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TRAINING Forces in Afghanistan peddle group cycling


British troops in Afghanistan have undergone what is believed to be the first group cycling instructor training course to take place in the country, as they bid to keep their comrades fighting fit in every sense. Working out in a warzone is


no safeguard for avoiding stale fitness regimens, according to mil- itary forces deployed at Kandahar Airfield, who were eager to get fully trained up and give their various sec- tions diverse exercise sessions. Under the guidance of RAF


Warrant Officer Calum MacIntyre, who is both a serving member of the Armed Forces and a YMCAfit tutor, 16 servicemen from a variety of army units and the RAF have now become fully-cer- tified group cycling instructors. MacIntyre said the troops’ unique work


British forces at Kandahar Airfield base aſter a hard session “We’re very lucky to have a fully equipped


patterns – which include flying daily sor- ties in support of Afghan-led ground forces – meant they were unable to attend the fit- ness and group cycling classes led by RAF PTI Sergeant Mark Rooney, so he struck on the idea of spreading the knowledge. “Working out here can be physically and


mentally challenging due to austere weather and living conditions,” said MacIntyre.


gymnasium plus a group cycling studio at our base and we wanted to help other personnel learn how to train their own units, so I sug- gested arranging a fully-certified course where they will receive a recognised qualification that they can carry forward aſterwards.” Te initiative was supported by YMCAfit,


which provided eLearning and emailed over PDFs of course manuals, as well as charg- ing a half price rate of £75 for the course fees. Details: http://lei.sr?a=C3e4u


New PT courses in diabetes and back pain


New ‘Level 4 Specialist Practitioner’ qualifications for personal train- ers wanting to meet client needs in growing areas of complaint – caused by overeating and inactivity – have been launched by Focus Training. Te course combines a Level 3


Diploma in Exercise Referral with a choice of either Level 4 Lower Back Pain Specialist or Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Specialist. Head of operations Ben Jackson


says personal trainers want more choice of specialist courses, with a view to strengthening their skill- set, while at the same time boosting their future earning potential. “Smart PTs who like to stay ahead of the


trends will realise that our ageing population is creating a massive rise in exercise refer- rals from general practitioners and that our more sedentary lifestyles are creating more problems with obesity,” he said. “Tose PTs want a qualification that will


enable them to capitalise on the increased opportunities in these specific sectors.”


© CYBERTREK 2014 Over 24-year-olds can apply for government funding for the course Fully-accredited ‘Specialist Practitioner’


courses in both disciplines will be running at a number of venues across the country throughout the summer months. In addition, the course qualifies for


advanced learning loans, meaning over 24-year-olds are eligible to apply for government funding for the course. Details: http://lei.sr?a=e6T7Z


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