8 Reasons to Take a Rest Day

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8 Reasons to Take a Rest Day

Feeling stressed or burned out or having a tough time falling asleep even though you are physically exhausted are all possible signs of overtraining and an indicator that you need to allow for more rest time in your workout program. But if the thought of a day away from the gym or not enjoying your favorite activity leaves you feeling concerned, here are eight benefits of taking a complete rest day.

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Getting in Shape for Winter Sports

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Getting in Shape for Winter Sports

If you have clients who thrive in cold weather and enjoy outdoor activities during winter, you want to help them get in shape now so they can be ready to have fun once the snow begins to fall. Check out this workout featuring compound sets, which was designed for general strength and conditioning and is ideal for helping your clients get in shape for their favorite cold-weather outdoor activities.

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Making the Connection: The Latest Research on Fascia

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Making the Connection: The Latest Research on Fascia

The body’s myofascial network is an area of continuing study and research, but it is often overlooked or misunderstood. In this third installment of a three-part series on fascia, we introduce new understandings from experts who have developed exercise strategies and techniques that can improve the function of fascial tissues, as well as specific fascia-strengthening movements that can be integrated into a comprehensive exercise program.

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Can Meditation Enhance the Exercise Experience?

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Can Meditation Enhance the Exercise Experience?

While meditation plays an important role in many religious practices and is often an integral component of yoga, could it also have a place in a well-rounded exercise program? More specifically, could meditation play a role in helping clients and group fitness participants achieve results or, at the very least, help enhance the overall exercise experience? Here’s what the research and the experts have to say.

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Help Clients Flow Through Their Workouts: The Flow State and Exercise

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Help Clients Flow Through Their Workouts: The Flow State and Exercise

As a health and exercise professional, you strive to create positive and engaging fitness experiences for your clients and class participants—to help them achieve what researchers call the flow state, when they’re hyper-focused on what they’re doing and time seems to stop. Learn about the characteristics of the flow state and the conditions necessary to achieve it so you can develop specific strategies to coach your clients into flow with every workout.

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Stability vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

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Stability vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

While cardiovascular exercise is important, doing exercises that can establish optimal mobility and stability relationships in the body is essential for staying injury-free and experiencing long-term success. Here are six things you should know about the stability and mobility relationships in the body, along with a few exercises that can help your clients improve their movement skills while also reducing their risk of experiencing an injury.

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8 Fitness Trends for 2018

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8 Fitness Trends for 2018

2017 is winding down and it’s almost time to flip the calendar to 2018, which is the perfect opportunity to gaze into the future and try to predict what will happen in the fitness industry over the coming year. Check out these eight trends, which represent opportunities for you to increase your knowledge as a health and fitness professional, and identify potential areas of growth for 2018.

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6 Things to Know About Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis

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6 Things to Know About Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis

While exercise is an important form of physical activity that can burn hundreds of calories at a time, other forms of physical activity, called non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), can play a significant role in helping to maximize the total amount of calories burned in a single day. Here are six things to know about NEAT and how it can help you reach your health and weight-loss goals.

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Halloween Workout: EMOM

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 Halloween Workout: EMOM

It’s time for ACE’s annual Halloween-themed workout! Learn how to create a fun and unique workout using an “every minute on the minute” (EMOM) format of organizing sets combined with exercises that you select from a “goodie” bowl. This “grab bowl” format is sure to help you and your clients burn off any excess calories that may cross your paths this Halloween.

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6 Benefits of Using Foam Rollers

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6 Benefits of Using Foam Rollers

Foam rollers are an effective method of reducing tension and increasing muscle length for either a pre-workout warm-up or post-exercise active recovery. While your clients may be less interested in how it works, they definitely want to know why they should be foam rolling on a regular basis. Here are six specific benefits of using foam rollers that you can share with your clients or group fitness participants.

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Recovery Techniques for Fitness Professionals

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Recovery Techniques for Fitness Professionals

As a health and fitness professional, you may be at risk for the type of burnout that comes from teaching too many fitness classes or participating in too many of the workouts you’re leading without taking the appropriate time for rest and recovery between workouts. If this sounds all too familiar, learn how to determine if you’re overtraining and, importantly, how to integrate adequate rest and recovery time into a full schedule of training clients and teaching classes.

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: ActivMotion Bars

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: ActivMotion Bars

Weighted bars have been standard equipment on gym floors and in group-fitness studios, with little change or variation in design except to add longer or heavier options. That is, until the introduction of ActivMotion Bars. In this latest installment of our Tools of the Trade series, we examine whether or not one simple design change to standard weighted bars can create an entirely different exercise experience.

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Effective Strategies for Exercise Cueing

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Effective Strategies for Exercise Cueing

Effective communication and the ability to coach others to perform movements safely are essential to your success, and research suggests that some approaches may be more effective than others. Learn the differences between external and internal focus and how you can help clients and class participants learn new movements or skills more quickly and better retain the information.

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