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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

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…

The New Fashion Trend: Athleisure

April 18th, 2017 at 10:44 am

Thanks to an increase in fitness fans opting for an outfit that’s suitable for both the office and hitting the gym, many high street shops are now cashing in on office-to-gym wear.

Who You Gonna Call?

April 6th, 2017 at 10:58 am

How is it that when you’re investing your hard-earned cash into developing your own career, when you need a little support, no-one picks up the phone?

World Health Day | Exercise For Depression

April 6th, 2017 at 8:09 am

Amongst the many treatments available for depression, exercise has been said to have a significant effect on improving mood, overall wellness and motivation levels.

How Do You Become A Personal Trainer?

April 4th, 2017 at 2:05 pm

As with any career change, it’s important to consider what lies ahead before taking the plunge! So we’ve put together a few pointers to think about, on how to get started…

Our Students Rate Us 5 Stars

March 28th, 2017 at 8:17 am

On average, our students rate us as 5 out of 5. Plus, 90% of our students said they would recommend us to a friend. Naturally, we’re delighted! So we dug a little deeper to find out why.

One-to-One vs. Group Training

March 22nd, 2017 at 8:08 am

As a qualified Personal Trainer, you may be considering whether to focus on one-to-one Personal Training sessions, or group fitness classes. We take a look at the two to give you an insight into the benefits of each, allowing you to choose the right type for your PT business…

Why Do I Need A Personal Training Qualification?

March 18th, 2017 at 11:05 am

Not only will a reputable qualification enable to you work in high profile health clubs and fitness centres, it will also ensure your fitness career is of high quality, great success and remarkable reputation…

Getting Back To Nature With “Friluftsliv”

March 15th, 2017 at 9:27 am

Rooted in Norwegian culture, Friluftsliv says the key to our wellbeing is found in a connection to nature. For the Scandinavians, it’s a part of every day life…

A Catch Up With Personal Trainer, Hannah Candy

March 5th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

We caught up with Hannah Candy, a qualified Personal Trainer who runs her own circuits-based gym in Wrexham.

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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