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Vibrating Foam Rollers – Wednesday Wisdom

As we continue to look at the most effective movement preparation routines, a new and interesting study has shown that using vibrating foam rollers can optimise proprioception, force output and range of motion. In this study, researchers from the Coaching Medical University in Taiwan had a group of younger adults perform a standard warm-up routine,.. read more

Activating the Glutes – Wednesday Wisdom

Continuing in this series of articles, this week we are going to look at how activation exercises can be when performed before explosive lifts such as kettlebell swings, barbell and functional bag explosive lifts such as high pulls and other Olympic lifting variations. As you are aware, one the fundamental principles that the FTI cover.. read more

Differentiate & Thrive – Dan’s Blog

One of the saddest things about the fitness industry is the number of quality trainers that leave because they didn’t build a significant client base. The industry dropout rate is worse than ever and one of the MAJOR reasons for this is commoditization. This fancy word just means that personal training has become so common.. read more

Why Be Average? – Dan’s Blog

“Be so good they can’t ignore you” I went to a new burger place on Saturday night (yes, I do eat burgers). It was only 7:30 pm and the waiting time was already over an hour. The place had no signage, it was graffiti ridden, it had a limited menu and pretty average décor. However,.. read more

RAMPing Up Your Warm Up Routine

Warming up before a work out can be very important, in fact a well-executed warm up can boost training performance by: Increasing muscle contraction properties Improve oxygen delivery Improve blow flow Enhance metabolic reactions So, if the benefits of a warm up are so clear, why do many of our clients fail, to take advantage.. read more

Foam Rolling Improves Superficial Back Line Range of Motion

Hello to everyone! In my last post, I mentioned that “nothing is certain in science” and I said this because very often, just when we think we agree on a specific set of research findings, another opposing finding will pop up.  The following results from this very recently published study highlight this point.  A group.. read more

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