Steps to becoming a personal trainer

3 simple steps to becoming a top personal trainer

There are loads of jobs in the fitness industry. Gym instructor, fitness trainer, Yoga teacher, swimming coach, Pilates instructor… The list in endless! However, the ultimate job in the fitness industry is – without a doubt – being a personal trainer. Why do we say this? Read on to find out… What is a personal trainer? […]

Make a difference to your personal training clients

How to make a lasting impact on your personal training clients’ lives

People come to personal trainers for a number of reasons all to do with getting their body healthier. But what happens when they’ve achieved their goals and want to move onto the next goal? What happens to your personal training clients then? Do you lose the client or do you do something else with them? […]

The Pelvic Lift

The Pelvic Lift | Basic Pilates Mat Exercise | Trifocus Fitness Academy

When you start off a Pilates routine, there are certain fundamental exercises that you need to start off with doing before you get into the more complex work as these prep your body for what it needs to do. The Pelvic Lift – which is one such exercise – is performed on the mat and […]

Benefits of resistance bands

Benefits of adding resistance bands to your workout

There are a number of number of powerful workouts that you can do with resistance bands say fitness professionals at Women’s Health South Africa. These include the seated row, push-up with resistance as well as the frog push. Watch the video below to see how to do a lateral raise with a resistance band. Our […]

Develop a mind-body connection

What is the “mind-body connection” and how can it help you?

More and more scientists and doctors are talking about the power of the mind-body connection. It’s not a new idea: Hundreds of years ago, medicine men were treating the minds and bodies of their patients. But as Western medicine evolved, it somehow zoomed in on the body and forgot all about the mind. What is […]

The structure of the human heart

How is the heart structured?

Next to the brain, the heart is the most important organ of the body as it is responsible for pumping blood – which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues – through the body. The vessels that are responsible for transporting the blood are called veins and arteries. If these transporters get damaged, very […]

The building blocks of the nervous system

The building blocks of the nervous system

The nervous system is vital to our daily functioning as it controls sensory, integrative and motor functioning. In fact, it’s so vital that – without it – we are technically dead even though our heart may still be beating. What makes up the nervous system? Dr Jasvinder Chawla, Chief of Neurology at Hines Veterans Affairs […]

Why should you have a strong core

The core powerhouse explained

If you have read fitness and health related articles, or chatted to fitness influencers and personal trainers, you would have heard the word core quite a bit. Personal trainers especially love to talk about this and the importance of doing exercises that involve, support and strengthen it. But what exactly is it all about? What function […]

Incorporate the FITT principle into your life

How to add the FITT principle properly into your training

Reaching your body, weight and fitness goals depend on a few things: giving nothing less than 100% with every training session, being intelligent and strategic with your nutrition, and getting enough sleep so your body can recover properly. These are the most common and probably most important elements of reaching success in your weight-loss or […]

Avoid suffering from exercise burnout

Five signs you’re suffering from exercise burnout

Committing to an exercise routine  – and sticking to it – feels great! You feel energised, you’re lean and fit, your self-esteem is flying high… And before you know it, you’re just a little bit addicted to your workouts. That can’t be bad, can it?The quick answer is: Yes, it is bad. The routine that’s […]

The low down on saturated fats

Understanding the difference between trans fats and saturated fats

Not all fats are bad. Fats are an essential food group along with protein and carbohydrates. Good fats are essential to our health and the optimal function of our body. Healthy fats surround our internal organs to protect them; gives our body energy; keep us warm; help produce essential hormones; helps our body easily absorb […]

How to motivate your clients

How to motivate newbies to stick to a workout routine

As a personal trainer, your duties can vary: from a nutritional advisor and therapist to a trainer, coach and motivator. One of the main reasons some people pay for personal training is because they cannot motivate themselves. They need someone not only to push them to their limits with every session and guide them through […]

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