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Why Organisation is Key For Success as a Personal Trainer

January 15th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

Most Personal Trainers start out in gym based positions as Gym Instructors, which is a lot simpler than being a Personal Trainer, as the sessions are booked and organised by the gym they work for, which leaves them with free time to work out and get other things done in between sessions. Although this is […]

Use Running With Older Adult Clients to Reduce Signs of Ageing

January 12th, 2019 at 8:38 am

When it comes to Personal Training, a lot of qualified professionals find older adults coming to them to keep fit for a number of reasons. One growing reason that older adults keep fit is to help them stay mobile, but a lot of older people also keep fit to help combat signs of aging. When older […]

How to Keep Personal Training Clients Motivated

January 11th, 2019 at 9:50 am

When it comes down to being a successful Personal Trainer, it can be tough and frustrating when you see clients fall out of exercise and stop progressing down to a lack of motivation. As a Trainer, it is, in fact, your duty to keep your clients motivated in every way possible, although it can be […]

Could Personal Trainers be the solution to high blood pressure?

January 8th, 2019 at 12:58 pm

As we see fitness becoming a part of daily life for many people, we are also seeing a growing number of problems when it comes to specific areas of fitness. As this has happened, we have seen the fitness industry turn to Personal Trainers and Gym Instructors to assist in combatting these growing problems, and a […]

Dance could help older women stay independent longer

January 4th, 2019 at 8:55 am

As there is now more of a focus on fitness and health as a whole, experts and researchers are finding out more about niche areas of fitness, such as what demographics are most inactive and what the reasons for these findings are. Studies at the latter end of 2018 showed that older women and women […]

Focus on health not appearance to boost motivation

December 17th, 2018 at 3:22 pm

A recent study that was carried out by Northwestern University has shown that simply providing motivation as a Personal Trainer can play a monumental part in the results and satisfaction of female clients. Renee Engeln, Lead Author of the study, and Professor of Instruction in Psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at […]

Keeping Active Over The Christmas Period

December 14th, 2018 at 11:03 am

Staying active over the Christmas period is tough, to say the least, with the cold mornings and festive events over the coming weeks making getting out of bed to go on a run or head to the gym harder than ever. Although, with the dark mornings comes new opportunities to work in extra hours, or […]

3 Personal Trainer Tips for Assessing Clients

December 13th, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Starting out with a new Personal Training client can be tough if you don’t know what processes and information you need to gain from your client, which is why it is important to set out some clear steps that you can take to get to know your client and understand their lifestyle. One of our Personal […]

3 Marketing tips to boost your Personal Training

December 11th, 2018 at 1:50 pm

In the modern fitness world, Personal Training no longer consists of just carrying out sessions, it is now required for Personal Trainers to do more to stand out and gain loyal clients that keep coming back for more. On top of equipping yourself with industry-recognised qualifications, there are a few things that you can do […]

5 Key Tips to Helping Personal Training Clients Lose Weight

December 10th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Weight loss is something that a lot of Personal Training clients want to focus on when they first start training with a professional. Providing training that is tailored to client goals and motivations is one way to ensure you get results from your clients. Our nutrition tutor has some tips and expertise that you can apply […]

GLOSSARY A-Z

Aa

Adrenaline

Hormone responsible for mobilising energy stores and increasing muscle contraction; prepares the body for ‘fight or flight’.

Bb

BMI

Body Mass Index – Measurement that combines an individual’s height and weight to ascertain their health risk.

Cc

Core stability

Ability of the deep, stabilising muscles to maintain good posture throughout static and dynamic movement.

Dd

Distal

The furthest point away from the centre of the body e.g. The distal end of the femur is nearest the knee.

Ee

Endorphins

‘Feel good’ hormones release during physical activity.

Ff

FITTA principle

Stands for: Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type and Adherence.

Gg

Goniometer

Specialist equipment used to measure joint range of movement.

Hh

HDL

High density lipoproteins- known as ‘good cholesterol’, picks up fatty deposits on artery walls and takes them to the liver.

Ii

Interval Training

Cardiovascular training method involving working at alternating, high and low, specific intensities and durations.

Jj

Jejenum

Part of the small intestine between the duodenum and ileum.

Kk

Kyphosis

Posterior curvature of the spine- occurs naturally in the thoracic and sacral vertebrae.

Ll

LDL

Low Density Lipoprotein- known as ‘bad cholesterol’- deposits on artery walls reducing blood flow around the body.

Mm

Micronutrient

Substances within food and drink that provide the body with essential functions i.e. vitamins and minerals.

Nn

Nutrition

Ingesting of food and drink required for health and development.

Oo

Organ

Tissues that have been built to serve a specific biological function.

Pp

Pre exhaust

Advanced resistance method that aims to pre-fatigue a large muscle in isolation, followed by a compound exercise involving that same muscle.

Qq

‘Q’ angle

The angle of pull between the two lines of the vastus medialis and the patella tendon.

Rr

Rectus abdominus

The ‘six pack’ muscles at the front of the stomach.

Ss

Super sets

Advanced resistance training method involving either two exercises for the same or opposing muscle group, back to back with no rest in between.

Tt

Tri sets

Advanced resistance training method- involves 3 exercises back-to-back (no rest) for the same muscle group.

Uu

Ulna

Long bone in the lower arm.

Vv

Vastus muscles

Three muscles in the quadriceps muscle group- lateralis, medialis and intermedius.

Ww

Warm-up

Period of preparation prior to the main activity to allow a gradual build-up of intensity.

Xx

Xiphoid Process

Cartilaginous process located at the bottom of the sternum.

Yy

YMCA Step test

Low intensity cardiovascular fitness test that focused on heart rate recovery.

Zz

Zinc

Antioxidant mineral found in oysters, lamb, nuts and grains.

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