How to Become a Personal Trainer

  In this post we explore the current landscape of the personal training industry along with the processes involved to become a fully qualified personal trainer.   Where is the Industry Headed? The UK personal training market has shown consistent annual growth in recent years with it now reported that 1 in 7 people in […]

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Could standing up be the key?

It’s no secret that exercise helps keep off weight and lengthens your life, but researchers at SICH (The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy) say that this doesn’t necessarily mean breaking a sweat. Simply standing up and walking about more, rather than spending long hours sitting down to read or watch TV, can have a profound […]

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Power of positive thinking

We hear it every day don’t we?  You ask a client to do an exercise, you demo it beautifully and then ’I can’t do it’ they tell you – they tell you that before they have picked the weight up off the floor – before their feet have touched the treadmill – and do you […]

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The effects of poor hydration – Conrad Rafique

Recently I ran the Chester 1/2 Marathon and with the warm conditions there were several runners suffering from dehydration.  Many of them were in club colours and I would have expected them to know how to hydrate better. I saw one runner stopping with cramp after only a few miles, another one at about 4 […]

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Sleep for Athletes – the rush to get to bed and sleep

By Conrad Rafique – Fitness & Motivation Coach I’m sure that if you are anything like me, and I am not atypical in any sense, just maybe a little OCD…, then getting to bed at a decent time to score some decent quality regenerative rest is not as easy as it should be.  It’s always […]

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Fitness Foods

5 fitness foods that will help fuel your body properly to get the most from your workouts and to aid recovery. Next time you’re at the supermarket make sure you stock up on these staples… Banana Bananas are the perfect fitness food: compact, unfussy, soft to chew, and packed with nutrients. Don’t be too quick to bin the peel however – Taiwanese nutritionists found the peel […]

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The basics of recovery

Recovery is a very important, but often overlooked element of training. You can hit the gym with ferocious intent six days a week, but if you do not pay close attention to your recovery, then you will not get the results that you want. It is not the one hour that you spend in the […]

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5 a day on a budget

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables doesn’t have to be expensive. There are lots of affordable ways to get your 5 A DAY. Here’s how to eat more fruit and vegetables while still saving money. Buy fruit and vegetables loose rather than pre-packaged. Loose fruit and veg can be as little as half the price. […]

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Top 5 Fitness myths dispelled

Think you know the facts about getting fit? You may be surprised to learn how many are really fiction. It’s easy to fall into the trap: a friend you exercise with passes along an exercise tip, then you pass it on to several people you know. One day, you’re at the gym, and naturally enough, […]

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The ace up your sleeve!

Public Relations (PR) is one of the tools in your marketing kit bag that can influence people’s attitudes, opinions and behaviour towards your business. A structured PR campaign will deliver the following fantastic benefits at nil cost; unlike advertising, which is based on buying space in media: Awareness The most common function of PR is […]

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