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    ‘Fit Got Real’ campaign aims to boost womens’ fitness

    November 14th, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Although we are seeing more people enter the fitness industry, studies show that women across the UK are less likely to partake in regular exercise than men. The study from Sports England shows that women from BAME backgrounds and those working in lower income jobs are more inactive than other women, and this needs to […]

    Meet One of Our Students & See What It’s Like to Learn With Focus

    November 12th, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    We have recently spoken to one of our students to help give you an idea of what it is like to learn with Focus and give you some inspiration to get into the industry. We spoke with Tara, who has in fact moved up from Nottingham to pursue a career in fitness. We met Tara on […]

    Offering Nutritional Advice as a Personal Trainer

    November 9th, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    As the fitness industry continues to grow, we are seeing more people looking beyond just the training to keep themselves fit and healthy. One area of fitness that is being focused on more than ever is nutrition, as it is well-known that this is one thing that can seriously boost training results. This focus on nutrition has […]

    How to Improve Your Personal Training Sessions

    November 8th, 2018 at 9:10 am

    In today’s fitness industry, it can be tough for Personal Trainers to keep improving their sessions and boost their client base. This is down to more Trainers entering the industry and the definition of what it means to be a Personal Trainer changing. For the dedicated Trainers, it is important to keep improving sessions, so […]

    Why Rehabilitation Holds Huge Opportunities for Personal Trainers.

    November 5th, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    As the fitness industry grows, more people are delving into the world of fitness. This naturally leads to more people leaving it up to themselves to get fit and stay healthy. Although there are many people who learn safe ways to train, there are even more who throw themselves into training with the sole purpose […]

    A Day at a Full-time Level 2 Fitness Instructor Course

    November 2nd, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I went down to a Full-time Fitness Instructor Course at David Lloyd with Focus Training to see what it is like to study with Focus Training and to give you an idea of what you should expect from an industry recognised course.  The day starts out with students flooding in from all across the country, […]

    3 Tips for Becoming a Successful Personal Trainer

    November 1st, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    When it comes down to being a Personal Trainer or fitness professional in general, it can be hard to know what standards to set yourself, with experts in the industry having their own set of rules to go by when training clients. To give those who are aspiring to be a fitness pro a bit […]

    Help Combat Rising Inactivity Among Kids as a Personal Trainer

    October 26th, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Researchers from the University of Essex carried out a study on 1,200 children from Essex between 1998, 2008 and 2014 to analyse the current status of kid’s fitness in the UK. The study found that we are seeing a dramatic fall in terms of the ‘strength and fitness’ of children, which needs to be addressed. […]

    5 Common Personal Training Mistakes

    October 23rd, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    With the endless courses and qualifications on offer for Personal Trainers, it is rare for two Personal Trainers to have the same opinion or methods of training their clients. This can lead to many Personal Trainers giving poor sessions or making mistakes that affect their clients’ training. We have outlined some of the most common […]

    4 Tips to Stay Motivated as a Personal Trainer

    October 19th, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Some people forget that as Personal Trainers we are people too and not machines built to train 24/7. It can be tough for the best of us to stay motivated. Being in the gym all day can be tedious, especially when you have been up late the night before planning sessions and meal plans for […]

    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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