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May 2012

Tabata for Trainers:

How to Safely Train Clients Using This High-intensity Approach

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Feature Articles

Five Keys to Creating an Elite Kettlebell Training Program

By Chris McGrath, M.S.

There’s no question that kettlebell training is popular; in fact, some consider it to be one of the most effective training tools in the industry today. However, kettlebells have also developed a reputation for being dangerous and responsible for training-related injuries. If you’re considering launching a kettlebell program, keep in mind these five key components of creating a safe and effective program for your clients.
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Seven Nutrition Strategies for Boosting Your Clients' Health From the Inside Out

by Karen Asp

For many people, eating healthier is as challenging as starting an exercise program, which is undoubtedly why many of your clients have turned to you for guidance. Pass along these seven strategies from leading nutrition and research experts, and your clients will find that making over their diet is easier than they thought.
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Coconut Oil: Dietary Friend, Foe…or Fad?

Natalie Digate Muth, M.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Once maligned as a cholesterol-raising, artery-clogging, waist-widening ingredient to be avoided, coconut oil has recently made a surprising comeback. And yet the nutritional composition of coconut oil remains the same—namely, about 90 percent saturated fat—so why the sudden change of heart? Learn why coconut oil has become the dietary darling of food connoisseurs and health-conscious cooks alike.
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Study Identifies Link Between Depression and Certain Foods

Everyone knows that eating junk food is not particularly good for one’s waistline or heart health, but new research suggests that regularly consuming certain nutrient-deficient foods may also increase one’s risk for depression. Learn which foods are most likely to negatively impact mental health and well-being.
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Could Your Client Really Be Allergic to Exercise?

By Amanda Vogel, M.A.

It sounds like the ultimate excuse to avoid exercise, but exercise-induced anaphylaxis is as potentially harmful as an allergy to peanuts or bee stings. Yet exercise “allergy” can be harder to identify and may severely limit a client’s adherence to—and enjoyment of—a program of regular exercise. Learn the signs of exercise-induced anaphylaxis and help your affected clients rediscover the benefits of physical activity.
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Make Your Women Say Om

Your female clients are often met with a whole different set of challenges, thanks to pregnancy, menopause and other physiological changes unique to women. And those challenges often mean frustration for you and your client. Learn how incorporating specific yoga poses can help them relieve discomfort in the first trimester of pregnancy, hot flashes during menopause, bone loss associated with osteoporosis and stress they experience in every life stage.
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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win $400 in e-Credits!

Help older adults build muscle while giving yourself a chance at $400 in ACE e-credits. Register for the AARP Fitness and Wellness Program between April 15 and May 15 and you could win up to 2.0 free CECs. A special designation on our ACE GetFit™ site featured on could also increase your exposure to potential new clients who need your help.
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Three Things You Should Be Doing With Your Client

One size may not fit all when it comes to designing workout plans, but there are three simple things you can do with all of your clients to make sure your workouts are safe and effective. Incorporate these activities and discussion points to make sure you’re designing a workout program that fits each unique client. You’ll build rapport and trust that will keep them motivated to continue with your program.
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