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What is functional training?
Tony Lycholat
08/12/2015 Functional fitness is the fitness phrase du jour, yet there is a range of definitions. Tony Lycholat gives his explanation. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Lewis Carroll What is functional training? Gather any group exercise instructors together and ask that simple question. Assuming they have not all just attended the same ‘functional training’ workshop, the chances are you will get as many different answers as there are instructors in the room.
Did you hear me?
Dan Duran | 11/08/2017
That’s right, you heard me (or maybe not). Has anyone ever accused you of this? I venture to say yes, as I certainly have and, in fact, I still get told that. In a trainer/client relationship, it’s been my experience that this is not intentional. Often,...
The evolution of the fitness professional during an era of rapid technological change
Bryan O’Rourke | 07/07/2017
Business as usual in the fitness industry is no longer good enough; in fact, business
as usual is dead. In a world where choice is expanding and business models are being re-engineered, there is only one place left to innovate, and that place is with you as a professional....
The Fitness Word
Tony Lycholat | 12/04/2017
After reading some quite bizarre nutritional claims on a gym noticeboard recently, I found myself smiling and wondering where I’d put the T-shirt I bought from Ben Goldacre’s website. It has a picture of a duck on it, underneath which appears...
The group X factor
Jayne Nicholls | 09/03/2017
She says: “If people demand you teach the ‘next new thing’, they’re not buying into you.” Since the launch of Les Mills (LM), I have heard this phrase so many times: “I have to teach it/the clubs only want LM/the members only want...
Myths and truths about pregnancy nutrition
Linia Patel | 03/02/2017
Pregnant women are bombarded with advice on what to eat and what to avoid. As Linia Patel reports, very often this advice gets lost in not just the plethora of information available, but poorly reported science and plentiful old wives’ tales.
Recognising eating disorders
Loren Byford | 06/01/2017
The prospect of talking to clients about eating disorders may be daunting, but recognising the signs and knowing how to broach the subject could be life changing, says Loren Byford. As a fitness professional, you’re in a good position to notice whether someone...
Sound mind & body
Jayne Nicholls | 09/12/2016
The principles of mindful exercise can be applied to other fitness disciplines beyond mind & body. Jayne Nicholls looks at three key elements of mindful practice that can be incorporated into any programming.
Say what? Helping clients through illness
Jean Holt | 03/11/2016
After a heart attack and knee injury, Jean Holt retrained as an exercise referral instructor to help others combat their health issues. When my children were small, I left hospital nursing for a job with more family-friendly hours as a practice nurse in a GP surgery....
The Business of Being an Instructor
Ilyse Baker | 04/10/2016
It is easy to think that being an Instructor is a piece of cake and anyone can do it. However, think again! This is a business like any other profession. There are a lot of important elements needed to run a successful business as an Instructor.
Heart rate training and the science behind its success
Bob Kaleal | 25/08/2016
Let's begin by looking at heart rate (HR) training and the science behind it from a healthy individual’s or athlete's perspective. When we are working with a healthy, competitive adult, such as an amateur or professional athlete, it is critical to monitor their HR...


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