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Liam-Plunkett
From England Fast Bowler to Personal Trainer: The Beginning

As a fast bowler for England, I’m still riding high from our dramatic win against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup Final (one of the best moments of my career) and with some great challenges ahead, I’m enjoying playing cricket as much as ever. Alongside everything I’m doing on the pitch, I’m also constantly on the lookout for opportunities off the pitch to increase my skillset, enhance my career and provide scope for the future…

The Training Room | 11/12/2019 16:00:00

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Exercising with winter bugs: what advice should Personal Trainers give to their clients?

It's that time of year when the seasons change, temperatures drop, and people go crazy with Christmas shopping. It’s also the time when we tend to pick up those nasty winter bugs and colds. 
 
If you’re fit and healthy, hopefully, your superhuman immune system kicks in and destroys those bugs before you feel too bad. If you exercise regularly, these colds and illnesses can get in the way of having a workout. 
 
The question that always pops up (and attracts many opinions) is… Should we train when we're ill? As personal trainers, it’s something we ought to know to provide the best advice to our clients.  
  
Some say yes and recommend doing loads of cardio to ‘sweat it out’ (never a good idea as this doesn’t work), while others say to stay well clear, but what should we do if we get ill? Carry on as normal or take a break until we're back to full strength? v

The Training Room | 09/12/2019 09:00:00

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The Benefits of Strength Training for Older Adults

As an ageing population continues to pile pressure on Britain’s health care system, it’s increasingly important to get older people more active to enable them to lead happier, healthier and more independent lives in their later years – with strength training able to play an important role in this.
 
According to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics, it’s predicted that, in 50 years’ time, there will be an extra 8.6 million people aged 65 and above in the UK; a population around the size of London. With obesity levels on the rise too amongst Western populations, which exacerbates frailty, it’s no surprise then that the NHS is focused on ‘prevention’ to sustain services moving forward. A large part of this is helping older people to get moving more and fight the effects of ageing which cause our muscles to deteriorate over time.
 

The Training Room | 13/11/2019 11:00:00

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What’s The Most Effective Workout For Losing Weight?

The best way to lose weight is probably one of the most hotly debated topics in the fitness world, with many different training methods advised and new fad diets grabbing the headlines every other week (or so it seems)! With all the conflicting advice that’s out there, it begs the question of what is the most effective method?
Let’s start with some of the basics regarding differences in weight and body fat, as this is often massively confused. Weight is your TOTAL mass considering all of your tissues, organs and bones. When people say they want to ‘lose weight’ or become ‘toned’, usually what they are trying to say is that they want to reduce body fat and increase some muscle mass.

The Training Room | 28/10/2019 16:00:00

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National Fitness Day

With the most active day of the year upon us, Nation Fitness Day, we are celebrating at The Training Room.

This day started as a movement to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of a healthier and more active lifestyle!



The Training Room | 24/09/2019 16:00:00

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Graduate Story, Personal Training

Many of us want to change our careers but such a huge step can be scary. One person who took the leap and wanted to share her story was Sarah Jordan.

Sarah had always been passionate about fitness, training and living a healthy lifestyle, though found herself pursuing a career in nursing and care. She worked in the healthcare sector for seven years, and to begin with, she loved it, but after a while the appeal wore off, and she felt her career going stale – Sarah knew at that point that’s she was ready to follow her love for health and fitness; she dreamt of a fresh start doing something she was passionate about.

The Training Room | 22/08/2019 10:00:00

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How to Train Older Adults

The UK’s population is getting older, with 18% aged 65 and over, according to The Office for National Statistics. It’s no surprise then that Fitness Programs for Older Adults took fourth place in the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2019, having been in the top 10 since 2007.

The Training Room | 20/08/2019 15:00:00

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My First Year as a Personal Trainer

There’s no doubt about it starting a new career can be a daunting prospect. And as much as we’d like to get off to the perfect start, alongside the highs, there are bound to be a few bumps in the road.

But as someone once said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” With that in mind, we asked Amanda Atkinson, Health & Fitness Tutor at the Training Room with over 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry, to take a trip down memory lane and tell us what went well (and not so well) in her first year of being a personal trainer! We hope this will give you some valuable tips on how to succeed and a heads up on the hurdles to avoid!…

The Training Room | 13/08/2019 10:00:00

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Veganism and Exercise: The Facts You Need to Know

According to The Vegan Society, the number of vegan Brits quadrupled between 2014 and 2018, rising from 150,000 to 600,000, with other reports suggesting there could now be as many as £3.5million vegans in the UK. What’s more, sign-ups for Veganuary – where people go vegan for the month of January – doubled in 2019, with 250,000 people getting involved. In the midst of a vegan boom, Martin Hamer, Tutor for The Training Room, takes a look at how a vegan diet can be both beneficial and challenging to an individual’s body composition goals and fitness aspirations.

The Training Room | 29/05/2019 09:41:50

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How to Become a Personal Trainer

If you can’t think of anything better than heading down the gym for a hot date with the squat rack, or pulling on those running shoes to pound the pavement, why not consider a career in health and fitness?
Here’s how to become a personal trainer…
 

The Training Room | 21/05/2019 11:00:00

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