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    The Class Divide | Poorer Kids Are More Obese

    May 24th, 2018 at 8:26 am

    The rise of cheap junk food and lack of exercise has been blamed for the increase in obesity levels of kids from poorer families. 

    Just Qualified? What Next?

    May 20th, 2018 at 9:02 am

    If you’ve just qualified as a Personal Trainer, there are a number of ways you can now maximise your chances of a successful career in the fast-paced fitness industry. It’s a competitive market – so how can you make yourself stand out?

    When Should You Work Out?

    May 18th, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    There’s no right time to train, though getting your sweat on within a certain timeframe will allow you to get the most out of your workout, and your working day. It’s also a great way to schedule your clients, based on when their fitness form really kicks in.

    DO MORE… WITH A FREE CPD COURSE ON US

    May 3rd, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Get started on your Personal Training Diploma course today and we’ll add a CPD course, on us. We’re nice like that. 

    A Pain In The Neck | A Five Year High For Neck & Back Pain

    May 2nd, 2018 at 7:45 am

    More than two in five people now suffer from back and neck pain, a whopping 12 per cent more than this time last year. 

    The ‘Netflix of Fitness’ | Fitness On Demand

    April 30th, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Prepare for a new innovation in workout technology. Fiit has been dubbed, the ‘Netflix of fitness’ and launches this week.

    You’ve Got Our Approval!

    April 25th, 2018 at 8:14 am

    As a Focus Training qualified PT, we’d love to endorse you as a fully fledged fitness professional.

    Ditch The Drugs For Lower Back Pain

    April 24th, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Millions of Brits are needlessly prescribed strong painkillers, told to rest or undergoing unnecessary surgery in a bid to treat lower back pain. 

    Aged 41? You May Have Hit The Health Abyss!

    April 24th, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Once the big 40 is over, studies say that 41 is the age at which we start to get slack with our strict diets, give up on the health fads and skip our exercise regimes.

    A Good Egg

    April 16th, 2018 at 6:36 am

    The humble egg is a real gem of the nutritional world.

    Rich in nutrients including proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, their versatility is seriously varied and they cost pennies to cook up.

    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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