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.

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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

Short Burst of Exercise Improves Memory

Short Burst of Exercise Improves Memory

While prior studies have analyzed the effect of regular exercise on cognitive function and health as we age, a new study examines how a short session of intense exercise impacts memory skills. Researchers from UC Irvine's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory studied people from 50 to 85 years old, some who had minor memory problems and some who did not. Volunteers viewed photographs of nice things, including animals and outdoor nature scenes. Then some were asked to ri...

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By Ian Duncan

Leafy Greens Help Prevent Damage Caused by Physical Training

Leafy Greens Help Prevent Damage Caused by Physical Training

Furthermore eating watercress just two hours before your workout will provide the benefit.  The research was published in the British Journal of Nutrition. There is no doubt that regular exercise has a plethora of physical and mental benefits. However the increased demand places additional stress on the body and can result in ‘normal’ cellular and DNA damage. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has shown that simple watercress can help to prevent so...

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By Ian Duncan

Physical Training May Slow Cognitive Decline as We Age

Physical Training May Slow Cognitive Decline as We Age

During the study almost 700 participants took part in cognitive testing and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain at age 70, and again at age 73. How to Measure Activity Levels First Questionnaires were used to assess the volunteers' physical activity levels as well as their more cerebral hobbies. Adjustments were made to account for variables like overall health conditions, social class, and age. Study participants who were at least 70 years old and engaged in regular exerc...

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By Ian Duncan

What to look for in a Personal Trainer

What to look for in a Personal Trainer

Finding the right personal trainer can be a challenge. While it’s crucial that any potential candidate is fully qualified, you need to be sure that you are going to enjoy spending time with them – hopefully on a regular basis. Developing a personal, yet professional relationship with your trainer is very important. Trust your instincts. Ask yourself if you think you could get along well with the trainer and whether you think the trainer is genuinely interested in helping yo...

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By Ian Duncan

Raisins Rival Sports Chews for Boosting Athletic Performance

Raisins Rival Sports Chews for Boosting Athletic Performance

Researchers from California-Davis University compared how natural supplements and commercial carbohydrate supplements impact endurance running performance. The research was published in the Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition. The researchers conducted three randomized trials set one week apart. Runners were asked to eat sports chews, raisins, or drink water before exercising. When participants ate sports chews or raisins, they averaged one minute faster ...

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By Ian Duncan

Exercise Helps Reduce Anxiety During Stressful Events

Exercise Helps Reduce Anxiety During Stressful Events

Previous studies have conclusively demonstrated a link between exercise and positive mood, however it wasn’t clear whether these effects endure when we are faced with everyday stressors, outside the gym. More recent research, soon to be published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found that exercise helps to buffer the effect of emotional exposure. Furthermore, exercise not only reduces anxiety but helps maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with ...

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By Ian Duncan

Children’s Exercise Interventions Show Negligible Impact on Obesity

Children’s Exercise Interventions Show Negligible Impact on Obesity

A plethora of previous research has confirmed that the more physically active children are the more they are likely to be of a healthy weight (as measured by BMI) and furthermore the more likely they are to remain active and maintain a healthy weight into adulthood. Not surprisingly this has led to the development of interventions aimed at increasing levels of physical activity in children by providing them with extra exercise sessions during or after school. However according to the ...

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By Ian Duncan

3 Great Treadmills for Running

3 Great Treadmills for Running

These three treadmills are ideal for burning those calories, improving your cardiovascular system, and reducing your stress levels. Sedentary jobs are the worst, and just a good run on a treadmill can make you feel better, more alive, and happier, too! Treadmills are available in a range of prices and features. Here are three: Sole F63 Treadmill The F63 treadmill has been reviewed as "Simply the best quality treadmill in its price range" by numerous consumer resources a...

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By Ian Duncan

How to Be a Personal Trainer

How to Be a Personal Trainer

In order to be a personal trainer in the UK You are required to have a Level Three Certificate. If you are a Level 2 fitness/gym instructor and possess as high level of both experience and knowledge, and have advanced qualifications including the level 3 certificate, you may act as a personal trainer. By completing a course that permits you to become a member of the Register of Exercise Professional (REP’s), you will be able to increase your chances of employment as a personal traine...

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By Ian Duncan

Mind Games for the Gym

Mind Games for the Gym

#1 Make Targets and Take Aim Setting goals in terms of distance, time or weight lifted, allows you to clearly see changes and progress with your exercise routine. Make some short, medium and long term targets. If you are a runner  for example; the short term goal may be to run 10k’s in 2 months, the medium term goal may to run a half marathon in 4 months and the long term goal may be to run a marathon itself within 9-12 months.  From small acorns… #2 Cross-Train...

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By Ian Duncan

Advantages of a Personal Trainer

Advantages of a Personal Trainer

Have you ever considered the advantages of hiring a personal trainer?  For anyone seeking to improve their fitness, working with a personal trainer has many advantages, allowing you to reach your goals quicker and more efficiently than you might do working by yourself. Most gyms have access to a network of qualified trainers you can work with, but many people hesitate to talk to them, unsure how using a personal trainer can help them. And while it is true that in the past, using ...

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By Ian Duncan

Free Personal Trainer Courses

Free Personal Trainer Courses

You may be able to take free personal trainer courses online for no cost and obtain a certificate; however this may not qualify you to practice as a personal trainer unless your 'free personal trainer course certificate' is recognised through the registry of exercise professionals in the UK. If you want to learn about personal training as your own personal interest and hobby then this may be a good option for you as it will certainly save you money. The free programs will be offered o...

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By Ian Duncan

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