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Built to Move

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 25, 2017

The built environment is a term that we often take for granted, but what does it really mean? And how does it affect you, the exercise professional?

Strong Body, Strong Mind

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our mission here at ACE is to get people moving. It is widely known that exercise and regular movement can help maintain and improve physical health by controlling weight, increasing strength and building solid, durable bones. Those health benefits may seem obvious, but did you know that regular physical activity can also improve sleep and reduce tiredness, relieve stress, improve mood and boost energy levels?

Gut Bacteria and Health

By Webmaster on Friday, May 19, 2017

Your gut microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses, the majority of which are ideally healthy and beneficial, and the state of your microbiome is determined by your genes, geography, health status, stress, diet, age, gender and everything you touch. Learn why the microbiome is so central to the body’s operations and how it impacts everything from aging and digestion to mood and cognitive function.

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.

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 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.

Get Moving May

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, May 1, 2017

Use this May to find inspiration in movement, in whatever form it takes, and help inspire your clients and the community find the right activity for them.

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.

Fitness Warriors Fight to Reclaim Health

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Is it really possible for you to make a difference in your community? We believe it is. We believe everyone has what it takes to create great change.

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.

4 Tips for Successful Outdoor Workouts

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Exercising in the great outdoors has even been shown to increase satisfaction with fitness programs, which has the potential to boost both your business and your clients’ fitness levels. With so many perks to outdoor exercise, you don’t want to miss out on taking your training sessions to a park, beach, trail or sidewalk. Just remember to keep in mind that heading outdoors to train clients can bring some unique challenges.

Meal Timing: What and When to Eat for Performance and Recovery

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Knowing what and when to eat to help support your exercise efforts and reach your health and fitness goals can be a challenge. While there is no one-size-fits-all formula, here are several research-based nutritional guidelines for pre- and post-workout meals that can be adapted to each person’s individual needs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Take a walk together

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Whether you’re an exercise professional, community organization or health advocate, starting a community walking group is really quite simple; and it’s a great way to get people moving and impact the health of your community.

Why There’s No Such Thing as “The Best” Exercise

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

“What is the best exercise I should be doing?” Every health and fitness professional has been asked this question at one time or another, but if there’s one thing the research has shown over the past several decades it’s that, when it comes to exercise, there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. ACE Pro Jessica Matthews offers three important factors to consider when explaining to clients and participants why there is no single “best” exercise for everyone.

Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 17, 2017

Fitness technology has made it easier than ever to take positive steps toward better health and fitness, but too much of a good thing could actually lead you down a path to less-healthy behaviors and outcomes. Check out these tips for keeping your good intentions on track with three tech-related healthful habits that commonly go awry.

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.

Why does health coaching matter to allied health?

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Integrating health coaches into our healthcare system is one effective way that we can work toward a more preventive approach.

Mission to Move

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, March 14, 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.

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.

All About Hunger

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 10, 2017

Hunger is your body’s way of telling you it needs food, but if you’re like most people, you sometimes eat for reasons that reflect other forms of hunger. Understanding the complex nature of hunger and appetite can help you differentiate when you’re truly hungry and when your hunger signals may reflect other needs.

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.

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.

The Secret to Aging Gracefully - Get Moving!

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 13, 2017

Though you can’t prevent yourself from aging, you can slow down its effects and ward off potential health threats by adopting and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. We know that regular physical activity plays a critical role in ongoing health, but even just a moderate amount of exercise has been shown to have significant health benefits, especially for adults 50 years and older.

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.

The Missing Link in the Health Care System: Agents of Behavior Change

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The responsibility of providing the breakthrough medicine of the 21st century must ultimately be borne by other health professionals—well-qualified fitness professionals, health coaches, nurses, registered dietitians, medical assistants, physician assistants and others—who have received the proper training and gained the necessary expertise to create sustainable behavior change.

Tackling the Inactivity Epidemic

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

For the first time since 2014, ACE has developed a new key policy position statement—The Inactivity Epidemic. Why did ACE decide to add another key issue to its advocacy efforts? Because we’re committed to monitoring and addressing current health trends, research and policies to ensure we’re focusing on the most current issues impacting the health and fitness industries.

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.

5 Ways to Start the New Year With a Healthier Mindset

By Webmaster on Friday, January 13, 2017

Every New Year, clients commit to becoming healthier and making lifestyle changes. But with so much focus on diet and exercise, many clients forget about their mindset, which makes or breaks their fitness efforts. Here are five ways to help your clients start the New Year with a healthier mindset.

5 Food Trends That Will Dominate in 2017

By Webmaster on Thursday, January 12, 2017

What will be the top food trends in 2017? Here are Justin Robinson’s top five picks for the food trends that will define the coming year and, possibly, change the way we eat for years to come.

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 Questions for Discovering Your Clients’ Real Resolutions

By Webmaster on Thursday, January 5, 2017

It’s the start of a New Year and your clients are ready to make some healthy changes. Learn why being prepared with open-ended questions will help give you a deeper understanding of where your clients have been and how they see themselves reaching their goals.

To get more people moving, meet them where they are

By Webmaster on Monday, January 2, 2017

In our fast-paced, technology-driven culture, it’s easy to get through an entire day without moving our bodies in any significant way. But our bodies were built to move and they work best when we keep them continually active. Leading a highly sedentary lifestyle can have substantial negative health consequences, like the proliferation of preventable chronic diseases we’re seeing today in America and beyond.

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.

Eat Your Water – Sources of Hydrating Foods

By Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

How many times have you heard this question from a client: “How much water should I be drinking every day?” To help you answer that and other water-related questions, here are some basic guidelines and principles you can use as a guide to help evaluate individual hydration needs, identify signs of dehydration and take a creative approach to helping clients stay adequately hydrated.

4 Fitness Pros Advocating for Health Across the Country

By Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What are three of the most important factors driving wellness in a community? According to Facebook, it's family, friends and health—listed as the top three things users were thankful for in 2014. 'Tis the season to reflect on the past and start mapping out our goals for a healthy year to come.

Fit Gifts for 2016

By Webmaster on Friday, December 16, 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for the fitness junkies in your life? Look no further—here are some great and anything-but-typical options that will help take some of the stress out of choosing gifts that your friends and loved ones will cherish for years to come.

ACE Scholarships Aim to Make Physical Activity Accessible to All

By Webmaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The ACE Scholarship Program was created to empower health and fitness pioneers to reach beyond the four walls of the gym and into homes, offices and public spaces to meet people where they are and get them moving. Scholarships are awarded to individuals and organizations targeting diverse audiences—from children to the military to seniors—that are passionate about creating stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities.

6 Strategies for Lighter Alcohol and Snack Consumption During the Holidays

By Webmaster on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

When it comes to alcohol and snacks during the holiday season, it can feel like an all-or-nothing proposition—either indulge or abstain. Show your clients a different approach with these six strategies that make it possible to have fun, indulge a bit and thoroughly enjoy all this season has to offer.

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.

Doing Well While Doing Good: Boost Your Bottom Line with Social Impact

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

As a health and fitness professional, adding a cause strategy to your bottom line is a way to not only better the community in which you live and work, but also to help build your personal brand.

3 Essential Movements for Your Kids

By Kari Luu on Monday, November 14, 2016

Are you concerned about your child’s physical development and ability to move properly? While there are many critical movements that must be developed during early childhood, here are three specific movements to try with your children to make sure they are on the path to be able to participate, perform and enjoy physical activity for a lifetime.

Advocating for Healthy Communities

By Webmaster on Friday, November 11, 2016

How do fitness professionals make opportunities for physical activity accessible, safe and affordable? These tips can help make you an advocate for change in your community.

Health and Fitness Trends You'll See in 2017

By Kari Luu on Thursday, November 10, 2016

ACE pro Pete McCall describes what he believes will be the biggest health and fitness trends of 2017.

8 Ways Marijuana Affects the Body’s Response to Exercise

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Regardless of your personal stance on the legalization of marijuana, as a health and fitness professional you must have an understanding of how marijuana affects normal physiological function so that you can help your clients make the best decisions for their health and fitness. Here are eight things to know about how this drug affects the body, each of which could have an impact on your client’s exercise program.

ACE's Top 10 Workouts in 2016

By Kari Luu on Thursday, November 3, 2016

The year is almost up and there were plenty of workouts that challenged you or your clients! See ACE’s 10 best workouts that will have you working up a sweat!

How to work with clients who have disabilities

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How do we go about building an environment where everyone feels invited to fully participate? These seven tips can help you engage with all groups of people and create new opportunities to foster a physically active culture

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.

6 Tips on Email Etiquette for Health and Fitness Pros

By Kari Luu on Monday, October 24, 2016

As a health and fitness pro, you are often on the go, and a full inbox makes it tempting to communicate with clients in shorthand or text-like fashion. Unfortunately, this shortcut can often be misconstrued as careless, unprofessional or even rude. Make sure your email game is on point by utilizing these six tips for better email etiquette in the fitness industry.

Creative Strategies for Rest and Recovery

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Recovery from a tough workout is all about getting the right combination of rest and movement to circulate blood, but not so much movement that you are introducing a new challenge to the body. Here are four creative and effective ways to do this.

5 Steps to Helping Clients Feel Better With Exercise

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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

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.

Why You Need to Walk it Out for Health

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One of the very best ways for people of all ages and abilities to get moving is by walking. This isn’t just an effective form of activity; but it can also serve as a mode of transportation and allow you to spend more time outdoors and connect with your community.

Cash in on Downtime With These 5 Simple Tasks

By Kari Luu on Saturday, October 1, 2016

What do you do when you have an unexpected break in your schedule? Work out? Socialize? Check email? Hold up a minute! Take a deep breath and contemplate the next step. This pause can transform unexpected downtime into uptime for your business. Question your go-to habits and consider incorporating one of these proven strategies for getting ahead in your career.

How to Create an Unmatched Personal Training Experience

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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

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.

A 20-minute Workout for the Incredibly Busy

By Kari Luu on Monday, September 12, 2016

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

10 Tips to Dominate Your Group Fitness Class

By Kari Luu on Friday, September 2, 2016

The following 10 tips will help you grow as an instructor while getting your participants moving with smiles on their faces and vitality in their movements.

Why Hip Pain is So Common and How to Address It

By Kari Luu on Friday, August 26, 2016

There are a multitude of conditions that can cause hip pain, from trochanteric bursitis to osteoarthritis. The great news is that movement is the panacea for many of these conditions. Learn about the three most common causes of hip pain, as well as three effective fixes that will help get your clients back to their preferred activity levels.

How to Set the Right Fees For Your Fitness Services

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

“What’s your fee?” This is a question that nearly every health and fitness professional must answer, but arriving at the right fee for your services can be tricky. Learn how to carefully and confidently consider the many variables involved in setting the right fee(s) for your fitness services and skill sets.

Summer Exercise Choices for Individuals With Arthritis

By Kari Luu on Friday, August 12, 2016

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

5 Ways to Halt Clients' Bad Nutrition Habits

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

While nutrition is vital to weight loss and exercise performance, it is more effective to initially focus on helping your client make positive behavior changes before moving on to the “nuts and bolts” of nutrition. As a health and fitness professional, your role is to create an environment for effective and positive change. Here are five ways you can create that type of environment and help your clients establish positive nutrition habits.;

5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

If you’re a personal trainer or health coach, consider getting a group fitness instructor certification to help advance your career and keep you at the top of your game.

5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

By Kari Luu on Friday, July 22, 2016

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

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.

7 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

By Kari Luu on Monday, July 11, 2016

Don’t let the heat keep you from your favorite activities. Here are seven strategies for staying cool during summer workouts.

Three Myths About Fitness Technology and Why It’s Essential

By ACE FITNESS on Saturday, July 9, 2016

When used properly, fitness technology offers the opportunity to make a real disruptive change to those we have the honor to serve—our clients and communities. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey explains some of the biggest myths and misconceptions many health and fitness professionals have regarding using fitness technology with their clients.

3 Steps for Crafting Simple Fitness Programs

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business and Brand?

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Communicating with your current and potential customers through social media can be a low-cost, yet extremely effective way to grow your brand. However, when used improperly or without a strategy, social media can be a significant waste of time that can actually hurt your business. Answer these three questions to help you create a social-media roadmap that will help you grow your business and enable you to change more lives.

How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

By Kari Luu on Monday, June 6, 2016

Research suggests that the beginning and ending of a training session or group fitness class leave a lasting impact on participants. With that in mind, ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how to make the most of the “intro” and “outro” portions of your clients’ workouts to maximize their experiences and keep them coming back for more.

5 Need-to-Know Fitness Career Myths

By Kari Luu on Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

Strategies to boost business this summer

By Kari Luu on Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer is the time of the year when you may notice scheduling gaps, because many people are out and about, on adventures and vacations all over the world. Use this time as an opportunity to find creative ways to build your business, like trading clients or organizing group outings, and reap the benefits the rest of the year!

3 Things Successful Health and Fitness Pros Avoid

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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

4 Steps to Help Your Clients Prevent a Diet Relapse

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

When it comes to losing weight, lapses and relapses are extremely common, and can be deeply troubling for clients. Our goal as health and fitness professionals is to help guide clients through the frustration of relapse and into a renewed commitment to their healthy eating and activity behaviors. Here are four steps to guide you through that process.

Are Americans Becoming More Health Conscious?

By Kari Luu on Friday, May 27, 2016

More than ever, Americans are more concerned about genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and organic-based foods, which is causing many industries to change how they do business. Here are some examples of how Americans have become more health conscious and are influencing the future health of their fellow citizens.

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.

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.

3 Steps to Reach More People and Make More Money as a Health and Fitness Professional

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, May 20, 2016

As a health and fitness professional, you have the opportunity to share your positive influence with people all over the world. Follow this three-step strategy to reach more people with your life-changing ideas and perspective, grow your business and start living an extraordinary life while helping others do the same.

Better Communication for Better Client Results

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When it comes to exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices, very client is unique, with varying levels of skills and motivation. Understanding your clients’ motivations and attitudes about exercise can help you tailor your communications and expectations to accommodate each individual’s needs. Learn how to identify the four common client types and how you can use this information to create more relevant and engaging personal-training experiences.

Exercises for Different Personality Types

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

If you want to be able to make instant connections with new clients and participants, being able to identify their personality types can help. Learn how you can improve your ability to communicate with your clients by understanding the characteristics and traits of different personality types. This can help you identify the most effective ways to design exercise programs for each client’s specific needs.

An Underutilized Networking Strategy to Attract New Clients

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, May 9, 2016

Building relationships and networking with massage therapists, nutritionists, medical doctors, chiropractors and other health practitioners can help build a strong foundation source of referrals. But how do you make strong connections with quality, like-minded professionals? Here are five traits to work on developing in yourself, as well as ones you should look for in potential collaborators.

4 Mobile Apps for Boosting Your Fitness Business

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Interested in using technology to help grow your fitness business? These fun and innovative mobile apps will help you get more out of your everyday work routine, and also your career as a whole.

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 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.

Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, April 21, 2016

The group fitness market is constantly changing, so it’s unwise to take your client base for granted. Here are five proven approaches for encouraging both new and seasoned exercisers to keep coming back to your classes, time and time again.

Interview Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

As the fitness industry continues to evolve, opportunities for instructors have never been greater. With so much variety in the field, no two interview experiences are the same. Keep in mind that most companies require a verbal interview and a practical audition. The following tips can help you prepare for your interview and make a great first impression.

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.

7 Questions to ask yourself before becoming a GFI

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

If you’re considering becoming a group fitness instructor, you were probably inspired by one of your teachers, and now you want to create that transformative experience for others. This is exciting! Taking that leap from participant to instructor is a big one—bigger than you might think. When you put the microphone on, you’re taking responsibility for everyone and everything that happens in that room. Here are few questions to ask yourself before heading down this path.

Top Sightings at IHRSA 2016

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

As he does every year, ACE pro Pete McCall compiled a list of the exciting new products and developments on display at this year’s IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) tradeshow, where fitness companies and exercise equipment manufacturers introduce their latest and greatest products. Once again, this year’s offerings did not disappoint. Here are the products that stood out as either new innovations or cool updates on existing designs.

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.

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.

6 Easy Steps to Raising Your Rates

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

If you’re an independent health and fitness professional, you may be the only person who can give yourself a pay increase. Nobody wants to ask for more money, especially when you have to do it multiple times. But keeping up with inflation and earning a decent living are perfectly reasonable reasons for requesting a pay raise. Here are six steps to help you prepare for this exciting change.

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.

Exercise Starting Point and Progressions

By Matt Gossman on Friday, March 4, 2016

It is often said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” However, so does the short journey that is abandoned in the early stages because it is not going well. One of your primary roles as a health and fitness professional, argues ACE pro Jonathan Ross, is ensuring your clients’ first steps are the ones that will lead to long-term success. After all, the finish line doesn’t matter if you don’t put the starting line in the right place.

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.

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.

5 Nutrition Changes Clients Need to Make to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

By Matt Gossman on Friday, February 19, 2016

When it comes to helping clients lose weight, we need to turn to the evidence and learn what science suggests is the most effective and, importantly, safe way to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Here are five nutrition practices that are likely to help guide people toward a healthy and sustainable weight.

Getting Your Clients to Make Lasting Behavioral Changes

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making lasting changes to one’s life—or to helping someone else make that change for themselves. Use these five strategies to help increase the likelihood that your clients will achieve long-term success and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

3 Ways to Make Your Group Fitness Classes More Effective

By ACE FITNESS on Saturday, February 6, 2016

The landscape of fitness is changing. With the increase of boutique studios, small-group training programming and more convenient methods of getting your sweat on (think apps and on-demand players), a group fitness instructor needs to take a look in the mirror and make sure he or she is still relevant. Shannon Fable explains the three P’s of professional group fitness instructors that will help you stand out this year.

Empathy: The Key to Reaching Clients Affected by Overweight and Obesity

By Lee Jordan on Friday, February 5, 2016

Empathy, which is an evidenced-based skill, is incredibly valuable to health and fitness professionals in that it can help improve client adherence. Learn why mastering the skill of empathy is an essential key to reaching your clients affected by overweight and obesity.

3 Key Benefits of Becoming an ACE Certified Weight Management Specialist

By Gina Crome on Monday, January 25, 2016

Overweight and obesity continue to impact a majority of Americans. How prepared are you to help this population? Learn about the career-boosting benefits of becoming an ACE Certified Weight Management Specialist, and how you can make a significant difference in the lives of those who struggle with overweight and obesity.

How to Use Strengths-Based Coaching to Help Your Clients Reach Their Goals

By Jonathan Ross on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Strengths-based coaching stems from the belief that clients are resourceful and have the capacity to make healthy changes—they just need help redirecting their focus away from their weaknesses and on to their strengths. Learn how strengths-based coaching can have a powerful effect on all your client’s workouts, actions and behaviors, making your role as coach and the client’s pursuit of health easier and more enjoyable.

3 R’s of Workout Recovery Nutrition

By Evolution Nutrition on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

As a health and fitness professional, you need to help your clients follow the three “R’s” of recovery—refuel, rebuild and rehydrate—which are essential for maximizing the training effect. Here is a brief overview of the three R’s of recovery, plus sample recovery diets for three specific workouts.

Health Coaching: How the Profession, Impact and Opportunities Grew in 2015

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Health coaches have never been in greater demand, as more and more people recognize the power of this profession to help people make lasting positive changes in health and well-being. The health-coaching profession is expected to continue to grow in 2016, as several recent studies and reviews have established the benefits of implementing coaching principles to improve health. Here is a small sampling of these findings.

5 Practical Tips for Teaching Active Agers

By Lawrence Biscontini on Friday, December 18, 2015

Fitness programs for older adults are included many top fitness trends lists for 2016, which means the opportunity has never been greater for health and fitness professionals to hone their message to this dynamic and vocal population. Here are five refreshing tips for making interactions with the active aging market both successful and enjoyable.

A Review of the Healthcare System in 2015

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Following the full rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 and healthcare reform, the healthcare system saw some notable trends and signs of progress along with some setbacks in 2015. Here are a few of the highlights with the most relevance for health and fitness professionals.

Keep Your Long-Term Clients Motivated with These 3 Steps

By Kelley Vargo on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Being able to motivate your long-term clients is an important aspect of being a successful health and fitness professional. Here are three steps to keeping your clients motivated over the long haul.

10 Fitness Trends to Look Out For in 2016

By Pete McCall on Monday, December 7, 2015

Ready to look ahead to what fitness trends will be popular in 2016? While the following list is by no means exhaustive, it can provide you with some insight in to what fitness products or programs will be most likely to influence your work and career in the coming months. You can also use this information as a guide for choosing professional development, enabling you to offer the highest level of service to your clients and class participants.

8 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2015

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Given today’s hectic lifestyles, it can be a challenge to keep up with all the new discoveries related to exercise, fitness and health. To help fill in the gaps in your knowledge, here are some of the most significant health- and fitness-related findings and trends that emerged in 2015.

Nutrient Dense vs. Calorically Dense Food

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, November 20, 2015

Have you ever been told to eat “nutrient-rich” or “nutrient-dense” foods? Or to stay away from foods that have “empty calories”? When terms like these are thrown around, it’s easy to get confused. Learn about the concepts of nutrient density and caloric density and what roles they play in a well-balanced diet.

Tips for Clients Who Want to Start a Weight Loss Program

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nutrition can make or break your client’s weight-loss program. While it’s vital to stay within your defined scope of practice as a health and fitness professional, helping clients achieve their goals and maintain those numbers beyond the short term with an expert nutrition plan and tips is always part of a successful program. Give your clients the best possible chances for weight-loss success with these 10 essential tips.

Motivation Techniques for Your Hard-to-motivate Clients

By Pete McCall on Monday, November 2, 2015

Fitness, by itself, is rarely enough to keep people feeling motivated to exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices. However, whatever any of us really love about life, it gets better when we do it in a fit, capable body. Learn how to help your clients find their “why” and connect it with fitness to provide a formula for a near endless supply of motivation.

Slow-twitch vs. Fast-twitch Muscle Fibers

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 30, 2015

Understanding how the physiology of the body adapts to exercise can help you develop more effective exercise programs for your specific needs. Learn the unique characteristics of slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibers, along with the best training strategies for maximizing the efficiency and enjoyment of your workout time.

Walk the Talk! A Fitness Professional’s Guide to Developing Walking Programs

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

To support Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities, ACE has created a free toolkit designed to help fitness professionals lead safe and effective walking programs, and become advocates for more walkable communities.

Food Swaps for Increased Energy

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, October 23, 2015

Success depends upon more than just regular training sessions. Learn how you can support your clients’ training program and busy lifestyles with energy-boosting eating plans and foods swaps like these for increased energy and drive.

Things to Consider Before Becoming a Personal Trainer

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Are you thinking about becoming a personal trainer? Although the idea of spending your days and making your living helping others exercise sounds appealing, there is a whole lot more to being a personal trainer than designing exercise programs. Learn what the top pros in the industry have to say about the joys and challenges of being a personal trainer and what you need to know before pursuing a personal training career.

4 Reasons to Become a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, September 25, 2015

As a health and fitness professional, you’ve made it your mission to help others live their most fit lives. As a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, you can dramatically expand your ability to reach those who need your help the most, including the millions of people living with health challenges such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Here are four compelling reasons why current ACE pros should consider becoming an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist.

The Worst Foods to Eat After a Workout

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Depending on timing, amounts of food and combinations of macronutrients, nutrition can either amplify your clients’ efforts in the gym or detract from them. Learn how you can help your clients make better food choices immediately following their workouts.

The Worst Things to Eat Before a Workout

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Paired with a comprehensive nutrition program, the right foods before a workout can energize and sustain clients in their exercise efforts, while the wrong foods can hinder performance. While staying within your scope of practice, learn how to help clients nourish their bodies properly so they can perform to the best of their ability during each workout.

Youth Fitness: Principles for Effective Programming

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fitness professionals have a very important role in the fitness of future generations and, by focusing on youth fitness, they can help proactively reduce the obesity epidemic in our country. Learn how to effectively program for children that will instill foundations of body awareness, flexibility, strength and confidence in America’s youth.

Why Personal Trainers Should Consider Teaching Group Fitness Classes

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, September 4, 2015

The two worlds of personal training and group fitness are often kept separate, but teaching group fitness classes actually offers up a wide variety of career-enhancing opportunities for personal trainers. If you are a personal trainer looking to enhance your career or establish a more consistent income stream, here are seven reasons you should consider teaching group fitness.

Common Signs Your Client May Have an Eating Disorder

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 31, 2015

Eating disorders are complex, clinically diagnosed conditions that can have serious physical and emotional complications. As a health and fitness professional, you can play an important role in recognizing the early warning signs of eating disorders, which may increase the likelihood of successful recovery.

ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification: A Pathway onto the Healthcare Team

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual is a comprehensive, science -based resource to prepare you for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification. Earning this certification can position you to serve as a vital link between the clinic and the community.

5 Steps to Becoming a Celebrity Personal Trainer in Your Own Community

By Mike Robinson on Monday, August 24, 2015

Celebrity personal trainers may be common in Los Angeles and New York, but did you know that you can become one in your own community? The key is to become the trainer others look to for both information and results. These five steps will help you start creating buzz and raise your celebrity profile in your own community today.

Heart-pumping Plyometrics Workout

By Chris Freytag on Monday, August 17, 2015

Plyometric training, which uses explosive movements to build strength and condition the muscles and heart, offers the benefits of both strength training and high-intensity interval training. This 15-minute plyometric workout is a great way to introduce this form of training to your clients that are ready for a greater challenge.

8 Hormones Involved in Exercise

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 10, 2015

Hormones have a huge effect on the functions of the body, and many are directly affected by exercise (and vice versa). Here is a rundown of some of the most important hormones involved in exercise, along with the physiological functions they control. Understanding how exercise influences hormone levels can help you develop safe and effective exercise programs for your clients.

How to Make Group Exercise Accessible to Everyone

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, August 6, 2015

As group fitness instructors, it’s important for us to help beginners enjoy the experience so they can become experienced exercise enthusiasts in the shortest amount of time possible. Here are six ideas for making your group fitness workouts more accessible, which may, in turn, increase your class sizes and help more people experience the benefits of exercise.

Low Carb vs. Low Fat: Which One is Best for Your Client?

By Evolution Nutrition on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How often do you hear this question from your clients: Should I follow a low-carb or a low-fat diet? The answer, of course, depends on each client’s individual needs and goals. Learn about the pros and cons of these popular diets and how they may or not work for your clients and their health and fitness goals.

Making the Shift From “Educator” to “Facilitator”

By Tiffani Bachus on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

“Telling” our clients what they need to do to reach their health and fitness goals rarely results in long-term lifestyle change. Instead, we need to help clients find the right answers within themselves. Learn how to transition from being an educator to a facilitator and help your clients find the strength and motivation within themselves to live healthier, happier lives.

4 Moves to Help You Master the Pull-up

By Jacqueline Crockford on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Performing a full, unassisted pull-up is a challenging task for most people, because it involves moving the entirety of your own bodyweight up against gravity. It also takes incredible upper-body strength and trunk stability. Here are four exercises that should be a part of your routine if your goal is to complete this essential movement pattern without assistance.

Top 7 Reasons for Using Periodization With Your Clients

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Acquiring and retaining clients is a common concern of health and fitness professionals. You can create added value for your services by systematically changing the volume and intensity of your clients’ exercise programs. Here are seven compelling reasons why you should apply the science of periodization to develop long-term programs that are dynamic, challenging and effective.

5 Essential Tools for Independent Personal Trainers

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, July 10, 2015

Every day new technology is making the administration and delivery of personal-training services faster and easier. Here are the five essential tools for the independent trainer that will help minimize some of the tasks that, although essential to your business, keep you from spending more time with clients.

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.

The Foundational Building Blocks of Physical Literacy

By Brett Klika on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kids need to move to stay healthy and develop the physical literacy they need to become healthy, active adults. Learn how you can help kids develop foundational motor abilities (FMAs) by using drills and games that make movement fun and effective and will help them become more competent and confident with movement for life.

How to Increase Physical Literacy Among America’s Youth

By Sarah Chambers on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Physically confident and competent children are active for life, but far too many of America’s youth are physically inactive. As a health and fitness professional, you are in a great position to help kids become more physically active and, as a result, more physically literate. Learn about the foundational building blocks that are essential to helping children develop physical literacy.

Should You Be Eating More Fat?

By Evolution Nutrition on Thursday, June 11, 2015

It’s time to let go of the outdated belief that all fats are bad and the best meal plan is a low-fat diet. Learn why embracing a healthy diet for yourself and clients—one that is rich in good fats and limits bad fats—is essential for improving health and overall well-being.

The Causes and Effects of Physical Inactivity Among America's Youth

By Brett Klika on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Physical inactivity is a widespread problem in America, particularly among kids. As a health and fitness professional, you are likely driven to help people of all ages enjoy the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. This 6-part blog series offers a step-by-step approach to rebuilding physical literacy so you can help youngsters develop the skills necessary to be active for life.

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.

ACE's 30th Anniversary: Thank You From our CEO

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, May 29, 2015

ACE's 30th Anniversary: Thank You From Our CEO

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.

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.

5 Healthy Habits of Successful People

By Dominique Wakefield on Monday, April 27, 2015

While exercise is essential, it isn’t the only healthy habit worth adopting. These five simple, but highly effective healthy habits can go a long way toward helping you and your clients achieve optimal health and well-being.

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.

How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Anyone who has tried to help people make a behavioral change knows how difficult it can be, and not everyone is ready to make the changes we think they need to make to improve their health. Learn how to use the ACE Cycle of Change to help you tailor behavior-change interventions to your client’s readiness to change.

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.

Nutrition Support for Long-distance Running

By Evolution Nutrition on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

When it comes to long-distance running, nutrition is a big consideration for health and success, whether your client’s program is simply moving from a more casual weekly routine to extended times and distances or training for a first marathon. Learn how you can support your clients’ long-distance running efforts while staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional.

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.

12 Interesting New Fitness Products Seen at IHRSA 2015

By Pete McCall on Thursday, March 19, 2015

The annual conference and tradeshow of the International Health and Racquet Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) always offers a wide variety of interesting new products and programs that could impact the fitness industry in the coming months and years. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall describes 12 new and innovative products that caught his eye on the tradeshow floor. Learn how these products might help you enhance or change the way that you deliver your fitness services in the coming months and years.

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.

How Popular Restrictive Diets May Impact Clients' Fitness Efforts

By Evolution Nutrition on Wednesday, March 4, 2015

While a particular diet may appear to be a good choice because it helps facilitate weight loss, many popular diets are simply too restrictive or limiting to follow over the long-term. And if your clients aren’t getting enough calories, it’s going to tough for them to have enough energy to successfully complete the training programs you design. Learn how to spot these restrictive diets and offer your clients healthier, safer alternatives.

How to Improve Client Results with an Expert Nutrition Plan

By Evolution Nutrition on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Combining a progressive training program with an expert nutrition plan can dramatically improve client results, leading to everything from improved client retention to increased sales. The real secret is providing your clients with a healthful nutrition plan, not just another diet.

4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 19, 2015

As a health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to get your clients to open up about the difficulties they face in making lasting behavior change. Motivational interviewing, however, can be an effective communication strategy for exploring the ambivalence your clients may feel about making healthy changes in their lives. From asking open-ended questions to affirming your clients’ responses, learn how to use this powerful technique with your clients.

How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?

By U Rock Girl! on Monday, February 16, 2015

It seems everyone has a different idea about how much protein, carbs and fat we should be eating each day. Should we be eating more protein than carbohydrates or fat? What are the best sources of protein—animal or plant based? From how much protein you need based on your activity level to special considerations for kids and teens, U Rock Girl breaks it all down.

The Real Impact of Carbs

By Evolution Nutrition on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Still think carbs are evil? It’s time to set the record straight about this essential macronutrient and learn the real impact of carbs on our bodies.

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.

Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move

By Dominique Wakefield on Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Know someone who remains unconvinced that exercise is essential to good health and longevity? Consider this: The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that physical inactivity constitutes the fourth leading cause of death globally, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. Recognizing that the human body was made to move and that it functions best when it is regularly physically active provides a critical foundation for our clients’ journey to improve their fitness and overall wellbein

3 Strategies for Acquiring Clients That Are Affected by Obesity

By Sarah Shore-Beck on Friday, January 30, 2015

Individuals who struggle with obesity often don’t know where to turn for help, and the traditional gym setting is often too intimidating for them to even consider. Here are some new approaches that can help you connect with and help the two-thirds of the population that is overweight or has obesity.

Fun Ways to Add Variety to Your Clients’ Workouts

By Elizabeth Andrews on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

With so many new exercisers flooding the gyms this time of year, it can be a challenge to figure out how to keep them coming back when their resolve starts to wane. How can we keep them excited and engaged? By getting creative, explains ACE Certified pro Elizabeth Andrews. Here are some fun, creative ideas to add to your clients’ workouts that will keep them mentally and physically stimulated, while having some fun and keeping boredom at bay.

Customer Service Tips for Health and Fitness Pros

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Delivering good service makes all of the difference between developing long-term customers and being out of business within a few months. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall offers some important tips on how to deliver a service experience that will help you stand out from the competition.

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.

How to Help Your Clients Develop Intrinsic Motivation for Exercise

By Dominique Wakefield on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What really motivates your clients to exercise when they are not with you? Do you assume that your passion for fitness can transfer onto your clients so they will love fitness and exercise as much as you do? ACE Certified pro Dominique Wakefield explains how to purposefully interact with your clients to help them develop intrinsic motivation for exercise for greater long-term adherence.

Total-body Workout for Beginners

By Jacqueline Crockford on Monday, January 12, 2015

When designing strength-training programs for beginning exercisers, keep it simple, urges ACE Exercise Physiologist Jacque Ratliff, who explains how to use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to create simple and appropriately challenging workouts for clients who are new to exercise.

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.

The Best Nutrition Trends of 2014 for Weight Loss

By Evolution Nutrition on Friday, January 2, 2015

Buzzwords, popular eating plans and fads come and go in the fitness industry, but nutrition trends that embrace healthy foods and easily sustainable diet strategies can provide a foundation for client health and weight-loss success. Here are four popular nutrition trends for 2014 that are worth carrying into the New Year.

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.

6 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Body

By Evolution Nutrition on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Do alcoholic drinks have a place in a healthy meal plan? Whether it’s a cocktail at happy hour, wine with dinner or beer at the big game, it’s important to know how alcohol affects the body, especially when it comes to nutrition and meal planning.

10 Fitness Trends to Look Out For in 2015

By Pete McCall on Monday, December 15, 2014

With the end of 2014 in sight, it’s time to identify the programs or products that could become the next CrossFit and shape the fitness landscape in 2015. After soliciting input from some of the top experts and educators in the fitness industry, here is my top 10 list of fitness trends that are sure to be a hit in 2015.

4 Superfoods to Look Out For in 2015

By Evolution Nutrition on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Move over kale. Take a seat flax. These up-and-coming superfoods are about to take back the spotlight and elevate your diet to a whole new level of exceptional taste and nutrition.

9 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2014

By Pete McCall on Thursday, December 4, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it is worth taking a few minutes to review the research to see what we have learned about how exercise and physical activity can help us stay healthy and achieve our fitness goals. Covering everything from exercise intensity to the role of micro-bacteria, here are nine facts about fitness that were either realized or validated over the past year.

Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

By Lawrence Biscontini on Monday, November 24, 2014

From cycling to swimming to yoga, breathing is a common thread that runs through all fitness modalities. ACE Certified pro and renowned mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains several common breathing techniques, which he says can not only deepen one’s sense of relaxation away from the gym, but also enhance focus, visualization, relaxation response and even intensity during workouts.

5 Steps to Starting a Fitness Business in the New Year

By amSTATZ on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thinking about taking the leap and starting a fitness business in the New Year? Here are five essential things you can do to ensure your success. Follow these and you’ll be starting a fitness business that will give you both independence and a growing income.

Essential Business Systems That Save Both Time and Money

By amSTATZ on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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

Obesity Weighing Down Military Recruiting Efforts

By Drew Littman on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Every day, young Americans whose greatest wish is to serve their country are turned away at recruiting stations because they are too overweight to join up. Drew Littman, policy director for the Campaign to End Obesity, argues that we must ensure that youth have access to the necessary preventative tools that enable them to eat better, exercise more and address the obesity epidemic that has now risen to become a national security issue.

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.

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.

Core-strengthening Stability Ball Workout

By Sabrena Jo on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There is more to a balanced core program than just performing crunches or sit-ups. ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill explains why it’s important to challenge the core from a variety of different angles and presents a stability ball routine that addresses the entire functionality of the trunk muscles—flexion, extension, side bending and rotation.

Health Coaching: Empowering Clients Through Behavior Change

By Gina Crome on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Good health coaches combine the science of exercise and weight management with the art of coaching and communication to deliver effective messages to help clients make meaningful changes that they can maintain for life. Learn how to use the health coach’s techniques of motivational interviewing and cognitive coaching to help your clients achieve lasting behavioral change that will result in better health and wellness.

How to Determine What to Charge for Your Services

By Pete McCall on Monday, October 13, 2014

It’s a common question that both new and experienced fitness professionals must answer: What do I charge for my services? ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains how to accurately price your services according to what your market will bear and offers some great tips for maximizing your per-hour price.

Will Small-group Training Replace One-on-one Training?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Is it possible that small-group training could one day replace one-on-one personal training? All signs point to that being the case within the next few years. ACE Certified pro Pete McCall explains the many benefits offered by small-group training—to fitness professionals, health clubs and consumers—and why fitness professionals should start embracing this growing trend.

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.

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 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.

Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

By Lawrence Biscontini on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Today’s active aging market is the largest growing fitness demographic in the industry, with more than 10,000 people in North American turning 65 years old each day. Scientific research suggests that, of the five types of aging—chronological, functional, biological, psychological and social—exercise can have a tremendously positive effect on four of them. To help kick off Active Aging week, let’s take a closer look at the researched anti-aging benefits of exercise.

Strength Training Workout for Beginners

By Riana Rohmann on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The gym can be an intimidating place, especially for women who are new to resistance training. Free weights, barbells and cable machines all look like torture devices to a newcomer, and the fear of “looking silly” or like you don’t know what you’re doing may hold you back. Here are a few tips and six beginner exercises targeting each major muscle group to get you or your client started.

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.

The Changing Face of Group Fitness

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Whether you’re a long-time instructor or just earned your certification, stepping back to look at where the industry has come in group fitness can offers a fresh appreciation for and industry that, arguably, has never been more exciting than it is right now. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini looks at the face of group fitness—then and now.

Youth Fitness: The ABCs of Physical Activity

By Anna Renderer on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Given the importance of physical activity to kids’ health and development, it makes sense that the ABCs of physical activity should be taught right alongside the ABCs of language. As a fitness professional, you have the opportunity to help shape the future activity levels and preferences of today’s youth. Here are some great ways to help kids learn the fundamental movement skills that will help lay the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity.

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.

Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

By Shannon Fable on Saturday, August 30, 2014

It seems the fitness industry has decided you can never have too much high-intensity interval training (HIIT), with the intense modality taking over class schedules across the country. But popularity doesn’t always mean great results, explains ACE Certified pro Shannon Fable, who argues that we’ve gotten a little too carried away with all-HIIT programming, all the time. Could there be a more effective approach?

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 Two-a-Day Workouts Right for You?

By Pete McCall on Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wondering if two-a-day workouts might help you achieve your fitness goals? ACE Certified Pro Pete McCall explains how to determine if two-a-days are right for you and, if so, how to organize your workouts to achieve specific fitness goals.

An Interview with the Campaign to End Obesity

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 11, 2014

There’s no question that obesity is having a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of both America’s citizens and its economy. The Campaign to End Obesity was formed to help come up with policies, procedures and laws to help reduce the prevalence of obesity. The American Council on Exercise has joined this effort and invites you to learn how you can help. Here’s what you need to know about the Campaign to End Obesity and how you can get involved.

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.

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

What’s new in the ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition)?

By Todd Galati on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We’re very proud to announce that our new ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) has arrived! Rooted in the latest science, the new manual delivers relevant tools that new professionals and industry veterans from all fields can apply to the clients of today. It marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with new information about managing a personal training business, and the evolution of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model, proven to help you deliver custom, individualized 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.

ACE Participates in First-of-its-kind Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ACE advocacy staff recently met with members of Congress to discuss ways to help Americans become more physically active and how we all can support a cultural shift toward wellness. ACE also used the opportunity to explain the important role that qualified fitness professionals and health coaches play in the healthcare arena. Read on for more information about the #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill and what it means for fitness professionals.

How to Select the Right Exercises for Your Clients

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In this first in an ongoing series examining the principles and variables of program design and how they can be applied to create results for clients, ACE Certified Personal Trainer Pete McCall explains the art and science of selecting the right exercises when designing an exercise program.

The Problem With Lifting Too Little

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

As modern technology continues to make things physically easier, many people are becoming incapable of performing any kind of physically challenging activity. Unfortunately, some people continue to hang on to an aversion to strength training due to a fear of building big muscles. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains the hazards of not physically challenging the body and why lifting heavier weights is essential for keeping the body strong and vital.

How to Help Your Clients Develop a Positive Self-Image

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Body-image issues can be hugely damaging to an individual’s self-esteem and ability to enjoy life. As a fitness professional, you will likely encounter clients struggling to feel good about how they look and feel. Learn how you can help your clients develop a more positive self-image and begin to counteract some of the outside forces that contribute to body-image disorders.

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’s Top Articles for Health and Fitness Business Owners

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 15, 2014

In honor of National Small Business Week, ACE is celebrating our pros that have made the leap to owning their own health and fitness business. To say thank you for the positive impact you’ve had on the health and fitness industry, and the difference you are making in each and every one of your client’s and customer's lives, here is a list of our top career posts. Use these blogs to help grow your business or share them with a friend or colleague who is just getting started.

Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity Forum: A Recap and Call to Action

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A large group of individuals and organizations committed to reducing the incidence of childhood obesity recently came together to discuss solutions, particularly for low-income and minority communities where childhood obesity rates are at their highest. ACE’s Dr. Natalie Digate Muth attended this forum and believes that ACE’s network of more than 50,000 ACE Certified Professionals is primed to play a major role in helping to build a healthy environment that reduces the incidence of childhood obe

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.

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.

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.

IHRSA 2014 Products and Trends

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Didn’t make it out to IHRSA this year? No problem! Fitness pro Pete McCall walked the trade show floor to identify the biggest trends and hottest new products emerging this year. Here’s what he found.

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

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.

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.

Lifestyle Habits that Don’t Work: Part II

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, February 10, 2014

When you decide to make healthy lifestyle changes, people are often ready to offer their advice on what changes you should make. But beware—some of the most common advice can actually end up doing you more harm than good. In this second of a two-part series, fitness pro Jonathan Ross breaks down two more common lifestyle habits that simply don’t work.

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.

Monetizing Group Fitness

By Shannon Fable on Monday, February 3, 2014

Group fitness instructors are among the most enthusiastic, upbeat people on the planet, especially when it comes to their careers. But it can be tough to love a job that doesn’t always pay the bills. Fitness pro Shannon Fable explains four viable paths that group fitness instructors should consider if they want to expand their career paths and increase their income.

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.

5 Ways to Use Walking to Grow Your Business

By Michele Stanten on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Offering walking programs can be a great way to expand your business into new markets and reach those who might otherwise remain inactive. And, while walking may seem basic, with a little creativity you can use walking to benefit your business. Here are some fun programming options.

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.

Client Motivation Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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

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.

Best Fitness Apps for Fitness Professionals

By Ted Vickey on Thursday, January 9, 2014

Technology, when used properly, can have a profound impact on the success of one’s business. Ted Vickey, ACE’s Senior Consultant for innovation and emerging technology, offers his top picks among the latest apps, websites and digital devices that personal trainers or health coaches should consider using to expand their businesses and set themselves apart from the competition.

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.

Help Your Clients Achieve Real Resolve, Not Just Resolutions

By Michael Mantell on Saturday, December 28, 2013

Every year it’s the same for so many clients—making resolutions only to break them within the first few weeks of the New Year. Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can be source of real behavior change for your clients all year long by using techniques from positive psychology, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior change.

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.

Working Around Low-back Pain: How to Approach LBP With Clients

By Christopher McGrath on Thursday, December 19, 2013

With four out of five adults experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, fitness professionals are sure to encounter clients who need help improving their low-back health. Fitness pro Chris McGrath explains how you can develop programs that address good core stability and timing, along with multi-dimensional mobility of the hips and thoracic spine, which can help keep a client’s low back healthy and open up opportunities to build fitness with greater safety and effectiveness.

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.

15 People Worth Following on Twitter

By Ted Vickey on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Social media can feel like a crowded and chaotic place, making it a challenge to determine who you should be following. Fitness tech expert Ted Vickey cuts through the clutter and offers his top 15 health- and fitness-related people—from fitness pros to health journalists to academics—worth following on Twitter.

Recovery Redefined: Post-workout Nutrition

By Jonathan Ross on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Does nutrition really make a difference when it comes to recovering from a tough workout? In this second installment of a two-part series, award-winning fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains how to effectively use nutrition to enhance recovery so you can help your clients get the greatest possible benefits from the workouts you design for them.

Time-saving Workout Ideas for Busy Clients

By Pete McCall on Monday, December 2, 2013

It’s not surprising that the busiest time of year—when stress levels are high and energy levels are often low—that clients need their trainers the most. Unfortunately, even the most dedicated exercisers don’t always make the time to work out. You can help your clients deal with the stress of the season and remain fit by incorporating these time-restricted workouts into their routines that will get the job done quickly and effectively.

Just You and A Hill

By Doug Balzarini on Monday, November 18, 2013

The two most often-cited excuses for not exercising are lack of time and money. ACE-certified Personal Trainer Doug Balzarini offers this solution to both those excuses: hills. Performing hill sprints may be one of the most efficient ways to help your clients dramatically improve their fitness, shed body weight and fat, and meet their fitness goals. Here are two great workout routines—for beginners and advanced exercisers—to help you get started.

The Inaugural Obesity Week: What Does It Mean for You?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, November 11, 2013

This week, Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, ACE’s Senior Health Strategist, is attending the inaugural Obesity Week, an event focused on identifying solutions to reversing the national obesity epidemic. In this blog, she explains what this event means to fitness professionals and how you can get involved in improving the health of your communities.

Workout Wednesday

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, November 4, 2013

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday—now it’s time to starting thinking about Workout Wednesday, ACE’s brand new initiative to help people get moving and engage in fitness activities on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving. In addition to providing a wide range of tools and resources for you and your clients, ACE is hosting a photo contest on Twitter and Instagram. Learn how you can enter to win great prizes, including a trip to an ultra-luxurious spa in the Dominican Republic.

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.

How a Fitness Professional is Using Her Health Coach Certification

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, October 25, 2013

In this ongoing series highlighting how people in a wide range of industries are using their ACE Health Coach Certification to expand their careers, Andrea Metcalf describes how ACE certifications—including the ACE Health Coach—have given her the credibility and confidence to lead others down the path to better health and fitness.

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.

3 TRX Moves for an Effective Warm-Up

By TRX Training on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Properly preparing yourself and your clients for an effective workout should always be a priority. Check out three ways you can utilize the TRX Suspension Trainer to warm up the lower body. Dan McDonogh, TRX Senior Group Training and Development Manager, offers step-by-step instructions on how you can increase mobility in the ankles, hips and hamstrings.

Corporate Wellness: How to Seal the Deal With a Potential New Company

By Angel Chelik on Tuesday, October 8, 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 final installment of a three-part series, corporate wellness expert Angel Chelik explains the final steps to building an on-site fitness program and how to close the deal with a potential new company.

How NOT to Impress Your Students: The Top 5 Things GFIs Do That Backfire

By Shannon Fable on Thursday, October 3, 2013

Could some of the passion and enthusiasm you feel as a group fitness instructor actually turn off some potential participants? Fitness pro Shannon Fable has some challenging ideas for GFIs, explaining that many of our industry’s tried-and-true practices may not be the best way to encourage the masses to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.

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.

Yoga for Clients Who Are Overweight or Obese

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, September 19, 2013

It is a common misconception that overweight and obese individuals should stick with gentler forms of yoga, rather than attempt more vigorous styles like Ashtanga or Iyengar. Yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar explains why standing asanas are far more effective for these clients and participants, particularly when it comes to enhancing flexibility and supporting weight-loss efforts.

Become Your Clients’ Nutrition Manager and Help Them Achieve Their Goals

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, September 9, 2013

Planning for success is a huge part of achieving any goal or dream. Helping your clients achieve their weight-loss goals is no different—they need you to help them make the best choices for their lives that will give them the greatest chances for success. Dr. Susan Kleiner explains how you can become your clients’ nutrition manager and support their efforts toward living a healthier lifestyle.

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.

Two Underrated Exercises You Should Be Doing

By Jonathan Ross on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Everyone always seems to be after the latest and greatest—and fitness professionals are no exception. But, while new ideas are great, what has come before can often be effective if we know how to use them properly. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains how to take a couple of old-school movements and apply current knowledge of exercise science to creatively and effectively challenge your clients in whole new ways.

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.

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.

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.

It’s Not Wrong, It’s Different: A Modern Approach to Yoga Asana

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, August 8, 2013

There are, it seems, as many styles and approaches to yoga as there are instructors. But what do you do if your students learned their poses from instructors that followed yoga styles that are different from the one you are teaching? Go with the flow, says yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar, who urges instructors to take a more modern-day approach to teaching yoga by being respectful of other traditions and staying flexible with regards to what they consider to be right or correct form.

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.

What’s Your Weight Doing For You?

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Everyone wants to lose his or her extra weight, right? Well, yes…and no. Jonathan Ross explains some of the powerful incentives many overweight and obese people have for holding on to their extra pounds, including emotional benefits like a sense of identity and social invisibility. Learn how you can help your clients release these incentives and instead discover the benefits of movement and a healthy lifestyle.

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

IDEA’s 2013 Award Winners: Professional Advice From the Best of the Best

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The 2013 roster of IDEA Award winners is nothing short of stellar. And the fact that all three are part of the ACE family means we simply couldn’t be more proud. We asked each winner—Carol Espel, Brett Klika and Shannon Fable—to share their best advice for building a successful career in the fitness industry. You don’t want to miss what they had to say.

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.

New Nutrition Tools for Pros

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fitness professionals have the opportunity to reach people struggling to manage or lose weight, but unfortunately, many shy away from discussing nutrition, assuming it is outside of their scope of practice. ACE has taken the initiative to find solutions that allow fitness professionals to maximize their expertise in nutrition without going beyond the boundaries. The tools discussed in this article will help pros build their toolbox, and increase their value in the industry.

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.

Obesity as a Disease: What This Means for You

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

You may have heard that obesity is now being recognized as a disease instead of as a condition, but how does that affect you? Learn what this new designation may mean to both the general population and to those who work within the health and fitness industry.

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.

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.

The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 1)

By Shannon Fable on Monday, June 3, 2013

Like so many others, you became a group fitness instructor so you could help others enjoy the transformative benefits of exercise. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a LOT of fun! In this first of a two-part series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the top 10 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.

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.

Playgrounds In, Machines out

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, May 2, 2013

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

Less Panic, More Health

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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

The Latest and Greatest From IHRSA 2013

By Pete McCall on Friday, April 5, 2013

Fitness industry tradeshows are a great place to spot the newest trends and try out the latest equipment that may be coming soon to a gym near you. If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s IHRSA convention last month, you don’t want to miss ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall’s recap of walking the tradeshow, along with his picks for the most promising new equipment and trends.

Watch Your Language

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, April 1, 2013

Could the words you use with your clients be causing more harm than good? While words like “shredded” or “ripped” are common in the fitness industry, they may not have the same appeal to other, less performance or appearance-driven clients. Learn how to modify your language and better connect with your clients as you help them achieve their health and fitness goals.

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.

9 Grocery Store Mistakes

By The Nutrition Twins on Monday, January 28, 2013

Do you find your best intentions to eat healthfully derailed the moment you step inside the grocery store? Here are 9 common mistakes shoppers make when food shopping—and, more importantly, how to avoid them and stay on track with your healthy eating goals.

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.

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.

How to Mentally Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, November 8, 2012

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

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

By Rochelle Rice on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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

Can Women Pull Their Own Weight?

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 26, 2012

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

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.

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.

Is the ViPR the Right Tool for Your Clients?

By Pete McCall on Friday, October 12, 2012

Have you tried the ViPR yet? By enabling users to move and strengthen the body in a whole new way, this revolutionary piece of equipment is transforming the way trainers design exercise programs for their clients. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall explains why the ViPR is destined to become a vital component of your trainer toolkit.

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.

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.

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.

The Real Benefits of Strengthening Your Core…Beliefs

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 17, 2012

As fitness professionals, we often spend so much time focusing on the physical aspects of health that we often forget the emotional side. Help yourself and your clients reevaluate their core selves by asking a few questions that will help them achieve their goals.

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.

A 30 Year-Old IDEA

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 13, 2012

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention in San Diego last week, you missed a venue full of new equipment and research, and a networking opportunity that drew about 6,000 fitness professionals from across the country. But don’t worry, our own ACE Senior Consultant Michael Mantell, Ph.D., has a recap of the event, as well as a few thoughts on his favorite products introduced there.

Body Image: What’s It All About?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 6, 2012

Hearing a client say they want to “tone up” or “get leaner” is nothing new, but going beyond that to explore any body image issues your client may have could be undiscovered territory. Check out some insight from Dr. Michael Mantell on some signals that your client may be experiencing body image dissatisfaction and how you should handle it.

Not Just Another Course: How Continuing Education Can Impact Your Business

By Pete McCall on Friday, June 29, 2012

Do you ever feel like continuing education is something you have to do instead of something you want to do? Well, you’re not alone. ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall explains how he once felt the same. Check out how and why Pete’s view of continuing education evolved from a means to earn CECs to a way of helping him expand his business.

Why Do People Hate to Change?

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, June 22, 2012

If you believe your clients follow every piece of advice you give, chances are you’re probably wrong. Struggling with clients who resist changing their behavior – even if it means living a happier, healthier lifestyle – is something most everyone experiences. Check out some key strategies you can help overcome your clients begin to embrace the changes you recommend.

Using the Internet to Grow Your Fitness Business

By Adam Bordes on Friday, June 15, 2012

Don’t internalize all the fitness knowledge you have – share it. Connecting with potential clients on social media allows you to get your voice out there, and creates business opportunities and earning potential. Check out our 10 Rules for Monetizing Your Fitness Knowledge for insight into how you can grow professionally using the web.

Pre-Choreography: Why Be A Hater?

By Shannon Fable on Friday, June 1, 2012

Since the late 90s when Les Mills hit the States, pre-choreography has been a source of debate among fitness professionals worldwide. Many thought the pre-choreography idea would never work in the U.S., but boy were we wrong.

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.

Transform Your Career, Coach!

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Why would your clients settle for a Model-T when they could have a new Corvette? Don’t use the old model of personal training; be a coach. Explore how going beyond biomechanics and exercise program design can help your clients achieve more, and build your business in the process.

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.

How to Talk to Clients About Fad Diets and Help Them with Weight Loss

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s inevitable that clients will ask you about weight loss. After all, it’s one of the most common health and fitness goals. And with the diet industry’s heavy marketing efforts out there, you can be sure you’ll have to answer questions about popular fad diets, too.

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.

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.

By Avani Patel on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stand Out From the Crowd By Helping Clients With Low Back Pain

By Adam Bordes on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Working with clients with lower back pain can be an extremely challenging and yet, incredibly rewarding experience. In order to effectively work with a growing population of clients who suffer from low back pain – according to statistics, almost 80% of your clients have – personal trainers need to learn not only HOW to work with these clients, but also how to grow their business from it.

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

By Stacy McCarthy on Friday, March 16, 2012

If you're ready to take your yoga practice and profession to the next level, follow these key steps. Each practical step will take you closer to realizing your full potential in your own practice, lifestyle and business.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Will You Still Be Training New Year’s Clients After Valentine’s Day?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, January 27, 2012

Since fewer than two in 10 Americans get the recommended levels of exercise, and more than 25% of U.S. adults do not devote any time to physical activity, there was likely a sudden rush of new members and former recommitted clients at your gym at this new year. Many of these new gym-goers are probably also leaping into levels of exercise intensity that may have a negative impact on adherence. Learn how to ensure you'll be training new and recommitted clients through Valentine's Day.

By Tatiana Danassis on Saturday, January 14, 2012

Defining Small Group Training and Its Benefits to the Fitness Professional

By Pete McCall on Thursday, January 5, 2012

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

Forget Sex Appeal, Let’s Talk Broad-Based Appeal!

By Shannon Fable on Friday, December 30, 2011

Becoming the most successful group fitness instructor and more importantly, truly helping to lead the wellness revolution one person at a time, requires broad-based appeal. Much like music and television, you can choose to exist on one end of the personality spectrum and gain notoriety, but to reach the top of the charts and win an award, it is usually better to play somewhere in the middle. Learn why this is important for your success as a fitness professional and just how to achieve this.

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.

Medicare Physician Reimbursement for Obesity Opens Doors for Fitness Professionals

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, December 16, 2011

Fitness professionals interested in intensifying efforts to combat the obesity epidemic just got a major boost from the federal government. Since primary care physicians will now be reimbursed for obesity counseling they provide to Medicare recipients, more physicians will be looking to fitness professionals. Get tips on how to grow your business by maximizing on this opportunity to strengthen relationships with physicians.

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?

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

By Pete McCall on Friday, December 2, 2011

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

You Won’t Inspire Your Client Unless You Connect

By Michael Mantell on Monday, November 28, 2011

Some fitness trainers make “safe and effective exercise programming decisions” for their clients while others who have more of a coaching mindset go one layer deeper and unlock their client’s potential, helping them learn how to enhance wellbeing and performance. Find out how you can take your training to the next level.

Five Social Media Rules To Help Grow Your Business

By Shannon Fable on Thursday, November 17, 2011

Whether you like it or not, social media is here to stay. So as a fitness professional – a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, manager or owner – it’s time to invest resources in this arena because the results are both local and global. More people in your clubs or programs, as well as more people in general, are leading a fit lifestyle, so social media can be the most effective way to increase your reach. So what are the most effective ways to use it? Find out!

Does Exercise Grow New Brain Cells?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, November 11, 2011

“I’d like to grow some more brain cells” may not be a fitness goal of your client's, but the statement is not as outlandish as it sounds. Studies have demonstrated that vigorous exercise fuels neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells — and slows neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Learn more about yet another benefit of exercise.

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.

By Andrew Brown on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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.

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.

Be a Fitness Professional, Not a Trainer

By Michael Mantell on Friday, October 7, 2011

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

Best Clubs for Personal Training…and Why

By Pete McCall on Friday, September 30, 2011

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

One Thing Leads to Another: Intelligent Sequencing for Yoga Classes

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, September 9, 2011

While there are an abundance of asanas (commonly referred to as postures or poses) in yoga, the foundation for a physical practice should focus on practicing postures progressively in order to enhance steadiness, alertness and overall comfort — qualities referred to as sthira and sukha in the Yoga Sutras. Learn important factors to consider when sequencing your next yoga class.

“Do as I say, not as I do”: 7 Steps To Avoid This Phrase

By Todd Galati on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It is no secret that today’s youth are more sedentary, overweight, and at risk for lifelong ailments. They need mentors who are going to lead by example and help them to develop positive relationships with physical activity that will make it a habitual part of their lives.

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?”

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.

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

Refueling and Recovery (Part 2 of 2)

By Fabio Comana on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Normal glycogen restoration occurs within between 24 and 36 hours whereas a more aggressive approach can regenerate glycogen stores within 20 hours. Aggressive strategies therefore become an important consideration for those participating in more frequent, vigorous training programs and less important for those participating in moderate-to-vigorous bouts of cardio every 24 – 48 hours who need nothing more than their regular diet.

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

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 15, 2011

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

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

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

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 1, 2011

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

Refueling and Recovery (Part 1 of 2)

By Fabio Comana on Friday, June 17, 2011

The unfortunate reality for many of us is that the post-exercise period is perhaps the most neglected component of our exercise program, yet possibly the most influential in determining how effectively our body adapts to the exercise stress and recovers. The objective of this blog series therefore is to share various post-exercise refueling and rehydration strategies that will help your clients maximize their training goals and performance.

Creating Rapport: The Doorway into an Effective, Enduring, Training Relationship

By Michael Mantell on Friday, June 10, 2011

Rapport with clients is necessary for designing effective exercise programs of the ACE IFT model. Understanding the psychological and emotional needs and characteristics of clients forms the base upon which to build this rapport.