REPs Clinical Nutrition – Discovery Learning

If you are an Instructor or Personal Fitness Trainer wishing to expand your knowledge in the field of Clinical Nutrition or want to specialise in supporting a client to choose a more balanced diet, then this short course could be exactly what you are looking for. This unique REPs accredited Clinical Nutrition course is designed to offer you the most practical, effective and up to date approach to working with your clients to enhance their wellbeing through nutrition. The literature review provided is also essential reading for other health professionals to consolidate their understanding of nutrition and chronic disease. The tutorial day provides an opportunity to further develop skills and knowledge.

Understanding the background of nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease is essential for reducing the risk lifestyle disease. This course blends an academic evidence base about how food and nutrients affect the risk of lifestyle diseases with a simple and practical application. Essential for anyone working on an Exercise Referral scheme. The course is written and developed by a highly experienced Registered Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, its evidenced based conclusions are straightforward clear and remit specific.

Clinical Nutrition Course Format:

20 hours pre course reading, followed by 1 day attendance (8 hours)

The course will cover the following conditions:

Clinical Nutrition conditions covered:
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dyslipidaemia
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Menopause
Clinical Nutrition Course Content:
  • Living with a long term disease
  • The National Diet and Nutrition survey, what people are really eating
  • The diet of Minority Ethnic Groups
  • The conditions
  • Working with clients
  • The Eatwell plate, how to apply it
  • Helping a client choose their balanced diet
  • How to promote diets to help prevent a particular conditions

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Affordable Training Options with Discovery Learning

Discovery Learning is committed to providing affordable, flexible and high quality personal and fitness training. You can now spread your payments over 12 months to make it easier for you to train while you work.

If you would like to set up monthly payments, please email

Please Note: If your course is over £750 and you choose to pay in installments, you will be subject to a £10 credit check that you will need to pay for in advance.

In order for us to perform this quickly and efficiently we will need the following information alongside your enrolment form:

Proof of identity
– Driving licence or
– Passport

Proof of address
– Bank statement or
– Credit card statement or
– Utility bill.

Please include details of former residency if you have been at your current address less than three years . Please include any details of previous names.

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Level 3 GP & Exercise Referral Diploma – Discovery UK

This level 3 GP and Exercise Referral Diploma provides the key skills and knowledge to establish you in the field of Exercise Referral and is particularly aimed at Advanced Instructors and Personal Trainers seeking to work with special populations in both preventative and rehabilitative exercise therapies. This stimulating GP and Exercise Referral Course will challenge you and widen your knowledge and understanding of the health promoting benefits of physical activity. The course will introduce you to a wide range of chronic and lifestlye diseases, their aetiology and pathophysiology (cause and development) and approaches for successful intervention.  Focusing on the signs, symptoms and basic pathology of specific stable conditions; the implications and effects of specific medications relating to those conditions; How to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme, personalised to individual client’s needs and lifestyle.

Exercise Referral Diploma Content:

During the GP and Exercise Referral course you will learn the Exercise Referral Scheme and the role of the Department of Health and National Health Service; how to promote physical activity and health; Behaviour Change and Management, Health and lifestyle screening and Fitness Testing, How to plan, deliver and evaluate an exercise prescription; how to rehabilitate people with conditions such as; Orthopaedic diseases arthritis and osteoporosis; Cardiovascular diseases such as Hypertension and Coronary Heart Disease; Metabolic diseases such as Diabetes; Pulmonary diseases such as Asthma; Raised cholesterol and obesity, and many other common conditions.

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Clinical Nutrition – By Discovery UK

As more and more of the foods that we eat are modified, processed, reconstituted and changed beyond recognition, the public health consequences become frightening.  The prospects for us if this continues, threatens to turn back the millennia of hitherto nutritional improvements to the human diet and overwhelm the benefits provided by modern medicine.  Thus for the first time in known history, the longevity of mankind is likely to decrease.
Fewer people are eating a diet that is comprised primarily of natural sources, and this decline is happening on a global scale at an astonishing pace.  One such concern is the toxic effects of these highly adapted edible products that many people now consume as the mainstay of their diet.  Considering food therefore not simply as a source of energy, but rather as a fundamental contributor to either health or illness, is the concept at the heart of clinical nutrition.
Our health and what we eat are intrinsically linked; and this is incontrovertible.  When a nutrient imbalance occurs, there is a biochemical consequence normally resulting in what we term disease.  Too much or too little of the 13 vitamins, 14 minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, macro nutrients: protein, carbohydrate, fat and water, for too long, will lead to such an imbalance and this will have inevitable health consequence. If prolonged, this will ultimately lead to death.
The approach of clinical nutrition is to ensure this imbalance does not occur for any lengthy period of time.  It is primarily using nutrition effectively as a prophylactic against many of the modern nutritional ailments (CVD, Cancer, Stroke, Liver disease, bone disease etc) and to improve the condition of those people already affected; although this is far less effective.
Consider the approach to clinical nutrition rather like you would other assaults on the body.  Were you to bang your head hard on a wall each day, then over time you would damage the brain.  Stopping banging your head on the wall would cease the damage but would do little to repair the damage done.  Similarly, a long term biochemical imbalance in the body will cause damage to tissues.  Fortunately many other parts of the body are better at healing than the brain and when balance is restored, often healing can begin, albeit slowly.
In the case of vascular disease and in particular atherosclerosis (which is still the major killer in the UK) it may well take 30 years of poor diet to lead to a furring up of the arteries and a stiffening of the normally elastic arterial wall. As the endothelium weakens under this assault, ruptures are more likely and thus MI’s or stroke frequently accompany chronic CVD. Whilst atherosclerosis is reversible with the introduction of a healthy diet (in particular high antioxidant, high fibre, low fat low energy) the repair process will take years.
So how are we going to convince our clients that this lifelong approach to protecting our most precious infrastructure is worth the trouble? Well a good start is to educate them on the chronic toxic effect of many of the culprits. Whilst junk food is not acutely toxic it is chronically toxic, and I would like to wager that 20 Curlywurlys a day would kill you quicker than 20 Benson and Hedges a day (although I doubt that I would get my application through ethics to conduct this study!).  We can nonetheless set out the deleterious effects of these products and at the same time clearly show how the body is unable to effectively self heal in the absence of a balance of the right nutrients.

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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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Social Media for Personal Trainers – Discovery UK

As a personal trainer, building a great client base is probably one of your major professional goals. Fortunately, social media websites and apps have opened new doors to professionals of every kind where marketing is concerned, and the fitness industry is no exception.

Social Media – What You Need to Know

If you’re new to the world of social media or if you only use sites like Facebook for social contact, you may be wondering how difficult it is to market your services using the range of websites and apps available today. Even if you’ve never used a social media website before, you’ll be happy to learn that marketing yourself as a personal trainer couldn’t be easier – a few simple steps will let you promote your services and build your client base faster:

1.    Choose a social media site – Most successful social media marketing begins with Facebook, with its millions of members online each day. Besides offering you a large audience for your marketing message, Facebook supports video, conversation, comments, and opinion polls, encouraging people to talk about your services – word of mouth is so much more powerful on social media sites. Twitter is also excellent for interacting with your community, you just have to be a bit more creative with your messages!

2.    Go for quality content – The content of your social media page – your professional information, images, videos, updates and all communication with your audience – should be of the best quality possible. One good video or blog that draws a would-be client’s attention is worth more than pages of uninteresting content. If you’d like to kick off your social media page with great content and a design that draws a lot of interest, consider approaching an internet marketing company for assistance – it’s well worth it in the long-run. If you can’t afford that right now, there are lots of resources online offering great easy to read information and tips to help you get started.

3.    Keep it real – A blog, Facebook or Twitter page that is professional but speaks to your clients as individuals is a valuable marketing tool. If you’re writing your own updates, be as natural as possible and provide your audience with interesting and useful information. Updating your page regularly will help to sustain interest, while promotions and other special activities will help to draw new clients who are looking to use your services, not to mention those who will be referred by your existing clients.

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Level 2 CYQ Aerobics Instructor Course at Discovery Learning

The Discovery Learning Aerobics Instructor training course is renowned for its quality and high first time pass rate.  This is made possible by the exceptional tutors that lead the course, all of whom are Master Aerobics Instructors with years of experience in teaching and tutoring YMCA exercise to music (aerobics) courses. The tutors will provide you with an enormous amount of support and encouragement and their knowledge and ingenuity in this field is second to none.  Feedback from this course is always exceptional with 96% students rating the course as good or excellent.
This Aerobics course is designed for people who wish to become Exercise to Music/ Aerobic Instructors. With this Central YMCA Aerobics Instructor Qualification you can gain employment with any of the major employers, or enjoy a more flexible approach as a freelance Aerobics Instructor. This Exercise to Music Training is a blended learning course. You will have a home study component followed by a number of attended practical workshop lead by master aerobics instructors who are amongst the top ten in the industry. Our Discovery Learning Aerobics Instructor (Exercise to Music) Training Courses are offered in Bournemouth and London. Once you have completed our Exercise to Music course you can register on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor.
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Exercise to Music Course Content:

The Aerobics Instructor certification (also known as Exercise to Music) qualification will develop you into a competent and confident Aerobics Instructor. You will learn to plan and instruct group exercise to music programmes in a variety of styles. These styles include designing classes such as sculpt, pump, dance etc. Thus allowing you a great variety of classes to ensure you are the top of the industry such as being a step aerobics instructor. You will master suitable moves to music, and proactive 32 beat combinations, cueing techniques and working with the beat and phrase of the music. Once you have completed this aerobic instructor certification you can then move onto the following qualifications: aqua aerobics instructor or water aerobics instructor, body pump, body combat, etc.

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