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Monthly Archives: December 2014

  1. Do you give nutritional advice to clients?

    Would you like free “state-of-the- art” fitness testing for a selected client or yourself?

    If so the University of Westminster would very much like to hear from you.

    The University of Westminster run a Master’s programme in Sports and Exercise Nutrition. As part of their coursework students spend some time shadowing a practicing professional delivering nutritional advice. 

    The University are very keen to contact members if you are a personal trainer who offers nutritional advice in the London/SE England area, and if you would be prepared to offer this chance to our aspiring sports nutritionists. It would involve you allowing the student to observe you in practice for anything between 4 and 12 hours spread out over a number of weeks.

    The aim is for students to get a feel for how real life practice differs from textbook so we would be happy for th

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  2. SkillsActive announces new ‘National Occupational Standards’ approved for the UK fitness industry

    SkillsActive is delighted to have announced the approval of a new set of ‘National Occupational Standards’ (NOS) for the fitness industry across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with immediate effect.
    The new standards have been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and regulatory bodies in each of the four nations of the UK, after direct input from SkillsActive and leading employers in the fitness industry.
    Ian Taylor, Chief Executive of SkillsActive said:
    “The development of these robust and rigorous UK-wide occupational standards is the result of widespread employer engagement. I want to put on record my personal thanks to the hard work of the employe
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  3. What defines success as a personal trainer?

    Last week Future Fit won ‘Innovative Training Programme of the Year’ at the ukactive Active Training Awards, an accolade we are immensely proud of. After posing for photographs and splashing our achievement across social media, it got me thinking about the ways our industry defines success.

    Whilst it’s fantastic to receive recognition for what you do, clearly as a training provider we don’t exist with the sole aim of winning awards and trophies – if anything these are reward for success. There’s a parallel with music business awards such as the BRITs – I can’t imagine many world-famous bands are fixated on winning the ‘best album’ title and give that more significance than playing to 50,000 people in stadiums and arenas. 

    So what about personal trainers? How do we measure success? This is a question I o

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  4. InstructAbility breaks the sound barrier with deaf fitness instructors


    Disabled people can face many challenges when they think about going to the gym but for deaf people the biggest issue can be the communication barrier.

    Now two deaf people, who use British Sign Language, have qualified as gym instructors and are currently based in leisure facilities in the West Midlands.

    Husband and wife, Ishtiaq Hussain and Kerry Ward Hussain from Stourbridge recently qualified as fitness instructors through the multi-award winning InstructAbility programme. The project, funded by Sport England, was created by Aspire, the spinal injury charity in partnership with YMCAfit, to enable unemployed, disabled people to train as gym instructors. The newly qualified instructors then work to engage more disabled

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  5. Exercises in the ‘High-5’ position: how peripheral vision can be used as a cue to reduce the risk of shoulder injury

    Shoulder injuries are common not only in the sporting arena but in the health and fitness environment as well. Recent research by Kolber et al (2013) found a significant association between doing exercise in the ‘high-5’ position and anterior shoulder instability leading to a range of common shoulder injuries. The high-5 position (or ‘at risk position’ as it is otherwise known) is when there is 90° or more of shoulder abduction and 90° or more of shoulder external rotation as depicted in figure 1.

    Fig 1. The High-5 position

    high 5

    The shoulder joint is a ball and socket synovial joint where the head of the humerus (ball) meets the glenoid fossa (socket). This creates

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