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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

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BLOG & TWEETS

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.

We’re Hiring! | Telephone Support Tutor

June 12th, 2017 at 9:43 am

Love To Talk? We’d love to meet a fitness fanatic with a passion for people, to join the Focus Training team…

Budget Gyms Fuel Increase In Memberships

June 5th, 2017 at 11:27 am

Memberships at low cost gyms have risen by 450 per cent since 2012 and now make up almost 35 per cent of all gym memberships in the private sector.

Can You Really Be Fat… and Fit?

May 30th, 2017 at 9:46 am

Obese people who regularly exercise are far more likely to die early, compared with slim people who take little or no exercise, research suggests.

Personal Trainer Insurance | Are You Covered?

May 18th, 2017 at 10:27 am

We asked one of the UK’s leading sports insurance brands, Insure4Sport to talk us through the different types of personal trainer insurance cover available and why each is essential…

Fitness In The Workplace

May 18th, 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.

Meet Personal Trainer, Colin Parkinson…

May 15th, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Since qualifying as a Personal Trainer with Focus Training in 2016 Colin has been developing his own portfolio of clients whilst also continuing to work as a community support worker, assisting people with Autism.

Meet Personal Trainer, Danielle Benson…

May 5th, 2017 at 8:00 am

We caught up with Focus Training student and Personal Trainer Danielle Benson, as she was about to complete her Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes qualification, and asked her to tell us her life-changing story.

Professional Personal Trainer Perks!

April 28th, 2017 at 8:00 am

If you’re still in two minds as to get on the train or stay at the station, a few perks of the personal trainer that might whet your (well balanced!) appetite…

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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