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More than 700 Capitol Hill Staffers from 64 Offices Set New Participation Record in ACE Congressional Fitness Challenge
Posted: April 19, 2018 in Suppliers

ACEWASHINGTON, D.C. - ACE’s 3rd Annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a competition that tracks steps and other selected forms of physical activity for six weeks, drew a record number of competitors with more than 700 individuals from 64 offices, a more than 200% increase from last year. The competition spanned from February 5 to March 18, 2018. The challenge provided members of Congress, their full-time staff and interns the opportunity to get more physically active in a congenially competitive way, to build camaraderie while doing so and to inspire their constituents to embrace physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. The friendly competition drew almost equal numbers of teams from both sides of the political aisle. Read More...

American Council on Exercise Names Carolann Dekker Chief Marketing Officer to Lead Global Growth and Advance ACE’s Behavior-Change Offerings
Posted: March 29, 2018 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE), a global certifier of health coaches and exercise professionals, has announced the promotion of Carolann Dekker to the role of Chief Marketing Officer. Dekker, promoted from her role as Executive Vice President of Marketing, has more than two decades of leadership experience, including extensive marketing management for international enterprises including the America’s Cup and Robbins Research International. Read More...

ACE-Sponsored Studies Find That How You Recover From an Exercise Bout Determines How You Perform in the Next One
Posted: February 28, 2018 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - Recovery is an essential part of any exercise program. In fact, incorporating the proper recovery strategy into a workout can yield better overall performance and improvement over time, but what is the best way to recover? American Council on Exercise (ACE), the leading certifier of health coaches and exercise professionals, sponsored three scientific studies aimed at identifying the best recovery strategy for optimizing the endurance and power benefits of exercise programs. Read More...

New Research Determines Which Hamstrings Exercises Yield The Best Results
Posted: February 13, 2018 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - Lack of time is often cited as a popular factor that prohibits people from finding a sustainable workout routine. As a result, many people spend the limited time they have to exercise on what’s commonly referred to as "mirror muscles," the muscles most visible when flexing in the mirror. While hamstrings don’t make the mirror muscles cut, strong hamstrings do make performing daily activities easier and contribute to improved low-back health among older adults. To address these common challenges, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), leading nonprofit certifier of exercise professionals and health coaches, commissioned John Porcari, Ph.D. and a team of researchers in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse to research the most effective exercises to strengthen hamstrings in minimal time. Read More...

American Council on Exercise Partners With Largest Online Personal Trainer Marketplace to Help ACE Certified Health and Fitness Professionals Grow Their Career
Posted: January 24, 2018 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) was recently named the preferred certification provider by Find Your Trainer (FYT), the largest online marketplace connecting NCCA-accredited personal trainers with clients. Find Your Trainer is a mobile-optimized online platform that connects users with the largest network of certified health and fitness experts around the country through a proprietary client-trainer matching algorithm. Users can easily search, schedule and pay for personal training all from their desktop or mobile device. Read More...

Pain-Free Movement Specialist Program Designed to Help Millions of People With Chronic Pain Get Back to Living an Active Lifestyle
Posted: January 16, 2018 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - According to data from the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can be physically, mentally and emotionally crippling, and it’s not easy to remedy. Movement, when executed with the help of a trained exercise professional, can be an effective way to relieve pain and improve quality of life. As part of its promise to help everyone live an active, healthy lifestyle, American Council on Exercise (ACE), the leading certifier of health coaches and fitness professionals, launched the Pain-Free Movement Specialist program from Function First. Read More...

ACE Puts HOKA Shoes to the Test: How Do They Affect Speed, Form and Calories Burned?
Posted: December 20, 2017 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - Avid runners, from weekend joggers to competitive marathon runners, will tell you that the key to being injury-free is having the right shoes. Many will debate the merits of two competing methodologies to avoid injury: maximalist shoes with extra padding and minimalist shoes with less cushion. In recent years, lighter minimalist shoes have earned the running world’s attention, but shoe manufacturer HOKA One One has turned the spotlight to maximalist styles. As part of its mission to get people moving, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned two research studies that test how wearing this brand of maximalist running shoes impact speed, mechanics and energy use compared to a standard style of running shoes. Read More...

American Council on Exercise Study Asks: How Can Everyday Activities, Like Washing Dishes, Improve Health?
Posted: December 7, 2017 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - With a culture of desk jobs, car commutes and television binges, it comes as no surprise that the average American spends at least 12 hours per day sitting - contributing to chronic, physical inactivity-related conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Research has shown that interrupting long periods of sitting with small periods of movement can improve health, but without guidance on how much of which activities will make a difference, many remain unmotivated to move. To find out just how much movement is needed to counteract the effects of sitting for long periods of time, American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned a scientific study to identify the optimal FIT (frequency, intensity and length of time) of movement for middle-aged and older adults. Read More...

American Council on Exercise Evolves Brand to Inspire All People to Overcome the Physical Inactivity Epidemic
Posted: November 14, 2017 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - In light of today’s growing physical inactivity epidemic, the leading nonprofit certifier of exercise professional and health coaches, American Council on Exercise (ACE) announces an evolution of its brand that harnesses its mission to get people moving and concentrates on inclusivity to ensure that all people—regardless of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status or neighborhood—have access to their healthiest lives. Read More...

Newly Released Research Answers: How Safe and Effective Is Wearing a Sauna Suit While Exercising?
Posted: November 1, 2017 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - With more than 2 in 3 adults in the U.S. considered overweight, there is an always-growing demand for products, diets and exercise programs to help people shed pounds, often with disappointing results. Are claims that exercising in a neoprene "sauna suit" helps burn more calories and yield additional health benefits accurate or simply too good to be true? As part of its mission to get people moving, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned a study investigating whether sauna suits could help people struggling with obesity achieve healthy weight loss at an expedited rate. Read More...

ACE Welcomes New Board Members in Its Reach Beyond Traditional Fitness Industry
Posted: October 26, 2017 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - A leading health and fitness nonprofit, The American Council on Exercise (ACE), announces six new board members with expertise in fields that will support the organization’s mission to get people moving. "The tide won't turn on inactivity-related chronic disease if we approach systemic problems in isolation," says American Council on Exercise CEO, Scott Goudeseune. "The diversity of skill sets and backgrounds in our board of directors will help us equip more people with the skills, expertise and credentials to help people adopt and maintain physically active lifestyles and advancing programs that bring physical-activity options to places and populations where it’s most needed." Read More...

ACE Hires Chief Strategy Officer, Signals Intent to Be Part of Broader Efforts to Increase Physically Active Lifestyles
Posted: September 21, 2017 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has added a Chief Strategy Officer to its executive team in an effort to expand the organization’s work beyond the traditional fitness sector, support the spread of grassroots community physical-activity programs and stewarding cross-sector collaboration to integrate physical-activity intervention into healthcare. Hired to fill the new role is Shane Kinkennon, a strategic planning expert and facilitative leader who has driven key initiatives and special projects for ACE since 2012. Read More...

New Study Examines the Effects of Daily In-classroom Workouts on Elementary School Students
Posted: August 22, 2017 in Suppliers

ACE SAN DIEGO, CA - Despite recommendations that all children between the ages of 6 and 17 get at least one hour of physical activity every day, budget cuts have forced some schools to reduce or altogether eliminate formal physical education programs. This leaves many children without the opportunity to get enough physical activity or the knowledge of how to exercise safely and effectively. With a mission to get people moving, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the world’s leading health and fitness nonprofit, sponsored an independent study to determine if using short exercise videos in elementary school classrooms would be a cost-effective solution to help introduce more physical activity into schools. Read More...

ACE Study Investigates the Effectiveness of Zumba Gold for Maintaining Cardiovascular Health
Posted: April 19, 2017 in Suppliers

American Council On ExerciseSAN DIEGO, CA - The dance-inspired group fitness class, Zumba, offers a low-impact version that’s designed for middle-aged and older adults. But, can the lower-intensity Zumba Gold deliver on the promise of a safe, fun and effective exercise for baby boomers? To shed light on how many health benefits the hip-shaking really offers, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned an independent study to determine if Zumba Gold meets current guidelines for improving and maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness in seniors. Read More...

Congressional Fitness Challenge Allows Nation’s Leaders to Encourage Healthy Lifestyles
Posted: March 29, 2017 in Suppliers

American Council On ExerciseSAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercises (ACE) announced the winners of its annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a 6-week competition that saw participation from more than 300 congressional staffers and 10 members of Congress. The challenge offers Congress and their staff the opportunity to serve as role models of healthy living by tracking various forms of physical activity, including the steps they take each day, as they strive to incorporate more movement into their daily lives. According to ACE, the friendly contest proved bi-partisan in nature, drawing almost equal numbers of teams from both parties. Read More...

For Those Exercising Without Results, Individualized Protocol Shows Promise
Posted: December 21, 2016 in Suppliers

American Council On ExerciseSAN DIEGO, CA - Those who exercise without seeing results may be what researchers call a “non-responder,” someone who receives no clear health benefits from a form of exercise that produces significant visible results for most people. The Cooper Institute estimates that 20 - 45% of some populations may be impacted by the frustrating, non-responder phenomenon. As part of its mission to get people moving and make a significant impact on the physical-inactivity epidemic, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned a third-party study, conducted by Western State Colorado University to investigate a more individualized programming approach. Read More...

Report: Less Than One Quarter of U.S. Children Meet Physical Activity Guidelines; ACE Offers New Solutions
Posted: November 16, 2016 in Suppliers

American Council On ExerciseSAN DIEGO, CA - More than three quarters of children in the United States are currently not meeting physical activity recommendations, putting them at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes and related chronic illnesses, according to a recent report. The 2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth was authored by researchers and health experts from organizations across the country that were assembled by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. Read More...

ACE Praises the State of Obesity Report for Recognizing the Importance of Community Collaboration in Obesity Prevention Programs
Posted: September 2, 2016 in Suppliers

American Council On ExerciseSAN DIEGO, CA - The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2016 was recently released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The annual report is highly regarded as one of the nation’s most comprehensive documents on the current state of the U.S. obesity epidemic. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) issued the following statement in response to the report. Read More...

New ACE Studies Challenge Core-Strengthening Claims of Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Posted: July 21, 2016 in Suppliers

American Council On ExerciseSAN DIEGO, CA - Stand-up paddleboarding athletes claim the sport provides increased muscle strength, core conditioning, better balance and an excellent cardio workout. But, do these claims stand up to scientific scrutiny? To find out, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned two comprehensive studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and University of California, San Diego, providing a thorough examination of the health benefits of this nontraditional form of physical activity. Read More...

ACE and Zumba Announce Global Partnership In Support of New Program Launch, “Strong By Zumba”
Posted: June 23, 2016 in Suppliers

American Council On ExerciseSAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and global fitness brand Zumba have formed an exciting partnership designed to elevate and inform the groundbreaking instruction delivered daily by thousands of licensed Zumba instructors across the world. The partnership will benefit licensed Zumba Instructors who train in Zumba’s new group exercise program, STRONG by Zumba. The highly anticipated, non-dance workout is a music-led, HIIT inspired program that focuses on Synced Music Motivation to deliver an overall body transformation with improved muscular definition and high caloric burn. Read More...

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