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Compound Exercises vs. Isolation Exercises

Compound Exercises vs. Isolation Exercises

Isolation is a waste of time. Just do all the big compound lifts, and the little muscles will take care of themselves… Right?

Multi-joint movements like squats and pull-ups should undoubtedly make up the bulk of training. However, multi-joint exercises are suboptimal for training certain muscles. Take the hamstrings and biceps, for instance. Since they don’t change length appreciably during compound lifts, isolation is actually the best way to strengthen them. Especially if these muscles are weak links in the chain, isolation is a must. Plus, it’s nice to give the people what they want. Read More

Special Populations – Visually Impaired

When dealing with special populations, you must take extra precautions to ensure you are safe within the workplace and so that they feel comfortable.

There are three levels of classifications for visual impairment as defined by Parasports (www.uka.org.uk):

-B1 (Blind) – Unable to recognise the form of a hand in any direction or at any distance Read More

Working within an Elite Sports Team – Sports Massage Therapist

Working within an elite sport team and being part of their success is a wholly rewarding experience. However, you must remember there’s no ‘Olympic games for Massage Therapists!’

Your main role it to fully support the athletes in all they do while competing. In this environment, you shall work with highly skilled performance medical team, which is completely different than being in a clinic environment. Having the skill and knowledge, is only half of the battle you must have complete accountability and responsibility for your role in the team. It is important everyone’s roles are stated clearly, and all members understand how their roles will overlap and complement one another. This ensures athletes have exactly what they need, and that work is evenly spread as a competitive environment can be extremely stressful. Read More

Preparing for a Postural Assessment

How do you carry an assessment out? What equipment do you need? How long should it take? What are you even looking for? All questions which are often asked when completing a Postural Assessment.

So, let’s begin with the equipment needed in order to perform and full and efficient Postural Assessment.

-A warm, private room

-A full length mirror

-Body crayons & cleansing wipes

-Postural assessment charts Read More

Post-Event Massage Explained

Post-Event massage is the most common form of event massage, and volunteer situations are often plentiful. Volunteering is a great way to be introduced to the art of event work and learn about the requirements of each sport. Frequently, you will get someone new to massage after an event such as a marathon, which can be an opportunity to educate the person about the benefits of regular massage.

Is Post-Event Massage Appropriate?

The main purpose of post-event massage is to bring the tissue back to a pre-event state by flushing them out, and to be observant and identify and injuries or current conditions that require first aid or medical attention. If a medical team is not doing post-event assessments, you will need to do a consultation prior to starting the massage. You must be aware of the signs and symptoms of the most common problems and be equipped to deal with them. Read More

Why is a healthy balanced diet essential for fuelling and recovering from exercise and physical activity?

Having a healthy balanced diet is crucial for everyone no matter what. However, a healthy diet really ensures the body is well prepared for exercise and well refuelled after completing exercise.

By healthy balanced diet, we talk about the right mixture of macro and micronutrients being taken in regularly in order ensure the body have enough nutrition for growth and repair. When we refer to a healthy balanced diet we often presume straight away we are just talking about the food we are eating, however we also must pay attention to the hydration factors and watch what we’re drinking and how much. Read More

What is the role of each macronutrient in post-exercise recovery?

As well as being a great source of energy to fuel the body for exercise, macronutrients also provide a great effect on the body post workout as they aid recovery.


Proteins are possibly the most commonly known aider of recovery after exercise. Every cell in the human body contains protein. It’s main role within the body is to repair cells and damaged tissue, this is why it is constantly being created and broke down in all areas of the body. Read More

Ghost Lifestyle | Size review

Ghost Lifestyle really are trying to ‘Be Seen’ within the UK! (pardon the terrible pun). They are aiming to transform the supplement industry, creating new designs flavours and even products. They are stopping at nothing to change the direction of a stagnant industry.

Ghost is more than a brand to its 3 creators, it’s their lifestyle.  They live and breathe it, creating new unbeatable products, ensuring nothing is ever the same and to get where they are currently they’ve given up, a lot. Read More

The role of Psychology in Personal Training

A key mechanism to success is the ability of the personal trainer’s expertise in modifying their client’s behaviours and mindsets.

Bringing about changes of the body is what is believed to be the sole job a personal trainer, however without being in the right mindset will you work to your max in order to achieve these results? A personal trainer is actually there to improve the general and mental health of their client as well as their fitness. 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