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Hello, welcome to our student area. This is where students can login to our unique online learning portal. It’s packed with useful tools to help you learn, including a library of exercise videos, interactive graphics, multiple-choice worksheets and more.
Also, exclusively for Focus Training students, our jobs board is updated daily by employers in the health and fitness industry who are looking for applications from Focus Training students. There are hundreds of opportunities across the UK and making an application is just a couple of clicks away. Scroll further down the page to view our glossary of terms, useful blog posts and more videos. Have fun!

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Congratulations to all our recently successful students.

We're really proud of you.

  • Rachel Hilton - Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Dominik Ellison - Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Anne-Marie Harrison - Certificate in Physical Activity and Weight Management for Obese and Diabetic Clients
  • Richard Priest - Certificate in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain
  • Aaron Bridge - Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise)
  • Gregory Weir - Master Personal Trainer

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BLOG & TWEETS

Career Opportunities For Personal Trainers

August 17th, 2017 at 10:14 am

When it comes to career options in the field of fitness, Personal Trainers come pretty high up the chain for choice!

Coach The Pros | Strength & Conditioning For Pro Athletes

August 11th, 2017 at 1:26 pm

We caught up with pro Rugby League player, Matt Haggarty, who tells us that his Strength and Conditioning Coach was crucial to the development of his performance on the pitch. 

Gym Slang | Are You Up To Speed?

August 7th, 2017 at 9:48 am

We take a look at some of the gym jargon overheard in the fitness world, so if you’re new to fitness, you won’t get lost in the lingo…

Where Will Your Credentials Take You?

August 4th, 2017 at 10:55 am

When it comes to career prospects, the fitness industry has opened up a whole new level of options for personal trainers besides the traditional gym setting. In fact, there are very few jobs that offer the diverse prospects that a qualified personal trainer has. With the fitness industry projected to continue its mammoth growth over […]

Google’s Most Asked Fitness Questions

July 27th, 2017 at 9:04 am

Fitness fanatics turn to Google to answer a variety of health and fitness questions every day. Sports nutritionists, Maxinutrition took a look at some of the most popular questions asked. We took a look at who’s qualified to provide the answers.

Can Personal Training Software Help You?

July 11th, 2017 at 8:26 pm

We asked PTminder to explain the benefits of their Personal Training software solution, to ensure your Personal Training business runs like clockwork.

School Holidays Cause Kids Fitness To Suffer

July 11th, 2017 at 11:29 am

Lack of physical activity during the summer holidays is having a huge effect on kids fitness levels, with children losing most of the fitness they build up at school, during the 6 week break.

Fitness In The Workplace

June 28th, 2017 at 8:59 am

Encouraging fitness in the workplace can be extremely beneficial for employers. The endorphins released when we exercise lead to better self-confidence, more energy and less stress.

We’re Hiring | Fitness Tutors & Assessors

June 21st, 2017 at 3:07 pm

We’d love to meet experienced tutors and assessors with a passion for fitness  to teach a range of courses at our Manchester, Birmingham and London venues.

A State Of Confusion | What Exactly Is ‘Healthy’ Eating?

June 15th, 2017 at 12:37 pm

As a qualified Personal Trainer, it’s a great time to specialise in nutrition for sports and exercise performance, as lifestyles become healthier and the nation is more focussed on fitness.

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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