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7 Things to Think About Before Making the Move Into Fitness Club Management

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 11, 2017

At some point in almost every health and fitness professional’s career, there will be the consideration about whether or not to apply for a promotion to club management. While moving into club management can be a great step for your career, it is a big change from training clients or teaching classes full-time. Here are some factors worth carefully considering if you are interested in testing yourself with the challenge of managing others.

How to Create an Inclusive Group Fitness Environment

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, May 5, 2017

Our goal as fitness instructors is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that fosters success and positive energy around movement for people of all abilities. Here are some things you can do to help make your classes more inviting and make everyone feel at home, regardless of experience, fitness level or identity.

A Step-by-step Approach to a Thriving Health Coach Career

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 28, 2017

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a health coach, it can be hugely helpful to learn from those who have walked this path before you. Learn about the step-by-step approach one successful health coach took to build a thriving business and career, and why the support she has received from ACE has made all the difference in the world.

How to Find a Job as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 21, 2017

You’ve passed your exam and it’s time to create a plan for the next steps of your journey. Much like fitness, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a career, so this is your opportunity to choose what’s best for you. Here are a few things to consider that will help ensure your success.

Certifications, Certificates and CECs—What’s the Difference?

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 14, 2017

As a health and fitness professional, education is an essential component of growing and expanding your skill set and knowledge base. But it can be a challenge to know if you need to get a certification or a certificate, which organization to choose, and how to maintain those credentials. Here’s what you need to know to get credentialed, stay credentialed and, most importantly, become and remain a well-rounded health and fitness professional.

Handling the Dietary Supplement Conversation with Clients

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, April 6, 2017

The next time one of your clients asks about a pill, potion or powder, use this three-step model to quash misconceptions and help your clients become informed consumers.

Track Money Like Your Clients Track Calories

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Keeping track of money is a powerful habit that’s beneficial for setting goals for your business and yourself. Much like a food journal can reveal a bigger picture of what a person is eating, tracking your money makes it possible to make the necessary changes to reach your financial goals. These healthy money habits will go a long way toward improving your bottom line.

Why More Personal Trainers are Becoming Health Coaches

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 20, 2017

As a personal trainer, adding health coaching to your offerings and being able to discuss nutritional habits and the psychological aspects of behavior change with your clients would undoubtedly increase your effectiveness and put you on a much higher playing field. Here are just a few reasons why more personal trainers are becoming health coaches.

9 Benefits of Working as a Club-based Personal Trainer

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Are you a newly certified personal trainer who dreams of opening a fitness studio or helping clients directly in their homes? While these are certainly viable career options, it can take considerable resources and time to develop an extensive list of clients who can provide you with a steady source of income. If you want to start your new fitness career with a successful foundation, here are nine reasons you should seriously consider working in a health club.

The Power of a Referral Network – Benefits of Networking

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

As a health and fitness professional, your clients expect you to possess a wide range of skills and knowledge. When your clients require something outside your skill set or scope of practice, however, you need an established quality referral network. Learn about the many and varied benefits of establishing a referral network, which makes it possible to better serve your clients and to elevate your own level of performance as well.

See, Hear and Do: The Benefits of ACE Live Workshops

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 13, 2017

Continuing education is vital to your success as a health and fitness professional, as the fitness industry is constantly changing and evolving. Learn why ACE Live Workshops are an effective and enjoyable way to learn and immediately apply new knowledge, while you earn the necessary continuing education credits to maintain your ACE certification.

Mission to Move

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 13, 2017

Here at ACE, we’re on a mission to get people moving. And it all starts with our talented and dedicated health and fitness professionals, who are out there every day, putting their heart and soul into training, coaching and teaching others how to create meaningful transformations in their lives.

Why It’s Important to Work On Your Business, Not just In Your Business

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 6, 2017

As a health and fitness professional, much of your business relies on showing up and trading time for money, but it’s the work you put in outside of class or training sessions that ultimately serve to ensure your success. ACE Pro Shannon Fable explains why it’s so important to set aside dedicated office hours in your weekly schedule for self-promotion, improving your skills and identifying new streams of revenue to create, sustain and grow your fitness business.

Beyond the Class: How to Connect with Participants and Expand Your Reach as a Health and Fitness Pro

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 27, 2017

As a health and fitness pro, your exercise selection, in-class persona and music choices are all important, but what you do before and after class matters, too. Here are 10 ways to connect with your participants before and after class.

How to Manage a Difficult Client

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 20, 2017

As health and fitness professionals, we work with real people who have their own unique personalities and life circumstances. Here are three types of challenging clients you’re likely to encounter in your career, along with tips on how to overcome their resistance and help them reach their goals.

Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 9, 2017

When it comes to losing weight or achieving fitness goals, research confirms the benefits of tracking both food intake and fitness activity. MyFitnessPal makes the process a lot easier than it used to be. Learn about some of the features of this app and tips for using it most effectively with your clients.

Why Group Fitness Instructors Can Benefit From a Health Coach Education

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, January 23, 2017

If you’re a group fitness instructor who’s been teaching for a while, you may be wondering what other things you can do to increase your value or perhaps diversify your income. Perhaps you are looking for a way to reach more people and have a larger impact on those who need your help the most. If this sounds like you, it may be the right time to add health coaching to your professional credentials.

Nutrition Scope of Practice – What You Can Do as a Personal Trainer

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When it comes to educating clients about nutrition, it can be a challenge to make sure you’re staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional. Of course, you can’t avoid the topic altogether—clients need to be educated about proper nutrition. With that in mind, here’s what you can do to reduce your liability and still provide this necessary education to your clients.

Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Health is holistic, and an excessive focus on the physical can discount or disrupt other areas. As a group fitness instructor, you can have a deeper impact on your participants’ lives by incorporating the following strategies, which target multiple components of health.

Your Career Roadmap as a Personal Trainer: Where Are You Now?

By Webmaster on Monday, January 9, 2017

With more than 20 years as a health and fitness professional, Brett Klika knows a thing or two about building a career and creating success in the fitness industry. Drawing on his own experience and that of countless others in the industry, Klika shares his career roadmap for creating a long and successful career in fitness.

Four Free or Low-cost Tools For Creating Eye-catching Social Media Videos

By Webmaster on Friday, December 30, 2016

Wondering how you can take your videos to the next level so they really stand out? Check out these video-making tools—all free or just a couple of bucks—for mobile and/or desktop. They can help you quickly and easily turn your photos and video into marketing pieces that will command attention on social media.

6 Strategies to Keep Your Members Coming Back to the Gym During the Holidays

By Webmaster on Saturday, December 24, 2016

If your health club or gym is feeling a little empty this time of year, use these six strategies to keep your members in the gym and drive business throughout the holiday season.

Interested in becoming eligible for the ICHWC Exam?

By Webmaster on Monday, December 19, 2016

The International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) is a collaboration of leaders representing many health and wellness coach training and education programs in the United States. If you are an ACE Certified Health Coach, you can become eligible to sit for the national examination by taking the approved transition course.

Getting Clients To and Through the Doors

By Webmaster on Monday, November 28, 2016

Do you have clients who struggle to commit and remain engaged with their training programs? If so, how do you keep these individuals from slipping through the proverbial crack? As a health and fitness professional, you must seek innovative ways to keep your interactions and experiences with clients fresh, rewarding and engaging. Try some of these “hacks” for getting your clients to consistently attend scheduled sessions with you.

What Health Coaches Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

To help you set yourself up for career success and longevity as a health coach, certified health and wellness coaches from around the country offer words of wisdom and practical advice they wish they had received earlier in their coaching careers.

Instagram Accounts to Motivate You and Your Clients

By Kari Luu on Thursday, October 13, 2016

Looking to fill your Instagram feed with real-life, motivating health and fitness pros and brands? From ACE Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors to fitness influencers with something smart to say and companies making a positive difference in the industry, here’s a shortlist of folks who post eye-catching Insta-pics, motivational messages and inspiring exercises you won’t want to miss.

The Value of Being a Versatile Health and Fitness Professional

By Kari Luu on Friday, October 7, 2016

If you’re new to the fitness industry, it can be easy to feel as though you want to specialize in one type of training, client or class. Learn why diversifying your skill set and being open to a wide range of educational and vocational opportunities will increase your versatility and usefulness, both to employers and potential clients.

Personal Trainer Salary Considerations

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

If you are passionate about helping people create happier and healthier lives, you’ve undoubtedly considered a career as a personal trainer. There are many ways to enter this profession, but starting with education and certification is key. Certification is required for working in any established gym, but it will also give you instant credibility with potential clients and the tools you need to safely train your clients.

How to Lose a Client in 10 Days

By Matt Gossman on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

As a health and fitness professional, knowledge of exercise science is important, but being able to build a relationship is crucial. It’s what gives clients the confidence that you can effectively help them reach their goals and also care about them as a person. If you are interested in building better rapport and maintaining a consistent client base, avoid the following actions, as they will certainly help you lose a client, likely in 10 days or less.

Three Signs It's Time to Fire a Fitness Client

By Matt Gossman on Monday, April 4, 2016

Your time is valuable, so it’s important to recognize when you might be better off freeing yourself from problem clients who might be holding you back from progressing your fitness career to its fullest potential. Here are three telltale signs that it’s time to cast off clients who are bringing you down.

4 Old-school Marketing Strategies For Health and Fitness Pros

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Whether you’re marketing online or in person, the key is to build relationships and make people feel important. Here are four time-tested marketing strategies that are grounded in relationship-building, which has proven to be a simple and effective path to success in the fitness industry.

What's New in the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Study Experience

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, March 17, 2016

The American Council on Exercise is proud to announce the release of an all-new ACE Group Fitness Instructor study experience—the definitive resource for health and fitness professionals who want to design and deliver memorable movement experiences in any modality of group exercise. Find out what's new.

10 Reasons I Love Being a Group Fitness Instructor

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, March 17, 2016

As a group fitness instructor (GFI) for the past 16 years, I can personally attest to the unparalleled and pivotal role that instructors play in the world of health and fitness. Here are the top 10 reasons why I love being a GFI, and why you will, too.

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck With Continuing Education Options

By Matt Gossman on Friday, March 11, 2016

As a health and fitness professional, continuing education is essential to keeping your certifications current, but it can be a challenge to choose from the endless continuing-education options available. Learn why earning additional certifications, such as a specialty or another core certification, can increase your credibility in the health and fitness industry and enhance your resume or professional bio.

How to Change Others’ Lives Without Ruining Your Own

By Matt Gossman on Friday, February 26, 2016

As a health and fitness professional, you give so much of yourself to your clients that you may often feel as though you’re running on empty. And without a strategy to refill your tank, the way you make a living can suck the life right out of you. Here are some great tips for creating a better balance of training and recovery, so you can live an extraordinary life while you help others do the same.

Better Body Language for Health and Fitness Professionals

By Matt Gossman on Saturday, February 20, 2016

Positive body language is a simple way to engage more fully in any relationship in your life. Use these five tips, both in and out of the gym, to build better communication, trust and rapport.

How to Start a Fitness Studio That Creates a Lasting Member Experience

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, June 26, 2015

If you’re thinking about opening your own fitness studio, there are several crucial factors to consider to ensure you’re ready to make the leap. Get the best tips from the Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) to help you offer your clients and members the best possible experience, while successfully launching your new fitness business.

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.

8 Things Group Fitness Instructors Should Carry in Their Gym Bags

By Amber Long on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Teaching group fitness means making adjustments to your plans on the fly, especially when stereo equipment malfunctions or you don’t have time to eat a meal between classes. Fill your backpack or duffel with these 8 essential back-up tools and you will be better prepared to adapt to any situation.

ACE Pros Share Tips on How to be a Successful Studio Owner

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Starting a business in the fitness industry requires a lot of time, planning, and support from others who have been there. In a new video series created in partnership with the Association of Fitness Studios, experienced ACE Certified Pros share tips and stories about their personal entrepreneurial paths. Whether you are a new or experienced business owner, or you're debating whether to embark on your own, these videos provide some great insight.

3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

By Shannon Fable on Thursday, May 14, 2015

What is the secret to helping clients stay motivated and on track to achieve their goals? ACE pro Shannon Fable believes that helping clients celebrate small victories while working toward larger goals is key to helping clients believe those goals are within reach. Whether your clients want to lose weight or simply increase their fitness, these secrets to perpetual motivation will help your clients build the intrinsic motivation that only comes through increased self-confidence.

The Best Social Networks for Health and Fitness Professionals

By Ted Vickey on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

As a health and fitness professional, social networks can be a great way to keep in touch with your clients between training sessions. But did you know you have more options than just Facebook and Twitter? Tech expert Ted Vickey describes three fitness-focused social networks worth checking out.

The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, April 30, 2015

The demand for health coaching and behavior-change coaching has never been greater, with research demonstrating the value of coaching in helping people improve health behaviors and, as a result, quality of life. ACE has developed a general consensus and position on what it means to be a certified health coach versus a specialist in behavior change. Here’s what you need to know about this new and evolving field, and how it can enhance and expand your career as a health and fitness professional.

Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As a health and fitness professional, you can maximize client-behavior change through the use of coaching techniques such as open-ended questions and reflective listening to help a client explore his or her own motivations, strengths and benefits from making the change. By doing so, you shift your approach from “expert”-centered programs to client-centered programs, and set the stage for increased client success.

5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Are you tired of spending inordinate amounts of time developing tailored exercise programs only to have a client drop off after a few sessions? You can increase your impact and efficiency by incorporating a few key behavior-change principles into your personal-training program. Here are five ways to help incorporate behavior-change principles into your daily client interactions.

6 Reflection Questions To Help You Find Your Niche

By amSTATZ on Monday, April 13, 2015

If you’re a newly certified health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to find your personal fitness niche—your area of expertise that makes you stand out from the crowd. Clarifying your target market is important so you can connect with clients who are a good fit for your services. Here are six questions that will help you find your fitness niche.

10 Career Growth Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Interested in picking up more classes and increasing your group fitness income? ACE Gold Certified Group Fitness Instructor Lawrence Biscontini shares his top 10 career growth tips for today’s group fitness professional.

6 Words to Avoid When Working with Clients

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Words matter, especially when it comes to forming relationships and communicating effectively with your clients. To help you become more aware of the power of your words, here are some of the most common verbal phrases that trainers and teachers use, along with some psychologically more functional alternatives.

7 Characteristics of Successful Personal Trainers

By amSTATZ on Friday, February 6, 2015

What separates the great personal trainers from the merely good ones? If you’ve made it your goal to be among the best in your field, you’ll want to check out these seven habits of highly successful personal trainers.

7 Strategies for Helping Clients Train Smarter—NOT Harder

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Whether you’re working one on one or with a group, your most important role as a health and fitness professional is to teach your clients how to exercise smarter before working harder. Here are seven strategies that can help your clients and students achieve results by promoting safety before intensity.

4 Steps to Calculating ROI When Starting a Personal Training Business

By amSTATZ on Friday, January 2, 2015

Are you thinking about starting a personal training business in 2015? Or do you have plans to grow your existing business? Either way, it is important to know how to determine the return on investment (ROI) of any investments you make in your business. Here’s what you need to know when calculating ROI.

3 Things Health and Fitness Pros Can Do to Prepare for January

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, December 25, 2014

Do you have a tendency to take on too many obligations and clients, to the point where you end up running on empty? This is a common occurrence among health and fitness professionals, especially at the start of a New Year. ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how you can avoid burnout and set up both yourself and your clients for success—not just for January, but for every month of the new year.

7 Signs You’re Meant to Be a Group Fitness Instructor

By Chris Freytag on Monday, November 17, 2014

If you’ve been thinking a lot about how fun it might be to teach your own fitness classes, ACE Certified pro Chris Freytag outlines seven signs you should look for before you make the fitness jump.

5 Reasons to Grow Your Business With Online Training

By amSTATZ on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Have you considered adding online training to your list of services? Creating additional sources of income is essential for the savvy fitness professional and online training is a great way to do just that. Here are five great reasons why online training may be the future of fitness training.

8 Signs You're Meant to Be a Health Coach

By Kelley Vargo on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Have you been considering expanding your career or starting a new one altogether? If you find yourself drawn to the health coaching profession, chances are you possess certain characteristics that inspire you to want to help other live their most fit lives. Here are eight signs that you were meant to be a great health coach.

4 Ways to Tell You're Ready for a Management Role

By Andrea Wardinsky on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Are you thinking about transitioning into management? While the title of fitness manager or director may sound appealing, the unique tasks and challenges you will face are very different from the responsibilities you have as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor. Here’s how you can know if you are ready to make the move into management and lead a team.

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

By Ted Vickey on Monday, September 8, 2014

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

Four Signs You’re Meant to Be a Personal Trainer

By Sabrena Jo on Friday, August 22, 2014

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

Are You Meant to Be An Infopreneur?

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Have you wondered how you can expand your impact and your business through writing or presenting on health and fitness topics? ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how he made this leap, including

Customer Retention Tips for Personal Trainers and Fitness Studios

By Kyle Bangen on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Customers are the lifeblood of any fitness business and attaining them is an important process. However, even more essential is retaining existing clientele as this process is more cost- and time-effective. When times get tough, maintaining a steady relationship with current customers increases exponentially in its importance. Here are four effective approaches you can use to retain customers.

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

By Shannon Fable on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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

ACE Partnership Brings Mobile Credit Card Payment Technology to ACE-certified Professionals

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ACE recently partnered with Square, a leader in mobile credit card payment technology, to make it easier for trainers and coaches to accept credit-card payments for their products and services using a device they already carry with them—their cell phone. Tech guru Ted Vickey chatted with Square spokeswoman Faryl Ury to learn more about this useful technology.

ACE CEO Scott Goudeseune Discusses How ACE Is Elevating Pros

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, February 28, 2014

Taking a leadership role in the fitness industry has inspired ACE to do more when it comes to elevating the perception of health and fitness professionals. ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune discusses a few new initiatives designed to create opportunities for certified professionals that go beyond the four walls of a club.

How to Break Into the Fitness Industry

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 27, 2014

If you’ve been dreaming about a career in the fitness industry, you may be wondering exactly how you can get started. Some of the most successful pros in the industry share their best tips on how to launch your fitness career.

What Is CREP and How Will It Affect You?

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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

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

By Christopher McGrath on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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

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

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, February 6, 2014

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

8 Reasons to Start a Career in the Fitness Industry

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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

3 Ways to Build Client Relationships via Social Media

By Michael Piermont on Monday, January 13, 2014

Social media has completely changed the rules when it comes to reaching new clients and communicating with existing ones. Today, you have the opportunity to reach huge numbers of people—if you do it right. Here are three essential tips for building effective, lasting relationships with your clients through social media.

7 Legal Mistakes of Fitness Professionals

By Steven Mashal on Sunday, December 22, 2013

When it comes to being a fitness professional, it can often be difficult to know what you can and can't do. For example, do you really need insurance? What about playing downloaded music in your classes? ACE Corporate Counsel Steven Mashal explains the seven most common legal mistakes fitness professionals make--and how you can avoid them.

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.

Association of Fitness Studios (AFS): A New Resource for Fitness Professionals

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, October 21, 2013

Small studio owners, as well as fitness professionals who are thinking about opening their own studios, have a new source of support in the industry—the Association of Fitness Studios (AFS). As Brad Elson, co-founder and CEO, explains in this interview, AFS was created to “help fitness professionals become even greater business owners.” Read on to learn how you can tap the resources of this exciting new organization.

How a Family Nurse Practitioner Made the Decision to Become a Health Coach

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series highlighting how people in a wide range of industries are using their ACE Health Coach certification to expand their careers. Here, Beth Read explains why she was inspired to become an ACE Health Coach, and how the certification has increased her ability to help patients in her work as a family nurse practitioner.

10 Reasons to Come to ACE East

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Thinking about making the trip to ACE East in Orlando next month, but still can’t quite make up your mind? Here are 10 reasons why you don’t want to miss such a great event that will not only benefit your career, but is sure be a ton of fun as well.

How To Open Your Own Gym (Part 2)

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fitness is booming and with the ever increasing number of corporate wellness programs and health insurance incentives, opening a gym appears to be a great opportunity. However, with all of the different options, taking that first step in opening up a gym can be quite daunting. In the second installment of this series on how to open your own gym, we’ll delve into the world of finding a property, floor planning and equipment purchasing.

How a College Student Made the Decision to Become a Health Coach

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 26, 2013

This is the third installment of an ongoing series highlighting how people in a wide range of industries are using their ACE Health Coach certification to expand their careers. Here, Allison Becker explains why she was inspired to become an ACE Health Coach, and how the certification allowed her to blend her dietetics coursework with her fitness knowledge to help others develop healthy habits that worked with their lifestyles.

Corporate Wellness: How to Find the Organizations That Need Your Services

By Angel Chelik on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the career-growth opportunities of corporate wellness, you need to know how to locate the companies that are most likely to benefit from your services. In this second of a three-part series, corporate wellness expert Angel Chelik explains how to find the companies that are most likely to value and hire you for your services in this booming fitness niche.

IDEA: Inspiration, Development, Education and Awareness

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s 2013 IDEA World Fitness Convention? Here is a quick summary of some of the highlights, which included top-notch education and high-energy workouts. Dr. Michael Mantell also explains why this year, information was clearly king.

How To Open Your Own Gym (Part 1)

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fitness is booming and with the ever increasing number of corporate wellness programs and health insurance incentives, opening a gym appears to be a great opportunity. However, with all of the different options, taking that first step in opening up a gym can be quite daunting. This series will shed some light on where to begin and provide resources for learning more about the gym business.

How to Keep Your Clients Coming Back Every Week

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, August 2, 2013

It’s one thing to gain new clients—and an entirely different task to hang on to them over the long-term. Client retention is, as many will tell you, more of an art than a science—and some trainers are definitely masters. Here, several top pros share their secrets for ensuring their clients keep coming back, week after week.

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

How a Personal Trainer is Using Her Health Coach Certification

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, July 22, 2013

ACE-certified Personal Trainer Nicole Copare shares her story of why she decided to become an ACE Health Coach and how this one decision has had a huge impact on both her career and her ability to help improve the health and well-being of her clients.

Turning Newbies into Groupies

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It’s nearly back-to-school time, which also happens to be back-to-the-gym time for many people, especially busy moms who finally get some time to focus on their fitness. Creating a welcoming environment in your classes for new participants is essential to keeping them coming back for more. Fitness expert Shannon Fable shares her best tips for helping newbies feel successful and have fun in your group fitness classes.

Corporate Wellness: How to Start a Program From Scratch

By Angel Chelik on Thursday, July 11, 2013

You’ve likely been hearing a lot about how corporate wellness offers great opportunities for fitness professionals looking to expand their careers. But how do you even get started? In this first of a three-part series, corporate wellness expert Angel Chelik explains the first steps you need to take to determine your vision and identify potential collaborators in this booming fitness niche.

How a Physical Therapy Assistant is Using Her Health Coach Certification

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, June 13, 2013

This is the first installment of an ongoing series highlighting how people in a wide range of industries are using their ACE Health Coach certification to expand their careers. Here, physical therapy assistant Stephanie Longson explains why she was inspired to become an ACE Health Coach, and how the tools and knowledge she gained has enabled her to assist her clients in making positive, lasting lifestyle changes.

Are You Over-certified?

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It can be tempting to accumulate a stack of certifications to serve as proof of your qualifications, but is that really the best use of your education dollars? The truth is, many so-called certifications are really just continuing education courses and not necessarily worth the higher price tag. Jonathan Ross explains how to invest wisely by putting your funds into education that can actually help advance your career.

5 Things Successful Trainers Are Doing That You’re Not

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, January 14, 2013

What does it really take to be a successful trainer in the fitness industry? Jonathan Ross’ outlines five keys to being a successful trainer, which will not only help guide you in your career, but make it possible to help clients find true health and happiness, which arguably could be the ultimate measure of lasting success.

ACE CEO Scott Goudeseune Discusses Specialty Certifications

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, December 7, 2012

In an industry where word-of-mouth can be the difference between success and failure, it’s your expertise that should do the talking. ACE CEO Scott Goudeseune introduces ACE Specialty Certifications and discusses how they will help you market yourselves and stand out among your peers.

Changing Lives: The ACE Health Coach Certification

By Todd Galati on Friday, October 19, 2012

If you’re a fitness or health professional looking to take the next step in your career, the ACE Health Coach Certification may be right for you. ACE Director of Credentialing Todd Galati discusses the importance of the certification, what topic areas it emphasizes, who it is intended for, and how becoming an ACE Health Coach will allow you make long-term changes in people’s lives.

How to Land a Job in Corporate Wellness

By Mark Kelly on Friday, August 31, 2012

If you’re looking for a career where your knowledge will impact hundreds of individuals both physically and financially, corporate wellness may be the right path for you. While many fitness professionals tend shy away from this industry, the reality is that it can be a very rewarding place to work. In this article, Dr. Mark Kelly discusses the necessary steps to land a job as a wellness consultant.

Rapport: The Secret Ingredient to Career Success

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 24, 2012

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

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.

Why Business Savvy Is an Important Part of a Complete, Successful Personal Trainer Profile

By Anthony Wall on Friday, March 9, 2012

Like so many other ACE-certified personal trainers, there’s no doubt you wanted to become a personal trainer because you had a passion for fitness, wanted to stay on top of cutting-edge exercise information and — possibly most importantly — desired to positively transform lives. A passion for business and marketing strategies probably wasn't what got you started in the industry. But having business savvy is important and can help fuel your career. Find out why.

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.

5 Keys to Unlocking Your Business Potential as a Yoga Teacher (Part 1 of 2)

By Stacy McCarthy on Monday, February 20, 2012

Are you ready to take your yoga practice and profession to the next level? Do you want to thrive from your practice in every way possible – from managing and growing finances to ensuring your practice supports your lifestyle? Become empowered to grow your yoga business potential with these strategies for success!

Position Yourself for Success: Offer Results-oriented Training Packages

By Pete McCall on Friday, December 23, 2011

If you find yourself looking for fresh and successful ways to get new clients or are just looking to become a better professional, this post is for you. See why Pete McCall says the business model in the fitness industry is flawed and how personal trainers can have success by offering results-oriented training packages.

How to Advance Your Fitness Career to the Next Level

By Pete McCall on Friday, November 4, 2011

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard, studied, and have finally passed your ACE Personal Trainer certification. Now what? Pete McCall shows what options are available for advancing your career, and shares his experience of going from club management to becoming a full-time personal trainer and group fitness instructor to a fitness educator. Get his tips on securing positions to advance your career as a fitness professional.

7 Fitness Products for Personal Trainers to Watch

By Pete McCall on Friday, August 12, 2011

After scoping out all of the latest equipment from recent trade shows, here are some of my favorite pieces. The biggest trends I’ve seen are the use of non-traditional strength-training equipment and the use of technology to enhance the exercise experience.