What’s the area of your training that you skip most? That you know least about? For me, it’s strength training.
I know I should do it. That it makes me stronger, less prone to injury and leaner. But I don’t know what I’m doing (and to be totally honest, I don’t always like doing it).
I’m fed up of not knowing what to do when I get to the gym, of being confused by exercises or by the pieces of equipment. I feel like there’s so many strength training plans out there but we don’t know why we’re doing get particular exercise… and sometimes they actually aren’t running specific.
So, with that in mind I have decided to go back to school as it were, and training to become a Personal Trainer at Number 1 Fitness.
I actually don’t want to work as a PT (at the moment, anyway)., however I want to have the knowledge of a personal trainer. And I think it will really help me in my quest for a BQ next year.
Not only that, but I want to be able to share knowledgeable, informed strength training tips and workouts with you guys!
My friend (can you say friends when you’ve only met once?!) Ok, one of my fave bloggers, Nicole from Pumps & Iron wrote a great post recently about the ‘fitness influencer’ and the fitness expert. And how different they can be… Nicole’s post asked whether we have a responsibility as fitness bloggers to be fitness experts.
It worries me that so many people out there on Instagram and blogs are giving fitness and diet advice, without any credentials. Advice, that although may be given with the best intention, can cause injury and eating disorders.
With that said, there are a lot of brilliant bloggers that are PT’s, yoga teachers, dietitans and qualified nutritionists who share their qualified knowledge! Some of my fave are;
Part of the reason that I went back to university to study dietetics, rather than doing a nutrition course, is that I wanted to have the very highest qualification in the subject (I want to do a Masters after!) I wanted it to be scientific, peer reviewed research based knowledge and rather than the fad of the moment. Which means that my course wasn’t that exciting, but it was informative and very clinical. And it will hopefully open a lot of doors once I qualify.
In the same way I studied dietetics, I am keen to learn all about personal training, and strength training in particular, from somewhere like Number 1 Fitness. A couple of friends, including Tashi who has helped me in the past with workouts, have studied there and have nothing but good things to say.
As I mentioned, I don’t think I want to work as a PT, but I am going to be sharing strength for runner workouts on here, and I hope to sign up to teach some group fitness classes going forward. I LOVE going to group workouts and would love to be involved as an instructor!
The course is mostly online for now, going through the bodily systems (which will be a good refresh from my first year of dietetics!), the principles of training, creating training regimes for the gym and outside the gym. It all looks relaly in depth – and currently a little bit scary, however each section is broken down into bitesize chunks, and I’m lucky that my friend Tashi has already studied with Number 1 Fitness and has offered up tips and revision material to help!
As well as online learning, I have 5 weekends of practical training in the gym, to really learn how to properly perform and correct exercises, create workout regimes for functional training and help myself (and others!) strength train effectively. I can’t wait to learn and share on here!
Full discolsure – I’ve been offered a PT training course by Number 1 Fitness in exchange for sharing my experience on my blog and social.