The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model for Obesity

October 6, 2014, 12:00AM PT in Fitnovatives Blog  |  

trainer and obese client

The ACE IFT Model for Obesity was designed to help trainers know how to effectively start training an obese client based on his or her current movement skills, and how to recognize common compensation patterns and providing appropriate exercise solutions. These clients will typically stay in the first two phases of the ACE IFT Model* for several weeks, if not months, and that’s O.K.!

*Note: ACE has created an online course to determine how to progress any client through the ACE IFT Model. Click here to help you better understand this article and to become a more effective personal trainer.

Phase 1: Stability and Mobility

Before moving on to the second phase a client needs to be assessed for relative stability and mobility across individual joints through the kinetic chain. ACE’s definition of joint stability is “the ability to maintain or control joint movement or position.” This is achieved through the synergistic actions of the components of the joint (e.g., muscles, ligaments, joint capsule and the neuromuscular system). The scapulothoracic joint, lumbar spine, knee joint and foot are all examples of body parts that can be assessed for stability. ACE defines joint mobility as “the range of uninhibited movement” around the intersection of two bones. This is achieved through the synergistic actions of the components of the joint and the neuromuscular system. The glenohumearal joint, thoracic spine, hip and ankle are body parts that can be assessed for mobility. These definitions and how they work within the body are essential concepts to understand before determining your client’s ability level.

Phase 1 establishes a base line for every exercise, which is why establishing this foundation is so important. If this phase is bypassed, existing joint limitations might promote ongoing joint dysfunction. If a trainer overestimates the ability level of the client, it is completely appropriate to go back to a less challenging level. It is better to regress than to regret!

Phase 2

Once stability and mobility in Phase 1 have been addressed it is time to see how the body moves as a unit. Poor posture, inefficient movement patterns and incorrect exercise techniques will potentially cause injuries if not corrected. Primary daily activity movements can be categorized in five different patterns: bend and lift, single leg, pushing, pulling, and rotational and spiral movements. For example, a common movement pattern for mothers of young children is a bend and lift. If there is improper alignment in a movement pattern, this can be corrected in a variety of ways, including reactive

… Continue reading here.
Fitnovatives Blog — Courtesy “American Council On Exercise” (ACEfitness.org)

Instant Face Lift: http://f.youdeweb.com Facial exercises to slim out your face, lift sagging cheeks, thin out your face, reduce face fat, shape your face, l…

Mason Natural Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D3, Caplets, 180 ea

Please Note: Product received may temporarily differ from image shown due to packaging update. Dietary Supplement Builds Strong Bones Teeth* May Help Prevent Osteoporosis* 2 With Vitamin D3 For Optimum Absorption *Regular exercise and a healthy diet with enough calcium helps teen, young adult and post menopausal women maintain good bone health and may reduce their high risk of osteoporosis later in life. Vitamin D improves calcium absorption. Guaranteed No Added: Sugar, starch, sodium, yeast, corn, wheat, dairy, gluten, egg, fragrance, artificial flavors or colors and preservatives. Each 1500mg caplets of calcium citrate provides 315mg of elemental calcium. This product has been manufactured and packaged in strict conformance with industry and government standards. This product is in compliance with California proposition 65 for safe lead content. This product meets curren

Price: $ 12.39
Sold by drugstore.com

ZOOT Ultra 2.0 CRx Men’s Compression Socks Safety Yellow/Black, 4 – Men’s

As any professional athlete will tell you, maximizing your recovery is just as important as maximizing your training. However, Zoot’s new Ultra 2. 0 CRx Compression Socks strike two chords harmoniously at once. These socks feature an mmHg of 18-30, making them sufficient for recovery, without being to tight for active use. So, you’re able to lessen your recovery time before you even get there. The socks were constructed with ZOOT’s hallmark BioWrap fit, which provides anatomically designed areas of compression in order to stabilize your calf muscles and to support your Achilles tendon during exercise. After all, compression fabrics stabilize muscles in order to reduce damage during exercise. However, that’s only one part of the compression story. These socks provide a graduated compression with ZOOT’s new NanoGLIDE fabric. Graduated in its design, this material is made to compress the most at your foot and ease up as it gets closer to your calf. This forces blood flow from the bottom of your legs back to your heart. Essentially, this puts pressure on the muscles, arteries, and veins that are farthest away from the heart, ultimately forcing the body to circulate blood through narrower circulatory channels. So, almost like kinking a hose, it creates arterial pressure, and like when you finally release the kink, blood circulates faster to the heart. This accelerates recovery, by providing more oxygenated blood cells to the oxygen-deprived muscle groupings. On top of stellar recovering properties, NanoGLIDE helps to reduce blistering and hot spots at the toe box and heel. And to keep everything nice and cool, ZOOT placed its lightweight and highly-breathable AirZONE fabric atop the foot. The Zoot Ultra 2. 0 CRx Compression Socks are available in the colors Black/graphite, Black/safety yellow, Safety Yellow/black, and White/graphite and in the sizes Three, Four, and Five. Please note that sizing is based upon calf circumference, so we recommend that you refer to th…
List Price:
Price: 59.95

You May Also Like These Topics...

Top 4 Nutrition Predictions in the New Year

Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past — legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be a victim. Get a jump-start on […]

5 Ways to Feel Good While Getting Fit

Setting intentions is a powerful thing. Then when you have that shiny new gym membership in hand, you feel like nothing stands between you and your goals to get in shape once and for all. Trouble is, lack of motivation, unpreparedness and busy schedules have a way of interfering with our plans. If you find […]

Yoga for Weightlifters: 7 Poses for Increased Range of Motion

Flexibility is an important yet often overlooked component of a well-rounded fitness routine, especially for those who tend to gravitate to strength-based workouts. Adequate range of motion around the joints is imperative to perform loaded movement patterns safely and effectively using strength-training tools such as barbells and dumbbells. In addition to enhancing performance in the […]

Why Personal Trainers Should Consider Teaching Group Fitness Classes

Even though it has not aired a new episode since May 1998 (yes, it has been that long), it seems as if there is a Seinfeld episode for almost every one of life’s situations.  One of my personal favorites is the “Worlds Collide” episode, where George Costanza is trying to keep his relationship persona separate […]

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Previous Post
Fat Loss Walking & Hikiing

The D.e.w Method – How I Lost 13 Lbs.

Next Post
Fat Loss Healthy Lifestyle

Guide To The Food Pyramid

Leave a Reply