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Box2Beat Cancer

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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. FitPro highlights what PTs can do over the next few weeks to raise awareness and pivotal funds for this worthwhile charity through Box2Beat Cancer events. The charity: Ovarian Cancer Action In the UK, a woman dies from ovarian cancer every two hours. Ovarian Cancer Action strives to stop women [...]

No pain, no gain?

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Questions have been raised about the number of athletes said to be under-performing without apparent cause and, as a result, taking a prolonged period of time to recover. PTontheNet ambassador Karen Porter investigates overtraining and how you can identify the signs and determine the causes of overtraining when working with your clients. Overtraining syndrome The term [...]

Niche work if you can get it

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Why be a run-of-the-mill, middle-of-the-road PT when you can find a niche and feed your passion? Craig O’Toole details how. Up until September 2013 I was running Craig O’Toole Personal Training – to all intents and purposes a run-of-the-mill PT business. I worked with anyone who came my way, from athletes to ladies that lunch [...]

WATTBIKE – The elite choice

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As cycling continues to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK, Olivia Hubbard explores the rising success of Wattbike.  Pedal power It’s certainly been a dynamic time for cycling – pedal power indeed for the vast array of indoor cycle studios that have not only encouraged more individuals to get on a bike [...]

Take three product review: SWIM, SAND, READ

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This week, FitPro puts three products under the spotlight for review, from a Zoggs 2014 swimming pull-buoy to the informative academic text Sport and Social Exclusion in Global Society. Read on to discover which one gets our fitness stamp of approval. You can head on over to our social media pages to share your thoughts here: [...]

Bodyweight training to kick-start 2015

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Now in its ninth consecutive year, the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) annual survey recently published its latest influx of results to help guide fitness professionals through important decisions and begin preparations for the year ahead. Highest in the trends rank was bodyweight training. TRX shares with FitPro a variety of session examples for [...]

Training kids for sporting development

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By incorporating fundamental motor skills into children’s training and daily activity, you can increase their sports proficiency. Kelly Sumich investigates. Children do not automatically become proficient at sports. Some will be naturally more adept than others, but they all need to be taught fundamental motor skills and given the opportunity to progress through stages. Fundamental motor [...]

England Hockey: Words with ANDY HUDSON

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Strength and conditioning coach and head of physical preparation Andy Hudson talks motivation, fatigue and injury prevention with Olivia Hubbard and explains why hockey athletes are robust individuals. Olivia Hubbard: Why did you decide to get into strength and conditioning coaching? Andy Hudson: I don’t know if it was a deliberate decision. I had the opportunity to do [...]

The relatively simple science of slimming

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Personal trainer, health activist and regular FitPro LIVE speaker Sam Feltham offers FitPro his take on why the word ‘consume’ still holds some ambiguity and shares his radical views on fat storage. In November 2013 the Institute of Fiscal Studies published a report called Gluttony in England? Long-term change in diet. In that report, it noted that [...]

Behind the scenes with Apprentice star Katie

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At FitPro Towers, BBC’s The Apprentice series has been appointment-to-view television for years – not least because there’s usually, at minimum, one episode that features some madcap fitness idea to laugh about. Fiona McAuslan puts Katie – Bulmer – Cooke under the spotlight. This series, our interest has been sharpened by one of the forerunning candidates [...]

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