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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

“Treating Burns With Butter”

Is this an old wife’s tale or a myth, and do people still use this today?
How often have you heard “oh my grandmother used to do that to me when I was little”?

The origin of the myth is unknown.  Perhaps it was used because it was cold out of the fridge and it made the burn feel better, but now we know that the oil and fats in butter formed a barrier over the burn and actually holds the heat in and around the damaged area.

So how should we really treat a burn?

Any source of heat can cause a burn or scald injury. A burn can result from contact with hot metal, hot liquid, steam and electricity. Even clothing over the burnt area may retain the heat and cause further injury.

Signs and symptoms of a burn injury may include severe pain, red peeling or blistered skin. The person may also go pale, feel cold and clammy and there could be swelling of the injured area.

Immediately after receiving a burn injury, cool the affected area for up to 20 minutes using cool running water from a tap or shower. In the absence of water any cool clean fluid (beer, soft drink, etc.) can be used. Remove any tight clothing, watches, rings or jewellery from the injured area, if possible, because of the risk of swelling.
If the patient is feeling faint, lie them down. The injured part (depending on the location of the burn) can be placed in a bowl or bucket of cold water if this is easier than pouring water over the burn.
After cooling the injured area for up to 20 minutes, apply a sterile dressing. Use a non-adherent dressing or a piece of clean plastic kitchen wrap.

Please seek medical help or advice as soon as possible or dial 000      
Things not to do
DO NOT break blisters or remove peeled skin.
DO NOT try to remove any fabric that is stuck to a burn.
DO NOT apply creams, ointments, lotions
And finally

Lisa Stephenson
FIT College – First Aid Coordinator/ Sports Trainer for over 12 years 

Thursday, 1 December 2016


In the two previous articles we talked about the role of the Gym Instructor and the Personal Trainer. Generally, most people who work in the fitness industry today are qualified at the Personal Trainer level or Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) and very few people are only qualified at the Gym Instructor or Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) level.

The next qualification above that of the Certificate IV in Fitness is the Diploma of Fitness. A Diploma in Fitness (SIS50215) will give you the opportunity to take on a more advanced position in the fitness industry. The Diploma course offers two streams allowing you to choose the type of outcome and career pathway you would like to follow. These two streams include becoming an Advanced Personal Trainer, or a Personal Training Manager/Service Coordinator.

Once you have worked in the industry for some time, the Diploma qualification could be a very valuable asset to help you grow your own business or achieve a promotion in a larger fitness facility. This qualification is great for those who have worked for at least one year in the industry after completing the Certificates IV in Fitness and are looking to advance their skills and knowledge.

Individuals who wish to become a more advanced personal trainer will gain a substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate advanced exercise programs using principles of program design, and progressed anatomy and physiology knowledge to support delivery of functional, effective and safe exercise programs. They have specialist skills to independently implement current approaches supported by evidence, and establish strategies for the prevention of recurrence of injury with guidance from medical or allied health professionals where appropriate. The qualification does not provide the skills and knowledge for an individual to provide advice or exercise instruction to high risk clients, other than to refer the client to an appropriate medical or allied health professional.

Individuals who wish to specialise in Management and Fitness Service Coordination will learn how to develop collaborative programs across various health and wellness sectors. You will learn knowledge of relevant local and national health networks, and the skills to build and maintain stakeholder relationships. These individuals will also learn how to manage and support a team of fitness professionals. This involves mentoring staff on business skills and technical skills. These individuals will develop skills and knowledge in marketing and sales; business analysis; time and financial management; recruiting and retaining personal trainers.

The great thing about the Diploma course is that it is designed for working fitness professionals. It is aimed at providing those additional skills and further knowledge to improve your own performance and grow your opportunities. Most Diplomas are structured around working fitness professionals and allow you to study part time and still work in the fitness industry. You are allowed two years to complete the course and most of this work will be in an online format with attendance at some practical workshops to hone your skills and work with experts.

If you have desire to go to the next level and advance your personal training skills, I would highly recommend studying the Diploma of Fitness.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

So you want to become a Personal Trainer

One of the common questions asked with regards to being a fitness professional deals with the role of the Gym Instructor verses the role of the Personal Trainer. In the last article we discussed the role of the gym instructor and what the training requires and what tasks you can actually do in the fitness industry.

Once you have completed your Certificate III in Fitness(SIS30315) you can work as a Gym Instructor. This certificate is also a prerequisite for enrolment into the next level qualification Certificate IV in Fitness(SIS40215). While graduates of the Certificate III can call themselves a Gym Instructor, graduates of the Certificates IV are able to call themselves a Personal Trainer and register at this level with an industry peak body.   

Personal Trainers have specialist skills which allow them to train individual clients, or groups of clients, on a one-on-one or group basis, to improve health related components of fitness in relatively low risk situations. This may include training of older clients and children. Personal Trainers have a more substantial depth of knowledge compared to Gym Instructors enabling them to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training; provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff; and deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and the organisation. The Certificate IV in Fitness qualification does not provide the skills and knowledge for an individual to provide advice or exercise instruction to high risk clients, and still requires the Personal Trainer to refer such clients to an appropriate medical or allied health professional.

The major difference between a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer is that the Personal Trainer is able to work independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems, including monitoring and managing business activities to operate efficiently and profitably. A Personal Trainer may find work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces, where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) does not already exist.

So while a Gym Instructor typically requires a supervisor and is limited in tasks they can do the Personal Trainer can do more assessment and programming across a broader range of activities and be able to assess any activity or environment for risks before undertaking those activities. The other cool aspect of being a Personal Trainer is that many end up working in their own business. This may be as a contractor to a fitness facility, an outdoors Group training operator or even be involved in setting up their own studio or fitness facility. The other difference between the Certificate III and IV in Fitness is that the Certificate IV in Fitness includes a number of Business topics that are aimed at developing your skills and knowledge in areas such as developing a business plan, learning the basics of marketing, learning how to develop a business plan, and managing small business finances.

When deciding to enrol in a Certificate IV in Fitness course you are really opening the doors to a career in the fitness industry that is only limited by the type of training and type of clients you wish to work with. Niche markets in Personal Training are growing and many people are making a profitable business in these niche areas that allow them to focus on an area and client type that no-one else is doing and carving out a wonderful career.

Where will your Certificate IV in Fitness take you?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

What’s the difference between a Gym Instructor and a Personal Trainer?

If you are one of the many people trending into the fitness industry you may be a little confused about the two key career options available to you. In this article let’s take a look at the role of a Gym Instructor.

The first step to becoming a fitness professional is to complete a Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315). By completing this qualification, you will be able to work as a Gym Instructor. This qualification is like an entry level to becoming a fitness professional. While this qualification allows a few areas to specialise in, most course providers keep it simple and offer the gym program stream as a basic version. After you complete this qualification you can always add on the Aqua or Group Instructor areas at a later date if this is where you’d like to work.

Gym Instructors as the entry qualification gain foundation knowledge in the broader aspects of the fitness industry. These can include learning about; the fitness industry; a fitness professionals scope of practice; providing quality service to customers; anatomy and physiology; screening and basic fitness testing clients; healthy eating information; how to instruct group programs; and how to deal with older or younger clients in the fitness industry. As you can see there is a broad range of information and many new skills to develop through these topics.

As you can appreciate being the foundation level qualification to work in the fitness industry, there are some things you cannot do yet until you undertake further study such as the Certificate IV in Fitness(SIS40215). However, as a start there is also so much you can do and so many ways you can help people achieve their health and fitness goals. You will be involved in the assessment, training and supervision of a variety of people in health and fitness centres, gyms, sports centres and community organisations. The Fitness Industry Scope of Practice explains that you can only work with low risk clients, meaning only people who can exercise safely without additional concerns that must be considered. This make sense as Gym Instructors are only just starting out and need to learn their trade and work with people who are more qualified to look after people with health issues that put them a higher risk.

Gym Instructors are trained in fitness activity specific competencies to instruct individuals and group clients in specified work environments, under predictable circumstances. They can work under the guidance of a more highly qualified professional but generally cannot work where the environment is not controlled and unpredictable. Ideally Gym Instructors will work in fitness facilities with a more experienced and more qualified professional who can help guide them and mentor them as they develop their skills.

What you may have noticed in looking to become a fitness professional is that most course providers suggest you enrol straight into the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) on completion of the Certificate III so you can then become a Personal Trainer. In the next article we’ll look at the role of a Personal Trainer to help you understand the differences between the two careers.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

PERSONAL TRAINING: Is it the career for you?

Personal Training is often thought of as the workout for the wealthy. Having received so much publicity in the past relating to the rich and famous it’s not hard to see why so many people today believe that Personal Training is outside their financial situation.

Personal Training is also thought to be the easy way to train. The trainer prepares the workout, sets up the equipment, puts away the weights, instructs form each exercise, manages heart rate training zone, teaches new skills, corrects technique, and monitors progress each and every day of training. What the trainer doesn’t do is lift the weights, run the hills, finish the abdominal exercises or ride the bike. The exercises, clients have to do themselves.

The Dream is Free, The Hustle Costs Extra

In reality it’s those people who train without the guidance or instruction of a trainer that often achieve less results. There is mounting evidence to show that those who get real results often do so under the guidance of a trainer or coach.

Training with a Personal Trainer ensures people train the correct way. No more cheating on exercises or stopping short in a run or risking the chance of injury due to poor technique. The trainer is there to make sure a client trains in a way that will give them the best results in the shortest time and in the most efficient manner.

Many people train for years wondering if they are training correctly, are the exercises appropriate, is their technique correct, are they overloading and progressing, is it safe and are they getting results?  The most frustrating thing about any form of training is why do it if it doesn’t work? Why get up each morning before light, put your body through a heavy workout, and spend countless hours preparing your ‘special diets’, cut short your social life and give up on your favourite foods if you are not seeing any results.

Personal Training is all about getting results. When a person has someone who is qualified and experienced in the areas of health and fitness working with them on a regular basis, checking the training program and training techniques and adjusting as necessary, every client will see results. The benefits of Personal training are many. More motivation and better training commitment, faster results from a more time efficient program and better quality training, less risk of injury or over training, improved knowledge of exercise and health issues, and progressive and personalised programs that work for you. These are the main benefits from working with a Personal Trainer.

If you would like to be a trainer and help clients achieve the ultimate success in reaching their goals, you will need to complete a Certificate III (SIS30315) and Certificate IV (SIS40215) in Fitness. In Australia there are many Registered Training Organisations that provide training to become a Qualified Personal Trainer. Unfortunately all training organisations are not created equal.

In the most recent survey conducted by Fitness Australia, FIT College Graduates said their success was due to the awesome courses provided by FIT College. When compared to all other training organisations, the survey said that FIT College graduates were more:
confident in landing their preferred job
likely to get a job
likely to get full time employment
highly paid
likely to recommend their course to others

Before you rush in and enrol to become a Personal Trainer with just any course provider, be sure to talk to the team at FIT College.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Work as a PT onboard Cruise Ships!

Work in the field you love… AT SEA!
Do a job you love whilst being paid to travel the world!!

Steiner is the largest 6 star Spa/Health Centre provider in the world and now has openings for fully qualified Personal Trainers to join their team in a unique and highly rewarding environment.
Currently we have over 150 Health Centre’s onboard luxury cruise ships sailing the 7 seas!! 

“Students who graduate from FIT College with a Cert IV minimum, and progress onto cruise ships working for Steiner have always excelled.  The work ethic and high standards imposed at FIT Colleges are closely aligned with our expectations of personal trainers once onboard” - Chinta De Masson, Steiner recruitment Manager

Successful candidates are dynamic Fitness Professionals with an outgoing and lively personality who have an overwhelming passion for making a difference in people’s lives.
Our goal is to equip our clients for success long after their cruise vacation through Health Consultations and Personal Training sessions.

Successful Applicants:
·         Will hold a Personal Training Qualification. Industry experience is highly desirable but not essential
·         Are target driven and can handle a fast paced environment
·         Are willing to sell/recommend fitness specific lifestyle products
·         Are willing to be away from home for at least 10 months
·         Are able to run your own business and are highly self-motivated
·         Are willing to educate potential clients through Health Seminars/Workshops (training provided by Steiner)
·         Will teach to a high standard - Yoga, Pilates, Indoor Cycling and other specialty classes (training provided by Steiner)

Skills acquired for staff who work at Steiner:
·         Public speaking
·         Business acumen
·         Advance sales skills
·         In-depth physiology and anatomy training
·         Group exercise and Results Based Personal Training
·         Worldly experience
What to include;

·         Personally designed cover letter meeting all the selection criteria
·         Current Resume
·         Information on why you completed your study at FIT College and why you will make a great PT on board.

Good Luck

Frank Huskisson – FIT College Graduate and PT Onboard Steiner
I completed my [Fitness] course with FIT College in 2013 and have not looked back. I loved the course, the teachers and my class mates. During my studies a recruitment person from Steiner come in and meet the class - it was an amazing opportunity that I could travel the world, I was extremely keen to complete my studies and get a job on board a ship as a Personal Trainer. FIT College helped me with my studies and ensuring I was ready for the interview and practical assessment with Steiner. I was accepted and flew over the UK to complete my onboard training and additional fitness skills with Steiner. There was a further 39 people from all over the world at the training. I met some great people and got offered a ship 4 weeks into my training on the Emerald Princess! On the ship I travelled to America and the Caribbean for the start of my contract then to Europe only ever repeating the same stops once if not twice, I taught yoga, Pilates, cycle classes, boot camps, TRX classes, and took a lot of health presentations which would have been a lot harder to learn without the help of fit college. Thanks to FIT College again. I am truly loving my Fitness Journey and am looking forward to completing more studies at University.

For more information - please call FIT College on 1300 887 017