Tag Archives: Health & Fitness

Monitoring and managing the client’s lifestyle

A recent trend in technology is lifestyle monitoring and management devices.

One common gadget is an armband or wristband that is capable of monitoring steps (pedometer), heart rate (heart rate monitor), body temperature (thermometer), sitting time (inactivity timer), light exposure (circadian rhythm monitor) and calculations of caloric expenditure. These devices can often link to software applications that analyse the collected data and offer encouraging feedback or healthy lifestyle advice.

Smartphones and tablets also have a wide range of applications that monitor lifestyle status and lifestyle progression. They often provide encouraging feedback, healthy advice and sometimes comparisons and and competitions with a local regional or global community of users (e.g., How do I rank among other users regarding the increase in daily number of steps?). This type of game-like feedback is highly motivating for some, and may be an important tool for a personal trainer. Personal trainers can also find software applications to monitor multisport, including walking, running and cycling, and to allow a client to engage in challenges that can help to boost their motivation, such as running a 10k personal record or running a set a set distance in a month. Some applications even propose to replace the distance in a month. Some applications even propose to replace the personal trainer, claiming to make fitness fun and help people stay motivated. These can be an easy way for clients to keep a personal trainer in their pocket. This may work with a small cluster of clients with an enormous drive of motivation and an unusually high level of autonomy (e.g., for personal trainers themselves!). For the vast majority of clients, though, the best and most sustainable option is to rely on a personal trainers help in designing an individualised and optimised training programme that is adjusted to their particular needs. Read More

How does the new GDPR ruling affect fitness professionals?

The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25th, 2018. This new law provides specific in-depth information regarding all individuals and organisations who are responsible for day to day data protection. So, how will this new GDPR law affect fitness professionals?

Article 5 of the new GDPR law, states the 5 main aspects relating to data protection which must be followed to ensure you are complying with the new law:

Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed; Read More

Practical Application of Nutritional Knowledge – Pre-workout Meal

Generally, each meal should have a purpose.

The primary purpose of the pre-workout meal, or pre-competition meal for athletes, is to provide energy for the upcoming activity.

The most important nutrient in the pre-workout meal is carbohydrate, ideally natural, unprocessed, complex carbohydrate. Consuming some protein is important (to maintain blood amino acid levels, reduce carbohydrate absorption rate, and provide a possible backup for carbohydrate if necessary), as is consuming some fat (to add taste to the food, provide lower-intensity energy, and reduce the absorption rate of the carbohydrate). Read More

Bodypower Expo 2018 Highlights

Another year passes and another successful Bodypower expo is completed for Velocity PT Academy. There were many highlights of this years expo, one of them being the Las Vegas theme used to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.

Check out our highlights video below! (Shot and edited by the very talented Brandon Milner).

We had 2 competitions running over the weekend, one of them being the coveted “Free course” that we give away each year. The winner was announced yesterday during a Facebook live video we published! The other competition was a “Guess the calories” challenge in order to win 24 protein goodies! The winner for this was also released on Tuesday across our social pages. Read More

Components of Fitness – Body Composition

Body composition is the percentage of lean and fat mass in the body, commonly referred to as percent body fat.

All mass in the body can be broken down into one or two categories.

Body parts that have little fat, such as bone, muscles and organs, make up a person’s lean or fat free mass.

Fat mass is called adipose tissue, or just fat. When clients can ‘pinch and inch’ that part of the body is mostly fat, and when you go on a diet, they are trying to reduce their body fat. If you know your clients your client’s percentage body fat, you can determine his or her percent lean. Read More

Fat Burning

Aerobic activity seems to be one of the most recognised pathways for fat burning.

Moreover the aim of burning fat in the fastest way possible is a common goal for many who exercise.

It is well known that regular exercise and aerobic endurance training are considered to be the best types of physical activity for weight loss. Despite the large number of studies attempting to determine the optimal methods for this goal, the exact protocol for ensuring general body weight maintenance has not yet been found. Carbohydrate and fat are two main sources of fuel used in sustaining energy requirements during exercise. The specific use and each substance required, depends on exercise intensity. The carbohydrate is oxidised in specific high-intensity activities, whilst increased fat consumption occurs in an operating range between low and moderate-intensity exercise. Read More

Developing a Healthy, Balanced Way of Eating

No uniform criteria exist about the ideal macronutrient proportion for an optimal healthy diet programme.

The positive outcomes achieved from low carb or low fat diets in terms of weight loss or control seem to be associated with a simultaneous physical activity programme rather than with the dieting strategy itself.

Several studies have found that other than total energetic calorie intake, the macronutrients in meals affect metabolic and hormonal responses after eating. In-fact moderate diets that maintain a protein-carbohydrate relationship of .6 to .75 have been shown to more effective in controlling body weight and feeling of satiety in overweight and obese people than low carb diets. Read More

What is Kinesiology?

The origins of the word kinesiology are from the Greek kinesis, to move, and logy, to study.

Kinesiology of the musculoskeletal system: Foundations for rehabilitation serves as a guide to kinesiology by focusing on the anatomic and biochemical interactions within the musculoskeletal system.

The beauty and complexity of these interactions have been captured by many great artists, such as Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) and Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Their work likely inspired the creation of the classic text Tabulae Sceleti et Musculorum Corporis Humani, published in 1747 by the anatomist Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (1697-1770). A sample of this work is presented in Figure 1-1. The primary intent of this textbook is to provide students and clinicians with a firm foundation for the practice of physical rehabilitation. A detailed review of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, including its innervation, is presented as a background to the structural and functional aspects of movement and their clinical applications. Read More

An Introduction to Anatomy Trains, laying the railway bed

The hypothesis is simple:

Whatever else they may be doing individually; muscles also influence functionally integrated body wide continuities within the fascial webbing.

These sheets and lines follow the wrap and weft of the body’s connective tissue fabric, forming traceable ‘meridians’ of myofascia. Stability, strain, tension, fixation, resilience, and – most pertinent to this text postural compensation, and all distributed via these lines. Essentially, the anatomy trains map provides a ‘longitudinal anatomy’ – a sketch of the long tensile straps and slings within the musculature as a whole. It is a systemic point of view offered as a supplement to the standard analysis of muscular action. Read More

The structure and function of the digestive system

Although nutritional quality and quantity are central to optimal health and well-being, a functioning digestive system is pre-requisite for these benefits to take full effect. Failure of a single part of this system will compromise the amount of nutrition entering the body.

The stages of the digestive system are as follows:

-The mouth is the first part of the digestive system, the place where food in received. The roof of the mouth is formed by hard and soft palates and the anterior two-thirds of the tongue fill the floor of the mouth. The tongue is a muscular organ which is attached to the hyoid bone and mandible. Read More