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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

    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    28 June 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
    2. Do the personal trainer courses they deliver lead to a REPs-recognised qualification?
    3. Are they authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)?

    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 https://register.fca.org.uk/

    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

    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    27 June 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.

    What to consider when thinking about becoming a personal trainer:

    1. Should I become a personal trainer
    2. How do I become a personal trainer
    3. When can I start studying my personal training course?
    4. Where do I find a personal trainer job?

    1- 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.

    2- 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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    3- 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.

    4- 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

    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.

    Learn more about SMART goals on our personal training course

    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

    TRAINFITNESS Support

    Category

    Personal Training, Training and Education

    Posted On

    27 June 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
    2. What qualification does the personal training course lead to - a certificate or diploma
    3. Are the CPD courses recognised by REPs

    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.
     

  • 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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  • Written By

    Lee

    Category

    Nutrition, Personal Training, Programming

    Posted On

    10 June 2017

    Making that first step to transform your body can be tough! I know the feeling! The past 5 years have seen me undertake and coach many body transformations for fitness, bikini and physique competitions and starting out is always the hardest part. If you want to guarantee yourself a successful transformation take these 5 steps and you’ll be well on your way to transforming your body.


    Step 1: Write Down Your Goal


    Writing down goals is the first step you need to take if you want to have a successful transformation. Writing your goals down will create a moment of self-actualisation and make this goal real. Set yourself SMART goals and get really detailed about what you want to achieve. The more detail you go into, the better you can visualise what you want.


    Step 2: Set A Deadline


    Where we fail mostly is not giving ourselves deadlines to complete tasks. If there is no deadline you’ll get relaxed and never have any urgency towards your goals. Be really clear of what you want to achieve and set a date that you want to do it by. Want to get lean in 12 weeks? Then take a look through your calendar and mark ‘week 12’. You can even take it a step further and mark each week as a count down. This is a scary task but trust me it works. Use this fear to fuel your motivation and stay focused on your transformation.


    Step 3: Have A Plan


    Having a plan to follow is essential to keep you focused on your transformation. Planning takes away any excuses that you’ll make on the way or any bad food choices that may affect your transformation. Have a training programme that details everything you need to do in order as well as a nutrition plan or guideline that you’ll stick to throughout the process is essential for your success. The best plan is the one that you can sustain so make sure it’s realistic and personal to you.


    Step 4: Understand Your Macro & Calorie Needs


    Before you can lose fat and get lean you need to get to grips with the basics on nutrition. How many calories do you need? What are macronutrients? Are you in a caloric deficit? Changing your body composition will largely come down to eating enough calories to fuel your training but also to put your body in a caloric deficit to allow your body to lose fat at a steady rate. Before you think about supplements or anything else this is a must do task.


    Step 5: Start Now


    The most common excuse I hear from clients and those wanting to transform their body is ‘I’ll start on Monday’ when in actual fact Monday never comes! If you’re serious about making a change, start on the day you feel is right for you, but don’t wait too long. Once you’ve taken steps 1 to 4 you now need to take ACTION. That is the difference between transforming your body and being that person that always find excuses. Make yourself accountable and start now.


    About Lee:


    Lee Constantinou is a Body Transformation Specialist & WBFF Pro Fitness Model.


    Lee became passionate about transforming the lives of others back in 2010 when he won his first natural bodybuilding show and won; he was hooked! Over the past 5 years Lee has attained numerous titles including a British Junior Champion 2011 and more recently became the WBFF UK Fitness Model Champion 2015 and was awarded a Professional status with the WBFF. Over the past 3 years Lee has been transforming the lives of others through Online Coaching and 1:1 Personal Training in London.


    Lee is part of the TRAIN Fitness demo team, demonstrating the exclusive T3 programmes available across the globe. Find out more about Lee on his site: www.leeconstantinou.com

  • 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.

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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-

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    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.