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How To Work With Arthritic Clients

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   How To Work With Arthritic ClientsBy Tom Godwin    Arthritis is a condition that effects many clients in the UK and as a fitness professional there is a strong chance at some point during your career you will work with a client who may be suffering with arthritis. There are two types of arthritis that people can suffer with: Osteoarthritis this is where there is damage to the cartilage of a joint and is most commonly due to wear and tear. This is normally localised and common in hips and knees, or any joints that have seen excessive use. The condition will greatly effect movement and results in pain, leading to in many cases a loss in the level of functional ability. It is generally localised to the joints effected, and does not spread. This condition is br

Setting Up Your Own Fitness Business

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   Setting Up Your Own Fitness BusinessBy Hannah Tyldesley    There is nothing more liberating than working for yourself. Setting up your own Fitness Business is a truly rewarding experience. However, like setting up any business, it requires a considerable amount of hard work and dedication. The Personal Training industry is becoming increasingly competitive. That said, competition should be embraced, as it will force you to create a great service or product that excites you and your target market. Here are 5 tips that will go some way to guaranteeing your success in setting up your own fitness business.1) MindsetIt all starts with your thoughts and how you view yourself. You must have a high level of confidence. The good thing is, you can develop this. Techniques

What is SMR?

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     What is SMR? By Tom Godwin     It is commonplace to see people in the gym wincing in pain as they use a foam roller. Many people use this device of torture, but do many understand the whats, whys and hows of these things? When you are out there on that foam roller, what you are actually doing is something called self-myofascial release, or SMR for short. So what does this actually mean? Well, if we first of all look at the term fascia, this is basically a layer of connective tissue that we have surrounding the muscles (that’s where the ‘myo’ bit comes in). Its main aim is to give a layer of support and protection to the muscles and the body in general and covers most of the body. The traditional view regarding this tissue is that it is a passive t

PT Salaries

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     PT Salaries By Tom Godwin     I am often teaching new personal trainers who are just at the start of their journey into the fitness industry, one of the most common questions I get asked is ‘what is the average personal trainer salary?’ Now this is not an easy question to answer as to do so you need to fully understand your options when it comes to working in the fitness industry and what different routes offer in terms of both starting and potential salaries. The best way to look at this is to try and split the type of job roles down into two key groups, employed and self-employed. This is your first major decision when it comes to looking at potential work in the fitness industry, while employed jobs tend to have all the perks of being safe, guarantee

Wellbeing in The Workplace

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     Wellbeing In The Workplace By Tom Godwin     Wellbeing initiatives are fast becoming a major part of employee benefit packages in companies across the UK. This scene has become a area where personal trainers and fitness professionals can look to use their skill and knowledge to improve health, fitness and wellbeing.  In this article I will explore some of the benefits of corporate wellbeing and types of initiatives that can be put in place.  I hope that this article gives the fitness professionals out there some idea on how they can help organisations improve their fitness and wellbeing but also their bottom line. The key concept of corporate wellbeing  is that by providing employees with the tools they need to maintain their optimal levels of wellb

Migrating to fight fx

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   Migrating to fight fxBy Katy Moore   Hey Team,After travelling up and down the UK, and all over to Saudi Arabia & Shanghai to deliver fight fx I find myself being asked the same questions. I sense a degree of frustration in the instructor’s voices when asking these questions, almost as if they don’t want to ask, but know they must to respond to the many they themselves receive from members as a result of change. Most typically I am faced with the questions.“How can we convert members that are used to another pre – choreographed programme to fight Fx which is really different?” OR“My members can’t get used to the new programme? they are so familiar with another martial art based programme and they don’t like cha

Creating Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   Creating Healthy Smoothie RecipesBy Bryn Ray   You'll find healthy smoothie recipes all over the internet these days, but wouldn't it be nice to know the perfect formula for making your own? Well, here at TRAINFITNESS we've whipped up a simple five step guide of how to create your own healthy smoothie recipes.Healthy smoothies are the ideal fuel when on the move be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply a snack. When made correctly smoothies can provide the important protein, vitamins and minerals needed to maximise your nutrient intake.Step 1: Fruit & VegAt the heart of all healthy smoothie recipes is a variety of fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables. Anywhere between 2-4 types should do the trick. Try to pick a variety of colors to maximise the range of

Cold Weather Motivating Clients

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     Cold Weather Motivating Clients By Hannah Tyldesley     It's 5.30 pm and it’s Winter. Seems like the middle of the night, right? It is dark and dismal, temperatures are in the low numbers and so is motivation. Even the most fanatically fitness-minded amongst us are struggling to get up for getting up out of our chairs. And if you can’t get excited about the prospect of moving your toned ass, what are the chances of your clients being incentivised? If you called them to cancel the session, they would probably thank you for it. But we are not going to do that, are we?! When winter casts its shadow over our flagging early evening drive, it is the first task of the trainer to find the ‘go’ to pass on to our customers. If you find yourself fancy

Top Fitness Trends For 2016 (Part 1)

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     Top Fitness Trends for 2016 (Part 1) By Hannah Tyldesley     Making a success of a career in the fitness industry is not always just about ‘what you know’ but also a case of ‘what you will know next!’ Teaching a good burpee or box jump is the skill that is going to make a real difference to your clients’ health and shape, but when it comes to raising their opinion of you a little glimpse into the future will earn you extra credit ratings. Fitness is the new fashion and riding the wave is a must if you want to look as if your finger is bang on the pulse of the health boom. Insider knowledge always impresses. Lycra remains the default workout fabric but unless it’s flowery, neon and reversible, it is very much last year’s thi

5 Steps To Start Your Body Transformation

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   5 Steps To Start Your Body TransformationBy Lee Constantinou    Making that first step to transform your body can be tough! I know the feeling! The past 5 years have seen me undertake and coach many body transformations for fitness, bikini and physique competitions and starting out is always the hardest part. If you want to guarantee yourself a successful transformation take these 5 steps and you’ll be well on your way to transforming your body.Step 1: Write Down Your GoalWriting down goals is the first step you need to take if you want to have a successful transformation. Writing your goals down will create a moment of self-actualisation and make this goal real. Set yourself SMART goals and get really detailed about what you want to achieve. The more deta

Good And Bad Protein Powders

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     Good and Bad Protein Powders By Jeremy Boyd     Sports, health and diet supplements are one of the biggest growing industries right now. MaxiNutrition (formerly MaxiMuscle, now owned by GSK) had an annual turnover of almost £100m in 2014 and looks to top that this year. In 2009, according to NHS figures, the UK dietary supplement industry was worth almost £700m, although that figure has almost doubled in the last 6 years. Whilst commercially, this is great news and the competitive nature of business means that companies are striving to make better and better products, there are also products out there that are simply designed to make the manufacturers maximum profit. So, how do you tell the difference? Well, unless you have access to laboratory testing

How Much Should I Charge For a Personal Training Session?

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     How much should I charge for a personal training session? By Jeremy Boyd     This question is one that plagues newly qualified personal trainers and old hands alike. It’s a difficult one to answer too as there are a number of factors that determine the answer. In order to answer this question, there are a few others you need to ask yourself first:   1. How much is the competition charging for similar services? Pricing yourself at a drastically different price point to the competition has both merits and drawbacks. Clients will potentially be used to associating personal training with a rough cost. If you plan to undercut that, make sure you can justify the expense of your time, i.e. small group or semi-private training. Likewise, if you plan on charging