What Are The Important Fuels For Exercise?

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates and fats are the two main fuels, though during prolonged intensive training bouts, proteins will play a more important role.  For instance, during the last stages of a marathon, when glycogen stores are exhausted, the proteins in muscles and organs may make up 10% of the body’s fuel mixture.

During a period of semi starvation or a low carbohydrate diet, glycogen would be in short supply so more proteins would be broken down to provide the body with fuel.  Up to half of the weight lost by someone following a very low calorie or low carbohydrate diet is likely to come from protein (mainly muscle loss).  Some people think that if they deplete their glycogen stores by following a low carbohydrate diet, they will force their body to break down more fat and lose weight.  This is not the case and this strategy will invariably lead to losing muscle and fat in equal amounts.

Carbohydrates during exercise?

After 60 minutes of moderate to high exercise, most muscle glycogen will be used up, and the body will have to rely more on blood sugar.  After 2 – 3 hours the body will be relying totally on blood sugar (and fats and proteins from muscle).  Therefore when exercising for more than 60 minutes, consuming carbohydrate during a workout will help to delay fatigue and allow performance at a higher level for longer.

An intake of between 30 – 60g (120 – 240 kcals) of carbs per hour is recommended, as this is the maximum amount that can be taken up by the muscles, and so consuming more will not produce beneficial results.  It is also important to start consuming carbs before fatigue sets in, as it can take 30 mins for the glucose to enter the blood stream.

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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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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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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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Core Strength & Stability Exercise Course

REPs Core Ball Exercise Instructor Course Content:

Core Balls are an considered an established training tool worldwide, and they are always available in  health clubs and leisure centres. Good personal trainers use them in one to one sessions because they offer so much flexibility in training methods. Core ball circuits and Core ball classes are popular on all studio timetables because of the wide range of exercises and for the range of ability levels they can be used with

Core ball instructor is a fun and dynamic training course that will help you broaden your skills as a personal trainer and group instructor. This course will increase your knowledge of core training,
methods, such as balance challenges  and strength work that can be used with virtually all of your clients. You will learn how to use Core, stability and flexibility balls and techniques to develop challenging, enjoyable and varied sessions.

This course will teach you how Core Balls can be used to develop core strength and balance in a class or personal training environment. You will also learn the correct techniques for a variety of Balance, strength and body sculpting exercises and how to link these up into a circuit class or stand alone Core Ball class. Great for training in the gym or at home, you will be able to correctly and safely teach and supervise these skills in a one-to-one training or small group environment.

REPs Core Ball Exercise Instructor Course Aims

The Aim of the Core ball Instructor Course is to develop an understanding of various practical core exercises that are appropriate for improving fitness with clients in a 1-on-1 environment.
Objectives:
By the end of the course attendees will be able to:
Understand how Core ball exercises can be used to develop fitness
Demonstrate competent techniques for all ability levels.
Demonstrate competent techniques for progression, modification and alternatives.
Demonstrate competent techniques for designing a core ball class.
Safely and effectively selection and use of core balls for fitness training

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