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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


    Personal Training

    Posted On

    22 March 2018

    Why you should consider becoming a course tutor

    A qualification in education and training is a fantastic way to increase your earnings, stay up to date on fitness training and trends, add skills to your CV and enjoy a rewarding progression in your career.

    As we all know, the fitness industry is growing. People are more in tune with what it means to train, to be fit, to have goals, perform well and eat well. There is also a greater understanding and acceptance in the general population that to achieve these goals and make positive changes, using a qualified personal trainer is almost essential. In turn, this means there is a huge demand for qualified personal trainers.

    A day does not pass when our team at TRAINFITNESS is contacted from a health club or leisure centre asking for CV’s from our newly qualified PTs. The huge demand for PTs means there is an even greater demand to educate and train more personal trainers. Becoming a tutor to deliver personal training courses could therefore be extremely lucrative and fulfilling role.

    Here are some reasons why it might be worth considering getting your qualification in education & training.

    1. Supplement your income
    2. It’s a rewarding career
    3. Provides intellectual satisfaction
    4. Offers flexibility & variety in your career

    Supplement your income

    One of the main attractions of becoming a course tutor is that it can be a fantastic way to supplement your income and earn a little (or a lot) extra on the side. It is relatively easy to find a balance between your own clients and taking a lead role on a course. Perhaps weekends are quiet, maybe delivering a part time Saturday or Sunday course would fit with your schedule. See the bulk of your clients before or after work? Then dropping the occasional course into your plans might add extra income. Tutoring roles can be very flexible if it’s a secondary income. You can deliver courses regularly or occasionally to suit your schedule.

    Become a course tutor for personal trainers

    It's a rewarding career

    Another excellent reason to consider getting your tutoring qualification is how rewarding an experience working with students can be.  Your influence can have a real impact on students with your first-hand experience on delivering PT sessions helping students grow in confidence and flourish not only on the course but also once they start their own personal training business. Watching a student ace an exam or crush an assessment will fill you with pride and satisfaction in your work. Let' not forget either, that when your students go on to become a success you will have the knowledge that you helped make that happen.

    It provides intellectual satisfaction

    Full time or part time tutoring will develop your own skills and abilities as you'll be working with a variety of people from very different backgrounds whilst also targeting different learning styles. Your communication and teaching skills will be challenged, and you will have to learn to adapt to a variety of different situations in order to meet different learner needs. Developing the level of adaptability required to deliver a great course will not only help you educate learners, but will assist in other aspects of your working life such as your interactions with private PT clients.

    Tutoring will also keep you at the leading edge of the fitness industry. Through lecturing, you will have to maintain a high level of knowledge of the industry and its developments, be they teaching practices, National Occupational Standards, fitness coaching techniques, trends and exercise protocols. All of this will impact how you teach, so you’ll constantly learn to stay ahead.

    Adding tutoring to your skill set will make your CV more impressive; having that experience will open doors and opportunities that may not have existed before.

    Offers flexibility & variety in your career

    This is certainly more for the freelancers out there, but being a tutor can be an extremely flexible job. While there are standard hours you will have to work to fulfil course obligations, you can determine when you will or won’t teach on a course.

    You can choose what courses to add to your schedule as well as where you want to work, as many training providers have courses all-round the country. If you have the means and desire to travel, you can pick and choose courses that suit.

    If you have private PT clients and business starts to pick up, you aren’t tied to a full time tutoring job, but you are secure in the knowledge your Education and Training Qualification means you can pick up tutoring roles should things go quiet.

    There is a high demand for tutors and with the continued growth of our industry, the demand will certainly continue. If you have a passion for health and fitness, a desire to educate new and upcoming personal trainers as well as a want to maximise your earning potential, you should consider a Teaching and Tutoring Qualification. Click here for more information about our Level 3 Award in Education & Training.

    Further Reading

    What’s on in Fitness Throughout 2018

    How to start a Career in the Fitness Industry

    New Professional Standards for Personal Trainers

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    Personal Training

    Posted On

    9 March 2018

    Here's what Chessie had to say!

    Not too long ago, fitness influencer Chessie King studied to become a personal trainer with us. We caught up with her, chewed the fat and found out what makes her tick.

    What made you want to become a personal trainer?

    I wanted to develop my knowledge, especially how to work with different clients. I love learning and the more I know the more people I can help. I also wanted to have something to support what I say on social media so people have more trust in what you are saying.

    What do you think you bring as a personal trainer that is different/makes you stand out?

    I try & work with a client more on what's going on inside. To me, feeling good within yourself and learning to love exercise and eat without guilt is the most important thing. Working out should be something you love and a way of thanking your body. I learn about their past, their lifestyle and the relationship they have with food and their body. I take them on a journey to body confidence. I would like to think I'm more of a coach, a mentor that will be there with you every step of the way.

    Find out more about TRAINFITNESS PT courses

    What do you think makes a great personal trainer?

    A caring person that you can trust and listens to you. They adapt to how you feel every session and they get to know yourself and your body. Someone who's there for you outside of your personal training sessions. A friend who is going to stick by your side for the long run.

    Chessie King studied her Personal Training Course with TRAINFITNESS

    How did you get into the world of health and fitness?

    My parents have bought me up the healthiest way possible. My mum is a yoga teacher and absolute goddess. From the moment I could walk, I was full of energy, I did every activity after school you could think of. I only really started understanding my body and going to the gym for the right reasons about 2/3 years ago. I have learnt so much and developed my own training style and method.

    What would your advice be to someone considering becoming a personal trainer?

    Understand why you want to do it. Ask yourself, have you seen someone on Instagram that is a PT and you want to be like them, or do you want to help people get stronger and healthier? If it's the first one then I don't think it’s right for you, but if you are on a mission to help people, AMAZING... go for it.

    Who’s your fitspiration and why?

    My Mumma. She gets stronger every year she gets older, it's incredible. She is just a machine! She trains with me and doesn't ever stop in the middle of a session she just keeps on going! Every year, she beats her triathlon personal best and has come first in her age group at the London Triathlon which got her into the Team GB qualifying race. She is the reason why I'm looking after myself now, so hopefully after 3 children like her, I feel and look that healthy.

    What’s your favourite type of workout?

    A fun one where you don't even feel like you're working out. Like trampolining, skiing, hiking... I also love a Crossfit style workout, challenging yourself in different areas of strength. I just need constant change and love mixing up my workouts. I also love being outside, in the fresh air.

    Final thought on the course and your time at TRAINFITNESS

    It was incredible. The mix of the theory and practical was perfect. The support was amazing and I loved doing the intensive course.

    Further Reading

    New Professional Standards for personal trainers

    How to make a good income as a personal trainer

    5 reasons to become a personal trainer





  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Fitness

    Posted On

    1 March 2018

    The Best Health, Fitness and Well-being Conventions, Shows and Festivals of 2018

    We’ve identified some of the UKs hottest fitness events. Whether you want to get your zen on, work up a sweat or party with like-minded individuals, we have something for you!

    The fitness scene in the UK has never been healthier. Today we have access to the best equipment, we have loads of low cost gyms to join and if we fancy it, a whole host of boutique classes that we can jump in on.

    On top of this, training and nutrition are no longer mysteries that can only be interpreted by the professionals. There has never been so much information available to us via the internet and social media influencers. Yes, some of the information might be bogus but, a little bit of research usually gets you the right information.

    On top of influencers and the internet in general, we’re also experiencing a growth in events dedicated to health, fitness and wellbeing. These events are great as they offer a chance for like-minded individuals to come together and celebrate the things that excite them the most. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for companies to meet consumers and be part of their “fitness journey”. 

    With this in mind and, because we are fitness fanatics ourselves (naturally), we have highlighted some of our favourite shows, events and conventions being held in the UK throughtout 2018.

    What's on in fitness throughout 2018

    Move Fit: 10-12 March, Excel London

    Move Fit is three days dedicated to health, fitness and healthy living. There is a focus on movement and group exercise, which means that fans of group exercise will be able to participate in in over 100 fitness classes as well as grabbing some of the latest training kit. Attendees will also benefit from a bunch of presentations and talks from leading fitness experts.

    Be:Fit: 4-6 May, Business Design Centre London

    Be:Fit is the UKs only health and fitness festival for women and is a great place to try out the latest gear, participate in the latest fitness classes and find out about health, fitness, nutrition and well-being. If you love training and fitness in general, then this is the event for you. It’s a chance to train with your favourite influencers, hear from your favourite experts and learn more about all the fantastic things happening in the industry.

    We’re working with Be:Fit this year, with one of the team training with us to become a PT, you can see their progress and find out more about how we work here

    Balance Festival: 11-13 May, The Old Truman Brewery London

    This show is all about…balance, hardly surprising given its name. And it really is a festival of balance with a blend of over 200 workouts from boutique studios, evidence based talks on nutrition and wellness, yoga led by well know yogis and highly nutritious food available from a variety of companies. If you are looking for a one stop health, fitness and wellness event and the chance to see your favourite health and fitness influencers Balance is the place to be.

    BodyPower: 11-13 May, NEC Birmingham

    This is a big one at the NEC with a much greater focus on body building, although that is changing with the introduction of new zones aimed at weekend warriors.  Zones such as Back to Basics, The Academy, Girl Power, Nutrition and Strongman will cater to most tastes. Just be prepared to queue, a lot!

    SFN Expo 29-30 September, SEC Glasgow

    With some big-name experts and exhibitors already signed up, a packed timetable of events and some interesting talks lined up, SFN is shaping up to be a very interesting date in the diary. Ideal for Scottish locals, the show is also worth attending for anyone outside of Scotland

    Excitingly, there are many more events, festivals and expos throughout the year. Which is great for the industry and fans of fitness. A quick google search will throw up many more that are worth checking out, but for now, these are our pick of the bunch.

    Further Reading

    Virtual Open Day, find out more about how we work

    Interview with Charlie King

    Going the Extra Mile

  • Written By



    General Fitness

    Posted On

    25 February 2018

    With so much information and so many providers to choose from it is very easy to become quickly overwhelmed when looking at where to start your personal training career.  Starting on the path to becoming a PT shouldn’t be complicated and it certainly shouldn’t leave you confused and frustrated.

    Avoiding frustration and confusion is why we run a monthly Virtual Open Day or VOD. The VOD is an opportunity for you to plug in, from the comfort of your own home and meet our team. In thirty minutes, we go over how we work, what you can expect from your time at TRAINFITNESS, what we offer, how we support you during the course and how we continue that support long after you have finished with us.  We also answer any questions you might have.

    We feel this is a far more digestible way of finding out the facts and the information that is important to you than reading through hundreds of search results, mind boggling amounts of sales talk and conflicting information. At the end of the VOD you are free to make up your mind about training with us; there is no pressure and no obligation. If you have further questions our team are on hand to answer questions, be it on the phone or through email

    If you want to join us in our next VOD, then all you need to do is click here to book your free place.

    If you want to see how a VOD works, feel free to watch the video below. If you still have questions, give us a call or send us an email, we’re a friendly bunch and we love to talk.

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  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    Personal Training

    Posted On

    21 February 2018

    What is Exercise Referral?

    We’re often asked, “what is exercise referral” and “how will it help me as a personal trainer”. Our answers are:

    1. It will help increase your client base
    2. It will give you a variety of clients to train
    3. It will challenge you in a good way
    4. Exercise referral will make you a better PT
    5. Qualifying in it can improve your prospects

    The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) define the process of exercise referral as “schemes seeking to increase someone's physical activity levels on the basis that physical activity has a range of positive health benefits”[1]

    Exercise referral is a way for medical professionals to refer someone with a specific medical condition to a specialist in exercise who can give precise advice on training to help the patient lead a more active and healthier lifestyle.

    Personal trainers design a suitable programme to help these individuals exercise safely, make lifestyle changes and make physical activity an enjoyable experience. Any sort of physical activity can help boost recovery, help with weight issues, improve mental state and can help manage certain medical conditions.

    Why consider a course in exercise referral?

    1 - Increase your client base

    If you add a qualification in exercise referral to your skill set you automatically open the door to new clients. You will still maintain those PT clients you’ve secured through your hard work in the gym or through your online profile, but with exercise referral you have a stream of new clients sent to you from medical professionals. This will keep you busy whilst improving your bank balance.

    2 - Variety of clients

    As a PT you will eventually find yourself in the situation where, although you are dealing with individual client concerns, you will find sessions becoming very similar. You will have “go to” moves that illicit the best response, standard nutrition plans that only need tweaking depending on the desired outcome and a list of clients that generally all want the same outcome – lose weight, build muscle.

    Having these clients is fine, it’s what you have chosen to do, but throw in some exercise referral clients and your daily routine will become much more interesting and challenging. With exercise referral you might find yourself working with someone who is clinically obese, is diabetic, has had joint replacement, suffers with anxiety. Your standard, “go to” moves might work in the long term, but in the short term you’re going to have to study the issue and devise a plan that actually tackles the health issues your client presents.

    5 Reasons why you should train to be an exercise referral personal trainer

    3 - Challenging but rewarding

    Working in exercise referral can be a very challenging but rewarding job. You’ll be working with people who have real issues and find motivating themselves extremely difficult. But there is no better feeling for a personal trainer than giving a person the motivation, skills and above all the self-belief to have a more active lifestyle. This positive outlook and change can have a drastic effect on improving an individual’s quality of life and the risks associated with their condition.

    4 - Exercise Referral will make you a better PT

    Working with clients that have a medical condition or are recovering from a procedure are different to clients who might have some training background who are looking for a more common goal (lose weight, build muscle, sport specific training). Certain conditions will force you into more in-depth thought about your approach to training.

    Dependant on the condition of the person you are working with, you may find your perception of what makes a good session and what makes a bad session will change. You might find yourself using equipment and machines you wouldn’t usually use, you will likely become more patient and aware of what constitutes real progress in a client.

    Your communication skills will inevitably improve as you have to speak to these clients differently. If you are used to your usual 25-35 year old clients, with a reasonable training background, imagine the difference when you start working with a 62 year old client, post hip surgery client. Your conversation will change, you approach will change, your experience will be different.

    5 - Improve your prospects

    With exercise referral you may see an improvement in your situation in two ways.  Firstly, you could end up with more regular clients. After the prescribed course of training, your referred clients may wish to continue their training. These additional clients are always good to have when building/extending your business.

    Secondly, even if you don’t manage to convert your referred clients to long term clients you will be able to get some amazing reviews and/or testimonials from them. You should never underestimate the power of a review. How many times have you gone to buy something and have been swayed by the review? If you have a website/Facebook page flush with 5 star reviews and great comments you are more likely to pick up new clients.

    How to start out in exercise referral

    If exercise referral is an option you have been exploring you will need a Level 3 Personal Training qualification as a pre-requisite for the more specific training courses available. In terms of the specific qualifications for this role, a Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral would be considered an entry-level qualification. This very broad qualification covers the background to the exercise referral system and then outlines a number of key conditions that you will regularly come across.

    If you wish to progress to a level 4 specialist trainer, you will need to have the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral as it is the pre-requisite for all level 4 qualifications. Level 4 qualifications tend to look at singular conditions or a group of conditions in much more detail. Examples of qualification titles may include obesity and diabetes management, low back pain management, stroke, falls prevention, etc.

    These courses offer a much deeper understanding of groups or individual conditions. A full list of these qualifications can be found on the REPs website.

    Further Reading

    How to start a career in the fitness industry

    New Professional Standards for Personal Trainers

    SMART goals – What are they and how to use them

  • 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?

    Follow Right Path Fitness on Instagram Facebook and Twitter 

    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.

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    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.  

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  • 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.