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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!

ONLINE PORTALJOBS BOARD

WE'VE PASSED!

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

HOW TO VIDEOS

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BLOG & TWEETS

Fitspiration At It’s Finest | Meet Personal Trainer, Dana Huggins

October 20th, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Focus training student Dana Huggins has just competed in the UK BFF Finals in Nottingham last weekend. She is, undeniably, in fantastic shape and has worked incredibly hard to achieve outstanding results.

Motivating The Gym Swervers

October 20th, 2017 at 9:03 am

For Personal Trainers and qualified Gym Instructors, keeping gym members motivated to maintain their fitness levels not only leads to results, but also makes it more likely that they’ll stick to it as a long term habit.

Stress Awareness Day | Move More… Stress Less

October 11th, 2017 at 7:31 am

For National Stress Awareness Day, we take a look at the impact of exercise as a stress reliever, and how making time for a little activity can make way for a lot less stress…

Holidays Are Coming… Keep The Kids Active!

October 10th, 2017 at 8:46 am

More and more parents are opting for the services of professional Kids Fitness Instructors to help educate children on the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

Box Your Way To A Fitness Career!

October 9th, 2017 at 8:00 am

Sure, anyone can whack a punchbag. Though, unlike many other exercise methods, Boxing requires a certain amount of specialist skill and training to perfect.

Increasing Fitness Levels Leads To Increased Lifespan

October 5th, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Those who increased their activity levels to 150 minutes a week (that’s around 21 minutes a day) saw their life expectancy increase by more than three years.

The Most Common Types of Gym User

October 4th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

The gym is often a fascinating place for a spot of people-watching. People of all shapes and sizes, with their own routines and ever-so-slightly annoying habits. So we outlined our top twelve types of gym-goer, some of whom, you might be familiar with…

A Break From The Norm | Alternative Jobs For Personal Trainers

September 30th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

If you’re considering a career in the fast-paced fitness arena, but see yourself doing something a little different, we’ve outlined a few alternative jobs for personal trainers worth getting excited about.

Meet Personal Trainer, Debbie Richards

September 26th, 2017 at 9:47 am

Debbie Richards’ story is quite remarkable. After a ten-minute conversation with her, you’ll be inspired to put on your gym gear and sign up for the London Marathon!

We’re Hiring! | Telephone Support Tutor

September 25th, 2017 at 12:42 pm

We’d love to meet a fitness fanatic with a passion for people and a desire to help them succeed.

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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