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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Caloric Cost of Physical Activity

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Caloric Cost of Physical Activity

When it comes to managing a healthy body weight or achieving specific weight-loss goals, it is important to monitor both the number of calories coming in through dietary intake and the amount of calories being burned through physical activity. Here are eight things to know about how the caloric cost of physical activity, and how you can use this information to reach your health and fitness goals.

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The Benefits of Machine-based Circuit Training

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The Benefits of Machine-based Circuit Training

Lack of time and not knowing what type of exercise they should be doing are two of the most frequently cited reasons for why many people don’t exercise. As health and fitness professionals, it’s our job to help our clients overcome these roadblocks to exercising consistently. Learn why circuit training with selectorized resistance-training machines, which is incredibly time-efficient and can be easy to follow, can be a great solution to both of these common concerns.

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5 Things to Know About METs

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5 Things to Know About METs

Have you ever seen the term MET on a piece of exercise equipment and wondered what it meant? MET stands for metabolic equivalent, which is one way that exercise physiologists estimate how many calories are burned during physical activity. Having a basic understanding of METs and how to use them can help you determine the best physical activities to help your clients achieve their health and fitness goals.

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7 Things to Think About Before Making the Move Into Fitness Club Management

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7 Things to Think About Before Making the Move Into Fitness Club Management

At some point in almost every health and fitness professional’s career, there will be the consideration about whether or not to apply for a promotion to club management. While moving into club management can be a great step for your career, it is a big change from training clients or teaching classes full-time. Here are some factors worth carefully considering if you are interested in testing yourself with the challenge of managing others.

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: Core Flyte

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: Core Flyte

Rolling or wheeled devices designed to train the abdominal muscles have been around for many years. The Core Flyte is a new product that takes the basic concept of a wheeled ab-training device and updates it for the 21st century. In this installment of ACE’s Latest Tools of the Trade series, we take a close look to determine if the Core Flyte is as functional and effective as the company claims it to be.

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Creative Ways to Organize Sets

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Creative Ways to Organize Sets

There is a major difference between designing a workout program that can actually produce results versus one that simply feels challenging. Just because a workout feels challenging doesn’t mean that it will create the mechanical or metabolic overhead necessary to produce desired results. ACE Pro Pete McCall describes several different ways to organize the sets of a program, along with the outcomes each method can be expected to produce.

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: The Mace by Onnit

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: The Mace by Onnit

In this series, we’re reviewing the latest exercise equipment that you might be considering using with your clients. In this third installment, we take a look at the mace, a product based on an ancient weapon and noted for its ability to facilitate multidirectional, multiplanar, full-body strength-training workout. We also present a sample workout so you can see exactly how you can use a mace in your clients' programs.

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9 Benefits of Working as a Club-based Personal Trainer

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9 Benefits of Working as a Club-based Personal Trainer

Are you a newly certified personal trainer who dreams of opening a fitness studio or helping clients directly in their homes? While these are certainly viable career options, it can take considerable resources and time to develop an extensive list of clients who can provide you with a steady source of income. If you want to start your new fitness career with a successful foundation, here are nine reasons you should seriously consider working in a health club.

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: Center Mass Bells by Sorinex

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: Center Mass Bells by Sorinex

In this new series, we’re reviewing the latest exercise equipment that you might be considering using with your clients. In this second installment, we take a look at a unique new product called Center Mass Bells by Sorinex, which is said to offer the benefits of dumbbells, kettlebells and medicine balls in a single hand-held weight. We also present a sample workout so you can see exactly how you can you use Center Mass Bells in your clients’ programs.

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: The Terra Core

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The Latest Tools of the Trade: The Terra Core

Each year brings a nearly non-stop stream of new fitness products promising to help people reach their health and fitness goals, and it can be a challenge to know which ones are worth your time and money. In this new series, we review the latest cutting-edge exercise equipment you might be considering using with your clients. We’ll cover the features, pros and cons, and present a sample workout. First up: the Terra Core.

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A Yearly Workout Plan

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A Yearly Workout Plan

Even if you’re not up for a pro contract or college scholarship, or competing for a gold medal, you can use periodization to achieve your personal fitness goals. Here are six things to know about how periodization can help you design an exercise program that delivers results, along with some ideas for how you can create your own periodized workout plan for the coming year.

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