Run Slower to Run Faster!

Your muscles and heart need to be strong and your energy systems need to be taught how to work properly, and that takes time and care. Amongst other things, your exercise professional should prescribe lots of slow running, at a really easy heart rate. This is because slow (running) work gives you a long-term gain… Read More

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Running: Should You be Jumping or Falling?

Running is often described as a series of jumps. When our foot strikes the ground we naturally – and partly as a result of gravity and our biomechanics – want to displace most of the energy we are subjected to upward. We are much less efficient at translating these vertical forces into a more horizontal… Read More

9 Quick Tips on Writing a Great Gym Flyer

Flyers and posters can be a great way to reach wide audiences in a short span of time for special challenges or ‘open days’. However, as the traditional letter box flyer approach converts as low as 1-3%, it is important not to waste resources (i.e. time and money). 1. Make It Eye Catching Flyers are… Read More

What is the Effect of Hearing-Protection Devices on Auditory Situational Awareness & Listening Effort?

Research Paper Title The Effect of Hearing-Protection Devices on Auditory Situational Awareness and Listening Effort. Background Hearing-protection devices (HPDs) are made available, and often are required, for industrial use as well as military training exercises and operational duties. However, these devices often are disliked, and consequently not worn, in part because they compromise situational awareness… Read More

The Mounted Knight is…

“The mounted knight is irresistible; he would bore his way through the walls of Babylon.” Anna Comnena (1083 to 1153) Anna Comnena, also spelled Komnene, was a Byzantine historian and daughter of the emperor Alexius I Comnenus. She is remembered for her Alexiad, a history of the life and reign of her father, which became… Read More

Employing Older Trainers & Instructors: Are they An Untapped Opportunity?

Launching your fitness career later in life can be both daunting and exciting. You may have already had a long and successful career in a completely different industry and now you are starting from scratch – wondering how you will fit in – in an industry that can appear to be dominated by young, and… Read More

Natural Pain Remedies

You could pop a couple of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce the pain and soreness that can be associated with exercise, or you could eat some sweet potatoes, oranges, strawberries, ginger, and pineapple, for example. Each of these foods (and there are many others) has natural anti-inflammatory properties and can actually help to strengthen… Read More