Monthly Archives: February 2017

Understanding training and pregnancy

The following guidelines relate to normal, adult women who are, or have experienced a normal and healthy pregnancy or birth. In the majority of cases exercise is safe for both the mother and the baby, and at the correct intensity is not associated with complications or an adverse pregnancy outcome.

Pregnancy is divided into three periods (called trimesters):

1st Trimester (first 3 months) 1 – 12 weeks

This is the phase with the highest risk of miscarriage, and often the time when women suffer from morning sickness, but experience of this varies greatly. Read More

What is a dislocation?

You may have suffered from the painful agony of a dislocation before. Or you may be training clients who have suffered from them in the past. So here we thought we would clear up what a dislocation actually is.

A dislocation occurs when the correct alignment of bones becomes disrupted, moving them out of their normal position. Such injuries are often caused by impact with another person during a sport, or by a fall. Read More

Ideas for promoting client adherence

You have a new client, which is brilliant. However you now need to keep the client interested in training and achieving their goals.

This can prove more difficult than it sounds. So we have come up with some ideas for you to help your clients keep focused in achieving their goals.

Rewards or incentives – Instructors and organisations use these to help develop and strengthen a client’s motivation and adherence. This method of positive reinforcement lets the client and members know that their efforts have been noted and rewarded, when they achieve a set target or goal. It could be something as simple as a t-shirt or a water bottle, but the fact that their effort has been rewarded is a strong motivator. Read More

What nutritional advice can I legally give?

Often quite a grey area within the fitness industry. Offering diet plans and nutritional advise are two different things. Here we hope to clear up the professional roles and boundaries in relation to giving out nutritional advise to clients.

As part of a fitness instructor role, the instructor should not recommend diets but will be able to give general healthy eating advise for a ‘normal, healthy individual’.

This healthy eating advise should only look to improve their current nutritional intake. However for clients with more serious diseases and nutritional deficiencies, an instructor must refer the client to registered dieticians or nutritional therapists as appropriate. These professionals have the ability to further analyse the client and offer correct supplements if required. Read More

This will kill your Google rankings!

If you have a website and your aim is to get to that first Google page then you need to make sure that you’re not using duplicate content. Nothing hurts a search engines quest for relevant content more than finding the exact same stuff on different pages.

Duplication is a big no for the following reasons:

Duplication used to be another tactic used to fool search engines:

Website holders used to take their website and copy it over across many different domains and then linking them all together. Years ago this would have fooled the older versions of the search engines to seeing many relevant sites interlinking with each other. But now penalties are served for this, and could lead to the site been blacklisted. Read More

The most obese country in the world!

This may come as a shock to you! The UK didn’t make the top 10!

The WHO (World health organisation) compiled an extensive list of obesity data that covers all 7 continents and 192 countries from around the world in 2002. Whilst some countries have more recent data available through the WHO, 2002 was the last point at which obesity data was made available from all 192 countries. This includes both reliable survey data as well as estimations where complete data were not available. When male populations are compared, the United Kingdom can be found 23rd highest out of 192 countries. When female populations are compared, the United Kingdom came 58th out of 192 countries. It should be noted that female populations have higher levels of obesity around the globe than male populations in general. Read More

Can I get my Personal Training course funded?

You’re looking to make the move into the fitness industry. You’ve done your research, however you have come to the conclusion that the courses are too expensive. Don’t let this become a barrier to you. Welcome to legal entitlement…

What is Legal Entitlement?

Legal entitlement funding is a fully funded option through the adult educational budget (AEB). The government has backed legal entitlement funding by fully funding individuals looking to achieve their first level 2 or level 3 qualification. Legal entitlement funding is aimed at those looking to gain skills in a new area of expertise or to gain employment. Read More

Pros and cons of personal training in different settings

When you hear of personal training, you will not be the only one to vision a trainer training a client within a gym. But there are many different styles of training clients.

Take a look at our table we have created that weighs up the pros and cons of personal training in different settings:

It is good to be flexible as a Personal Trainer and look at different avenues to train your clients. The table above is a good tool to decide certain factors when selecting a different environment to train in. Obviously there are pros and cons directly to you as a trainer, however it is also good to look at the different avenues from the clients perspective too. Read More