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Bisgaard earns top trainer certification

November 13, 2010
By Mary Ann Menendez - Special to the EDN

Being involved in a career that is ever-changing and evolving involves a strong dedication to continuing education.

That is exactly what Shari Bisgaard does to be one of the best in her field as personal trainer. Her title is A.C.E. Elite Certified Personal Trainer. The A.C.E. stands for American Council on Exercise.

During the weekend of Oct. 8, 2010, Bisgaard and colleague Tootie Harris of Milford were two of 500 participants who attended the "Midwest Mania" Fitness Conference in Chicago.

"It is very important to keep up to date on new and improved education, knowledge and equipment in the fitness industry. Things can change all the time," said Bisgaard who has been involved with the fitness industry for more than 22 years in the Estherville area. In that time spanning beyond two decades, she and Harris have attended approximately 30 conferences.

These conferences are scheduled during every season of the year and at various locations around the country. A.C.E. certified trainers receive information about the conferences in A.C.E. news postings, magazines and letters.

At the most recent conference, one of her classes included many peers from the Chicago area. "One was from Texas, another from Europe and several from other Midwest states."

She and Harris have worked in the same location for about 19 years and have attended conferences for the past 22 years. "If either of us needs help or have questions, we call each other and do offer assistance if any red flags pop up with one of our clients. We work very well together."

A new bit of information Bisgaard now has is that "specifically you should not attempt to do any cardiovascular activity for more than 90 minutes at a time because you don't burn calories as efficiently and you tear down your body more. Unless you are training for something specifically should you do more cardiovascular."

Some cardiovascular activities include running, biking and doing time on the elliptical machine. Bisgaard is an Estherville High School graduate who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health from the University of Minnesota.

Sessions at A.C.E. conferences also help trainers make accommodations for the many different clients who secure training services as no two have identical health histories or exercise abilities. Trainers are also trained on how to respond in a wide array of medical situations that may arise during training sessions.

"Conference participants get so pumped and revitalized after these conferences. We have so much energy and information that we just want to share it all with our clients!"

Bisgaard also holds the distinctive and rare title of A.C.E. Elite Personal Trainer. Because of experience and education, she has willingly offered many hours of community service to encourage the public on the correct ways to train properly. The Estherville resident is also CPR-AED trained.

For more information on A.C.E. certification, schedule an appointment or purchase gift certificates, call Bisgaard at 712-209-1740. "It's never to late to get in shape!" she said.



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