Core Strength & Stability Exercise Course

REPs Core Ball Exercise Instructor Course Content:

Core Balls are an considered an established training tool worldwide, and they are always available in  health clubs and leisure centres. Good personal trainers use them in one to one sessions because they offer so much flexibility in training methods. Core ball circuits and Core ball classes are popular on all studio timetables because of the wide range of exercises and for the range of ability levels they can be used with

Core ball instructor is a fun and dynamic training course that will help you broaden your skills as a personal trainer and group instructor. This course will increase your knowledge of core training,
methods, such as balance challenges  and strength work that can be used with virtually all of your clients. You will learn how to use Core, stability and flexibility balls and techniques to develop challenging, enjoyable and varied sessions.

This course will teach you how Core Balls can be used to develop core strength and balance in a class or personal training environment. You will also learn the correct techniques for a variety of Balance, strength and body sculpting exercises and how to link these up into a circuit class or stand alone Core Ball class. Great for training in the gym or at home, you will be able to correctly and safely teach and supervise these skills in a one-to-one training or small group environment.

REPs Core Ball Exercise Instructor Course Aims

The Aim of the Core ball Instructor Course is to develop an understanding of various practical core exercises that are appropriate for improving fitness with clients in a 1-on-1 environment.
By the end of the course attendees will be able to:
Understand how Core ball exercises can be used to develop fitness
Demonstrate competent techniques for all ability levels.
Demonstrate competent techniques for progression, modification and alternatives.
Demonstrate competent techniques for designing a core ball class.
Safely and effectively selection and use of core balls for fitness training

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Freelance personal trainer – Discovery Learning

  • Run your own business and work your own hours usually based at a club (this model applies to around 90% of new PT positions)
  • Access to gym members. You may be asked to carry out gym inductions and take group classes such as spinning
  • If you freelance in a gym charges are often fixed for personal training sessions, but the money is all yours
  • You will pay a monthly gym rent which varies club to club and by location – the more affluent the club, the more the rent – but the higher earning potential
  • You are responsible for your own taxes and financial affiars
  • You will be responsible for recruiting your own clients and marketing yourself. Clubs will try to help but ultimately it is down to you
  • There is high earning potential as you can work as many hours as you like
  • You can use the time flexibly in order to set up your own more lucrative activities away from the gym

If you are contemplating a career in fitness, consider this last point – do you like working with people? This may sound obvious but we hear time and time again from people in the industry that failed as personal trainers becuase their personalities were not suited to working with other people. Because essentially working in fitness is all about meeting people and helping them achieve their goals, so if you do take pleasure in seeing others succeed, then this really is right for you.  Self confidence is also a key attribute, as you will have to be confident to approach people to market your service, and you must feel comfortable doing this.  Once in a freelance position or if you start your own business you have to start making sales from day one.  The club route is helpful particularly in the early stages as the clubs will have lots of marketing and promotional activities that will assist you.  You are also likely to undergo sales and business skills training from the clubs or PT agencies and this will provide you with key skills in order to be able to fully market your services and maximise your earnings.

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How well do you communicate with your clients?

Communicating with Clients – A Guide for Personal Trainers

Like many professions which involve consultation and working closely with clients, Personal Training can only be successful when the relationship between trainer and client is productive. If you’d like to improve your communication and interaction skills, here is a quick guide to communication that will help you to retain clients and attract new ones.

The Trainer-Client Relationship

As a Personal Trainer, your primary goal is to assist clients in maximising their fitness while adopting healthy eating habits, learning good exercise and gym technique, and setting attainable fitness and weight-loss goals for themselves.

Because Personal Trainers are required to consult with clients and train them in a hands-on way, communication is vitally important in this industry. From initial meetings where the client’s fitness level is assessed, to meal planning, exercise planning, and the actual process of training, a number of different skills are called for. These include:

•    Clear communication – Your client trusts you to explain concepts clearly and if you succeed in doing so, you’ll find your relationship progresses extremely well with excellent results.

•    Good Instruction – As a Personal Trainer you have a wealth of knowledge and skills which must be passed on to your clients. By giving good instructions and remaining patient and encouraging, you’ll see your client’s progress by leaps and bounds.

•    Firmness and Encouragement – Personal Trainers need to be firm with clients at times, especially when fitness training and diet changes are concerned. However, you should never come across as high-handed or bullying in any way. A far better approach is to encourage good exercise and nutrition habits in your clients, and praise them for following your system.

Fundamentals of Good Communication

If you sometimes find yourself struggling to communicate something to your clients, ask yourself the following questions:

1.    Would I understand what I have just said if I didn’t know it already?

2.    Did I say it in a positive way which encouraged my client to pay attention and learn?

3.    Was my meaning clear and precise, or could there have been some confusion?

By assessing your own communications like this, you’ll soon find yourself being clear, direct, and encouraging – three excellent traits which will aid your communication with clients immensely.

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The Essence of Personal Training – Discovery UK

We are currently recruiting new Trainers and it’s got me thinking what is the essence of Personal Training? My conversations with other trainers have thrown up some interesting perspectives on what Personal Trainers should be doing for clients. I can’t give a conclusive answer, but here are my thoughts on the key roles of a Personal Trainer.

I have been a Personal Trainer in Birmingham for eight years. Before that I had worked as a sports coach as well as teaching literacy, helping Young Offenders and in sports development. All these jobs involved a fair degree of relationship-building, but Personal Training is by far the most personal of all these jobs. Maybe that should come as no surprise, the clue is in the name, but I genuinely believe that the better I know a client, the better I can help them.

On many occasions I have found a client’s weight gain is attributable to psychological or habitual practices rather than knowingly eating too much. Challenging and changing a habit or belief has led to a customer not wanting to eat or drink too much alcohol.
Similarly physical pains or weaknesses are more often linked more to everyday habits than to an anatomical failing. Correcting the way someone sits, works or carries things has frequently stopped them having physical problems. Only by having a thorough knowledge of their work, home, family and personal life have I been able to help them achieve their aims.

Another essence of Personal Training is delivering the deliverable. Most women would love a body like Kate Middleton or the toned curves of Beyoncé. Most men (myself included) would like to look like Brad Pitt.

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Insanity Workouts at Discovery Learning UK

Insanity workouts have become extremely popular with trainers and gym-goers alike, offering an intensive workout that produces dramatic results. If you’re keen to incorporate the Insanity workout into your training, or would like to know more about this innovative fitness programme, here are a few facts about the Insanity programme and some tips for including it in your training regimen.

What is an Insanity workout?

As you probably guessed from the name, Insanity workouts are intensive, high-energy workouts that are designed to produce great fitness results within several weeks. The workout was first created for Beachbody™ by the well-known trainer and presenter Shaun T, who designed the programme to yield results within just 60 days.

The Insanity workout uses intensive interval training with very short water breaks in-between sets. Cardio, strength training, and endurance components are all included in the workout. The programme is designed to raise the fitness level of anyone who uses it by pushing each user to his or her maximum exertion level during the 40 to 45 minute workouts.

Does it produce results?

The popularity of Insanity workouts, as well as testimonies and online reviews, provide many examples of regular gym-goers who experienced significant improvements in fitness and weight loss using the programme. The intensity of the workout means that more calories are burned during each session than would normally be burned using a traditional gym routine, making the Insanity programme a challenging but effective fitness tool.

Using Insanity Workouts in Your Training

Insanity workouts can provide excellent results for committed clients with some gym experience who are keen to take their fitness to the next level. If you’d like to incorporate the system into your training, make sure that you’ve gone through the programme yourself, and bear in mind that clients with low levels of fitness or health problems are probably not good candidates for this type of intensive training.

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Functional Training vs. Traditional Training – Discovery Learning

Functional Training vs. Traditional Training

Functional Training experts believe that their method is better than traditional strength training because it emphasises movements which are used in daily life, strengthening the muscles we are likely to use in our day-to-day activities and preventing injuries while toning the body.

They also believe that traditional gym equipment may be harmful to the body in the long-term because of the use of heavy weights combined with the unnatural positions some machines force the body into.

Traditional gym trainers, particularly weightlifters, have come to the defence of their methods, with the pages of many fitness magazines filled with back-and-forward arguments between the two camps.

Traditional trainers believe that their methods help to build strength, stamina, endurance, and muscle tone which will assist every gym-goer in his or her daily activities. They also believe that the constant resistance offered by gym equipment is better and safer than using Swiss balls and other equipment favoured by Functional Training experts.
Is Functional Training More Effective?

Whatever your thoughts on Functional Training, it has to be admitted that training the body in a natural way provides several benefits, including flexibility and less chance of injury. A balanced approach would involve blending traditional training and Functional Training in a weekly workout, to benefit from the advantages of both systems.

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Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity at Discovery Learning

This exceptional Nutrition and Weight Management Course will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver a first class effective weight management service to adults, by promoting optimum wellness through nutrition and behavior modification. The Nutrition and Weight Management Course provided by Discovery (in conjunction with Weight Management Centre) is the most respected course in the UK. Weight Management Centre have been delivering obesity training to Health Authorities and Primary Care for almost 10 years and are on the Department of Health List of Obesity Trainers as complied by DOM (Dieticians in Obesity Management) and all of this experience is filtered into this course.  You will learn a lot from this course.

This course has recently been updated and is now officially called Central YMCA Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity Qualification.  As well as the general nutrition and weight management component of the course there is also a small section on sports nutrition which is a useful addition.  This course is the basis for all personal trainers and it will form a useful platform to progress onto one of the clincal level 4 courses such as the Obesity and Diabetes Management.

Nutrition Course Content:

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to apply the principles of nutrition and weight management to support client goals. This course is designed for those working with or planning to work with clients to help them realise a healthy weight through nutrition and physical activity. It is suitable for physical activity professionals, nurses and community health providers, healthy living practitioners or any person providing community health and wellness support.

Nutrition Learners will cover:
  • Collecting, analysing and utilising nutritional information
  • The principles of nutritional goal setting with clients
  • Providing nutritional advice in line with nationally recommended best practice
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Exploring weight management advice/strategies for overweight and obese populations
Nutrition Entry Requirements:

There are no prior requirements for this course. Writing and numeracy skills are also reccomended for presentation of course work.

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