ACE Fitness | Heavy Tire Workout

Lifting heavy tires has long been a staple of Strongman training and competitions, and it’s recently made its way to a number of fitness facilities and backyards. Around the world, fitness facilities as diverse as the YMCA and professional sports teams use training with tires as a means for improving overall strength. And for good reason—it’s really effective. Lifting a tire focuses on the concentric force producing action of muscles. Leg and hip muscles are used to lift the weight of the tire, the deep core muscles stabilize the spine…

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ACE Fitness | Cardio Workouts: How to Use Watts to Keep Your Clients Motivated and Engaged

Cardiorespiratory training is an essential element to achieving top physical health, but not everyone enjoys doing it. This creates a challenge for health and exercise professionals to find creative ways to properly motivate their clients to adopt a consistent program. The key to success: figuring out how to make cardio more engaging for your clients. As with most activities, people tend to participate in things they enjoy and understand, as well as those for which they can see the benefits and value. Most traditional cardio programs are based on time…

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ACE Fitness | Getting in Shape for Winter Sports

Winter is coming. No, this is not a reference to HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones, but is a simple reality of the calendar. It may seem like we were just sweating under the oppressive heat of summer, but soon we will be bundling up against winter’s chill. As the hearty folks who thrive in cold weather locations are kind enough to point out, it’s not the weather—it’s the gear. In other words, if you are properly outfitted with the appropriate clothing, you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activities no…

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ACE Fitness | Working with Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease

As a health and exercise professional who works with older adults, you may encounter clients who suffer from dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in older adults and is the most common neurodegenerative disease in which the deterioration of the nervous system is progressive and irreversible. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s dementia, and 96% of those affected are over the age of 65. The cognitive symptoms of the disease, such as memory and thinking language impairment,…

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ACE Fitness | Getting in Shape for Winter Sports

Winter is coming. No, this is not a reference to HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones, but is a simple reality of the calendar. It may seem like we were just sweating under the oppressive heat of summer, but soon we will be bundling up against winter’s chill. As the hearty folks who thrive in cold weather locations are kind enough to point out, it’s not the weather—it’s the gear. In other words, if you are properly outfitted with the appropriate clothing, you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activities no…

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ACE Fitness | The Power of Motion

What if you possessed a power to increase your overall potential, extend your longevity and help prevent disease? The extraordinary thing is, that you do! It is the power of motion. Motion is movement, and movement has been conceptualized as physical activity for the human body. Physical activity refers to any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. A subcategory of physical activity is exercise, which refers to intentional, planned, structured and repetitive movement that aims to improve or maintain physical fitness (World Health Organization, 2018). Before…

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ACE Fitness | Working with Breast Cancer Survivors: Program Design and Beyond

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women, which means it is likely that you will have clients who are breast cancer survivors. While exercise can provide numerous benefits, it is important to consider certain aspects of the disease when designing exercise programs, including side effects of cancer treatments, exercise barriers, and special concerns for testing and programming. Here are a few considerations for providing safe and effective exercise plans for these clients: Treatment Side Effects While survival rates have improved, treatment side effects can…

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ACE Fitness | Six Things to Know About Modern Knee Replacement Surgery

Few things can derail your health and fitness goals faster than pain—and knee pain is one of the most common complaints. From sharp, stabbing pain to a dull ache or stiffness, knee pain affects one in four adults, and can range from mildly irritating to so debilitating that even walking is painful.   Often, knee pain results from injuries to the ligaments and tendons, especially if you’re active or play sports. Mild cases usually respond to rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, while more severe cases may require stronger medications, physical therapy,…

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ACE Fitness | Heavy Tire Workout

Lifting heavy tires has long been a staple of Strongman training and competitions, and it’s recently made its way to a number of fitness facilities and backyards. Around the world, fitness facilities as diverse as the YMCA and professional sports teams use training with tires as a means for improving overall strength. And for good reason—it’s really effective. Lifting a tire focuses on the concentric force producing action of muscles. Leg and hip muscles are used to lift the weight of the tire, the deep core muscles stabilize the spine…

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ACE Fitness | 5 Keystone Nutrition Habits to Encourage Your Clients to Adapt

When it comes to discussing behavior change and nutrition with your clients, it is outside of your scope of practice as a health and exercise professional to provide psychological counseling or detailed menu plans (unless you have additional credentials in that field). However, if you aren’t talking to your clients about their health behaviors and nutrition, you could be missing important areas of potential improvement. According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit (Random House, 2012), nearly half of the decisions we make in a day are not…

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