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6 STEPS TO HOME WORKOUT SUCCESS
By ADAM KIANI,
- Follow an online program
- Tune into a live work out
- Be Creative
- Hire A Trainer
- Change your environment
- Set yourself an exciting target
EMD UK teams up with Fisikal to offer instructors a no-fee, revenue generating, digital platform
EMD UK, the national governing body for group exercise, and Fisikal have joined forces to offer a no-fee digital platform that will allow group exercise instructors and personal trainers to stream chargeable digital content. This will support fitness professionals through this period of extended physical distancing imposed by the government to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The platform, designed and delivered by Fisikal, will provide many instructors and personal trainers with a financial lifeline,” explains Brett Pearson, Head of Sales and Marketing at EMD UK. “With leisure facilities now closed, most instructors have lost any ability to earn money in a physical environment, creating a high level of anxiety and stress across the sector.
“EMD UK joined in the Government lobbying in collaboration with the Sport & Recreation Alliance to ensure freelance instructors and personal trainers got offered some financial support but, this funding will not be made available until June and our members are keen to access income streams now.
“Through Fisikal, a valued EMD UK Supplier Partner, we are able to offer our group exercise and personal trainer members new opportunities to reach their audiences through professional, digital means. In addition to enabling the maintenance of a connection to their client and participant network during these times of social distancing, the solution also provides a way of generating income through the provision of online classes and training programmes.”
The digital platform is available free of charge and opens up a huge array of functionality, including class scheduling, booking and payment systems which class participants and clients can access via a free to download app.
Instructors and personal trainers have the ability to pre-record and upload their own, bespoke content or, take advantage of a huge selection of quality class and workout content, stored in the Fisikal library, provided by Escape Fitness Equipment and high profile Master Trainers, including Matt Gleed.
“ We have opened our library of more than 250 exercise videos to provide users with a professional means of compiling bespoke workout programmes and training plans,” explains Matthew Januszeck, Co-Founder at Escape Fitness. “Instructors have been hit hard. For most, continuing to work and generate income is dependent on them being able to move their business online, at very short notice.
“This partnership with Fisikal enables us to make our content available, quickly and effectively to those who need it. We really are all in this together. The team at Escape Fitness is pleased to be able to play its part in offering instructors an opportunity to continue to service the thousands of people who want to access fitness services despite being confined to their homes.”
Instructors can also stream live workouts via an integration with YouTube Live, helping to connect their community via in-the moment experiences whilst fully respecting physical distancing rules.
Rob Lander, CEO at Fisikal, says: “The platform provides fitness professionals with a means of delivering a chargeable service, without the need for an upfront payment at a time when many are already financially challenged. The solution is super simple to set up. We have created a number of online step-by-step tutorials, ensuring even the most tech unsavvy can be up and running in a matter of hours.”
The platform is free and available to any individual exercise to music instructor or personal trainer, even those not currently an EMD UK member.
Pearson, adds: “EMD UK members taking advantage of our insurance policy will be covered to deliver online fitness content via this platform. Sadly, not all insurers cover all aspects of online fitness content delivery. We urge anyone considering migrating their services online, to check their terms and conditions carefully before embarking. Should instructors need our insurance, included in our membership package, they should use the code ‘FISIKAL’ to get a discount on membership “
Due to the complexities of global music licensing, instructors will need to ensure the music they use is either licence free, or due to the YouTube integration, all original artists songs purchased via another EMD UK Supplier partner, FitMixPro, can be used in live streaming classes. Please visit https://www.fitmixpro.com/music/browse;ref=EMDVIP#keepmix
The platform is available now. To find out more information and how to access the solution, either visit the Fisikal website www.fisikal.com or the EMD UK website www.emduk.org/virtual-instructor-platform
The Prison Workout! What It Is And Why You Should do It:
The Prison Workout
Erick Hudson is a CF-L2 Trainer based out of San Diego, California who has been teaching the CrossFit methodology every day for 6 years. Over the span of those years, he has worked with a wide aray of individuals ranging from young teens looking to become better at their school sports, competitive athletes looking to maximize their athletic potential, all the way to senior citizens looking to fight off the assisted living homes. With each new member joining the gym and asking the same routine questions like, ” How do I get butterfly pull ups” or ” What are some clean tips to help me hit a new PR”, Erick decided to create Constantly Varied Fitness.
The reason Erick became a CrossFit trainer is due to his love for helping other’s become better versions of themselves. That’s why creating a YouTube channel in order to reach as many people as possible and help them during their fitness journyies only made since. CVF is a meme page on Instagram making his following of 70+ thousand people laugh every day, but on YouTube, is a source of all and everything functional fitness and health related. You’ll find things such as rope climb techniques, how to improve your Olympic lifts, the principles of CrossFit Programming, and much more.
Due to the current situation troubling the entire world, forcing people to limit their time spent outside and with others, Erick saw the fitness community hurting due to them not being able to go to the gym and do what they love. He quickly started to produce videos of workouts people can perform at home with only a set of dumbbells, or if they have absolutely nothing, a backpack with some heavy books loaded in it. Even though the channel doesn’t have a huge subscription base, the videos are all receiving several hundred views a day and receiving lots of positive feedback. Check out the videos and give the workouts a try, or use them as inspiration to create a version of your own.
30 Exercises you can do with just a backpack to create a full body workout
An effective upper body workout that will pump your muscles up fast!
Grab your dumbbells for a 15 minute AMRAP that will get your heart rate up quick
Test your grip and grit with this difficult dumbbell complex
Need a serious sweat? This workout can make that happen.
This chipper workout is no joke and will have the muscles burning
Body weight Workouts
No equipment? No problem. Here’s a bodyweight EMOM workout to get your body moving
Follow Erick’s channels for lots of content to entertain, and provide knowledge during this time being spent in doors. Feel free to reach out to him at email@example.com for any questions you have.
HFE partners with fibodo to take on Covid-19 battle
Leading sports training provider promotes fit4thefight
Activity-based e-commerce booking platform fibodo, fit4thefight, have partnered with Health and Fitness Education (HFE), to help raise awareness of fit4thefight among the nation’s fitness professionals.
fibodo created fit4thefight to help grassroots fitness professionals to continue to offer their services to new and existing clients during the current national health emergency. fibodo’s usual £9.99 monthly subscription fee has been waived for all fitness professionals during the pandemic, encouraging full and part-time trainers to meet the UK’s demand for online fitness sessions.
HFE, a leading UK supplier of fitness courses, training and qualifications, will promote the fit4thefight campaign and free access to fibodo to their qualified and student trainers. HFE has delivered more than 25000 qualifications since 2017 and are providing over 200 new qualifications every month.
The partnership will also enable HFE to list courses on the fibodo directory, giving new entrants to the fitness industry the ability to access the very best courses and to begin operating their business in one easy to use platform.
fibodo’s e-commerce and business platform will also be introduced to HFE’s qualified and in-training instructors to enable them to commercialise their skills.
Anthony Franklin, founder and CEO of fibodo, commented: “I’m delighted to add HFE as a partner and welcome their qualified and in-training fitness professionals to fibodo and fit4thefight. The fibodo platform allows personal trainers and instructors to digitise their business within minutes. We look forward to working with HFE to make sure their fitness professionals get all the required tools to engage their clients in these difficult circumstances and secure their digital futures.”
Josh Douglas-Walton, marketing manager at HFE, said: “Giving our graduates access to a cutting edge e-commerce platform which allows them to build and grow their business digitally is game-changing. We aim to help increase industry standards and empower our graduates to make a lasting difference to peoples’ lives. A large proportion of fitness classes are viewed online, but fibodo will give our fitness professionals the ability to commercialise both interactive 1-2-1 and group fitness sessions with increased visibility.”
To find out more about HFE visit www.hfe.co.uk
Creative Ways Fitness Businesses Are Approaching Life with COVID-19:
Keeping your client’a active with livestreaming classes. Offer classes live, and if you’re a personal trainer, you can do one-on-one or small group training on a conference call or FaceTime.
Offer on-demand workouts for clients to watch (and re-watch). If you prefer a more polished look, pre-record workouts to share with your members. That way they can sweat with you from home whenever their schedule allows it.
Create workouts just for kids. With kids home from school, parents everywhere are feeling a little bit stressed. Whether you livestream, record on-demand, or simply share a printable workout, both parents and children will appreciate movements that can be done together or specifically with kiddos in mind. Make it into a game use your imagination and get those kids engaged. It’s a great way to burn that extra energy.
- Network and cross-promote with your neighbors. All our small businesses are feeling the pinch, so talking with one other and sharing ideas will help the entire community and put us in contact with businesses who can help promote your online classes.
- Let your local media know what you’re up to. Pitch your live stream and/or your on-demand workouts and provide all relevant details. Our studio was grateful to be featured on the local news paper / radio along with other local businesses offering online workouts.
- Use social media to connect with customers. If your members follow you on Instagram, use stories as an opportunity to showcase what you’re up to and local resources available to them (including those businesses you’re cross-promoting). Social Media is the perfect platform Instagram / Tick Tock & LinkedIn. Add Live content daily by keeping your client’s and community motivated.
Create a members-only Facebook group. Again, use social media to your advantage. Make it private and encourage members to engage by sharing healthy recipes and Netflix recommendations, coordinating FaceTime workouts, and offering exclusive content from your business. Consider marketing your Facebook group as a perk of being a member to help maintain autopays during this time.
Start an at-home challenge. Challenges help keep clients motivated throughout the year—and in a time like this, an extra dose of motivation will be just what your community needs. Have fun with an at-home plank or squat challenge with rewards like discounts or free swag. Our studio is hosting an at-home bingo challenge to keep our community engaged. To get the word out, we used our members-only Facebook group.
- Do a review campaign. Your loyal customers want to help you, and getting more reviews is a great way to engage them while strengthening your brand (and your SEO), too
Let your customers pre-buy packages, memberships, or services. Loyal members will feel good knowing they’re helping our businesses in the short-term so they can receive the services they love (hint: our workouts) later down the line.
Discount packages. Ideal? No. But if discounting is a sort term measure to drive in revenue for a month or two then do it. At least you have cash flow coming in , and at the same time build your client base and brand
Ramp up retail. Whether it’s offering to send swag packages, opening an online retail store, or both, our clients will be looking for gear to wear and use while at home. Our studios can help them out with branded sweatpants, bands, or other equipment, and more.
- Pick up the phone and call, text, or FaceTime your members. That’s right, we’re talking good old-fashioned connection. If our clients aren’t seeing us in person, they’ll miss those interactions. Make their day by contacting them directly and letting them know you’re thinking of them. It’s a simple gesture that means a lot—several of our clients told us so.
The best multi-gym 2020: multi-gyms to workout all muscle groups at home
Is a multi-gym the ultimate home workout purchase? It’s certainly the most versatile
BEST MULTI-GYMS: SUPPLY IS SHORT
HOW TO BUY THE BEST MULTI-GYM
LIFE FITNESS G7 MULTI GYM
The best multi-gym, when it’s available
Chunky multi-gym unit for crafting chunky human units
BOWFLEX XTREME SE HOME GYM
The smarter home multi-gym
MARCY ECLIPSE HG3000
Best, more affordable and compact home gym
NORDICTRACK FUSION CST
Super high-tech machine for versatile workouts
Best Crossfit Workouts Done Even at Home.
Crossfit workouts are workouts that put together strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, power, speed and balance. It is a kind of training where you combine heavy workouts with just being fit workouts. This is what the military are using to make them strong and fit. Fitness trainers also choose to have this training instead of any program out there since this is proven true a lot of times by a lot of individuals. Men and women who wanted to have a strong and fit body prefer to use it since it will make you work your whole body and not just a part of it.Well if you wanted to have just a fit body then this workout may not be for you. This is for people who just do not want to be fit without any fat in their body but also wanted to build muscles and tone them firm. Crossfit trainers need to have certificates in order for them to train people who wanted to be taught. But you can do Crossfit training even without a trainer. How?
These are just samples of trainings you can do at home:
1. Sprinting. Sprinting can also be known as running. Since we are referring to CrossFit training, we are going to do sprinting or running constantly for 20 minutes. You can use your own backyard or your neighborhood to do this. It is very costless yet very effective. When you start running, you can start with a very low speed. Then you can gradually change to a faster and faster space until you finish it within 20 minutes. If you are just a starter, you can do it first in 10 minutes then add time on the next day or next training. This will not just tone up your lower body muscles but can teach you to improve speed, stamina and agility.
2. Squats. Same as sprinting, you must do this also constantly in 20 minutes. This will help your butt muscles become toned and firm. It will also reduce the amount of cellulite in your bottom area. This will also help strengthen your muscle thighs. Do this as many rounds as possible within 20 minutes.
3. Powerlifting and weightlifting. Powerlifting and weightlifting as we all know builds muscles all around your body. Muscles will become larger especially on the arm part and the thigh part. Muscles will also build around the tummy and form your abs.
4. Jump rope. Jump rope is not usually done as training but in this kind of training, jump rope is very important. It will train you how to jump faster and higher. Yes, also jump higher. This training is so much easier than powerlifting or squats. You can also do it easily at home.
5. Pull up bars and climb rope. Just install a rope in your place that you know can carry your weight. Same as for pull up bars, look for a good iron bar that you can install that can hold your weight for a long time. Pulling yourself up will also strengthen most of your muscles and you can see the difference after a while of doing it.
There are still a lot of trainings out there that can be added to Crossfit trainings. These are just simple and very effective workouts that you can do at home. Crossfit workouts will definitely give you the muscles and fitness that you like as long as you do it in a right way.
Premier Global NASM Launches New Prenatal and Postnatal Course
Premier Global NASM, the leading provider of health, fitness and wellness training in the UK, has launched a new course to help Qualified Personal Trainers, Gym Instructors, Yoga Teachers, Group Trainers and more address the unique biomechanical and physiological demands of prenatal and postnatal clients.
The 6-week, self-paced course is led by Premier Global NASM’s team of Success Coaches and Tutors, who are experts in prenatal and postnatal fitness and nutrition. Students will explore 6 modules of information, including a section on overcoming barriers to exercise for new and expecting mums, the importance of balanced nutrition, and crystal clear guidance on safe and effective program design.
The programme also includes a 74-page manual, 9 hours of live webinars, weekly discussion forums, an exercise library and interactive lectures with 7.5 hours of content. All are delivered via a flexible and easy to use live learning through digital technology platform. A platform that allows personal trainers to fit learning into their busy client schedule.
“Through our new Pre and Postnatal programme, we are proud to provide the highest level of support for this extremely important area of focus,” said Dan Rees, Commercial Director for Premier Global NASM. “It ensures our trainers are collecting accurate client information and designing the safest exercises for new and expecting mums.”
The Secert To The Six – Pack – Abs
The secret to the six-pack abs you’ve always wanted goes far beyond 100 situps a day. But that doesn’t mean it takes hours upon hours of ab work.
No, the chiseled core you’ve always wanted has long been about more than a few daily minutes of workout — and it’s always been about more than merely “training” your abs. In fact, ab training is the least of your worries.
Truth be told, you don’t actually need that many ab exercises to build the abs you want. What you need is a holistic approach to fitness, one that takes into consideration your diet, some smart core training, and fat-incinerating total-body movements, too.
It’s an approach that isn’t easy, but it isn’t as extremist as you may think, either. No, you don’t have to say “no” to every M&M in sight, and you don’t need to drip buckets of sweat every single workout. You don’t need to train 365 days a week, and you don’t need to do core moves until you can’t feel your midsection. In fact, you can probably build the midsection you’ve always wanted in an hour or so a day, 4 to 5 days a week.
The key: A smart, targeted approach that includes equal parts discipline and hard gym work—and some occasional dietary freedom too. Follow these tips below to get started on the road to a six-pack.
Start in the Kitchen
Abs aren’t just made in the weight room — the real work starts in the kitchen. You’re going to need to approach your diet with the same discipline you bring to your workouts.
Some experts recommend eating six small meals a day, instead of the more conventional three, cutting out added sugars and processed foods, and loading up on dependable sources of protein to help build new muscle in your midsection. Before you commit to any new diet, though, speak to your doctor and/or a nutritionist to see what they believe will work best for you.
You’ll also want to drink plenty of water; aim to drink upwards of a gallon a day if you can. Keeping your body hydrated can help control hunger cravings.
Work Every Single Muscle
“Muscle is your body’s primary fat burner,” said Rasmussen. Your muscles require energy to contract, which is why you burn calories when you exercise. But resistance training, unlike running or cycling, also causes a significant amount of damage to your muscle fibers. And that’s a good thing.
“Your body has to expend energy to repair and upgrade those fibers after your workout,” Rasmussen continued. “And a single total-body weight-training session can boost your metabolism for up to two days.”
So you shouldn’t neglect a single inch of your body. That goes double for the legs because, when you train legs, you’re essentially training your whole body. Think about it: A squat or deadlift doesn’t just tax hamstrings, glutes, and quads, but it also challenges your core (and those abs) to maintain stability and stay braced tightly.
No wonder Syracuse University researchers determined that people burned more calories the day after a lower-body resistance session than the day after they worked their upper bodies.
Your lower half houses more muscle. The upshot: “A busy guy’s smartest approach is to train his entire body every other day,” says trainer Craig Rasmussen, C.S.C.S. “That allows you to elevate your metabolism maximally all week long, even though you’re working out only three or four days a week.”
Build your workouts around complex, multijoint movements like squats, deadlifts, and cleans, and watch the abs gradually show.
Don’t Max Out On Crunches
“You can do lots of crunches and situps and still have a weak core. “We see that all the time.”
The reason: Classic ab moves like crunches and situps work the muscles that allow you to flex (that is, round) your lower spine. True core exercises, on the other hand, train the muscles much, much more than that. “Your abs can rotate your torso, fight against rotation (anti-rotation), and brace your torso, in addition to flexing your lower spine. “You should work to train those other traits too.”
And you can do that with better core exercises than crunches. Planks are solid (and we’ll come back to that soon), mountain climbers and ab-wheel rollouts work, and Samuel loves hollow body hold and rock variations.
“You can do so much with hollow body holds and rocks,” he says. “They seem like mere bracing moves, but you can train anti-rotation and rotation from that position too.” We will continue with even more facts and exercises in our June issue.