ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Active vs. Passive Recovery and Exercise Performance: Which Strategy Is Best?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Active vs. Passive Recovery and Exercise Performance: Which Strategy Is Best?

Recovery from exercise training is a vital component of the overall exercise program, and is essential for optimal performance and continued progression. To help determine the best recovery strategy for optimizing the benefits derived from a training program, ACE enlisted a team of researchers at Western State Colorado University to investigate the effects of recovery on performance.

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New Preparticipation Guidelines Remove Barriers to Exercise

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New Preparticipation Guidelines Remove Barriers to Exercise

The American College of Sports Medicine recently revised its preparticipation health-screening recommendations. The result is a much more streamlined process that removes any unnecessary barriers to becoming more physically active, allows more clients to exercise without having to first visit their doctor and takes some of the decision-making burden away from the personal trainer. Learn what these new recommendations mean for both you and your clients.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Best Exercise for the Hamstrings?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Best Exercise for the Hamstrings?

Few muscle groups bring an exerciser less glory and fewer compliments than the hamstrings, but strengthening these muscles can make performing activities of daily living easier and help reduce pain and tightness in the lower back. Because many clients cite lack of time as a main reason for not exercising, ACE enlisted the help of a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to identify the most effective hamstrings exercise.

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How to Use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to Get People Moving

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How to Use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to Get People Moving

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model is the centerpiece of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual. From beginning exercisers to elite-level athletes, the ACE IFT Model provides an innovative and systematic approach to achieving lasting results. In this new series, we offer practical tips for using the ACE IFT Model with different client populations, along with workouts you can put into practice.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Are HOKA Shoes a Good Option for Runners? 

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Are HOKA Shoes a Good Option for Runners? 

The company behind HOKA shoes claims that the ultra-padded soles of their shoes extend the time during which forces are applied, lower ground reaction forces and improve running form. To determine the validity of those claims, ACE sponsored two distinct studies, the first looking at the effect of HOKA shoes on running speed, as well as running mechanics and resultant forces, and the second exploring whether the shoes alter the energy cost of running when compared to a standard running shoe.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Optimal FIT to Reduce Sedentary Behavior to Improve Cardiometabolic Health?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Optimal FIT to Reduce Sedentary Behavior to Improve Cardiometabolic Health?

You’ve undoubtedly told your clients with predominately sedentary jobs to try to move around during the day, to get up and stretch or walk around the block. But is that really enough to combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting? In this latest ACE-sponsored study, researchers set out to identify the optimal FIT (frequency, intensity and time) for reducing sedentary behavior to improve cardiometabolic health in middle-age and older adults.

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How to Use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to Improve Athletic Performance

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How to Use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to Improve Athletic Performance

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model is the centerpiece of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual. From beginning exercisers to elite-level athletes, the ACE IFT Model provides an innovative and systematic approach to achieving lasting results. In this article, you'll find practical tips for using the ACE IFT Model with clients who want to improve their athletic performance, along with workouts you can put into immediate practice.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Health-related Benefits of Exercise Training With a Sauna Suit

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Health-related Benefits of Exercise Training With a Sauna Suit

Back in August, we presented ACE-sponsored research that found that short-term training in a sauna suit improves heat acclimation and endurance training, but what about non-athletes who are not pursuing performance-related goals? In this latest ACE-sponsored study, researchers examine whether or not the typical gym-goer, who is seeking weight loss or improved fitness, will see any benefit from wearing a sauna suit during workouts.

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Can Encouraging Clients’ Self-reliance Actually Help Grow Your Business?

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Can Encouraging Clients’ Self-reliance Actually Help Grow Your Business?

As a health and fitness professional, you educate and empower your clients to make better choices on their own, even when you're not there to guide them. While that is a worthwhile goal, will encouraging your clients to be more self-reliant eventually lead to them no longer needing your services? Our experts share tips for finding the right balance between encouraging self-reliance and creating a sustainable business model.

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Lymphedema: Help Your Clients Manage This Common Side Effect of Cancer Treatments

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Lymphedema: Help Your Clients Manage This Common Side Effect of Cancer Treatments

Lymphedema—which involves sometimes extreme swelling in one or more limbs—is a common but under-discussed side effect of many cancer treatments. Many cancer survivors have, or are at risk for developing, lymphedema but have little knowledge of its causes or effects. Learn the role that health and fitness professionals can play in the prevention and management of this chronic condition.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Video-based Fitness Lessons Could Help Kids Be More Active at School

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Video-based Fitness Lessons Could Help Kids Be More Active at School

In its never-ending quest to get people moving, ACE is always on the lookout for innovative approaches to encouraging people to live more active lifestyles. Research conducted at the University of Kansas investigated a novel approach to activating youngsters during the school day—the development of a series of 10-minute exercise videos that teachers could use as part of their lesson plans. So, what did the data reveal?

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Creating a Class Blueprint: Elevate the Experience Through Proper Planning

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Creating a Class Blueprint: Elevate the Experience Through Proper Planning

Preparation is absolutely essential to creating a balanced and effective group fitness class. Learn how to develop a class blueprint that explores the “how” and “why” of each exercise, which will enable you to go beyond simply instructing movements to creating a purpose and intention behind each element of the class experience.

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How to Use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to Get People Moving

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How to Use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to Get People Moving

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model is the centerpiece of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual. From beginning exercisers to elite-level athletes, the ACE IFT Model provides an innovative and systematic approach to achieving lasting results. In this new series, we offer practical tips for using the ACE IFT Model with different client populations, along with workouts you can put into practice.

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ACE-sponsored Research: Validity of the Talk Test in Identifying the Respiratory Compensation Threshold

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ACE-sponsored Research: Validity of the Talk Test in Identifying the Respiratory Compensation Threshold

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, examine the research validating the talk test as a way of identifying ventilatory markers, particularly the respiratory compensation threshold (RCT), also known as the second ventilatory threshold (VT2). While the science presented in this article is rather complex, there are some clear and practical implications for health and fitness professionals who are training athletes.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is Zumba Gold® an Effective Workout for Middle-aged and Older Adults?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is Zumba Gold® an Effective Workout for Middle-aged and Older Adults?

Zumba Gold®—a lower-intensity version of the super-popular Zumba®—is designed for middle-aged and older adults, but is it a safe and effective workout for this population? In this latest ACE-sponsored study, researchers examine Zumba Gold to determine if it is a good exercise option for middle-aged and older adults.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model Enhance Training Efficacy and Responsiveness?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model Enhance Training Efficacy and Responsiveness?

There’s nothing more frustrating for clients than to do everything you ask of them and still not see results. These clients are likely what researchers call non-responders. Exclusive ACE-sponsored research from the Western State Colorado University recently compared the ACE IFT Model to a more traditional training approach to determine if there is a difference in how well the two programs improve fitness and cardiometabolic health, particularly among non-responders.

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ACE® SPONSORED RESEARCH: Investigating the Acute and Chronic Health Benefits of TRX® Suspension Training®

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ACE® SPONSORED RESEARCH: Investigating the Acute and Chronic Health Benefits of TRX® Suspension Training®

By leveraging both gravity and an exerciser’s body weight, the TRX Suspension Trainer makes it possible to perform hundreds of exercises, making it a favorite among health and fitness professionals. Seeing a lack of research investigating the physiological responses to this type of training, ACE commissioned a study to quantify the acute and chronic responses to TRX Suspension Training.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Testing the Efficacy of the TITIN Weighted Compression Shirt

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Testing the Efficacy of the TITIN Weighted Compression Shirt

The manufacturers of the TITIN Force™ Shirt System, which is a compression shirt with 8 pounds of weighted inserts, say that wearing their product will lead to a 7 percent increase in energy expenditure during workouts. ACE enlisted the help of a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse to put this claim to the test.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: HIIT vs. Steady-State Training

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: HIIT vs. Steady-State Training

With the start of a New Year comes a huge wave of new clients looking to get healthy and fit. But what’s the best way to help someone get started exercising and, importantly, keep exercising over time? The latest ACE-sponsored research study, which set out to identify the best form of cardiorespiratory exercise for individuals just beginning an exercise program, may provide the answers health and fitness professionals have been searching for.

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How Clients’ Self-reliance Fits into Your Business Plan

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How Clients’ Self-reliance Fits into Your Business Plan

As a health and fitness professional, you educate and empower your clients to make better choices on their own, even when you're not there to guide them. While that is a worthwhile goal, will encouraging your clients to be more self-reliant eventually lead to them no longer needing your services? Our experts share tips for finding the right balance between encouraging self-reliance and creating a sustainable business model.

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Reversing Reversibility: How to Help Clients Get Back on Track

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Reversing Reversibility: How to Help Clients Get Back on Track

It's not uncommon for clients to take an unexpected break from their regular workouts, and it's important to remember that these breaks—the reason and the duration—must be viewed on a case-by-case basis to provide an individualized approach to making a safe and effective return to exercise. It is up to you to determine the best course of action to get your client back on track and recommitted to the program.

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How to Maximize Your Clients' Motivation

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How to Maximize Your Clients' Motivation

Motivation is at an all-time-high at the start of a New Year, but for many clients that newfound enthusiasm often fades after a few weeks. Knowing how to keep your clients motivated and excited about their workouts all year long is a key trait of successful health and fitness professionals. Check out these great insights from the pros on how to facilitate long-term adherence by exploring the “why” behind physical activity.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model Enhance Training Efficacy and Responsiveness?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model Enhance Training Efficacy and Responsiveness?

There’s nothing more frustrating for clients than to do everything you ask of them and still not see results. These clients are likely what researchers call non-responders. Exclusive ACE-sponsored research from the Western State Colorado University recently compared the ACE IFT Model to a more traditional training approach to determine if there is a difference in how well the two programs improve fitness and cardiometabolic health, particularly among non-responders.

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How to Connect the Links in the Kinetic Chain

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How to Connect the Links in the Kinetic Chain

As a health and fitness professional, an understanding of the kinetic chain is essential to creating a safe and effective program or class for previously sedentary individuals who are at the very starting point in their quest for a better, more active lifestyle. Learn more about the stability–mobility relationships within the kinetic chain, as well as an exercise targeting each link in the chain.

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ACE® SPONSORED RESEARCH: Investigating the Acute and Chronic Health Benefits of TRX® Suspension Training®

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ACE® SPONSORED RESEARCH: Investigating the Acute and Chronic Health Benefits of TRX® Suspension Training®

By leveraging both gravity and an exerciser’s body weight, the TRX Suspension Trainer makes it possible to perform hundreds of exercises, making it a favorite among health and fitness professionals. Seeing a lack of research investigating the physiological responses to this type of training, ACE commissioned a study to quantify the acute and chronic responses to TRX Suspension Training.

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Training for the Trails: Tips and Exercises to Prepare Your Clients for Hiking

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Training for the Trails: Tips and Exercises to Prepare Your Clients for Hiking

Some people believe that the best way to get in shape for hiking is simply to get out there and do it without any regard for proper progression. Hiking is far more than just a walk in the woods, however. Use these tips and exercises to help your clients enjoy nature safely and efficiently by training for hikes like the endurance events they really are.

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Why a Subscription-based Business Model Makes More Sense for You and Your Clients

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Why a Subscription-based Business Model Makes More Sense for You and Your Clients

This article explores ways in which personal trainers, health coaches, and other health and fitness professionals can develop a subscription-based business model that makes technology part of their everyday programming and client interaction. Learn how offering a monthly subscription for your services allows you to become more of a full-service coach than someone who offers only fee-for-session programming.

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From the Experts: How to Create a True Community That Drives Your Success

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From the Experts: How to Create a True Community That Drives Your Success

Every health and fitness professional and every entrepreneur is striving to create client loyalty and brand recognition, whether locally or on a global scale. The ultimate question is how to accomplish these goals in whatever niche you target. When talking to experts about what drives client loyalty, “community” is typically the first response.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can Elevation Training Masks Improve Performance?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can Elevation Training Masks Improve Performance?

In the never-ending quest to gain an endurance-training edge, many athletes seek to harness the power of training at high altitudes. This approach is not practical, however, if you happen to live at sea level. The Elevation Training Mask 2.0 aims to solve this problem by mimicking the conditions of training at elevation and making breathing more difficult. The latest ACE-sponsored study tested the effectiveness of the Elevation Training Mask 2.0 to determine if it lives up to the hype.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can You Get Fit Playing Ultimate Frisbee?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can You Get Fit Playing Ultimate Frisbee?

Invented by a group of high school students in the late 1960s, ultimate Frisbee—or simply “ultimate”—can be seen everywhere from the sunny college campuses of Southern California to the liberal arts havens of the New England, but does playing this sport offer any significant health and fitness benefits? Just in time for summer, the latest ACE-sponsored research study has the answer.

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Creating a Class Blueprint: Elevate the Experience Through Proper Planning

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Creating a Class Blueprint: Elevate the Experience Through Proper Planning

Preparation is absolutely essential to creating a balanced and effective group fitness class. Learn how to develop a class blueprint that explores the “how” and “why” of each exercise, which will enable you to go beyond simply instructing movements to creating a purpose and intention behind each element of the class experience.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: HIIT vs. Steady-State Training

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: HIIT vs. Steady-State Training

With the start of a New Year comes a huge wave of new clients looking to get healthy and fit. But what’s the best way to help someone get started exercising and, importantly, keep exercising over time? The latest ACE-sponsored research study, which set out to identify the best form of cardiorespiratory exercise for individuals just beginning an exercise program, may provide the answers health and fitness professionals have been searching for.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: How Will Wearable Activity Devices Impact the Fitness Industry?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: How Will Wearable Activity Devices Impact the Fitness Industry?

Many people are wondering what effect the growing popularity of wearable activity devices is having on the fitness industry. Will new technologies like these one day render health and fitness professionals obsolete? Not likely, according to the results of a new ACE-commissioned survey, which found that clients frequently seek the advice of health and fitness pros on which devices to choose and how to use them to reach their goals.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does the ElliptiGO Outdoor Elliptical Machine Offer an Effective Workout?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does the ElliptiGO Outdoor Elliptical Machine Offer an Effective Workout?

Elliptical cross-trainer machines have steadily ranked among the most popular cardio options among gym-goers, but what about those who prefer to exercise outdoors? The ElliptiGO machine hopes to provide that outdoor option for elliptical devotees. This ACE-commissioned research evaluates whether the relative exercise intensity and energy cost of exercise on the ElliptiGO is sufficient to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition.

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