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The team of personal training and fitness professionals at TRAINFITNESS post regular articles with news and updates about the fitness industry. Our news and articles offer a great resource for all fitness professionals, from Personal Trainers, Group Exercise Instructors, Pilates and Yoga Teachers, or anyone interested in teaching any aspect of fitness.
  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Fitness, General Group Exercise

    Posted On

    16 February 2018

    Why Circuit Training is Good for You!

    Circuit training is a form of training where participants rotate through a number of stations, performing different exercises to time or repetitions, back to back, with minimum rest until the circuit is completed. There are various ways of constructing a circuit, but they would normally contain several movements including body weight, weighted and dynamic exercises.

    The great thing about circuits is the adaptability available. They can be developed for cardiovascular improvement, strength, mobility, sport specific…virtually anything. They also don’t need a lot of space or time and don’t need to be overly complicated (unless you want them to be)

    Benefits of circuit training include:

    1. Improvements in cardiovascular fitness
    2. Improvements in muscular strength
    3.  Improvements in muscular endurance
    4. Increased social interaction during a workout
    5. Increased adherence to exercise

    From a practical point of view, circuits are very easy to set up and they need minimum space and equipment. They can be used with weights, kettlebells, boxes, TRX and various other bits of equipment, but in many cases, bodyweight is more than adequate.

    From a PT perspective, circuits can be a fantastic way to get multiple people involved (read more money) Assuming you have the space; a studio, park, garden, you could set up a circuit for any number of clients. Longer term, these clients could be converted into 1-1 clients, but even if they aren’t, a good PT will still have sessions running with several clients across the week, bringing in additional income.

    Why circuit training is good for you

    Find out more about circuit training

    Circuits are very versatile. Whether you are working with one client or a group of clients, they can be adapted to any situation and physical need. Circuits can tackle weight loss, strength, athletic performance and core training. A good PT will be capable of devising the circuit, engaging those taking part, creating weekly/daily challenges and most importantly, will be able to make them fun. If the circuit has multiple participants, a PT can foster a friendly competitive edge, which would naturally push participants a little further each session, some competition can make a lot of difference.

    The biggest takeaway of circuit training is the adaptability as a training system. They can be done anywhere, with or without equipment, can cover a range of specific needs, can be done as a group or on a 1-1 basis. They can be an entire session or a tough finisher. Circuits are a valuable tool for any PT

    How to construct the perfect circuit

    This is a quick and easy way to construct a circuit, remember there are many variations which can be adapted to any goal/need, but the following circuit is a good template to use:

    • Upper body Exercise, think; pull ups, push ups, shoulder press
    • Lower body Exercise, think; Squats, lunges, step ups
    • Core Exercise, think; plank, v sit, bicycle crunches
    • Cardio, think; shuttle sprints, jump rope
    • Full body exercise, think; Burpee, thruster, bear crawl

    Further Reading

    Five reasons to become a personal trainer

    What is VIIT? The Benefits & Why it Matters

    How to deliver a great group exercise class

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    Personal Training

    Posted On

    10 January 2018

    It’s the New Year and that means that many people will be kicking off their January resolutions to get fit. But January is also a time for another kind of fitness resolution- to get into the industry and become a PT. Now this I know, because it was my resolution a few years back. I’m now running my own PT business based in Shoreditch, East London with a team of personal trainers working with me to help clients meet their goals. You might be thinking, that’s easy for you Keith, but I have no fitness qualifications, I’m not even working in the industry. Neither was I. Yet I did it, and here’s how you can too.

    Find your fitness passion

    The majority of people want a career in fitness because they are passionate about fitness, and this alongside the desire to help others is the very best reason to decide to train as a PT. When I was younger I competed for England in freestyle wrestling so that’s where my passion for fitness came from. If you’re thinking about training as a PT, it’s probably because you too have a love of keeping fit and healthy and want to encourage others to do the same.

    Make the decision

    Like with a client who finally decides that enough is enough and this is the year that they are going to get fit, actually making the decision to become a PT can take time. I know it did for me anyway. As a teenager I worked in a family run gym in Shipley near Leeds and I really liked it, but after school was finished I ended up going into social care. I enjoyed it but there was this niggling feeling that I wasn’t doing what I was meant to do. Eventually, I decided I’d go with my gut and train as a PT. If you think the fitness industry could be for you, then January is a good time to explore your options.

    Personal Training Courses

    Get qualified

    One of the first things to investigate is how to get qualified. As a minimum you’d need the level 2 fitness instructor qualification, and the level 3 PT qualification too. Then before you work with clients, you’ll need first aid training and insurance too. There are loads of providers out there, but I decided on TRAINFITNESS for my level 2 and 3 and had a really positive experience. Think about how you best learn (in a group or on your own, more practical based or theoretical), what your other commitments are (like if you want to work alongside your current job) and other benefits offered (like support after you qualify). Also ensure that any course you undertake is fully accredited, as you won’t get insurance without this.

    Find out more about personal training courses at TRAINFITNESS

    Find your preferred setting

    It’s best to try and get practical experience as soon as possible whilst you are getting qualified or once you are qualified. I started out as a freelance PT at a chain of gyms, but I also had experience of working in a gym setting so I had a good understanding of the set-up and what a PT’s role would be in that environment. I also gained experience as a mobile PT, training clients at local parks or their home. But after starting working with clients at private studios, I realised I preferred that setting and that’s when I started Right Path Fitness. Make it a priority to get as much experience as you can in as many settings as possible, even for your own personal training, as this will help you to decide where you want to be once you qualify.

    Enjoy it

    There’s no doubt that becoming a PT can mean a huge change in your life. For me, it meant a move to London and starting up a business as well as getting to know a new place. But what I can say is that being a PT is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. Your clients will look to you to be their personal cheerleader, their motivator and their inspiration. You’ll be doing a job that you love, and helping people to feel better about themselves, and be healthier and stronger. Who could ask for more than that?

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    Further reading

    How to become a fitness instructor

    How to make a good income as a personal trainer

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Fitness, Personal Training

    Posted On

    18 December 2017

    How to Motivate Clients to Train Throughout Winter

    With the cold mornings and dark evenings well and truly upon us, consistent training can become difficult. It is our job as personal trainers to motivate and encourage each client to train on a regular basis, even throughout these cold spells. Throughout the winter months, it is especially tough to jump out of bed in the morning. Dark, shorter days also limit the urge to workout in the evenings. It is not surprising that health & fitness plans can collapse during this period. So, how can you ensure that your client stays on track during party season? Here are 4 steps on how to motivate your clients throughout winter from MotivatePT:

    1. Establish a consistent schedule
    2. Offer rewards/incentives
    3. Change your surroundings
    4. Mix up your routines

    1.Establish a consistent schedule

    Throughout this time of year, diaries become increasingly full, from family occasions to work Xmas parties, which means it can be difficult to pin your client down. With so many valid reasons to avoid working out, it’s important that your client creates time in their busy schedule for their fitness routine. Just as they would schedule a meeting at work, it’s important you encourage your fitness sessions to hold just as much importance in the diary. By sitting with your client and scheduling their workouts in advance this will help them to avoid the excuse, ‘they have no time!’! Ensure that your client writes each session into their planner, or you could suggest that they set digital reminders to ensure that their workouts continue to happen. By taking accountability and planning each workout in advance, they’ll be less likely to cancel. Supporting your client and ensuring that they are accountable is key for consistency. Once their fitness routine had been created, there will be less space for excuses.

    Find out more about personal training courses with TRAINFITNESS

    2. Offer rewards/incentives

    As well as scheduling workouts it is also important to discuss and write down incentives/rewards. There are many types of rewards which you could implement. My favourite is creating regular progress reports, this can be in the form of a photo from when they first started, fitness or endurance tests or strength improvement check-ins. This report really allows my clients to be aware of how far they have come, which motivates them to keep striving for more. Another way you can add encouragement is by using the visualization technique by reminding them how good they’ll look in a party dress over the New Year. Or a material reward, such as a new pair of trainers or workout gear once they have hit the target you have been working towards. Whatever it may be, it is important to give each client something to work towards to ensure their goals are met.

    Expand your knowledge with CPD courses from TRAINFITNESS

    3. Change your surroundings

    If you have been training your client within their home gym or doing with bodyweight training in their living room, changing your clients surroundings can have a hugely positive effect. If they are becoming complacent or have been experiencing the same type of workout for a while, changing the environment can work wonders for their motivation. There are many beautiful royal parks situated around London from Regents Park to Hyde Park to really spice things up! (It’s important to be aware that you will need to have a license to train in the Royal Parks).

    4. Mix up your routines

    This may seem an obvious step but if your client is starting to lose interest then you need to ask yourself why. Boredom can lead to clients associating fitness with negative feelings (instead of fun and excitement) and therefore they’ll be more likely to quit. It can be tedious for your client to repeat the same exercises and workout style each week, especially with the challenge that winter brings. This means you need to make their sessions exciting to ensure that they have something to look forward to. Change regular weight sessions to HIIT training or try using a new piece of equipment, which should really keep your clients on their toes. To keep my clients motivated I surprise them with unexpected routines and I mix up their routines each time I see them.

    Kira Mahal, MotivatePT

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  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Fitness, General Group Exercise

    Posted On

    6 December 2017

    HIIT is the industry buzz word of 2016/17. It’s everywhere with every fitness guru, fanatic and icon espousing the benefits of HIIT training. In many ways they’re right, the benefits are clear, a total body calorie blitz that can be completed in under 20 minutes, with metabolism boosting benefits lasting the whole day, yes we can buy into that.  They are efficient, can lead to fantastic results in a short time and they can be adapted to suit a gym full of equipment or your garden. But are they really the silver bullet to health and fitness, is HIIT the most efficient use of time, can too much HIIT be a bad thing?

    While research is still light on the ground, there is some agreement that HIIT isn’t necessarily for everyone. Those with a history of heart problems, or with underlying issues, or those who have led a sedentary lifestyle might be at increased risk to injury[1] Also, from a mentality point of view, some individuals just don’t respond well to bouts of high intensity training and may well be put off training after a couple of HIIT sessions.

    What is VIIT

    VIIT stands for Variable Intensity Interval Training. VIIT is formatted to take participants through high, medium and low intensity phases. Covering HIIT (high), strength and endurance (medium) and mobility/recovery (low).  Participants would rotate through the phases, giving a complete workout.

    Normally a VIIT workout would start with the high-intensity intervals, which should be performed close to maximal effort say 80-90%. This would be followed by the medium intensity segment, the emphasis here is strength and endurance. The final round is usually low intensity. Movements are typically mobility based.

    How to become an ETM instructor

    This movement between different levels of intensity would allow a participant to have a slightly longer session without increasing the risk of injury or burn-out. It also means the body is tested in various different movements and ranges.  It’s arguably a safer way to train, especially for beginners or those returning to training. You reap the benefits of a HIIT workout, whilst also improving stability and mobility.

    VIIT - Variable Intensity Interval Training

    Some benefits of VIIT include:

    • Improved athletic performance
    • Decreasing body fat
    • Improvements in mental wellbeing
    • Improving posture and balance
    • Stress relief

    Why VIIT Matters

    HIIT, HVIT, VIIT and any other variation are tough. They challenge you, take you to the edge and possibly over it. But while they are all tough, VIIT is arguably the more rounded workout. VIIT matters. It’s balance between all-out effort, strength, endurance and mobility makes it more accessible and safer to do for the majority. By doing VIIT you can potentially go for longer, still burn those calories long after your session whilst getting a complete, rounded workout that causes less stress and keeps you coming back for more.  

    How to deliver a great group exercise class

    Build your own HIIT workout

    How to become a Fitness Instructor

  • Written By

    Michael Betts


    Personal Training

    Posted On

    27 November 2017

    With funding provided by Sport England, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity has developed professional standards which will be used to inform the development of qualifications for the sport and physical activity sector. These standards will outline job roles 'by defining what knowledge and skills an individual must understand and demonstrate to undertake a particular role.' Professional standards have been created for the roles of personal trainer, gym instructor and group exercise to music instructor. 

    In essence, the professional standards propose a minimum level of understanding and knowledge that someone in the health and fitness industry must have. Once approved by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), course providers like TRAINFITNESS will need to incorporate these standards into the courses they deliver in order to meet REPs requirements. With new standards ready to be rolled out, changes to the TRAINFITNESS personal training certificates and diplomas are being made for courses delivered in 2018.

    What do Professional Standards Mean to Potential New Personal Trainers

    As new research on exercise comes to light, the information must be disseminated to fitness professionals. The industry as a whole also evolves, so new legislation, new equipment, new technology must also be taught to anyone looking to work in the industry. Those looking to start a career in the fitness industry will therefore be furnished with the skills and abilities to do their job properly and safely in today’s world. As well as learning the basics of delivering programmes and ensuring correct technique and form, all students will be trained to these new industry standards.

    The standards are in place to ensure there are no gaps in learning.  The new standards seek to ensure that all students are prepared for real world situations, taking their knowledge further than ever before, ensuring they are best prepared and equipped for a working life in the fitness industry. Students will now have a greater understanding of the real world working environment, dealing with different clients with different personalities, needs and backgrounds.

    PT course graduates will, for example, have a deeper understanding of common occurring medically controlled diseases and will be able to offer wellness advice in line with these. Students will also have a greater knowledge of apps, their use and applying them to clients’ needs, as well as having a thorough understanding of exercise and training “best practices” in the fitness environment.

    These standards will help to bridge the gap between knowledge and actual practical skills, a gap identified by employers. New personal trainers will now be better equipped when heading out into the working world.

    What do Professional Standards Mean to the Public

    In short, the professional standards have been designed to help ensure that members of the general public are training in a safe environment with suitably trained fitness professionals available to assist. For the public using Personal Trainers, they can be sure that their PT has had rigorous training and is able to deliver workouts, and oversee the general health and wellbeing of clients.

    Once released, these new standards will apply to group exercises instructors, lifeguards, gym instructors, personal trainers, swim teachers and recreation assistants, meaning all the staff at your gym or health club have been trained to the highest standards, graduating from their courses with the most in-depth, up-to-date knowledge.

    The new TRAINFITNESS personal training courses will be available early 2018.

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Fitness, Personal Training

    Posted On

    15 November 2017

    TRAINFITNESS are excited to announce the launch of its new service, Career Concierge™. Through this service TRAINFITNESS offer greater support to students once they qualify, further improving the quality of learning experience with TRAINFITNESS.

    Career Concierge™ provides access to specialists in recruitment, insurance, clothing and digital marketing. The new service will support personal trainers as they start their careers in the industry and bring long term support to new personal training businesses. This is in addition to the aftercare that students already receive in the form of interviews with leading health clubs.

    Thanks to Career Concierge™ students will have access to preferential rates to companies such as Balens, Concise Digital, Smart Little Web and Zlogg, covering all the basic business needs when setting up a personal training business.

    TRAINFITNESS Partners –

    Balens Ltd, Specialist Insurance. Balens are a leading Insurance Brokers for Health & Wellbeing Professionals, offering some of the widest covers available in the market place. Balens have arranged a customised insurance scheme with discounted rates for TRAINFITNESS personal training graduates.

    Concise Digital, Branding. Concise Digital work with students to develop memorable logos and brand guidelines, engaging websites and can manage social media marketing campaigns that offer added value to audiences.

    Concise Training, Social Media. Concise training can help students learn how to use social media marketing channels.

    Smart Little Web, Web Design. Smart Little Web are a specialist small business web design agency. They have created a DIY website building course for graduate fitness professionals looking to grow a presence online.

    Zlogg Accounting, Zlogg is an online accounting software application which helps students simplify business accounts, everyday bookkeeping and helps manage paperwork.

    Love Recruitment, Love recruitment are a specialist recruitment agency focussing on the health and fitness industry. TRAINFITNESS students will receive the benefit of their experience through CV writing advice, interview technique tips and support finding their ideal role in the industry

    Career Opportunities, TRAINFITNESS provide graduates with an unparalleled range of career opportunities. TRAINFITNESS works with many of the UK’s leading health club operators including Fitness First, Sports Direct Fitness, Bodyism and City Athletic^, helping graduates find placements to start their PT business.

    “Having been a personal trainer, I fully understand the challenges graduates face once qualified.” Stated Michael Betts, CEO TRAINFITNESS “Through our Career Concierge service we hope to further assist those starting their personal training business to get up and running quickly and have exceptional success, for both themselves and their club, in the shortest possible time. It’s one of our most exciting initiatives which we hope will greatly benefit our learners and the industry.”

    For more information about Career Concierge -

    For more information about Personal Training Courses at TRAINFITNESS- 

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen



    Posted On

    30 October 2017

    What are the Differences Between the Fasted and Fed States of the Body?

    A nutrition trend that is becoming more popular is to take time away from eating and to enter a fasted state. As with many approaches to health and fitness there is little new here, fasting can be traced back to Ancient Greece and earlier, but of late a number of high level executives and celebrities have adopted the method and swear by the results.

    Intermittent Fasting recently had a resurgence thanks to the 5:2 diet, where people would eat normally for five days and then dramatically reduce their calorie intake for two days. This method (and other forms of fasting), when combined with good food choices and exercise is said to reboot the immune system, improve brain function, help  weight loss and bring the body back into balance

    In Silicon Valley, this method of eating has been played with and sees executives going days without eating, Phil Libin is among a number of leading business men who push fasting further, “biohacking” to improve mental focus and performance. Perhaps the most famous proponent of fasting, or biohacking is founder of Bulletproof Nutrition, Dave Asprey. His Bulletproof method proposes 18:6, 18hrs fasted with 6 hours of feeding, but starting the day with fats (MCT oil and grass-fed butter or ghee).

    What is Fasting?

    The uncomplicated view of fasting is abstaining from food and liquids (apart from water, tea and coffee, although some versions would have you abstain from these too) for a given amount of time. There are many protocols that you could follow; - 18hrs of fasting and six of eating, 5:2 which we have mentioned already, day fasts where you would eat nothing for a 24hr period. While these protocols exist, individuals can come up with their own methods and timeframes for feeding and fasting.

    What are the Benefits of Fasting?

    While conventional wisdom suggests that skipping meals is unsustainable and leads to crash dieting and ultimately failure, making intermittent fasting a lifestyle choice has the potential to yield weight loss results and help to create a healthier body.

    When you enter a fasted state, various things happen to and within the body-

    Insulin levels drop significantly, which helps to facilitate fat burning. Insulin is the primary hormone that dictates whether or not your body should store or burn energy. When you take in calories, your insulin goes up. Higher levels of insulin equates to greater energy storage. By decreasing insulin, the body will release energy, the energy stored in your fat cells.  With increased growth hormone levels, lower insulin levels and a higher metabolic rate, you should be burning more calories. Essentially, less food = less calories in, high metabolic rate = more calories out[1]

    This is unlike the fed state, where insulin levels are high. The body takes energy from food that you have eaten. In essence, the body shuts down the burning of stored food as energy (fat and glycogen)

    Another benefit of fasting, the body will begin vital cellular repair, think taking out the rubbish, the body removes waste materials from cells[2]

    Through intermittent fasting there is the potential to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, contributors to ageing and a whole host of ailments [3]

    Brain function improves. Intermittent fasting reduces oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistances. Some studies have shown in rats, that there is an increase in the growth of new nerve cells which have the potential to improve brain function. In fruit fly larvae, researchers discovered that the brain responds to nutrient undersupply by reducing synaptic activity.   Fasting can reduce the release of neurotransmitters from synapses in the brain which is a process that consumes a lot of energy. Limiting this activity reduces energy consumption and oxidative damage on the nervous system.


    What are the benefits of fasting

    Intermittent fasting can enhance the ability of nerve cells in the repair of DNA, a study revealed that fasting “flipped a regenerative switch” Fasting shifted stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self renewal, triggering stem cell based regeneration of an organ or a system[4] In mice, fasting caused regeneration of the hematopoietic stem cells, essentially fasting kills off old and damaged immune cells, and when the body rebounds, it uses stem cells to create brand new, completely healthy cells[5]

    From a training and performance point of view, fasting can have a positive effect on the body and can actually aid the fed state on competition day.  Fasting adds another stressor to the body, training in a fasted state forces the body to adapt, work harder and be stronger by compensating for the lack of food based fuel. When you come to compete, in a fed state, the body is more efficient at using glycogen and will be able to make maximum use of your pre-competition meal.

    Learn how to incorporate fasting into your personal training clients eating plans through the body fx programme

    What happens in the fed state?

    We’ve looked at the fasted state, so what does the fed state look like? The fed state begins 4 hours after you have eaten. In this time, the body is absorbing digested nutrients, using some of them to meet energy needs whilst converting the rest to energy storage. During the fed state there is an increase of glucose which increases the secretion of insulin.

    In the liver, excess glucose is stored as glycogen or converted to fatty acids. Whereas a fasted state forces the body to use alternative sources of fuel to keep the body working as it should, the fed state sees a continual “top up” of fuel. Excess nutrients are stored as fat. In the fed state the main source of energy is glucose, while in the fasted state the body uses fat

    Should you fast?

    From a weight loss perspective, there is good evidence to show that the fasted state yields positive results. You consume fewer calories, whilst increasing your metabolic rate, you force the body to use stored energy in the form of fat and you decrease insulin levels, the hormone that controls the burning of stored energy. In the fed state, insulin levels are high and the food that is eaten is used for energy, so you would rarely ever tap into the energy reserves (fat) apart from while you sleep.

    More research needs to be carried out to determine whether fasting does improve brain function, decreases cancer risk, reboots the entire immune system and leads to a longer life, but current evidence suggests that a calorie controlled diet with fasting periods may well lead to a healthier and better functioning you.

    A note of warning however, you should not feel sick, dizzy, or overly tired whilst fasting, if you feel any of these then eat something!

    Further Reading

    What are Mitochondria

    Healthy eating tips and tricks

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    Personal Training

    Posted On

    17 October 2017

    How to Become a Successful Mobile Personal Trainer

    After you have received your Personal Training Qualification you will be entering a very competitive field. Each client who chooses to spend their hard-earned cash on a Personal Trainer, ultimately wants the best! To be successful as a mobile Trainer you not only have to be good at your job, but also ensure you are going above and beyond client’s expectations. With all of our experience in the industry, we have listed our top five tips to become a successful mobile personal trainer:

    1. Time management skills
    2. Be prepared and get creative
    3. Listen more than you talk
    4. Go over and above
    5. Stay educated

    1. Time Management Skills

    Being on time is the number 1 priority, clients are paying for your time and it is a sign of professionalism to show up to sessions a few minutes early. If you are late you can either cheat your client of 5 minutes or run 5 minutes over, however, both of these are not a good idea and will have a negative spiralling effect. To be successful, you must manage your diary. Forgetting about a session or booking two clients at the same time will not only affect your salary but it could potentially alienate your clients. Being an organised Mobile Personal Trainer is the first step to being a successful one.  

    2. Be Prepared & Get Creative!  

     Not only do you have to prepare and organise your schedule, you also need to prepare each session in advance. If you turn up to every session and deliver an hour work from the top of your head, this is not going to be effective as you may repeat exercises, and your client will eventually notice the lack of preparation. As a mobile personal trainer, you should take advantage of creating and designing your own workout setting and vibes. Take your client to a park if you have been training indoors for a while. Use unexpected equipment to ‘wow’ your client. Plan and design a fun programme for your client to ensure that their motivation is kept high and that they are always kept on their toes.

    How to be a successful mobile personal trainer

    3. Listen more than you talk

    It is essential that you are able to build a relationship with each client, as this process promotes open communication and it develops a level of trust, which is extremely important. Be a professional friend, however, it’s vital to know the boundaries. You want to build a rapport but this doesn’t mean talking away for the whole hour, and sharing your life story. Listening is key to understanding your client. It is important to know their likes and dislikes, in order to tailor and adjust your training programme accordingly. Remember your client is paying you to help motivate them to achieve their goals and this should be first and foremost - you are there for them, not vice/versa. So many of our clients share their past experiences of trainers who talked far too much during sessions, and therefore the training was not up to scratch.

    4. Go Over and Above

    Go that extra mile by returning phone calls and emails promptly, following up with your client to make sure the sessions are working for them, and always keeping an individual file on each client, so you can therefore create personalised programmes to suit them. Also, go over and above and set homework. Because your client is probably not able to dedicate time and money to a Personal Training session every day, setting homework can be a great way of allowing them to take accountability and also for your client to see results quicker.

    5. Stay Educated

    Many Personal Trainers receive their certificate and think this is the end to their studying. However, it is extremely important to keep your education up to date, as the industry is constantly changing, and new research is being discovered every day. As a mobile personal trainer, we would say this is even more important as you are working solo and it becomes easy to get complacent, and not notice how quickly the industry is advancing around you. You can do this by building a network and talking to other trainers, also attend courses with TRAINFITNESS, go to conferences and workshops, read magazines, medical journals & talk with doctors etc.

    We support all of our trainers with many of these areas, as part of their induction with us.

    Being a mobile trainer is great if you want a flexible and independent work schedule. However, it is definitely not the easy route, as many people imagine. If you are hardworking and follow these top 5 steps, you will begin to master what it takes!  

    Kira Mahal, CEO at MotivatePT

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Group Exercise

    Posted On

    5 October 2017

    We took a few minutes to chat to the talented Channel 5 presenter, actor and fitness instructor Olivia Birchenough, we discussed her career, becoming an fx instructor her ETM qualification

    Tell us a bit about you and what you’re doing at the moment ?

    For the past 5 years I’ve been presenting for Channel 5’s children’s segment, Milkshake! This involves presenting live tele on a daily basis, as well as fronting the channel’s live theatre tours up and down the country. Alongside Milkshake!, I’ve been on tour with a theatre company called The Paper Birds, performing in their one-woman show Mobile, which travelled to various theatres up and down the country for 6 months. And I’ve been awarded Best Leading Female at both The Great British Pantomime Awards and Panto Insider Awards 2017!

    When did you get your exercise to music qualification and what was the reason for getting it?

    I got my ETM qualifications last November. I was looking for a bit of a backup for quiet times with presenting and acting and have always enjoyed going to the gym and participating in classes. I was there all the time anyway, so it just sort of made sense! It also struck me as another niche for presenting, so maybe one day combining the two skill sets of presenting and fitness.

    Fitness Instructor Courses

    Can you tell us a little about how you found the course and how it worked?

    I chose to do the course as a Distance Learner, allowing me to study in my own time and fit around my work commitments. This worked really well, doing a couple of hours a day from wherever I happened to be on tour/filming across the country.

    Once I’d completed all the online theory, I then booked in for my written and practical assessments which I did both on the same day in Manchester.

    Exercise to Music qualification

    What was your favourite thing about working with TRAINFITNESS?

    The classes! The accessibility of all the routines on the app is great, along with the actual programmes and material you’re provided with. The classes are a joy to teach with clear, engaging choreography. Topped off with the fact that the pro-choreography options allow for you to add your own style and take on the class.

    What fx class do you instruct?

    I’m qualified in pump fx, blast fx, stomp fx, groove fx and fight fx.

    My main teaching work comes from pump fx, blast fx and fight fx.

    How do you fit in being an fx instructor around your day job?

    I do a lot of cover classes, meaning I’m constantly at different and new gyms in between my filming and touring schedules. This often gives me a chance to work with clients who aren’t used to participating in fx classes. The positive reaction of participants is always a joy to witness and is real testament to the strength and quality of the fx programmes.

    Fitness Instructor Courses

    What’s been your favourite thing about being an fx instructor?

    Hopefully inspiring others to build their fitness levels in a fun, engaging yet challenging way!

    T3 HIIT Workout qualification

    How is the fx programme different to other Exercise to Music classes out there?

    As an instructor, it gives me the opportunity to put my own stamp on the classes I teach. The pro-choreography style allows me to draw upon my dance background and training, and offer alternatives to exercises each week. No two classes ever have to be the same which not only keeps it exciting and fresh for participants, but for me as the instructor!

    Would you consider learning other courses?

    Definitely! My experience with TRAINFITNESS so far has been such a positive one and I can’t wait to build on what is a really exciting venture for me!

    You can find Olivia tweeting at: @Olivia__5 (double underscore)

    Further Reading

    How to become a Fitness Instructor

    How to deliver a great group exercise class

    The Benefits of Group Exercise


  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Group Exercise

    Posted On

    27 September 2017

    Personal trainer, group exercise trainer, fitness instructor, gym instructor. With a myriad of titles, it’s easy to get lost when looking at a career in the health and fitness industry. How many roles, positions and job titles have you come across in your searches for a training provider? Have you looked at the course/role descriptions and wondered what the difference is, don’t they all train people?

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    Dependent on the course description the roles can seem blurred, however a fitness instructor and a personal trainer are very different things. A fitness instructor, otherwise known as a gym instructor, will have undertaken a Level 2 Certificate. This means you could work on the gym floor delivering inductions (dependent on the facility they work in) showing new gym members how to use the equipment, touring the facilities and offering basic level guidance and advice.

    Fitness Instructor Courses

    Fitness instructors may also give simple advice on programmes based on a member’s goals, offering assistance on correct exercise form and technique. What a fitness instructor can’t do is offer long term one-to-one advice to a member. This is where the roles of a PT and a fitness instructor differ.

    Find out more about becoming a Fitness Instructor

    Working the floor as a fitness instructor is a great way to learn the ropes, become comfortable in a gym environment, understand how facilities work and how to build relationships with gym users. Often, a gym instructor course is a gateway/pre-requisite to a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Once experience and confidence have been built, taking the next step becomes more desirable and realistic.

    That isn’t to say that the level 2 course is lacking in content. Indeed, a fitness instructor course gives a fantastic grounding in planning programmes, understanding the basic principles of human anatomy, working to health and safety standards and covers the principles of exercise, fitness and health. These topics give a fantastic overview and develop real world skills.

    Personal Training Courses

    A TRAINFITNESS Fitness Instructor course is YMCA Awards accredited and recognised by CIMSPA and REPs. This qualification is the starting point to bringing your passion for fitness to life, enriching the lives of others with physical training and exercise. The course will develop understanding and confidence, setting you up with all the skills for a great career in the health and fitness industry.

    Further Reading

    How to deliver a great exercise class

    Putting the personal into group exercise

    Why small group training?