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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.

Creating Successful Youth Fitness Programs

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Exercise professionals with the enthusiasm for and proper education for working with children and adolescents have tremendous opportunity to make an impact on the health of our youth by serving as leaders and teaching them how to become active and stay active into adulthood.

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.

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.

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.

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.

6 Things to Consider When Working With Clients With Type 2 Diabetes

By Matt Gossman on Monday, November 27, 2017

Diabetes has become increasingly common in the United States, which means that, as a health and fitness professional, you likely work with clients who have type 2 diabetes. To kick off Diabetes Awareness Month, here are six important factors to consider when working with clients with type 2 diabetes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

IDEA World 2016 Recap

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The annual IDEA World Convention combines education, networking, social opportunities and an extensive expo hall featuring a wide variety of vendors into a single, “not to be missed” event. Whether you are a seasoned personal trainer with years of experience or a newbie motivated to learn more about fitness, IDEA World features dozens of education sessions and scores of vendors. There’s a little something for everyone.

Effectively Meeting the Fitness Needs of Seniors

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The senior or active aging population—is arguably the most heterogeneous group within the health club setting. As such, having a mindset for inclusive teaching is paramount for all health and fitness professionals. ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains what you need to know about the active aging population so that you can work with them more effectively in today’s fitness environment.

10 Reasons Why Those with Arthritis Should Exercise

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 13, 2014

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

Study: Are Overweight Children and Teens Destined to Become Overweight Adults?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, February 3, 2014

New research suggests that a child who is overweight by the age of five is highly likely to grow up to be an overweight teenager and adult. Pediatrician and obesity expert Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the implications of this new study and offers practical, proven tips for parents who want to help their children eat more healthfully and potentially avoid a lifetime of weight issues.

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.

A Day in the Life of a Figure Competitor

By Riana Rohmann on Thursday, August 22, 2013

What does it really take to become a competitive fitness athlete? As is the case with any competitive athlete, there are no shortcuts to success. Instead, there is a lot of sweat and sacrifices. Riana Rohmann shares both her secrets and her daily schedule, giving us a glimpse at a typical day in the intense and driven life of a figure competitor.

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.

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

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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

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 1 - Size Sensitivity)

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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

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.

Are You Equipped to Coach The 6,000,000 Women Who Will Get Pregnant This Year?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, December 9, 2011

There are 6 million pregnancies throughout the US every year, with just over 4 million live births and nearly 2 million pregnancy losses, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The likelihood is great that you will be privileged to serve as a fitness coach for a pregnant woman. How can you train them effectively?

Ready to Train Your, or Someone’s, Grandparents?

By Michael Mantell on Monday, October 24, 2011

Anyone who reads professional fitness, exercise physiology or strength and conditioning journals, knows that fitness equals longevity. Inactivity doubles the risk of mobility limitations and propels cognitive decline. Being professionally prepared to graciously meet the fitness and health needs of this generation makes good business sense.

Anorexia Athletica: The Not-So-Healthy Mind-Body Interaction

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 5, 2011

When you hear, “to run faster,” “build endurance,” “to lose body fat,” or to “get thinner,” besides thinking about structuring an integrated fitness training program, do you ever wonder if these performance goals are thinly disguised indicators of anorexia athletica? Probably not, given that compulsive exercisers are often erroneously honestly mistaken for people with an enviable, deep commitment to exercise. They are far from that, pushing the threshold of distance, intensity or duration beyo