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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 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

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...

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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: ...

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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...

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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...

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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.  ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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By Ian Duncan

Acupuncture May Boost Training Performance and Recovery

Acupuncture May Boost Training Performance and Recovery

Article authors reviewed literature from four separate studies in which participants received acupuncture either before or after exercise. Authours Paola Urroz, Ben Colagiuri, Caroline Smith, and Birinder Singh Cheema, University of Western Sydney (Campbelltown), and University of Sydney, Australia, believe that acupuncture may provide a positive effect on exercise and post-exercise recovery. However, they acknowledge that these findings are preliminary. Larger controlled studies and stan...

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By Ian Duncan

High Fructose Corn Syrup May Cause Overeating

High Fructose Corn Syrup May Cause Overeating

Listed as an ingredient in a wide variety of foods, high fructose corn syrup has no more calories than regular table sugar. It's the ratio of fructose to glucose that makes the difference. Table sugar has a 50/50 mix of fructose and glucose, while high fructose corn syrup has a 55 to 45 percent ratio. That difference changes the way our bodies metabolize them.     With a parallel between increasing rates of obesity and high fructose diets, researchers wanted to ...

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By Ian Duncan

Hottest Fitness Trends

Hottest Fitness Trends

Personal Training: Group Style A huge benefit of having a personal trainer is that you are less likely to slack off if you know someone is monitoring your progress. The downside may be the cost. To make it more affordable, two to four people hire a personal trainer to conduct a session together. For group personal training to work, individuals should be at approximately the same fitness level and have closely-related goals.   Interval Training Our fast-paced lifestyl...

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By Ian Duncan

Regular Walking Reduces Stroke Risk for Women

Regular Walking Reduces Stroke Risk for Women

Details about lifestyle, diet, medical history, and anthropometry were taken. Participants were surveyed about the amount of exercise undertaken between 1992 and 1992 and monitored until 2006 to  for any cardiovascular complications. At the end of the study, there were 210 transient ischemic attacks and 442 strokes among the men and women involved. Of those, 80 percent were ischemic, ten percent were hemorrhagic, seven percent were subarachnoid hemorrhage, and three percent...

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By Ian Duncan

Why Interval Training Is Essential for Fat Burning

Why Interval Training Is Essential for Fat Burning

It's a well-known fact that all fat burning workouts are not the same. Some exercises can be better than others. However, if you want to efficiently train your body to burn fat and boost your metabolism, make sure to include interval training in the exercise program that you are undertaking. What is Interval Training Interval training is highly intensified exercise that involves working at an extremely fast pace for a short period of time and followed with a low intensity exercise like...

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By Ian Duncan

Business Help for PTs

Business Help for PTs

The beginning of a new year is always a good time for fitness professionals. Deborah Arthurs from the Daily Mail reported last week that around 95% of the UK population will make a New Year's Resolution come January.  The three most common resolutions are to lose weight, to get fit and eat more healthily. The fourth most common resolution is to save more money / spend less. The Personal Trainer who can deliver cost effective and time efficient ways for people to lose weight, ...

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By Ian Duncan

International Society of Sports Nutrition Releases Position on Energy Drinks

International Society of Sports Nutrition Releases Position on Energy Drinks

However many consumers are questioning the associated health claims and also the effects when it comes to exercise and regular consumption. The International Society of Sports Nutrition evaluated available scientific literature to make recommendations about energy drinks and to address exercise performance and safety. It is important to note the differences between sports drinks, energy shots, and energy drinks. Sports drinks are designed to rehydrate and usually contain carbohydrates...

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By Ian Duncan

Study: Aerobics Beats Resistance Training for Fat and Weight Loss

Study: Aerobics Beats Resistance Training for Fat and Weight Loss

A study out of Duke University Medical Center analyzed the results of aerobic exercise, resistance exercise, and a combination of both in the biggest randomized trial of its kind, using overweight adults who did not have diabetes. Research Previous studies of aerobics like swimming, walking, and running have proven its effectiveness in losing weight. In recent years, resistance exercises like weightlifting have been touted as a good way to build muscle and improve metabolism, resultin...

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By Ian Duncan

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