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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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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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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Why And How Do We Put On Weight? – Discovery UK

Our body likes to keep things in balance and there is little doubt that regulation of bodyweight occurs, albeit with varying degrees of precision! Being overweight or obese is often considered to result from the failure of homeostatic mechanisms that regulate body weight during exposure to an environment that favours overeating and or discourages physical activity.

It is also important to emphasise that a fluctuating body weight is the general rule, even in adults who apparently maintain a stable body weight over months, years and decades, there is in reality no absolute constancy of bodyweight.  Instead, body weight tends to fluctuate or oscillate around a mean constant value, with small to large deviations from a ‘set’ or ‘preferred’ value. This is triggered by events that are seasonal and or cultural (weekends, holidays etc), psychological (stress, depression, anxiety or emotions) and pathological (ranging from minor health perturbations to more serious disease states).

Set point theory

The set point theory;  fat cells have a form of homeostatic control over body weight, is perhaps the most plausible explanation for long-term body stores. Set point theory states that each of us has a genetically pre-programmed set weight point that our bodies would prefer to maintain under normal circumstances. A hormone called leptin which is our natural appetite suppressant  is produced in the adipocyte and is responsible for appetite and bodyweight control.  As fat cells become full they increase production of leptin which leads to a reduction in appetite.  However most people don’t respond to appetite that well but instead are susceptible to marketing, ubiquitous snacks and the social and environmental pressures that make us all eat more than we should.  Chronic overeating will lead to a situation of leptin resistance at which point, hunger is always present.  This is part of the vicious cycle of weight gain that is not fully understood.

The existence of this set point explains why most diets don’t work – they are too short term in their approach to changing weight and simply lead to a temporary shrinking of the fat cell which leads to adiposity rebound. While the obese individual can fight off the impulse to eat for a time (lower levels of leptin), eventually the signal becomes too strong to ignore. The result is rebound overeating with individuals often exceeding their previous weight.

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