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Circuit training is a combination of high-intensity aerobics and resistance training deigned to be easy to follow and target fat loss, muscle building and heart fitness. An exercise "circuit" is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program.

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A gym usually includes a cardio area which includes many types of cardiovascular training-related equipment such as rowing machines, stationary exercise bikes, elliptical trainers and treadmills. A resistance area with resistance machines and free weights are often commonly found in gyms. Gym's now usually include audio-visual displays in order to keep exercisers entertained during long cardio workout sessions.

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Commonly referred to as aerobics which is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness. Usually performed to music. There are a whole range of keep fit classes ranging from step aerobics, kickboxing and cardio cycling.

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A strength sport consisting of three events: the bench press, the squat and the deadlift. It is a test of limit strength.

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Athletes attempt to lift a maximum weight in either a single (weight) lift or a barbell lift. The athlete must have a clean lift in order for it to count. i.e. the arms must be straight when the weight is over the athlete's head.

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A fitness boot camp is a type of physical training program conducted by gyms, personal trainers, and former military personnel. These programs have been increasing in popularity for the past several years. 

Boot Camp training often combines running, interval training, and many other exercises using weights and/or body weight to lose body fat, increase cardiovascular efficiency, increase strength, and help people get into a routine of regular exercise. Many programs offer nutrition advice as well. It is called "boot camp" because it trains groups of people, typically outdoors, and may or may not be similar to military basic training.  

The term 'boot camp' is currently used in the fitness industry to describe group fitness classes that promote fat loss, camaraderie and team effort. They are designed to push people a little bit further than they would normally push themselves in the gym alone. Boot Camps are often organised outdoors in parks using bodyweight exercises like push ups, squats, suspension training and burpees, interspersed with running and competitive games. The idea is that everyone involved works at their own pace as they team up and work towards one goal, either in pairs, small teams of three or four, or even two teams head on. 

Boot camps provide social support for those taking part. This provides a different environment for those exercisers who get bored in a gym and so find it hard to develop a habit of exercise. Participants make friends and socialize as they exercise, although how strict the trainers or drill instructors in charge can be will depend on the company running the camp. Members of fitness boot camps are usually tested for fitness on Day 1 and then retested at the end of the camp, which usually runs for between 4-6 weeks. 

Fitness bootcamps are often based on the military style of training. Usually held outdoors the activities include jogging, sprinting, plyometrics, push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, suspension training and a variety of other calisthenic exercises. An advantage of a bootcamp is that the large group dynamic will often help motivate the participants.

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Spinning classes can be a great way to get in a vigorous workout, burning calories and keeping your muscles in shape - especially during the off-season.

Pros include:

  • An effective workout
  • It allows you to train in the offseason
  • Varied routines keep things fresh
  • It's great for all ability levels

A spinning class involves lots of people on exercise bikes lined up inside in a fitness studio. It is a relatively recent phenomenon, where participants take part in a group workout on exercise bikes that typically lasts anywhere from 30-75 minutes. The classes are lead by instructors who normally guide participants through a series of phases, from warm-up to more challenging phases, to a period of peak effort followed by a cool down.

Ultimately participants determine their own levels of exertion but a good instructor can certainly encourage and motivate you to push yourself, and you'll most likely find spinning to be a vigorous workout.

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Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility. It advocates a perpetually changing mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting.

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Professionals within the Level 2 Gym Instructing Qualifications should have a knowledge of:

Anatomy and physiology including:
- the heart and circulatory system
- the respiratory system
- structure and function of the skeleton
- musculoskeletal system
- postural and core stability
- the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise


How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults


How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating


How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme


The skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults - both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups also covered are older adults, ante and postnatal clients and disabled clients provided the relevant contraindications and key safety guidelines are observed

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Professionals within the Level 3 in Personal Training should have a knowledge of:

Anatomy and physiology including:
- the heart and circulatory system
- the musculoskeletal system
- postural and core stability
- the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health

How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults

How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating

How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme

How to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme

How to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages

How to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages