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Mental Health Week 18th May – 24th May!

This week it’s national mental health week!

This week we’re focussing on mental health issues. With lockdown providing an ever apparent sense of loneliness and boredom we just wanted to check in on you all! This time last year we released a podcast with our local chosen charity, Leeds Mind. It was a great insight to how they run, how they help us and they enlightened us with some astounding facts about mental health issues. If you missed that episode, why not check it out here?  Read More

Your Covid-19 update – A letter from the MD, Ben Newbould

First of all, I hope you and your family are keeping well and safe.

We currently find ourselves in unprecedented timesSince the lockdown in March we, as many of you have found ourselves in a period of uncertainty, disrupted work and social patterns through the overarching threat of the coronavirus outbreak. Understandably, this has thrown a number of businesses and personal plans by the wayside, and we have been left with no other option than to adapt during these times. Here at Velocity, I wanted to update you with the plans that we have put in place to ensure that we don’t disadvantage our students and ensure that your learning journey continues as unaffected as possible.   Read More

How can you create content?

We all know, content is king as fitness professionals! Clients want to see you putting your knowledge out there, as it inspires rapport and it’s educational! If you’re struggling to create content here are some key tips on what you can be creating!

1 – Create visually stimulating images!

By now you will know that just posting pictures of your abs will get you nowhere, just like writing an essay under a pointless picture – who’s reading it except your mum? You need to create stimulating images which are appealing on the eye, and give the viewer some knowledge about the post! Look to use Canva to create these images, it’s free to access via the internet and you can download an app. We do have a tutorial on our members section for any of you looking to enhance your content creation. Read More

How can you support your business through COVID-19?

As we know the current predicament is one of uncertainty, with many unsure of the outcome. We’ve created a list of a few aspects you can do to help support your business through this.

1 – Read relevant information 

Check with your insurance provider about how you’re covered, and revert back to professional bodies about what you should be doing with your practice. Also refer to regarding the latest information and the NHS regarding health and safety for yourself and your clients. Read More

How to make the most of the ‘lockdown’

So we’re in lockdown, gyms are closed, many are (stupidly) panic buying and we’re all slightly losing the will to live. However, just because we’re in lockdown doesn’t mean we can’t make this some of the most productive week of our life. What can you be doing to keep your clients on track and keep earning?

1 – Incorporate online check ins

Don’t let the lockdown count as an excuse for awol clients. Arrange meeting via Skype or Zoom to check in with them and just chat! What difference does it ultimately make if you’re face to face or face to computer screen? Read More

How to gauge readiness for activity with Pre & Post Natal clients

There’s a number of aspects which must be considered when designing a pre/post-natal programme. Once screening has occurred you need to be able to interpret your client’s readiness.

Firstly, we will look at your client’s general health status. The presence of contraindications and complications must be acknowledged in order to protect both mother and child. You have an ethical responsibility to screen your client and refer them to their GP or midwife where needed. Read More

Credible sources of information for training Pre & Post Natal clients

It is ethically responsible for you as a trainer to use credible sources of information to refer back to in regard to training pre/post-natal clients.

There are a lot of myths which circulate and trainers who pass on information like Chinese whispers which soon become nonsense. The pre/post-natal training guides can be minefields if you don’t use credible resources, especially when implementing them into your clients training. Read More

Developing a working relationship with Pre & Post Natal clients

It is important to present yourself and organisation positively to all clients, this is expected of all professionals no matter who the client. However, the aspect of coaching and training pre/post-natal clients is a heavily debated subject, so you need to be on top of your game at all times.

It’s essential you establish a rapport before expecting the client to work with you. A pre/post-natal client may be wary about training due to the health risks it could create. It’s hard to hide the fact that there sadly is more risks and contraindications behind training pregnant women. There will also be a feeling of uncertainty, as the client will want you to show knowledge and understanding of what they’re going through, whilst ensuring they are safe. Read More

Contraindications for Pre & Post Natal clients

It is thoroughly advised that each fitness professional screens their pre/post-natal client intensely. ACOG (2015) have set a list of absolute and relative contraindications to exercise during the pregnancy phase.

Below is a list of absolute contraindications. This means that physical activity could be life threatening to either the individual or child if these symptoms occur.

– Hemodynamically significant heart disease Read More

What barriers are there for pre/post-natal women?

With the changing world, many women still want to exercise and keep fit during pregnancy, however many are scared of the effects which it may have on their bodies and the baby’s. With that in mind, let’s look at some barriers and discuss how to address them.

Firstly, focussing on pre-natal females –

Fear of miscarriage/harming the baby

Communicate with the client and ensure they know the benefits of exercise, make them aware that by exercise we don’t mean vigorous training. Ensure they are also aware that the trainer is qualified to teach the pregnant individuals and will adapt training to suit them per trimester. Read More