Is BODYJAM an Effective Workout?

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Is BODYJAM an Effective Workout?

From Jazzercise to Zumba and everything in between, the fitness industry has been building on the concept of burning calories through dance for more than 50 years. This latest ACE-commissioned study takes a look at one of the newer dance-based programs—BODYJAM by Les Mills—to determine if it’s a good workout and how many calories participants can expect to burn in a typical class.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Relative Intensity and Energy Expenditure of Battle Rope Exercise

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Relative Intensity and Energy Expenditure of Battle Rope Exercise

Can your clients improve their cardiorespiratory endurance with interval training using battle ropes? To find out, ACE asked John P. Porcari, PhD, and his research team in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse to evaluate the cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses of a battle rope interval workout.

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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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