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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

    Category

    General Fitness, Personal Training

    Posted On

    12 July 2017

    You’ve just finished your course and you are now a fully qualified PT, but how do you start making real money?

    1. Communicate – talk to people
    2. Keep learning new skills
    3. Be Flexible with your Pricing and Packages
    4. Get reviews

    But, before we dive in and explore some of the secrets of success you should be aware that being successful and making money will first and foremost take a lot of grind. It won’t come easily and you will have to work hard, but apply our tips and you will be on your way to financial success.

    Communicate - Talk to people

    How on earth are you going to expand your client base if you aren’t going to talk to people. You may have all the knowledge, wisdom and skills in the world, but who’s going to know just by looking at you? By talking to people, they get to see how friendly and approachable you are as well as knowledgeable. Think of it this way, assume most people in the gym do want a personal trainer but don’t know where to start or are too nervous to ask or approach you. You can burst through that barrier by breaking the ice and saying hello. You might not gain a client that day, but they will come to you when they are ready.

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    Consider group training

    Walking up to people in the gym is one way to talk to potential new clients. But running a group exercise session is another way of getting in front of a captive audience. Now this could take a few forms. Firstly, you can go bootcamp style, gathering lots of people together for a pretty grueling session. This can take some planning as you will need an appropriate space and equipment. But it is an attractive option as it puts you in front of multiple people who might be open to 1-1 sessions as well.

    Secondly you could take a group fitness class in a gym. If you have the qualifications you could run a HIIT class, indoor cycling or a circuit training session. While the pay may not be as great as a PT session, anyone who attends your class could be looking for 1-1 options at some point. This is a great way to get some exposure, add a bit of variety to your schedule and meet potential new clients.

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    Keep Learning New Skills

    We say it all the time; as a PT you should always be looking to learn more skills and techniques.  Put yourself in the client’s shoes for a second; would you rather train with a PT who has learnt many skills by attending lots of courses such as kettlebell, Pilates, massage, Olympic lifting, suspension training (the list goes on) or with a PT who has their basic qualification and not much else? We thought the first one looked more attractive too. It isn’t just a case of seeming knowledgeable either. Knowledge will enable you to work with the widest range of clients possible, good times!

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    Be Flexible with your Pricing and Packages

    Tight budgets or short on time, ‘no problem’ we hear you say. Develop packages that appeal to everyone. Only have 45 minutes to spare, more than enough time to put a good session in. Can’t afford the standard hourly rate, offer a cheaper bulk package. Don’t want to do 12 weeks but would like a 4-week plan, no problem. Of course, we want clients to sign up for the longer term and to pay full whack, but offering lots of differently priced and sized packages is a great way to stay busy, bring in money and spread the word about just how adaptable you are. It will keep you busy.

    Get reviews, referrals and testimonials

    At this point it’s probably a good idea to seriously consider setting up your website, or to at least have somewhere for reviews to be left. Think like Amazon, customers leave reviews and those reviews will shape another customer’s buying practices. If you have a page of 5 star reviews and a couple of positive testimonials you are more likely to win business than if you don’t. You are not the only PT looking to attract more business. Stand out from the crowd with some lovely feedback from your clients.

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  • Written By

    Matt Bowen

    Category

    General Fitness, Nutrition, Personal Training

    Posted On

    5 July 2017

    Hello summer!  A time for sizzling sausages on the BBQ, dropping a cube or two of ice in a glass of Pimm’s and passing factor 50 all round. Or will it be a complete wash-out? Who knows, it literally is a lottery. While the weather might sometimes be unpredictable in the UK summer months, the food isn’t.

    Broad Beans – Once you have dealt with the minor annoyance of de-shelling them (you can always buy them prepared) you will be treated to a nutritional delight. Broad beans are an excellent source of protein and fibre as well as being rich in folate and B vitamins, which are vital to nerve and blood cell development as well as cognitive function and energy levels. Why not try them in your next salad or with some quinoa and protein of your choice

    Beetroot- Beetroot isn’t for everyone, but if you can stomach the unique earthy taste then you absolutely should add it to your shopping list. What makes beetroot so nutritionally sound? Well to start it’s a fantastic source of nitrates. When eaten, these nitrates convert to nitric oxide, this can help widen arteries and lower blood pressure. Beetroot has also been found to reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ as it contains high levels of soluble fibre, flavonoids and betacyanin, these help protect the heart from heart attack and stroke. For the athletes, beetroot can improve stamina, thanks to those handy nitrates. As well as a host of anti-cancer properties, being rich in vitamin C and potassium, beetroot also comes packed with vitamin A, C, calcium, B6, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus. But you will find these in the leafy tops, do not throw them away!

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    Cherry – The cherry, we love cherries here at TRAINFITNESS, not only do they taste great, but they also come with a whole host of nutritional benefits. Cherries are a great sauce of anthocyanins and cyanidin, powerful antioxidants. Cherries are also packed full of fibre, vitamin C, carotenoids each of which have great benefits to cancer prevention. As well as keeping you ticking over while you are awake, Cherries come with good levels of melatonin which can help improve sleep quality.  Great, we could all do with better quality sleep! Cherries have also been found to improve arthritis pain, help to reduce fat, reduce post exercise muscle pain and lower the risk of stroke. With so many benefits we aren’t sure why you aren’t already stuffing your face with them.

    Fennel – Yes, like marmite you either love or hate fennel, there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. But if you can stomach it you will reap the rewards as fennel is no slouch when it comes to providing us with the good stuff. Take ageing, no one likes getting old or looking old before their time. Step forward fennel, mother nature’s natural face lift. Packed full of B vitamins and vitamin C, fennel provides the body with what it needs for good skin health. Now your face is looking younger than ever, fennel can also help protect against cancer, can help relieve menstrual cramps and plays a role in fighting off obesity with its fibre content.

    Raspberry – Sharp, somewhat sweet – summer is the time for the raspberry. These little red nuggets are a nutritional powerhouse and should be making it onto your porridge or into your Eton Mess! The raspberry is full of antioxidants (one of the highest concentrations out there) as well as having good volumes of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium and vitamin A. They are an allrounder helping to combat cancer, dementia and infertility whilst boosting mood, immunity and eye health. We are nipping off to the shop to pick some up…..

    Mackerel – We love all things fishy at HQ, and a good mackerel fillet is hard to beat (salmon comes very close). It’s adaptable, tasty and nutritionally has so much to offer. The fish is brimming with omega 3 fatty acids, these have long been known to help prevent heart disease. Mackerel happens to be a great natural source of vitamin D too. This vitamin is important for calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of bones and teeth and can help protect against multiple diseases- think cancer and diabetes. All in, mackerel is not to be sniffed at and should definitely be on your next shopping list. Have it grilled with pepper and a drizzle of fresh lemon, yum.

    Summer doesn’t just have to be about burgers and hot dogs, there’s so much on offer that it would be a shame to ignore the options. Go explore July’s food offering and get creative in the kitchen.

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    • Redcurrant
    • Sea Bass
    • Peach
    • Globe artichoke
    • Kohlrabi
    • Chicory
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  • Written By

    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    General Fitness, Training and Education

    Posted On

    30 June 2017

    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.

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    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 on the 18th July 2017, 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

    Category

    General Fitness, Personal Training

    Posted On

    27 June 2017

    SMART or- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound, is a way of focusing your efforts and using your time wisely to achieve whatever it is you hope to achieve, be it improving performance, nailing exams or making improvements to your general health and wellbeing.

    1. S – Specific – A goal should be clear, simple and specific, allowing you to focus your efforts.
    2. M- Measurable – Once you have a specific goal you will need make sure you can track the progress of your work.
    3. A- Achievable- Is your goal realistic, have you set your goal to high? If your goal is to run a marathon in a month having never run one before is an example of an unachievable goal
    4. R- Relevant- Is the goal relevant to you, is it important to you or is it a goal that has been set for you by others
    5. T- Time Bound- Put an end date on your goal. You are more likely to accomplish your goal when working within a specific time frame

    If you are currently working towards a fitness goal or a study goal, SMART might be a great way to focus your efforts and help you achieve your goals. Let’s take a deeper look into what it means to have SMART goals.

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    SPECIFIC

    We have mentioned that ‘specific’ means having a clear goal, but what does clear mean? Most people’s motivation when hitting the gym is to ‘get fit’, this is a broad term and not specific enough. Instead, think of what it is that will make you fit. Is it “I want to lose body fat”, or “I want to build muscle”. These are more specific goals. If you are a student, your goal might be to “study hard”. A nice ambition but again too broad, what do you mean by study hard? Be more specific and the goal becomes “I plan to study hard to get a certain grade or to pass my assessment”.

    Measurable

    Now you have your specific goal you can turn to how you will measure your work and determine whether you have accomplished your goal. Take losing weight, this is relatively easy to measure; you want to lose X number of kilograms. When it comes to your study, how do you measure “studying hard”? Perhaps “I will study X hours per week” is your measure or “I will practice delivering sessions with X number of friends and family ahead of assessment day”. These are more clearly trackable and hence measurable.

    Achievable

    You have your specific goals and you have your means of measuring your success, but are your goals achievable. A big mistake when setting goals is to set them so high you make them unattainable.  Take weight loss, is the amount you intend to lose in the time you have set manageable and healthy? The same with study or session practice, do you have enough spare hours to do that additional study, are your friends and family readily available to help you out? Have ambitious goals, just make sure they are safe and attainable.

    Relevant

    Is this a change you want to make or one someone thinks you should make? Are you motivated by your own desire to do well and to achieve, or are you being bullied/peer pressured into making changes? If it’s the former, you have relevant goals. If it’s the latter, you are setting yourself up for an almighty failure because you didn’t set the terms. Think again and come back with goals you want to achieve.

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    Time Bound

    Each of your goals, whatever they are, need to have a defined timeframe. If you want to put the hours of study in, your time frame would be shaped by when the assessment is, so “I want to study for 30hrs per week for the next 6 weeks before my assessment date” is a time bound goal. With weight loss, “I want to lose 5kg in 12 weeks” is a time bound and safe goal.

    SMART goal setting is not the only way to create and then stick to goals, but it is a very efficient way to reach your end result and most importantly stick at it.

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  • Written By

    Matt Bowen

    Category

    Training and Education

    Posted On

    27 June 2017

    You’ve spent hours poring over job specs; you’ve looked at graduate roles; you don’t know what you want to do but you know for certain that you don’t want to be sat behind a desk pushing papers for the rest of your life. Perhaps, you already are wondering how the hell you got there?

    If this sounds like you, perhaps it’s time to reassess.  Ask yourself, do you like working with people? Do you like the gym environment? Do you like the world of health and fitness? Do you like being on your feet, teaching, training, coaching, communicating?

    If the answer is yes, then perhaps it’s time to get the trainers on and consider a career as a personal trainer.  

    Now is a fantastic time to be taking those first steps. The industry is booming and the growth of 2017 is set to continue well. With the total market value estimated at around £4.7 billion and with over a 5.1% rise in gym memberships (that equates to 1 in every 7 people in the UK being a gym member), there are plenty of potential clients for personal trainers to be working with.

    If you’re still uncertain, have a look at some other reasons why a career as a PT could be your future.

    • Do something you love
    • Chance to make psoitive changes in people's lives
    • Challenging and diverse
    • PTs are in demand
    • Financial reward

    Do something you love

    If you spend your spare time training, love sport, love exercise and are ready to hand out tips to random strangers in the gym, then clearly you need to think about training to become a PT. You get to do what you love doing every day and you get paid to do it. What could be better than that? Turning your passion into your career will make work less like work and more like fun.

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    Chance to make positive changes in people’s lives

    What can be more rewarding than helping others create and then achieve goals? As a PT you have the chance to change lives by helping people achieve a happier and healthier existence. You provide the knowledge, guidance and support to help clients transform their lives.  The reward? Being there every step of the way, watching, encouraging and helping clients achieve those physical and mental changes.

    Challenging and diverse - daily

    No two days need ever be the same. Yes, lots of the movements you might teach will be the same, but the people you train won’t be. Variety is, after all, the spice of life. Not only will the people you train be different, but so will the motivations they each have for training; rehab, prehab, transformation challenges, sports-specific training, lifesaving changes. Each client will have unique needs and you’ll have to come up with approaches to meet them.

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    PTs are in demand

    Here’s a straightforward one for you - PTs are in demand. As a nation, we ‘re now much more in tune with what a healthy lifestyle is and isn’t. We’re also much more conscious of making the right choices as well as being prepared to spend money making those choices.  PTs help individuals maximise their training, help get results and help to make positive changes in people’s lives. Those changes are what people value and that’s why as a PT you could be busy, busy, busy doing what you love doing.

    Financial reward

    Do it right and you could earn an extremely good income as a PT. As more individuals are becoming aware of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, demand for personal training has grown. Getting yourself onto the best course, getting hired by a gym, or taking the freelance route can put you in a great position to take on clients and enjoy a very attractive income. The more you put in, the more you could be earning.  The only thing holding back your earning potential is you.

    Build a regular and solid client base, get plenty of experience under your belt and you could be on your way to financial gain.

    Switching careers, or taking your first step into the working world might be daunting for you, but the resources are there to help you get the necessary foundation training, as is the support for ongoing and continued learning. If you love the world of health and fitness, if you like working with people, and you like diversity, a career as a PT may well be right for you.

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  • Written By

    Matt Bowen

    Category

    Nutrition

    Posted On

    15 June 2017

    Mitochondria (pronounced might-o-con-dria) have recently undergone extensive research and are proving to be extremely interesting. What’s been discovered is that they are crucial to our overall health as they moderate the disease and aging process. However, their primary role is to produce energy (ATP) for each cell they reside within.  

    The most fascinating aspect of Mitochondria is how they came to be part of human physiology. Many lines of evidence support the idea that mitochondria were originally ‘free-living cells’, meaning that they weren’t part of other more advanced cells.

    Then, likely more than a billion years ago, an ‘endo-symbiotic’ event occurred where a free-living mitochondria was taken in by another primitive cell (or maybe it was trying to invade the cell – we don’t know! This would suggest that this new super-charged cell gave rise to the original eukaryotic cell – a cell with greater complexity that has a nucleus which houses the cell's DNA and directs the synthesis of proteins, the very tissues which make us!

    Why is this so interesting and important? Well it could just be that without this chance endo-symbiotic event, the evolutionary lines to the modern human may never have occurred!

    As Lee Know ND puts it “The acquisition of mitochondria seems to have been the decisive moment in history of life as we know it… if not for mitochondria, the world would not have evolved beyond single cell bacteria”.

    From a natural selection perspective, organisms which can tough it out and survive in their environment are much more likely to pass on their genes to the next generation. Therefore, any survival or reproductive advantage can help prevent extinction! By joining forces with the mitochondria the cell had obtained an energy producing piece of machinery. As the host-mitochondria relationship developed, so did an entire life form!

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    We now know that our mitochondria are inherited through our maternal line, passed down from the mother’s egg. Mitochondria even have their own DNA, separate from that of our own cells and there are many hundreds to several thousands of mitochondria in each human cell. Examples being tissues that are very energy hungry, such as the brain and liver which have greater numbers of mitochondria to support the extensive and continuous work they do.

    Day-to-day, the job of the mitochondria is to produce energy for the cell – we call this energy ATP. Many people have heard of aerobic (with sufficient oxygen) or anaerobic (insufficient oxygen) energy production and it is the site of the mitochondria where aerobic energy production occurs. Aerobic ATP productivity is much greater than anaerobic. For example, for every molecule of glucose the anaerobic system creates x4 ATP, whereas complete breakdown of that same glucose molecule within the aerobic system provides 36-38 ATP!

    The fact that mitochondria really are the ‘power-houses’ of our cells is both a blessing and potentially a curse (using the word ‘curse’ is a bit OTT, mind). And this ties in with the ‘mitochondrial theory of aging’. Simply, the theory states that aging and many diseases which accompany it are caused by a slow degeneration in the quality of the mitochondria.

    Mitochondrial function is important because, during the aerobic production of ATP, reactive molecules known as ‘free radicals’ are produced – this is a completely normal process. However, over time, it has been suggested that free radical generation may cause some damage to near-by cell machinery, in particular the DNA of the mitochondria and the nucleus of the cell.

    Whilst each cell in the body is equipped to deal with free radical ‘leakage’ and can repair damage caused, long term oxidative stress can breach a threshold for the health and function of the cell.  This deterioration eventually leads to the cell dying. If the cell cannot produce the energy it requires, then it cannot do its job properly, that is, to be an important part of the ‘tissue family’ within which it resides. Indeed, the tissue those cells are part of (for example the heart, skin or muscle) also deteriorate – one of the hall-marks of aging.

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    One important factor which regulates the amount of damage which might be caused by the oxidative stress of free radical leakage from the energy production line is the rate at which we use up ATP. If there is too much fuel relative to demand, then a spill-over effect occurs and free radicals are lost/escape.

    The job of anti-oxidants within each cell is to convert the mischievous free radical into good-old H2O – yes, each cell actually produces its own metabolic water as a result of making energy and mopping up free radicals (quite a useful by-product).

    It is important not to take the leap of faith however and assume that ‘cellular vitality’ can be restored and optimised so that we can live forever.  Taking in lots of exogenous (external) antioxidants in the form of supplements – has been shown, through research, not to work!

    So, from a practical stand-point, the key message here is this: in order for the antioxidant systems of the cell not to become overpowered by too great a buildup of free radicals, we need to be conscious of energy balance:

    • Low physical activity → lower fuel (food intake) to prevent free radical leakage
    • High physical activity → maintain or increase fuel (food intake) as back-up in the production line is prevented by energy usage

    From this we can deduce that keeping one’s weight in check is not just a means of staving off diabetes and cardiovascular diseases but offers a means to act against diseases of aging. This also provides a rationale for the use of dietary strategies such as intermittent fasting, which is a form of calorie restriction. Some research in animals provides support that chronic calorie restriction may extend life expectancy (but a leap of faith is needed to extrapolate this to humans).

    In addition, regular moderate-intensity exercise is important for wider health and indeed, mitochondria. Even though exercise requires more oxygen and energy, which produce more free radicals, it also serves to keep the energy production line moving and stimulates ‘mitochondrial biogenesis’, defined as the growth and division of pre-existing mitochondria, which increases the cells ability to make adequate energy for itself.   

    Finally, a nutrient-dense and diverse diet which supports energy production and mitochondrial health is another piece of the anti-aging puzzle. Nutrients such as B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and copper should feature in foods eaten regularly:

    B-vitamins

    Salmon, asparagus, red peppers

    Iron

    Chicken liver, spinach,

    Magnesium

    Pumpkin seeds, quinoa, yoghurt  

    Coenzyme Q10

    Oils from nuts, fish and meat

    Copper

    Cashew nuts, lentils, walnuts

      

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    TRAINFITNESS Support

    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.

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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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    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    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.

    Related Resource: See How You Will Study With Our Award Winning Virtual Leaning Environment and Mobile App!

    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.

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    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.

    Related Resource: See How You Will Study With Our Award Winning Virtual Leaning Environment and Mobile App!

    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.