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Wednesday Wisdom: Resistance Training Methods

Functional training tools such as the kettlebell, functional bags, cables and to a lesser extent battling ropes can be used to elicit improvements in some morphological and neural adaptations that lead to improvements in strength, power, and muscle size.  In this exciting infographic by sports scientist Yan Le Meur, it has been identified which resistance.. read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Monitoring Training Loads For Functional Training Pt. 2

Hello again to everyone, Luke here again from the FTI.  Previously, I have posted an article discussing how functional training instructors can embrace recent scientific methods of monitoring and calculating the session RPE and training load your clients and of course, yourself may experience in each of your daily functional training sessions.  To reorientate yourself.. read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Monitoring Training Load for Functional Training Pt. 1

Hi Guys, Luke here again from the FTI. In this weeks article, we are going to look at some simple methods you can use to monitor your client’s training intensity and workload. Sports scientists have for some time now solved many of the problems of managing large groups of athlete’s workout intensities and workloads with.. read more

Dan’s Blog: It Needs To Change

I am immensely passionate about the health and fitness industry. It has been remarkably good to me over the last 12 years. It has enabled me to live and share my vision, travel the world and meet many incredible people. I believe a fitness professional has the potential to make a remarkable difference to many.. read more

Coaching Principle: Keep A Positive & Open Mind

Coaching principle: ‘Keep a positive and open mind’ ‘Seek first to understand then to be understood’ Are you the type of person who is sceptical to new ideas and would rather avoid looking at something from a different perspective? Well it may be time for you to open up and explore the wider options at your.. read more

Dan’s Blog: Building An Attraction Model

Wouldn’t life be much easier if you consistently attracted quality new customers into your business? I see so many great coaches labour professionally because they don’t know how to attract their perfect prospect. Whilst enlisting new customers is crucial to their business, they often don’t know the best way to garner interest and then recruit. They.. read more

Dan’s Blog: You Can’t Succeed Without Passion

I clearly recall my thoughts preceding the opening of my PT studio where I naively believed that my days would be tailored to the perfect lifestyle; training clients all morning, taking long midday break reading at the beach and then resuming training clients in the evening. I believed I had nailed the perfect lifestyle job.. read more

Coaching Principle: Systems Over Randomness

A system is a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. Our world view and how we see the world is shaped by the paradigms we adopt. If we see everything in systems, there is a structure and flow to things. Specifically, we move through life less frustrated.. read more

Muscle Activity During the Squat – Part 3

Muscle Activity During the Squat – Part 3

In our last article on the squat, we will look at how different depths, foot position, and bar position affects muscle activity of the lower limb. To determine what muscles are active during the squat or for any exercise for that matter, researchers use a device known as “Electromyography” or EMG. EMG evaluates and records.. read more

Biomechanics of the Back Squat – Part 2

In our last article we looked at the difference between partial range and full range of motion squats, in this article we will look at the impact squatting has on joint forces in the lower limbs. In a review of the biomechanics of squat, Escamilla 2001 describes the forces and muscle activity involved in the.. read more

Biomechanics of the Back Squat – Part 1

The squat is a well-known exercise for the knee and hip muscles and is commonly used in rehab programmes. Biomechanically, the squat is a close-chain movement, requiring simultaneous extension patterns of the ankle, knee and hip joints. The squat can be performed in many different ways, including variations in foot width (sumo squats), foot position.. read more

Adding a Speed Component to Your Functional Training Program

Last week we discussed the link between eccentric strength, the stretch shortening cycle and functional training. This week we will look at training methods that develop speed. Speed is often developed with traditional based training modalities such as outdoor sprint training, however, speed can also be developed through the use of resistance based exercises. Effective.. read more

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