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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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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

Why Bother with Winter Training?

Why Bother with Winter Training?

Plan Your Winter Running Training It is often the most difficult time to train, as well as the training being quite difficult. From the weather conditions and short nights, through to the cold and damp, nothing will help you with motivation apart from a training partner, a PT and of course your own self motivation. Why is Winter Training Needed? There's a few reasons really. Not only the obvious need to keep yourself in tip top shape, but also training across the winter will help yo...

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By Ian Duncan

Body Sculpting for Women – 12 Common Myths Debunked

Body Sculpting for Women – 12 Common Myths Debunked

Myth 1 Weight training makes you bulky Due to the fact that women do not produce as much testosterone (the hormone responsible for increasing muscle size) as males do, it is extremely difficult for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass. The image that may come to mind is of professional female body-builders. Many of those women unfortunately use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. In addition, mos...

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By Ian Duncan

How Can Physiotherapy Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy?

How Can Physiotherapy Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy?

It doesn’t always have to be that way, and there are steps you can take to both prevent and reduce back pain. Why is back pain so common during pregnancy? When you are pregnant your body is flooded with hormones, including ‘relaxin,’ which makes your ligaments softer and more stretchy, in preparation for childbirth.  In addition to this your body is becoming heavier and your centre of gravity shifts as your belly expands. Combined together this can put an extra ...

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By Ian Duncan

New Knee ligament discovered- What does it mean?

New Knee ligament discovered- What does it mean?

Knee collapses following surgery may be a thing of the past thanks to new research that has identified a previously unknown ligament in the knee – the anterolateral ligament (ALL).                          The discovery brings hope to thousands of sportsmen and women forced to retire early due to knee injury as well as the many thousands in the UK who suffer from knee osteoarthritis...

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By Ian Duncan

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