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Taking place at the Sport Wales National Centre yesterday (12th February), the REPs Welsh Convention was a great success, enjoyed by both REPs members and the wider exercise community.

REPs conventions, now running for a number of years, offer a unique opportunity for members to earn CPD points across a range of activities and workshops in what is a day-long event.

On this occasion, sponsored by Nordic Walking UK, Timely and LeisureForce, over 80 delegates enjoyed workshops from SkillsActive endorsed training providers including KBT Education and PTA Global.

John Byers, REPs representative for Wales, managed the event and was delighted with how the convention went.

“Yesterday was certainly one of our most successful conventions to date. We were fortunate to have some leading industry experts leading workshops which were of real value to delegates.

“Having so many professionals at the convention looking to learn, develop their skills and network with likeminded people is real mark of success for REPs, and we look forward to continuing these conventions for our members , and the fitness community, across the country in the future.”

REPs Compliance and Standards Manager, Rob Wilkie, who opened the event with a welcome speech, was equally thrilled with the day.

“Members looking to upskill and commit to CPD is always pleasing. To have over 80 exercise professionals with us in Wales for the event made it a real success, and on a personal level it was enjoyable to be able to meet and speak to so many members; being able to address and any concerns and share plans and thoughts for the future.”

The next REPs Convention will take place in the south-east this summer. Keep checking the REPs website for updates.

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Wow 2013 certainly was a busy year for REPs, gaining some great coverage across both national and local press as well as featuring in various magazines. So we thought we would share a few of our highlights with you.

Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen national media approach REPs more often for comment across a range of exercise and health issues.


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We also worked with Women’s Health on a fantastic article which discussed how important it is to have an appropriately qualified trainer.  (Monthly circulation of 107,965)

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REPs Operations Manager, Greg Small also featured in the Mail Online commenting on Miley Cyrus. While we can all agree the topic is perhaps not the most newsworthy, it’s great to be acknowledged as an ‘expert’ when health and fitness is being discussed in mainstream press. Click here to read the article in full. (Daily circulation of over 10million unique browsers)

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As well as our print and online press coverage, we were delighted to feature on BBC Radio 5 Live Radio (audience of 6.12 million listeners) and BBC Breakfast (daily reach of 6.8 million), giving our expert advice on key fitness issues.


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We hope 2014 continues to be a prosperous year for the Register!

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As we write these blogs, the process often starts with some research, be it online, on the phone or even directly with you, our members.

Something we perhaps didn’t see coming was the current discontent around hygiene in gyms, something that is coming more to the forefront at a time of year known for being that bit busier with newer gym goers.

Despite being known for the place to go to remain fit and healthy, we were drawn to wonder whether there is actually more chance of picking up a bug or illness in the gym.

In a survey in a popular fitness magazine, it was seen that germs appear in all corners of gyms, right from benches to changing rooms, and of course, in swimming pools.

The lack of hygiene in some areas has concerned trainers, who, spending much of their working week in these environments, have to keep a close check on their health.

While a gym filled with sweat and kit will unlikely ever be ‘germ free’, we have recommended some tips that may help keep risk of illness to a minimum.

Encourage your gym to install hand sanitisers. You’ll find people are encouraged to use these, and they will help prevent the spread of germs.

Does the person before you wipe down the equipment after use? Encourage your gym to encourage its members to bring towels, or at least provide tissues and spray to clean equipment after use.

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Shower at the gym? Make sure you cover your feet. Changing rooms are a hotspot for verrucas and athlete’s foot.

Staying hydrated
We all re-use water bottles, so there’s no shame in that. Just make sure you change it every couple of weeks.

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CPD points are on offer at our next convention, taking place on Wednesday 12th February at the Spot Wales National Centre in Cardiff.

A major event for exercise professionals, a range of workshops will take place throughout the day, offering an excellent professional development opportunity.

Our key note speaker Matthew Wallden (Faculty Member, at CHEK Europe), will be delivering 'Flatten your abs forever', which will be an eye opener for all attending. The workshop will use the unique holistic and multidisciplinary approach that the CHEK (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute is renowned for.

Matthew will explain all the reasons why your exercise programme may not be getting the results it should. You will also learn about the common problems preventing people from achieving flat abs including ineffective exercise programming, poor nutritional habits, hormonal imbalance, gynaecological, gastro-intestinal disorders and much more.

We are certain that you will leave this presentation with some new ideas to take back to your classes, PT sessions and exercise programmes!

There will be a choice of 12 interactive and informative workshops to keep you up to speed with all the latest industry news and developments.

Along with Matthew’s session and 11 other interactive informative workshops, the REPs Convention is also a chance to speak directly with some key people at REPs, including Compliance and Standards Manager Rob Wilkie. Delivering the ‘Welcome’, Rob will be available throughout the day to address any concerns or questions you may have.

The day-long event is £45 for REPs members (£60 for non-members) and this includes refreshments and a buffet lunch. Please note any bookings made after the 4th February are subject to an additional £5 ‘late booking’ charge.


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We are delighted to be partnering with the European Commission on a new two year project, European Fitness Inclusion Training for Work, which will equip fitness professionals with the sufficient knowledge, competence and skill to work with people with disabilities in fitness environments.

The initiative is led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Fitness & Recreation, and is also being delivered in partnership with the European Observatory of Sports Employment, Universidad Poltenica De Madrid, Palacky Univerity, MonentumBD Ltd and International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

The project uses an innovative approach by embedding inclusive fitness professional training within the fitness club environment in a sector skills alliance involving trainers, trainees, employers and people with disabilities.

Justification for the project stems from the reality that people with disabilities are three times less likely to be physically active and twice as likely to be obese than the able bodied population. They are under-represented in mainstream fitness environments. Many fitness centre managers and instructors do not feel confident working with people who have disabilities. This unease is exacerbated by a lack of awareness among employers, those with disabilities and their families regarding the benefits to be gained from their participation. A number of factors contribute to this including: the vocational preparation of professionals, operating policies and attitudes of staff, employers and society as a whole. Few Vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes equip fitness professionals with sufficient knowledge, competence and skills to work with people with disabilities. The project will be piloted initially in Ireland, the UK, Spain, France and the Czech Republic with instructors in their work environments.

This is huge project of which REPs is proud to be a part. Importantly, this project is predicted to have an impact upon 30,000 clubs, and over 1 million staff and associated VET providers.

If you have any questions about the project or would like more information please contact our Compliance and Standards Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will be leading this project.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so please don’t hesitate to comment in the space below.

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As exercise professionals we most certainly welcome the Government announcing the funding research into dementia doubling.

The Government has already committed to spend £52 million in 2012 to 2013, and up to £66 million by 2015; the ambition is now to double public, commercial and charitable R&D in dementia in the UK by 2025, supporting leading scientists, universities and other institutions in seeking the next breakthrough.

Greg Small, Operations Manager for REPs, says, “While it’s obviously upsetting there are so many dementia and related conditions needing this funding, the investment is a welcome boost that can positively affect the lives of those people suffering from these conditions. Dementia issues already cost the NHS £5 billion each year – yet data shows that physical activity can drastically reduce the risk of major illnesses.”

A study [i] published this week in the journal PLOS One found that people who consistently followed four or five key behaviours experienced a 60% decline in dementia and cognitive decline, with exercise being the strongest mitigating factor. The other four behaviours were low bodyweight, a healthy diet, low alcohol intake, and not smoking.

Greg, who is also a REPs registered instructor, continued to say: “The increased funding should enable health clubs and leisure facilities to ensure people can get bespoke, professional training – enabling those people who need it the most to access appropriate fitness training from qualified professionals. REPs fitness professionals are fully qualified to provide the best possible encouragement and motivation, and ensuring correct exercise habits.”

According to the National Health Services, mental illness accounts for a third of all illnesses and, at any given time, one person in six experiences anxiety or depression. It is estimated that 25% of the UK population will experience at least one mental health condition at some point in their life.

Greg concludes, “Our aim as exercise professionals is to help everyone in the UK to get more active, and fitter. Through the combination of this additional funding, medical intervention and physical activities, we can all work together towards relieving families and society of the awful impact of dementia and its related conditions. If spent well, this investment will ensure patients and clients will receive the best possible treatment from those professionals qualified to do so.”

[i] Published in the PLOS One journal by researchers from Cardiff University, the study is the longest of its kind to probe the influence of environmental factors in chronic disease.

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Do you ever feel like you could do with an extra hour in the day just to fit everything in? Finding time for ordinary tasks such as washing your hair can feel like a luxury for which you have to set aside time. People are living increasingly busy lives, any free time is considered sacred. With time so precious, putting a large chunk of it aside for exercise is an indulgence many feel they cannot afford.

The average Brit spends 43 hours in full-time work each week, without taking into account all the other duties required of them. Many industries are rethinking the way they provide their services due to the increased demands on time. An open-all-hours culture is already rife in the beauty industry, a trend set in cities that don’t sleep such as New York. On demand services are also popular, where people can get express treatments without having to book a long way in advance, every moment of spare time needs to be taken advantage of.

To exercise professionals, the benefits of making time for workouts is obvious, not least for the extra energy it can give for the day ahead. It is easy for exercise to be lingering at the bottom of the list of priorities in a hectic schedule; fitting in gym classes or personal training sessions is just not a realistic possibility for some. Short of becoming nocturnal, it is hard to fit it all in. Kim Kardashian might be a fan of 3am workouts, but realistically this is not feasible for making long-term changes. Incorporating exercise into the lives of busy people may seem like a daunting prospect, but it is imperative that exercise is an important focus. Showing how this can be achieved through changes to the daily routine, without sacrificing too much precious time. Being busy should not be an excuse for not staying fit!

Make it part of the commute

Commuting is a fact of life for most people, an ordeal to be endured every day. An office-based job encourages a sedentary lifestyle, so having an active commute can help counteract that. Brainwaves such as Home Run, a series of guided runs home from Central London, help achieve that. Following popular commuter routes such as Waterloo to Clapham Junction, covering distances between 2 and 6 miles, Home Run takes the tedium out of one of life’s necessities. They even carry your bag!

If running is not for you, or your commute still requires more traditional means, there are still plenty of ways to make it more active. Fitting in as much walking as possible is a step in the right direction; walking to the station, taking the steps rather than the escalator and getting off a stop early will get the daily miles clocking up. Apps such as Moves calculate all movement throughout the day, a great way to quantify how much you are actually doing, and a great incentive to keep on improving that figure.

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Some people love the gym. It can offer some well-deserved time to focus on you, a great stress reliever and releases endorphins that make you happy. Others view it as an experience similar to the dentist; bringing a sense of foreboding, an uncomfortable experience to put off for as long as possible. Just like the dentist, many people have irrational fears about exercise, avoiding it wherever possible rather than realising the benefits it can bring.

Having the right mindset for exercise is so important in allowing it to become a lifestyle. Exercise professionals understand the benefits and pleasure that exercise can bring, and the difference it can make to an individual’s life. Communicating this positive attitude to someone who has negative connotations associated with fitness can be as important as anything else you teach them. You must train the mind as much as the body; it should not be underestimated what a useful tool a positive mindset is when it comes to achieving your goals.

Getting people to realise that exercise is something accessible to them, can provide a moment of awakening in people’s lives.  To do this, the common misconceptions must be challenged.

I have to work hard for hours to see any results

Nothing worth doing is ever going to be easy; not putting the necessary input into exercise will not bring any noteworthy results. Not trying small changes with the belief it won’t make a difference is counterproductive. To someone with a sedentary lifestyle, adding 15 minutes a day will make a difference. Keeping that up will allow for the duration and intensity to be increased.  Making small changes can make a big difference, doing something is far better than doing nothing at all. Every step forward is one step closer to achieving a fitter, healthier lifestyle, and they all count.

15 minutes a day is almost two hours each week, or 104 hours a year; compared to doing nothing before, 104 hours is not to be sniffed at.

I’m too old or unfit to exercise

Exercise professionals have a duty to quash this misconception completely; exercise isn’t just for those who are young and fit, in fact it is arguably more important for those who don’t fit into this category. It is vital for these groups to understand that exercise can be individually tailored for any specific requirement. It is not necessary to compare themselves to anyone else’s standards, other gym users are far too engrossed in their own workouts to worry what anyone else is doing. What’s more, however long exercise has been ignored, it is never too late to start.  It’s not the level that is started at that it is important, just the direction headed.

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Going to the gym may not be for everyone, but it does offer a practical solution to being able to exercise for lots of people. Gym boredom can be kept at bay by switching between gym work and other activities. Running

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Scottish convention

Nearly 100 attendees enjoyed a variety of sessions at The REPs Scottish Convention held at The Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley. The event included a brilliant keynote presentation from Keith Smith (Global Master Trainer, Life Fitness) on ‘The biggest market for the fitness industry in the next 20 years - The Independent Older Adult’. Keith was exceptionally insightful and spoke with great passion about the next “big opportunity” in fitness.

REPs Compliance and Standards Manager, Rob Wilkie, who was present on the day, gave the following feedback: 

“The day was a resounding success with fantastic information delivered to a crowd of extremely dedicated members. The variety of workshops on offer is testament to the varied numbers of roles we see as members of the Register.” 

Here’s what REPs member Kathyn McCubbin had to say:

“I really enjoy coming along to the conventions. There were so many good workshops today I couldn't decide! It is also a great chance to meet other fitness professionals and network”

Kicking off with the day we had a number of workshops covering a spectrum of activities relevant to our members, here are highlights from a few of those workshops.

Lincoln Bryden spoke at length on ‘Metabolic Physique Conditioning: Bridging the Hormonal Gap between Muscle Growth and Fat Loss’. Highlighting that metabolic conditioning is wonderful at burning fat, but it continually falls short in the muscle building category. He explained the variances and outlined what we as a team can do to help restore the balance.

KBTEducation highlighted the benefits of advanced Olympic lifting and functional training. Lifting weights can be the ideal training for many of your clients, some of which may never have considered it.

Premier Training International led a session focused on several often ignored health and lifestyle factors that must be fully understood and applied in order to witness truly successful, long term weight management. This scientific approach to beating the bulge was a great session.

Classical Pilates UK also delivered a brilliant session outlined how current science is only now catching up with one of the longest lasting functional training methods.

Later Life Training ran a workshop that looked at the importance of evidence and good practice guidance, as recognised by bodies important in the writing of National Level Strategic Documents, including the Department of Health and Royal College of Physicians.

Drummond Education gave us all a crash course in social media in the run up to one of the busiest times of year for an instructor. This timely session gave us all insight into the ways in which we can be smart with our engagements and increase the number of clients we have, alongside keeping better connected to our existing clients.

This is short round up of what we would all agree was a fantastic day. The number of people who took time out of their busy schedules to earn CPD points and also contribute to valuable discussions was fantastic. We would like to say a large thank you to the

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A slim and slender frame is often viewed as the most coveted body shape for females. This ideal is reinforced by the media, fashion industry and popular culture on a daily basis. Magazines, adverts and model campaigns all show evidence of this aesthetic being lauded, and anything that deviates from it being considered less appealing. The coveting of this form appears to dictate that only skinny is desirable, showing little acknowledgment of any other form being remotely appealing.

Thankfully, there appears to be a new influx of women who are shunning this perceived ideal in favour of a healthier, more toned physique. Acknowledging their influence, many in the public eye are using their bodies to promote a healthier ideal. The July addition of Sport magazine used a stunning piece of photography on their front cover. Jessica Ennis-Hill, national treasure and London 2012 poster girl, hands on hips with her trademark abs of steel on full display.

The public reaction to this pictorial suggests healthy bodies are beginning to get the recognition they deserve. Sport magazine received many tweets praising their use of such a powerful image of whom they describe as ‘Wonder Woman’

‘In total awe of Jess Ennis’ abs on the front cover of @sportsmaguk today. More female body role models like this in the media please #positive’ @LeishaHawkEye

‘Stunning image of the iconic @J_Ennis on the front of @sportmaguk. Sometimes they really get it right.’ @rolyhamroll

‘Woah, HOW awesome does @J_Ennis look in today’s @sportmaguk? Now that is a powerful and healthy body. What a woman!’ @Sarah_robbo

The girl who can do no wrong epitomises that fit, healthy and active is beautiful. She certainly recognises the influence she holds, recollecting how she avoided the local chippy in the lead up to 2012 with her honed physic looking down on her from a poster outside.

Ennis is not the only popular figure who realises the effect her notoriety can have. Jennifer Lawrence, star of the Hunger Games, spoke of her desire to promote a healthy body image through the medium of the film.

Speaking to Newsnight’s Zoe Conway, Lawrence said:

“We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing (in the Hunger Games). They see enough of this body that they will never be able to obtain and it’s an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry”.

The growing support of healthy bodies could not come at a more important time; obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the USA in the past 30 years according to the Centres for Disease control and prevention. The figures from the UK are following the same worrying pattern.

A trend towards a strong muscular physic is a positive one. The job of exercise professionals is to encourage women that this is a healthy body to strive for, and to facilitate the ability to make it both attainable and maintainable. It is important to communicate the importance of

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Guest blog from our Registers Operations Manager Greg Small .

Christmas is coming, the release of the new John Lewis advert to pull at our heartstrings serves to confirm the fact that the festive period has officially begun to descend upon us. As well as an onslaught of highly emotive adverts, decorating trees and shopping this entails, Christmas also means endless rounds of parties, stockpiling of chocolate, and for many, the excuse to consume to excess, forgetting what exercise is. The author of this blog may have got up for an 8am 10k cross country run last Boxing Day, but many of us are not that inclined to work off this Christmas turkey, or indeed have the time to indulge in such activities. Despite the best of intentions, many might lack the time and motivation to focus on their training schedule; the warm twinkly lights and festivities of the season prove far more appealing to the harsher glare of the gym. The gym drop out rate for the Christmas period is palpable. Many adopt the ‘I’ll start again in January’ mantra, writing off their month of inactivity and poor eating choices. Over indulging will only make it harder to get back into a routine and find the motivation to do so. As exercise professionals, it is important to show clients that the festive period needn’t be a time to put exercise on hold, but can be carefully incorporated into their plans. Planning is the key to a successful Christmas. Working together on a plan that works for your clients should ensure that exercise can still have its place in their Christmas calendar, and all the good work done throughout the year needn't be undone in one food-coma inducing sitting. Knowing when their next session is will help keep them on track.  Looking ahead into the New Year is another way of ensuring they are of aware longer term targets and have the motivation to achieve them. Communicating with your clients through this time will make them less likely to fall off the radar. Make them aware of special offers and promotions that are going on. Offering reward incentives are great ways of ensuring clients don’t become strangers! Encourage your clients to remember why they came to you in the first place, and re-address the original goals you made with them. If weight loss was the incentive, remind them of how far they have already come. Taking another set of measurements will be a sure-fire way to make anyone think before tucking in to another helping of Christmas pudding. As an exercise professional, keeping focus and not letting things slip might seem imperative, but you must communicate this mindset to your clients. You are not with them all day to guide them, so they must learn to help themselves. Ensuring that they have the right mentality to want to eat healthily and exercise properly will mean that half the battle is already won. Calling upon personal experience when giving advice on

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Guest Blog from REPs member Tim Drummond 

So I'm sitting here on my balcony, with an amazing view of the beach, listening to the sea and generally feeling pretty content with life.

I'm away taking a well-earned break before my September book launch, and allowing myself to reflect on everything that I’ve achieved over the last year.

The thought which has popped into my mind is; that these experiences are WHY I got into this fitness game…

It’s for moments like this. It was because I loved the idea of being my own boss and taking off to do what I choose and what I am passionate about, away from work.  It was out of my passion for health and fitness and a want for knowledge and to further myself. It was to help as many people as possible. It was because I wanted to create an amazing and extraordinary life for myself, and those around me.

The reason I am writing this is because I truly feel that I am so fortunate to be involved in everything that I do within the industry. I am very grateful that I have been lucky enough to stumble across genuinely inspiring people who have helped bring me to my own relative success.

Here is what I see in this industry. We all get into it for many noble and deeply emotional reasons, be that wanting to help people as one’s life purpose or wanting to be stinking rich. Both are fine you know.

But the reality ends up being far different. We don’t feel valued by crappy clients who don’t value what we do. We aren’t working within the pro-sports, or celebrity training environments. We don’t have abundant money. We live a week-by-week, stress filled life in which we are worried where our next client will come from. We don’t have time to train ourselves as we would want to. We work mornings, lunchtimes and evenings as we want the extra 10-block sale and therefore bend over backwards for our clients.

One of the reasons we started the Fitness Mogul Mindset is that we feel that the first thing which needs to change in the vast majority of people in this industry is the limiting mindsets of what they can achieve.

I don’t believe that PT’s sit there and think they cannot be a success. I just feel that what the perception of that success is can be limited. When I first started in the industry 5 years ago I though success was the guy working 40 hours per week, charging more than anyone else in the gym.

But you see this is the problem. This is not success when defined by the reasons you originally went down this career route. Well probably not anyway. 

So here’s what I would do with the next hour. Write down WHY you got into this industry. If you don’t know, ask yourself. Ask yourself WHY you love this.

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The REPs Scottish Convention takes place on Wednesday 13th November at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley. There is still time to book your place and earn some valuable CPD points!



Our key note speaker Keith Smith (Global Master Trainer, Life Fitness) will give us all great insight as to what the next biggest market will be within the fitness industry.

There will also be a choice of 12 interactive and informative workshops to keep you up to speed with all the latest industry news and developments.

The charge for the day is £50 for REPs members (£70 for non-members) and this includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.


EARN your CPD points today and visit us in Scotland

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ImageREPs member Anne Mercer shares her story on how she has succeeded on a prosperous career in the fitness industry.

I have been a full time fitness instructor for just over 30 years now. I started in aerobics, moved through ‘Bums, Legs and Tums’, callanetics and even line dancing to an altogether more interesting and rewarding area of fitness...

Exercise for all ages and conditions. I struggle to find a name to cover all that I do but I think that this pretty much does it. It’s a rewarding area requiring experience and specialist knowledge. I never simply go through the motions of a class. There is no standard class format. Every movement is thought through to consider what it does in terms of the potential benefit as well as the potential risk. This specific approach enables almost anyone to take part in my class. Some may need to lie on a massage couch rather than the floor, the class size is very small and I have a selection of pillows for added support and cushioning.

I base my class on the focus, control and concentration of Pilates. Clients learn to control every movement their body makes and to be aware of exactly which muscle is causing the movement or stabilising the body while it moves. Added to this I use the fundamental back care exercises as recommended by Williams and McKenzie. I consider the spinal load through each movement. I never teach roll downs, sit ups and rarely use seated positions.   The recommended range of movement required by life is my goal with clients aiming for this, not the extreme range some exercise regimes use. Bio Mechanic principles of pelvic stability and nerve mobility play a large part in ensuring mobilisation and the prevention of dysfunctional muscle tissue. I work on the abdominal stability muscles along with the gluteals, teaching the principle that our muscles provide the scaffolding to our bone structure. Balance is another important area with simple exercises to improve balance and to reduce the risk of falling in the future. To complete this I work on postural muscles of the upper body to ward off the hunched neck position so often seen in the older generation.

Some of my clients have back pain, joint replacements, degenerative conditions of the spine, or are recovering from mild strokes. Most simply have the general aches and pains that accompany getting older. They need a class which supports them in their quest to keep fitter and keep active as they age. Many classes (including those that I have taught) are aiming at an altogether higher level of fitness which my clients would feel intimidating and at which they would probably be unable to do many of the exercises. Even clients at perimenopausal age have muscular aches that appear from nowhere and affect their ability to exercise.

Over recent years I have seen huge progression in my clients which I find incredibly satisfying. They show a great tenacity in sticking with the exercises and the results are well worth it.

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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

The Personal Trainers to Watch program

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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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Chloe  Reynolds - REPs member

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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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


  • 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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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


  • 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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