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TRAINFITNESS Personal Trainer & Fitness Blog

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

    Posted On

    17 May 2017

    So you’re thinking about becoming a personal trainer, fantastic news! Being a personal trainer is a fantastic career choice that will see you working with people on a daily basis, helping them on their journey to a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

    You’re taking an exciting first step and we are here to help you take the next one. Deciding on a PT course provider takes a lot of time and careful research. There is a lot of information to digest and we know it can be an awful lot to take on in one go. You have to be certain that the company you will be working with is reputable and is able to deliver the quality service you deserve.

    Because we know how tough a decision it is and because we know how much information there is to digest, TRAINFITNESS runs a monthly Virtual Open Day or VoD. These webinars are a fantastic opportunity to get to know us, meet the team, find out more about what we do and how we do it and have your questions answered.

    Rather than sift through thousands of words and sales talk, come and join us in our next VoD.on 20 June.  All it takes is thirty minutes and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Sign up, login, have your questions answered

    To give you an idea of what to expect, here is our last VoD :



    Best of all, it’s free to sign up!

  • #FitnessFridays

    The working week is almost over, and the weekend is in sight. We know, you’ve worked hard all week, but why not earn tonight’s glass of wine (or two) with a quick Kettlebell circuit sure to get the heart racing and the fat burning! Our expert train George has put together a short, but not so sweet 30 minutes of swinging, lunging and hops sure to send you sailing into the weekend feeling sky high! Why not give it a go?

    Over to George...

    Start with a 5 minute warm up trying to active muscles in the posterior chain lower back, gluteus maximus (glutes), hamstrings, and calves)

    Once the warm up and mobilization phase is complete move into the 4 main complexes below. Complete each exercise below for 20 seconds with a 5 second active recovery between each exercise. Once the round is complete rest for between 30 seconds 1 minute and switch to the opposite side of body and complete the second round. Use this same concept for each of the exercise groups attached below:

    Double handed swing

    Alternating step ins

    Single arm swing right side

    Walk outs

    Rest for 1 minute

    Hanging clean right side

    Plank under kick right side

    Single leg deadlift right side

    Frog jumps

    Rest for 1 minute

    Side lunge cleans right side

    Single leg hops right side

    Lunge holds

    Ice skaters (30 seconds for this exercise only)

    The fourth complex will be a Kettlebell Tabata. Challenge yourself with a heavy weight whilst still maintaining good form and complete 10 rounds of double hand swings with a 10 second rest between each set (3 minutes all together):

    Double hand swing 20 seconds

    Rest10 seconds

    You should feel short of breath from the very start, so if you aren’t… you need a heavier Kettlebell.

    If you're unsure on any of these exercises, have a quick look on Youtube or leave us a comment and we'll be happy to explain!

    Remember if you try the circuit, tag us and hashtag #FitnessFridays! You got this!

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    General Fitness, Nutrition, Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    11 May 2017

    Oh May, what a delicious month. The sun is shining, the days are lighter for longer, and the fare is pretty damn good. If you thought April was a treat, then May is a delicious morsel of food heaven. But what is actually in season, what can we get our hands on and what should we be eating as we edge ever closer to the long-awaited summer months? Read on for our pick of the seasonal foodstuffs you should be looking out for.

    Asparagus - The only negative we can think of is how it makes your pee smell after eating. Let’s face it, we can all put up with a bit of a bad smell when something tastes so delicious and is so good for you. Asparagus is full to the brim with vitamin and mineral goodness such as vitamins A, C, E, K and B6. It also comes with healthy doses of folate, iron, copper and calcium as well as protein. It’s packed with soluble and insoluble fibre, making it slow digesting and helping you to fill full for longer. It also comes with antioxidants. What a super food asparagus is! If that wasn’t enough, the B6 and folate make the veggie a natural aphrodisiac. Enjoy the benefits in and out of the bedroom J

    Keep the cooking simple. We would recommend grilling and serving with a poached egg or two for a light bite. Yum

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    Chicory - We think this is a slightly underused and underappreciated leaf. Long has lettuce reigned supreme in the salad stakes, but maybe it’s time to give chicory a go. Nutritionally, the leaf comes with small amounts of just about all the essential vitamins and comes rich with selenium and manganese. These help the immune system and the formation of healthy bones. While chicory might not have huge amounts of vitamins and minerals, the fact that it comes with a drop of all of them makes this a worthy May eat and a great addition to your meals.

    We like to throw this into a salad with some seeds and tomatoes and a smattering of feta. Maybe even a soft-boiled egg and some peppers. But you could easily caramelise it or make a gratin. Adaptable and tasty.

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    Gooseberry - This is another example of a food item we don’t eat enough. We should be championing it more. Sure, it’s possibly the not-so-fond memory of the force-feeding at the hands of grandparents that’s holding us back. We all remember the sharp and tangy gooseberry fool, right? It’s ok, we all suffered, but don’t let it stop you trying again because nutritionally, Gooseberries are loaded with the good stuff. Tart and wild, gooseberries are packed full of antioxidants and vitamins. They can help protect the body from infections, whilst also slow down the ageing process, improving skin, protect the eyes and prevent hair loss. For anyone, these are huge bonus points.

    Why not try a gooseberry jam recipe courtesy of the BBC

    Samphire – Once hailed the next superfood, samphire, while still popular, did somewhat slip into obscurity. This can happen when something is promoted so hard, people end up bored of the subject. However, we think you should circle back and add it to the menu. Why? Because samphire, nutritionally speaking, is a bazooka to your plate. Packed with magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium, it boasts healthy amounts of fibre, vitamins A, B and C. It also has good levels of the compound fucoidan which has an anti-inflammatory effect. If that wasn’t enough, it comes with virtually no fat and is low in calories. This makes it a more than worthy addition to your dishes. Of course, it’s high-ish in sodium, just don’t go adding any more seasoning to the cooking process.

    We suggest steaming, or raw in a salad or this tasty treat from the BBC

    Other foods to think about-

    • New potatoes
    • Radish
    • Lamb (still fresh from April)
    • Crab (still fresh from April)

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  • Written By



    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    9 May 2017

    To be sure you’re choosing the best personal trainer course, you need to do your research. We’ve put together this short guide to help you understand personal training qualifications, jobs and career opportunities.

    The State of the UK Fitness Industry Report 2016 states there are over 9 million people in the UK who are members of the 6500 fitness clubs and leisure centres; that’s 1 in 7 adults. According to Ibis World the personal training market is worth £626M and growing. It’s certainly a good time to become a personal trainer.

    Should I become a personal trainer?

    If you talk to a personal trainer, many will tell you that their passion for fitness was the main reason they did their personal training course. Even if you don’t want a job as a personal trainer, the course gives you a greater understanding of fitness and how the body reacts to exercise.

    “Seeing someone achieve their goals” is the number one reason most personal trainers love their job. These real-life achievements - watching a client lose the weight they’ve never been able to shift, or seeing a client gain the strength they’ve never had - give personal trainers a sense of job satisfaction that many other professions lack.
    If this is the kind of job satisfaction you’re looking for, it could just be a course away.

    How do I become a personal trainer?

    Your first step is to become qualified with the internationally-recognised Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. The Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-based Exercise is a pre-requisite, and all of our personal training course options include this level 2 qualification.

    The personal training course option you choose will depend on the services you want to offer as a personal trainer. While the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is the minimum requirement, there are additional qualifications and courses you can do in order to offer more services and increase your appeal to a wider section of the population. Read more about this in our personal trainer career guide.

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    When can I start studying my personal training course?

    With us, once you’ve selected and enrolled onto the personal trainer course you’d like to do you’ll be given instant access on both our website and our mobile app. You then start studying the theory component of your fitness course by reading the information, watching any videos and animations, and doing the online worksheets and quizzes. When you’re ready, you then book onto your course or into your training and assessment days, if you haven’t already.

    Where do I find a personal trainer job?

    There are generally two types of employment scenarios once you’ve completed your personal trainer course. The first is an employed position where you earn a set salary, regardless of the number of personal training clients you have or the number of personal training sessions you perform. The second is a self-employed role where you pay a rental fee to the health club (or clubs) you operate in. When self-employed, your clients generally pay you directly, rather than pay the club, and your income increases the more personal training sessions you perform.

    According to the Ibis World report, there is almost an equal number of employed personal trainers and self-employed personal trainers in the UK. You can read more about the pro’s and con’s of each type of employment in our blog post.

  • Written By



    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    9 May 2017

    Not all personal training courses are created equal. Here are three important questions to ask when choosing a personal training course.

    1. Does the personal training course include both level 2 and level 3 qualifications?

    In the UK today, to register as a personal trainer with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) you generally need to hold two qualifications: a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-based Exercise; and a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

    Be on the lookout for personal training courses that offer just a Level 3 personal trainer qualification. They don’t always include the necessary Level 2 qualification, the price for which you’ll have to add on. Not quite the bargain you thought you’d bagged. Always ask the training provider if the personal training course you’re looking at contains both the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications above.

    All of our personal training courses include both of these qualifications as standard.

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    2. What qualification does the personal training course lead to - a certificate or a diploma?

    ‘Certificate’ and ‘Diploma’ are not interchangeable terms – there’s a difference between them. A personal training course that leads to a REPs-recognised diploma qualification covers more information than one that leads to a certificate qualification. Unfortunately, some training providers advertise courses as diplomas when those courses actually lead to a certificate qualification.

    Always ask the training provider for the official name of the qualification you’ll receive from the awarding organisation when you complete your personal training course. Hint - if diploma isn’t in the title of the qualification, it’s not a diploma qualification.

    Our personal training certificate course leads to a certificate qualification, and our personal training diploma courses lead to a diploma qualification.

    3. Are the CPD courses recognised by REPs?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and CPD courses offer fitness professionals the opportunity to upskill and further their education. The Register of Exercise Professionals, or REPs, is an independent, public register that recognises certain fitness qualifications and CPD courses in the UK. Although it’s not compulsory for you to join REPs, doing so shows employers and clients that you meet a certain standard of competency.

    To join REPs you need to submit proof of the relevant REPs-recognised Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications you’ve achieved. To stay on the Register you need to achieve 24 REPs CPD points every two years, and you do this by completing REPs-recognised CPD courses. Each REPs-recognised CPD course carries REPs CPD points.

    IF A CPD COURSE ISN’T RECOGNISED BY REPS, YOU WON’T GET REPS CPD POINTS. You can find out if a training provider’s CPD courses are recognised by REPs here

    All of our CPD courses are recognised by REPs.

  • Written By



    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    9 May 2017

    According to The State of the UK Fitness Industry Report 2016, there are now over 9 million members of health clubs and leisure centres in the UK, equivalent to 14.3% of the population. This places us in third position globally behind the United States and Germany. With a market value of £4.4 billion and growing, now is a great time to become a part of the exciting and dynamic fitness industry.

    Whether you’re thinking of changing careers and getting into the fitness industry, or are already working in it and want to further your career, we have the right fitness course for you.

    Why should I study my fitness course with TRAINFITNESS?

    We’ve delivered fitness courses for over 17 years and have built a strong reputation by offering the highest quality training at the best price. We make learning affordable, convenient and enjoyable. And we’re often first.

    We were the first fitness training provider to offer payment plans, including 0% interest and zero charges in some cases. We also offer up to 20% off the regular price of some courses with prompt payment.

    We were also the first training provider to offer online learning in the UK fitness industry and created our own purpose-built Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver course material online, whether as part of one of our distance study fitness courses or to accompany face-to-face training in one of our part time or full time fitness courses. And whatever study option you choose, you can access your online course material on your desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet thanks to our app – another first for the fitness industry. Together, our VLE and app make learning so straight forward and convenient that we won the award for Best Use of Technology in the Active Training Awards 2016.

    Thousands of people just like you have enjoyed studying with us and you can see what they say here.

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    Are TRAINFITNESS courses recognised?

    Yes – nationally and internationally. As well as our accreditation with YMCA Awards and Active IQ, all of our courses are endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (UK). In addition, all of our courses are accredited by the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and many are also accredited by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

    Our fitness courses could help you travel the world as a fitness professional.

    What support can I get while studying my fitness course?

    We offer support by phone, email, help desk and online chat. And we offer more hours of learner support per week than any other training provider: 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

    The help you need, when you need it.

  • Written By



    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    9 May 2017

    The fitness industry is constantly changing but one constant has been the demand for personal training by health club members. In 2016, the number of members in clubs grew by 5.3%. IHRSA also states that nearly 14% of health club members use personal trainers and this figure is growing. With statistics showing both of these figures increasing in the coming years, there’s no better time to become a personal trainer.

    Below is some information you might find helpful as you look to start your career in personal training.

    Who should become a personal trainer?

    If you have a passion for fitness, a good work ethic and a love of helping people reach their goals, then you likely have what it takes to be a personal trainer. We’ve helped chefs, bankers, school leavers, HGV drivers, mums, dads and even grandparents become personal trainers.

    So regardless of what you’ve done before now, with the above qualities we can help you too.

    Where can I work as a personal trainer?

    Once you’ve graduated from your personal trainer course and obtained the relevant insurance, you can start working as a personal trainer. If you’re looking to work in a health club or leisure centre, they generally work with personal trainers on an employed or self-employed basis.

    If employed by a club, your personal training clients will normally pay the club directly for their personal training sessions and you’ll earn a set salary. Your earning potential therefore is generally your salary.

    If self-employed, your personal training clients will generally pay you directly and you’ll pay the club a rental fee for your use of the premises. Your earning potential is then down to the number of clients you train and the fee you charge them.

    While these are the two most common employment scenarios after your personal training course, some clubs offer slight variations of them and hybrid models. You can read more about personal training jobs here.

    Our Career ConciergeTM can introduce our personal training graduates to leading employers, agencies, and recruiters. Read more about this very special service here.

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    How Soon Can I Start My Personal Training Course?

    You can start any of our personal trainer courses at any time. Once enrolled, you get instant access to our award winning e-learning system. With it you can manage all of your learning, including studying the online theory; booking onto a course or into training days and assessment days; and requesting and viewing your course certificates. You can also contact the Learner Support team directly from within the Student Desktop.

    Regardless of the personal trainer course option you choose with us, you’ll first need to complete some of the online course material. Therefore, enrolling well before the start date of your course or the scheduled training day(s) gives you the best opportunity to be fully prepared for when you attend.

  • Written By



    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    9 May 2017

    As someone looking to become a personal trainer, a quick internet search will show you dozens of training providers offering an array of personal trainer courses. You’re spoilt for choice…or are you? Here are three things you should look out for before you decide on a training provider to study with.

    1. How long have they delivered personal trainer courses?

    What makes you more comfortable, studying with a company that’s delivered personal trainer courses for 2 years or 12?

    We’ve delivered personal trainer courses for 17 years and have trained thousands of people just like you. You can read what some of them have to say about their experience with us here.

    2. Do the personal trainer courses they deliver lead to a REPs-recognised qualification?

    Training providers deliver courses. These courses can lead to a qualification. For a qualification to be recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), it must meet certain criteria and be designed and awarded by an awarding organisation. There are a few these awarding organisations, perhaps chief amongst them in the active leisure sector is YMCA Awards and Active IQ. Training providers will normally advertise on their websites which awarding organisations approve them to deliver the personal trainer courses they offer. Despite this, you should call the awarding organisation directly and confirm that the training provider you’re looking at is approved by them. You can call YMCA Awards on 0207 343 1800 and Active IQ on 0845 688 1278.

    We’re an approved centre for both. Our YMCA Awards training provider number is EDF025 and our Active IQ training provider number is 0045.

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    3. Are they authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)?

    If you’re looking to pay for your personal trainer course via a payment plan, the training provider must be authorised by the FCA to offer you a payment plan with charges or interest. A training provide must also be authorised by the FCA if the payment plan is repayable over more than 12 months or by more than 12 instalments. You can find out if a training provider is authorised by the FCA here

    A company that is authorised by the FCA must display its FCA registration number on its website, emails and letterhead.

    We’re authorised and regulated by the FCA under registration number 628699. You can find our registration details right now on the Financial Services Register above and in the footer of each of our web pages.

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen



    Posted On

    5 May 2017

    Alternative Sources of Protein

    Put down that chicken breast and consider the alternatives.

    We aren’t asking you to go full vegan on us (unless you want to, and there’s nothing wrong with being vegan or vegetarian or anything in between), we just want to show you some other, alternative ways to get a little protein in you.  A well balanced and healthy lifestyle does after all, contain variety….

    TRAINFITNESS top 10 alternative sources of protein

    Quinoa– You aren’t sure how to pronounce it, you aren’t entirely sure what to do with it, but what you do know is that it is packed full of protein and has a good whack of fibre too to keep you satiated.

    Insects- Yes, you read that correctly, insects are a good and sustainable source of protein and something you should consider…no seriously, try them.

    Peanut Butter- Not only is it enormously tasty, but peanut butter is ram-packed with just about everything that’s good to eat: protein, fibre, vitamin E, magnesium and vitamin B6. While it might be difficult, we do recommend moderation. Treat yourself.

    Beans/pulses- Mix your beans for the best results. Butter beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils, these bad boys are not only a great source of protein but also offer fibre, vitamins and minerals.

    Seeds- Yes, those smalls things you usually have stuffed at the back of the cupboard could provide you with a handy protein kick. Pumpkin, sesame and sunflower are our favourites.

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    Amaranth- Closely related to quinoa and just as easy to mispronounce, amaranth packs 9 grams of protein per cup (246 grams), which is nothing to be sniffed at. Being a complete protein as well it contains all the essential amino acids.

    Spirulina- A single serving of just 7 grams (roughly a tablespoon) offers up 4 grams of protein.  Add it to a smoothie or your lunch and you’re looking at a good, natural source of protein along with a whole host of other health benefits. Put spirulina on your next shopping list.

    Greek Yoghurt- A 100 gram serving gives you 10 grams of protein. Its variety is key too: add it to your breakfast, smoothie or curry. Greek yoghurt goes with virtually anything. 

    Avocado- Ok, this is on the list because you can’t go wrong with an avocado. Smashed with some chili, a splash of lime, add an egg and you’ve just made yourself a cracking meal. Somewhat less protein than everything else on the list, but delicious non-the less. 

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    Wakame- This edible brown seaweed is very common in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine. Maybe they’re on to something. With 3 grams of protein per 100 grams and with a range of health benefits, wakame is an excellent addition to your diet.

    Protein doesn’t have to just come from animals, it can come from a whole range of sources.  Give something new a try this week. You might surprise yourself and find you like a spot of mixed bean, quinoa and avocado. If you were to throw in some vegetables (broccoli or peppers would work nicely) you would have yourself a healthy, nutritious, balanced meal.

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  • Written By

    Matt Bowen


    Personal Training

    Posted On

    4 May 2017

    Being a PT is a great career choice and a fantastic way to work with people, using your knowledge to help individuals become healthier, fitter, stronger and happier.

    Whether you’re starting out or have years of experience, there are some common mistakes a PT can easily make.  Because we don’t want you to make those mistakes, we’ve compiled a list of common errors and have come up with some tips for avoiding them. We’ve got your back.

    Being late - Someone has paid for your time, so it’s a good idea to be there when you say you will be. If you know you’re going to be late, let your client know.  If you’ve over-stretched yourself, then you need to speak to your clients and make some changes. To help plan your day, get a good diary, schedule all your clients in, set an alarm and reminders on your phone, and get to sessions early.

    Checking your phone -  Is your Instagram post going to get that many more likes over the course of an hour? Of course not. Will that WhatsApp message wait? It certainly will.  Put your phone away unless you’re using it as a timer or to keep a record of a session. Your client wants your full attention and their form will definitely need it.

    Rubbish record keeping - Maintaining client records is crucial to the success of their training. Log their workouts, the weight lifted, reps and sets. This will help you to monitor improvements and any areas that need more work. Records can also be used to help motivate a client.  If the numbers are improving, you can show a client how well they’re doing. You can keep track by using OneDrive, GoogleDocs or Excel.  Spend time updating them after each session.

    One size fits all session plans - Every client has different needs. What works for one won’t necessarily work for another. Of course, there are a variety of movements and methods you would expect to use across multiple clients, but the same sessions for every client isn’t going to cut it.

    Some clients might be looking for specific and targeted improvements, others might be looking at weight loss or general fitness. Talk to your clients, find out their needs, their medical background, their training background and write a tailored programme specific to them.

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    Not using your free time effectively - Whether you’re starting out or have been in the business for a while, you’ll likely have periods of down time. Sitting back and popping out a few Instagram posts or emails isn’t enough. Your quiet time is the perfect opportunity to be building and expanding your brand, as well as developing your business skills. Some skills that you could be working on include:

    Creating and editing video -  We live in a world where video is rapidly becoming the number one way to digest information. Don’t miss out on this key tool.

    Blogging and copywriting-  Building a brand and a personality can be started with a simple blog. You don’t need to go into too much detail at first, but you do need to have a basic grasp of writing for your audience. Read, research, check out what the competition are doing and search free tutorials on the internet.

    Social Media - Check out our article 5 steps for becoming a social media star for more detailed information on utilising social media to grow your business.

    Yourself - Having a PT course under your belt isn’t enough. You should always be learning: new methods, new techniques, new classes, new ways of delivering programmes.  You should be spending as much time as possible studying and researching.

    Not putting in the required effort - A lot of personal trainers enter the industry with all the enthusiasm in the world, only for it to drop off a cliff after a few months when they realise how much effort is required to be successful. Being a PT is tough; it’s a competitive market and requires a lot of work and hard graft to stay ahead of the competition.

    To stand the best chance of being a success you’ll have to make sacrifices. Ask yourself - is it necessary to go on another night out when you could be using that time to study, blog and use social media to speak to your community? Are you prepared to get up at 4am to make it to a 6am session with a new client? Are you going to take that new group class in the middle of nowhere to raise interest and awareness in you?  You might upset friends and family when you say no to a social, but these sacrifices and your hard work can make an enormous difference to your business.

    Work harder than the rest, work hard on yourself, build your brand, pay attention to your clients and in time you could be presiding over a successful business.

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