FitPro Convention 2013 report

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Just finished The Fitpro 2013 convention.

A fantastic two day event with demonstrations from a collection of the leading coaches and presenters, lectures by world renowned nutritionists and other sport scientists, workshops enabling personal trainers to experiment with up to date fitness methodology and Master Classes in the latest group exercise phenomenons. Apart from being physically destroyed we have taken a great deal from this event and would like to share some of our findings.

Over two days the Kinetics team participated in 7 hours of group exercise Master Classes. These sessions are designed for class instructors to experience examples of group exercise that can be delivered across any leisure facility. Although every class was completely different with different titles such as, Whipped, Body Transformation and Armageddon they all followed the same HIIT (high Intensity Interval Training) principle. Countless studies have proven that this type of training is by far the most effective for fat burning without any loss of muscle mass, making this type of class ideal for a large proportion of our gym users as we have the best equipment on the market to facilitate these exercises. All these classes were fun and simple to follow with adaptations for different fitness levels.

Running was a big topic at this years Fitpro with several workshops and seminars discussing issues related to running. Studies have shown that 80% of runners have at some time suffered from a running related injury. As a species we are anatomically designed to walk, run and sprint efficiently so why do we get injured. Do fish get injured when they swim? Do kangaroos get
injured when they jump? At Fitpro convention speakers from Vivobarefoot, Premier and Vibram all indicate these issues to one thing, our footwear. Modern day cushioned trainers are designed to reduce impact stress that causes many of runners injuries, sounds good but unfortunately the same trainers enable us to run in a style that causes these injuries. Take the shoe away and suddenly we find it hard to run, why? Simply because we have forgotten how to run. We are undertaking a barefoot running instructors course in order to be best placed to advise our clients on the benefits of barefoot running techniques, we recognise that it’s not for everyone but feel it could be the way forward for many of you. Visit

We were also lucky enough to have one of the UK’s most respected nutritionist Anita Bean give a talk on nutritional trends in relation to sporting performance. The big news here is a pint of milk after a work out is far better for recovery then any carb based sports drink currently on the market. We should be eating 20g of protein with every meal. Beetroot juice has been proven to help athletes to tolerate higher intensities for longer and vitamin D deficiencies can hinder sporting performance.

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