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This is a collection of articles, videos, tools and templates that relate to prescribing exercise for the general population. If you can't find what you're looking for, let us know by posting a question in a forum or emailing us. We post more content here every week. Enjoy!

Client Screening Form [template]

This is a blank screening form that we recommend for screening PT clients or members of clubs. Training on the use of this form is available in our foundation programmes - Fitness Consultant and Professional Practise Award

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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.

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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!

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Glycaemic 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Food 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.

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Food 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.

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Children'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

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