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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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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Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification – Discovery Learning

This course is run in partnership with Coaching & Personal Training Solutions.

Emergency First Aid at Work Learning outcomes:
  • What you can do, and what would be expected of you as a first aider.
  • Provide knowledge to assist when confronted by any of the following.
  • How to carry out Primary and Secondary Assessment.
  • Resuscitation (C.P.R.)
  • Medical conditions (inc. Choking, Shock, Heart conditions, Bleeding, Epilepsy, Strains/ Sprains, Asthma and Heat/ Cold)
Emergency First Aid at Work Pre-requisites:
  • None
  • This course is designed for all professionals involved in the fitness industry, including self employed, gym instructors, personal trainers and aerobics instructors.
Emergency First Aid at Work Practical Elements:
  • Rolling Casualty from face down to Face up
  • Recovery Position
  • Casualty Vomiting (Log Role)
  • Adult, Child CPR
  • Problems with CPR (Barriers)
  • First Aid Box
  • Bleeding (Bandages)
  • Shock, Heart Attack,Stroke,Head injuries
  • Fractures (Bandages)
  • Epilepsy and Asthma
  • Burns,Sprains and Strains
  • Adult, Child and  choking
Emergency First Aid at Work Assessment:

There is no formative assessment, however learners will be constantly assessed throughout the day through practice and questioning.

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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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The Essence of Personal Training – Discovery UK

We are currently recruiting new Trainers and it’s got me thinking what is the essence of Personal Training? My conversations with other trainers have thrown up some interesting perspectives on what Personal Trainers should be doing for clients. I can’t give a conclusive answer, but here are my thoughts on the key roles of a Personal Trainer.

I have been a Personal Trainer in Birmingham for eight years. Before that I had worked as a sports coach as well as teaching literacy, helping Young Offenders and in sports development. All these jobs involved a fair degree of relationship-building, but Personal Training is by far the most personal of all these jobs. Maybe that should come as no surprise, the clue is in the name, but I genuinely believe that the better I know a client, the better I can help them.

On many occasions I have found a client’s weight gain is attributable to psychological or habitual practices rather than knowingly eating too much. Challenging and changing a habit or belief has led to a customer not wanting to eat or drink too much alcohol.
Similarly physical pains or weaknesses are more often linked more to everyday habits than to an anatomical failing. Correcting the way someone sits, works or carries things has frequently stopped them having physical problems. Only by having a thorough knowledge of their work, home, family and personal life have I been able to help them achieve their aims.

Another essence of Personal Training is delivering the deliverable. Most women would love a body like Kate Middleton or the toned curves of Beyoncé. Most men (myself included) would like to look like Brad Pitt.

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Functional Training vs. Traditional Training – Discovery Learning

Functional Training vs. Traditional Training

Functional Training experts believe that their method is better than traditional strength training because it emphasises movements which are used in daily life, strengthening the muscles we are likely to use in our day-to-day activities and preventing injuries while toning the body.

They also believe that traditional gym equipment may be harmful to the body in the long-term because of the use of heavy weights combined with the unnatural positions some machines force the body into.

Traditional gym trainers, particularly weightlifters, have come to the defence of their methods, with the pages of many fitness magazines filled with back-and-forward arguments between the two camps.

Traditional trainers believe that their methods help to build strength, stamina, endurance, and muscle tone which will assist every gym-goer in his or her daily activities. They also believe that the constant resistance offered by gym equipment is better and safer than using Swiss balls and other equipment favoured by Functional Training experts.
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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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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