How an exercise ball is used at the office

Should you swop out your office chair for an exercise ball?

If you are looking to perform some core exercises while at work, you could replace your regular office chair with an exercise ball. This has become quite the trend but how effective is it actually? Sitting on a chair requires pretty much no muscle activity and it can actually hurt for a number of reasons: […]

The difference between a personal trainer and gym instructor

The difference between a personal trainer and gym instructor

If you thought that there isn’t a difference between a personal trainer and a gym instructor, you couldn’t be more wrong. Personal trainers and gym instructors can actually work hand in hand with each other but it is possible to have one without the other. What does a gym instructor do? A gym instructor will be hired by a […]

Pregnancy workout

Three powerful reasons to work out during your pregnancy

In the old days, pregnancy was thought of much the same way as a disease. So pregnant women were given the same sort of advice we’d give someone who was ill: Take it easy. Rest. Don’t exert yourself. Luckily, we know netter today. We know that regular exercise actually benefits a pregnant mother tremendously. And […]

What is periodisation

Understand what periodisation is

To get the best results for your clients from the training that you do with them, it’s vital that you plan it correctly. Experts recommend creating short-term as well as a long-term plan, in other words one for every week as well as one for your goals for that year. One of the best methods […]

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 […]

How to get washboard abs

The truth behind washboard abs

Let’s be honest. At some point, we’ve all wanted to have six-pack abs.  Most people, when embarking on a weight-loss journey, make having visible abs an end goal of their journey but few know how difficult it really is to have and maintain that perfect six-pack. The truth is that there are no shortcuts. There is […]

Exercises for people who suffer from lower back pain

Exercises for lower back issues

As a personal trainer, it is vital for you to know of every single injury and issue your client experiences. One of the most common issues many personal trainers have to work around is lower back pain. There is an increase in the number of men and women who suffer from back pain. Lower back pain and […]

Men and women need progesterone and oestrogen

Why men need oestrogen and progesterone

When many people hear the word ‘hormone’, they tend to picture a heavily-built, ultra-muscular man or an emotional woman. This is indicative of the misconceptions surrounding hormones. Yes, there are certain hormones specific to men (such as testosterone) and women (such as oestrogen and progesterone) howevero certain hormones are present in both genders and actually serve […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to become a world-class personal trainer

How to attract the clientele you want as a personal trainer

If you rely on your personal training business as your main source of income, you need to be strategic and proactive about how you get and retain your clients. The fitness industry is growing at an incredible pace and a personal trainer is in high demand all over the world. So there is a lot of […]

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