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With a range of personal training guides and articles that are designed to help you understand your body and how to work out more effectively, the NRPT.co.uk has pulled together a range of guides, tips and information in one place.

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Choosing An Online Personal Trainer Course

Choosing An Online Personal Trainer Course

For many, these online courses prove to be very attractive, particularly if you are working and need to complete course work at odd times of the day or night. They are also considerably cheaper than the more traditional classroom-based courses that you will have seen on the NRPT.co.uk and across the web. Here we examine the pros and cons of online courses and deal with any questions you may have. Is An Online Qualification For You? Online courses will be attractive if you are working an...

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By Ian Duncan

What Is Pilates?

What Is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates method was influenced by Western forms of exercise. This included boxing, gymnastics and Greco-Roman wrestling. It was formed by Joseph during the First World War with the intention to improve the rehabilitation programme for casualties. In the 1920s, Joseph Pilates immigrated to the US and opened a studio in New York, teaching his method, which he called Contrology, for several decades. Pilates was formed by Joe during the First World War with the intention to improve the rehabil...

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By Ian Duncan

Exercises for Hip Replacements

Exercises for Hip Replacements

Why Do People Need Hip Replacements? Hip replacements occur normally as a result of a fracture or arthritic conditions that limit function to the point of requiring a replacement joint to restore quality of life. It is often common that they are preceded by a long period of inactivity caused by the pain and discomfort of an arthritic hip.   Starting Back With Exercise It is great to hear that you are experiencing such an improved and new lease of life but you should definitely f...

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By Ian Duncan

Perfect Your Golf Swing With a Personal Trainer

Perfect Your Golf Swing With a Personal Trainer

At the top level, most pros now work hard at their conditioning, aware that greater strength, endurance and flexibility will lengthen not only their drives, but also their careers.  Why is conditioning so important?  Just analyse a golf swing – a good golf swing requires a combination of flexibility, power and speed, all servicing the ultimate aim of a technically smooth swing. Improving Your Swing with Training If you are keen to improve your golf fitness, one of the best ...

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By Ian Duncan

How Best to Burn Fat Exercising

How Best to Burn Fat Exercising

This is all about the different heart rates we achieve when working out and the impact that has on the calories we burn. Let’s start with understanding these different heart rate zones. What is Maximum Heart Rate? There are four different heart rate zones when it comes to exercise and we express them as a percentage of your maximum heart rate (MHR). We start with low intensity which is defined as 60-70% of your MHR, you may experience this when you are warming up or doing light cardi...

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By Ian Duncan

Accessible learning with Blended Learning

Accessible learning with Blended Learning

This often restricts individuals who want to break into the fitness industry, with many people craving a career in fitness but they simply cannot commit to weeks or months of attendance based learning. What they really need is flexible learning experience to wrap around their busy lifestyles. What Is Blended Learning? If this sounds like you then fear not as there is a solution – blended learning. This modern and innovative approach to learning reduces the need for you to be prese...

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By Ian Duncan

19+ Advanced Learner Loans - Personal Trainer Courses

19+ Advanced Learner Loans - Personal Trainer Courses

In a nutshell, from last August you were able to apply for an Advanced Leaner Loan if you were 19 or over and the qualification was changed to include level 3 right through to level 6. This means a 19+ Advanced learner Loan can be used to pay for a Level 3 personal Trainer Course or even a Level 4. So let’s explain the changes in more detail. The Changes to the Advanced Learning Loan The main change to the advanced learner loan is that you can now apply at aged 19+ rather than hav...

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By Ian Duncan

Virgin Pure Water Purifiers

Virgin Pure Water Purifiers

  Virgin Pure offers two countertop purifiers providing triple-filtered water on tap. The T6 and T7 allow you to set your chilled water to exactly the right temperature for you, whilst providing hot water any time. It's UV lamp ensures none of the nasty stuff like bacteria or chlorine is left in your water, allowing you to enjoy the fresh taste of water or the intended tea or coffee flavour! The T6 WaterBar It's retro looking, comes in 5 different colours and...

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By Ian Duncan

Which Personal Training Course Gets You The Best Job?

Which Personal Training Course Gets You The Best Job?

Once you are qualified you could be employed in a gym working with members to improve their fitness, or you could specialise by working with sports men and women within their chosen sport or as a level 4 specialist you could work with people who have specific medical conditions like diabetes. In the future you could even help train other trainers or even manage your own gym or club. But as with any career there will always be fierce competition for any job. So when you are selecting which cou...

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By Ian Duncan

Cheap Personal Trainer Courses

Cheap Personal Trainer Courses

It is true that anyone can become a personal trainer but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone should! To become personal trainer you need to not only be fit yourself but also patient (not everyone will be able to do what you can), be able to communicate and build relationships with all sorts of different people, and be highly organised. But you also need to be qualified, you need to understand exercise, the body and nutrition. What Qualification Should I Look For? To become a ...

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By Ian Duncan

Become a Level 3 Personal Trainer

Become a Level 3 Personal Trainer

Now is a great time as more people recognise the value of keeping fit and are willing to pay for one to one advice and guidance. But what does the job really involve? What Does a Personal Trainer Really Do? The starting point for any personal trainer with a client is to assess their current fitness levels and what they want to achieve. This will require setting short term and long term goals, planning programmes, working through those programmes keeping your clients motivated throughout. Y...

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By Ian Duncan

Fitness Equipment Buying Guides

Fitness Equipment Buying Guides

With hundreds of fitness equipment brands, thousands of products and millions of brands, products and model combinations, where to start on your quest to buy the right fitness equipment for you and your home? Making sure you consider key features like size or weight is a good place to start, but what about the ability to increase weight on a multigym, or use accessories and different handles? We've done all the jard work for you in creating a number of buying guides for the exercise equip...

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By Ian Duncan

10 Reasons to Get Yourself a Personal Trainer

10 Reasons to Get Yourself a Personal Trainer

Whatever your reasons check our quick list below to see if it sounds familiar - if it does, then you're probably safe to suggest you need a personal trainer! You're Seeing No Results from Exercising Over a number of weeks or months you've been working hard in the gym. But you're not losing weight, not toning up or can't increase those weights like everyone else? A PT is perfect in this instance as they can assess what you're doing, why it's not...

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By Ian Duncan

Starting Your Personal Training Business

Starting Your Personal Training Business

Once you have a Personal Training qualification under your belt you can start to focus on the business side of things. Locking down the essentials at the start is the key to avoiding any unwanted surprises further along. Essential Business Start Up Activities ·           Register with the UK National Register of Personal Trainers ·           Get Public Liability Insura...

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By Ian Duncan

Reduce sitting time to protect aging DNA and possibly extend lifespan

Reduce sitting time to protect aging DNA and possibly extend lifespan

Telomeres are important because they stop chromosomes from 'fraying' or clumping together and 'scrambling' the genetic codes they contain, performing a role similar to the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces, to which they have been likened. Longevity and a healthy lifestyle have been linked to telomere length, but whether physical activity can make any difference, is not clear. The researchers therefore analysed the length of chromosomal telomeres in the blood cells ...

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By Ian Duncan

5 Knee Surgery Recovery Activities

5 Knee Surgery Recovery Activities

The recovery process following knee surgery is a lengthy one, and for at least the first few months you’ll be focused more on regaining strength, flexibility and stability in your knee than anything else. However at the back of most people’s minds is the thought of getting back to ordinary activities, especially exercise and physical hobbies. After undergoing replacement knee surgery you’ll be guided through rehabilitative exercises by a physiotherapist, and they can als...

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By Ian Duncan

Exercises To Practise After Undergoing Knee Replacement Surgery

Exercises To Practise After Undergoing Knee Replacement Surgery

 While it’s certainly true that you’ll need plenty of rest following the operation, and strenuous activities are off the agenda for some time, it’s also vital to begin exercising the knee as soon as possible. 1.    Ankle Pump And Rotation. This exercise helps to get blood circulating through the leg and acts as a warm up before the other stretches. It also helps minimise the danger of blood clots in the leg, which is a risk after knee replacement ...

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By Ian Duncan

The Ultimate Body Management Solution

The Ultimate Body Management Solution

Good nutrition is vital to any workout - it’s 70% nutrition and 30% exercise.  Any workout schedules is incomplete without a good nutritional plan.  Your clients’ won't reap the full benefits of your workouts if they're not eating well. Imagine if you could take control of your clients diet, and get the foods you choose (together) delivered to their door.  You can take control of calories, macro nutrients and meal options.  The Gym Chef system allow...

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By Ian Duncan

The Glycemic Index and Maximising Sports Performance

The Glycemic Index and Maximising Sports Performance

What is the Glycemic Index (GI)? The glycemic index is a scale used to classify foods containing carbohydrate including breads, pasta, rice, cereals, dairy products and drinks. Each food or drink is given a score from 1-100 depending on the rate at which the food is broken down by the body, and the resulting impact it has on blood glucose levels. The ranking of GI foods is as follows: Low GI foods – 55 and under Medium GI foods – 56-69 High GI foods &n...

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By Ian Duncan

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