Level 2 Children’s Exercise and Obesity Instructor – Discovery

Childhood Exercise and Obesity Course Content:

This course represents a combination of two very popular child health and wellness courses – The first course is the CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications) Health-related Exercise for Children and the second course is the Weight Management Centre Childhood Obesity Intervention and Prevention course. The combined course is designed to ensure you can work with children to improve their physical fitness as well as advise children and families about healthy eating and smarter food choices. There is a strong psychological component with lots of guidance on behaviour change and how to motivate and support children and families to combat child obesity.  The child obesity course aspect will also cover many of the policy, social and environmental drivers of child obesity as well as looking at broader prevention strategies to curb the child obesity epidemic.  The Childhood Obesity Course has been written by health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists and is edited by the Founder of Weight Management Centre and obesity expert Alan Jackson Msc.

The Health Related Exercise for Children course will provide you with a vast array of options for working with children aged 5 to 16.  You will learn about growth related injuries and how to avoid these as well as the common conditions encountered when working with children in an exercise setting such as Asthma, Dyspraxia and exertional breathlessness.

This combined child exercise and obesity course would be ideal for those wishing to work in schools or leisure facilities working with children to prevent or to intervene in issues of weight and poor fitness in children, which currently affects around a third of all children in the UK. From this it is evident that there is a real need for such competencies and as such job opportunities following this course would include posts such as: Children’s fitness / activity Instructor or Child Weight Management Practitioner, and these posts are emerging consistently in the private and public sector.

This course is designed for anyone working with young people including: community health providers, school and practice nurses, fitness professionals, teachers or those involved in planning, design or policy formulation in areas impacting children. The course is also recommended for those who are planning to or are currently providing exercise tuition for children. This may include staff in leisure and fitness centres, after school clubs or people who want to help promote fitness to children.

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Are you forgetting who your clients are? – Discovery UK

As a personal fitness professional, growing your client base is very important, but it’s a mistake that many trainers make investing time and money into this one project alone and forgetting about everything else. Whilst growth is essential for any business to succeed, this shouldn’t take the focus away from the clients you already worked so hard to get.

Retaining your current clients and gaining new referrals through them is a key aspect to your success in the industry so it is worthwhile focusing on this aspect of your business and thinking of new ideas to keep them loyal. Compared to the money you may spend on extra marketing trying to entice new customers, maintaining your existing client relationships costs very little money, if any at all.

Showing your clients you care about their training and succeeding in reaching their fitness goals makes them feel like an individual and will ensure their return. It’s a fairly obvious statement to make but giving your client 100% of your attention when training with them is vital. There is nothing worse than seeing trainers scoping the gym for potential clients or being distracted by phones or the TV during a training session with a client. It’s important to listen to your clients when they talk instead of just nodding your head, they will feel more valued if you can listen and remember and can refer to something they said the next time you see them. It shows you are interested in your client and the more you know about them the better your understanding of them will be, enabling you to improve your coaching abilities toward them. Aside from your client feeling appreciated by you, many other opportunities can arise from finding out more information from your client such as recognition of birthdays – how much would it cost to offer a free session to them on their birthday? You will certainly earn brownie points if you can go the extra mile.

For example, if you feel it would benefit your clients to learn about the different aspects of health and fitness, why not suggest you get them all together for a coffee morning and give them a free seminar on nutrition showcasing your knowledge and offering tips to enhance performance on workout days.

After each session try to always spend a few minutes reflecting on performance and successes so far with your client. However small that milestone may be, recognising it will instil confidence and boost motivation for next time. You can always ask your clients for their feedback too on how you are doing as a trainer ensuring you progress too.

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What factors affect our energy systems? – Discovery Learning

The Energy Systems Overview

Our bodies require energy for every cell in our body to do their job. But the amount of energy that we require varies drastically. If we compare all the complex metabolic functions in our body, exercise demands the most amount of energy. But then again intensity, duration and fitness levels of the exercise have a significant effect on how much energy is needed and how quickly it is needed. Our body has 3 different energy producing systems.

The three main energy systems are used for different types of physical activity.  These three systems are called:

The Creatine Phosphate System
The Anaerobic or Lactic Acid System
The Aerobic System

The first two systems are anaerobic systems, meaning they do not require oxygen to produce ATP (Adenosine Tri-phosphate). The third system is the aerobic system, which does require oxygen.

Where does energy come from and how to we store it?

We are designed to get our energy from the natural environment via the food that we eat. Everything that you eat or drink has to be digested to extract the energy from it. Our body can extract energy from three main food components known as macronutrients. They are:

Carbohydrates
Fats
Proteins

The process that our body uses to extract this energy from food (macronutrients) is digestion. The body has to break down the food we eat into chemicals that our bodies utilise to live. The calorific values of the 3 main macronutrients vary, with fat being the most calorie-dense at 9 kcals (calories) per gram, while protein and carbohydrate have 4 kcals per gram.

What factors affect our energy systems?

During aerobic exercise the use of carbohydrate relative to fat varies according to a number of factors.  The most important are:

The intensity of exercise
The duration of exercise
Your fitness level

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Is Functional Training More Effective? – Discovery UK

Functional Training is a method of strength and fitness conditioning that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. As Functional Training experts promote this new method as the most natural form of physical exercise that can be carried out in the gym, let’s consider the benefits of this system compared to traditional gym training – is Functional Training more effective?

Functional Training 101

If you’re not familiar with the ins and outs of Functional Training, here it is in a nutshell:

  • Functional Training uses movements similar to those that we use in daily life, as opposed to the rigid and sometimes unnatural positions demanded of us by gym equipment
  • Functional Training can be adapted to the needs of each individual client. If a client uses his or her upper body a lot in the course of working for example, upper body exercises which mimic the movements involved in working can be used to strengthen the muscles involved.

Functional Training avoids the use of traditional gym equipment, opting for equipment like Swiss balls, medicine balls, cable machine, kettlebells and other apparatus which is meant to be more natural to handle and less strenuous on the hands and joints than traditional gym equipment.

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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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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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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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