How to Apply the New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model

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How to Apply the New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an updated version of its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. This article outlines the updates in the 2018 guidelines and focuses on helping health and exercise professionals understand how to apply these guidelines using the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model.

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How to Apply the New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model

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How to Apply the New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an updated version of its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. This article outlines the updates in the 2018 guidelines and focuses on helping health and exercise professionals understand how to apply these guidelines using the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model.

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Ironman: Race-day and Post-race Advice for Your Clients [Part 2 of 2]

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Ironman: Race-day and Post-race Advice for Your Clients [Part 2 of 2]

Do your clients want to take their endurance goals to the next level? This two-part series describes the preparation and factors involved in training for, competing in and recovering from an Ironman. ACE Pro Jacque Crockford recently completed her second Ironman and, in this second installment, describes her race-day tactics and mindset and how she recovered from this extreme event.

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How to Help Your Clients Prepare for an Ironman [Part 1 of 2]

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How to Help Your Clients Prepare for an Ironman [Part 1 of 2]

Do your clients want to take their endurance goals to the next level? This two-part series describes the preparation and factors involved in training for, competing in, and recovering from an Ironman. ACE Pro Jacque Crockford recently completed her second Ironman and, in this first installment, describes the key aspects of her preparation and training program and the team of experts she enlisted along the way.

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Women and Kettlebells—Better Together

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Women and Kettlebells—Better Together

When it comes to lifting weights—especially heavy ones—it is not uncommon to sense apprehension among your female clients. Help them overcome their apprehension of heavy weights and learn to love strength training. Learn more about the wide-ranging benefits of strength training from four female health and exercise professionals who've found their power and voice through lifting heavy.

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Hike Like You Mean It!: Take Your Hiking Workouts to the Next Level

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Hike Like You Mean It!: Take Your Hiking Workouts to the Next Level

Hiking a long distance requires stability, mobility, endurance and strength—and that’s just on the way up! If your clients are interested in hiking, here are three essential components to include in their workouts, along with workout guidelines and recommended exercises for improving hiking conditioning.

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Partner Up! Holiday Stress-busting Workout

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Partner Up! Holiday Stress-busting Workout

Instead of expecting clients to stick to their usual workout schedules this holiday season, a better approach is to give them options for staying active when they just can’t make it to the gym. Encourage your clients to do this fast and efficient 20-minute circuit with their partners. It’s a great way to stave off holiday weight and stress, while also helping them feel more connected as a couple.

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5 Exercises to Improve Wrist Mobility

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5 Exercises to Improve Wrist Mobility

Working at a computer or typing on a tablet at phone all day is not unusual, but it means that many people are at risk for biomechanical issues or ailments such as wrist inflammation and carpal tunnel syndrome. These five elbow and wrist mobility stretches, however, can help ward off the numbness and tingling that are precursors to much more severe disorders, and can be performed in just minutes a day while sitting at a desk or in the car.

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Strengthen Your Ankles with These 4 Stability and Mobility Exercises

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Strengthen Your Ankles with These 4 Stability and Mobility Exercises

Running and sports that involve agility are usually the cause of most ankle injuries, and these usually stem from the joint and tissues that surround it not being strong, mobile or stable enough to control the joint when asked to perform a task. Here are some great exercises for the ankle and foot will help strengthen the joint by creating stability and mobility in the surrounding regions.

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Programming Spotlight: Stability and Mobility Training With the Stability Ball

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Programming Spotlight: Stability and Mobility Training With the Stability Ball

Making sure your clients have sufficient mobility and stability is essential before progressing their exercise programs to more sophisticated and challenging movements. This stability-ball workout is a great way to ensure that your clients have developed proper movement patterns before increasing the intensity and complexity of their workouts.

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4 Moves to Help You Master the Pull-up

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4 Moves to Help You Master the Pull-up

Performing a full, unassisted pull-up is a challenging task for most people, because it involves moving the entirety of your own bodyweight up against gravity. It also takes incredible upper-body strength and trunk stability. Here are four exercises that should be a part of your routine if your goal is to complete this essential movement pattern without assistance.

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4 Moves to Help You Master the Push-Up

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4 Moves to Help You Master the Push-Up

The push-up is a great exercise for improving upper-body and core strength, both of which are essential for being able to do a wide range of daily activities, from picking up groceries to playing with your kids. Of course, mastering the push-up takes time, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Here are a few moves to help you improve your ability to perform the traditional push-up.

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Discover the Benefits of Small Group Training

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Discover the Benefits of Small Group Training

Whether you’re a novice or seasoned health and fitness pro, small-group training programs offer a great way to help more clients achieve their goals, while also ensuring you can earn the income you need to continue doing this work that is so essential to the health of others. If you’re thinking about adding a small-group class to your business model, or presenting an idea for a small-group program to your employer, here’s what you need to know.

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How to Increase Upper-body Stability and Mobility

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How to Increase Upper-body Stability and Mobility

To avoid injury and create a balanced body that moves efficiently, it is important that both stability and mobility are obtained to some degree before moving on to more complex movement patterns, and especially before adding load and intensity to those movements. In this first installment of a two-part series, learn which exercises can be used to enhance upper-body stability and mobility.

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5 Essential Tips for Improving Running Form

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5 Essential Tips for Improving Running Form

Many people are reluctant to take up running because it can be physically painful. However, unless your client has an injury or musculoskeletal issue that prevents him or her from running, it is a safe activity to add to one’s fitness routine. Here are a few tips you can offer clients that can help them improve their running economy and decrease their risk of injury.

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Resistance Training for Endurance Athletes

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Resistance Training for Endurance Athletes

More and more people are participating in endurance events like marathons and triathlons, which means health and fitness professionals need to know how to design safe and effective resistance-training programs to complement endurance training. Here’s a look at the science behind how resistance training can enhance endurance performance, and how you can use this information to help your clients.

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How You Can Help Clients With Chronic Pain

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How You Can Help Clients With Chronic Pain

As a health and fitness professional, there is a wide range of clients that you can choose to focus on and include as a part of your business. It is possible, however, that you may be overlooking a significant segment of the population that desperately needs the guidance of a qualified health and fitness professional—those who experience chronic pain. Here’s how you can help.

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5 Things Fitness Professionals Should Know About Diabetes

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5 Things Fitness Professionals Should Know About Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and, given the increasing prevalence of this disease, it is essential that fitness professionals understand how to design safe and effective exercise programs that take into account the unique needs of those with diabetes. Here are five things that every fitness professional should know about diabetes.

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Total-body Plyometrics Workout

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Total-body Plyometrics Workout

Plyometrics exercise are an incredibly effective way to improve reactivity, power and coordination, while also increasing both the calorie burn and challenge of your workouts. And, while the intensity of these exercises means that participants need to be physically ready to do them, plyometrics should be a supplemental part of a well-rounded training program. Here are some great exercises to help you get started.

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Learn Which Workout Is Right for Your Body Type

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Learn Which Workout Is Right for Your Body Type

Human bodies come in a wonderful array of shapes and sizes, and all should be appreciated in their own right. Whether you’re trying to get in shape, or improve the “shape you’re in,” it can be helpful to understand your body type so you can choose the best exercises for your fitness goals. Discover if you are “android” or “gynoid” body type and which exercises will help you meet your fitness goals.

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Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With an Android Body Type

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Body Type Workouts: How to Train Clients With an Android Body Type

Reducing abdominal fat—a common goal of many who have an android body type—can be a challenge. While spot reduction remains a myth, there are specific workouts you can use with your clients that take into account their individual body types. In part 2 of this two-part series, Jacque Ratliff explains how to use moderate-intensity aerobic training and total-body resistance-training circuits to help clients reduce stubborn abdominal fat that could negatively affect their health.

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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Cool-down After Exercise

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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Cool-down After Exercise

When time is tight (and when isn’t it?), it can be easy to justify skipping the cool-down at the end of your workout. Although it can be easy to jump from the treadmill straight into the shower, or from the squat rack to the car, here are five very important reasons to think carefully before you pull the plug on your workout.

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