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How To Become A Personal Trainer In Manchester

As you’ve probably guessed by the nature of this blog, I’m a sports nut. That is to say I enjoy playing sport more than I enjoy watching it. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching sport (especially cricket which is the last bastion of professional sport that isn’t corrupted by money) but my real love comes from playing and competing in sport. For quite some time I have harbored a desire to become a personal trainer. I can’t think of anything better than doing fitness training for a living and helping other people stay fit and healthy. A friend of mine is personal trainer and recently became qualified to teach personal training courses. After talking to him about becoming a personal trainer (he teaches his course in Manchester) I learned a number of interesting facts about the personal trainer qualifications I thought might be of interest to people. In this post I’ll explain to you how to become a personal trainer in Manchester (or anywhere in the UK for that matter).


If you live in the Manchester area or the surrounding area, and you have a passion for fitness, then consider becoming a personal trainer. Becoming a trainer may not be as hard as you think. If you want to find out more about what is involved with becoming a personal trainer, then continue to read on on.


What Do You Need

There are a few things you need in order to become a personal trainer. You need a Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification, as well as a Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification and a first aid certificate. Also, you will need to obtain personal trainer insurance.

Getting The Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification and Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification
In order to obtain the level 2 gym instructor qualification, you will need to enroll into a personal trainer course. Don’t worry though because there are many personal trainer courses you can choose from. Personal training courses that offer you the chance at getting this qualification are relatively short, as it can take as little as six weeks to complete, and that is if you study on a part-time basis. You can earn this qualification in a little over a week if you study full-time.

The level 3 personal trainer certificate involves taking more challenging courses, and once you pass the course, you will be able to work for yourself. The level 2 gym instructor allows you to work at a gym, for someone else. Also, the level 3 personal fitness certificate allows you to work for yourself internationally. If you study full-time, then you can earn the level 3 qualification in as little as 5 weeks, and if you study part-time, then you can earn the certificate within 5 trainer courses

First Aid Certificate

The First Aid Certificate- You must get this certificate if you want to work as a fitness trainer. The good news is that many fitness courses include this, which means upon graduating you will not only have a personal trainer certificate, but also your first aid certificate. However, you might have to enroll in a separate course to earn the first aid certificate, and when you get one, you will need to renew it every three years.

Personal Trainer Insurance
Technically this isn’t a requirement, but you should always get personal trainer insurance because in the event something goes wrong while you are training a client, you might end up paying out a lot of money. This is why it is important to get personal trainer insurance as soon as you become a qualified trainer. Also, there are plenty of insurance companies that provide this insurance, so shop around and compare prices and then choose the right plan. Don’t worry though because getting personal trainer insurance in the UK is quite easy to do and affordable.
If you are a Manchester resident or live in the area, the next step to take is to find the right personal trainer course, which is easy to do. Once you have found a level 2 personal trainer course, enroll into it and then you can start working at a gym after you successfully complete it.



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Importance Of Wearing Bolle Sunglasses When Doing Sports

Most people see sunglasses as an accessory and mostly put them on for fashion purposes. But it will be of very great importance if all people (especially those engaging in sports) see sunglasses as protective clothing and put them on every time they go out to play sports. My personal favourite for sports sunglasses is Bolle who are a very stylish and affordable brand. I’ve had several pairs of Bolle sunglasses now (prescription and non-prescription) and can honestly say I have never been disappointed.bolle prescription sunglasses

So to kick start my blog, I wanted to discuss some of the reasons why it’s important to protect your eyes during sports:

Protects eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays

Ultraviolet radiation has been associated with the start of many eye complications. Some of these include cataracts and age related macular degeneration. Also UV rays are known to cause wrinkles to the delicate skin around the eyes. Mostly when undertaking outdoor sports our eyes are exposed to these direct rays from the sun and hence a high possibility of developing some of these eye complications. It is therefore advisable to wear protective high quality sunglasses when going out for any sports.

Sunglasses reduce glare

Most surfaces we come across during sports reflect light, water, vehicles windscreens, and even road surfaces reflect light. Very bright light reflections can lead to problems with proper vision. This is very risky especially when skiing, boating or even riding a motorbike. Sunglasses with polarized filters or mirror coating are highly recommended to reduce glare and enhance good vision.

Protects eyes from dust, debris and wind

bolle prescription gogglesSunglasses acts as a perfect protection for your eyes and barrier from wind when skiing, riding or just out to view outdoors. They help in the reduction of the rate of tears evaporation from your eyes making them moist and comfortable all through. For those who use contact lenses, sunglasses will also be a good barrier from dust particles that can be blown into your eyes by wind leading to corneal abrasion. Consider sunglasses with Very close fitting frames for protection against wind and dust.

Reduce eyestrain and headache

Under very bright conditions, the eye part called pupil controls the amount of light entering the eye to the light sensitive part retina. When the brightness is too much, the pupil cannot constrict too much to reduce the brightness to a comfortable level. This forces us to squint with the help of eyelids in order to reduce the amount of light entering the eye. Squinting leads to muscle strain and eventually cause eyestrain and headaches. With the help of sunglasses the amount of light is controlled hence no need for squinting. For light protection ensure to purchase sunglasses with the right protection category.

Enhance vision

Almost all sunglasses are tinted to cut the amount of light entering the eyes. But, choice of tint affects your vision by influencing, the amount of visible light reaching the eyes, ability to see other colors and how well one sees contrasts. It is important to select the correct color tint as per your sport or activity. Bad choice of tint can affect your color perception and differentiation. It is advisable to select either grey, green or brown tints.

From the above, it is clear that sunglasses are very important and play a big role in protecting our eyes and hence should never be left behind when going out for sports.  If you live in the UK and you want a very reasonably priced pair of prescription sports sunglasses then I can definitely recommend for their range of glasses, pricing and great customer service.


I hope you enjoyed my first blog post and I look forward to posting more sports articles very soon.



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