As fitness professionals we spend our time learning about how to change people physically, and then we apply that knowledge in the gym. We see our client’s shapes change in front of us – and yet often, we do not see the change in confidence and self esteem that you wou...

The use of concentric (shortening) & eccentric (lengthening) muscle actions are the most common functional muscle actions performed in resistance training exercise. It is important to understand that skeletal muscle can eccentrically lower a higher weight than it can c...

So often I walk into a gym and see fitness trainers doing ‘plyometric’ type activities with their clients… But usually, something doesn’t quite seem right about what they are doing. Yes, their client is working hard… but to what end? What is the purpose of this slow, p...

Muscles do what they do. Each has it's own function and action, and that's that. 

For example, the Gastrocnemius plantarflexes the ankle and flexes the knee.

The biceps will always flex the elbow and supinate the forearm.

The biceps femoris only flexes the hip and ex...

To learn a new movement or exercise will take a high level of concentration and clients will tire easily. Movements need to be broken down into their individual components and mastered before any element of motor skill progression is incorporated.

Motor skills include b...

By understanding exercise behaviour and how to encourage individuals to participate in regular exercise, instructors can help them adhere to regular exercise to achieve their goals and increase their quality of life in the long term.

As an instructor or personal tr...

Fitness instruction - whether as a personal trainer or class instructor is an increasingly competitive market. A proliferation of instructors who see an opportunity to have a job that they feel is an extension of their own lifestyle, plus lots of part time instructors...

Anybody who has tried to combine resistance training with cardiovascular activities such as running, cycling and swimming will testify as to how difficult it is. Performing any endurance activity with DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is uncomfortable at best, and d...

Starting a fitness business (any business!) can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are starting the business as a ‘fresh out of education’ ex student, or leaving the security of a regular income as an ‘employed’ person, the devil on your shoulder is always going to te...

Qualifications exist in order for you to learn new skills and knowledge in order to progress your career and continually expand the offering of your fitness business. They don't exist purely so you can get a shiny new certificate to hang on your wall.

A huge role of a f...

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