Mel Bligh is a CORE Fitness Education student who achieved her L2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and L3 Personal Training in 2019.
I'm a self-employed learning and development consultant and have been for the last 16 years. I specialise in leadership, team and culture development. In my work I facilitate leadership programmes, team workshops and 1:1 coaching.
This year World Mental Health Day is on Thursday 10th October, which coincides with the launch of CORE Fitness Education's new course in Mental Health Awareness. Below, I talk to CORE Fitness Education tutor Jason Feavers about mental health, and what we can do within the fitness industry to support the mental health of ourselves, our clients and our colleagues.
On top of strength exercises that work all the major muscle groups two or more times a week, government guidelines currently state that we should all be getting 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of more vigorous activity per week. There are a plethora of ways you can do that, from abseiling to Zumba. I choose to clock up those weekly exercise minutes by going for a run.
For many of our students their CORE Fitness Education course is the first time they've studied since school. This can seem like a daunting prospect; the practical exam is often more appealing.
Fortunately there are many things you can do to prepare yourself for the academic side of your CORE course which will make walking back into a classroom feel as smooth as possible.
As a fitness company we promote nutrition and exercise for a wide variety of clients, but as
we know there are a lot of key points to consider when training a Pre/Post Natal client due to
the changes occuring during pregnancy. This can be down to energy levels, changes in diet
due to foods they need to change or because they feel nauseous from their taste/texture as
their pregnancy progresses. Plus on top of this there are many other hormonal and body
changes that we as Personal Trainers need to be aware of before we even think about
training a client and giving them nutritional advice.
The fitness industry is booming. On an almost daily basis we hear new fitness tips, weights vs. cardio debates, the latest fitness crazes, new classes to try and the hard-to- deny benefits of Yoga and Pilates.