The Nutritional Scope of Practice For Personal Trainers

Is it illegal for personal trainers to give nutritional advice and programming to their clients?

There is a lot of attention in the media recently on qualifications and nutrition, and who is allowed to say and do what. This blog will look at what a Personal Trainer can and can’t do.

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Strength Training For Masters Athletes


FACT:  Veteran athletes lose strength as they age. Humans start losing muscle mass after the age of 38.
Research suggests that this age-related loss of muscle strength impacts negatively on both speed and endurance performance in Masters Athletes, as they age. The loss in strength is due primarily to the fact that muscle mass declines with age, even in masters athletes who train rigorously in endurance. Research has also shown that resistance training is particularly important for older athletes. Literature states that older athletes should train   hypertrophy (muscle building), strength and power in the gym to offset these losses. Training sequentially in this form has shown, and can lead to significant speed and endurance performance gains in veteran athletes.

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Myths: Eating Carbohydrates On A Diet

One of the biggest misconceptions around today is that you should limit your carbohydrate intake when trying to lose weight. Myths like these have been given credibility due to high-profile stars like Jennifer Aniston claiming that they lost an incredible amount of weight by strictly following diets like the Atkins diet. Without going into the physiology behind this, it is simple enough to say that your body needs carbs to function, particularly those with an active lifestyle or who do a considerable amount of exercise.

When a person exercises regularly, their kilojoule requirements can often double and in some cases even treble. As carbs are the principal source of energy they are essential in all diets but especially for an active person.

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Ten Training Tips To Help Prevent Injuries

(Sports Injury Bulletin: Special Report)

Following is a list of steps to follow to reduce your chance of injury:

  • 1. Don't train when stiff from previous session.
  • 2. Introduce new activities very gradually
  • 3. Have sufficient time for warm up and warm down.
  • 4. Check over course or area beforehand.
  • 5. Train on different surfaces, and use correct footwear.
  • 6. Shower and change immediately after cool down.
  • 7. Aim for maximum comfort when travelling.
  • 8. Stay away from infectious areas when training or competing. Especially at high intensity.
  • 9. Monitor hygiene and environmental conditions.
  • 10. Monitor fatigue symptoms.
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Shin Splints

There is much confusion over the difference between shin splints and stress fractures in the running community. The term shin splints is a name often given to any pain at the front of the shin; a similar pain to that of Stress fractures. However the most common cause is inflammation of the periostium of the tibia (sheath surrounding the bone) due to the forces put on it from joining muscles. Whereas stress fractures are in the bone itself from a build up of micro damage (for more on stress fractures check out the articles page).

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Fat Burning Exercise: The Facts

Health magazines are always full of new ways to burn fat faster then ever before. Modest to wild claims occurs on a monthly basis as to what method is best to use. For the layperson , what is fact and what is fiction.

There are two methods to get the body to burn fat through exercises throughout the health and fitness industry for each of these methods. There are two camps of philosophy on which method is best and sometimes arguments can get very heated. You should know that simple by exercising, the body will burn more fat calories after the exercise then if you don't exercise.

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Pregnancy And Exercise


Exercise during pregnancy has become more popular during the last 10 years than it had previously (Brown, 2002; Mudd et al, 2009). As a result, the intensity and duration of physical activity (PA) performed by women with uncomplicated pregnancies is now arguably greater. The current guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists (ACOG) encourage women to exercise without restriction for 30min on all or most days of the week (as per the population general), although no specific upper limits of intensity, duration and frequency are specified. As a result, most recommendations err on the side of moderate intensity for uncomplicated pregnancies. The type of exercise able to be performed safely does not have any restriction according to ACOG (2002), although there remains ambiguity over whether or not weight bearing activity is safe, particularly amongst less informed / educated populations (Mudd et al, 2009).

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What Is Missing In A Personal Trainer’s Knowledge?

The Missing Link in the Personal Trainer's Knowledge

Why is it that some trainers have long waiting lists whilst others struggle to retain the few clients they have?

Why is it that using similar programs for similar people doesn't yield similar results?

What is the REAL difference between a ‘good' personal trainer and a ‘bad' personal trainer?

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Are Working Out Your Brain?

A Look At The Importance of The Brain and Proprioception In Regards to Training Performance.

Intrinsic improvements to exercise performance involve a combination of neural, chemical and muscular alterations that occur when the body is stressed past its normal limits. In an attempt to shy away from the popular focus of strength and power gains from training, this article will discuss the effects of exercise on the brain and Central Nervous System (CNS). These effects are the means by which we as humans learn and improve movement related skills and techniques. Poor technique in any exercise situation is a precursor for injury, and any attempt to minimise this is worth investigating.

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Emotional Intelligence And Mood Affect On Exercise

Mood has a massive telling affect on exercise and especially sport performance, the mind set a client is in ultimately determines the results they achieve, some say motivation and mood are better pre determining factors of performance than ability. The mood state someone is in can also apply to the concept of emotional intelligence (EI), it is stated that a high ability can lead to a great player but coupled with EI can lead to a great player and talented leader who exceeds their potential. EI can be described as being able to recognise emotional states, assess the affects of these emotions and ability to find best emotional state for this situation. The ability to assess a situation, realise the appropriate mood/Emotions needed to perform better and utilise these is the main relationship of sport and EI. By choosing the correct option in relation to emotion the physical side will follow accordingly, this indicates how important EI and Mood State are on exercise performance. There are certain areas that can be trained or learnt in order to increase EI, these areas include:

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