Sports Nutrition Course at Discovery UK

If you are a sports coach or physical trainer then this course you will find to be indispensable. If you are an Instructor or Personal Trainer wishing to expand your expertise or to specialise in sports nutrition, then this short course could be exactly what you are looking for. This unique REPs accredited level 2 Sports Nutrition Course is designed to offer you the most practical and effective approach to working with your clients to enhance their sports performance through improved and targeted apporaches to nutrition.
Understanding the rudiments of Sports Nutrition is essential for PT’s in order that they can achieve optimum results for their clients.  This REP’s certificate will also allow personal trainers and sports coaches to expand their client base and branch out into working with sports clubs and recreational athletes that are outside of their normal range of expertise. The course is not highly theoretical and has been put together by nutritionists working with experienced sports coaches to deliver a highly practical and realistic approach for the Personal Trainer and Sports Coach.

This REPs Sports Nutrition course is essential for any sports coach or PT working with clients to improve Personal Bests or general performance, particularly for those clients that have hit a ceiling in terms of their strength and endurance exercise or skill based training.  With the practical skills and knowledge provided you will be able to move their performance forward both during their training and on competition day, and the structure and approach that you will deploy will be straight forward and highly manageable for the client.  Why not call now to speak to a tutor to learn more about this course.  Call 020 8543 1017 and ask for one of the Sports Nutrition Tutors to give you a call.

Sports Nutrition Course Content:
  • Short theoretical introduction
  • The main energy systems, phosphagen, anaerobic and aerobic
  • Energy production and storage
  • Fuel and substrate utilisation

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Business and Marketing course for the Fitness Professional – Discovery UK

REP’s Business and Marketing for the Fitness Professional Course Overview

This course will provide you with business critical skills and knowledge to build your commercial enterprise into a highly profitable and professional business. The course is an up to the minute crash course in successful commerce and has been written and researched by the Director of Discovery Learning Alan Jackson. Alan has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and has spent 20 years in Health and Fitness Management working at a senior level for both private and public enterprise, and more recently has built up Discovery Learning and Weight Management Centre from a one man operation started 10 years ago to a company with an annual turnover of £2.5m.

This business course is not like any other out there.  You will be learning from those that have done it and have the scars to prove it. The course author wrote: “All of the things that I would have dearly loved to have known 12 years ago when I set out I have brought to this course. All my mistakes (of which there are plenty) and all the things I could have done better if only I knew are all included.” All that I have learned and continue to learn as a Director I have incorporated and I believe this course is an absolute must for all potential new business owners and managers working in our industry.”

The course is also co-presented by one of the UK’s most successful new Personal Trainers, who trained with Discovery and now runs his own growing empire of personal training clients and PT’s.  Don’t settle for any other business course, take it from those that really know, and you won’t regret it.

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Level 4 Lower Back Pain Course – Discovery Learning

This REPs Level 4 Management of Lower Back Pain Course is a high level qualification that provides the key skills, knowledge and pathway to becoming a REPs Specialist Exercise Instructor. This course is a REPs Level 4 Lower Back Pain qualification and is supported by leading industry experts in the lower back pain management. The Lower Back Pain Management Qualification is particularly aimed at personal trainers and GP and Exercise Referral Specialists seeking to work with special populations with lower back pain in both preventative and rehabilitative exercise therapies.  Nontheless very many Personal Trainers will have come across clients that have chronic low back pain and this course will provide the foundations to be able to assist those singificant numbers of people in the population that are affected with low back pain.

Course Content
    • Epidemiology of Back Pain: – including: the prevalence of lower back pain in the UK and the effect of activity and inactivity on Lower Back Pain, the classification of low back pain and the psychosocial components of low back pain.
    • Anatomy and physiology of Lower Back Pain: including the structure of the lumbar spine and vertebrae; the local and global muscles of the lower Back; the passive and active Sub systems and understanding pain.
    • Exercise referral processes and communication skills – including: understanding the referral process, relevant medico-legal requirements, understanding scope of practice and communicating skills.
    • Assessment and screening – including: collecting client infomation; client assessments; understanding the precautions and contraindications, psychosocial assessment and functional/physical assessment.
  • Programme design – including: what are the progressive programme design considerations; how to provide psychosocial support, establishing and monitoring exercise quotas and intensity.
Course Format:
  • 4 weeks home-study followed by:
  • 2 days practical attendance workshop
  • 1 day assessment
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The Number One Reason Personal Trainers Fail And How To Avoid It

THE NUMBER ONE REASON PERSONAL TRAINERS FAIL AND HOW TO AVOID IT – Discovery UK
As a personal trainer you can do what you love, help people improve themselves and enjoy a level of freedom most people never experience in their careers. Securing placement in a reputable gym provides you with access to a seemingly never-ending stream of clients, and within the fitness industry you have a job that not only provides value for people, but is one of the few industries to experience growth during the recession.

However, this is the number one reason why many personal trainers fail: Adaptability.
To be a success and achieve longevity with your career you must possess the right attitude, knowledge and business acumen; which includes embracing and benefiting from the tools and technology at your disposal and paying close attention to your target market.

The image above is produced by Google’s search data, and you can clearly see that people now search online for personal trainers more than ever before. If you don’t already have a website then you are guaranteeing that your opportunities and potential for growth are severely limited and I’ll explain why:

Security

For those that were working within any of the dozens of Fitness First gyms that suddenly closed down, you’ll be all too aware of the risks associated with being completely dependent on a gym for clients. If that disappears, either because of closure, or saturation, you’re then forced into a position to scramble for placement elsewhere. It’s an unnecessarily stressful situation and one you won’t have to worry about when you also have new clients finding you online. With that level of security you can take your time finding another suitable gym to work from if the worst happens, or with enough clients coming in, take steps to becoming completely independent and hire your own studio.

Freedom of Choice

Many people that decide to get a personal trainer aren’t already members of a gym, let alone the exact same gym as you, and so they turn to the internet to find someone that can help guide them towards their goals. Your own personal trainer website becomes a source for clients and is completely under your control, and I’m sure you’d agree that having more clients approaching you than you can actually see is a far better “problem” to have than sometimes struggling to meet your weekly target. Furthermore, with so many clients finding you online, if you don’t have enough hours in the day to book them all you can contact any one of your colleagues to see if they want those extra clients in exchange for a reasonable commission.

Expansion

Having a website isn’t just about having your contact details and prices online. It has the potential to extend far beyond simply being a virtual business card. The following are just a few ideas to demonstrate the broad scope that a website can have and how it can supplement your core business:
As anyone in the world can also find you online, many personal trainers have found success providing international Skype coaching sessions to clients that workout from home; giving nutritional advice, workout plans and full sessions. The huge advantage of this is that your target market suddenly shifts beyond your local area to the rest of the world. If you have a passion for writing then publishing high quality fitness articles on your website can help you cultivate a position of authority within the industry. This could lead to columns elsewhere, either online or in print; and by displaying how knowledgeable you are you can have the edge over your competition and attract more clients.
If writing isn’t your thing then there’s nothing stopping you from producing YouTube videos that you promote through your website. The advertising revenue generated for popular YouTubers can be more than enough to sustain a very comfortable lifestyle and is certainly a great addition to your main income stream.
Most importantly, a website can help you build a brand out of your business.

Passive Income

What is passive income? It’s regular income that you make without much effort. It probably sounds too good to be true, but with the solid foundation of a great website this is easy to implement. For example, your website can bring in extra income with product commission. If there’s a particular supplement or some exercise gear that you swear by, you can recommend it to your visitors and sell it through your website. You would then collect a percentage from every sale. You don’t need to package anything up and send it off, as this is all handled by the merchant. In addition, if you have your own products to sell, such as clothing apparel, your website is the perfect place to do so.

Another way that your website can generate passive income is with advertising. Either someone can approach you directly to place an advert on your website, or you can sign up to an advertising platform and receive money every time someone clicks a banner ad.

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Who didn’t love Sports Day?

As the end of a school year starts to come to a close I start seeing more and more posts all over social networking sites regarding a certain day that I certainly loved as a child at school……sports day!

For most of us it was a day where you didn’t have to sit and write pages and pages whilst listening to your teacher without making a sound. It was a day where you could be as loud as you can, shouting and cheering for your friends, spend all day outside playing sport and taking part in athletics races. With all this in mind though, from what I have been reading, it seems like the adults are more excited than the kids. Could this be down to how our society and health awareness has changed?

Unfortunately over the past few years there has been much debate over sports day in many schools across the country. Some saying it’s a bad idea, some banning the day all together and some taking away the individual races so that the competition is taken out of the day. Now finally this year it seems like there is more influence and activity going on in schools probably due to the fact that we will be opening the Olympic Games in less than a month’s time….but is it too late???

Recent studies conducted on children between the ages of 8 and 10 have shown that the majority of these children are only partaking in 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. Which is way below the recommended 60 minutes. This 20 minutes accounts for only 4% of their waking time. It was also mentioned that girls activity levels were even less than boys.
We all know that as we get a little older and we move further into our teenage years that the majority of us tend to see a decrease in activity levels. This begs the question though that if at the ages of 8 and 10 we are only spending 4% of our waking time being active, can it actually get much lower?

This research has suggested how important it is for parents and schools alike to take responsibility of getting more children involved in sport, in particular girls. I’m sure that with the likes of Wimbledon, the European championships and the Olympic games, this summer will not be much of an issue getting kids active. However, will these activity levels continue once these events come to a close for another year?!

If your interested in improving the health and wellness of children then why not take a look at our Level 2 Children’s Exercise and Obesity Instructor course.

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Online Personal Trainer Courses – Discovery Learning

On line Personal trainer course and on line gym instructor course

Discovery Learning’s Student Zone is a fully interactive online learning zone where students can study all of their course materials in one place. The use of high quality interactive presentations, manuals, quizzes, videos and worksheets will ensure an in-depth and fun learning experience. The online personal trainer course is designed to allow you to study at your pace, at any time and in any place, and will enhance the face to face experience on the practical days that you attend.  Accessible on your PC, Tablet or Smart Phone this is a truy portable learning tool.  You can combine the online learning experience with the traditional aspects of our courses such as the face to face group attendance days.

The online gym instructor course materials will detail a step-by-step process on how a students learning will develop over the duration of your course and provides all of the documentation needed for delivering your coursework. The interactive presentations can be viewed as often as you like and the vast exercise library will continue to reinforce learning as you progress.

The advantages of the gym instructor and personal trainer online course modules are that you can learn wherever you are as long as you have internet access. Not only that but the Student Support team is available through the Support Page on the forum and enquiry form.

The Student Zone is currently for Level 2 Gym Instructor Students and for Level 3 Personal training students.

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REPs Suspension Training Course – Discovery UK

This REP’s accredited suspension training course is the most comprehensive available and will teach you hundreds of upper body, lower body and core exercises using this mode of training for modern functional training. This course is designed for personal trainers and group exercise instructors who want to incorporate the suspension training into their personal trainer sessions and grow their business.

The course format will involve some home study and completion of workbooks prior to coming along, whereupon you will work with a small group of around ten people to take part in a practical day working on a full suspension training frame.

Most coaches and personal trainers agree there are limitations to weight lifting due to a lack of functional and sport specificity exercises. Although weight lifting produces power in the vertical plane and is multi joint it involves little or no multi-directional movement such as ROTATIONAL, DIAGONAL and MULTI- PLANAR (sagittal, frontal, transverse/rotational) movement. Suspension training achieves all these movements and more importantly enables the introduction of Fundamental movement for all ages and abilities from general fitness for everyday life to extreme/sport specific activities such as a high jumper (which is single leg explosive jump, with rotational and diagonal movements) and getting in or out of a car (which is a single leg squat with rotation).

Suspension Training Course Content:
  • Equipment set up and use
  • Benefits of Suspension Training
  • How to adjust the resistance and stability of exercises
  • Exercise Technique
  • Class Structure
  • Progressions and regressions of exercises for all fitness levels
  • Cueing and techniques for correcting common faults

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