Monthly Archives August 2014

Becoming a Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer I get asked a lot ‘What is the best way to set up a personal training business’. Today I thought I’d share with you some advice on how to do it. Firstly get qualified: There are numerous ways to get qualified as a personal trainer, (technically you don’t need any qualifications at all to call yourself a personal trainer, although you probably won’t have any credibility and won’t be able to get any insurance), there are loads of companies out there offering courses to get you a qualification, I would go with one of the more
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Fat Tax

I was chatting to one of my personal training clients today about how we are getting fatter as a nation, and how this is a ticking time bomb for the NHS. The fatter you are the more health problems you are likely to develop in life, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, the list is long! A lot of my personal training clients have started off obese and I have seen these problems first hand, trust me they are not pleasant! All these conditions require medication and/or operations, both of which require money. The good old NHS only has
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Home Training

I tend to do most of my personal training sessions in clients homes these day and I got me thinking do we really need gyms? Part of the problems with gyms is getting to the place, 30 mins to get there, 30 mins to get back, that’s an hour out of the day before you have even factored in the workout. With people’s schedules getting ever busier this travel time can be crucial. Then there is the cost of the gym membership that can easily be the best part of £1000 per year for some of the bigger chains. I
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Personal Trainer Benefits

The following is a list of all the benefits of using a personal trainer. 1. Using a personal trainer will allow you to get workouts and programmes specifically tailored to your goals, getting a tailored programme is great if you have any injuries or illness’. 2. By using a personal trainer you will achieve your goals more quickly as a personal trainer can keep you on track towards your goals. 3. A personal trainer can give you a lot of variety in your workouts, this is great for people who get bored easily. 4. A personal trainer will progress you
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Treadmill Programs

Personal trainers can help you make the most of your treadmill workouts by explaining what all the programs are designed to achieve. Intervals: Personal Trainers use Interval programs to give you a short intense burst of exercise followed by a short rest. For example the treadmill will take the speed up to a fast run/sprint for 1-2 minutes and then drop the speed back down to a fast walk/slow jog for 30 secs-1 minute to allow you to recover. The process will then repeat itself. Interval training is good for people who play sports that involve lots of short bursts
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Weight Loss Diet Tips

Before I start personal training a new client I go through their diet and analyse what changes need to be made. I have noticed that a lot of people make similar mistakes when they start a diet and are trying to lose weight. So here is a list of some simple changes I often tell my personal training clients to make: As a personal training I almost always see people eating too many carbohydrates late in the evening. If you are trying to lose weight, as a general rule, avoid eating and carbohydrate rich foods after lunch time. Your body
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Circuit Training: Blitz Your Body

Most of us have done circuit training at some point in time, either at school or in a group exercise class. I often do one on one circuit training when personal training clients. The idea behind circuit training is that you do a variety of exercises, to thoroughly work the body from head to toe and you do them fast enough that you also work you cardio vascular system too. You perform each exercise for one to two minutes then with little or no rest move on to the next one. What I do when personal training clients is to
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Body Composition How the Scales Deceive You

Your body is made up of four basic materials, muscle, fat, bone and water. The proportions of these materials determine the shape of your body. I often explain this to clients I personal train to clear up any misunderstandings. Muscle: Attaches to your bones and by pulling on your bones allows you to move around. Fat: Excess calories are stored in your body as fat. This is an adaptation that has carried over from Stone Age times, the excess fat was used by your body to get through periods of starvation. Body fat also protects some of your body’s vital
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Body Building Split Routine

The purpose of a split routine is to divide the body up into different sections and work these sections individually more thoroughly. Regular routines normally work the whole body in one session, but with a split routine you divide the various muscle groups up over the week and perform a greater amount of exercises for that particular muscle. I often use this routine when personal training clients as I find it give each muscle group a better workout. Some basic resistance knowledge is required to do this workout please don’t attempt it if you are a complete beginner. If you
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Categories: Muscle Gain and Personal Fitness.

One Month Fitness Challenge

If you are looking to get yourself into shape and fit try my 1 month fitness challenge, it will gradually increase your fitness and teach you how to progress your fitness and get it to a level that you are happy with. Please get and all clear from a doctor or fitness professional before attempting this or any other form of exercise. Please have a 5min warm up at the beginning of each session. Each session is a little bit harder than the last, this will progressively increase your fitness and at the end of the month you should be
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