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Get The Most From Your Personal Training Courses

With the increasing awareness about health and toned body benefits, people are increasingly turning towards personal trainers for their fitness requirements. This in turn has fueled the demand for personal fitness training coaches. The fitness training world is seen as rewarding and glamorous and aspiring candidates want to make a mark in the shortest time possible. However, if you have decided to embark on fitness training, you should choose a course most tailored to your preferences. After enrolling to such courses, you should learn how to make the most of such opportunities.

The four ways to maximize your course experience:

1. The right match

Finding the right course is essential in getting the most out of your course. You should not hurry up and join the most advertised course. Look around for variety and different style of teaching. Before joining a course, you should verify the claims of the training institution. You can check out what certifications they provide and what the ones they themselves have. Top training institutions have current certifications. You should be wary of the ones whose certifications are expired or are past their dates. Current certifications mean that the institution has up to date training methods.

2. Clear goals

Join a course with clear goals in mind. Your objectives should be crystal clear as to what you should be gaining from the training institution. In this highly competitive world, getting certified is not enough. You should be knowledgeable on various aspects of fitness training. The numerous aspects may include balance, flexibility and theoretical knowledge. Only once you are clear on all aspects will you be able to convince and educate your clients. There are many fitness training courses available in the market that counsels you about the syllabus and other aspects.

3. Working relationship

You should be able to establish a good rapport with your faculty members at the training school. This will allow you to get additional tips apart from the regular course materials. Fitness is a combination of training and the right nutrition. By establishing the right rapport, you will gain access to privileged information about nutrition. There are many institutes which offer nutrition courses along with regular fitness training.

4. Dynamic training

If you follow a single training regimen, it will ultimately stagnate and you will only suffer. Hence, the training courses which you enroll should be dynamic in nature. They should instill different methods of training into your course regimen. This will keep you motivated and interested.

The above four tips will help you get the most out of your training programs and you will get the best value for your course money.

Keys to Success When Planning Training Courses For Adults

When I meet prospective clients to discuss training courses with them, I am often greeted with words such as ‘well I hope they will be okay with this, as they have 20 years service and I don’t want them to think we are just sending them on training courses to change them’

The reality of sending them on training courses is that it is pointless sending some one on a training course unless you want something to change; if you want nothing to change you are only wasting your budget.

The real question employers are asking is not,’ I don’t want the training course to change my staff member of 20 years service.’ It is closer to:’ I just want to ensure that you as the trainer for the training courses have the skills needed to train my longer serving staff in a way that they can learn new ideas to use and appreciate it’

Whether or not you will be conducting the training courses, you need to be familiar with some of the challenges that your staff may face, that could affect their performance. If you are the person conducting the training courses you also need to be aware of some of the challenges of training courses for adults.

There are 5 main challenges for training adults on a course:

1. They may be impatient or irritated that they have to be on a training course.

This is especially true when they don’t know why they are on the course or what the benefits of the course are. These points must be made clear by the trainer or the organiser before the training course begins. Again any decent trainer with reasonable people management skills and practice in running training courses should be able to do this with ease.

2. They may become bored quickly.

When staff members become bored on any training course, they won’t be motivated to learn. You must prevent this by refraining form lecturing or asking people to just read manuals etc or killing them with power point.

It is vital that on any training courses with adults you MUST create interaction and if some one has long service use their experience-make them feel good. Interaction is the key to success in all training courses.

3. They may appear to be inflexible or uncooperative because they are set in their ways.

Some staff members who have been summonsed to attend courses may not want to learn the new ways or different ways of doing something.

They may not be straightforward about their concerns, but they may challenge you or the trainer on the training courses, based on their past experiences. When this happens, it is important to listen to them and not disregard their discussions, but rather, make your ways specifically relevant to them.

4. They may have different learning styles.

Staff members will have a different learning style. For example some may be visual learners, some may be audio learners, and some may be kinesthetic learners. Offering a blend of training methods on your training courses will ensure that you effectively tap into everyone preferred learning styles.

5. They don’t understand the course materials.

To better assess each individual’s comprehension capacity before and after the training courses, you may occasionally need to include pre- and post-test evaluations, ongoing coaching, and follow-up training courses. These efforts may seem like extra work, but they are the key to maximizing comprehension.

The overall tip for training courses for adults is to work with them, not against them, make all the training courses interactive and fun and let the employee with long service know you understand that they can bring as much to the training courses as you can based on experience alone.

Networking for Beginners Training Courses

When deciding to embark on a career in data networking most people will require some form of basic professional training in order to grasp the fundamentals. If this training is not part of a University degree course or equivalent, then you will need to find the resources you need in order to give you the foundations. Most technical training companies specialising in IT training will have some for of Networking for Beginners training course to offer.

Firstly, the question whether to enrol or embark upon an online training course or instructor-led training course needs to be answered. Some individuals find online training easy to follow and find the online method of training suits their learning style. Others like to be able to listen to an instructor and be able to ask first-hand questions. Of course, if you want to obtain the necessary data networking skills then online or classroom-based theory classes are never sufficient. There has to be a practical element to the course and in my opinion this is best served by a good quality instructor-led course with real world equipment in the classroom. Some training companies compromise by having equipment in a central location which is accessible via a terminal server and students just have to login and are able to configure remote networking equipment. This works well, particularly for those students who have worked with the equipment before or have at least seen the equipment. Unfortunately data networking not only involves configuring networking equipment such as routers, switches and servers, there are physical connection usually comprising copper wires or fibre optic cable. In order to get exposure to a network ‘warts and all’, a good quality instructor led training course with hands-on experience with network equipment and cables is the answer. I always used to consider Cisco CCNA courses to be an excellent foundation and still do, but some people do not necessarily want a vendor specific course with the option of a certification at the end of it, subject to the passing of the appropriate exams of course.

What about the content? Well any beginners introduction to networking training course should give the student a good grounding in the core TCP/IP protocols, with theoretical explanations backed up by hands-on demonstrations that should include the use of some form of network analyzer. The TCP/IP and OSI networking models should be explained in order to understand the concept of layered networking. The common LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network) protocols, connections and typical media should be covered and used in classroom practical exercises.

The beginners introduction to networking training course should allow the students to slowly build a classroom network, adding physical devices and connections as the course progresses in order to allow the students to understand the building blocks of networks. Routers, Ethernet Switches, Hubs and Servers should be used in the classroom in order that students get a real feel for networking.

All modern networks still have Routers, Layer 2 Switches and Layer 3 switches as the basic building blocks of the network with a variety of peripherals such as Workstations, Servers and Firewalls. Additional network peripherals such as VoIP phones, IP PBXs and Wireless Access Points would be the subject of more advanced training.

A good 50% of any basic data networking course should be reserved for practical hands-on exercises designed to cement the knowledge learned through the theory lectures. The duration of the course would depend on just how much knowledge and skill you want to gain on this first exposure to data networking. Most courses offered in the UK by the popular training vendors usually vary in duration between 2-5 days, and I would probably recommend 4-5 days as a shorter course probably couldn’t offer sufficient hands-on time to make it worthwhile. I personally would also look for a training course where the vendor offers sufficient post course support either by email or telephone, with email often being the preferred method.

There are many training vendors offering a range of data networking courses for beginners in the UK at locations across the country, so you shouldn’t have to travel far to find one. Just make sure your Beginners Introduction to Networking course has all the elements that you require.