 Reasons Why Personal Trainers Should Consider Sharing Clients

By Pete McCall on Monday, December 16, 2013

Are you struggling with meeting the demands of a wide range of clientele, and wondering how you can be available to them at all hours of the day without giving up your own personal time? ACE-certified Fitness Professional Pete McCall has a solution for trainers facing this dilemma: client sharing. In fact, you may even be able to increase your income AND reduce your working hours by teaming up with other personal trainers and sharing clients.

Slide Your Way To A Stronger You

By Doug Balzarini on Thursday, December 12, 2013

With so many equipment options available, how do you choose which ones are best for your clients? ACE-certified Personal Trainer Doug Balzarini recommends sliders, which can be used in a variety of ways to challenge the entire body. With a pair of sliders and a little space, you can help your clients get in a great workout.

5 Steps for a Successful CrossFit™ Experience

By Sabrena Jo on Friday, November 8, 2013

Newly released ACE-sponsored research confirmed that CrossFit can be a great way to get fit, but this high-intensity workout can also lead to injury if done incorrectly. Here are five important steps to ensure you have a great CrossFit experience and get the most out of your workouts.

Get Results With Ropes

By Doug Balzarini on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Not every new fitness trend holds up under scrutiny, but heavy ropes have proven to be a fun and effective way to train the entire body. Fitness pro Doug Balzarini explains why heavy ropes have become a staple of his fitness toolbox, and offers a simple, yet challenging rope-based circuit workout that hits all the major muscle groups.

Recovery Redefined: How Much Rest You Actually Need

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, October 28, 2013

What does recovery mean and what can you do to help yourself and your clients recover from the physical demands of training? In this first installment of a two-part series, award-winning fitness pro Jonathan Ross answers all your questions about recovery—how much, how long, what is considered rest, etc.—so you can help your clients get the greatest possible benefits from the workouts you design for them.

Take High-intensity Interval Training to the Pool

By Stephanie Thielen on Thursday, September 12, 2013

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the hottest things in fitness right now, but it can seem out of reach for those who need to limit the stress on their joints. Fitness pro Stephanie Thielen explains why the pool might just be the perfect environment for HIIT workouts and offers up a fun and creative workout to help you start reaping the benefits of this highly effective training method.

TRX® Rip Trainer™ Workout with Creator Pete Holman

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Have you tried the TRX Rip Trainer yet? ACE Personal Trainer Pete McCall chats with creator Pete Holman about this versatile training tool and demonstrates a few fun and creative exercises that challenge everything from strength and balance to hand-eye coordination and power.

Advances in Aerobic Training: How to Apply the New Heart Rate Formulas

By Mark Kelly on Friday, September 6, 2013

Science and technology advancements mean that our knowledge of fitness is constantly evolving. What was once standard practice, such as calculating maximum heart rate, can quickly become outdated and irrelevant. ACE Exercise Physiologist Dr. Mark Kelly explains how to apply some of the newer formulas for calculating heart rate and intensity, and how these new tools may make it easier to help your clients build a stronger base of fitness.

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

Rehab for Exercise Names

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, July 15, 2013

Could you be inadvertently scaring off your clients, simply by the names you use to describe the exercises you recommend? Fitness expert Jonathan Ross thinks so and has proposed a new set of rules for describing and naming exercises, which will help clear up confusion and prevent clients from feeling intimidated by exercises that sound more frightening than functional.

Summer Bootcamp Workout

By Riana Rohmann on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Don’t let your summer social life sabotage your hard-earned efforts this past winter and spring. Stay in shape all summer long with these high-intensity exercises designed to keep your muscles strong while burning a ton of calories.

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.

Core-Tex: More Than a Balance Trainer

By Pete McCall on Thursday, May 23, 2013

It is not uncommon for the Core-Tex to be mistaken for a balance trainer, but according to its inventor, Anthony Carey, it was specifically designed to provide a multi-dimensional reactive training challenge. In this interview, Carey explains his intentions behind developing the Core-Tex, and why engaging all of the fascia and connective tissue surrounding a joint simultaneously is so important.

Do We Really Need to Crunch? 5 Core Exercises That Don’t Require Crunching

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Everyone, it seems, wants six-pack abs, but the most common exercise most people use to get them may be more effective at increasing back pain than building rock-hard abs. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall explains why crunches can be a pain in the back and offers 5 great alternatives that not only sculpt the abs, but strengthen the entire core as well.

Your Game Plan for a Beach-ready Body

By Doug Balzarini on Friday, April 19, 2013

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to vacations and days at the beach. This year, wouldn’t it be great to feel more confident in that cute bathing suit you bought, but never had the nerve to wear? Well, get started now with this awesome workout that will help you finally get the beach-ready body you’ve always wanted.

High-intensity Interval Training May Be Making a HIIT in Unsuspected Ways

By Mark Kelly on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Many exercisers shy away from trying high-intensity interval training (HIIT) because they fear it will be too hard or might lead to injury. According to several studies, those fears may largely be unfounded. Not only is HIIT extremely effective for improving health and reducing the risk factors for metabolic syndrome, many exercisers appear to enjoy it much more than traditional continuous exercise. Need more convincing? Read on…

Take the CoreFIST Challenge with BOSU's David Weck

By Pete McCall on Monday, March 25, 2013

ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall recently sat down with BOSU Balance Trainer creator David Weck to discuss his exciting new WeckMethod training program. CoreFIST, which is just one component of this new program, focuses on the importance of optimal bone alignment. Here, Weck explains the principles behind this cutting-edge programming.

3 Tips to Guarantee Success With Your Clients

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, March 18, 2013

Are you content to be just another trainer, or do you aspire to something greater? Jonathan Ross shares his personal tips for success that he guarantees will not only help your clients find success and stay on track, but also elevate your status as a trusted and effective fitness professional.

ACE’s Position Statement on Physical Activity in School

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

In response to the growing urgency to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and improve the physical-activity behaviors of America’s youth, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has issued a statement on physical activity in school.

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 Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach and Reduce Low-back Pain

By Pete McCall on Monday, February 4, 2013

When it comes to creating a flat stomach while also reducing low-back pain, few exercises are more effective than the plank. Here are 5 great variations on the plank, which not only use the deep abdominal muscles (which helps flatten the stomach), but also recruit the hip, shoulder and upper-back muscles as well.

5 Ways to Spice up Your Workout in 2013

By Pete McCall on Monday, January 21, 2013

Looking for ways to maximize your workouts and shake things up a bit in 2013? Here are 5 great tips for rejuvenating your exercise routine, increasing your motivation and getting off those dreaded plateaus.

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 Success: Turning Resolutions Into Opportunities

By Pete McCall on Thursday, November 29, 2012

The New Year’s rush is almost here—that time of year when healthy resolutions send droves of people to the gym. But by mid-February or so, many of them have already abandoned their efforts. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall offers some great tips for how you can maximize the New Year’s resolution rush and develop clients who will stay with you for the long haul.

Profiting from Corrective Exercise

By Justin Price on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Corrective exercise is not only growing in popularity, its potentially very profitable as well. Corrective exercise expert Justin Price explains how you can gain access to this lucrative field and help your clients minimize aches and pains and get back to the activities they love.

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.

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.

Genetics and Health: The New Frontier

By Mark Kelly on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scientists have developed a test to determine how individuals are genetically programmed to respond to exercise, but knowing the answer could be a two-edged sword. Learn why this DNA test may be useful or harmful, depending on the expectations of the individual, and how fitness professionals can help clients use this information to their best advantage.

Is There Such Thing As a Bad Exercise?

By Mark Kelly on Friday, October 5, 2012

ACE Exercise Physiologist Mark Kelly responds to feedback about a new ACE-sponsored chest exercise study by discussing the reasoning behind the exercise choices used in the study as well as the inclination for individuals to put exercises into a given classification.

Core Training for Injury Prevention

By Christopher McGrath on Friday, September 28, 2012

We often hear about the importance of strengthening your core, not only for aesthetic purposes, but for injury prevention. ACE Fitness Expert Chris McGrath discusses how core training helps prevent back injuries and, conversely, why a having a weak core may lead to injuries.

Get Off the Pendulum (Part 2)

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, September 21, 2012

In part 1 of this series, Jonathan Ross discussed the tendency for fitness professionals to "ride the pendelum" from one extreme to the other in regards to abdominal and cardiorespiratory exercises. In Part 2, he will share more examples of this extreme thinking and consider some effective solutions for avoiding this behavior.

Get Off the Pendulum (Part 1)

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, September 14, 2012

The human tendency to think and act in extremes is particularly common in the fitness industry. ACE Fitness Expert Jonathan Ross discusses the tendency for fitness professionals to “ride the pendulum” from one extreme to the other in regards to abdominal and cardiorespiratory exercises, and shares tips on how to avoid this behavior.

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.

Program Design for the Average Client

By Christopher McGrath on Friday, August 10, 2012

Most of us know there’s no absolute to follow in creating individualized exercise programs for our clients. The recipe differs every time due to their abilities, time constraints, attitude and a host of other factors. Despite the constant variables, there is a recipe to follow. Check out some tips from ACE Fitness Expert Chris McGrath on how you can create custom exercise programs for each client.

Integrating Yoga into Personal Training Sessions

By Elizabeth Kovar on Friday, August 3, 2012

While incorporating yoga into personal training sessions may be daunting for those who do not have formal yoga education, blending these practices benefits the client, but also you, the trainer. ACE Pro Elizabeth Kovar discusses yoga basics, breathing techniques, education for trainers, and how to successfully incorporate it into your personal training sessions.

Train Movement - Not Muscles

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 27, 2012

If you grew up in the 80s, then chances are you probably spent most of your teen or early college years trying to look like an old-school action hero. Who didn’t want arms like the Arnold back then? Check out a first-hand perspective from ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall, whose philosophy about attaining all-around fitness has evolved significantly.

Fitness Professionals and the Fight against Obesity

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Millions of Americans struggle with their weight every day, and the old adage of “eat less, move more” isn’t solving anything. Find out what ACE Senior Consultant Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, has to say about how fitness professionals can help and the role they should serve in our battle to eliminate the obesity epidemic.

How to Use Body-Monitoring Devices to Boost Your Business

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, July 13, 2012

Body-monitoring devices are rising in popularity among clients in recent years, especially those who need a bit more help deciphering their daily activities. Check out how you can capitalize on that interest by using it to increase their accountability and boost your business in other areas.

Mud Runs: A Small Group Training Opportunity

By Pete McCall on Friday, June 8, 2012

If you’re looking for an opportunity to appeal to your more adventurous clients, try developing a one-on-one or small-group training plan specific to “mud runs.” Growing in popularity across the country, these grimy obstacle courses attract athletes at all levels – and just the occasional guy (or girl) that likes to get dirty.

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.

Is YOUR Grandmother an Athlete?

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, May 18, 2012

Although the current trend in fitness is to “train your grandmothers like your athletes,” if that idea isn’t approached thoughtfully and carefully, it can potentially be a terrible mistake. Training older adults like you train more competitive athletes is a great concept that I fully support, as long as trainers use proper movement and exercise progressions. The huge problem with putting it into practice is that proper exercise progressions are often thrown out in favor of tire flips.

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 3 of 3 – Zumba®, Insanity® and Indoor Cycling)

By Pete McCall on Friday, May 4, 2012

The previous two posts addressed how understanding the Functional Movement and Resistance Training components of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) model can help you market your services when you’re asked about many popular exercise trends. This post will address how to use the cardiorespiratory training progressions of the ACE IFT® to appeal to potential clients when they ask you about popular exercise programs such as Zumba®, indoor cycling or Insanity®.

Sit Up Straight: Tips to Ditch Desk Ailments in Your Clients

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mom may not have always been right, but she had one thing down. Keeping your head up and your back straight is sound advice for you and your clients. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when most of your clients spend 8 hours a day at a desk staring at a computer.

Vertical Core Training: Get Your Clients Off the Mat

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How many times have you been asked the best way to develop a six-pack? If you’re like me I always chuckle a little and inform the inquisitor that he or she already has a six-pack – the problem is that it’s usually being stored in a cooler. I go on to inform him or her that core training requires a lot more work than one or two exercises and that I can help them move toward their goals, but it will require some commitment on their part.

Top Tips and Never-Before Seen Exercises for Training the Abs [VIDEO]

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The weather's warming up, so you and your clients may be wondering how to get chiseled abs. Author of "Abs Revealed" and ACE Senior Consultant Personal Training, Jonathan Ross, knows exactly how to work all your abs — not just the main ones. In this video series, Ross shares six innovative ab exercises, including two never-before seen ones shared exclusively for ACE's readers.

Avoid Burnout By Learning Anatomy and Movement Mechanics

By Pete McCall on Friday, April 6, 2012

In my career, I have definitely had bouts of staleness and burnout. What I learned is that once I started feeling that way, then it was time to look for a continuing education workshop to stimulate my gray matter and break me out of the rut. Taking the time to learn anatomy and movement mechanics will help you to add variety and excitement to your exercise programs, creating more enjoyment for both you and your clients.

Riding a Bike Going Nowhere Is Harder Than It Looks

By Shannon Fable on Friday, March 30, 2012

Many people falsely assume that anyone can teach an indoor cycling class as long as they are in shape, have a great personality and spend a ton of time on their tunes. Plenty of fitness enthusiasts are diving in because, let’s face it, from the outside it looks like all you have to do is pedal, push and repeat! How hard can it be? Well, that’s just the thing. It’s not hard to teach a cycling class but if you truly want to provide the best experience, there's more than meets the eye.

Shifting Is the New Lifting

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, March 23, 2012

Most lifting programs are incomplete. And it’s because they are just that — lifting programs. Most weightlifting exercises involve lifting, directly opposing gravity. But in life, we lift, shift, and twist things we hold, even if it’s just ourselves. We move through gravity and so, have to deal with momentum. If you add some shifting and twisting, your “lifting” program can now provide a more complete movement experience. See some examples.

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.

Applying the ACE IFT Model to Popular Workout Trends (Part 1 of 3: Yoga)

By Pete McCall on Friday, February 3, 2012

As fitness professionals, it’s inevitable that people ask for our opinions about popular exercise programs — ranging from programs featured in the most recent late-night infomercials to the centuries-old practice of yoga. Answering these questions by applying the ACE IFT Model to these trends will help market your skills as a personal trainer.

What is Fitness?

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 28, 2011

The recent article about the fittest athletes has prompted some interesting discussions between some colleagues and me. The discussions have centered on the fact that the article addresses many components of fitness such as cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, power and agility but leaves out an important component critical for athletic success — reactivity.

Rethinking Core Training

By Pete McCall on Friday, August 26, 2011

Core training is one of the most popular and often misused phrases in the fitness world today. For some people, core training means doing crunches until their abs cramp. For others, core training means doing all sorts of complicated moves on various pieces of equipment that look better suited for a circus than a gym. The big question is “which way is the right way to do effective core training?”

Debunking Fitness Myths: Stretching

By Fabio Comana on Friday, July 8, 2011

Dating back to the early 1980s, the practice of static stretching before exercise was widely believed to prevent or reduce the risk of injury, and to promote performance. Thirty years later and after volumes of research, confusion still exists whether it offers potential benefits before exercise. From a logical perspective, tissue stiffness and a lack in range of motion (ROM) both contribute to injury, and static stretching is correlated with both a reduction in tissue stiffness and an improved

Aerobic Interval Training and Moving Away from Antiquated Models

By Fabio Comana on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Aerobic Interval (AI) training has emerged as a viable alternative to traditional steady-state aerobic (SS) exercise, a long-standing staple for improving cardiovascular fitness. What AI offers over SS is the ability to introduce frequent changes in exercise intensity to increase the overall volume of overload before inducing fatigue (i.e., by allowing appropriate recoveries between work intervals). While Tabata and colleagues (1996) demonstrated that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) tra

Aerobic Interval Training and Moving Away from Antiquated Models

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Aerobic Interval (AI) training has emerged as a viable alternative to traditional steady-state aerobic (SS) exercise, a long-standing staple for improving cardiovascular fitness. What AI offers over SS is the ability to introduce frequent changes in exercise intensity to increase the overall volume of overload before inducing fatigue (i.e., by allowing appropriate recoveries between work intervals). While Tabata and colleagues (1996) demonstrated that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) tra