Keep Fit, Enjoy Flexibility and Fast Track Your Career in Fitness


Sick of working 9 till 5? Want to be your own boss? Enjoy working with people? You might not think that you can have it all but you really can.

A career in fitness is the answer to providing you with the lifestyle and financial satisfaction that you have always dreamed of. Fitness trainers and instructors work to help others achieve their fitness goals while enjoying a flexible and healthy way of life. But what exactly does a fitness instructor do? Well the opportunities are truly quite endless. Fitness trainers and instructors work with individuals or groups leading them in a range of physical exercises such as cardiovascular activities, strength building and stretching.


You’ll find fitness trainers and instructors in recreations centers, gyms, universities, studios, resorts, the list really goes on! Many people even choose to work for themselves, visiting clients in their home or in outdoor public settings. A career in fitness is available to anyone but one important first step is to ensure that you receive the proper training from a fitness school. The type of fitness school that will provide you with the skills and abilities you need to take your career to the next level.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from the years 2010 to 2020, employment of fitness trainers and instructors was predicted to increase by 24 percent. That’s an incredible growth and much more than the average for other professions. If you need more convincing the BLS stated that “As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.”


A career in fitness means that you can also work around other aspects of your life as many people in the field are able to choose flexible hours for both part-time and full-time employment.  Your job doesn’t control you, you control it! Plus when you’re at work instead of being trapped behind a desk you’re actually engaging in physical activity and experiencing the satisfaction of helping other to achieve their goals.


Since this all sounds great, you must be thinking but how can I get started?  Well as mentioned, the best way forward is to choose a fitness school that you can trust and enrol yourself in a course that will kick start your career in fitness. It’s very important to learn the ins and outs of the occupation, methods of instructing and leading people as well as the obvious; great exercise techniques and programs. A great way to choose a fitness school is to read through their testimonials, have a  look through their website and pick up the phone to talk to someone about your future aspirations.


It’s never too late to make a change and start living the life you always dreamed of. A career in fitness offers job satisfaction, flexibility and of course the perfect way to maintain your physical and mental health.



Keys to Weight Loss


Are you a fan of, “The Biggest Loser” or other reality TV shows that help people transform their body in a matter of one television season or, in some cases, in one episode?


I love seeing those amazing transformations and the excitement in the participant’s eyes as they achieve what they thought was impossible. Unfortunately, results like that in the time frame given are unrealistic. The average person cannot spend 6 to 7 hours a day in the gym and enjoy healthy meals prepared by a chef trained in cooking “clean”. What is a realistic weight loss goal? Losing one to two pounds a week is realistic and healthy. This can be done with a combination of diet and exercise.


A University of Arizona researcher notes that good self-esteem and a positive body image are keys to overall weight loss. People who have a good support system and professional support (personal trainer, physician, etc.) may find the road on their weight loss journey to be slightly smoother.


There are “3 A’s” that encompass the keys to weight loss: appetite, activity and attitude. Within those there are 11 skills you can practice and develop to help you reach your goal: honoring your personal story; accepting yourself the way you are; create a positive mental outlook; practice positive self-talk skills; guide away from comparisons; build your self-reliance; lighten up and live in the NOW; reward yourself in healthy ways; give yourself praise; develop coping skills to deal with setbacks; be connected. Read on for more detail!



Effect of certified personal trainer services on stage of exercise behavior and exercise mediators in female college students.


It is the same thing every day. A little cardio, a few sets of the same machines with the same weights. Have a few conversations with some buddies and then out the door to tackle whatever the day brings you. Yup, this is the hum drum pace of most recreational exercisers. I see it almost every day and inevitably the same result occurs…no results! The power of personal trainers can be seen in the increasing amount of literature dedicated to the effectiveness of hiring a personal trainer.
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Cross Training and Sports Specific Exercise


Sports specific exercise and cross training are the two different types of training a person can do and both help you to achieve better cardiovascular conditioning and achieve your sporting goals.


Training is a must for sports people. Professional athletes train every day to ensure their bodies are in the best possible shape to perform their chosen sport at high level competitions. Their lives are very often determined by their training and eating patterns.


Less serious sports people will attend training sessions to learn and become better at their chosen sport while amateur sports people will often train very hard to ensure their bodies are at their peak to perform in competitions or matches against others at the same level.


There are two types of training a sports person can do: cross training and sports specific training.


Sports Specific Training

Most training sessions are sports specific. This type of training means that the exerciser is actually performing their chosen sport during the exercise session. There are benefits to sports specific training as technique can be worked on at the same time.


Anyone attending a training session run by a club or team will perform sports specific exercises. The sessions will usually be lead by a coach or a person who is very experienced in the chosen sport.
Sports specific training for swimming or running will often include sprints to work on speed or long distances to work on endurance while basketball and netball training sessions will often involve various passes and footwork drills.


Cross Training Workouts

When a sports person works out but is not performing their chosen sport, they are cross training. Some of the more popular spots which relate well to cross training include cycling, swimming, rowing and triathlon. Training sessions in a gym can be devised to relate to any sport. Many professional athletes include gym sessions into their exercise routines or will go jogging or cycling.


Cross training workouts can help exercisers to develop the main muscles they use within their sport through weight training. Exercisers are also able to improve their general fitness through cross training and this will help them to perform better out on the sports field. Professional swimmers for example, will often start the day in the pool before spending the afternoon working out in the gym to improve their upper body muscles while footballers may go for a jog to work on their cardiovascular fitness.


Who Can Help With Training Sessions?

Gym instructors and personal trainers are available in most gyms and can easily devise a training plan that will suit the specific requirements of any individual. For sports specific training plans, coaches and people with experience in the sport can help devise training plans and give tips as to what an individual should include in their training.



Finding Your Inner Yoga


I talk to so many people who say they tried yoga and hated it!


It just was not for me, they say. I am here to say there is no such thing. There are so many styles of yoga that it is impossible to make such a blanket statement.  Let me tell you the story of my first yoga I was in college, and in need of some serious stress relief. I had always heard of yoga and my gym at that time offered it for free.  Perfect! I was so excited for my first class that I got there early, laid out my mat and waited and waited and waited.



I am a very energetic person, so all this waiting was making me crazy! Then the lights went out and the soft music came on. The instructor softly instructed us to lie down on our mats. I was feeling very relaxed (this was my style of exercise).   As I laid there releasing all the thoughts and tension from my mind as instructed, an overwhelming heat engulfed my entire body.  I was being told to breathe deeply, focusing on my breath, but I could hardly breathe at all. I started sweating, and I hadn’t even moved.  As I moved into downward dog, I looked under my arm at the lady next to me who whispered It  hot yoga . She must have sensed my confusion with the heat (possibly through my panting). Who knew!? Hot yoga? Strange. So that evening I decided I didn’t  like yoga, it just wasn’t for me. I was wrong it turned out. I wanted to like yoga; all the flexible, thin girls liked yoga. I decided to go to another class, first making sure it was NOT Hot Yoga. I LOVED it! I was actually good at it, and I felt amazing after. I loved it so much, I became a certified instructor.


There are so many types of yoga, it all depends on what you’re looking for. You may need to try different instructors, levels, styles; but I promise if you want yoga to be for you, it is for you. Yoga is for everyone. Namaste.