Nutrition: Planning vs. Coaching

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Nutrition: Planning vs. Coaching

“Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” While nutrition planning is like giving your clients fish, nutrition coaching teaches your clients how to fish and gives them the ability to make healthful decisions for a lifetime. Here are some great tools you can use to better equip your clients to make healthy nutritional choices.

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Core Function and Balance Assessments

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Core Function and Balance Assessments

This final installment of a blog series addressing the four main types of functional assessment takes a close look at core function and balance assessments. Because balance and core function go hand in hand, these assessments help shed light on the exercises you should focus on when designing your clients’ resistance-training programs.

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How to Safely Perform Inversions

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How to Safely Perform Inversions

Being able to perform inversions—such as crow pose and handstands, is a common goal of many people who practice yoga. Unfortunately, many of the more advanced inversions, if done incorrectly, pose risks that outweigh the benefits. The good news is that there are a variety of postures that are safe for beginners and which make it easier to progress to more advanced inversions. Here is detailed information on how to perform several common inversions safely and effectively.

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ACE Health Coach Helper: Lesson 8

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ACE Health Coach Helper: Lesson 8

When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her eighth installment, which covers chapters 20, which is about the legal roles and responsibilities of a Health Coach.

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Flexibility Assessments

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Flexibility Assessments

Functional assessments are an important tool for determining how to design individualized strength and flexibility programs for your clients. In this third installment of a four-part series examining the four main types of functional assessments, we take a closer look at flexibility assessments and how to use them to address any range-of-motion issues your clients may exhibit.

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Movement Assessments

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Movement Assessments

Functional assessments are an important tool for determining how to design individualized strength and flexibility programs for your clients. In this second installment of a four-part series examining the four main types of functional assessments, we take a closer look at movement assessments and how to use them to address any muscular imbalances your clients may exhibit.

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Static Postural Analysis

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Practical Application of Functional Assessments: Static Postural Analysis

Functional assessments are an important tool for determining how to design individualized strength and flexibility programs for your clients. In this first installment of a four-part series examining the four main types of functional assessments, we take a closer look at static postural analysis and what information you can gather from this assessment.

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 5)

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 5)

In this five-part blog series, we’re examining the key topics in ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals that are important to you, both for the exam and in your work as a health and fitness professional. In part 5 of this series, we examine the information you need to know from Chapter 5: Physiology of Training.

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 4)

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 4)

In this five-part blog series, we’re examining the key topics in ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals that are important for you, both for the exam and in your work as a health and fitness professional. In part 4 of this series, we examine the important information from Chapter 4: Nutrition.

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How to Find Valid and Reliable Information on the Web

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How to Find Valid and Reliable Information on the Web

Do you feel confused and overwhelmed by the massive amount of health information out there? It’s not surprising if you do, especially considering how much of what you find is conflicting and seemingly “researched.” To help you sort through the clutter of misinformation, ACE exercise physiologist Jacque Ratliff offers some great tips on how to find valid and reliable information on the web.

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 3)

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots with Your Certification (Part 3)

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals serves as a crucial learning tool for all health and fitness professionals and has important lessons we must know in order to keep clients safe during training and progression. In this blog, the third of five, we it will cover Chapter 3: Fundamental of Applied Kinesiology, which covers how we move the body with proper form, how to increase or decrease the difficulty level, and how these factors affect our balance and posture.

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 2)

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 2)

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals is a reference manual designed to help you understand the basics of the science behind exercise. Given the depth and breadth of the information presented, it can definitely feel intimidating. But don’t worry…we’ve got you covered. In this second installment of a five-part blog series, we take you through Chapter 2: Physiology, where you learn the basic functions of the various body systems.

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Mastering Group Fitness Instructor Teaching Techniques, Strategies and Cueing

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Mastering Group Fitness Instructor Teaching Techniques, Strategies and Cueing

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the various teaching and cueing techniques presented in Chapter 4 of the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual? This blog provides the clarification you need to understand the various teaching techniques and strategies, as well as how to cue effectively, so you can feel confident on both the exam and in front of your classes.

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 1)

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Exercise Science: Connecting the Dots With Your Certification (Part 1)

ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals is a reference manual designed to help you understand the basics of the science behind exercise. Given the depth and breadth of the information presented, it can definitely feel intimidating. But don’t worry…we’ve got you covered. This current five-part blog series will take you through all of the chapters of the manual and highlight the key topics that are important for you as a fitness professional.

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How to Use the Case Study Chapters

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How to Use the Case Study Chapters

You may be tempted to skip over the case study chapters in the manuals because they don’t offer any new information, but these chapters often prove to be the most useful for helping you learn to apply what you’ve already learned. Here’s a primer on how to use these case studies to your best advantage, both in working with clients and for passing the exam.

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Physiological Assessments: Sports-skills Assessments

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Physiological Assessments: Sports-skills Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this final installment of a four-part series, sports-skills assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Physiological Assessments: Muscular Fitness Assessments

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Physiological Assessments: Muscular Fitness Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this third of a four-part series, muscular fitness assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Physiological Assessments: Cardiovascular Assessments

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Physiological Assessments: Cardiovascular Assessments

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this second of a four-part series, cardiovascular assessments are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Math as a Fitness Professional: Part II

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Math as a Fitness Professional: Part II

Nutrition-related math can be a stumbling block for many exam candidates, but it really doesn’t have to be. Being able to determine things like caloric deficits and macronutrients needs is important, whether your clients are trying to lose weight or maximize performance. Here are the types of problems and calculations you need to know to perform, both for the exam and in your work with clients later on.

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Physiological Assessments: Anthropometric Measurements

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Physiological Assessments: Anthropometric Measurements

Knowing which assessments to use on your clients—and when—is an important part of being a fitness professional. After all, assessments can go a long way toward showing your clients the progress they are making—or, if used incorrectly, can be a source of discouragement. In this first of a four-part series, a variety of anthropometric measurements are discussed, along with guidance on how and when to use them.

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Motivation, Behavior Change and Program Adherence

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Motivation, Behavior Change and Program Adherence

Understanding your clients’ motivations is essential for being able to recommend the most appropriate and effective steps to helping them achieve their lifestyle goals. In fact, identifying their motivations and level of self-efficacy can mean the difference between a client making short-term, temporary fixes and truly achieving lasting, lifestyle changes.

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 6

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 6

Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her sixth installment, featuring Chapters 11 and 12, which cover the assessments you should perform with a client prior to, and throughout, an exercise program.

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How to Review a Client’s Food Journal

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How to Review a Client’s Food Journal

As a fitness professional, it is essential that you stay within your scope of practice, particularly in the area of nutrition. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t help guide your clients toward making healthier choices. Research suggests that food journals are one of the best ways to increase awareness and help identify areas of less-than-healthy behaviors related to food. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to helping your clients utilize this effective tool.

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 5

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 5

Feeling like you need a study partner to help you prepare for your ACE Certification Exam? Meet Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center. She is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her fifth installment, featuring Chapters 4, 10 and 13, which cover relationship building, client interviews and goal setting.

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 4

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 4

When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her fourth installment, which covers chapters 8 and 9, which focus on the physiology of obesity and weight-management concepts.

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 3

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 3

When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her third installment, which covers chapters 6, 7 and 15, which are all related to nutrition.

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 2

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Health Coach Helper: Lesson 2

Are you studying for your ACE Health Coach Exam and want a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals? Jessie, the new Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and will be blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips over the next several weeks. Here is her second blog.

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ACE Health Coach Helper: Lesson 1

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ACE Health Coach Helper: Lesson 1

Are you studying for your ACE Health Coach Exam and want a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals? Jessie, the new Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and will be blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips over the next several weeks. Here is her first blog.

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