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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

    Hazel Goudie

    Category

    Low Back Pain

    Posted On

    12 December 2014

    The Prevalence of Low Back Pain in the UK Low back pain is one of the most common non-life threatening health problems in the UK. It not only creates a huge personal inconvenience and hindrance to individuals, but it also affects the UK financially and as a national community. According to a survey published back in 2000, almost half of the adult population in the UK reported occurrences of low back pain lasting for a minimum of 24 hours during the year. Two further reviews were conducted, one of which focused on the elderly and the other on adolescents, both of which identified high numbers of these populations suffering with low back pain. It appears from the research that the number of people with back pain increases with advancing age, starting in school children and peaking in adults of 35 to 55 years. Additional findings suggested that back pain was just as common in adolescents as in adults. From these studies it can therefore be estimated that four out of every five adults will experience some form of back pain at some stage in their life. It can therefore be predicted that in industrialised countries such as the UK, up to 80% of the population will suffer with back pain at some stage in their life.

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Nutrition, Personal Training

    Posted On

    8 December 2014

    At the time of writing, one of the greatest divides in the field of nutrition is the debate over the calorific model for weight loss. But why?

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Life Coaching, Personal Training

    Posted On

    1 December 2014

    Life coaching can be an incredibly effective method to help people gain a deeper understanding of their own limits and challenges and in doing so, overcome them. That said, it could often fail if the coaches themselves fail to monitor one critical factor.

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Personal Training, Programming

    Posted On

    24 November 2014

    Whilst much is made of the ultimate requirement to consume fewer calories than you expend in regards to weight loss, how you train will determine in large part, where that weight comes from. The right training will help you retain muscle and burn fat, whereas the wrong training could actually cause you to burn valuable muscle and reduce your metabolism.

  • Written By

    Hazel Goudie

    Category

    Personal Training

    Posted On

    24 November 2014

    Those of you who work or have worked in the diverse industry of fitness will be well aware of the unique, fulfilling and evolving job Personal Trainers have and the positive effects you can have on the people and communities they serve. For those of you looking to embark on a career in fitness and seeking insight into the typical day of a Personal Trainer then this is the article for you. Or if you already work as a Personal Trainer you can get some ideas about what other like-minded fitness professional do on a day-to-day basis. Fitness Industry Education have interviewed two successful Personal Trainers, asking them to give use their view of ‘being a Personal Trainer’. These two very different yet talented Personal Trainers, have created niche products as PT’s as well as offering a wider range of services to diverse markets in their local areas.

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Personal Training, Programming, Rehabilitation, Stretching

    Posted On

    17 November 2014

    The average member of the public spends the majority of their day in a seated position. Typically with their shoulders slumped forwards and down. Whilst for them this represents an almost sure-fire route to shoulder and hip pain down the line, for trainers it represents a quick and easy way to make people feel better and improve their value within their facility.

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Kettlebells, Personal Training, Programming

    Posted On

    10 November 2014

    With the rise in popularity of kettlebells many users are concerned about what weight to use and more importantly, where to start.

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Personal Training, Programming, Suspension Training

    Posted On

    3 November 2014

    Over the last 10 years, suspension trainers have established themselves as a valuable resource in anyone’s training arsenal. As with most equipment that becomes popular, they have been misrepresented or misused in regards to hypertrophy training.

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Personal Training, Programming

    Posted On

    3 November 2014

    Should personal trainers offer assessments? We look into types of assessments and which ones offer any value or not.

  • Written By

    Hazel Goudie

    Category

    Children's Fitness

    Posted On

    28 October 2014

    Childhood and adolescent obesity is a growing concern worldwide. The number of overweight and obese children in the UK has doubled in the last two decades, with one in five 15 year olds classed as obese. In 2006, a UK study (National Centre for Social Research) identified that 18.9% of boys and 17.8% of girls aged between 2 and 15 years were classified as obese. In addition to this the same study highlighted that a further 13.7% of boys and 16.3% of girls were overweight. This quantified to 2.3 million obese children in the UK, at the time. Worryingly for the UK, such statistics reveal our children are some of the unhealthiest in Europe. So how can fitness professionals help? It is proven that very few children put on weight because of an underlying medical problem, but actually put on weight because their lifestyle sees a lack of physical activity and an unhealthy diet. Personal Training and Fitness professionals have the potential to be at the forefront to assist in improving this epidemic, by educating parents and helping children be more active. So the main questions are, what are the causes of childhood obesity in the UK and what can we, as fitness professionals, do to help?