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Advanced Kettlebell Exercises

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - The Kettlebell Bottom-up Clean to Reverse Lunge PressThis is a great exercise that will not only improve grip strength, but also balance, coordination, shoulder stability, overhead pressing strength and posture. Not a bad list of benefits for an exercise.Before we get into the specifics of the exercise itself, there are a few points worth noting: If you cannot do a basic clean and reverse lunge press with good technique, start with that first. Doing this with a competition kettlebell is harder than with a standard kettlebell, as the narrower grip provides less traction and a smaller base of support. This is really challenging on the small muscles that stabilise the head of the humerus inside the shoulder socket. Any imbalances, either functional or muscular, will be revealed with this exe

How To Get Out of Your Head

Posted By stevescottsite on Body and Mind - Do you get stuck in your head — re-running old conversations, thinking up better responses, and ruminating on someone’s hurtful remarks? Do you worry about how to get out of your head? There’s so much going on in there, anyway. And your brain keeps piping up with invitations to dwell on familiar, self-defeating thoughts and […]
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Interview With Lyndon Longhorne

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Interview With Lyndon LonghorneStarting our Saturday study PT Certificate in Manchester on the 20th of JuneWhy have you chosen to do your course with FIE?I decided to do my course with FIE as they are really flexible with my training and they have said that they will work around my swimming the best they can to help made pass the course, whereas a lot of other companies said they couldn’t be as flexible as FIE.How will achieving the qualification most benefit you?Achieving the qualification will benefit me in many ways! Firstly I will be able to achieve one of my goals of becoming a PT and go on to encourage other disability people or athletes to get more involved in becoming active.Other than the qualification itself, what do you hope to get out of the course?I hope to gain a lot o

31 Fun Things To Do By Yourself

Posted By stevescottsite on Body and Mind - Do you ever feel compelled by social media and cultural pressures to be more social and outgoing? Or do you take the time to find fun things to do alone? Sometimes it appears the only way to be happy and fulfilled is to cram your schedule with social events and spend most of your waking […]
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Interview With Zanna Van Dijk

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Interview With Zanna Van Dijk So first things first, why become a personal trainer? Why did you choose to go down this path? I had completed my undergraduate degree in speech science and did not want to go down that path. Instead I went travelling and I hate to sound cliché but I "found myself" so to speak. I decided to pursue my love of all things health and become a PT! It was the best decision I have ever made. What advice can you give those unsure whether or not to pursue it? Think. Think long and hard. Weigh up the positives and negatives. As with any job, there are highs are lows. For example there are long unsociable hours but you can often be in control of your own timetable. It is a competitive industry so you have to be ready to give it your all. What would

Why Small Group Training?

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   Why Small Group Training?By Tom Godwin Small Group Training (SGT) is also known as semi-private training and usually consists of 2–10 participants. It is rapidly becoming one of the hottest trends in the fitness industry, showing an increase in its popularity over the last 5 years.  So why is SGT so popular? 1.       EconomyFor those wanting support with their exercise regime but unable to afford one-to-one sessions, small group sessions are ideal as they are cheaper but have the benefit of some one-to-one instruction and motivation. 2.       AdherenceAs with one-to-one sessions, if people have paid upfront for their sessions, they are more likely to attend. And with any pre-booked session, there

Relationship Quizzes: Are You In A Healthy, Non-Toxic Relationship?

Posted By stevescottsite on Body and Mind - How good is your relationship? Have you noticed anything about it that makes you uncomfortable? Anything that makes you curious about the results you’d get from a relationship quiz? Or are you skeptical of relationship quizzes in general? There are so many out there, after all, and while plenty can be entertaining, you’d like to […]
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5 Considerations For Jump Squats

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - With pro-choreography, it is possible to modify the exercises to suit all participant skill levels. With this in mind, there are five key considerations when teaching jump squats:- Focus on form and technique – Squatting will no doubt be very familiar to regular pump fx attendees. Hopefully they will have mastered the correct form and technique already. If you have a new exerciser in class, make sure their form and technique is spot on before progressing to a more advanced movement pattern. For the first few weeks in a release period, rather than doing the jump squat, maybe consider a regular squat using this to reinforce the correct form and technique. Use these introductory weeks wisely to prepare the group for the jump squat which will follow later in the programme. Progress to a squ

How to End a Conversation (Without Being Rude Or Awkward)

Posted By stevescottsite on Body and Mind - Meeting new people and striking up a conversation is an important part of life in general, and it’s vital to your professional life. But do you know how to end a conversation without leaving the other person with a bitter aftertaste? Socializing and networking are essential for creating and nurturing connections with people — specifically […]
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What Makes a Good Leader?

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Within the fitness industry, there are many people that could be described as leaders. These leaders may be industry giants who are leading the way in the promotion of our industry and the pioneering of new concepts. Leaders may also have what may be considered more everyday roles as there is the need for strong leadership within a fitness organisation so that it runs effectively and meets the company goals and objectives. Whatever kind of leader you want to be, there are some common traits that are vital to ensure that you are effective in your role.There are many people out there who would consider themselves a leader … but in many cases, they are managers who organise a process of work. The key aspect of being classed as a leader by others is that you can inspire and lead a grou

Building Your Client Base

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - There is nothing quite like success! The feeling you get when you receive your very own qualification documents takes some beating. It is only the beginning, but the sense of achievement is second to none. Not only are you ready to embark on a new career, you also have one foot on the ladder that leads to the top of a very healthy fitness industry! Oh, but wait! That first massive step forward is made with an excitement that can be very quickly overtaken by a little fear and trepidation. All of a sudden you are out on your own. No longer is there an all-knowing FIE tutor on hand to answer every question and assist with any action. It’s just you and the cache of knowledge you’ve built up during your ‘training’ time. Building a business from scratch is a challenge, particularly when your te

Building Your Client Base - Part 2

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Did we make a promise to offer you more tips on winning new business? Yes, we did. And therein lies maybe the single most important lesson of all in the relationships you form with any personal customers. When you tell them you will do something, do it!Delivery is everything when you are looking to build the trust and confidence of your clientele. They are investing more than their time and money in you; there is a leap of faith being taken by agreeing to put their bodies through whatever you tell them to. If they commit to your programme, they will expect results in return.We are here to help you to help them, but do not make promises to your clients that you cannot keep.Are you www savvy?There are no excuses in life if you’ve got a wi-fi signal! Getting your name out there is easy

12 Of The Most Important Values To Live By

Posted By stevescottsite on Body and Mind - What values are important to a life well lived? What do you want to be known for? What qualities do you admire in others and work to cultivate in yourself? And how do those qualities reflect your core beliefs? Your life values are those that, once you identify them, help you with decision-making and provide […]
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Going The Extra Mile!

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - As personal trainers we are in the business of goal achievement, we are there to help our clients to get to their health and fitness goals. But do you go that extra mile to help them in ways that they do not expect? Do you provide the wow factor? Now the wow can come in many places, here are some of the strategies I have previously used and you can try to help wow your clients:-Hit the basics there are so many personal trainers who don’t do the basics, make sure you do! Make sure you turn up to your sessions before time, prepared, looking smart, basically ready to go! Get your clients to their goals and provide the service that you say you will in your marketing. Sadly if you don’t hit these basics your clients will not be around long enough to be wowed!! Go above and beyond – as a p