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Forget fast food and fast living, today’s men are working hard to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

REPS PIC03aAccording to research from natural supplement company Roar Ambition, 55% of those aged 18 to 24 are now actively watching what they eat in a bid to stay fit. As well as adopting a healthy diet, they’re turning to supplements for help too.

The survey, which canvassed the views of 500 gym going males, concluded that men’s desire to look good is fuelling this new passion for healthy living. 55% of participants admitted to taking supplements regularly, with another 69% revealing they’d consider taking a natural option in future.

31% of those surveyed said they hit the gym to help relieve stress, with the most stressed being aged between 35-44.

45% have thought about using steroids to ‘bulk up’, while 59% would think about a fat burner if they could be sure it was safe. Sourcing the right kind of advice is key, and men say they trust other athletes (62%) and their gym (59%) ahead of mates to help them choose a supplement. In the older age ranges, almost 76% of 35–44 years olds would consider taking supplements, the highest in any age range. Partner pressure is felt by 35-44 year olds who revealed that 10% of those who go to the gym do so because their partner makes them do it.

Geographically, men from South East England are the most likely to consider taking a supplement (62%), and they’re also most likely to follow a strict diet (47%), being keener to try a fat burning supplement with 52% saying they’d consider it.

There’s also a social reason for ditching the bars and hitting the barbells, as 15% of those quizzed admitted they used the gym to socialise, with nearly 7% revealing they went to the gym to look for potential partners. Peer pressure played a part too, with just over 4% adding that they went to the gym because all their friends did.

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According to new research from The Gym Group, 38% of people aged 18-29 say they have taken a gym selfie, as social media accelerates an appetite for exercise. 

REPS PIC02aThe Gym Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing gym chains, surveyed more than 1000 consumers and a sample of its membership base, to understand how people see fitness as part of their identity. The research emphasised the role that social media plays in getting us motivated about exercise, with more than one in three young Britons (37%) saying they follow health and fitness accounts and half (52%) revealing that posting their own sporting progress, or seeing their friends’ fitness updates (54%) motivates them to keep fit.

The findings also showed an impressive appetite for sporting events, with 32% of young adults claiming to have completed a 10km race or half marathon, and an impressive one in 10 who say they have completed a marathon; compared to only 11% and 4% respectively, of those over 50 years old. The Gym Group anticipates these numbers will continue to grow as two thirds (66%) say working towards a sporting event is one of their biggest motivations, second to exercising with a friend (63%).

For young consumers, representing their country in a sport (42%) is an achievement they would be most proud of, above winning a Nobel Prize (28%), being in a blockbuster movie (27%) or having a number one hit song (25%). Fitness is now an established credential for young people, as 46% say it is part of their identity. 49% say they include their sporting ability in their CV's or would talk about it on a date (48%). Fitness is also a desirable trait in a potential partner with 68% of young consumers saying an active gym goer makes for a more appealing partner.

Whilst nearly three quarters of those aged 18-49 (72%) say that intelligence is the most important attribute in a potential partner, 40% say they find someone who is physically fit/athletic particularly attractive, more so than their other half being wealthy (23%) or being up to date with politics and current affairs (25%). Runners and cyclists were deemed most attractive, coming above rowers and skiers.

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According to new research from The Gym Group, 38% of people aged 18-29 say they have taken a gym selfie, as social media accelerates an appetite for exercise. 

REPS PIC02aThe Gym Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing gym chains, surveyed more than 1000 consumers and a sample of its membership base, to understand how people see fitness as part of their identity. The research emphasised the role that social media plays in getting us motivated about exercise, with more than one in three young Britons (37%) saying they follow health and fitness accounts and half (52%) revealing that posting their own sporting progress, or seeing their friends’ fitness updates (54%) motivates them to keep fit.

The findings also showed an impressive appetite for sporting events, with 32% of young adults claiming to have completed a 10km race or half marathon, and an impressive one in 10 who say they have completed a marathon; compared to only 11% and 4% respectively, of those over 50 years old. The Gym Group anticipates these numbers will continue to grow as two thirds (66%) say working towards a sporting event is one of their biggest motivations, second to exercising with a friend (63%).

For young consumers, representing their country in a sport (42%) is an achievement they would be most proud of, above winning a Nobel Prize (28%), being in a blockbuster movie (27%) or having a number one hit song (25%). Fitness is now an established credential for young people, as 46% say it is part of their identity. 49% say they include their sporting ability in their CV's or would talk about it on a date (48%). Fitness is also a desirable trait in a potential partner with 68% of young consumers saying an active gym goer makes for a more appealing partner.

Whilst nearly three quarters of those aged 18-49 (72%) say that intelligence is the most important attribute in a potential partner, 40% say they find someone who is physically fit/athletic particularly attractive, more so than their other half being wealthy (23%) or being up to date with politics and current affairs (25%). Runners and cyclists were deemed most attractive, coming above rowers and skiers.

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According to new research from The Gym Group, 38% of people aged 18-29 say they have taken a gym selfie, as social media accelerates an appetite for exercise. 

REPS PIC02aThe Gym Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing gym chains, surveyed more than 1000 consumers and a sample of its membership base, to understand how people see fitness as part of their identity. The research emphasised the role that social media plays in getting us motivated about exercise, with more than one in three young Britons (37%) saying they follow health and fitness accounts and half (52%) revealing that posting their own sporting progress, or seeing their friends’ fitness updates (54%) motivates them to keep fit.

The findings also showed an impressive appetite for sporting events, with 32% of young adults claiming to have completed a 10km race or half marathon, and an impressive one in 10 who say they have completed a marathon; compared to only 11% and 4% respectively, of those over 50 years old. The Gym Group anticipates these numbers will continue to grow as two thirds (66%) say working towards a sporting event is one of their biggest motivations, second to exercising with a friend (63%).

For young consumers, representing their country in a sport (42%) is an achievement they would be most proud of, above winning a Nobel Prize (28%), being in a blockbuster movie (27%) or having a number one hit song (25%). Fitness is now an established credential for young people, as 46% say it is part of their identity. 49% say they include their sporting ability in their CV's or would talk about it on a date (48%). Fitness is also a desirable trait in a potential partner with 68% of young consumers saying an active gym goer makes for a more appealing partner.

Whilst nearly three quarters of those aged 18-49 (72%) say that intelligence is the most important attribute in a potential partner, 40% say they find someone who is physically fit/athletic particularly attractive, more so than their other half being wealthy (23%) or being up to date with politics and current affairs (25%). Runners and cyclists were deemed most attractive, coming above rowers and skiers.

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REPS PIC01Lifetime Training is partnering with Matrix Fitness to deliver its new Education Programme. The aim of the partnership is to provide Matrix customers with quality training and education so their fitness teams can provide an excellent member focused service to help improve client retention.

Lifetime will provide a suite of REPs accredited courses. These will enable clubs and centres using Matrix equipment to ensure their team of trainers are fully educated in the delivery and execution of all major programmes, providing the best possible service to members and customers.

With twenty years of experience in training, Matrix customers will benefit from Lifetime’s expertise in quality education for Traineeships, Apprenticeships, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in addition to leadership and management qualifications. CPD courses include development of instructor communication skills to drive customer experience, and advanced Level 3 training, as well as tailored CPD courses in key topics such as functional training and pre and post natal training. The plethora of versatile courses aims to meet the career requirements and team progression in any facility. 

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REPS PIC04AXA PPP healthcare announce the introduction of two new health and wellbeing digital platforms for consumers. Together, they form an integral part of the healthcare company’s bid to play a leading role in shaping the future of the consumer health technology arena. Designed to satisfy people’s desire for greater control of their health and wellbeing and drive to make the most of new technology, the platforms will be freely available to all.

MyActive+ (www.myactiveplus.com) is an innovative healthcare retail platform providing customers with discounted health technology products, wellbeing services and individually targeted content – all with the intention of making a healthier lifestyle more accessible, simple and affordable. To mark its arrival, all new MyActive+ users will be given £10 off their first purchase when they spend a minimum of £20. Further discounts for loyal members will be offered going forward.

Launched in August, Active Health (www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/activehealth) is a free, secure personalised digital wellbeing service that enables users to manage their everyday health and personal wellbeing goals. More than simple tracking and monitoring, Active Health can synchronise its in-built health age calculator with data from users’ health tech devices to generate personalised assessments and recommendations – backed by AXA PPP healthcare’s expert health Q&A service – for a complete wellbeing picture.

James Freeston, Marketing Director at AXA PPP healthcare, says: 'Our members have been instrumental in the creation of these platforms which we are delighted to make available to all – whether they are an AXA customer or not. We want to help people to make the small, sensible, sustainable changes that will help them to feel healthier and happier – for good!'

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REPS PIC03Places for People Leisure ventured further into a new area of leisure provision last month, with the opening of their second budget gym in Corby. Following the success of the first Places Gym, a refresh of the Sam Jones gym in Sheffield, the second site that opened in May, has been warmly received by local residents.

The award winning social enterprise, who partner with numerous local authorities to manage leisure facilities, were keen to branch out into the budget gym sector and offer a more cost effective alternative to bigger gym environments. The new Places Gym in Corby provides members with over 100 stations to accommodate their exercise needs. Top of the range Precor CV equipment, Matrix resistance equipment, Vplates and a free weights area are also available.

Despite being open for only a month, initial reception has been extremely positive from local Corby residents. The 10,000 sq ft gym, open from 6.30am to 10.30pm weekdays and 8am to 6pm on weekends.

Sandra Dodd, CEO of PfPL says: 'This is a very exciting time for the Places group to be expanding into the budget gym sector. We’re really keen to offer an alternative to the traditional leisure centre facilities that we currently provide and also ensure that we can keep our membership costs down by cutting back on the non-essential items. The reception for both Places Gyms has been particularly encouraging and we look forward to expanding in the future.'

For more information please visit www.placesforpeopleleisure.org or to contact the gym directly go to www.placesgym.co.uk

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REPS PIC02Anytime Fitness North America has called in Retention Guru, Dr. Paul Bedford, to help develop the franchise brands digital retention strategy.

The move will see Dr. Bedford, who is seen as one of the fitness industrys leading authorities on retention, attrition and member experience management, help to create an automated digital approach to membership marketing, which aims to provide consistency of message for the group, allowing owners and managers across the 2,200 franchise clubs in North America to focus on the day to day running of their health clubs.

The four month project is part of a multi-staged approach and will be aligned with the brands new member experience in North America. The strategies will be used to inform retention strategies for the group worldwide.

Chuck Runyon, CEO at Anytime Fitness said: 'Pauls extensive knowledge of member behaviour and his techniques for matching appropriate interventions with available resources, made him a natural choice to support our group in this drive to improve the way we communicate with our members on a digital level. His reputation is strong with our franchisees domestically and internationally and we are excited to harness his knowledge as we move into a new member-centic era of the business.'

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REPS PIC01Dance fitness classes are more popular than ever, with thousands of people choosing dancing as their way of keeping fit. Dance fitness crazes come and go but the best thing about them is they welcome all levels – so whether you’re a trained dancer or a complete beginner, a dance fitness class is a fun way to work out. DancingClasses.biz has released its top seven dance workouts.

Without a doubt, the top dance inspired workout class, which is now world famous, is Zumba. The cardio workout with an element of toning fuses many different styles of dance, mainly South American, including salsa, cumbia, merengue, hip hop and reggaeton. It is one of the most popular dance workouts worldwide with an array of merchandise including clothing, DVDs and video games.

One dance style which you probably wouldn’t expect to take off as a dance based workout is ballet. Ballet barre classes, which focus on repetitive toning exercises using a barre and light weights, are coming to the UK after being successful in the US and Australia. Some classes also have elements of yoga and pilates to increase flexibility.

Next on the list of dance inspired workouts was one of the first to get us moving – Jazzercise. Founded in 1969, the classes use a mix of music and dance styles mixing jazz, hip hop and even kickboxing moves to ensure the dance party burns 800 calories an hour.

Belly dance fitness classes take the number four spot, which are growing in momentum and even claim studio space in some of the UK’s biggest chain gyms such as Fitness First. Pole fitness is also a very popular workout which people are starting to take more seriously. Combining gymnastics, acrobatics and pole dancing, pole fitness strengthens and tones the entire body while also improving flexibility and coordination.

At number six, Masala Bhangra offers a combination of low impact exercises mixed with Bollywood dance moves. Finally at number seven it’s the latest cardio workout – twerking. This infamous booty move is now at the centre of a new 'twerkout' but the experts predict this one might be a passing phase.

To find out more about DancingClasses.biz visit the website at www.dancingclasses.biz

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Make fitness fun, sociable and more approachable, a new guide by Sport England today recommends. Aimed at the people who create opportunities for women to get active, ‘Helping Women & Girls to Get Active: A Practical Guide’ offers advice on how to break down barriers which are stopping women and young girls from getting active, and keep them coming back for more.

Rejecting a ‘one size fits all’ approach, this guide encourages facilitators to consider a range of barriers which may be preventing women and young girls from signing up. For example, research found that many women find mirrors in exercise studios intimidating and are often fearful of appearing to be the odd one out in classes. The guide also includes common sense solutions to encourage repeat visits to classes, such as teaming up with a local business to offer a free coffee as a reward for completion of a certain number of sessions. Some of the other top tips include:

  • Make sure the changing rooms have full length mirrors and good quality hairdryers
  • Mirrors in studios can make some women feel self-conscious
  • Selling the sport or activity doesn’t always work, instead sell the benefit, promoting the fun, friendship, social aspects, as well as de-stressing effect
  • Consider alternatives to sporty images, ads with women in relaxed clothing having fun can resonate better
  • Avoid stock photos, people prefer to see either local women or women who feel like them in marketing material
  • Images of women exercising on their own or in small groups appeal more than images of large groups
  • Record a quick video demonstrating the class and post online so possible attendees can see what the activity is like and the people taking part
  • Reduce the fear factor by advising women what to wear, what to bring, how much it is, and that there will be other people at a similar level to them there either on your website, Facebook page or by talking to them

Despite 13 million women and girls saying they want to play more sport, in reality only half that number actually do. This free online guide sets out to change this. Targeting women specifically, it aims to close the gender divide which currently sees two million more men than women exercising per week.

This new guide brings together all the results of Sport England's female-focused campaigns including I Will If You Will*, and This Girl Can*, and research study, Go Where Women Are*. I Will If You Will, a project delivered by Bury Council, has seen the number of local women doing sport and physical activity in the town double in the last two years. The multi award-winning This Girl Can campaign is transforming the way sport and physical activity is marketed to women and how women talk and feel about being active.

Sport England Director of Business Partnerships, Tanya Joseph, said, “We know that men and women think about sport differently, and encouraging women and girls to get involved requires more work

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Places for People snag top award

Places for People Leisure recently received the coveted Multi Site Approved Training Centre of the Year (15+ sites) at the IQL UK Awards 2015. This award recognises a training centre with 15 or more sites who demonstrates a clear dedication to the provision of pool lifeguard training, career development and the promotion of wider water safety messages.

The prestigious Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK National Awards returned this year with the addition of six new categories. The event, which took place on Friday 12th June 2015, gave Pool Lifeguards, Trainer Assessors, National Trainer Assessors and Approved Training Centres the chance to recognise and celebrate those who continually raise standards and make such a valuable contribution to pool safety and drowning prevention.

In addition Places for People Leisure were also finalists in the Trainer Assessor of the Year category with both James Dumper from Gosport Leisure Centre and Paul Kelly from Farnham Leisure Centre recognised and members of staff at Kings Leisure Centre were also nominated for Lifeguard Team of the Year.

Andy Read, Safety and Quest Manager at Places for People Leisure who oversees Lifeguarding, adds: ‘We are delighted to have received the RLSS's award for Approved Training Centre of the Year, as an acknowledgement of all the hard work and passion which has gone into drowning prevention and water safety. Receiving this award is a credit to all our team who educate and keep millions of people safe every year.'

For more information please visit www.placesforpeopleleisure.org

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PTs gather to learn at UK’s first Meeting of the Minds

‘Don’t stop learning’. That was the verdict from some of the industry’s top Personal Trainers and thought leaders at this year’s Meeting of the Minds, hosted by FitPro and Lifetime Training, who almost unanimously voted on the importance of ongoing education and training beyond becoming a Level 3 Personal Trainer.

The day-long educational event - Movement, Mindset and Metabolism - was the UK’s first Meeting of the Minds (MOTM), which originated more than seven years ago in Colorado under FitPro’s PTontheNet, and saw around 160 leading industry professionals receive exclusive invites to attend ExCel in London and learn from world-renowned speakers and authors.

Presenters included Rodney Corn, Annette Lang and Anatomy Trains author Thomas Myers, as well as industry innovators such as Bobby Cappuccio, who explained that ‘all successful fitness trends are community driven’ and Douglas Heel, who believes ‘if a client isn't ready to do the work it's not your job to fix them’.

Brian St Pierre advised the audience to ‘only make nutrition as complicated as it needs to be, not as complicated as it can be’, whilst Ian O’Dwyer controversially claimed our industry is lacking direction and leadership, and Anthony Carey posed the question: if tissue heals why does pain remain? and explained it's bio-psycho-social - not all in the mind or all in the body.

On registration, attendees filled in a questionnaire and, throughout the event, took part in an interactive wall survey giving their opinion on sector specific issues, such as ‘how is technology changing the way you work with clients?’, ‘do you believe the health and fitness industry is evolving at a fast enough pace?’ and ‘what would be your top tip to becoming a successful PT?’. Not surprisingly, the registration questionnaire also showed there was an overwhelming importance placed on the client and client relationships, with attendees citing the most important factor to being a successful PT as listening, communicating and interpersonal skills (36%), while deciding another top tip to being a successful PT was all about building and maintaining good client relationships (35%).

Brent Hallo, FitPro’s Founder and Chairman said: 'The event was an altruistic effort to gather top industry experts together to deliver cutting-edge information in a TED Talk format to selected individuals who represent the pinnacle of practical leadership in the region in a bid to further enhance their knowledge and training base.'

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Slo-mo running helps to burn fat

New research from TomTom reveals that nearly 40% of Brits believe High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) will see fast fat burn results, but less than 20% actually know that slow and steady running can be just as effective.

Weight loss is the reason that 60% of the nation starts a new training regime and more than one in 10 (13%) plans to pull on their trainers and head out for a run to lose the pounds. With 69% of Brits considering themselves overweight, a quarter are seeing the summer months as a reason to adopt a new fitness routine, with 20% adding that a forthcoming holiday is enough motivation to get exercising. Almost a fifth said that using a heart rate monitor to analyse their training had helped them lose weight.

Notably nearly a fifth (18%) of those who had used a heart rate monitor to train stated that it had helped them lose weight. 57% also believed it had helped them to understand how their body responds to exercise and 29% felt it helped hone their technique and achieve their goals.

For more information visit www.tomtom.com/en_gb/sports/running/heart-rate-training

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Life Fitness take on active ageing fitness market

Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, has announced that SCIFIT Systems Inc. will join the company’s brand family. The addition of SCIFIT provides Life Fitness with an expanded product line-up and increased access to the growing active aging market, as well as the medical wellness and rehabilitation fitness segments. SCIFIT was acquired by Life Fitness’ parent company, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

Founded in 1987, SCIFIT has an extensive line of fitness equipment designed to address the needs of active seniors and patients undergoing rehabilitation. With products that are highly accessible for any age or ability, SCIFIT products are staples in facilities where users are building or regaining strength, or maintaining wellness. Their comprehensive product line-up features equipment that can be focused on the needs of the upper body, lower body or total body movements using machines that can be customised to the user’s specific needs and ability level. With low starting resistance, step-through entry for wheelchair access, and built-in workload safeguards for cardiovascular training, SCIFIT provides a safe and user-friendly solution for seniors or those who train them. The equipment is also ideal for rehabilitation for athletes and uniformed services personnel, as well as those with special needs.

In addition to benefitting from the Life Fitness industry-leading biomechanics team and the company’s long tradition of product innovation, SCIFIT will also now be available to the Life Fitness global network.

Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness, said: 'With our industry leadership and SCIFIT’s innovative products and expertise within the active aging and medical exercise categories, the SCIFIT acquisition positions Life Fitness to provide products to support the rapidly growing senior population. Life Fitness will now be able to equip facilities from retirement communities and assisted living centres to nursing homes, long-term care environments and rehabilitation centres with fitness products tailored for the facility’s users.'

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The Perfect Gym provides Personal trainers and fitness entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open their own facility for a fraction of the upfront cost.  Perfect Gym is offering 20 Licences to open a gym under the Perfect Gym brand.  Licensees will be able to access over £80k of set up materials including fitness equipment, IT systems and sales and marketing resources.

Perfect Gym will work with the licensee to create their perfect gymat a venue of their choosing.  Essential IT systems including a front of house membership system and direct debit collection software will be installed. The space will then be kitted out with all the fitness equipment for no upfront fee. CV and strength equipment as well as free weights and indoor cycles are included in the package.  All equipment comes in excellent condition from Pulse resale with a full service history.  For added piece of mind the licence includes a maintenance contract for all the equipment.

Perfect Gym will also provide a central website with a personalised online brochure as well online joining and session booking capabilities. All Perfect Gym facilities benefit from a strong visual identity and ready to go artwork for signage and sales and marketing, which will save licensees thousands of pounds in design costs.  

“Perfect Gym has been designed to empower PTs and fitness entrepreneurs to open their own fitness facility,” says Perfect Gym Director Jamie Mair, “By removing the funding barrier we are helping PTs get to market for a fraction of the cost.  With assets for just 20 sites available we are expecting a high level of interest which will see all the facilities opening over the next few months.”

Having set up his own fitness facility, Fithub in 2012, Mair is well aware of the challenges of opening your own facility. “I was lucky enough to receive fantastic support from a range of companies including Pulse Fitness and I wanted to create a solution that would make it easier for other fitness professionals to realise their dream of having their own gym,” he says.

Licence holders simply pay one fixed fee for the equipment and systems once their facility is operational and is generating revenue.  Whilst the licensee is responsible for the venue, Perfect Gym professionals are on hand to provide site finding advice and planning assistance.   “The PT will know their own local area but we will visit and advice on feasibility of particular venues to ensure they have the best possible chance of success,” says Mair.  “The Perfect Gym model works with venues from 1,500Sq feet right up to 5,000sq feet so finding the right venue is very achievable.”

For more information visit www.perfectgym.co.uk

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A passion for fitness is the main reason people choose to work in the fitness industry according to findings from the Working in Fitness Survey 2015. The survey, conducted by SkillsActive and the Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP), surveyed the 35,000 members of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) which works to support, develop and unite the brightest and best fitness professionals in the UK.

The Working in Fitness Survey revealed that 70% of fitness professionals want to work in the fitness industry because they have a genuine passion for fitness. In fact, over 50% of respondents love what they do so much that they decided to come into the fitness industry from a completely different sector.

The survey also found that fitness professionals are not only passionate, they’re altruistic. 44% of respondents said that they came into the sector because they wanted to be a help to other people, and it’s the opportunity to really make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing that they love the most. The majority of respondents working in the fitness industry revealed they gain the most satisfaction from the degree of responsibility given to them.

Greg Small, Head of Membership at REPs said: 'It’s great to see that people are coming into the industry because they genuinely love what they do and want to help other people, showing that the fitness industry continues to be a rewarding and appealing sector to work in. The fact that 40% of respondents have been working in the sector for more than ten years and have no plans to leave in the next five is testament that fitness professionals truly are a happy workforce.'

Although 50% of respondents said that low income would be a key deciding factor for leaving the industry, there is evidence to show that the industry continues to thrive and salary figures are rising. What’s more, job security is clearly not a pressing concern for fitness professionals, with only a very small percentage saying they would leave the industry because of the end of a contract or redundancy.

Jade Moulden, Insight Lead at EMDP said: 'The fitness industry offers great benefits in terms of working flexible hours which is probably why the sector attracts predominantly women. With 67% of the fitness workforce consisting of women, it is an ideal career for those with families who can’t afford to have a regimented nine to five schedule and want the freedom of working for themselves. It offers excellent career opportunities.' 

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Leading fitness equipment supplier and manufacturer Precor has unveiled the Precor Coaching Centre, to help guide and educate both customers and fitness professionals.

The new destination area offers a wealth of web-based information and tips to help fitness professionals and exercisers optimise their workouts, and ensure operators get the most value out of their equipment. This regularly updated content is available online at www.precor.com/en-gb/coaching-centre

The Precor Coaching Centre features three main sections, targeted at fitness professionals, operators and exercisers. For fitpros,the online centre explains how PTs can use Precor equipment in new ways to help clients stay engaged while having fun. Content includes a series of three minute trainer tip videos on core training, High Impact Interval Training (HIIT) workouts and AMT coaching, along with downloadable workout templates and coaching guides.

For operators, the content is all about providing educational resources for staff. This includes a dedicated Fitness Professionals Area, Precor Education Onboarding Checklist (a guide to key educational resources available on each product) and Precor Product Tutorials. There’s also resources that operators can use as blogs on their own websites, covering everything from trend-based workouts, nutrition and sleep recommendations, to Precor product tutorials for members.

Exercisers can also gain from the new coaching centre as Precor-recommended workouts in both video and PDF format deliver fresh perspectives and training tips that help exercisers stay engaged. Frequently updated featured workouts provide a results-oriented variety of plans. This section also features ‘Get to know our equipment’ tutorials which show how to use each machine correctly, and inform which muscles are being trained.

Find out more at www.precor.com

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Do you have what it takes to be the best in your field? Popular sports nutrition brand Bio-Synergy are providing the perfect opportunity for personal trainers to elevate their careers to new heights with their exclusive competition to find the number one personal trainer in the UK. Part of their coveted Bio-Synergy PT Programme, the competition will be launching at this years Fitpro event in London in association with fitness-centric title Personal Trainer Magazine.

To enter this career-changing competition, all PTs need to do is email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where they will then be directed to a sign up page. To complete the application, all entrants must submit a short vlog stating why they should be considered as UK’s number one PT. Personal trainers will also need to provide various supporting documents such as testimonials, before and after client photos, information about how long clients have maintained objectives, explaining what actions have been taken to further their qualifications and career  as well as any specialities they focus on, such as sports performance, weight loss or competition preparation.

A panel of judges – including Ben Isaacs, Editor at Shortlist magazine and David Cooper, Brand Director at Gym Box – will then whittle the number of entrants down to 10 candidates for the next exciting stage of the competition, where participants can really showcase their creativity, niches and passion for fitness. The second stage of the competition will see the chosen top 10 devise a new workout that can be done at home, in the gym or outdoors. The workouts will then be voted on by clients, with the highest scoring three personal trainers then succeeding in to the final round of the competition, where the experienced judges will select the final winner.

The winner will not only be crowned the number one PT in the UK, but will also get to star in their very own Personal Trainer Magazine cover, also taking home £500. Each of the runners up will receive a feature within the fitness-focused publication as well as £100. All entrants will gain entry into the Bio-Synergy PT Programme.

Make your mark within the industry and apply today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to transform your fitness career!

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upmysport, the platform designed to make it easier for people to meet recommended sport and fitness instructors in their area, has announced a successful seed round of fundraising totalling £1m. The round was led by private investors working in partnership with Government backed investment fund, the Angel CoFund.

Founded in early 2013 with a vision to be home to the best instructors in Europe, upmysport is designed to meet the need for a simple, digitally-based service for arranging sessions with reliable instructors in a chosen activity. The service allows you to browse through and book into private sessions or courses, updating your phone diary and taking payment in just one click. Users can also create a shortlist of their favourite instructors for easy future booking. For instructors, the app serves as a full relationship management and marketing tool.

The tech startup is based in Tech City in East London and in Chamonix, France. This investment round is the second raised by upmysport, who previously raised £150k under SEIS. Investors include business leaders and successful entrepreneurs from across Europe, all of whom share upmysport’s passion to fill the consumer technology gap in the instructor-led activity market and therefore help more people enjoy being active.

This latest funding will go towards further development of upmysport’s online and mobile offerings, and to support the development of strategic partnership opportunities. The startup has remained London-centric to date, and is now expanding its reach. In its latest partnership, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust joins upmysport as a UK charity partner, giving the startup the opportunity to support underprivileged young people with their own active aims.

Tim Mills, investment director of Angel CoFund said: 'London has become an incredible breeding ground for tech startups but is also home to many people who are keen to learn new sports, build fitness or simply hone their talents. upmysport is focused on helping consumers navigate the challenging process of finding the right coaching and tuition, making it effortless to locate, evaluate and hire professionals to suit their needs. Their platform fits a real need in the market – both in terms of digitising the instructor-led activity market, but also in terms of enabling people to get more involved in sport and achieve the active lifestyle they want on the go.'

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Stephen Hughes Landers, the UK’s #1 ranked calisthenics athlete, is bringing calisthenics and street workout to FitPro LIVE for the first time. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the training methodologies of this exciting new sport from the country’s best practitioner. In this practical workshop Stephen will demonstrate the progressions and regressions needed to master the most iconic calisthenics move, the muscle up. Stephen will also provide details of his REPs accredited one-day Calisthenics for Fitness Professionals workshop, worth 6 CPD points, designed in partnership with training provider Sideways 8 Training.

 

 

There’s still time to book your ticket to this year’s FitPro Live if you haven’t already, visit http://www.fitpro.com/live for more information.

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