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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Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral – Personal Trainer Course

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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REPs Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing

Behaviour change and Motivational Interviewing (MI)

This behaviour change and motivational interviewing course represents the latest information and approaches applied by clinicians and behavioural change therapists. This course is highly appropriate for fitness professionals and practitioners working with mainstream clients as well as special populations. This one day REPs accredited course will equip the learner with the key skills and practices to effectively develop and deploy a powerful behavioural change strategy with either groups or on a one to one basis, enabling your clients to more effectively achieve their goals and complete their rehabilitation. This 1 day course is taken from the L4 Obesity & Diabetes Management course and the setting is working with clients with obesity and chronic disease such as CVD and Diabetes.

Behaviour Change and MI Course Content:

The personal training course will develop the students understanding and practical application of behaviour change and will provide a solid platform for the individual to become a competent and behaviour change practitioner.

The course covers subjects including:

Part 1

  • Human behaviour and theoretical models of change
  • The Transtheoretical Model (TTM)
  • The Health Belief Model (HBM)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Part 2

  • Motivational Interviewing in Practice
  • Working with Ambivalence
  • Developing Discrepancy
  • The Poorly Motivated Client/Building Motivation
  • Readiness to Change
  • Increasing self-efficacy
  • Identifying High Risk Situations
  • Preventing Relapse
  • Maintaining Progress
  • The Cognitive-Behavioural Model of Relapse
  • Intrapersonal Skills – Interpersonal Skills
  • A Sample Course of Therapy

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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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How to Grow Your Fitness and Personal Training Business Discovery Learning

Every personal trainer dreams of having a thriving business, with a solid client base of satisfied customers who show visible results from their fitness training and a reputation for excellence. Whether you’re just starting out as a fitness trainer, or would like to grow your client base and possibly expand your business to include a gym or health-related enterprise, here are some strategies to take your business to the next level.

Is your business on the right track?

With tough times in the economy at present, it’s important to be very realistic about the performance of your business. On the one hand, you should remember that clients are less likely to spend on non-essential purchases during difficult periods, and unfortunately fitness often falls into that category.

From another perspective, you should keep your goals foremost in your mind and not give up hope just because challenges exist – remember that some of the world’s most successful business people started their companies during tough times.

Keeping Your Fitness Business Competitive

• To stay competitive in the current economy, one of the best strategies is to give your clients plenty of value for money. Fortunately, as a personal trainer you have something that adds value almost immediately – your time and energy.

• If you give your clients the best possible advice and training, and keep your prices competitive, you’ll not only satisfy your existing client base but also benefit from referrals. Take a long term view of your business and remember that a few new clients each week will make a big difference to your income a year from now.

• Finally, don’t forget to keep records of all your income and expenses and if necessary, consult a business advisor who will be able to give you in-depth advice and help with your strategy moving forward. With motivation, hard work, and a good plan in place, your fitness business should grow from strength to strength.

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