ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Active vs. Passive Recovery and Exercise Performance: Which Strategy Is Best?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Active vs. Passive Recovery and Exercise Performance: Which Strategy Is Best?

Recovery from exercise training is a vital component of the overall exercise program, and is essential for optimal performance and continued progression. To help determine the best recovery strategy for optimizing the benefits derived from a training program, ACE enlisted a team of researchers at Western State Colorado University to investigate the effects of recovery on performance.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Best Exercise for the Hamstrings?

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: What Is the Best Exercise for the Hamstrings?

Few muscle groups bring an exerciser less glory and fewer compliments than the hamstrings, but strengthening these muscles can make performing activities of daily living easier and help reduce pain and tightness in the lower back. Because many clients cite lack of time as a main reason for not exercising, ACE enlisted the help of a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to identify the most effective hamstrings exercise.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Are HOKA Shoes a Good Option for Runners? 

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Are HOKA Shoes a Good Option for Runners? 

The company behind HOKA shoes claims that the ultra-padded soles of their shoes extend the time during which forces are applied, lower ground reaction forces and improve running form. To determine the validity of those claims, ACE sponsored two distinct studies, the first looking at the effect of HOKA shoes on running speed, as well as running mechanics and resultant forces, and the second exploring whether the shoes alter the energy cost of running when compared to a standard running shoe.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Health-related Benefits of Exercise Training With a Sauna Suit

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: The Health-related Benefits of Exercise Training With a Sauna Suit

Back in August, we presented ACE-sponsored research that found that short-term training in a sauna suit improves heat acclimation and endurance training, but what about non-athletes who are not pursuing performance-related goals? In this latest ACE-sponsored study, researchers examine whether or not the typical gym-goer, who is seeking weight loss or improved fitness, will see any benefit from wearing a sauna suit during workouts.

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: Video-based Fitness Lessons Could Help Kids Be More Active at School

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ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: 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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