A NOT SO SERIOUS GUIDE TO BEATING THE CHRISTMAS BULGE!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Let’s be honest, we are all going to over indulge this Christmas, and who wants to spend the festive season counting calories, or going for a run on Christmas Eve to beat those guilty feelings. So here is my common sense guide to enjoying Christmas!

WORLDWIDE SURVEY OF FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2016

Friday, 6 November 2015

As we draw closer to a new year, once again the fitness industry is predicting what the next biggest trends for 2016 will be. After some rapid developments in technology over the past few years it may come as no surprise that wearable technology will finally take its place as the top trend in fitness for 2016.

This is all according to ACSM (The American College of Sports Medicine) which surveys thousands of fitness professionals on an annual basis to identify and predict the top runners for the following year. Now in its 10th year, The Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends has recently tipped bodyweight training and HIIT among its top trends.

WHY STRENGTH/RESISTANCE TRAINING IS SO GOOD FOR RUNNERS

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Running is a repetitive activity, with the body performing the same movement over and over again.

Overtime this can lead a runner to be prone to injury, especially if there are any flaws in technique. Winter is the perfect time to introduce more resistance training into a training schedule to combat some of these issues.

Strength/Resistance training is important for so many reasons;

TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED THROUGH AUTUMN

Friday, 9 October 2015

It can be tough getting up for that early morning session or post-work de-stress when you leave the house and get home in the dark. But it doesn’t need to spell disaster for your workout routine.

Here are some top training tips from Jaime Kember, Tutor and Course Lead for Running Technique and Pre and Post-Natal Exercise at Premier Training International, to keep your training going through the Autumn months:

TOP TIPS TO BUILDING EXERCISE INTO YOUR HOLIDAY ROUTINE

Friday, 24 July 2015

  • Instead of lazing around on the sun lounger take a dip in the pool.  Try running in the water or timing yourself treading water.  You’ll raise your heart rate but also it’s a good non-impact activity that will keep your joints happy.
  • Take a stroll along the sand.  Power-walking on the beach will build up good ankle balance and helps strengthen leg muscles 
  • Rent a bike, use sightseeing as the perfect opportunity to keep your aerobic capacity ticking over, especially if you’re in high altitude as you’ll be training your body to cope with a reduced supply of oxygen making your usual bike ride seem a breeze once you’re back home 
  • Cut your usual workout in half, so if you usually do 40 minutes why not do a higher intensity version but for just 20 minutes?  That way it won’t eat into your sunbathing time as much! 
  • Remember that relaxation is a vital part of a holiday and has excellent mental health benefits, so although maintaining your fitness might be important, remember that de-stressing from your normal life will also help you become fitter, healthier and happier

By Katie Higginbotham
Health, Fitness and Sports Massage Tutor - Premier Training International

BOOT CAMP PREPARATION AND STRUCTURE

Friday, 15 May 2015

Boot camp training is taking the fitness industry by storm - and it’s not surprising why. Top trends in the industry currently put high-intensity interval training (HIT), small group training, outdoor workouts, bodyweight only training and military-style training at the top of the list.

All of these training formats can be embedded into a well-run boot camp programme, thereby attracting a wide audience. In addition, many people are drawn to the social aspects of group training, thriving on both the group motivation and friendly competition. In fact, many industry experts and exercise enthusiasts would agree that the social benefits of group training are strong motivators for longer term exercise adherence.

GETTING OUT MORE: FRESH AIR, FRESH OPPORTUNITY

Friday, 24 April 2015

It’s amazing to consider that most people in this country actually spend 90% of their lives indoors. Even considering the significant proportion of the average person’s life that is spent sleeping or in the office, that is still an absolutely staggering statistic. 

However, and particularly with reference to the health and fitness industry, it’s often statistics like these - ones that reveal the habits and ways of modern life - that can highlight untapped commercial opportunities. Put simply, fitness professionals should be able to see that the vast majority of people need, in the most literal sense, to get out more!