How to Monitor Participants’ Intensity in Group Fitness Classes

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How to Monitor Participants’ Intensity in Group Fitness Classes

You lead packed studios full of participants, all with varying fitness levels and abilities, so it’s essential to have effective strategies for monitoring participants’ exercise intensities during class. Learn how to teach class attendees how to effectively monitor their own intensity so that the safety, effectiveness and purpose of the conditioning are not left to chance.

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Get Stronger Calves with These 5 Exercises

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Get Stronger Calves with These 5 Exercises

Strong calves are important for everyday activities like walking, running and jumping. Effectively working the calves involves raising the heels against resistance, whether that’s your own body weight or an added load, such as dumbbells or elastic resistance. The following five-exercise workout, which can be performed just about anywhere, is a great way to strengthen and sculpt the calves.

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10-minute Back Workout

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10-minute Back Workout

A healthy back is essential for good posture and being able to do all the things required by daily life. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to ensure your back muscles are strong and supportive. This 10-minute back workout focuses on both the upper- and lower-back muscles, and will make everything from carrying groceries to standing in line a whole lot easier.

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4 Drills That Will Improve Your Agility

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4 Drills That Will Improve Your Agility

While it’s easy to understand why athletes would spend time working on speed and agility, is this type of training important for non-athletes as well? The answer is yes, and it stems from the need to perform daily functions with ease and confidence. These drills, developed by ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill, will help your clients develop better balance, coordination and quickness, and bring a sense of fun and playfulness to their workouts.

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Balance Training for the Glutes and Abs

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Balance Training for the Glutes and Abs

Does your training regimen include a balance component? Considering that balance training has been shown to reduce the risk of falls (especially in older adults) and improve dynamic balance in both athletes and non-athletes, incorporating this type of training could be a wise choice. ACE Certified pro Sabrena Merrill explains an easy way to test your balance, and presents four great exercises that are sure to keep you steady on your feet.

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Is Your Workout Doing More Harm than Good?

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Is Your Workout Doing More Harm than Good?

If you’ve noticed a decline in your exercise or sports performance, you could be experiencing overtraining syndrome. Whether you’re an athlete training for a competitive event, or a regular exerciser working out to improve fitness, there is a chance that you may unwittingly sabotage your efforts by training too frequently or too vigorously without adequate rest. Here are three research-based, yet practical, tips for avoiding the negative effects of overtraining syndrome.

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6 Moves for a Stronger Core

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6 Moves for a Stronger Core

While most of us wouldn’t mind having a flatter belly, what we really should be after is a healthy core and the muscular development that goes along with it. When combined with a balanced diet and a comprehensive fitness plan, the following exercises provide a multi-directional strategy for working the muscles of abdomen and back, which will give you the waist you both want and need.

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New Study Promotes Sleep Benefits of Exercise

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New Study Promotes Sleep Benefits of Exercise

If you’re like millions of other Americans, you may have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. There are many reasons people experience insomnia, but a new poll suggests that lack of exercise may be a major factor. The good news is that even a small amount of exercise can be beneficial for sleep. Check out this summary of the study results and learn how you can break the bad sleep cycle for good.

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