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Category: Features

How to train a bodybuilder or powerlifter

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Many factors need to be taken into consideration when assessing a client’s suitability for a bodybuilding competition or powerlifting meet – as well as your suitability for training them, as Susy Natal reports. Bodybuilder or powerlifter? Every client we train differs from the last. Not only do they come in all ages, shapes and sizes, [...]

Ageing functionally

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When it comes to mature clients, we should focus on their functional movement capabilities and not just their age, as Aislinn Kelly finds out. Julia Willmott, whose small Pilates classes incorporate clients from the age of 40 to 70, believes instructors and PTs should look beyond the age of their clients. She says, “Find out [...]

Alphalates: Pilates for men

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FitPro national trainer, Anthony Mendoza, went out of his comfort zone to review a Pilates class designed for men. The trainer tells Olivia Hubbard what he thought of the session.  The concept Alphalates was devised by Pilates Squared founder, Caron Bosler, and trainer Hakan Erol. The trainer is ex-military and a former bodyguard. The aim [...]

FitPro reviews TrailFit

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At FitPro, we love trying out new classes. Olivia Hubbard headed to Hampstead Heath to try out TrailFit – a new women-only outdoor fitness offering, coming to London and Bristol this spring. We were invited to join fitness blogger, fitness instructor and free-surfer, Sophie Everard, who devised the session.  Unlike other ‘influencers’ out there on [...]

Athlete interview: Team GB’s Alex Danson

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FitPro catches up with Olympic gold medalist Alex Danson, who shares her day-on-a-plate for analysis by registered dietitian, Linia Patel. The hockey player reveals her coaching tips and explains why she’s so passionate about her work with the Youth Sports Trust.   Breakfast This is my favourite meal of the day! If it’s a Sunday, [...]

6 apps to help the mind

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In the Winter 2016 issue of Fitpro, we delved into the world of mindfulness, looking at what it is and the benefits of practice. Here, Monica Linford, author of Awaken Your Body, Balance Your Mind – explores how to bring mindfulness into daily living and the six apps that may help you on your journey. Mindfulness [...]

Nutrition for injury recovery

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The right food and supplements can speed injury recovery. This is important — but often ignored according to Dr John Berardi of Precision Nutrition. Berardi says that most trainers, coaches, nutritionists and therapists understand that nutrition can play a role in injury recovery. However, he believes that very few people know how to use food [...]

Is there more to aqua fitness than meets the eye?

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Aqua fitness is often thought of as a class reserved for older populations and those recovering from injury; however, this is not the case at all. Steph Toogood joins Fitpro to explain why, in her opinion, all fitness professionals could be using aspects of aqua fitness. In my experience, water exercise classes are regularly the [...]

SEO do’s and don’ts for 2017

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Over the years, search engine optimisation (SEO) has changed with the times, especially with algorithms becoming more sophisticated. For website owners, this is a plus. Not only has it banished spammy websites that hold weak content, but it has improved the user’s experience, too. Omar Thompson from StartUp Active shares the SEO do’s and don’ts for [...]

Free fitness with a difference

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Image credit: Richard Murgatroyd Photography We couldn’t ignore the flurry of free fitness initiatives that are helping to get more people active across the country. Olivia Hubbard experienced two London offerings that each place community spirit at the heart of what they do. It’s common knowledge that Londoners are a unique species. We mooch about with [...]

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