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on Clare, owner of Bodycoach Clare says
Fitness gym, is a personal trainer, Bodycoach Fitness has
an international professional natural succeeded in attracting
bodybuilder with the British Natural both males and females
Bodybuilding Federation team, and a former to free weight training.
Miss Britain Physique. She specialises in She values the “results-
strength-based personal training – her based” nature of free weight training,
facility offers a full range of resistance which increases lean muscle mass that, in
machines, as well as free weights, dumbbells, turn, helps decrease body fat and generate
barbells and some plate-loaded equipment. discipline, focus and self-confi dence.
He says there’s a perceived clash “There’s a high failure rate at
of cultures but points out that, in the the moment, partly because of the
Kettlebell instructor Steve Angell says US, lifting weights has always been technicality of some of the lifts,” says
weightlifting is the norm in US gyms accommodated successfully in standard Hembrough. “[Instructors] lack the
gyms. Hembrough believes this can necessary skills and knowledge. But, as
“Powerlifting is much easier to be partly attributed to the collegiate they gain these, it will defi nitely have
provide for because it’s just squat, sport environment in the US – a large an impact on the health and fi tness
bench press and deadlift,” says Delroy volume of people have had exposure market.” The British Weightlifters’
McQueen, a personal trainer and to weightlifting through this, which Association (BWLA) also provides a
competition powerlifter. “It needs much transfers into health clubs in later years. basic qualifi cation, adds Hembrough.
less space than weightlifting, and a lot of McQueen believes a lot of personal
health clubs have a squat rack and bench instructor implications trainers would have the qualifi cations
press station already.” A reinforced The mainstream gym population in to teach the basics of powerlifting,
lifting platform would be the main the UK is not weight training savvy – but that they wouldn’t know advanced
addition necessary. and neither are most instructors, powerlifting techniques, as training and
However, the majority of mainstream believes Angell. Hembrough adds that qualifi cations provided by organisations
clubs still steer clear of full weight technical instruction is sub-standard, such as BWLA and UKSCA only tackle
training. “Some health clubs have some and that standard fi tness qualifi cations basic powerlifting knowledge.
good kit and the potential to offer do not include the relevant training to Angell reveals a further certifi cation
[weightlifting and powerlifting], but instruct weight lifting. snag for weight training. He says
they don’t,” says Steve Angell, personal The United Kingdom Strength and certifi cation from organisations such as
trainer, senior kettlebell instructor and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) BWLA and UKSCA meet with resistance
nine-times weightlifting world champion. provides accreditation at four levels, from the certifi cation guardians of the
“They make it pretty clear it’s not the with entry possible at any level subject health and fi tness industry, REPs.
kind of thing they want in their facility.” to prior knowledge and experience. Ben Gittus, SkillsActive’s standards
manager, says: “For fi tness instructors
to gain entry onto the Register, their
qualifi cation needs to cover a range of
skills including weights, CV equipment,
2 Health Clubs are kitted ensure that members are taught to and health and safety, for example.
out with Precor kit, plus a full use the equipment correctly. These qualifi cations need to refl ect
range of free weights, dumbbells “It’s clear to see from the clubs the full range of national occupational
and barbells. “We also have a ‘James that the popularity of strength work standards that have been agreed and set
machine’, allowing members to benefi t is increasing among our members,” by employers in the industry. Specialist
from the same safety features found says Noble. “We’re permanently weights certifi cations often do not cover
on a Smith machine but with a much writing new resistance programmes, this full range of skills.
greater range of movement,” says and more and more members are “REPs fully supports instructors
managing director Richard Noble. participating in BODYPUMP classes.” specialising in the integration of weights
PF2 clubs are split into four sections Noble says that by educating into programmes, and agrees it’s a
– a cardiovascular area, a free weights members on the benefi ts of strength growing area. However, members of
area, a resistance machine area and a workouts and the need for a balanced the Register will normally specialise
studio with a sprung fl oor. training programme, they’ve been able in this area through their continuing
Weight training programmes are to encourage people who’d normally professional development. REPs can fully
available and group training is included miss out weight training to include this recognise specialist weights courses as
in the membership fees. Instructors important element in their programme. endorsed CPD activities.”
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