ACE-Sponsored Research: Can Foam Rolling Improve Sports Performance? 

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ACE-Sponsored Research: Can Foam Rolling Improve Sports Performance? 

Foam rollers are often used during the warm-up of an exercise session or as a means of recovery between workouts, but how effective are they for improving performance? In an effort to bring some clarity to the topic, researchers evaluated the training effects of foam rolling on lower-body flexibility and mobility and performance. Also included is a video demonstrating foam-rolling exercises that you can share with your clients.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: A Comparison of Energy Expenditure When Exercising on 10 Indoor Exercise Machines

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: A Comparison of Energy Expenditure When Exercising on 10 Indoor Exercise Machines

Clients are looking to make the most of their exercise time and, for many, that means burning the most amount of calories in the least amount of time. In an effort to arm health coaches and exercise professionals with the knowledge they need to help their clients maximize their workout time, ACE asked researchers to compare energy expenditure among 10 indoor exercise machines to determine which burns the most calories.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can Reduced-exertion High-intensity Interval Training Combat the Harmful Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can Reduced-exertion High-intensity Interval Training Combat the Harmful Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle?

Some believe that reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT), which features 10-minute workout sessions, may be the key to overcoming the “lack of time” barrier to regular exercise. But are these workouts truly effective for improving health? This latest ACE-sponsored research study examines whether or not three weeks of REHIT workouts is enough to overcome the negative cardiometabolic effects of a sedentary lifestyle. 

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Personalized, Community-based Exercise Programming: Translating Evidence Into Practice

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Personalized, Community-based Exercise Programming: Translating Evidence Into Practice

Previous ACE-sponsored research demonstrated the effectiveness of exercise programming based on the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model in comparison to more standardized exercise programming. But does that translate to people out in the real world? This current study examines whether or not the ACE IFT Model can be applied to a real-world setting, while maintaining its high level of effectiveness.

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ACE SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can Standing Desks Help Improve the Health of College Students?

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ACE SPONSORED RESEARCH: Can Standing Desks Help Improve the Health of College Students?

College students are particularly prone to the “active couch potato” syndrome, as they tend to live active lifestyles but spend a lot of time performing sedentary behaviors when in class, studying and relaxing. This study evaluates whether replacing five hours of classroom sitting time with using a standing desk is enough to have a positive impact on students’ health.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Investigating Cardiorespiratory Responses to Aqua Cycling

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Investigating Cardiorespiratory Responses to Aqua Cycling

Aqua cycling is essentially a group indoor cycling class performed while immersed in water. Cycling in the water provides a low-impact environment and the resistance provided by the water allows for high levels of energy expenditure with little musculoskeletal strain on the body. But does aqua cycling provide an adequate training stimulus to yield health and fitness benefits, and how does it compare to a traditional land-based cycling class?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does Combining MICT and HIIT Yield Greater Health Benefits?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Does Combining  MICT and HIIT Yield Greater Health Benefits?

In this latest ACE-sponsored study, researchers investigate whether an individualized program created by adhering to the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model that combined MICT with HIIT would be more effective than the more traditional MICT-only approach at yielding important health and fitness benefits and deriving more consistent responsiveness.

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Using the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model With Post-rehab Clients

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Using the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model With Post-rehab Clients

Post-rehab clients may come to you from any of a number of situations, including orthopedic rehab (which might include surgery and/or physical therapy), cardiac rehab following a heart attack or other cardiac event, or cancer treatment (which might include multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment). Learn how to use the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model to conduct the appropriate assessments and create programs for these clients that are both safe and effective.

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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 Accuracy of Heart Rate–based Zone Training Using Predicted versus Measured Maximal Heart Rate

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Accuracy of Heart Rate–based Zone Training Using Predicted versus Measured Maximal Heart Rate

A growing trend in the always-evolving fitness world involves the use of heart rate training zones to develop exercise programming, with some fitness facilities using this concept as the foundation of their brand and group-based programming options. ACE research looks at the accuracy of the prediction equations used to create the target zones and what it means for your clients’ responses to exercise.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Are the Acute and Chronic Responses to Reduced-exertion High-intensity Training?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Are the Acute and Chronic Responses to Reduced-exertion High-intensity Training?

Reduced-exertion high-intensity training (REHIT) shortens the traditional HIIT workout by using fewer and shorter sprints, though those sprints are at a supra-maximal intensity and workouts typically last fewer than nine minutes. But are these workouts effective? In this ACE-sponsored study, researchers examine the effectiveness of REHIT using a stationary bike.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is Krav Maga an Effective Workout?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is Krav Maga an Effective Workout?

Krav Maga is a relatively new addition to the martial arts–style offerings in the fitness industry. It combines self-defense techniques with components of kickboxing, karate, jiujitsu and judo to form a challenging aerobic workout. But is it intense enough to improve physical fitness and impact weight management? Read this ACE-sponsored research to find out.

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A Comparison of the Talk Test and Percent Heart-rate Reserve

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A Comparison of the Talk Test and Percent Heart-rate Reserve

While equations to accurately predict maximal heart rate have improved somewhat since the early days of “220 – Age,” these equations are still pretty unreliable. A new ACE-sponsored study investigates whether the Talk Test, which is easy to implement, provides a suitable alternative to range-based programming and provokes training responses that are comparable to traditional guidelines.

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What Is the Best Exercise for the Hamstrings?

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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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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is HIIT Resistance Exercise Superior to Traditional Resistance Training?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is HIIT Resistance Exercise Superior to Traditional Resistance Training?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has repeatedly been shown to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and vascular function in a time-efficient manner. However, there has been a lack of research that looks at resistance training through this same lens. To address this gap in the literature, ACE enlisted the help of a team of researchers at Western State Colorado University to evaluate the effectiveness of applying the HIIT paradigm to resistance training.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Effect of Cold Water Immersion on Recovery and Exercise Performance

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Effect of Cold Water Immersion on Recovery and Exercise Performance

We’ve all seen videos of athletes giving post-game interviews from the discomfort of locker room ice baths. Does this recovery strategy really work, and can those benefits be enjoyed by typical gym-goers in addition to competitive athletes? And how do timing and duration factor in? This latest ACE-sponsored research answers these questions and more.

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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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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: How Fast Does Fitness Fade?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: How Fast Does Fitness Fade?

We’ve all been there—and we’ve all had clients who have been there. After months of hard work, you take a short hiatus from your usual workout routine, only to find yourself feeling sluggish as you churn away on the elliptical or are barely able to lift dumbbells you were doing full sets with just weeks before. It’s clear that fitness fades over time, but by how much? And how quickly? Learn more about what happens when you hit “pause” on your training.

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Step Tracking With Goals Increases Children’s Weight Loss in Behavioral Intervention

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Step Tracking With Goals Increases Children’s Weight Loss in Behavioral Intervention

Obesity affects 17% of children and adolescents in the United States. This study looks at a simple but innovative approach to not only increase children’s physical-activity levels, but also improve their psychosocial health and enhance weight loss. Is pedometer use, coupled with individualized goal setting, enough to make a difference?

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