Getting 'Personal'
with EIF founder and CEO Darren Tebbenham, BSc, MSc

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Thanks for taking the time to check-in with me here.

It's great that you're looking into becoming an elite fitness professional - the world really needs them!

I hope that you will find some valuable information here about what it takes to 'be more' and some precious insights into the industry.



Below is a collection of thoughts, articles, blogs, FAQs in all shapes and sizes.

Yes, we do offer something very different here - as a fitness provider, we don't really fit in - and with good reason. We don't train thousands of people to train to REPs guidelines... we teach a small amount of people to excel and stand out as successful personal trainers. Below, you can read all about my thoughts about the state of the industry as well as how and why you need to push yourself. After all, in order to get more, you need to 'be more'.

We are committed to helping the small amount of trainers we teach, make a big impact in the lives of others.

We make training with EIF an experience.



THE NO.1 GOLDEN rule of personal training is to cause clients no harm. In order to keep clients safe trainers need to do at least the following 5 things well -


1. Teach core activation properly. This means ensuring the deep core muscles TVA, internal obliques, pelvic floor and diaphragm fire properly to support their lower back. Particularly the multifidus, involved in controlling spinal rotation, needs to be activated when completing resistance exercises. Being aware superman or supine bridge with alternate leg extension will enable you to achieve this but plank and standard crunch exercises will not, is important.


2. Anterior pelvic tilts are common and worsened and indeed caused by sitting for lengthy periods over time, treadmill running, crunches and sit-ups, hanging leg raises and playing certain sports (i.e. football / kicking) and aided by stretching your hip flexors, strengthening your hamstrings and teaching better core activation. Identifying common pelvic tilts and knowing how to correct them is important (not for “advanced” PTs but for every PT).


3. Upper traps are nearly always tight and can be worsened by upright row, shrugs and poor core activation (i.e. press ups when core isn’t firing properly). To correct we can focus on activating lower traps, adding external rotation exercises to our programmes and stretching or foam rolling our lats.


4. Most people have some degree of left-right muscle imbalance, particularly new mums because of carrying their child on one hip, one-side dominant sports like golf and tennis and people carrying rucksacks on just one side for example... Move away from bilateral work such as parallel lifts (leg press, squats) and towards splits lifts such as lunges, steps ups and single leg squats and unilateral upper body work including working with cables and free weights.


5. Sometimes Gluteus Medius doesn’t fire properly and sometimes it, along with the Ilio-Tibial Band (ITB), can become extremely tight. Know how to activate (toe down, side-lying hip raises for example) and how to release (appropriate PNF stretches and foam rolling/myofascial release) to correct.


So there’s some food for thought to adhere to the golden rule “cause my client no harm”. Getting qualified requires much more than a basic REPS 3 qualification. Becoming an EIF Master Trainer propels you way above this standard to kick start your new career with your best foot forward.




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