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REPs member Kim Ingleby Wins “Personal Trainers to Watch” Competition

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The top 10 personal trainers in the world gathered on common ground in St Albans last month to share their passion for fitness and demonstrate their training skills at the Life Fitness Personal Trainers to Watch competition – and one trainer emerged the winner.

REPs member Kim Ingleby, 35, of Bristol, was crowned the winner of the Life Fitness 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch competition.

“I feel truly blessed to have been a part of this, and to have been selected as a finalist, let alone the winner among such talent and passion,” said Kim. “The spotlight that Life Fitness has put on the personal training industry through this competition is extremely important in helping spread the global fitness experience.”

Kim Ingleby is the founder of Energised Performance. Her training philosophy combines the mind and body to enhance clients’ physical and mental well-being. Kim’s mission is to give clients the tools to empower them to be their best, inside and out, so they become fitter, stronger and more energised. In addition, Kim is also passionate about fundraising, having raised thousands of pounds for charity through fitness events.

Among her many outstanding achievements, Kim emerges triumphant not only professionally, but personally, too. She recently returned to full health after battling Weil’s disease and receiving pre-cancerous cervical cancer treatments earlier this year. The REPs member attributes overcoming this disease to her mental strength and the excellent physical condition her body was in as a result of her passion for fitness.

“Kim’s story is an inspiration to all who took part in the competition,” said Chris Clawson, Life Fitness president. “The resilience, strength and humility she has shown in her journey are awe-inspiring. She is truly deserving of this award – for her achievements both inside and outside the gym.”

First-Ever Live Judging Event

The Personal Trainers to Watch program is in its third year, and this year’s competition brought in more than 1,500 nominations from 43 countries. New to the 2013 competition was the introduction of a live global judging event, which was held at Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre St Albans. The top 10 finalists, hailing from all corners of the globe, were flown in to demonstrate their training skills in front of a panel of five elite fitness industry professionals. Each finalist was randomly paired with a volunteer that acted as their client for the demonstration. Finalists developed workout routines for clients utilizing the Life Fitness Synrgy360 personal training system based on the client’s fitness level and goals. Judges then scored the personal trainers on their ability to enhance the client experience, with criteria including building client confidence, motivating the client, appropriately adapting exercises, and progressing and regressing exercises as needed.

To view a video profile on Kim Ingleby, winner of the 2013 Life Fitness Personal Trainers to Watch competition, and to watch action from the live judging event, visit www.lifefitness.com/pttwevent

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Guest Blog from REPs member Karen Laing 

55 YEARS after opening his first gym, the UK’s ‘Father of Fitness’, Ken Heathcote opens up in his autobiography about the personal challenges he faced forging a business out of the fitness industry.

ImageI was fortunate enough to meet Ken on a recent trip to Bolton. My father-in-law used to attend classes with Ken, my husband’s best friend is now heading up the graphic design for Ken’s book and it was in a little back street in Bolton that he made the move from community classes to his first professional gym.

“I opened my doors on that first day from 10 ‘til 5 and no customers came,” says Ken, “then my dad walked in and put his money down on the counter. It was then I knew this was my profession and my livelihood.”

That gym would become the first multi-purpose fitness club in the UK.

Ken has published books before, The Gym Business sold in excess of ten thousand copies but this is the first time he has laid his soul bare – and he’s understandably nervous.

For fitness industry professionals, Ken laid the foundations of modern fitness qualifications and programming. He wrote, created and delivered the first National weight training course and helped for the NVQ for sport and recreation. He was co-founder and Chairman of the FIA (Fitness Industry Association) and his Lifetime Achievement Awards include: Life Fitness – Distinguished Service Award; The Oscar Heidenstam Foundation Outstanding Contribution to Physical Culture; and National Fitness Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award.

ImageThis man is a legend! We met over coffee, at the Bolton Arena, just opposite the Reebok Stadium. Fitting for our meeting since footballer Nat Lofthouse, whose statue stands proud between the two buildings, used to train in Ken’s first gym with the rest of his Bolton Wanderers team mates.

And Ken’s who’s who of contacts does not end there. He counts the ‘World’s Best Built Man of the Century’ Bill Pearl as his friend, having judged the Mr Universe Contest for 15 years, and then there’s squash champion Jonah Barrington, footballers Roger Hunt MBE and Gordon Taylor OBE, the world’s strongest man Geoff Capes, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even Darth Vader!

So how did he go from an empty gym to a thriving, decades spanning fitness business? What can today’s fitness professionals learn from this pioneer? “It’s all about creating a social structure,” says Ken, “create moments of magic. We always focused on customer service first.” As a fitness professional, with my own community business, this is the message that has rung through my head since meeting Ken. That the fitness industry has grown in the past 50 years but hasn’t moved on.That our customers don’t really want fitness gadgets or trends, they are transitory. If we want customers for life then we need to re-discover the social side of the fitness industry. Take our customers on holidays, don’t just train them for them. Become a part of our communities, rather than

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Guest blog from REPs Member Chloe Reynolds

One of the questions I get asked most by my clients is "how do I get rid of belly fat" or "how do I get a six pack". To many people, the dream of a toned tum is only a few hundred crunches away - however we know as fitness people that this just isn't realistic, or fun. Otherwise we'd all have rippling eight packs right? Wrong. Many traditional ab exercises such as sit ups, bicycles, and ab curl machines are a sure way to a bad back & a rounded shoulder posture - attractive!

To help us understand why this doesn't work let's look at the reasons we store fat around the stomach. Belly fat is a result of too much processed food in the daily diet, inactivity & our body's hormonal response. For example, high levels of the hormone cortisol (which is elevated by stress, overtraining and lack of sleep) affects our response to insulin and encourages fat storage around the middle.

So how do we chisel away those abs safely & efficiently? It all begins in the kitchen. First of all, if we look at the abdominal muscle group we will see that each of us has abs, and that it is the natural shape of the muscle which gives the appearance of a 'six pack', however in order to make these muscles prominent we must melt away the overlying subcanteous fat layer, & thicken the muscle.

In order to do this we need to get our clients to clean up their diet & get plenty of greens in (cruciferous veggies are an excellent fat burner). Reduce or eliminate processed foods, grains, soy & wheat (it is thought 6-7% of the population are intolerant to gluten), as these can cause inflammation of the stomach & promote fat storage. Also drinking plenty of water to flush out any nasty toxins – another cause of fat storage. It's amazing how much of an effect what we eat alone has on the appearance our stomach. Processed foods can cause bloating, and too much salt in the diet can cause water retention which will affect the appearance of the midsection.

Now on to those exercises. Exercising at a high intensity with compound movements, and bouts of high intensity cardio are a quick way to melt away excess fat. Be sure to encourage adequate rest & good quality sleep in order to reduce cortisol levels.

Ideal core exercises promote strength through the mid section, improve our day to day functional movement and improve posture.

Avoid exercises which cause excessive flexion of the spine & instead opt for exercises which counter any bad posture & hit all planes of motion. Improving posture alone can make you look taller and give the appearance of a flatter stomach. The transverse abdominus muscles act as the body's natural corset to pull us into good alignment (making us look slimmer) & also help us to avoid muscle imbalance & injury.

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SUPfit Blog

Throughout school I always loved sports, taking part in a range of sporting events. As soon as I left school I qualified as a fitness instructor, and soon after got involved in watersports.

Being based in the south coast city of Brighton, a love of watersports is inevitable, and I soon qualified as a Windsurfing Instructor in Greece, before heading back to the UK to start work with a company called Lagoon Watersports.

Here I got involved in a relatively new watersports called Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), an extremely versatile sport, which offers many disciplines such as surfing, racing and touring. With the basics of this sport being relatively easy to learn the sport appeals to people of all ages and abilities.

After becoming a Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor, I saw the health and fitness benefits that could be gained from Stand Up Paddle Boarding, offering a great way to train – being outside, on the water and getting fit at the same time - Perfect!

An idea developed to design fitness sessions using the Stand Up Paddle Board – SUPfit was created!

What is SUPfit?

Basically different exercises are performed on a Stand Up Paddle Board. SUPfit is a world away from your average workout. The SUP is an unstable platform, which acts as a form of balance trainer, increasing the intensity of every exercise; whether it be a hardcore press up or a gentle stretch, the options are endless. Exercises can be designed to meet any goal from improving general fitness to more specific goals such as strength gains. Not only do SUP's act as a form of balance trainer, the paddle aspect itself is an amazing workout and can be incorporated into classes to add a whole other workout aspect.

For 3 years we have been running extremely successful SUPfit classes down at Lagoon Watersports; in the second year adding SUPyoga, in which clients perform yoga poses on the SUP, which essentially acts as a more wobbly yoga mat. This proved very popular, bringing a new clientele into the centre.

Through the success of the sessions, we needed to train other fitness instructors to teach the SUPfit classes, so we devised an in-house training programme.

Whilst doing so, it confirmed there was a lot to learn, with many considerations to think about and important safety aspects to be aware of, before being able to confidently teach a safe and effective SUPfit class.

Knowing how important it was to train instructors correctly and to ensure high quality classes, I looked into getting the training endorsed by SkillsActive and recognised by REP’s.

So far we have two courses endorsed - SUPfit and SUPyoga, both worth 9 CPD points.

The SUPfit aim is to…take fitness to the water, trying to get as many people as possible getting involved in SUP Fitness.

SUPfit can be done wherever there is water – ocean, lake, river or even swimming pools! Come and get involved!

If you want to take fitness to the water,

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Interactive

As REPs fitness professionals, it is essential to ensure that you have the latest skills and training to work with disabled people. Through our partnership with Interactive, a charity committed to creating disability equality in sport, we have been able to secure a CPD opportunity for you to ensure that your skills remain relevant, and can service demand.

This online course, which aims to ‘turn aspiration into action’, has been set up to help develop and enhance fitness professionals’ skills and knowledge in this area.

About the course:

  • Explore barriers that disabled people face every day and effectively remove them in order to make services more inclusive
  • Explore the importance of effective and positive communication techniques with disabled people
  • Explore concepts of the Equality Act 2010 and understand what ‘reasonable adjustment’ means
  • Explore the differences between the social and medical models of disability

Benefits

  • The course is accessed completely online, so participants can undertake it whenever and wherever they choose
  • ‘Be Inclusive and Active’ is accredited and endorsed by SkillsActive and is mapped to National Occupational Standards
  • The course has been developed using expert knowledge from Interactive and other key agencies such as Disability Rights UK , Leonard Cheshire Disability and the English Federation of Disability Sport

Qualification gained

The course is  endorsed by SkillsActive an learners who complete the course receive 2 CPD points for REPs membership. The course is also mapped to the following National Occupational Standards:

  • D468, K2
  •  D24.3, K20
  •  D24.1, K1                                                                                          cpd
  • D24.1, K3
  •  D24.3, K19

£21.00 (per user)

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Interactive

As REPs fitness professionals, it is essential to ensure that you have the latest skills and training to work with disabled people. Through our partnership with Interactive, a charity committed to creating disability equality in sport, we have been able to secure a CPD opportunity for you to ensure that your skills remain relevant, and can service demand.

This online course, which aims to ‘turn aspiration into action’, has been set up to help develop and enhance fitness professionals’ skills and knowledge in this area.

About the course:

  • Explore barriers that disabled people face every day and effectively remove them in order to make services more inclusive
  • Explore the importance of effective and positive communication techniques with disabled people
  • Explore concepts of the Equality Act 2010 and understand what ‘reasonable adjustment’ means
  • Explore the differences between the social and medical models of disability

Benefits

  • The course is accessed completely online, so participants can undertake it whenever and wherever they choose
  • ‘Be Inclusive and Active’ is accredited and endorsed by SkillsActive and is mapped to National Occupational Standards
  • The course has been developed using expert knowledge from Interactive and other key agencies such as Disability Rights UK , Leonard Cheshire Disability and the English Federation of Disability Sport

Qualification gained

The course is  endorsed by SkillsActive an learners who complete the course receive 2 CPD points for REPs membership. The course is also mapped to the following National Occupational Standards:

  • D468, K2
  •  D24.3, K20
  •  D24.1, K1                                                                                          cpd
  • D24.1, K3
  •  D24.3, K19

£21.00 (per user)

To find out more and to buy, please contact Joanna Kirk on 020 7717 1699 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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There’s still time to book your place to join us at the National REPs convention, which will take place during Leisure Industry Week, on the 25th and 26th September.

The REPs convention is your chance to meet other like minded industry professionals, gain CPD points and enhance your knowledge.

Here’s just a sneaky peak of you can expect!

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REPs members can attend this fantastic event at a discounted price:

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Click here to see a full list of sessions and guest speakers happening over the two days at the convention.

Coming to LIW Wednesday 25th September?

Why not join us for a complimentary drinks reception with industry leaders from 5pm at the Skills Active stand (H730)?! This is your chance to have an informal chat with endorsed training providers, awarding organisations and operators from the fitness industry whilst enjoying a relaxing end of day drink.

We’d love to see you there!

 

 

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Do you have any news, ideas or tips you’d like to share with the REPs Community? If so, then we would love to hear from you. We’re always open to your suggestions and contributions for our blogs.

This could be about your experience as a fitness professional, or your views on the latest training, industry news and research. Maybe you’d like to share different techniques that you use in sessions with your clients or tell everyone about an event happening in your area. Whatever you fancy really!

With the potential for your blog to be read by over 30,000 fitness professionals we’d love for as many of you as possible to be involved, so even if you already have your own blog then please do get in touch as we’d like to promote (and cross-post from) a wide range of fitness blogs.

If you are interested then please send your ideas and blogs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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We would like to say a big congratulation to Kim Ingleby who has managed to secure her place in the final 10 of Life Fitness’s ‘Personal Trainers to Watch’ program.

The ‘Personal Trainers to Watch’ program rewards and recognises personal trainers from all over the globe that embody passion and commitment to healthier lifestyles.

The competition started back in June, with the nomination process closing at the end of June. Since then the public have been able to vote for their favourite on the Life Fitness website. Now it has been whittled down to just ten finalists from around the world included our very own Kim Ingleby!

Full of enthusiasm Kim Ingleby said, “I really can't believe I've made it to the Final 10, totally amazing, humbling and exciting. I love what I do, always learning, developing Energised Performance and working with a huge range of amazing clients all over the world, it's a true privilege”.

Kim then expressed her gratitude to those who nominated her, “a huge, big thank you to everyone who nominated me, I have no idea who did, but I really, really appreciate it, thank you! It's especially poignant being short listed this year, as I have had an interesting few months overcoming Weil's disease. I will do my very best at the Live Final Judging on 27th September, fingers crossed”.

With less than a month to until the final, the finalists will face panel of industry experts who will take the following criteria into consideration when judging:

  • A Personal Statement
  • Education
  • Awards
  • Tenure as a PT
  • Client experience
  • Third party endorsements

The finalists will also be taking part in a personal trainer’s workshop on the day which their participation levels will go towards their final score. The winner of this prestigious competition will receive a $5,000 USD cash prize.

We wish Kim the best of luck for the finals and you can too by sending her tweet @kimingleby. The finals will be taking place at Nuffield Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Centre on September 27th 2013!

For more information about the competition and the other finalists taking part please visit the Life Fitness website.

About Kim

Kim is the founder of Energised Performance located in Bristol and has over 15 years experience in the industry. Her mission is to give clients the tools to empower them to be their best, inside and out, becoming fitter, stronger and more energized. She is an award winning brand ambassador, fitness model, athlete & coach and writes for various leading UK national fitness magazines. In addition, Kim is passionate about fundraising, having raised thousands of pounds for charity.

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New research by Bristol University has found eight out of 10 people do not do enough to keep fit. The research also found social and economic reasons were often factors of determining how likely people are to exercise.

The fitness industry is one of the fastest growing industries, however it can often prove expensive. Gym memberships can range from over £100 per month to a more affordable pay-as-you-go scheme. The cost of the kit we all wear to the gym and supplements ranging from £30 to £100 (depending on what you take) all adds up!

So what can we do about this?

  • Train in the park (there’s been a real emergence of Parkour and outdoor bootcamps recently, it’s definitely something to look into)
  • Do what you enjoy – if you enjoy dancing, dance. If you enjoy running, run. If you enjoy lifting, lift
  • Commit to a balanced diet and consult a GP if you are concerned or feel you need supplementation 

Here is a selection of 50 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere by Laura Schwecherl.  Laura is Growth Director at Greatist, a leading health and fitness website.

Clock Lunge: Time for a challenge. Complete a traditional forward lunge, then take a big step to the right and lunge again. Finish off the semicircle with a backwards lunge, then return to standing. And all that’s one rep! Aim for 10 reps and then switch legs.

Squat Reach and Jump: Ready to add some pizzazz (and cardio!) to that squat? Perform a normal squat, but immediately jump up, reaching the arms straight overhead. Aim for 15 reps, taking a quick breather before the next set.

Standard Push-Up: There’s a reason this one’s a classic. With hands shoulder-width apart, keep the feet flexed at hip distance, and tighten the core. Bend the elbows until the chest reaches the ground, and then push back up (make sure to keep the elbows tucked close to the body). That’s one!

Superman: Want some superpowers? Lie face down with arms and legs extended. Keeping the torso as still as possible, simultaneously raise the arms and legs to form a small curve in the body. Cape optional.

Mountain Climber: Starting on your hands and knees, bring the left foot forward directly under the chest while straightening the right leg. Keeping the hands on the ground and core tight, jump and switch legs. The left leg should now be extended behind the body with the right knee forward. Next up? Everest.

Shoulder Stabilization Series (I, Y, T, W O): OK, it may look crazy, but stay with us. Lie down on your stomach with arms extended overhead and palms facing each other. Move the arms into each letter formation. (Gimme a Y, you know you want to!).

Segmental Rotation: Target those obliques. Lying on your back with your knees bent and core tight, let the knees fall gradually to the left (feeling a good stretch). Hold for five seconds, return to center, and repeat on the right side.

Russian Twist

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The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, which is part of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, is looking for volunteers to get involved as Lay Committee Advisors, helping to shape the future of Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer your views and learn more about Sport and Exercise Medicine, giving valuable input into the UK’s leading organisation for promoting and setting standards in Sport and Exercise Medicine.  The FSEM’s Council and Committee members include some of the UK’s leading medical experts in sport and exercise who work on a voluntary basis for the organisation setting standards, overseeing research, training, curriculum and assessment of SEM Doctors. Successful applicants will be working alongside our doctors as Lay Advisors.

The Faculty of SEM is looking for volunteers who are passionate about exercising and take an interest in exercise as a means to health and recovery from illness to take an active role in Committees and Working Groups.

The Faculty is also looking for volunteers who play sports regularly, have experienced a sporting injury and are passionate about sports to take an active role in the FSEM’s Committees and Working Groups.

Volunteers will be able to get involved in raising the profile of sport and exercise medicine, enter into the debate helping to ensure standards are high, develop the arguments for investment in the specialty within the UK and bring new ideas to the Council from a public perspective.

Sport and Exercise medicine not only treats elite sports persons, it also has a large scale application in improving the health of the general public through exercise advice and prescription. There are around 70 physicians registered as SEM specialists with the General  Medical Council (GMC), a small percentage of the 235,000 GMC registered Doctors in the UK*. The FSEM would like to see many more Doctors specialising in SEM, especially within the NHS, in order to improve the health of the nation and recovery time from illness through prescribed activity.

If you think you fit the bill or you know anyone you’d like to nominate as a volunteer Lay Committee Advisor** for the FSEM please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or download an application form here

*Source: General Medical Council July 2013 

** Applications for Lay Committee Advisors will be reviewed by the FSEM Council. Please note Lay Committee Advisors offer their services on a voluntary basis and will not be remunerated.

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With recent obesity statistics coming to light, the REPs level 2 qualification (Physical Activity for Children) is of the upmost importance. Data from the NHS, as part of its annual child measurement programme, has revealed that between 2006 and 2012 there were seven children who weighed over 20 stone.

Established in 2006, the National Child Measurement Programme measures the height and weight of children in reception and year six annually.  Available under Freedom of Information laws, OpenWorld News discovered the data revealing one boy aged just 11 years old standing at 1.32m (4ft 4in) weighing 147kg (23st 1lb). 

As REPs members it crucial to stress the immense health and economic implications of this data and to highlight the need for accessible, practical education and support for overweight children and their families.

As Registered Exercise Professionals and having the expert industry knowledge, we have the ability to combat this issue, but surely prevention at an early age is best way to move forward. This however, can only be done through collaboration with parents, schools and the NHS with REPs at the forefront of a development strategy to keep children active and engaged in a healthy lifestyle.

Greg Small, Operations Manager for REPs said, “Ensuring children are engaged and enthusiastic about learning the correct exercise habits from an early age should be a major responsibility of accredited professionals. It’s imperative that parents have confidence in their children’s physical activity programmes, knowing that professional guidance is ensuring not only a safe and health weight, but also the self-confidence to go through the teenage years as a happy, healthy weight-appropriate adult. We must ensure that the battle for our children’s health and future happiness is in the best possible professional hands and the work of the Register of Exercise Professionals is an important part of achieving that goal.”

Educating children about the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle is the first step to tackling this strong national crisis. As we all know prevention is better than cure.

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ImageWith little over six weeks to go until LIW and the REPs National Convention, there is still time to book your place at what is undoubtedly a major event in the REPs calendar.

Taking place at LIW in Birmingham, the two-day September event will offer great development, networking and learning opportunities for our delegates.

With keynote speakers Dr Ian Campbell (as seen on The Biggest Loser) and Keith Smith (Global Master Trainer for Life Fitness) already confirmed, the programme is not one to be missed.

Download the full programme here.

Want to know a bit more about what a REPs Convention is like? Watch our short film on the last event held in London earlier this year.

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Leaving your booking until the last minute is just too risky. Why live on the edge? Don’t leave anything to chance and sign-up today.

If you are interested in attending LIW then you will need to visit the LIW website and register. Providing you register in advance it is free for you to attend. However, non-registered visitors will have to pay a £30 entry free on the door.

This annual trade show connects you the with the latest products, services and innovations the industry has to offer and with the attendance of leading companies and industry experts you will be able to see what’s new on the market, and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and experiences for your members and customers.

We really hope to see you all there!

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Guest Blog from Lucy Miller:

- When it comes to careers and relationships, we know we need to stick to it and put in plenty of effort and enthusiasm to get the best from it. Somehow, this doesn't seem so easy when it comes to a fitness routine.

Mothers in particular feel time-pressured, juggling endless tasks at home with work commitments, nursery drop-offs, the school runs. A day can regularly spill into the night, and there‘s often an overwhelming feeling of not being able to get anything done. Once you factor in the dreaded sleepless nights, it can be almost impossible to even contemplate putting on trainers and heading out to take part in something that will exhaust you even more.

Added to this, we cannot discount the women who just dislike exercise. Or at least assume they can’t do it. Let’s not forget the thought of all that lycra. How can we be expected to dress like that and share our post-baby bodies with the general public?

As a mother of two, married to a super-committed, international jet-set career man, work means juggling the children, housework and my own business. Managing as a single parent until superman returns, it can be hard to keep on top of things.

In my experience, an understanding of the everyday pressures of my clients is vital to my programming calendar. Sometimes this means offering classes at times when I’d really rather be relaxing on the sofa. Some of my most successful courses for women have taken place as the sun comes up on a Saturday morning and sets on a Sunday evening.

The 2 most important factors that make my classes a success are:

1. Timing

Familiarise yourself with your clients’ personal commitments. Be flexible. Find a time that will always work for your clients. It will be harder for them to turn you down. It will be harder for them to fail.

2. Variety

If your fitness routine is the same every week, you will get bored. Fact. Commit to making your routines as varied as possible. It keeps your clients guessing, eliminates boredom and keeps them entertained. Oh, and of course, it gets great results.

The best measure of success for me is how much fun my clients are having. If they are enjoying my workouts, I will be too. They will want more, and so will I.

About Lucy

Lucy Miller is the founder of Urban Fox Fitness. After successfully launching her business in south east London, Lucy is now developing her client base with native English speakers in Berlin, Germany. www.urbanfoxfitness.com

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Leisure Industry Week (LIW) will take place over three days from 24th – 26th September 2013 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham and REPs will be there for the duration. The REPs Convention will take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September.

We have two exceptional keynote speakers this year, both of whom will enhance your experience at this much-anticipated annual event: Dr Ian Campbell (as seen on The Biggest Loser) and Keith Smith (Global Master Trainer for Life Fitness).

Over the two days we have a busy schedule, delivering over 30 workshops; you will take away information on:

  • Weight loss
  • Posture and movement correction
  • Nutrition
  • Working with disabled clients
  • Social media marketing

To see a full list of the events happening over the two day convention please follow this link.

 REPs members can attend the convention at a discounted price: 

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If you are interested in attending LIW then you will need to visit the LIW website and register. Providing you register in advance it is free for you to attend. However, non-registered visitors will have to pay a £30 entry free on the door.

This annual trade show connects you the with the latest products, services and innovations the industry has to offer and with the attendance of leading companies and industry experts you will be able to see what’s new on the market, and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and experiences for your members and customers.

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We really hope to see you all there!

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Now that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, REPs advises that effective physical activity during pregnancy will help to lose the pounds now the baby is born.

There are many new mums under pressure to get back into pre-baby shape as soon as possible and as REPs members you have the opportunity to develop your skills in the ante- and post- natal activity category. It is important to let expectant mums know that you can give tailored advice and create a fitness regime that is both safe and effective and is specifically designed for them. A bespoke fitness regime will bring health benefits and help women get back into shape after giving birth.

Sarah Bolitho, a REPs registered trainer specialising in ante- and post-natal exercise, says: “The Duchess of Cambridge will have found out by now that during pregnancy a woman’s body is working very hard to create a baby and this can be physically exhausting as it takes a lot of energy. It is also a tiring time emotionally for many women as they may be anxious about their health, or the health of the baby. These factors mean that exercise is often the last thing on a mum-to-be’s mind, yet it has so many benefits it should be promoted as much as healthy eating during pregnancy. There are now so many activity options to choose from that there is bound to be something that you find appealing, from swimming, ante natal classes, walking groups, the gym or even yoga.”

Sarah Bolitho also has some useful health tips that will be very helpful when advising expectant mums.

Sarah Bolitho’s top active tips for a healthier pregnancy:

  • Focus on building activity into your daily life. Take a short walk every day, or take the stairs instead of the lift.
  • If you exercise a lot, or are an athlete, then accept that for nine months your training routine will be different, and focus on learning new ways to be active.
  • As pregnancy progresses you should reduce the amount and intensity of activity so that by the middle of the third trimester you are exercising at around 70% of your pre-pregnancy levels.
  • Always listen to your body and if you feel you need to cut back more then do so, or adopt a more gentle form of activity.
  • If you attend classes or the gym, make sure your instructor is qualified in working with ante- and post-natal women, is a member of REPs and has appropriate insurance.

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Guest blog from Greg Small, Registers Operation Manager here at REPs

As a trainer, gaining; retaining and training are in my eyes the three principal foundations to a successful business. One out of the three above is easy. We are qualified; we know our clients and we know the exercise methodology required to get the results our clients want. The other two are more difficult. Many trainers have cottoned onto the concept of image as a sales technique with some undesirable affects others over preach technical and somewhat confusing newly learnt anatomical tag lines to impress clients. ‘Have we gone over the top’ the basics in health and fitness – that work, should be used, abused and recycled; this of course has nothing to do with programming but is about the way that we work. Gaining a new client should stem from our personal ability to speak to any member that we come into contact with. Practicing our personal skills on a daily basis starting with body language and tone of voice will allow you as a practicing instructor to be able to approach ‘potential’ clients more easily. As a human we have an inherent fear of rejection so we often lower our heads and hide in the corner fearing that someone may see us or ask us something we don’t know. If we can change our mindset and greet everyone with positivity and enthusiasm rather than anxiety and a fear of rejection, this can potentially make us the first point of contact for future interactions. How can we change our mindset?

  • Smile: a welcoming smile will generally return a similar response
  • Speak clearly and factually without being condescending – big words may impress some but it may just irritate the hell out of others
  • Headphones are not a barrier – body language does not need to be heard
  • Offer your services – the amount of business I have personally generated from being approachable and available to assist is substantial
  • Have confidence in your skills – not arrogance. Your ability to be humble in an arena where most people aren’t confident or comfortable will set you aside from others
  • Go above and beyond. Let’s be real! We befriend a lot of our clients. Keeping a professional manner about yourself at all time will not only allow your clients to reach their goals but ensure your abilities as a trainer are clear
  • Set yourself realistic goals.

My first ever role 11 years ago as a fitness instructor back in Australia my first manager wasn’t exactly the easiest manager to work for. His one task for me went a little like this. ‘Greg, here is a clipboard I want you to speak to 100 members in your shift. I want their name, phone number and three things about them.’  What did I learn from this? I learnt that I had to speak to anyone and everyone (with varied results) and that I actually had it in me. It was a shock to

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REPs Member Lucilia Holder

My name is Lucilia and up until 8 years ago I had never been near a gym, let alone in one! So here goes my story in a nutshell… 

9 years ago I had moved to a new part of the country due to my husband’s job. So with 2 young children, and not really knowing the area, I got chatting to my neighbour, and one day over a few glasses of something chilled she told me about the local gym which had a creche... I later joined the gym but struggled with the gym on my own and found my nieche with instructor-led classes.

I used to attended aerobics classes 2/3 times a week and 3 years ago my favourite instructor announced that she was moving away; well I was devastated because I loved everything about the classes! She was a freestyle instructor and no two classes were ever the same.  

We got chatting later that day and she said that I should take over her job and that this was how she got into this industry...a lot of laughter later and I had enrolled into a college course to start my Level 2 ETM the following week.

Fast forward 8 years and I am now teaching at that gym... to anyone who thinks that they are too old to get involved in this industry I would say think again. Most of the instructors who inspired me along the way did not choose fitness as their first career choice.

That was in 2010. I qualified in June 2011 and have not looked back since. I am not going to lie and say that it was easy to start out in the industry because a lot of the time gyms want experience and apart from attending classes I clearly did not have any, but prove yourself in this business and good things will come!

Since finishing I have also qualified for Indoor Cycling, Pump Fx and Zumba. I am now currently in the process of completing my HRE for children, my Level 2 Gym and my Level 3 PT has also just started so life is never dull! I teach a wide variety of freestyle classes from LBT (my all time favourite) to Pump, Spinning and Abs based classes and love them all!  I love the gym where I work, Andover Leisure Centre it’s what inspired me in the first place, they understand me and know that I am a little bit crazy but oh so passionate about my job! 

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It’s been another busy week here at REPs as we attended Flame 2013, an event run by ukactive.

With a conference taking place during the day, a fantastic learning and networking opportunity was presented to the delegates, made up fitness professionals from all across the industry, from gym instructors, right to regional managers and CEOs.

The conference boasted an impressive programme with seminar-style sessions covering a diverse range of topics, including marketing, technology, management, personal development, sales and service.

The event culminated with an awards evening where fitness, leisure and health clubs were rewarded for excellence and best practice over the past 12 months.

The ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards are recognised sector-wide as the most prestigious health and fitness facility awards.

Winners included DC Leisure, who won the Leisure Centre Operator of the Year award, and Featherstone Sports Centre, who won Educational Club of the Year (Schools).

Flame offered a great chance to catch-up with some familiar faces, as well as meet some new ones in what was a fantastic event.

We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

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Are you one of the world’s top Personal Trainers to Watch? Want to win $5,000 for your business and international media recognition?

With the deadline for entries on 29th June, there are only a few days left to enter the 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch awards by Life Fitness.

The programme seeks to recognise and celebrate personal trainers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, client support, motivation and inspiration. The top 10 finalists will be sent to London to take part in a final live judging event in September, where the 2013 top Personal Trainer to Watch will be announced.

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