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Got a Kids Fitness or Nutrition qualification? Now is the time to shout about it.

May 3rd, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Leeds was in the news this week for their success in tackling childhood obesity. What have they done, how can we all learn from it, and why do you need to know about it? Figures presented to the European Congress on Obesity suggest Leeds has managed to reduce the number of children who are extremely overweight. Childhood […]

Don’t get caught out

April 26th, 2019 at 11:56 am

Accredited qualifications prove you know your stuff. If you want to use your qualification professionally you need to make sure your qualification is recognised by the industry you want to work in. If you’re applying to work in a gym, they’ll want to know what qualifications you hold and very often they won’t accept non accredited qualifications

You slow down when you retire, right?

April 17th, 2019 at 5:23 pm

No! And neither do your clients. When people imagine students, they often think of teenagers putting traffic cones on statues! But not our students (well not that we know about anyway). Our students are all ages and at all points in their careers. Take Tony, he was semi-retired when he came to study with us. […]

Making fitness more appealing in later life

April 12th, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Personal Trainers with the right fitness qualifications are creating new sessions that are tailored to older age groups. Sessions focus on activities that build not only physical ability but cognitive ability too. Why are cognitive skills important? Cognitive skills are abilities such as memory, mental speed, decision making and the ability to process new information. […]

Stress Awareness Month – Exercise to feel better

April 5th, 2019 at 2:42 pm

With April being Stress Awareness Month, we are encouraging more people to reduce their stress levels by getting active. Exercise can help to reduce stress and improve your overall mental wellbeing. Boost your Endorphins Many people report feeling a boost of energy and being in a better mood after working out. Exercise boosts the production […]

Can Nutritional Advisers use Vitamin D Improve Memory of Older Adults, Obese People & Diabetics?

March 25th, 2019 at 1:21 pm

In a growingly fitness-focused world, Personal Trainers and fitness professionals are making the most of new research and developments that make it possible for them to take their skills and knowledge further to help their clients get better results. Now, new research has shown nutrition experts and those with Nutrition for Sport & Exercise performance […]

International Day of Happiness – How Exercise Can Boost Your Mood

March 20th, 2019 at 8:43 am

With Wednesday 20th March 2019 being International Day of Happiness, we believe that we should let more people know about the huge benefits that exercise and leading a healthy life can have on your mental health and happiness; giving you more ways that you can aim to live a happy life. Around 300 million people […]

How Fitness Levels Can Help Predict Lifespan in Over 70’s

March 15th, 2019 at 10:02 am

With fitness continuously growing, industry professionals and researchers are constantly bringing new insights that help combat health problems across the UK. Now, new research has opened opportunities for predicting the lifespan of Older Adults, bringing new hope when it comes to getting more over 70’s active and helping to combat common health problems among Older Adults. […]

How Can Personal Trainers Combat Inactivity Among Younger People?

March 15th, 2019 at 10:01 am

With fitness growing and more people choosing to get fit and look after their health, it would be assumed that younger age groups are the most active, but a recent study shows that it is in fact over 55s that are most active, leading to experts focusing on getting more younger people active. With this […]

How Can Personal Trainers Help Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

March 15th, 2019 at 10:00 am

As the fitness industry continues to evolve, we are being met by more research that is being used to shape a positive future when it comes to health and fitness. With many people choosing to make a career out of fitness by gaining reputable fitness qualifications and more research being done, the potential for the […]

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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