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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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11

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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Apr'14

Professionalism and Personal Training

After a welcome to the course, we’ll dive straight into Professionalism and Personal Training to discover an Ethical Code that will drive your success as a Personal Trainer, we’ll cover fundamental legal issues that you must be aware of, what your responsibilities to your clients really are, and how to adhere to health and safety concerns.

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23

Apr'14

The Benefits of Exercise

The next module is called the Benefits of Exercise and this is where we really start to present an overview of the physiological and psychological benefits both you and your clients will attain from HIT exercise and the results that are attainable from just 1-2, 12-20 minute workouts per week. This is valuable information and once you have absorbed it you will be able to concisely explain to potential clients how they will benefit from your expertise.

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Apr'14

The Human Body and Exercise

Having taken in this overview it is time to broaden and deepen your learning in the next module: The Human Body and Exercise. This is Anatomy and Physiology structured and delivered in a way that makes it easy to absorb. Your learning and understanding of this module will give you the underpinnings of knowledge that will make your understanding of the principles of HIT concrete. The foundations of HIT are built on anatomical and physiological science and this module explains the principles of A & P and how they relate to HIT practically.

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Apr'14

The Science of HIT: Theory and Practice

The next module is The Science of HIT: Theory and Practice, this is perhaps the epicenter of the whole course. We start with an overview of HITuni’s HIT protocol in 25 points, and the rest of the module breaks down each of these points in detail. You will get from this module, a lot of practical knowledge about how to apply HIT, how to create routines from the micro-detail to the macro.

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Apr'14

Exercise Demonstrations

You’ve understood the theory and the concepts behind HIT’s practical application, now you will need to learn the exercises that will enable you to flesh out real routines. Featuring individual video demonstrations of HITuni approved Dynamic exercises, including: 25 machine exercises, 24 free weight exercises and 17 bodyweight exercises. In addition to the videos there are photos with explanatory text for the HITuni approved Static exercises, including: 19 Timed Static Contraction exercises and 15 Adapted Static Hold exercises. All the exercises are presented in 8 convenient bodypart sections, and further categorized by equipment choice, for easy reference and learning. No …

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