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Sports Insurance Sale Continues!  

You can now get yourself prepared for a 2015 packed full of training, trials and tribulations by getting  comprehensive cover for your chosen sport from just £39.99 per year.

This is perfect timing as we know that there will be many New Year Resolutions over the coming weeks to get fit, take on a physical challenge, achieve that desired summer beach body, improve sporting skills, take up a new sport or to simply win more. With sports insurance, you’ll have the peace of mind to push yourself to achieve your very best.

Offer also applies to PT insurance

January is the time when the majority of people will get back into the gym and work on their fitness, making it a primetime for Personal Trainers and fitness class instructors to start up. We understand that PTs are a business and you need to consider all costs, so for those looking for a deal when they are renewing their insurance or are starting out in the profession, this 20% off essential PT insurance will help.   Once you’re insurance is sorted, you’re free to focus on making your business a success.  Read more here about the Top 10 trends personal trainers need to know about in 2015.

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Matt’s 12 stone challenge

It’s been nearly a month since I last wrote about my challenge and I’m pleased to announce that things are going really well. My fitness has vastly improved in the last four weeks, which I think is down to setting myself regular targets to beat, and being motivated to achieve them and by pushing myself to beat these targets.

I have being focusing my cardiovascular training into four main areas in the gym;

  • Treadmill
  • Cross-trainer
  • Rowing machine
  • Cycling machine

I’ve found that splitting up my cardio training has really helped, doing a bit on each machine can mean you do a lot more exercise than if you had just stayed on the one machine, but it seems to feel less as you are using different parts of the body on each machine and having short breaks in between also helps massively.

I have seen massive gains in my fitness. Eight weeks ago when I joined the gym, I was struggling to run for more than half a mile, whereas just last night for example, I did:

  • 3 mile run (27 mins)
  • 3 mile cycle (11 mins)
  • 1 mile cross-trainer (7 mins)

From the weight gain perspective, things are moving upwards, but slowly! Because I’ve been doing a lot of cardio training to regain my general fitness, along with my extremely high metabolism this  has meant that although I have been ‘bulking’ I have only gained 1.5kg in the last four weeks, which is less than I was expecting due to the amount of food I am taking in each day.

I feel a lot stronger in all areas of my body than I did eight weeks ago, for example, when I first joined I was doing three sets of 10 at 20kg on the chest press, whereas now I vary between three sets of 15 at 40kg and three sets of 10 at 45kg.

I have been ‘bulking’ by going well over the recommended 2500kcal on a daily basis but not eating any junk food at all. I have been having at least one protein shake a day, with an additional one on gym days to aid recovery.

This means that on a normal day when I’m not at the gym I am taking on anywhere between 3000-4500kcal, but on a day when I do go to the gym I am taking on anywhere between 4000-5000kcal.

Having taken advice from fellow users of the gym, I am told that it won’t be easy (to gain weight whilst doing a lot of cardio) but I need to persevere and eat as much as possible, clean calories when possible.

I’m sure with Christmas coming up; I will be eating a lot of food which should definitely help!

As always, any advice any of you may have would be greatly appreciated.

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How to motivate your clients to achieve more – be SMART!

As a Personal Trainer your job is to get the most out of your clients and maximise results no matter how big or small their goal is. They’ve called on you to help, and it’s down to you to unlock their door that leads to progression.

One of the biggest ‘doors’ that prevent people from achieving what they want is motivation. Or to be more precise: a lack of motivation. Without motivation, will power and downright grit and determination, goals will fall by the way side, results will flounder and progression will come to a standstill.  One of your jobs, as a Personal Trainer, is to ensure this never happens, and it’s all about being SMART.

Be SMART!

Goal setting is one of the most effective tools to keep motivation levels high. However, it’s not as easy it seems. Get it wrong, and your client’s motivation will significantly suffer. A popular method to use when setting goals is the SMART formula. Follow this and you shouldn’t go wrong.

Set Specific goals. The more specific goals are, the more motivating they will be. For example, telling your client that you want them to lose one stone in six weeks is a precise statement with a finite outcome. Both you and they know from the start what the end goal is.

Set Measurable goals. It can be easy for you and your client to set goals that are too vague. Wanting to become fitter or weigh less doesn’t work. How much fitter do they want to become? How much weight do they want to lose? Charting and documenting development is clear and measurable and will help you and your client identify your progression.

Set Adjustable goals. Goals that are set in stone can put too much pressure on both you and your client, which may have a detrimental effect on motivation. For example, what happens if your client feels sick or gets injured? Problems like these may require training to be put on hold, which could have a huge effect on goals. On the other hand, if a goal is too easily achievable, it may need to be raised. Targets that aren’t challenging will affect motivation.

Set Realistic goals. Setting an end goal that is unreachable will have absolutely no benefit. Forever striving to reach a target that is unobtainable will exhaust both you and your client and leave you deflated once the goal hasn’t been achieved. Set targets that can be reached, but require hard work. Goals that are too easy – losing 3lbs in six weeks – will leave your client unfilled and bored. Remember, by following the SMART principle, you can always adjust them.

Set Time-based goals. Breaking down goals into shorter goals (stepping stones) will help maintain focus and motivation. For example, let’s say you and your client have identified that you want to lose one stone in six weeks. Now this may seem like a big target, but by breaking it down into shorter weekly goals, i.e. 2.3llbs a week, makes it feel much more achievable and will help keep you both motivated and more likely to stick to it.

Remember, goals and targets help create structure for both you and your client. Without them, training sessions will become less effective, your client may become disinterested, and you too could lose motivation. Be SMART will help you motivate your clients to achieve more.

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Five tips every Personal Trainer needs to know

The rapid growth in Personal Trainers doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. The world wants to get fitter and it needs help doing it. This is where you come in, offering valuable fitness advice, training schedules and nutritional plans. As fitness professionals you are the client’s link between setting a goal and achieving it. So it’s vitally important that you are as good as you can be.

However, many Personal Trainers fall at the first hurdle and fail to do the most basic of things right, alienating themselves from their clients and more importantly, preventing clients from achieving their goals.   Undoubtedly, this will have a negative effect on you, your client and your progression as a Personal Trainer.   It really is a case of doing the simple things right. Follow these five tips to make sure you are becoming the best Personal Trainer you can be.

1) DO show your clients you care

A client will pick up straight away whether you are there for them or are only interested in taking their cash. Your main goal should be to help the client and offer support and advice wherever you can. Invest in them and how you can help. Don’t jump in and start talking about price plans. It will scare them off. Don’t worry; if you show you care, and want to help the client, they will stay. Heck, they will even recommend you to their friends.

2) DO stay within in the boundaries

In other words, remain professional! It can be very easy to spark up a relationship with clients. After all, you are working frequently with each other, and on a one-to-one basis. The majority of clients are there to lose weight and become fitter, but some pay for Personal Trainers for company, to let off steam or even someone to confide in. Remember what your job is and why you are there.

Remind yourself that you are working and trying to build a business. You’re not being unfair or unprofessional if you don’t agree to work an extra half-hour with a client, free of charge, or you aren’t prepared to drive an hour or so outside your ‘work location’ to help a client. In fact, you are being more professional.

3) DO invest your time and attention to each client

For that one-hour a week that you are working with your client, invest all your time and effort into them. Don’t look bored, don’t get distracted and don’t talk about yourself.

If you can’t be bothered, how do you think your client will feel? They are parting with their hard-earned cash so you can help them. They don’t care if you have had a bad day, nor do they deserve a bad service because you’re feeling tired.

Your job is to be motivating, inspirational and to set a good example at all times – no matter what.

4) DON’T be a know-it-all

Nobody likes a know-it-all. Not only does it come across as arrogance, but it also creates a clear superiority divide between you and your client. Of course you are there to help, but you don’t want to create an environment where your client doesn’t feel comfortable asking. A good Personal Trainer will offer advice, suited to that client, which will help them achieve the goals they are aiming for.  On the other hand, if you don’t know the answer to a question, be honest. Talking about stuff you don’t know anything about can lead to problems. Especially if the advice you give is dangerous.

5) DON’T ever be late

There is nothing worse than waiting for your Personal Trainer to show up, and then watching them rush about, hurrying through the session. It looks unprofessional and it looks like you don’t care. You are also cheating your client out of their money. An excuse, no matter what it is, isn’t good enough. Make sure you are on time and never cut a session short. If you are struggling to get from one session to another, manage your time better.

These are five very simple tips to follow, and are probably things you are already familiar with – we’d certainly like to think so. But you’ll be amazed at how quickly Personal Trainers forget such simple things. And trust us, they make a big difference. Never forget the basics.

 

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Top 10 Trends Personal Trainers Need To Know About In 2015  

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Top 5 ways for Personal Fitness Trainers to get new clients

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Top 10 Trends Personal Trainers Need To Know About In 2015  

Calling all Personal Trainers. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has recently announced its annual fitness trend forecast for 2015. The survey has been based on responses from over 3,400 fitness professionals worldwide.

This is the list you need to know about. As a Personal Trainer, it’s paramount to keep on top of new trends and hot topics. You don’t want to get left behind, and more importantly, you want to stay in touch with what your clients are interested in and design and shape sessions to suit.

The results of their survey, now in its ninth year, were published in the November/ December issue of the ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal.

Each fitness professional was given a choice of thirty-nine potential trends and asked to vote on what they through would be the most popular in 2015.

While the survey is designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments, it’s a valuable source of information for Personal Trainers to keep one step ahead.

Lets take a look at the results…

  • Body weight training: Using your own body weight as resistance is a cheap and effective way to improve fitness. Exercises such as the plank, lunge, squat and press up require little equipment and can be performed by your clients in the comfort of their own home.
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): This type of intense training, which many presumed would just be a fad doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon. So build on this and develop your programs accordingly.
  • Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals: This is good news for all Personal Trainers. The buzz continues to grow. However, more Personal Trainers means more choice for clients. So it’s important you stand out above the rest. Qualifications, experience, reputation, dedication and networking are fundamental, to ensure you are people’s first choice.
  • Strength training: Another key element that Personal Trainers need to know inside out. Strength training is such an important element of fitness. A strong, conditioned body is more efficient, and works far better. Don’t just focus on aerobic endurance.
  • Personal Training: It’s the job that everyone wants to do! Each year, more and more students are graduating with Sport Science degrees and fitness qualifications. It’s a healthy position to be in; competition is a good thing.
  • Exercise and weight loss: A trend you would expect to see, thankfully. While nutrition is such an important factor to one’s health, exercise is a key component of a weight loss program.
  • Yoga: Yoga can help improve flexibility, posture as well as improve health and relaxation. Start incorporating it into your sessions.
  • Fitness Programs for Older Adults: A market you may not be too aware of. As many people start to retire and enjoy a more relaxing period of their life, a lot are taking to fitness classes to keep fit and healthy. In 2015, expect to see health and fitness professionals taking the time to create age-specific fitness programs.
  • Functional Fitness: Training your body to handle real life situations. Strength training has been shown to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and fitness programs for older athletes are closely linked.
  • Group Personal Training: Although we are starting to emerge from the recession, it’s still hitting people hard. One-on-one fitness sessions are expensive for some people; group sessions of twos and threes may be more appealing to those who want to lose weight and still keep the pounds in their pocket.

Things to look out for

There’s enough to look out for in 2015 and to keep you busy. The world wants to get fitter, which is good news for Personal Trainers and Fitness Professionals. But it’s down to you to tailor your programs to suit each individual. In summary, according to the research, body weight training, HIIT, strength training and functional fitness will grow significantly next year. Plan now and be one step ahead.

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Top 5 ways for Personal Fitness Trainers to get new clients

There isn’t a single fitness instructor who doesn’t want more clients. Fresh faces means busier timetables, new goals, varying training schedules and of course, more income.  New clients keep the job interesting, exciting and ultimately, rewarding.  However, many personal trainers struggle to find more clients, and are often left scratching their heads as to why.

For some it can be genuinely difficult to find more people to work with, but it really shouldn’t be. Not when you think that a full-time personal trainer only needs 15-20 clients in order to work 30-40 hour weeks – the average client will train at least twice a week.

Here are five, yet simple ways to get new clients.

1) Find your voice

It may seem a little cheesy, but it’s so important to be your own personal trainer. There are thousands of fitness instructors out there, all in the same boat as you, all looking for work. You need to stand out from the rest. You need to do your own thing, and find a formula that works for you. Now this doesn’t mean doing something totally outrageous, after all, there are only so many roads that lead to fitness. But why not devise your own routines and specific programmes that are perhaps a little different, which make you jump out from the crowd?

Don’t be frightened to do things your way. There are too many similar personal trainers out there, and no one got anywhere by being the same.

2) Do your job well

In order to get more clients, you have to be on it 24/7. There may well come a day when you can’t be bothered or perhaps lack the enthusiasm you did the day before, but you must remember that your reputation precedes you, and clients will pick up very quickly if you’re not giving 100 per cent.   Every client deserves your undivided commitment and enthusiasm. They are the ones who have chosen you. They are the ones who have parted with their hard earned cash. And they are the ones who could very easily go elsewhere.

As a fitness instructor, your reputation is vital and it only takes one bad review to tarnish that, potentially unravelling years and years of hard work. On the other hand, a good reputation can spread like wildfire. There is really is no better reference than word of mouth.

3) Going above and beyond

For a lot of personal trainers, their job with the client finishes the moment they walk out the door. It’s down to you to go that extra mile.

Each week, you only have a very small window of time to work with your client. After that, it’s down to them and in a lot of cases, many don’t follow what they have been told or instructed to do. This is where you can help and show to your client that you are with them every step of the way. Remember, good reputations spread like wildfire.

Why not set up a time when you can ring your client and see how they are progressing that week? How about an email where your client can send you any queries they might have? There are many more things you can do: specific weekly training goals, nutrition plans, and food diaries. It’s these little things that can make a massive difference and show to your client that you are willing to go above and beyond and that you want to help.

4) Social media

Creating a social media platform will help build reputations, increase your portfolio, and extend your network. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are just a few examples of social media outlets that you can use to your advantage. It’s free advertising:

  • Create a Facebook page where you can upload information about classes and how they can contact you. Get your friends to share the page with their friends. Before you know it, your page is being seen by thousands of potential clients.
  • Create a Twitter page. Link up with other Personal Trainers, fitness bloggers, and health organisations. Networking is absolutely critical for personal trainers. You never know what opportunities may arise from being friends with the right people.
  • Create an Instagram page, documenting what you offer through pictures and videos. You are in charge of your content. You are in charge of what you want people to see.

5) Market yourself – weekly newsletter, emails

Weekly newsletters and blogs are great ways to reach out to as many people as possible. Such outlets also give you the opportunity to explain more about yourself and what you have been up to.

Weekly newsletters are an important factor when trying to increase your client base. Letting people know what classes you are running, whether you are offering new deals or even a free complimentary induction class, will inevitably increase the chances of finding more clients. Remember, emails can be shared and just like social media outlets, the more people that see your content the better.

Never under estimate the power of blogging either. Writing blogs is a perfect opportunity to express your knowledge on specific subjects and even critique certain newspaper articles you may have read that week, which you think are misleading.   You might not think it, but blogging is a great way to showcase your talent and personality. Building a bigger client base is all about trust. The more they know about you the better.

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Top 5 worst footballing injuries

Football is a truly beautiful game (sometimes) but it’s also a fiercely competitive one, which burns brightly within the very top tier of the professional ranks right the way through to the lower amateur leagues.

That passion, will-to-win and never say die attitude is what makes football the game it is, and is why up and down the country every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, thousands of people grace the fields at their local parks and try their hardest to put that round ball of leather into a net.
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NOW’S THE TIME TO BECOME A DANCE INSTRUCTOR   

Dance is the UK’s fastest growing art form with more than 4.8million people regularly attending community dance groups each year. There are a number of reasons that have attributed to the dance boom. Not only is the country becoming far more aware of the health and fitness benefits that derive from dancing, but television programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Got To Dance have reignited people’s passion for dance.

Each evening, up and down the country, people of all ages, sex, ability and experience in dance are signing up to classes in their local gym. Dance studio or community town hall. However, as numbers continue to grow, an issue is slowly starting to emerge: quite simply, there aren’t enough dance instructors. If you’ve always dreamt of one day making a career as a dance teacher, then there’s no better time than now.
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Insanity: Is It For You?

After proving such a hit throughout the USA, Insanity classes are now being rolled out across Britain, paving a new way in how we approach fitness and exercise.

For those of you who don’t know, Insanity workouts are total-body conditioning programmes, with particular focus on maximum interval training, using a combination of aerobic (with oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen) exercises.

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