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Top 5 Carbs for dieting

There are differences in people’s opinion when it comes to carbs and weight loss, and they’ve had quite a hard time over the last decade.

The truth is, if you pick the right carbohydrates in the right quantities, they will actually help you to lose weight.

The reason the right kind of carbs can help you lose weight is they keep you fuller for longer as they have a low GI content which means they carbs are released slower into your body.

By having a steady release of carbs it will stop you from snaking or from having pangs of hunger later on.

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The rise of the fitness expo

Fitness expos in the U.K. are getting more and more popular the longer they keep going.

For many a health and fitness enthusiast its like being a kid in a candy shop as everything you love, is all under one roof.

The expos are an opportunity to meet some of your idols as they all usually have big names that attend their shows.

The expos are also full of all your favourite supplement companies and clothing retailers and have guest speakers, shows and demonstrations, healthy food and drinks the companies and pretty much most things you can think of related to health and fitness.

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Training outdoors

Summer is here and many of us are making the most of it and training outdoors.

Natures gym has lots to offer and you can train for most activities and sports.

If you’re into playing sports then its an ideal time to make the most of it and get outdoors for a game of football, go for a run, go cycling or play tennis, its always better outdoors.

Here are a few benefits of training outdoors:

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Fitness holidays – Are they worth it?

Fitness holiday are a thing and they seem to be very fashionable, especially if you have a few quid behind you.

If you can justify spending around £2000 for 10 days abroad being put through your paces, then a fitness holiday might be for you.

If you have even more time and money, then why not get go on a fitness holiday to get a beach body before you go on holiday and put weight back on you just lost on your fitness holiday! Makes sense right….? Not really.

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When to deload training

To put it simply, a deload is a short period of recovery usually lasting a week.

You can train with lighter weights or just limit your frequency of training and just generally ease back a bit.

A good deload can be just what your workouts need and can take your training from good to amazing. A good time to deload is when you feel demotivated, stuck in a rut or if your training has plateaued.

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Why clients should understand the advantages of Personal Training

There are so many advantages of having a PT and they are essential if you want to achieve your fitness goals.

A PT can help you with all of your goals whether that is weight loss, muscle building, sports orientated or for athletic purposes.

We look at the most critical reasons why you should have a Personal Trainer, as well as the benefits.

They educate you

Personal Trainers are trained to teach others how to exercise. Exercise is one part of hiring a PT but nutrition and lifestyle paly a huge role in the overall picture.

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Injury – Tendonitis

Tendons are bands of tissue that attach muscle to bone.

When your muscles contract your tendons help to move the bones and joints.

Tendon injuries typically happen in sports that involve sudden, sharp movements or after the repeated overuse of the tendons.

The main symptoms of tendonitis are:

  • Difficulty in moving the tendon
  • A grating sensation when you move the tendon
  • Pain in the tendon
  • Swelling and occasionally redness
  • A lump along the tendon

You should go to your GP or a minor injuries unit your symptoms don’t improve within a few weeks and your still in a lot of pain. You should also go if you think you have ruptured a tendon as this will cause severe pain.

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How do you ensure clients commit themselves to long term change?

As a Personal Trainer one of the main focusses of your job is aiding your clients to change their exercise and diet habits.

There can be no short term fixes with this approach as micro changes should be made over time so the client doesn’t feel like its such a daunting task.

An example of this would be to slowly cut back on sugar in tea by half a teaspoon every week or two instead of eliminating it altogether which could result in relapse after a few days.

There are certain requirements for successful behavior change which clients should have to become successful in making a healthier long-term change.

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What should be on an informed consent form?

An informed consent form should always be signed by your client as it gives you their consent to starting an exercise program, and they have informed you of anything that may hinder their exercise participation.

The client should also understand and receive a sound explanation of any limitations and possible risks.

Client should also be aware that they can terminate your services as a PT at any time. The informed consent form is a legal document that contains personal information belonging to the client. It must therefore be treated confidentially according to the organizations information governance policy.

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Are you fluff training? – Compounds over isolation

Compound exercises are hard, that is why they work.

No amount of isolation work will change your body like compound exercises do. Compound exercises are typically multi joint movements which involve using more than one muscle group.

Gearing your workouts around compound exercises will give you a superior workout without spending hours in the gym. The key is building a program composed of compound exercises that delivers a powerful workout in a fraction of the time.

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