Dave’s Blog

The Marmot Review 10 years on – are health inequalities being resolved?

Posted: 28th Feb, 2020 by Dave Lee

This month, Marmot and colleagues published ‘Marmot Review 10 Years On’, looking at the health inequalities identified in their original review in 2010. Health inequalities refer to the differences between people due to social, geographical, biological or other factors. Some differences, such as ethnicity, gender or age, may be fixed; whereas others are caused by […]

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The ‘global epidemic’ of adolescent inactivity

Posted: 26th Nov, 2019 by Dave Lee

The BBC published an article last week reporting on the World Health Organisation’s research which asserted adolescent inactivity has become a ‘global epidemic’. Over 80% of adolescents (11-17 years old) are not getting enough exercise or physical activity, damaging their health (both physical and mental), brain development, cognitive function, and social skills as a result. […]

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Obesity and willpower

Posted: 25th Sep, 2019 by Dave Lee

The BBC published a very interesting article yesterday (24/9/19) entitled “Obesity not caused by lack of willpower” The article was summarising the key findings of a British Psychological Society report), which is definitely worth a read for all fitness and health professionals. Current statistics show 63% of UK adults are overweight or obese, and 26.9% […]

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HIIT training for children and adolescents: Is it safe?

Posted: 11th Sep, 2019 by Dave Lee

I was recently asked whether HIIT training is safe for children to perform on a regular basis. I was not able to give a definitive answer, however. Despite my personal proclivity for HIIT, my gut answer was ‘no’. This, of course, awakened my curiosity and I subsequently hunted for an answer. The reason I instinctively […]

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Is theory really that important?

Posted: 10th Jul, 2019 by Dave Lee

As fitness professionals, we have to pass many exams and complete many worksheets in order to gain the qualifications we need to practice. But what do we do with the knowledge gained from these once we start working? Do we bother using it at all? How does it all fit together? Do we actually need […]

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Getting a Job in a Gym

Posted: 19th Feb, 2015 by Dave Lee

Amac’s new tutor James McKeown has been working in the fitness industry for over 12 years including a role as a Gym Manager. James offers an employer’s viewpoint to aspiring Gym Instructors and Personal Trainers based on his own experiences. From first-hand involvement, I have an understanding of what employers are looking for when recruiting […]

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Funding and the Fitness Industry

Posted: 6th Feb, 2015 by Dave Lee

Liz Lee, Amac’s Managing Director, explains why Amac do not offer a finance credit scheme for their fitness courses, especially when it appears that most other fitness training providers do so. Nearly fifteen years ago Dave and I co-founded Amac. At that time I was a teacher and Dave was a Lecturer of Sports Science […]

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Why is HIIT such a hit?

Posted: 3rd Feb, 2015 by Dave Lee

Andrea Olver, Amac’s Operations Manager, explains why HIIT is such a hit Since the early twentieth century athletes have used the principles of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in their exercise regimes. HIIT sessions involve periods of high-intensity work paired with a periods of rest or lower-intensity work. The benefits have been well-documented and researched. […]

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