ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: A Comparison of the Talk Test and Percent Heart-rate Reserve

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: A Comparison of the Talk Test and Percent Heart-rate Reserve

While equations to accurately predict maximal heart rate have improved somewhat since the early days of “220 – Age,” these equations are still pretty unreliable. A new ACE-sponsored study investigates whether the Talk Test, which is easy to implement, provides a suitable alternative to range-based programming and provokes training responses that are comparable to traditional guidelines.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Best Back Exercise?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Best Back Exercise?

Training the muscles of the back is a complicated—and possibly time-consuming—endeavor, as these muscles vary tremendously in terms of their functions and angles of contraction. That said, most of your clients undoubtedly want to maximize their time at the gym. This latest ACE-sponsored research study uncovers how to best target the muscles of the back with as few exercises as possible.

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Video-based Fitness Lessons Could Help Kids Be More Active at School

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Video-based Fitness Lessons Could Help Kids Be More Active at School

In its never-ending quest to get people moving, ACE is always on the lookout for innovative approaches to encouraging people to live more active lifestyles. Research conducted at the University of Kansas investigated a novel approach to activating youngsters during the school day—the development of a series of 10-minute exercise videos that teachers could use as part of their lesson plans. So, what did the data reveal?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is Zumba Gold® an Effective Workout for Middle-aged and Older Adults?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Is Zumba Gold® an Effective Workout for Middle-aged and Older Adults?

Zumba Gold®—a lower-intensity version of the super-popular Zumba®—is designed for middle-aged and older adults, but is it a safe and effective workout for this population? In this latest ACE-sponsored study, researchers examine Zumba Gold to determine if it is a good exercise option for middle-aged and older adults.

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Validity of the Talk Test in Identifying the Respiratory Compensation Threshold

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Validity of the Talk Test in Identifying the Respiratory Compensation Threshold

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, examine the research validating the talk test as a way of identifying ventilatory markers, particularly the respiratory compensation threshold (RCT), also known as the second ventilatory threshold (VT2). While the science presented in this article is rather complex, there are some clear and practical implications for health and fitness professionals who are training athletes.

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