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  • New exercises, new movement patterns and new challenges are what we aim to give you in blast fx. Katy & Leanne are going to do just this in v17.1. We start with a whole new, UNIQUE (different to pump fx) playlist. Yes, we have separated out the soundtracks for pump fx and blast fx. In terms of new moves, we see a progression of the Shrimp Squat which was introduced in v16.3 and an amazing Plyometric Plank in our Core track. Deep breaths now, and begin.

    We start with “Turn Up The Music”. Katy introduces us to some flowing movements to mobilise the joints and warm up the body. The style of this mobilisation is quite different to previous ones and aims to give greater mobility through the hips in preparation for what’s to come.

    Leanne then delivers the Plyometric/Propulsion track with “Mighty Real”. The big move here is the Feel Good Leap. Step into it, sit deep and jump high – always on the “…you make me feel.”

    We continue to increase the intensity with HIIT and “Into the Night”. We add our first sports conditioning-based move here with the Slam Dunk. Jump high, pull those arms down hard and fast as you throw the ball through the hoop. Parachute Overs are next. Ignore the beat and do as many as you can. We then finish our 45 second work cycles with the Gridiron (American football) Run. The aim is anaerobic training, so no stopping. You really want to hear you group puffing and panting by the end.

    After HIIT, we drop the intensity down (kind of) for the Core track with “Lift Me Up”. The Plyometric Plank requires a fast contraction through the core muscles to go from elbow to palms. This is a full-body core workout that requires both stamina and control.

    Katy then introduces us to PHA and “We Are Family”. Every time you hear “We are family” or “Get up everybody and sing”, you squat. The instrumental is the killer hold. We then drop for a couple of sets of Push-ups to allow the quads to recover, but not too much. Everyone will be gritting their teeth on this track.

    After PHA, we need to give the legs a little bit of a break so we move onto the Balance track with “Hallelujah”. This is a dynamic Balance track where we move through different positions including a Knee Squat and a Single Arm Leg Plank. We start though by teaching the Extended Shrimp Squat. Transfer your weight onto that front leg as much as you can, then lift the back toe if you can, before you do the lift. Control!

    Track 7 is “Burning” and is our Agility track. Starting in Beast with knees just an inch off the floor, we gradually build a small combination that sees us get up off the floor and change directions quickly. You must be agile to get it all done in time to the music.

    As the release draws to a close, we aim to increase the intensity one last time with HIIT and “Tell Me”. Leanne uses Ski Jumps and Jogs to hit that anaerobic training zone.

    We finish off the workout with “Riot” as our second PHA track. We alternate between Lunges coupled with Walking Get Up Get Downs and Upper Body Breakdance. A bit of agility is required with both upper and lower body endurance.

    Wrap up the workout with our Active Recovery track, “I Give You All”. Simple 3D stretches following similar flowing movements as used in the Mobilisation track. Everyone will need a good stretch, so at the end recommend your group targets the calves, quads and glutes in some static and developmental stretches after the workout.

    Our Fitness Test is done in place of track 3 in this release, “Into the Night”. As always, the exercises are practised every week and then you conduct the Fitness Test in weeks 1, 6, 11 and 16. The aim is to do more repetitions then you did in the previous test. Here are Leanne’s scores. How do yours compare?

    • 19 x Thread the Needle Right
    • 12 x Parachute Overs
    • 35 x Jump Squats
    • 16 x Thread the Needle Left

    Like everything in life, you’ve got to get into it to get something out of it. Get into blast v17.1 and let us know the heights you scale!

  • groove fx has always been about adding your style to our choreography. The aim in v17.1 is to highlight this which we’ve done by having three groovers in the video. Michael is joined by Lisa Welham and Katy Moore, and you’ll see that they all have very much their own style of dance.

    When you watch the video you’ll see each of the team move very differently, even though the choreography is the same. If we were to isolate the presenters and then compare, it would be easy to see that each move looks quite different when performed by each of them. When learning the moves, feel free to add your own style and personality to the moves. If a move doesn’t feel right for you, remember pro-choreography: make it your own.

    We start with “Shadows of Love” and a great little arm pattern that’s used later in the workout. Watch the phrasing because the arm pattern happens on counts 1-8 and then again on counts 25-32. We then repeat it, so it may feel a bit odd at first.

    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is our second track. Once again we have arm patterns that follow the words of the song, which is a bit of a theme in v17.1.

    The music style changes to more of a Hip Hop feel in “Boom, Boom, Boom”. Relax the arms, relax the shoulder and “whine” that body.

    “Into the Night” feels like a Steps music video. Get your best musical face on and swing those arms all the way ‘round.

    Track 5 is a good-old dance-style track, “Good Life”. The challenge here is in the second combo where you always step back on the back leg and then bring the front knee up on the circles. We gradually build the pattern and it may be week 2 before your group masters the pattern. Feel free to leave the arms out until they get the feet.

    Then we’re back to Hip Hop in track 6 with “How It Goes”. We take part of the arm pattern we used in the Mobilisation track and add a different style to it. Get a high Jump Back in the third combo.

    Bollywood-style is next in “I Want You”. The arms follow the words, so get the group to sing-a-long; it will help them remember. This is a high intensity track, so really get the group to travel.

    We keep the intensity up in “Jump”. Even though it’s a slower track, the big movements keep the heart rate up. Practise the Pas de bourree into the Heel Flicks because they form the basis of most of the moves in this track.

    Movin’ into the ‘20’s with another great dance track, “Blu”. This is a nice easy track to finish off with and will certainly have your group smiling.

    Sounds like Rihanna, but it’s not: “Mr Reggaeton” is our Active Recovery track. A nice, simple routine designed to gradually reduce the heart rate. Remember to remind the group to stretch once they’ve finished.

    And that’s groove fx v17.1.

    Until next time, have fun, let go and dance!

  • The aim of stomp fx is to increase the heart rate so that at some point in the workout, or several points, we work in the anaerobic training zone. The more often we do an exercise, the more the body adapts to it. This means that it gets harder and harder to get into the anaerobic training zone by doing the same exercises. In this release of stomp fx we once again introduce you to some new movement patterns to challenge you in ways you’ve not been challenged before.

    “Shadows of Love” is the Mobilisation track where Neil gradually increases the intensity of each exercise each cycle so the heart rate and body temperature increase accordingly.

    Track 2 continues to see the intensity increase in “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. We start by teaching the basic Lunge and the Shuffle on the floor. This then builds in intensity with Double Jump Lunges and Shuffles on the step into Mountain Climber. By the end of the track everyone should be almost working anaerobically.

    “Boom, Boom, Boom” is our PHA track. We alternate between legs, Fast Feet with Lunges; and then alternate upper body moves, Crawling with Underhand Grip Press-ups. The cardiovascular system works hard as it moves the blood with oxygen and nutrients from the working muscles in the lower body to the working muscles in the upper body.

    We then keep the intensity up with another High Intensity Athletic track, “Into the Night”. The intensity and complexity of the moves are gradually increased each cycle. Watch the phrasing on this one; you do 10 Shuffles and then hold. The hold eventually turns into the big jump on the “Wohoa”.

    Our second PHA track is next with “Good Life”. We teach the Walking Burpee with a Press-up. Listen to the music to get the rhythm because it’s not a regular pattern. We use the unusual rhythm to transition to the floor. Lunges off the front of the step target the lower body.

    The intensity needs to come up again now so we move onto speed and agility. First of all, clear the area. Make sure there are no objects lying around anyone’s step. Fast Jogs, Turning Jumps and Sit Down Stand Up make this a great workout track.

    We move onto balance next with “I Want You”. This is a dynamic Balance track where we not only balance in a standing position, but take it to the floor as well. Remember to get right up on your toes in the Sumo Balance.

    The next track is called “Jump”, and that’s what we do - jump! It’s propulsion time so when you hear the word “jump”, you jump as high as you can. The heart rate will increase rapidly and the aim is to hit that anaerobic training zone.

    We wrap up the workout part of v17.1 with a moves-style track and “Blu”. Here is a cute and simple combination that starts with the basic moves that are slowly layered to create a nice combo that acts as a post workout recovery.

    The Active Recovery track is “Mr Reggaeton”. The angles of the movements change each cycle to ensure we hit all the muscle fibres and prevent the shortening effects of the workout.

    The Fitness Test happens in track 2 this release, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Three exercises - do as many as you can. Neil’s scores are below so let us know if you do more!

    • Dbl. Plyo Lunges – 30
    • Underhand Tricep Press-ups – 29
    • Jump Over & Sit – 15

    We hope you enjoy stomp fx v17.1.

  • TRAINFITNESS Support
    4 MIN READ

    pump fx v 17.1

    Written By

    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    fx - Group Exercise Programmes, pump fx

    Posted On

    26 May 2017

    In v16.3 we introduced pre-exhaustion where we work an assisting muscle group first to fatigue it before we target the major muscle group. The aim is to overload the major muscle group more than we would normally. We use this methodology again in v17.1 however rather than doing pre-exhaustion in a single track, we do it over multiple tracks. In this release we perform the Triceps track before the Pectorals track. The result is our pectorals have to work harder as the triceps have already been exhausted. We then fatigue the biceps in our Biceps track before we go into our Back track with the aim of focusing more on the Latissimus Dorsi.

    We’re also very pleased to announce that pump fx and blast fx now have separate sound tracks. pump fx v17.1 now has a unique playlist which allows you to keep the music even fresher.

    Mark starts of off with mobilisation and “Hungover By a Dream”. While the aim is to increase the body temperature and mobility of the joints, we also want to introduce the rhythm of the Lunges which we use later in the workout as well. It’s a challenging rhythm, so practising in the Mobilisation track will increase everyone’s chance of success later in the workout.

    We move straight into the Triceps track and want to give them a great workout before track 3, Pectorals. “U Move U Rock Me” includes the Reverse Grip Press-up which forces the elbows to stay close to the body, thus focusing in on the triceps. This is followed by Tricep Kickbacks and Tricep Extensions to ensure that we hit the triceps from every angle.

    With the triceps now fatigued, it’s time to hit pectorals in “Home”. As we do fewer Bench Presses this release than we do in a regular Pectorals track, encourage your group to load the bar up as much as they can. Using the heaviest weight they have ever used in a Pectorals track is going to give the best results. We combine the Bench Press, done in Bridge to engage the core, with Asymmetric Press-ups which allows us to target the pecs at different angles. The more angles of pull, the more coverage of the muscle group we get.

    Moving onto our Deltoid track with the coolest song in the list, “Down Like the River”. We continue on with an asymmetric movement pattern and introduce the Handbag Row (or Man-bag Row if you prefer). This targets the lateral head of deltoid first and allows freer movement through the shoulder than a traditional Upright Row. We then focus on anterior and lateral heads with a Shoulder Press and finish of by targeting the anterior head of deltoids in the Reverse Grip Front Raise. Ask your group to do as many Front Raises as possible; however, throwing in the occasional Bicep Curl when/if needed gives just that little bit of rest which may be required. Only two rounds in this one, so try to keep it moving.

    Bicep tracks almost always include the same old exercise, the Barbell Bicep Curl. In this release we wanted to vary that so we included Plate Curls in a seated position. Sitting down allows us to do Concentration Curls which, if you’re a regular weights lifter, are similar to a Preacher Curl. We can focus right in the biceps with this exercise. Finishing off with Speed Curls ensures the biceps are worked just as hard, if not harder than a barbell-based track.

    Having fatigued the biceps, the lats are ready to be worked in “Keep Pushin’ On”. The entire posterior chain is targeted in this track and it’s also the track that pushes the intensity up the most. Starting with Dead Lifts, we move into the High Pull. This is a dynamic exercise that requires explosive power. As the biceps are tired, the hamstrings, glutes, lats and posterior delts all must work harder to get the lift needed. We finish with the Dead Row to Clean to keep the heart rate up and hopefully hit that anaerobic training zone.

    With the heart rate already high, we want to keep the intensity up and begin the leg blitz; Squats followed by Lunges. “We Are We Are” starts with slow 4/4 Squats and gradually builds in intensity and power and finishes with the Box Jump Squats. This is an advanced exercise and is best taught first as a Squat, and then a Squat Jump and finally the Box Jump. Some participants may feel more comfortable sticking with the regressions, which is perfectly fine. Encourage the power in the lift part of the Squat though to ensure they are working the explosive power of the muscles rather than just endurance as they normally would.

    The quads will be tired but there’s no just yet. “Queen of the Disco” continues the leg blitz on quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. The rhythm of the Lunge was taught in the Mobilisation track, but we travel it this time over the top of the step. This requires greater control and therefore more muscle recruitment and in turn, we burn more energy. Changing the plane of movement in the Lunges works the body in a slightly different way than we have in previous releases as well. Great track – we love it!

    The structure of this release has been quite different to previous ones and due to the amount of core stability required in “Queen of the Disco”, we wanted to leave the Core track till the end. In “Le Temps Passe” we introduce Windscreen Wipers on the step. The height of the step allows us to position the body in such a way that we maximise the range of movement, thus working the abdominal muscles through the greatest range possible. We finish the cycle off with a Plank Role which requires full contraction of all core muscles.

    Feeling exhausted, we stay seated on the step for the Active Recovery track, “Runnaways”. As we varied the angles of movement in the workout, we continue to vary them in the stretches. The pattern is simple with a few slight variations each cycle in order to target all of the muscles worked.

    We replace the choreography of track 6, “Keep Pushin’ On” for the fitness test in weeks 1, 6, 11 and 16 in this release. There are three exercises which your members will perform as fast as they can with the aim of doing more repetitions each time they do the test. Mark managed to do:

    • 20 x Single Row to High Pull
    • 41 x Reverse Grip Push-ups (WOW)
    • 21 x Box Jump Squats

    See how your members go and let us know if they beat Mark’s score!

  • #FitnessFridays

    We’re back again to celebrate the end of the working week! The weather has certainly challenged our original plans for some sunny outdoor sessions! Luckily for you this short and sweaty circuit can be done anywhere, any time. And there’s really no excuse this weekend with the extra day in hand…

    This week we’ve turned to Richard, our in-house fitness wizard. Richard travels the broad landscape of the world constantly sussing out new ideas, and studying the latest fitness revolutions to bring the best of the training back to boot camp.

    Over to Richard...

    Weighted alternating lunges, 3x 8 each leg, 90 sec rest between circuits of all 3 movement patterns (x144 total):

    Sagittal

    Frontal

    Transverse

    Lunge jumps, 2x 8 each leg, 90 sec rest between circuits of all 3 movement patterns (x96 total):

    Sagittal (in place, switching legs)

    Frontal (ice-skater)

    Transverse (in-place trunk rotation)

    Single leg hops, 1x 8 each leg (x48 total):

    Sagittal (forward-back, 12 o’clcok-6 o’clock)

    Frontal (side-side, 3 o’clock-9 o’clock)

    Transverse (in-out, 5 o’clock-7 o’clock)

    Leg destroyer!

    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!

  • Tom Godwin
    2 MIN READ

    What is SMR?

    It is commonplace to see people in the gym wincing in pain as they use a foam roller. Many people use this device of torture, but do many understand the whats, whys and hows of these things?

    When you are out there on that foam roller, what you are actually doing is something called self-myofascial release, or SMR for short. So what does this actually mean? Well, if we first of all look at the term fascia, this is basically a layer of connective tissue that we have surrounding the muscles (that ’s where the ‘myo ’ bit comes in). Its main aim is to give a layer of support and protection to the muscles and the body in general and covers most of the body. The traditional view regarding this tissue is that it is a passive tissue that transmits forces and tension around the body and holds us together. So basically what we are working with is the self-release of tension in the connective tissue.

    Due to the role of the fascia in the transmission of force, it often develops areas that are painful to the touch, developing knots. These points are referred to as trigger points and are the areas that we are looking for with that foam roller. These trigger points can occur in fascia, muscle, musculotendinous junctions, fat pads, etc. The compromising of the tissue structure caused by these trigger points have been discussed as a reason for increased injury rates and reductions in performance. With SMR we are looking to try and eliminate these trigger points and restore tissue integrity and normal function.

    When you use a foam roller, is it supposed to hurt? Well, hurt is probably the wrong word. What you should experience is discomfort rather than full-on pain. The benefit of this self-inflicted method of release, as opposed to a sports massage, is that you can precisely control the pressure and location of force placed upon the muscle. This allows for a much more effective release of trigger points and accelerated improvements in function. This is achieved by the pressure being applied to the muscles, helping to break up the adhesions formed between layers of muscle and aiding the return of normal blood flow.

    To use a foam roller effectively, you should apply pressure to a particular muscle using your body weight. You should roll at a slow pace until you find a point of discomfort; this point should be held for between 10 and 30 seconds. During this time, you should try and relax as much as possible, and you should feel the tightness of the trigger point ease.

    After this, the muscles may feel a bit sore the next day, and you should experience a looser, more comfortable feeling. If you would like to learn more about foam rolling, have a look at the Advanced Stretching course available via FIE.

    Tom Godwin (@TomForesight) has been involved in the fitness industry for over 18 years and has been involved with personal training, business/career development and corrective exercise. He is currently involved in personal trainer education as a tutor, assessor and course developer for Fitness Industry Education.

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen

    Category

    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 : https://youtu.be/8WJSLRPAFzs

     

     

    Best of all, it’s free to sign up! http://trai.nu/VgDA30bFrn2

  • Written By

    Matt Bowen

    Category

    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.

    Related Content: Seasonal Eats – What to eat in April

    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

    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    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

    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    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 https://qualitytraining.skillsactive.com/

    All of our CPD courses are recognised by REPs.