4 Things I Wish I’d Known in My First Year as a Health and Exercise Professional

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4 Things I Wish I’d Known in My First Year as a Health and Exercise Professional

After 20 years as a health and exercise professional, ACE Pro Jonathan Ross is sharing his knowledge and insight to help others who are new to the industry. In an effort to help you arrive at a more comfortable place in your career more quickly, here are five things Ross wishes he had known at the start of his career.

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From Chore to Choice to Desire

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From Chore to Choice to Desire

Long-term success with health and fitness is possible only when we change how we think about health behaviors. Chores are obligations, while desires draw you toward them and require little to no summoning of your will. Learn how to change your mindset about exercise by examining how you feel about healthy behaviors, and why you should stop doing physical activities you don’t enjoy.

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3 Days to Create a New You in the New Year

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3 Days to Create a New You in the New Year

As a health and fitness professional, people turn to you to help make positive changes. Learn how to maximize the enthusiasm many clients have at the start of the New Year by using ACE Pro Jonathan Ross’ three-day process for building success momentum. This simple process, which focuses on mindset, movement and meals, is the ideal jumpstart for clients who are ready to start making small changes that add up to big rewards over time.

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Restoring Sanity to Planks

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Restoring Sanity to Planks

Planks are a great exercise, but holding them for an extended period of time is, well, kind of a waste of time, argues ACE Pro Jonathan Ross. Rather, planks should be viewed as a way to prepare the body for more difficult challenges. Learn how to add variety to basic planks that will make your workouts more enjoyable and enhance your ability to move in everyday life.

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How to Improve Mobility in the Hips and Shoulders

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How to Improve Mobility in the Hips and Shoulders

The hips and shoulders provide the most potential mobility in all three planes of movement and they form the point of connection between the extremities and the torso. As a result, successful movement is only possible with sufficient mobility in these two joints. This article highlights two very common problems for each joint and presents a few exercises to work on a solution for each.

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How to Apply the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model in Everyday Training

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How to Apply the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model in Everyday Training

As a health and fitness professional, you have an opportunity to create a physical “a-ha moment” for every client by helping them understand how movements in a workout relate to movements in life, and daily tasks can be done with a potentially greater sense of proprioception and body awareness. Learn how to use ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) model to make this connection for your clients and create fitness programs that transform their expectations of, and experience with, exercise.

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Genetics or Lifestyle: Which Matters More for Men's Health?

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Genetics or Lifestyle: Which Matters More for Men's Health?

When it comes to living a vital, healthy life, what matters more, genetics or lifestyle? ACE Pro Jonathan Ross tackles this age-old question, comparing genetic determinism with the effects of a healthy lifestyle, and argues that your mindset and approach to day-to-day life, which largely determines the choices we make each day, might be the most important factor of all.

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Gut Bacteria and Health

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Gut Bacteria and Health

Your gut microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses, the majority of which are ideally healthy and beneficial, and the state of your microbiome is determined by your genes, geography, health status, stress, diet, age, gender and everything you touch. Learn why the microbiome is so central to the body’s operations and how it impacts everything from aging and digestion to mood and cognitive function.

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What's Your Fungevity?

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What's Your Fungevity?

Are you really living or merely surviving? In this deeply personal account, ACE Pro Jonathan Ross explains the difference between longevity, which is how long you live, and fungevity, which is about enjoying your life as long as possible. Learn how to enhance your fungevity by finding activities that require you to move your body, while also putting a smile on your face.

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Exercise Works Better if You Believe It Will

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Exercise Works Better if You Believe It Will

Did you know that your attitude, thoughts and feelings about exercise can determine how beneficial it is for you—for your body, your brain and your mental health? If you hate exercise, says ACE Pro Jonathan Ross, it’s only because you haven’t found the type of exercise that’s right for you. Here’s why exercise usually works better if you believe it will.

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Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

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Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

Stuck on a plateau and hoping to get off? Jonathan Ross explains why plateaus shouldn’t be viewed as negative. Rather, they’re an opportunity to stop, rest and take stock of where you’re going and what new steps you need to take to get there, and to celebrate the progress you’ve already made.

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The One Resolution Every Health and Fitness Pro Should Make This Year

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The One Resolution Every Health and Fitness Pro Should Make This Year

It’s the start of a new year and many people are pumped to be in the gym and motivated to reach their fitness-related goals. But what happens when that enthusiasm inevitably starts to wane? ACE Pro and Funtensity founder Jonathan Ross explains the key to transforming people’s attitudes about exercise and staying motivated over the long haul. Plus, he offers an innovative circuit that combines both fun and intensity that your clients are sure to love.

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Make Mindful Mistakes this Holiday Season

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Make Mindful Mistakes this Holiday Season

The holiday season is about to kick into high gear—a two-month hurricane of poor nutrition. As a fitness leader, you have the opportunity to guide your clients to a new perspective and, as a result, new and improved choices. And when they do overindulge, learn how to help clients take the focus off of the bad behavior and instead examine what led them to make bad choices in the first place.

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