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  • It’s peak season for holidays abroad and at home which means many clients are planning a blowout of epic proportions! This usually means, massive carbohydrate and alcohol intake an

  • Massage as a whole has been used for hundreds and thousands of years for a wide variety of reasons. Some use massage to relax, de-stress and to feel good. Others use a more intense

  • This weeks article was written by a current student at Fitness HQ. Aidan is a successful Personal Trainer based at Elite Physique in Stockport. Aidan is renowned for his knowledge

  • Magnesium: Magnesium is a Macro Mineral which can be found in dark leafy greens (raw spinach), nuts & seeds, Fish (Mackerel), beans, lentils and avocados. Magnesium has a numbe

  • At Fitness HQ we often boast that we are one of very few training providers who practice what they preach. With that in mind we decided to share with you one of our student’s

  • A question we receive on our personal trainer courses more often than any other question is; ‘what’s the best way to make muscles grow?’ Over the years I have del

  • Those of you who know me are well aware that CV training and I don’t go well together. A few years I go I went through a triathlon phase where I completed a number of open water an

  • The purpose of this short article is to outline all the revenue streams a personal trainer can have. Quite often during our various fitness courses we get asked how personal traine

  • At Fitness HQ we really do practice what we preach. During today’s staff training we completed a relatively high volume and tough back workout. Fitness HQ is unlike any other

  • With a history of weightlifting, strength training and in my younger years… a bit of bodybuilding, I was always fixated and focussed on resistance training and quite often ne

  • If you are considering investing in a personal trainer, it is important that you pick the right personal trainer for you. This article outlines what we would look for when investin

  • At Fitness HQ we embrace any opportunity to plan a new, lung bursting and fun workout. With today being Valentine’s day we decided to put together a 20 minute AMRAP (As many

  • Having reread Ant’s article that he wrote for Fitness HQ back in December (Why I Love My Job) it got me thinking about comfort zones and stepping outside of them. It’s

  • Pull Ups – the squats for the upper body! Like them, hate them or loathe them, pull ups are a fantastic way of building your upper body. Not only will they will trigger your

  • At Fitness HQ we are renowned for delivering some of the best fitness qualifications throughout the UK.

  • Why I Love My Job – Courtesy of Ant: There aren’t many of my friends who go to bed on a Sunday evening looking forward to starting work again on Monday… but I do.

  • Before I start, I have to confess that I have stolen aspects of this article from a good friend of mine who owns a very successful gym down South. However, I thought the content wa

  • Check out this weeks v-log below where one of our Weight Lifting tutors discusses the importance of a phasic training system and outlines why you must adapt the intensity and volum

  • Building muscle is just as reliant on nutrition, absorbing calories, absorbing micronutrients and reducing poor gut health as what it is actually training and lifting weights. With

  • Carbs are one of the most controversial topics when it comes to fat loss, performance and health. In this short video, one of our Weight Lifting tutors discusses three truths about

  • It was great to see so many of our past and current students today at Cardiff’s half marathon. Many were doing it for themselves, for enjoyment and for the fun. Others were doing i

  • Fat loss is a hot topic at present, especially with Christmas fast approaching and the little black dress season almost upon us. With this in mind, one of our Olympic Weightlifting

  • Quite often during our personal trainer qualifications we get asked; ‘Is personal training a lifelong career?’ Well, the answer in short is, yes, it can be. The purpose of this sho

  • Whether you are already a qualified Personal Trainer or you are yet to start your learning and still planning your Personal Training Package with Fitness HQ, Exercise Referral is a

  • The number of training providers offering personal training courses and other fitness qualifications is increasing every year. This is by no means a bad thing, after all variety is

  • As an avid Weightlifter myself, the current trend and rise in popularity of weightlifting as a sport throughout the UK fills me with excitement, and let me tell you why:   As

  • Rio 2016 has proven to be one of the most successful Olympics for weightlifting as a whole in many years. Although the Great Britain team have not secured as many podium finishes a

  • With a number of sports clubs in and around Manchester always increasing and the number of gyms and health clubs increasing equally as fast, the need for sports massage therapists

  • GBC – The most effective way for fat loss and building muscle… At Fitness HQ we spend a lot of time amending and improving our fitness courses to incorporate some of the most

  • In a previous post, we spoke about the importance of a good night sleep for fat loss. When it comes to finding the balance between training days and rest days, it’s important

  • Carb Cycling: Carb cycling is a nutrition method / strategy which has been used within physique transformations and bodybuilding for a number of years. However, social media has re

  • At Fitness HQ we have students completing our qualifications from all over the UK and Ireland. We recently had a student complete our Personal Trainer Qualification who was based i

  • The Deadlift is widely considered the ‘Daddy’ of all exercises or at the very least, one of the most important exercises we can perform in the gym. Due to the ‘Alpha’ nature of the

  • It is quite common that people in the gym are training and putting the hours in but not seeing the results. Here are a few reasons to think about…. There are a number of reas

  • Cortisol? What is it and how is it linked to stress? Does stress play a part in your body composition or has this ever even cost you a thought? Believe it or not, cortisol and stre

  • We can all relate to what it feels like when we have a restless night’s sleep and how we struggle to get through the day without it. Anything can affect us having a good night’s sl

  • A lot of people think that if they work out or train that they can eat anything that they want. This may be the case for teenagers or those who have a fast metabolism in their favo

  • Following on from last week’s’ article ‘HIIT vs Steady State Cardio’, this short blog will focus on how to structure Interval Training for fat loss and conditioning along wit

  • IIT vs Steady State Cardio The benefits of committing to and maintaining a training and exercise programme are endless however for some, fat loss is a goal of such programmes. Ther

  • The Chaos Bench – One of the best ways to improve your Bench Press. There are several methods / variations which can be used to help you improve your Bench Press. Some include over

  • Stretching… the missing link: It can be a factor of fitness routines that people tend to avoid – stretching. People can start straight into ‘hardcore’ training wi

  • 5 Reasons why Zinc is so important Quite often we discuss the importance or perceived importance of supplements on our personal training courses. In most cases students express the

  • Let’s discuss the 6 biggest myths in the fitness industry! The fitness sector is one of those industries where almost everyone has an opinion. As well as that, fitness, health and

  • Most people join a gym to improve the way they look by losing body fat, toning up or to improve performance such as lifting a heavier weight. Either way the primary goal is to buil

  • FHQ’s core values are quality, quality and quality! The main delivery team are experienced personal trainers and exceptionally competent and successful tutor/assessors with an exce