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How to build your brand as a Personal Trainer

In this post guest author FitPro discuss how to build your brand as a personal trainer both through online and offline channels. This post is the third in a four part series written by FitPro. Part one covered Is personal training the right career for you? and part two explored Which type of personal trainer are you? FitPro will be exploring how to build a concise, targeted and successful brand that matches your style and expertise as a Personal Trainer (PT) along with ideas of inspiration for marketing, and how to represent your brand in the most effective fashion.

Most wanted books of 2021

In this post we explore some of our most in demand eBooks of 2021. From sport science to sport healthcare, take a look and take your pick. High-Performance Training for Sports The second edition has finally arrived and features contributions from global leaders in athletic performance training, coaching, and rehabilitation, sharing the techniques they’ve used with Olympians, elite athletes, and teams from professional sport leagues around the world.  Split into three parts, the book covers establishing and developing resilience, developing athletic capabilities and enhancing and sustaining performance. NSCA’s Essentials of Sport Science With contributions from 52 internationally recognised experts in sport science, this NSCA book provides all you need to know about being a sport scientist from athlete assessment, to data analytics and disseminating information. In addition to being a useful guide for sport scientists it is also useful preparation for the NSCA’s CPSS certification exam. Functional Training Anatomy Strength and conditioning specialists Kevin Carr and Mary Kate Feit cut through the clutter and misconceptions about functional training and cover all aspects of how to …

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Which type of Personal Trainer are you?

If you are embarking on career in personal training have you considered the type of personal trainer (PT) that you would like to be?  By having a clearer sense of the type of trainer that you would like to be, as well as the type of clients that you would like to coach, you are better able to direct your time and efforts and focus on specific skill sets, qualifications, understanding and a stronger business model.  Knowing your destination as a PT will help you to navigate an easier path towards a successful career. This post is authored by special guest author FitPro, and is the second in FitPro’s personal training series where they will be exploring personal training as a career path. (See part one on Is personal training the right career for you?) The four popular types of personal trainer that this article will explore are: Body transformation coach Health and performance coach Sports specific coach Special populations coach Body Transformation Coach Being a Body Transformation Coach (BTC) is a hugely popular route …

How to mentally train for an ultra run

Running ultra distances requires immense physical training, and mental training too. Being mental prepared for the challenges you’ll face during a race is just as important as the physical ones, and could make or break your race. In this post we explore the mental challenge of dealing with discomfort when running in ultra, and how to deal with it. This post is adapted from ultra runner Addie Bracy’s book, Mental Training for Ultrarunning. Getting comfortable with discomfort Nobody enters a 50-mile (80 km) race with the expectation of an absence of pain. We do so with a curiosity of how much we can handle and to see whether we are tougher than the terrain or the distance. Even though we leave the start line knowing that we are guaranteed to experience some discomfort, it can still be difficult to tolerate, especially the longer the race goes on. At times, even the most experienced athletes question whether they can do it. Just because being uncomfortable is an expected aspect of ultrarunning doesn’t mean you should show …

Is personal training the right career for you?

When considering whether to become a Personal Trainer it’s important to do your research to find out if personal training is the right career path for you. In this blog post, special guest author FitPro interviews its Head of Training Aaron Barnett and asks him key questions about becoming a Personal Trainer. This Q&A will highlight what to expect for a career in personal training and help to you to decide whether or not personal training is the right profession for you. FitPro: Do you have to be an active person to become a Personal Trainer (PT)?  Aaron: A Personal Trainer should strive to be a role model and live the lifestyle that is expected of their clients. By living the lifestyle, a PT will understand the good times and the bad and be able to communicate their training principles with authenticity and conviction. Role modelling drives leadership which in turn builds trust, rapport and long-lasting successful relationships with clients. Also, personal training is a physically demanding profession. Personal Trainers must be robust and conditioned …

Exercise and ageing: Can HIIT slow the ageing process?

In this post we explore the ageing process and the benefits of exercise as we age, with a particular focus on high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Unfortunately none of us can avoid getting older, but exercise could be a way to keep our bodies healthier for longer. We explore more below, adapted from Pete McCall’s Ageless Intensity. How we age “Although…every physiological system shows some decline with age, the amount of decline, the systems affected and the age at which the decline begins are highly variable and specific to each individual” McDonald, 2019 Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two adults will age exactly the same way. Likewise, exercise will affect each person differently. Research can provide a general idea of the results from a particular mode of exercise, but exercise is only one variable that influences how the body changes; other factors include nutrition, sleep, and overall level of stress. Although there is no way to guarantee specific results from any exercise program, the evidence does suggest that a lack of regular physical …

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Athletes’ hydration needs before, during and after exercise

Maintaining your hydration status is of utmost importance to both your overall health and athletic performance. In fact, studies have consistently confirmed the link between hydration status and athletic performance in activities ranging from submaximal exercise to maximal-intensity aerobic performance in both warm and hot environments. But how much should you drinking and when should you be drinking it? We explore these questions in this post, adapted from High-Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes.