Tag: exercise

The FitPro 5: News bites

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Every Tuesday we’ll bring you five short bursts of news from the world of health and fitness to keep you up to date with what’s going on. This week, we offer you a new professional standards matrix, a project that aims to help disabled people work in the industry and a huge six-day challenge for [...]

Make activity a ‘national religion’, insists ukactive

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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will today call on the government to help make physical activity a ‘national religion’ in her keynote address at the ukactive National Summit in Westminster. Grey-Thompson, chair of ukactive, will call for urgent action to tackle the UK’s mounting physical inactivity crisis, which reportedly costs £20bn each year and causes 37,000 deaths. [...]

Training provider insight: HFE

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What style of training courses are proving most popular? We spoke to the managing director of training provider Health and Fitness Education (HFE) to find out what he thinks the current demand is.   FitPro: How do you ensure that instructors transitioning from pre-choreography to freestyle teaching have the right skills in order for them [...]

Industry insight: F45 Training

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It’s certainly becoming a crowded space for London’s studio offerings. We spoke to Rob Deutsch, the founder of Australian fitness brand, F45 Training, on trainer education and how they are embracing technology in the future. FitPro: What did you consider before setting up F45 – what research did you carry out in order to understand [...]

Walking: the best exercise of all?

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Walking can be used either as part of an active lifestyle, or to help almost anyone achieve their fitness goals. Here, Fitpro investigates how and why it could be time to incorporate walking into your fitness regime. If you wanted to find one thoroughly researched physical activity, which repeatedly and consistently showed that it results [...]

Kettlebell swing variations

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Think you know how to kettlebell swing? FitPro national trainer, Aaron Barnett, shares 10 variations of the kettlebell swing to freshen up your workout.   The kettlebell swing offers the opportunity for people to advance their power, stability and mobility, as well as their strength and endurance. It helps to build better, more efficient bodies, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Baby boomers beat millennials

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… when it comes to regular exercise   Research released by Nuffield Health (nuffieldhealth.com/active) this week reveals that 60-somethings are visiting the gym more frequently than the younger population. Nuffield Health collected data from 77 of its fitness and well-being gyms across the UK earlier this year to reveal that the average age of their most [...]