Category Archives: Training Tips

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Meet the team – Graham Ratcliffe

‘The bricks and mortar of the company’ so Graham calls himself. A man with a keen eye for expansion, when he’s not looking for ways to develop Velocity he’s probably trying to earn a quick million on SkyBet, or create himself a catchphrase. Neither are going well.

Graham is responsible for the development of Velocity and he has a great eye about possible new avenues for expansion and ensuring Velocity is always going above and beyond. He is also a fully qualified tutor and assessor, quite the triple threat. Read More

Effects of Resistance Training on Joints

Resistance training produces significant improvements, such as increases in bone density and tendon and ligament strength and stiffness, resulting in improved joint function and reduced injury potential (Whiting and Zernicke 2008).

All joint components respond positively to increased mechanical stimuli and force loading as long as the forces do not exceed the individuals tissues functional limits (Farrell et al. 2011).

Normal adult bone is in a state of homeostasis that is maintained by balanced activity between osteoclasts (which break down). Repetitive bone loading and osteoblasts (which produce new bone). Repetitive bone loading as seen in resistance training, has been shown to increase the activity of osteoblasts, particularly at points of stress, leading to increased bone strength, density and calcium retention. The primary location of osteoblast activity is on the outside of the bones, in the periosteum; the osteoclast activity occurs on the inside surface of the trabecular bone. This pattern of change allows bone to adapt to the imposed demands without losing the relative structure (i.e. diameter of the hollow centre to the total bone diameter) whilst increasing girth, stiffness and strength (Watkins 2010). Note that during activity, particularly in sport, the demands experienced by the body are often not symmetrical. For example, Nazarian and colleagues (2010) investigated the effect of regular participation in football on the bone mineral density of the legs. Their findings indicated that the bones in players’ non-dominant legs had significantly higher bone mineral densities than those of their dominant legs. Read More

Could you train a professional athlete?

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, we decided to look into how footballers go about working with Personal Trainers and fitting it in with their busy schedules.

Personal Training for footballers is a trend which actually hasn’t been around for too long. Only with some of the major players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo taking a lot of pride in their appearance has it become the norm for players to follow. Read More

England’s 2018 World Cup preparation


It’s unbelievable to see how football has changed from just training on the pitch a few times a week, to having a real underpinning of physical and mental health alongside the pitch work. This England training video shows the latest advancements in preparation before the players take part in the biggest footballing competition around. Read More

Meet our new Sports Massage Therapy Tutor!

Velocity PT Academy would like to wish Brain Huxley, our new Sports Massage Therapist tutor a warm welcome to the team!

Brian Huxley is the proud owner of Freedom From Pain Services and Director of Training and Education of his Advanced Workshops section. He has over 21 years Clinical and Educational experience, a highly respected Advanced Sports Therapist, Hypnotherapist (NLP) and Senior Lecturer within the Sports injury, Rehabilitation and Hypnotherapy (NLP) industries. Brian has treated many Celebrity athletes over the years and lectured at various venues throughout the UK. Brian specialises in the study, application and teaching of myofascial release and exercise therapy. Read More

When best to stretch?

Although stretching is always advised after a warm-up, it can be performed at any time of the day appropriate to the client. Clients can be advised to stretch when at home, watching TV or at the office, in order to balance out periods of immobility in positions of poor posture.

Stretching should form an integral part of the body warm up and cool down. Static stretching, although once a common feature of a warm up, should generally be avoided. According to some evidence, static stretching: Read More

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be a result of a disease such as polio or spina bifida, but they are more commonly a result of trauma such as falls and motor vehicle accidents. The management of spinal cord injuries is dictated by the degree of paralysis and function.

This depends on the location of the injury on the spinal cord. Quadriplegia and tetraplegia result from injuries to the cervical region (neck); paraplegia involves the thoracic, lumbar or sacral area. The higher the location of the lesion, the greater the loss of body function. Read More

The Urinary System

The urinary system is vital for maintaining homeostasis and balance in the body. The system consists of:



-Urinary bladder


The Kidneys

The human body has two kidneys positioned on either side of the vertebrae at the posterior of the abdominal cavity. The left kidney is usually slightly higher than the right due to the location of the liver. Read More

Guidelines to follow when creating an individualised training programme

Planning individualised programmes for clients is a key principle of a personal trainer’s role. When creating these programmes, trainers must follow specific guidelines.

The guidelines and principles apply to all exercising programmes, in all environments including: Gyms, studios, clients’ homes, public parks, village halls, and even beaches (If you’re lucky enough!) Read More

Measuring Exercise Intensity

Monitoring the exercise intensity of a workout for a client is essential if they are to get the best out of it, while remaining safe.

It can provide a level from which you can determine the session success in the short term and deliver a benchmark in which future sessions can be progressed to further benefit the client.

There are 3 key methods for monitoring the intensity: Read More