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02 Aug 2017
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With all the hype and media attention given to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) over the past few years, you’d think everyone was doing it—and maybe they are. If they’re not, they may not be doing anything, believing if they’re not killing themselves during a workout, they’re not really gaining any benefits.

“Unfortunately, as can frequently happen in the fitness industry, the research tends to be oversimplified or misrepresented by the consumer media, leaving...

By admin
17 Jul 2017
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From corporate boardrooms and the pages of Forbes, to coworking spaces and community meet-ups, there’s a movement taking place all over the world and it’s shaping the way brands and businesses operate across all industries, including within fitness and wellness. The term social good, which generally refers to an action that benefits society, has become a central topic of conversation in the business world, and with plenty of good reason.

While words like...

By admin
05 Jul 2017
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At first glance, it may appear that spontaneity and a free spirit are the key elements that make up a group fitness instructor (GFI). After all, few people display as much enthusiasm for their profession as the outgoing, high-energy instructors at work in nearly every fitness facility around the world. These personality traits are a common thread, but underlying that excitement is a foundation of preparedness that is absolutely essential to creating a balanced and effective group...

By admin
23 Jun 2017
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For the past few years, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been one of the biggest fitness trends worldwide. Long a staple of training regimens of athletes and fitness enthusiasts, in the past 10 years HIIT has been shown to be both safe and effective for people with a wide range of health challenges, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart failure and obesity.

As a health and fitness professional, you undoubtedly encounter clients with a similar...

09 Jun 2017
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Leading group fitness classes can be an uplifting, exciting and rewarding experience, but there are times when it can be extremely challenging and even frustrating. After all, when you have a room full of participants with different levels of fitness and skill, each with his or her own movement preferences, injury history, needs and goals, it’s anything but a one-size-fits-all environment.

So, how can you successfully teach a class of individuals with many differences...

By admin
22 May 2017
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Rolling or wheeled devices designed to train the abdominal muscles are not new; in fact, they have been around for many years. Core Flyte, a new product created by New York City–based personal Trainer Paul Nicholas, takes the basic concept of a wheeled ab-training device and updates it for the 21st century. We take a close look at the Core Flyte to determine if it is as functional and effective as the company claims it to be.

THE PRODUCT
Core Flyte inventor...

By admin
12 May 2017
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It used to be a good idea to go “all in” with social media, meaning you employed every available channel to market your fitness business, taking advantage of each platform’s unique features. Now social media is moving so quickly that it’s less feasible for most health and fitness professionals to keep up. Even within one platform, like Facebook, the possibilities for what to post are beginning to exceed what many people have time for: In addition to the usual Facebook posts (links,...

By admin
28 Apr 2017
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The best concepts in health and fitness are the ones that immediately translate to real-world, real-life experiences and provide an easy bridge between the idea and the experience each person has in his or her own body. They create a physical “a-ha moment.” With an understanding of how what you do in a workout correlates with what you do outside of it, daily tasks are done with a potentially greater sense of proprioception and body awareness.

As a health and fitness...

By admin
21 Apr 2017
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(ACE Sponsored Research)

Older adults are among the least physically active of any age group, putting them at increased peril for developing chronic diseases and other health risks (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Couple this with reduced function, decreased muscular strength and endurance, and an increased risk for falls, and it quickly becomes apparent that remaining active and preserving as much health and physical fitness as possible should be of...

By admin
23 Mar 2017
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When you step in front of a group to teach a fitness class, do you present yourself in exactly the same way you would at home with just your family around? Or do you play up certain aspects of your personality to create a public identity or instructor persona? Trying out a persona doesn’t have to be about cloaking yourself behind a façade (although that’s one definition). Merriam-Webster defines the word as “the personality that a person projects in public.” So what’s your most...

By admin
10 Mar 2017
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An exciting alternative to dumbbell exercises, medicine ball training is versatile, cost-effective and simple to teach, and it's time-efficient because it requires multiple body parts to work in harmony. Using just one weighted ball, you can help your training clients or class participants improve fitness, strength, posture, movement mechanics, athletic skills and more.

To that end, check out the eight-exercise med ball workout available via this article, excerpted...

By admin
09 Mar 2017
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The truth is not all group fitness classes are created equal. Irrespective of the specific format, there are certain qualities that separate a good workout from a compelling movement experience. While every instructor is unique in his or her own right, the ones who have successfully established and increasingly grown their class sizes seem to apply the same essential ingredients that together create the “secret sauce” that keeps participants coming back for more (and telling their...

By admin
28 Feb 2017
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As every health and fitness professional knows, there is no such thing as a perfect client, one who shows up at the gym fired up to work hard, day in and day out, without fail. People take breaks from their fitness routines, both planned and unplanned, over the course of their lives, and accommodating those lapses is part of what makes someone successful over the long term.

The potential reasons for prolonged absences from a physically active lifestyle are endless,...

By admin
13 Feb 2017
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As a health and fitness professional, you probably do all you can to help your clients escape the pain and setbacks associated with chronic overuse injury. You tell them not to aggravate aching joints. You plan their programs to include adequate recovery. And when injury occurs, you encourage them to seek treatment sooner rather than later.

But how closely do you heed your own advice? More than a few personal trainers and group fitness instructors have found...

By admin
03 Jan 2017
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As health and fitness professionals, it is an amazing time to train the prenatal client. Research has emerged over the last 15 to 20 years that has completely changed our understanding of prenatal fitness, moving us far beyond the notion that prenatal fitness is simply acceptable. It is now well established that exercise during a healthy pregnancy is recommended. In fact, the latest guidelines issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) in 2015 states that...

ACE Fire & Ice
By admin
09 Dec 2016
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Recent research has shown that both heat and cold applications can benefit overall training and facilitate a more rapid recovery. Here is a practical, step-by-step guide on how to use fire and ice to enhance your clients’ training effectiveness and recovery.

How Does Hyperthermic Conditioning Help Improve Performance?

Repeated exposure to hot and/or humid environmental conditions, which elicits an increase in both core temperature and sweating, leads to numerous...

ACE HIIT
By admin
07 Dec 2016
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) continues to be a popular format for fitness pros to teach in classes and with clients. However, because of its simplicity, HIIT has the potential to feel a bit stale if you don’t eventually mix it up with new exercises and work-to-rest ratios. Clients will be the first to tell you that doing jumping jacks in 30-second bursts only feels exciting for so long.

With a little creativity, however, HIIT classes and training sessions have the potential...

By admin
05 Dec 2016
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Endurance races have never been more popular, and chances are many of your clients have committed to running a half-marathon (or longer race) in the coming year. And they are looking to you for guidance on how to train for their chosen events. Performance in endurance-related activities is dependent on the triad of VO2max, lactate threshold and economy, and a growing body of research is helping pros fine-tune their clients’ training programs to maximize these factors. The purpose of this...

By admin
07 Nov 2016
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Any hard-working fitness instructor knows it’s misguided to say instructors “get paid to work out.” Sure, teaching group fitness is fun, but it’s a job with responsibilities and its own set of high-points and hurdles. Generally, instructors are great at ensuring all is OK with their participants, but not as good at taking care of their own needs, such as blocking off time to rest and recharge. While your love for group fitness might help make you an appealing instructor, it won’t protect you...

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