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How to bake off calories and make gains in the kitchen

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Have your cake and eat it by swapping a few simple ingredients As Mary Berry enters the tent again for the new series of Great British Bake Off, those who are keen to eat healthily might be feeling left out. With one slice of Victoria Sponge packing 187 calories, can you really be Star Baker while still achieving your gym goals? Arnold Schwarzenegger has freely admitted his love of eating pies during the peak of his bodybuilding days. There is another way to make serious gains when cooking though. Related content: Download our free smoothie recipe eBook By switching a few ingredients, you can greatly reduce your calorie intake without compromising on flavour. These handy dupes below can mean more protein, less sugar and better sources of fat. Mel and Sue would approve.

Non-stop action: why no rest is wicked for fx workouts

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Metabolic training will help your clients achieve their goals faster and fitter  At TRAINFITNESS, our fx clients burn more calories. How? All the fx programmes are a form of metabolic training where the goal is to speed up our participants’ metabolism in order to burn fat and get results quickly. Our fx instructors achieve this by bringing the class into the anaerobic training zone. It’s a principle that you can apply to your own individual and group workouts and that of your personal training clients. Why metabolic training?Metabolism is the process of converting nutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) in the body to the compound ATP which, when broken down, releases energy for the body to use. Metabolic training, therefore, is all about makin

Teff: the new superfood you’ve never heard of

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - It may be the smallest grain in the world but teff has big benefits for your workoutTeff is quietly following in the footsteps of more well-known ancient grains, such as quinoa, farro and spelt. Nutrient dense and GM-free, the superfood has become the go-to grain for Olympic athletes like long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie. An Ethiopian whole grain, teff is high in iron, which in turn helps transfer oxygen to muscles to generate energy for muscular contractions. A 2014 British study found that athletes who consumed bread made with teff had improved their iron levels by 172% in just six weeks. High in protein (roughly 13g per serving) teff is ideal for those looking to gain muscle. Full of calcium and amino acids, teff can fuel a workout for added endurance when doing a spin

Benefits Of Smoothies

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - There is a lot of buzz around the benefits of smoothies, but just why are they so good? In the post below we’ve outlined three key benefits of smoothies and we’ve also written a FREE smoothie recipe ebook which you can find here: 1) Builds and strengthens your Pillars of Good Health (as discussed in the body fx programme)Losing fat, gaining lean mass, enhancing energy availability and improving cognition (amongst many others) are so much more difficult to achieve when the physiological systems of the body are not firing on all cylinders. Nourishment of each and every one of your cells (which effectively makes the fabric of you) determines the results that you get in the gym and more importantly, your overal

Lift Less, Feel More

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - “Feeling” is one of the most important components of training for physique. No matter what gym you go to, you will have seen someone doing a bicep curl, for example, with little regard for proper technique or knowledge of what they are doing. They are just trying to heave as much weight as possible, shouting and screaming, and paying little or no attention to the exercise. Success in body-building however comes from the muscular contraction. It is both the key and the secret. If you don’t FEEL the muscle, you can’t grow the muscle.We, perhaps, have all been guilty of it at some time or another. Some guys especially can buy into societal pressure to be macho and compete on the gym floor. Granted, some might do it occasionally as a bit of fun competition, but when tr


Posted By TrainFitness on Health - TRAINFITNESS has always led the way with technology in the fitness education sector. We were the first to offer online learning back in 2000, the first to offer digital media within an app for group exercise instructors and personal trainers, and have continued to develop technology-based tools designed to make the life of fitness professionals easier. We’re very happy to announce the release of our updated iOS App (Version 7). The TRAINFITNESS Mobile Student Desktop sees a number of performance and stability enhancements over the previous fitness fx and Fitness Industry Education apps and, when combined with the new web-based Student Desktop, creates are more integrated and unified user experience. Great new features in Version 7 include: 

Summer Body Workout - Week 1

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   Summer is hot on our heels with even the weather growing warmer. Soon will come the time we’re encouraged to show our skin, and embrace the bodies we own regardless of whether we’ve treated them well during the winter months.Cue… the fad diet panic. Enter… TRAINFITNESS. Fad diets are thing of the past, proven to be ineffective and in terms of making you feel good they are well and truly redundant. When it comes to health and fitness, the real feel good factor lies with getting the heart racing and the endorphins racing.Exercise has been scientifically proven to improve mood, and general wellbeing as well as attributing to improved aesthetic appearance.Cue… the excusesEnter… TRAINFITNESS (once again)We’ve developed 6 ‘Summer B

The Strength Coach's Big 4

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - In the fast-paced and ever changing world of Sport where athlete’s live in the World of Wins, Loses, Kilos, Seconds and Centimetres the role of the Strength Coach has become a key component of every athlete’s sport preparation.It is nearly impossible in this day and age to look on social media and not see some freak athlete performing an outrageous feat of Strength or Power under the watchful eye of their coach. Whether programmed or done to boost followers, like sex, these videos sell! However you view it the position of Strength Coach is now sexy, not Eva Mendez sexy, put pretty close.Now, before you get too excited about jaw-dropping box jumps and heavy-ass squats (and the thought of Eva Mendez) here are my 4 principles to remember when working with an athlete. 

7 Tips on Returning to Study

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Changing careers can be both exciting and scary. The prospect of having a new job as a personal trainer, where you are your own boss, can be a very motivating. The idea of having to start studying again; however, may feel like a huge hurdle. The longer it has been since you last studied, the higher that hurdle may seem. Here are 7 study tips which will ensure you get the most out of your study and help you achieve great results. 1. Choose the right study option for you Everyone has commitments and everyone’s commitments are different. Think carefully about the commitments in your life when choosing your study option and then select the one which is going to allow you to meet all of your essential commitments plus the extra commitment to starting a new career. Thinking about the time you

Migrating to fight fx

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   Migrating to fight fxBy Katy Moore   While travelling up and down the UK, over to Saudi Arabia and then to Shanghai to deliver instructor training in our fight fx programme, I find myself being asked the same questions. I sense a degree of frustration in newly qualified fight fx instructor’s voices as they ask; it’s almost as if they don’t want to ask but know they must so they have the answers to the questions members are asking. The most common questions I am asked are - “How can we convert members to fight fx when they are used to another pre–choreographed mixed martial arts programme? We know the programme is different, but what can I tell them?” OR“My members won’t try something new. They are so familiar with

Making a Connection

Posted By TrainFitness on Health - Making a ConnectionThe one thing all new students on our group exercise to music courses say is they never realised how much then needed to know in order to teach. Great instructors educate, demonstrate, observe, entertain, remember choreography, accommodate different levels, modify the class as needed and all of this is done in time with the music. Yes, there are a lot of skills required to be a great instructor.We don’t however, develop these skills all in one go. Throughout our career we focus on developing different skills at different times. When we start learning how to teach, we focus on music phrasing and working to the beat; it’s the first skill we all must master before developing any others. Next, we work on remembering the choreography and the sequences of moves. O

T3 16.3 - Out Now!

Posted By TrainFitness on Health -   New T3 Release Now Available!By TRAINFITNESS Support   The latest T3 workouts from TRAINFITNESS are now available. The third T3 release of 2016 has been designed specifically to help your clients achieve their fitness goals. Check out the v16.3 preview of each of the programmes below. As always, there’s a great new music sound track to motivate your clients all the way through the workout.  T3 blast™ v16.3 If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to dynamic bodyweight training, then think again! Want a complex that will challenge your core, co-ordination, strength and stability? Then look no further because right after Mobilization we are taking you to the ground and throwing d