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Where can your Personal Training qualification take you?

So, you’ve gained your Level 3 Personal Training qualification, what next?

Firstly, you have two main possibilities which are:

– Become your own boss and work independently

– Join a pre-existed gym chain

Let’s focus on you being your own boss first. Going into the industry determined to be your own boss and run your own business can be hard to begin, there’s no denying it! However, by having a lot of determination and the willingness to promote what makes you different from every other personal trainer, you shall quickly get the hang of it! Read More

The City that’s Daring to Dream…

If you haven’t been living under a rock under for the last 8 months, you will noticeably feel a different vibe around the city of Leeds. A weekly supplement of Premier League-esque football being donned on the Elland Road turf, with chants of “Pontus Jansson’s magic” echoing. This is a team that’s really not taking prisoners this year.

The promotion push for Leeds United is the best it has been for the last 14 years since their relegation from the Premier League in 2005. With this in mind, we thought we really should take a step back and appreciate all that’s been going on at Elland Road over the last few years. So where exactly do you start? Read More

Are you scared of the deadlift?

Ah deadlift day, there’s nothing like putting a load of weight on a bar, and attempting to lift it off the ground with your bare hands. Jón Páll Sigmarsson an Icelandic strongman once said (while deadlifting 450kg, we should add) ‘There’s no reason to be alive if you can’t deadlift’.

Now this is maybe a little extreme for the average gym go-er not attempting to be a worlds strongest man or woman. However, deadlift day requires no assistance, no spotter. It just needs you, the bar and your heavy lifting playlist. So where do we begin? Read More

Do push-ups help you live longer?

The push-up, a staple movement of any workout to really fatigue the pecs, deltoids, traps and core. A recent study published in JAMA Open Network says that smashing out a load of push-ups each day may prevent heart problems.

A study by Yang et al. (2019) observed 1104 occupationally active men, in this case firefighters who regularly participate in fitness tests, including a time press-up test. The results showed that those who could smash out an impressive 40 or more pushups, were 96% less likely to develop any heart implications than those who could do 10 or less. Read More

Have you heard of ‘New Running’?

Running not your thing? The annoyance of having to plan your route, grab all your equipment to track every step and then ultimately beat your personal best every time you leave the house can become dull and boring very quickly. This is where the aspect of New Running has been created.

New Running is essentially the cleanest form of running driven by you, your creativity and your ability.  It doesn’t require any gadgets, any planning and best of all no tracking your split times, it’s all about you and the open world. Read More

Your Mental Health Directory

Having a mental breakdown, or watching someone have a mental breakdown is unparalleled. You need to learn what to expect in order to ease the situation in these difficult times.

So, you or someone you know is having a breakdown. Who can you call? – Whether you need advice, or just an ear to talk to there are several charities readily available. Firstly, Samaritans’ free helpline (116 123) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Secondly, there is the Mind Infoline (0300 1233393), this service is only available 9-6 Monday to Friday, they provide a range of topics which you can talk about in depth. Thirdly, there is the CALM (0800 585858) help line, which is readily available especially for men from 5pm to midnight 7 days a week. Read More

Should you get a Sports Massage while pregnant?

Sports Massage Therapy is described as an alternative remedial technique to solve or improve a problem which an individual has.  This essentially means that there has been no studies completed solely on if a massage would help or cause problems to a pregnant individual. With this is mind, we did bit of research to see what professional massage therapists thought on the idea, and in particular analysing a deep tissue massage!

Massage Therapists perform deep tissue massages in an attempt to reach the underlying muscles, they do warn that the effects can be felt for multiple days after the massage has taken place. This also includes pressure points in an attempt to trigger deeper muscles in certain areas. Read More

Have you tried to stop drinking alcohol for two weeks?

Have you ever just sat and wondered what alcohol does to your body or how it impacts those gains you so desperately want? Giving up booze for a few weeks can be a challenge to many, but if done correctly you can reap the benefits.

If you can manage just a few weeks without sleep, here’s what you can expect:

Better Sleep

According to a study, drinking alcohol before bed increase alpha brain waves. Now although you may fall asleep easier while drinking, these brain waves are most at use while you’re awake. So, effectively although your asleep the quality of the sleep isn’t very good at all. By avoiding alcohol for a short time, your concentration and performance will increase because your sleep has a better quality. Read More

Is this the hardest marathon in the world?

For some doing a half a marathon is the peak of their physical endurance, for others completing the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon is an unbelievable achievement. For the rest, this simply doesn’t even scratch the surface compared to a ultramarathon. The Barkley Marathons has had only 15 people finish this race since it began in 1986, with over 1000 people taking part in it.

It’s not often when applying for a marathon in which you sign a legal disclaimer which reads ‘ If I am stupid enough to attempt the Barkley, I deserve to be held responsible for any result of that attempt, be it financial, physical, mental, or anything else.’ That’s how intense we’re talking when referring to the Barkley Marathons. Read More

The drivers of obesity

Did you know that over a quarter of all adults in the UK are obese? There are multiple factors which all correlate to obesity both in the UK and around the world. The following factors have their own effect on increasing calorie intake and/or reducing activity levels.

Let’s begin by looking at sociocultural factors. These include:

– Lack of education

– Social pressures to eat and drink

– Advertising and media exposure pressure.

All these factors are essentially out of our control as we can’t affect and decide what our friends and family eat or drink, yet neither do we have a say in what products are being promoted on a regular basis. However, with determination we are able to educate ourselves on what foods we are eating and what we could be doing better to either reduce our weight or ensure we don’t end up obese. Read More