Personal Training Articles

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.

Check below for some of our articles or why not check out our dedicated training section that has information about your body, training techniques and ideas.

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...

» Read More

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 ...

» Read More

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...

» Read More

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 ...

» Read More

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...

» Read More

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...

» Read More

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...

» Read More

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...

» Read More

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 ...

» Read More

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...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

Should You Consider a Personal Trainer for Your Ski Holiday?

Should You Consider a Personal Trainer for Your Ski Holiday?

Believe it or not that's how many families, couples and individuals feel after every ski holiday they go on. Apart from the après-ski, one day after another of skiing and people very quickly succumb to weariness if they are not fit and ready for about 3 or 4 workouts each day! Step 1 - Do I Really Need to Bother? Let's look at this practically and sensibly. There's absolutely no requirement for you to get a trainer or even embark on any fitness program for your ski holid...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

How To Become A Gym Instructor

How To Become A Gym Instructor

Don't be fooled into thinking that it's an easy choice however - becoming a gym instructor takes hard work and dedication.  Those who are determined will also need to invest in courses that will give them the knowledge and experience that they need to be able to help others. Obtaining qualifications Formal qualifications are an essential part of becoming a gym instructor.  To be able to work as a gym instructor in the UK it is important to obtain the following: ...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

Exercise Improves Memory for those at Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Exercise Improves Memory for those at Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

It is the first study of its kind to demonstrate that older adults who have MCI can benefit from exercise intervention, improving brain function as well as memory recall. A certain amount of memory loss is normal as we grow older. However,  significant memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. “No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise,” said the study’s lead a...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

Exercise Changes The Brain To Be More Resilient To Stress

Exercise Changes The Brain To Be More Resilient To Stress

The researchers found that mice allowed to ‘exercise’ responded differently to stress.  When exposed to a stressor their brains showed a rise in the action of neurons that stifle excitability in the region of the brain responsible for regulating anxiety. Running produced a large increase in the number of new neurons in the hippocampus — a brain region shown to regulate anxiety — of a mouse that ran for six weeks (left). The brown cells are new neurons, which are m...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

30 Minutes of Exercise Training - The Key to a Healthier You [Infographic]

30 Minutes of Exercise Training - The Key to a Healthier You [Infographic]

​ ________________________________________________________________________________ Are you interested in becoming a qualified personal trainer? If so please check out our personal training courses.  ...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

To call yourself a personal trainer - you need a Level 3 or Level 4 recognised qualification! So how can you get your Level 3 (or 4 for that matter) Personal Training qualification? With a myriad of different training providers offering an even wider range of personal training courses from part time to classroom-based, elearning to intensive, you'd be forgiven for getting completely confused as to who to go to and which Level 3 training course to take. Let's go back to basics first. ...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

Early-Morning Training - Best Before or After Breakfast?

Early-Morning Training - Best Before or After Breakfast?

  For Fat Loss - Exercise Before Breakfast ​Skipping breakfast can make you crave high-calorie food later in the day – but if you exercise before you break your overnight fast, this isn’t the case. In fact it can be beneficial for those trying to lose fat, according to research by Northumbria University. (2) Dr Emma Stevenson with Javier Gonzalez and volunteer Ben Green The Study Once group of participants ran on a treadmill after breakfast, while another ...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

Short Bursts of Moderate Exercise Boost Self Control

Short Bursts of Moderate Exercise Boost Self Control

  The researchers suspect that improvements in higher brain function may be the result of increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The review was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  A number of previous studies have assessed the impact of both short bursts and regular exercise on higher brain functions such as memory, concentration and decision making. While regular exercise did not appear to have a significant effect, the researchers caution...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

7 Ways to Maximize Your Time in the Gym

7 Ways to Maximize Your Time in the Gym

That's probably why so many people end up losing interest and dropping out. It doesn't have to be that way.  With a few management techniques, you can make the most out of your time at the gym and enjoy an effective and rewarding workout. Hopefully you’ll ‘catch the bug’ and even learn to love it. 1. Work with a personal trainer or partner up.If you lack motivation on you're own, a personal trainer can give it to you, making sure that you're livi...

» Read More

By Ian Duncan

Trainers
PT Courses