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Exercise selection - choosing the most effective exercises for your clients [article]
In health and fitness it's about keeping it simple by delivering personal training and fitness instruction that is effective, simple and progressive. This article covers some of the basics in selecting resistance exercises and encourages you to generate a list of 'go to' exercises that will help almost any client by keeping them safe, being of value and being easily repeated independently.
Glycaemic Index or Glycaemic Load - what's the difference? [article]
There is a difference between glycaemic index and glycaemic load but as you'll see from this article, the interest in the glycaemic index may be preventing the key messages getting through!
File PDF documentGlycaemic Index and Glycaemic Load - public health promotion [article]
This article written by the Auckland DHB looks at whether the Glycaemic Index or Load should be incorporated into recommendations to individuals trying to lose weight
Exercise principles - what every trainer should know by heart [article]
This is the first of two articles looking at the exercise principles and how they are vital to prescribing effectively for clients. Every trainer should have these as a foundation for their programme design work.
The Diabetes Epidemic : What is Diabetes and why is it a problem? [article]
This is the first of three articles on diabetes. This article looks at how blood sugar is normally controlled and what happens in Diabetes. It also covers why Diabetes is such a problem. The next two articles will look at Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes seperately and in more depth.
A profile of the New Zealand Fitness Industry [article]
This is a brief profile of the New Zealand Fitness Industry published in May 2009.
How to win personal training clients and influence people. DISC [article] 1
We all want to relate well to our personal training clients and the members of our fitness clubs. As fitness professionals it's our job to understand the people we meet and support them in their fitness goals. It helps immensely to have a framework to help us understand what sort of approach one fitness customer may want over another. Using a well researched and respected model which explains some of the different behavioural types fitness professionals may come across could just be the help we all need. This article covers DISC profiling which when used positively by personal trainers and fitness instructors (and club managers for that matter) can make a big difference to success.
OK now I know their DISC - What do I do? [article] 6
How do you change your own ingrained behaviour to meet that particular clients needs? And should you?
It’s all about me: The 'influencer' style explained. DISC [article] 3
The influencing style can be fun, challenging but will never be dull for a personal trainer. Here's a run down of what's ticking inside the I and how to deal with it as a fitness instructor or personal trainer.
We did it as a team: How to look after the 'steady' client type. DISC [article] 4
DISC behavioural styles are being used to help trainers manage clients more in line with their wishes. This article explores the 'dos and don'ts' of managing the 'steady' style of client.
Why why why? – Keeping the 'conscientious' style happy. DISC [article] 5
The 'C' DISC style is all about reason and logic. And logically a good personal trainer would know that!
The exercise principles in action - examples for personal trainers and fitness instructors [article]
Want to avoid messing up someone's training or losing personal training clients due to ineffective prescription. By applying the exercise principles to all of your personal training or fitness instructing clients you'll go a long way to ensuring success. Think of them as exercise laws if it will help you stay on track!
Cut to the Chase. The ‘Dominant’ Personal Training client in action. DISC [article] 2
Don't have time for detail, just want the facts, the helicopter view and then onward and upward. Chances are you have some 'D' style knocking around in you and as a personal trainer, fitness consultant or club owner it would be good to understand your strengths and weaknesses as a consequence. For those of us who are fitness professionals - dealing with 'D' styles can be very productive or very scary. Cut to the chase, read this article and be prepared.
Carbs, Protein or Fat – How much? When? Why? [article]
What are the macro-nutrient guidelines that exist in New Zealand and how do they apply to the general population - and you!
The Diabetes Epidemic: What we need to understand about the basic physiology of Type 1 Diabetes [article]
The physiology of Type 1 Diabetes is complex but isn't linked to the usual factors of poor diet, lack of exercise and excess body fat the way Type 2 Diabetes is. Type 1 Diabetes causes about 10% of Diabetes cases and it's exact cause is still relatively undefined.
Sales! – I can’t do that! [article]
Helping others reach their goals. Making people healthy. Being active. Loving what I do for a job. Making lots of sales. All reasons you gave for becoming a personal trainer? No?
The knee explained [article]
How many of your clients have had knee injuries? Have your clients mentioned terms like ACL injury, or Patella-femoral syndrome? Do you know enough about the knee to decide if you can help, or if you need to refer your client to a physio or specialist? This series of articles will look at the knee, common injuries and general guidelines for rehabilitation.
Time under tension - how to use TUT for great results and variety [article]
3 Sets of 10 Reps: Everyone does it, but why? This article unlocks some of the power in using time under tension within prescriptions for Personal Training clients.
The Diabetes Epidemic: What we need to understand about the basic physiology of Type 2 Diabetes [article]
Type 2 Diabetes is one of the biggest international health challenges in the world. The number of people in New Zealand with Type 2 Diabetes has doubled in the last 10 years, although the true extent of the disease...
The Pelvic Floor - do you know enough? [article]
Pelvic floor is a term you may have heard of, but do you really understand what iT does and why it is important? This article will look at what the pelvic floor does and what happens when it isn't working.
Why price matters, but only a little [article]
This article discusses the practice of discounting services. Is offering deals the way to a successful business, either as a Personal Trainer or a gym owner?
Multi-Vitamins, Iron supplements, Selenium...Does my client need them? [article]
Micro-nutrients and the case for supplementation
I'm a great PT! Why don't I have any clients? [article]
You were popular as a fitness instructor on the floor. Now you’re a great trainer who delivers great sessions. So why aren’t the clients lining up to work with you? Where are they? This article looks at lead generation. It will cover a few simple ways to start finding more clients and creating networks that will do your marketing for you.
Sprains v Strains – how to know which is which – and what to do about it [article]
This article will shed light on the difference between muscle sprains and strains. We will also look at the causes and symptoms; how to treat muscle sprains and strains, and finally tips and tricks to prevent these types of injuries in the future.
The mistake of thinking you're invisible [article]
Sitting at reception or chatting behind a desk or reading the paper in front of the membership. You look like you are on the dole at work – the implicit message you are sending is you're not my customers, check out how hard I don't work and how much I don't care!
File text/texmacsFood and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Adults
Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Adults: A background paper is the technical background paper that supports the Food and Nutrition Guideline statements released by the Ministry of Health in New Zealand.
FileFood and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Adolescents
Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Adolescents: A background paper is the technical background paper that supports the Food and Nutrition Guideline statements released by the Ministry of Health in New Zealand for adolescents.
File text/texmacsChildren's Nutrition Survey Results
NZ Food NZ Children Key results of the 2002 National Children’s Nutrition Survey including macro and micro nutrient consumption and physical activity participation
Do Vitamins Work?
This article takes a fairly in depth look at the effectiveness and use of vitamins. It was sourced from 'howstuffworks'.
Pelvic Floor – How to train it [article]
After reading about what the pelvic floor is, you will know why it is so important. This article looks at how you can help your clients who have pelvic floor problems.
Goal Setting – It sounds easy – it’s not!
We know that setting goals is the only way to reach them. However goal setting doesn't just happen. Good goal setting is a skill that needs to be learnt. This article will look at how to set short term goals to help our clients head towards their dream long term goal.
File PDF documentGoal setting Form.pdf
This form is to help clients and Personal Trainers practice setting short term, reachable goals.
Core Training - What is it? - Where do I start?
As personal trainers we know training the core is important, but there are so many exercises out there. This article looks at how to assess where your client is at so you can choose core training that that is appropriate for their level.
The Transformation economy Part 1. What the fitness industry is really about [article]
Part 1 – The importance of outcome. This article looks at what personal trainers and gym owners really need to be thinking about when working with clients. It's about more than just writing programmes and training people really really hard.
The Transformation Economy Part 2 - The Training Experience [article]
This article looks at what needs to be taken into account when delivering sessions to our clients. Our job isn't done when we write the programme. Our job is making sure that each training session is an experience our clients want to repeat.
Why box? Well why not? [article]
This article looks at what boxing training involves and why it's for anyone who wants to try it. Not just for those who want to fight
File PDF documentCardiovascular Training Programme [template]
This is a blank cardiovascular training form that we recommend for prescribing for PT clients or members of clubs. Training on the use of this form is available in our foundation programme - Fitness Consultant
“Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.” Cuban proverb [article]
This article looks reflective listening. A skill that means you can 'really' listen to your client. We also look at why it's so important and how to do it.
Where NZIHF Staff learn stuff: Suggested Readings
It can be difficult to know which textbooks to spend your money on. They all look pretty much the same and it's usually not until you buy one that you realise it wasn't as helpful as you had hoped. This article mentions a few texts that we like
Fitness Club Guide Hazard Idenificaton
For fitness club owners and/or managers this brief guide should help you with the hazard identification process that is required within the occupational health and safety system in New Zealand. Keeping your club safe, and your documentation up to date, can help immensely if there are any issues on your shop floor.
File PDF documentFitness Club Hazard Identification Form
This is a form that can be used to complete hazard identification within your fitness club.
Retention...We know it's important but how do we measure it?
This article looks at how clubs can measure retention both to know how the business is tracking and also to measure staff performance. Don't panic it's maths made easy, no complicated equations here.
Attribution Theory “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you place the blame”
This article discusses why it is so important for a Personal Trainerto find out what a client believes is the cause of their success or failure. It then shows you how you can use this knowledge to have happier more committed clients.
Feel the fear and do it anyway? Probably not...
Get out of your own head. In order to get people to join, start thinking like a new member not a fitness junkie. This article looks at what really stops people joining gyms
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