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Articles, news, views and reviews for health and fitness professionals and participants.

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 …


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.

What is ‘Anti’ core training?

When thinking of core strength many of us often envisage a six-pack, which whilst looking aesthetically pleasing, may not necessarily translate to purposeful function in the athletic arena. In this blog post adapted from Functional Training Anatomy we explore the core’s role in working as stabilisers and anti-movement muscles. We look at different core exercises and the movements they prevent rather than the movements they create.

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Secrets of a personal trainer: How to keep clients on track

As a personal trainer, one of the first steps you will take with a new client is conducting an initial assessment, determining an appropriate starting point for achieving established goals.  Such assessments are not one-off events, but should be ongoing – checking in along the way to make sure the client stays on track. In this post, we explore some of the most important responsibilities of trainers when it comes to ongoing assessment and keeping the client on track. Adapted from Secrets of Successful Program Design.

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Small-group training: A sample program for fitness professionals

The pandemic has meant many of us have been working out alone in the comfort and safety of our own homes. When restrictions begin to ease will we run back to our old fitness classes, or will we be seeking smaller group sessions? Working out in a smaller group may allow some to feel more comfortable following the pandemic restrictions and may help create more of a community team spirit amongst participants. In this post, adapted from Keli Roberts’ A Professional’s Guide to Small-Group Personal Training, we take a look at a sample partner programme for you to implement in your small-group training. Why partner or team training? One of the main advantages of partner and team training in a small-group setting is that it provides an excellent opportunity to build community and accountability in a more social environment. Participants develop bonds and become accountable to each other as well as to the group as a whole. This helps build consistency in attendance and makes it easier for trainers to retain clients. It can also …