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Category: Features

The Royal from Qatar

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Part 1 – Inspirational client from Qatar  For many fit pros, their most memorable moments are derived from witnessing their clients conquer the near-impossible, exceed expectations and continue to learn and develop their fitness ability. Meet Doha resident Karen Porter, who shares with Olivia Hubbard her account of training one royal Qatari woman to climb Everest [...]

Under the FitPro spotlight: Helen Wyman

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Helen Wyman won bronze in the Netherlands when she claimed the first British women’s medal since 2000 at the cyclo-cross 2014 world championships. Olivia Hubbard snatched a few moments of her time to talk sports psychology, the November world cup and speaking Dutch. Wyman was born in St Albans, brought up in Norfolk and now lives in Belgium for the entire [...]

The road to Vegas

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Phil Snowden made the decision to end his army career and fulfil his ambition to conquer his passion and work in the fitness industry. Little old me – the story so far “Joining the army at 16 effectively forced me into exercise,” begins Snowden. “Having completed three operations tours in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan, I [...]

Lawyer’s vision becomes Middle Eastern reality

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Ali Longmate decided to wave goodbye to her London life and high-powered financial lawyer job to set up a fitness business in the Middle East. Olivia Hubbard chats to her about how to devise a time-restricted fitness session and discovers the reason behind the soaring popularity of kettlebells. From courtroom to workout field Fitness has always been [...]

Integrated fitness training: Power Plate and ViPR

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Leisure Industry Week (LIW) returned to Birmingham on 30 September to 2 October and Power Plate® showcased its latest integrated fitness concept, bringing fresh opportunities to trainers. Director of education at Performance Health Systems and member of the ViPR™ global education team, Steve Powell shares with FitPro a specifically created ViPR programme that demonstrates the philosophy of [...]

Yoga and meditation: A simple practice

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Director of the Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training School (AOCY) Joanne Avison exclusively shares with FitPro key positions to help fitness professionals involve their clients in meditative moments. For a full article on yoga and meditation, download the FitPro app now: fitpro.com/app Meditative moments There are various ways to introduce a meditative approach to many [...]

I am an Ironman!

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For personal trainer, triathlon coach and mother of two Harriet Chettleburgh, anything is possible. Here, she reveals to FitPro the reality of competing in the Ironman, Austria. Trust your body “The final moments before the mass start of an Ironman open water swim are ‘intense’ to say the least,” recalls Harriet Chettleburgh. Standing on the beach at [...]

Highly commendable race for young Skier Callum Smith

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Olivia Hubbard interviews 21-year-old GB skier Callum Smith on his challenging race in Sochi. The skier shares how he overcame the mental challenges he faced during the race and what he learnt.   Callum Smith, the fifth youngest skier in the 68-strong field, clocked a time of 1:17:37:1 hours to finish 62nd in his first ever Olympic [...]

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