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Test Your Weight Bias

Weight bias (aka weight stigma) has been defined as “the social devaluation and denigration of people perceived to carry excess weight” (Tomiyama 2014). That sounds bad, and yet a majority of health, medical, allied health, and fitness and wellness professionals exhibit some degree of this stigma.

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Is Tech Killing Personal Training?

Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, Netflix . . . Over the past several years, tech companies have changed the game, causing “old school” competitors to scramble to stay relevant and prosperous, or to concede defeat and close up shop. The fitness industry is not immune to such disruption, as the internet provides customers with access to “personal” training, often at a cheaper rate than they would pay to work with a qualified professional in person.

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Prepare to Manage Generation Z

The Zers are coming! The Zers are coming!
Just when you thought you were finally up to speed with millennials, it’s time to look ahead to the next group, “Generation Z”—roughly defined as those born from the late 1990s to the early 2010s. Some sources use birthdates beginning with the mid-1990s or earlier (Williams 2015; Sparks & Honey 2014). Generation Z is on trend to outnumber millennials by nearly one million, according to census data compiled by Susan Weber-Stoger, a demographer at Queens College (Williams 2015).

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The Top 5 Reasons You Need an Operations Manual

How well does your business run without you? Does everything fall apart when you’re not there? Do you feel like a master juggler trying to keep all the balls in the air? If these questions strike a nerve, then maybe you’re missing an essential tool: an operations manual.

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Bolster Your Business and Fortify Your Purpose

Owning or managing a fitness business has its own set of challenges. It’s easy to settle into autopilot from one quarter to the next, allowing the status quo to dictate the bottom line. But there’s another option: Learn new, more efficient best practices to take your business to new heights.

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When to Progress, When to Regress

Establish a Baseline

Before you can even think about progressing a client, you first need to establish a baseline. Every trainer should have a system in place for completing a starting evaluation. This evaluation should give you a comprehensive idea of what your client is capable of and what his or her limitations are.

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Hand Portioning for Each Food Group

As a fitness professional or nutrition coach, you know calories matter. Fundamentally, human body weight is controlled by energy balance—calories in vs. calories out.

But having clients meticulously count calories and track macronutrients is not the solution in most cases. That approach is often tedious, inexact and unsustainable. It takes handbooks, websites, databases and math. Just to plan lunch.

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ACE Insight


RESEARCH: Investigating the Athletic Performance Benefits of Standup Paddleboarding
Part 2

What fitness and caloric expenditure can one expect from standup paddleboarding?

As the popularity of standup paddleboarding (SUP) has exploded in recent years, dedicated practitioners have made a number of claims regarding the sport’s benefits, boasting improvements in muscle strength and cardiorespiratory conditioning. But does research support these claims?

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ACE Letter from Scott Goudeseune

Dear ACE Family,
I can’t possible overstate how grateful I feel today. As a proud member of the ACE Family, I am given the opportunity to interact with an abundance of inspiring individuals on a daily basis, and that is truly a wonderful thing.
How about you—what are you grateful for today?
With the holiday season approaching—a demanding and stressful time for many—it’s especially important to dedicate some energy to identifying what we’re grateful to have in our lives.

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Exercise Selection: Maximizing Activated Muscle Mass

Resistance training can be a big help to people who either have type 2 diabetes or are at risk of developing it. Ideally, trainers should combine cardiovascular and resistance training to help clients prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular exercise isn’t always a good fit. In those cases, resistance training may be the only option available.

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