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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

How to Design The Best Session For Your Client

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     How to design the best session for your client By Jeremy Boyd     The greatest challenge in achieving this, is that there is no ‘best’ session, nor is there any way to determine if there ever was. That said, there are better and worse ways of designing programmes. With that in mind, the following list of ‘rules’ should get you somewhere in the theoretical ‘best’ ballpark.   1. Warm Up Properly This is a bug bear for me as I see very few people warming up effectively. Most people lob weights on a bear and go at it, or spend five minutes on a treadmill before their chest workout. A good warm up should meet the following requirements: i. Progressively establish active range of motion at the joints to be used in the training se

25 Moves for Shoulder Function

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   25 Moves for Shoulder FunctionBy Richard Scrivener  The shoulders are the upper body’s locomotive joints – the equivalent of the hips within the lower body. Like all joints in the body, the shoulder girdle (scapula and clavicle) and the shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint consisting of the scapula and humerus) lay on a continuum where a certain degree of both mobility and stability are required. The amount of mobility and stability needed at any given moment is task dependent, for example, when attempting a hand-stand the entire shoulder complex must be very stable where both the large and smaller muscles in the area co-contract to ‘lock the shoulder complex down’. On the other hand, movements such as pulling off a t-shirt, throwing, climbing o

Face-to-Face PT vs. Online Coaching

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     Face-to-Face PT vs. Online Coaching By Jeremy Boyd     With the rise in the use of smartphones, more and more people are turning to online coaching. But as a personal trainer, is it something you should incorporate into your business model? To help you answer that question, I’m going to explore benefits and pitfalls of both.   Face-to-Face PT The original form of personal training, I still believe that any good personal trainer should at least some of their time training people face to face. Whilst there’s a lot you can learn from Skype chats and video calls, there really is nothing like getting hands on to really develop as a coach. Not only does face-to-face PT allow you to manipulate your visual perspective of an individuals training, the cons

#TRAINFITNESS Top Five Pancake Recipes

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - a:link { color: #4B4EFF; } a:active { color: #4B4EFF; }     #TRAINFITNESS Top Five Pancake Recipes By Hannah Tyldesley     It’s celebrated once a year, excusing old and young from all guilt whilst consuming endless piles of pancakes topped with whatever the taste buds desire. But often we’re hindered with where to start. There’s an abundance of recipes out there ranging from healthy to hearty, from blueberry to bizarre, and so we search the web endlessly, just hoping for one to tickle our fancy. Don’t fear… we’re on hand to help! We’ve pulled together our top five pancake recipes to wow even the fussiest of ‘Shrove Tuesday celebrations’…   Easy Peasey Keep things sweet and simple with a fool-proof cre

Results require a healthy foundation

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   Results require a healthy foundationBy Richard Scrivener  Once we understand that our body is made up of billions of tiny individual cells and that these cells collectively are responsible for our health, it becomes very clear that an unhealthy body will have a difficult time losing fat, gaining muscle, driving up energy levels, thinking with greater clarity, possessing better skin and hair, having fewer colds and ills and generally performing positively.Simple, yet highly effective principles form the bed-rock of the body fx “anti-diet” nutrition programme, designed to incinerate fat via the optimisation of health. A physiological overhaul to balance hormones and cellular function alongside a ‘metabolic tune-up’ will yield a body to be proud

How to Teach a Great Group Class

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     How To Teach A Great Group Class By Jeremy Boyd     Before we get into the specifics of how to teach a great group exercise class, it’s important to clarify that ‘great’ is going to mean different things to different people. There are commonly three reasons that people come to a group exercise class and understanding these a little better may help you build on what you’re already doing.   Social The majority of group exercise participants come to classes because they either want to spend their time exercising with like-minded people and friends, or they prefer the community of working out in a group. For these people, the class itself is secondary to the relationships they form with other participants, or the sense of belonging or secur

Vegan Diets as Part of a Training Regime

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     Vegan Diets as Part of a Training Regime By Jeremy Boyd     Vegan diets are typically followed for one of three reasons: digestive issues, health beliefs or moral values. Some people simply don’t tolerate animal products well, either because of allergies or sensitivities, or a deficiency in certain digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid. Others simply believe that as most animal products are acid forming, the more alkalising properties of a plant based diet are healthier. The majority of vegans, however, will follow a plant based diet because they disagree with the killing of animals for food or the treatment of animals raised for food. Hardly anyone, however, embarks upon becoming a vegan because they feel it will enhance athletic performance. This is not t

Crossfit - good for all, or only for the trained?

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -     Crossfit - good for all, or only for the trained? By Jeremy Boyd     Anytime we talk about Crossfit, who’s listening will largely depend on what’s heard. The proponents of Crossfit will often hear any criticism as the views of a ‘hater’ and the critics will often listen for anything that supports their beliefs and ignore anything else. In order to keep this post as open as possible and in the interests of full disclosure, I don’t do Crossfit, nor is it likely that I ever will. This is not anything to do with Crossfit per se. I actually like many of the exercises they use and I find the atmosphere at many boxes motivating. My issue is that, as a former competitive athlete, I have an unhealthy desire to win; sometimes disproportionate to