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ACE Insight | Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors – Fitness Article

ACE Insight | Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors Yoga has become a popular activity in the United States, with approximately 13.2% of the adult population reporting that they have practiced yoga at some point during their lives (Cramer et al., 2016). The most commonly reported  reasons for participating in yoga include maintenance of health and wellness, disease prevention, improvement in energy levels, increased immune function and management of conditions such as back pain, stress and arthritis (Cramer et al., 2016).…

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ACE Insight | HIIT in the Park With Tabata – Fitness Article

ACE Insight | HIIT in the Park With Tabata Tabata is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) fitness protocol that increases VO2 max, burns 15 calories per minute, increases excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) and is adaptable to most fitness levels. One Tabata lasts four minutes and consists of eight 20/10 intervals (referred to as rounds). During the 20 seconds, an all-out effort (get breathless) is encouraged, or an RPE of 9-10 on a modified Borg scale. Every 20 seconds of…

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ACE Insight | Youth Resistance Training: Programming Tips for Exercise Professionals – Fitness Article

ACE Insight | Youth Resistance Training: Programming Tips for Exercise Professionals Resistance training is essential for optimal growth and development in the youth population and has shown to be safe and effective (Faigenbaum et al., 2009). This form of training can provide significant benefits within this group, which may have a substantial impact on future participation in physical activity and decrease risk of health complications. Furthermore, resistance training has been shown to have a positive impact on strength levels, motor…

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ACE Insight | How to Use Plyometrics to Target the Core Muscles – Fitness Article

ACE Insight | How to Use Plyometrics to Target the Core Muscles When it comes to conditioning the body’s core muscles, many people tend to focus on isolating muscles with a high number of repetitions, which is an inefficient way to engage the core muscles and could potentially lead to a muscle imbalance or an injury. Here are six things to know about core training along with a few exercises that you may consider adding to your clients’ workouts. The…

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ACE Insight | Plyometrics for Active Agers – Fitness Article

ACE Insight | Plyometrics for Active Agers Age-related muscle loss and its associated decrements in muscle strength and function are well documented, yet there have been very few solutions until now. New research suggests that plyometric training significantly reduces the risk of age-related muscle loss (termed sarcopenia), and relieves some of its associated negative effects such as loss of muscle tone, strength and function (Franchi, 2019). It sounds easy—add plyometric drills to active-aging programs and the dilemma of age-related muscle…

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ACE Insights | Client Success Story: Keeping Seniors Well With Strength-Based Health Coaching – Fitness Article

The U.S. population is projected to turn itself upside down by the year 2035, with people over the age of 65 outnumbering children for the first time in history (United States Census Bureau, 2018). Statistics also indicate that 77% of seniors will be entering their golden years with at least two chronic health conditions, putting them at risk for premature mortality and a diminished quality of life (National Council on Aging, 2018). Health coaches can be a positive force in…

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ACE Insights | 5 Reasons to Attend the ACE Mover Academy at IDEA World 2019 – Fitness Article

The ACE Mover Academy returns to IDEA World in Anaheim, Calif., June 26-30, with all-new sessions! Gain the knowledge and skills to help your clients make lasting changes and immerse yourself in the industry. See the full agenda below. What is the ACE Mover Academy? The ACE Mover Academy is a series of dynamic, thought-provoking sessions delivered by leading health and exercise experts to help you ignite positive change and create more active communities worldwide. This beneficial education track is…

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ACE Insight | How Low to Go: Examining Squat Depth From a Safety and Biomechanical Perspective – Fitness Article

Should you have your clients squat to a depth where their thighs are parallel to the ground, or should they go deeper? As is the case with so many health- and fitness-related questions, the answer is dependent on several factors. Aside from pain, which is outside the scope of this article, let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that dictate a client’s squatting depth. There are two dominant approaches when it comes to squatting: squat to parallel…

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ACE Insight | 7 New Moves to Challenge Your Glutes and Hamstrings – Fitness Article

A quick search of popular hashtags on Instagram suggests that fitness consumers are intent on working their glutes (#bootybuilding, for example, is currently tagged in more than 2.8 million posts). The gluteal complex can perform a wide variety of different functions, which means you have an almost limitless amount of exercise options for strengthening these muscles and giving the people you serve the results they want. The first step is knowing exactly how the gluteal complex and hamstrings function to…

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