Spring Has Sprung: Why Adults Should Be Working Out on Trampolines

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Spring Has Sprung: Why Adults Should Be Working Out on Trampolines

Mini-trampolines have been around for years, but new programming and improved equipment have given the rebounding exercise trend new life in recent years. Now, new research from the American Council on Exercise suggests that exercising on a trampoline is both fun and effective. Here are three reasons you should consider jumping on the rebounding bandwagon.

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Why It’s Important to Work On Your Business, Not just In Your Business

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Why It’s Important to Work On Your Business, Not just In Your Business

As a health and fitness professional, much of your business relies on showing up and trading time for money, but it’s the work you put in outside of class or training sessions that ultimately serve to ensure your success. ACE Pro Shannon Fable explains why it’s so important to set aside dedicated office hours in your weekly schedule for self-promotion, improving your skills and identifying new streams of revenue to create, sustain and grow your fitness business.

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What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

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What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

When you transition from taking classes to leading classes, your gym bag doubles as your survival kit. A properly stocked bag can make the difference between a great class and a disaster. While fitness clubs and studios should have a majority of the tools we need to teach, there are times when a little extra preparation pays off. Let’s take a look at the must-have, the nice-to-have, and the bonus tools you should consider carrying in your bag.

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3 Ways to Make Your Group Fitness Classes More Effective

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3 Ways to Make Your Group Fitness Classes More Effective

The landscape of fitness is changing. With the increase of boutique studios, small-group training programming and more convenient methods of getting your sweat on (think apps and on-demand players), a group fitness instructor needs to take a look in the mirror and make sure he or she is still relevant. Shannon Fable explains the three P’s of professional group fitness instructors that will help you stand out this year.

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How to Be Consistent When Working Toward Your Wellness Goals

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How to Be Consistent When Working Toward Your Wellness Goals

The beginning of a New Year offers a natural opportunity to press the reset button on our lives. But while January is a great time to wipe the slate clean and start anew, adopting an all-or-nothing approach to the New Year (and a new you!) is likely to backfire. Learn how to set yourself up for success, achieve your goals, and make the most of this brand New Year.

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3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

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3 Ways to Help Your Clients Celebrate Small Victories

What is the secret to helping clients stay motivated and on track to achieve their goals? ACE pro Shannon Fable believes that helping clients celebrate small victories while working toward larger goals is key to helping clients believe those goals are within reach. Whether your clients want to lose weight or simply increase their fitness, these secrets to perpetual motivation will help your clients build the intrinsic motivation that only comes through increased self-confidence.

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Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

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Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

It seems the fitness industry has decided you can never have too much high-intensity interval training (HIIT), with the intense modality taking over class schedules across the country. But popularity doesn’t always mean great results, explains ACE Certified pro Shannon Fable, who argues that we’ve gotten a little too carried away with all-HIIT programming, all the time. Could there be a more effective approach?

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Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

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Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

Did you hear about the fitness pro who was kicked out of a SoulCycle studio and banned from attending future classes? The news caused quite a stir, to the say the least. Shannon Fable weighs in on the controversy and offers some incredibly insightful principles to guide you in your life and work as a fitness professional.

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Monetizing Group Fitness

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Monetizing Group Fitness

Group fitness instructors are among the most enthusiastic, upbeat people on the planet, especially when it comes to their careers. But it can be tough to love a job that doesn’t always pay the bills. Fitness pro Shannon Fable explains four viable paths that group fitness instructors should consider if they want to expand their career paths and increase their income.

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How NOT to Impress Your Students: The Top 5 Things GFIs Do That Backfire

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How NOT to Impress Your Students: The Top 5 Things GFIs Do That Backfire

Could some of the passion and enthusiasm you feel as a group fitness instructor actually turn off some potential participants? Fitness pro Shannon Fable has some challenging ideas for GFIs, explaining that many of our industry’s tried-and-true practices may not be the best way to encourage the masses to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.

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Turning Newbies into Groupies

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Turning Newbies into Groupies

It’s nearly back-to-school time, which also happens to be back-to-the-gym time for many people, especially busy moms who finally get some time to focus on their fitness. Creating a welcoming environment in your classes for new participants is essential to keeping them coming back for more. Fitness expert Shannon Fable shares her best tips for helping newbies feel successful and have fun in your group fitness classes.

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The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 2)

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The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 2)

Ready to learn more about what separates a good group fitness instructor from one who is truly great? In part two of our series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the remaining top 5 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.

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The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 1)

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The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 1)

Like so many others, you became a group fitness instructor so you could help others enjoy the transformative benefits of exercise. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a LOT of fun! In this first of a two-part series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the top 10 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.

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Train Your Core Off the Floor

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Train Your Core Off the Floor

A strong core is the first step to a strong you. Not only will it make you look better by changing your posture, it will help you move better and keep you protected during many of life’s daily activities. Here are some great tips for strengthening all the muscles that comprise the core, as well as some on- and off-the-floor core exercises that are sure to fire up those muscles, while also improving your posture and reducing your risk of injury.

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How Can I Sculpt a Ballet Body?

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How Can I Sculpt a Ballet Body?

Dance is one of the oldest, most respected forms of group exercise, and over the years, a number of variations have come about to meet the demands of diverse audiences. There’s no doubt that ballet dancers have beautiful figures, contributing to the rising popularity of ballet-inspired workouts. ACE Fitness Expert Shannon Fable shares moves you can incorporate into your fitness routine to help you sculpt a dancer’s body from the comfort of your own home.

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It’s Time to HIIT It!

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It’s Time to HIIT It!

You’ve probably heard the term “high-intensity interval training” at some point in your fitness journey, but have you ever tried it? Check out some advice from ACE Fitness Expert Shannon Fable on how you can incorporate intervals into your workout without using any equipment. You can even apply the training technique to your favorite exercise, whether it’s running or cycling.

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What Can I Expect in Popular Group Fitness Classes Like Boot Camp, Barefoot Training and Sports Conditioning?

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What Can I Expect in Popular Group Fitness Classes Like Boot Camp, Barefoot Training and Sports Conditioning?

Feel like pushing yourself with a group fitness class a bit out of your comfort zone? Higher intensity formats like boot camp or sport conditioning may be just what you need, or perhaps a change of pace with barefoot training. Check out some tips on what you can expect from those classes, and if they’re right for you.

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I’m a busy mom- how can I establish (and stick to) a regular fitness routine?

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I’m a busy mom- how can I establish (and stick to) a regular fitness routine?

Before you have a baby, you may think all the talk about it changing your life and your workout routine is just that – talk. But unfortunately, it’s not. Between feeding and crying, there are doctor’s appointments and house cleanings and everything else that goes along with the parent. Try some of these strategies to ensure you have some ME time in all of that madness, because if you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of your family.

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Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Group Fitness Instructor Certification

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Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Group Fitness Instructor Certification

You’re a new group fitness instructor! … Now what? Taking the next step of finding a job in the fitness industry once you earn your certification can be overwhelming. Before you make any moves, the first step is really understanding what opportunities you have. Discover how teaching classes at multiple gyms and modality-specific clubs can affect your business.

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What can I expect in popular group fitness classes like Pilates, kickboxing and barre?

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What can I expect in popular group fitness classes like Pilates, kickboxing and barre?

You’re just finding your way, and after trying a few of the group fitness standards, you’ve decided Group Fitness is here to stay (at least for YOU anyway)! You love the energy of a class and the watchful eye of the motivator/educator/entertainer at the front of the room. But then again, you want more. With all the choices it’s hard to figure out what you should try next. Take a look at a few of the ‘trending’ classes.

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Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Personal Trainer Certification

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Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Personal Trainer Certification

So you’ve got your certification … now what?? Personal trainers have so many options to choose from when getting started in the fitness business. It’s important to have a broad view of what opportunities exist, the pros and cons of each and a clear picture of what position will best suit your talents, your passion and your expectations for the fitness industry.

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What are some ways to get a workout without any exercise equipment?

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What are some ways to get a workout without any exercise equipment?

Whether you have access to a gym or not, learning to workout without equipment is always a bonus. Not only does working out ‘naked’ (ok, clothes are a must … we’re talking equipment here!) make your workouts portable, thus eliminating many excuses to ditch the workout when your life takes you away from the club, but it also helps you focus on movement quality which can enhance any workout you do with equipment later on.

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Riding a Bike Going Nowhere Is Harder Than It Looks

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Riding a Bike Going Nowhere Is Harder Than It Looks

Many people falsely assume that anyone can teach an indoor cycling class as long as they are in shape, have a great personality and spend a ton of time on their tunes. Plenty of fitness enthusiasts are diving in because, let’s face it, from the outside it looks like all you have to do is pedal, push and repeat! How hard can it be? Well, that’s just the thing. It’s not hard to teach a cycling class but if you truly want to provide the best experience, there's more than meets the eye.

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The Group Fitness Trifecta: Understanding the Business of Group Fitness

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The Group Fitness Trifecta: Understanding the Business of Group Fitness

All clubs are not created equal. Why? Is it the quality of the staff, the location or even the number of team members operating in the department? Not necessarily. Often times, the difference between clubs that do it well and clubs that don’t boils down to harnessing the potential of group fitness. Develop a deeper understanding and awareness of the true business of group fitness by focusing on the three areas of the Group Fitness Trifecta.

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Forget Sex Appeal, Let’s Talk Broad-Based Appeal!

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Forget Sex Appeal, Let’s Talk Broad-Based Appeal!

Becoming the most successful group fitness instructor and more importantly, truly helping to lead the wellness revolution one person at a time, requires broad-based appeal. Much like music and television, you can choose to exist on one end of the personality spectrum and gain notoriety, but to reach the top of the charts and win an award, it is usually better to play somewhere in the middle. Learn why this is important for your success as a fitness professional and just how to achieve this.

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Five Social Media Rules To Help Grow Your Business

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Five Social Media Rules To Help Grow Your Business

Whether you like it or not, social media is here to stay. So as a fitness professional – a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, manager or owner – it’s time to invest resources in this arena because the results are both local and global. More people in your clubs or programs, as well as more people in general, are leading a fit lifestyle, so social media can be the most effective way to increase your reach. So what are the most effective ways to use it? Find out!

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