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April 2012

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Correct Cues for Scapular Motion

By Megan Senger Personal trainers often give clients cues on how to move the shoulder blades during back- and chest-strengthening exercises, but they don't always agree on exactly what those cues should be. Our experts examine shoulder-blade positioning during four common resistance exercises and explain when, why and how to cue scapular movement to achieve safe and effective form.
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Find Your Niche as a Fitness Professional

By Carrie Myers As a fitness professional, you probably work with various populations using many different modalities and methods. You may have worked for years to become a well-rounded professional who can meet the needs of as many types of clients and students as possible, learning at least the basics of all the popular methods. But have you ever thought of specializing in one particular area and carving out a niche that highlights you as an expert in that area?
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Feeling Cranky? Drink Up!

If your energy is flagging or you just can’t seem to get out from under the dark cloud that’s been following you around all day, relief may be as close as a tall glass of water. Two new studies suggest that even mild dehydration—as little as 1.5 percent normal water volume loss—can cause a host of maladies, including headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and adverse mood.
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The Art and Science of Enhancing Your Clients' Well-being

By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D.
Among the many goals that prompt potential clients to seek out personal training or lifestyle and weight management coaching, the desire to ultimately live with a greater sense of well-being is often near or at the top of the list. And yet the term itself—well-being—is somewhat elusive, and not often considered by trainers and coaches.
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Six Essential Keys to Helping High School Athletes Maximize Their Potential

By Jim Gerard
If you’ve been thinking about expanding your client base by taking on high school−age athletes, your timing couldn’t be better. It is important to realize, however, that there are major differences between training youth and adults. Two leading experts in the field offer their six essential keys to successfully training young athletes in any sport.
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Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Lower Body

Whether you need a refresher course or want to gain a better understanding of how the lower body works, ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall’s live webinar on movement efficiency is perfect for all trainers. In an interactive environment, learn about the integral relationship between stability and mobility within the hip, knee, ankle and foot. McCall’s knowledgeable and personable teaching style offers trainers a great way to learn how to create effective and safe programming for all clients.
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Catering to Clients with Low Back Pain

With more than 80 percent of Americans experiencing back problems at some time in their lives, trainers can have a tremendous impact on helping millions of people prevent and manage back pain. Learn what factors contribute to back pain, and how to prevent and manage back-pain issues. Learn how to design effective exercise programs that help improve function, reduce pain and improve your clients’ quality of life.
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How to Get Your Personal Training Career on Track

If you recently earned your ACE Personal Trainer certification you may be wondering what the next step is. ACE can put you on the right track with our two new course bundles. Learn key marketing strategies to build your clientele. Explore safe and effective programming to train clients from across all demographics. Find out how to connect with every personality type, learn defensive techniques to protect your business, how to become successful on your own and much more.
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Training Athletes Offers Many Rewards

If you’re looking to train athletes, you’re in for a rewarding career. But you have to do your homework first. Athletes look for a competitive edge and have concrete goals. They are demanding of themselves and will demand a lot from you. Discover what it takes to train athletes and learn about untapped career opportunities.
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