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All posts by Simon Shawcross

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Aug'14

Announcing the release of our Newest Course: CPD HIT

We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest course CPD HIT: our Continuing Professional Development Certification in High Intensity Resistance Exercise. Keep reading to the bottom of the post to learn about our special summer offer on both of our available courses.   Who Is CPD HIT For? CPD HIT is primarily designed for already qualified Personal Trainers and Gym Instructors. We also welcome individuals with a qualification that included the study of fundamental anatomical and physiological principles. This effectively opens our CPD HIT course to those of you who may be professionals in other health related disciplines …

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Aug'14

High Intensity Resistance Training and HRV Observations: A Beginner’s Guide to HRV (part 3)

The first part of “The Beginners Guide to HRV“, covered a general overview of Heart Rate Variability. The second part expanded on that information by exploring the available HRV apps, what they actually measure and how to take your own readings. In this third and final part, I will share with you my experience of using HRV data to track response to High Intensity Resistance Exercise (HIT). We will cover some of the personal observations I have made including, how my HRV typically responds to a HIT workout, unusual responses and warning signs, and whether HRV recovery tracks with muscular …

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08

Aug'14

Understanding and Using HRV Technology for Exercise: A Beginner’s Guide to HRV (part 2)

In the first part of “The Beginners Guide to HRV“, we looked at a general overview of Heart Rate Variability and how tracking our own HRV has the potential to guide our workouts, specifically high intensity of effort resistance training (HIT) workouts. In the second part, I want to expand on that premise and look at the practicalities of tracking and using HRV data in this context. This is where the rubber meets the road.     HRV apps A quick look at Wikipedia reveals that the HRV app market has expanded pretty quickly over the last few years, with …

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Jul'14

HRV: A Beginner’s Guide to Heart Rate Variability (Part 1)

Real world experience and supportive scientific research has shown us that Resistance Training or High Intensity Strength Training, in general is best performed once or twice a week. This frequency appears to be optimal for the vast majority of individuals – there are of course potential outliers and exceptional circumstances.     Mastering our biofeedback As a generally suggested frequency, this is probably as good as we are going to get. Of course this suggestion can be tweaked for the better and adapted to each individual, especially if we become masters of listening to our own body and our energy levels and …

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Jul'14

Understanding Exercise and Choosing Your Alpha Exercise and Beta Activities

Why do you exercise? When you decided that you wanted to commence an exercise program, what went through your mind? I bet it was one of the reasons listed below.   Typically, there are four categories of motivators or values for wanting to commence exercise. Do let us know if you can think of others! It should also be pointed out that all the motivators above are legitimate to one degree or another. Of course an individual may have a number of different motivators from two or more of the above categories, all converging to drive that person to start a new exercise regime. …

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Jul'14

What is Momentary Muscular Failure, Why We Seek It Out… and How To Get There

Achieving Momentary Muscular Failure (MMF) has long been a key tenet of High Intensity Training (HIT): the goal, the pinnacle, the crowning achievement for each exercise performed in a routine.   What is MMF and why does it occur? Let’s simplify things by looking at MMF specifically within the context of dynamic exercise consisting of concentric (lifting) and eccentric (lowering) muscle actions. In this context, momentary muscular failure refers to the moment in an exercise set, when the force output of the targeted musculature has been reduced to a level equal to the force of the chosen load, due to …

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Jul'14

Becoming a Personal Trainer: Decisions, Decisions

You love exercise and you want a career helping others to get the most out of their body. You have decided that becoming a Personal Trainer is the way that you are going to do this. Where do you go from this decision? What do you need to enter the rewarding and lucrative personal training marketplace?   The most important decision: What type of exercise are you going to offer? First and foremost, you will need to decide what type of fitness activity you want to specialize in. We believe that high intensity training is the safest, most effective and …

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03

Jul'14

Our flagship course: HIT Personal Trainer is now available!

We are very excited to announce that our first course – the Personal Trainer certification course – is available now.   James Steele, one of the first individuals to have seen both the course and the platform, said: But enough about the course – this post is not a sales pitch. For that you can go to the Personal Trainer course overview page or watch the platform demonstration video. We do however have an offer for all of our social media and blog followers, who have been around since the early days of HITuni.   This is all great, but …

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12

Jan'14

High Intensity Training tops the fitness trends for 2014

It’s that time of year again, when people look back, reflect and plan ahead for the year to come. It’s also the time of the year, when the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) run their annual survey in an effort to reject fads of the previous year and confirm emerging exercise trends for the year to come. It is interesting that responders of the survey were asked to make a distinction between “trend” and “fad”, as one would expect health and fitness professionals to be able to distinguish between an exercise program based on scientific research and a program …

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Nov'12

The personal training landscape

Personal Training has become a competitive and lucrative career option over the last 25 years and is set to continue to grow by an expected 24% over the next 10 years. This is staggering growth, faster than average when compared with all other career categories. Not only is it one of the faster growing career options, it can also be financially rewarding too. There is no clear-cut answer as to how to become a fitness or personal trainer. Different employers demand different certifications and the certifications themselves vary greatly in terms of speciality and time required to invest in educating …

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