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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is something of a buzzword at the moment – and rightly so. Highly popular* and results driven, the American College of Sports Medicine states that the benefits of HIIT include increased aerobic and anaerobic fitness, lowered blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health and insulin profiles, and a reduction in abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass. And with new workouts and studios launching with increasing regularity, HIIT appears to be a trend that is still very much on the rise.

However, with many HIIT sessions offering not just a high-intensity but also a high-impact workout, there is a growing need within the industry for alternative, lower-impact options, as a means of providing suitable classes for clients of all fitness levels. It is also important to offer recovery-style classes that can be interspersed with HIIT, to include more variety, reduce injury risk and even add longevity to your career as a personal trainer or instructor, due to the fact your body will be subjected to fewer stress-inducing workouts.

Essential recovery

‘If you’ve done a HIIT workout properly then your muscles will be ripped to shreds, so recovery is absolutely crucial,’ advises James Winfield, sports scientist, personal trainer and founder of ReboundUK.

‘You really can have too much of a good thing. If you over train and find you plateau or burn out with your HIIT sessions, this is a sure sign you need to switch it up, find an alternative high-intensity exercise, or intersperse with some other styles of workout.’

University of British Columbia state that ‘high-intensity “sprint training” may be gaining popularity at gyms, but if you are new to this form of exercise, the workout could do more harm than good. A study has found signs of stress in the muscle tissues of their non-athlete, untrained subjects after ultra-intense leg and arm cycling exercises. Perhaps more concerning, researchers reported the untrained subjects had a weakened ability to fight off free radicals, molecules that can alter DNA and harm healthy cells.’

‘Our study raises questions about what the right dose and intensity of exercise for the average person really is,’ said Robert Boushel, the study's senior author and director of the University of British Columbia's School of Kinesiology. ‘We need to be cautious about supporting sprint training in the general population.’

The study was carried out on a dozen male volunteers in Sweden, all of whom were in good health but self-identified as untrained or only moderately active. The men participated in high-intensity training over the course of two weeks that involved repeated 30-second all-out sprints, followed by rest periods.

On the flip side, then, it appears HIIT can place a huge strain on the body, especially for those clients are out of condition to begin with, or those who rarely mix up their HIIT sessions with other activities and workouts.

‘There are a lot of people out there who love HIIT training, and that’s great,’ says Winfield. ‘I just think for deconditioned people,

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The Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs) will be in attendance at the BP: Fitness Trade Show, taking place on the 12-13 September at the NEC, Birmingham.

The trade show will focus on education and the business of fitness, delivering an extensive exhibition with over 100 innovative brands that offer fitness solutions to various markets, including: Personal trainer studios, independent gyms, universities, schools and colleges, hotel gyms, boutique fitness studios, student accommodation gyms, corporate and company gyms, CrossFit gyms, gym chains and franchises, and residential care homes.

Such is the push to develop a trade show that delivers world class education, and brings together the right speakers to the right audiences, the BP: Fitness Trade Show has developed strategic partnerships with the likes of REPs, Advanced Coaching Academy (ACA), Pure Gym and Lift The Bar.

At the show REPs members can expect to learn and gain continuing professional development (CPD) points from a line-up of exceptional educators, including: Phil Learney of ACA, Luke John, founder of Shredded By Science and Martin MacDonald of Mac-Nutrition.com. Representatives of REPs will also be on hand over the two days to answer questions in the ‘Trade Lounge’.

The trade show will also see REPs hold its first Advisory Committee meeting, where stakeholders from the health and fitness industry and associated health professionals will be making decisions for the development of the organisation.

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The issue of pre-exercise screening and assessment is potentially contentious, writes Director of Later Life Training Bex Townley (pictured). 

As the evidence for exercise strengthens and the awareness of its benefits in improving health outcomes widens, so the demand for longer-term community exercise provision increases. Leisure trusts, community projects, public health commissioners and clinical commissioning groups are all in the frame for funding and establishing evidence-based exercise interventions to support people living with long-term conditions.

For Later Life Training [LLT] trained instructors working with clinical populations, this takes the form of the L4 Postural Stability Instructor (PSI) and Exercise and Fitness after Stroke (EfS) qualifications. However, the issues raised in this article are relevant for any instructor working with clients that may require liaison with health care professionals (HCPs) – ie, L3 Exercise Referral Instructors and Specialist Exercise Instructors.

This growing need for community provision should be good news for the fitness sector – clients and specialist exercise instructors delivering evidence-based programmes (stroke survivors, frailer older people at risk of falls). It should also be good news for our partners in health: the referrers (physiotherapists, GPs) who can direct those with the most to gain to targeted exercise programmes. But like most good things, along with the benefits are the challenges and compromises.

This article sets out to open the discussion and urge specialist exercise instructors, services and leisure facilities to consider their pre-exercise screening and assessment practice. It cannot provide all solutions to the challenges of pre-exercise screening and liaison with referral partners but LLT feels it essential to raise this amongst fitness sector organisations spearheading the current changes to training frameworks, and also the insurance providers who have an invested interest in safe/best practice.

From our experiences with students and conversations with service leads around the UK, time dedicated to pre-exercise screening and assessment is being reduced and in some regions assessment is being replaced with a ‘health commitment statement’ or service written ‘waivers’. These are designed to reduce the burden on GPs and health care providers/professionals (HCPs) and thus increase participation. What this also means is that potentially essential information is not passed onto the specialist exercise instructor.

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It is expected that someone holding a L4 specialist exercise instructor qualification will have the knowledge and expertise to tailor and adapt a programme to suit the client’s health needs and preferences.

For LLT PSI/EfS specialist exercise instructors working with frailer older people at risk of falls, and stroke survivors of all ages, a meaningful pre-exercise interaction or consultation should include:

  • a fully completed clinical referral form from the clients’ HCP (eg,   physiotherapist) ideally at point of discharge
  • for self-referrals: completion of the physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q) to ascertain if liaison with GP is required or referral from GP or HCP from health care setting (ie, physiotherapist from falls team or stroke team)
  • assessment of motivation and the application of person-centered goal-setting and other behavior change strategies
  • completion of agreed relevant outcome measures (monitoring and documenting
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REPs members can experience an exceptional line-up of educators including the likes of Phil Learney, running his ACA conference for non-members, Luke Johnson, Chris Burgess and Martin MacDonald.

Whether it’s fitness business discussions, including client retention, sales or marketing, or practical coaching and nutrition, BP: Fitness Trade Show on 12th and 13th September 2017 is a perfect destination for any fitness professional.

The NEC, Birmingham will host thousands of likeminded trade professionals and BP: Fitness Trade Show will feature an extensive exhibition with varied networking opportunities. We will be in the Trade Lounge during the two days to answer any questions or just to say hi.

Experience unrivalled education and learning opportunities completely free, all you need to do is register by clicking here, or alternatively register through their Facebook page. You will get CPD points as well :)

We will be there as well! So come and see us in the Trade Lounge during your visit.

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One of the most frustrating aspects of growing a fitness business is developing others to sell your services for you.

But until you are able to multiply yourself in this area of your business, you are forever tied to speaking with every prospect and personally completing every consult just to bring new revenue in the door.

If you want to step out of the sales role in your business, follow these steps to get the right people on board and lead them to success month after month.

Once you have the systems and tools to duplicate yourself AND understand how to hire, train, and develop someone else to perform the sales role in your business effectively… you’ll be on your way to more sales, more freedom, and more growth!

1.    Get clear on your vision

Ask yourself questions to get clear on your vision for:

Your Life

What does your ideal day look like? What do you want to have more freedom to do outside of your business?

Your Business

How many clients do you want your studio to be serving? What type of revenue will that generate for your business each month?

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What are the qualities that you want to see in someone else representing your business with a new prospective client?

2.    Check your mindset

Too many fitness business owners have the mindset of “I’m the only one who can sell.”

If you believe you are the only one who can do it, you are right. If you want to do everything forever, keep selling by yourself.

In order to grow as a fitness business owner, you’ve got to adopt the mindset that others can sell, and you must learn how to recruit, develop, and lead others to sell for you so you can make a bigger impact.

3.    Assess your team

Prospective clients pay for VALUE.

V = CE + R + R (Value = Client Experience + Relationships + Results You Deliver)

If the people you’re recruiting (for any role!) aren’t a good fit for your culture, chances are that they are not going to support your mission of providing a great client experience or building close relationships with those clients.

4.    Enroll your team

There is nothing more frustrating from a staff member’s perspective than to not understand what success looks like, what is expected of them, and how to perform their job well.

Enroll your team by:

1.    Developing a scorecard which has three main components:

a.    Mission – The essence of why the top exists and should be tied directly to your company’s overall mission.

b.    Outcomes – The 3 - 8 things that someone in the role must get done, listed in order of importance.

c.    Competencies – What a candidate must bring to the table in order to get the job done such as honesty, integrity, etc.

2.    Understanding what motivates your staff and putting incentives in

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for all diseases of the heart and circulation including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation (AF), congenital heart disease and inherited heart conditions. There are an estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK with coronary heart disease being the single biggest killer in the UK.

An ageing and growing population and improved survival rates from cardiovascular events could see these numbers rise still further. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) occurs when coronary arteries become narrowed by a build-up of atheroma, a fatty material within their walls. The pain or discomfort felt from such narrowing is called angina and if a blockage occurs it can cause a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Most CHD deaths are caused by a myocardial infarction.   

Healthy eating, regular exercise and smoking cessation are important elements in the prevention of further cardiovascular events. For those who have a myocardial infarction, undergo revascularisation or have heart failure, attending a comprehensive cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation programme has been strongly recommended in recent scientific research papers and has become part of routine cardiology care in the UK over the last few years. The physical activity and exercise component of a programme is an integral part both in the early stages of recovery and also in the longer term. The role of an exercise professional, who must be able to demonstrate that they have the appropriate training, qualifications and skills, is important in delivering effective long-term exercise programmes and in maintaining long-term exercise habits.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the UK with almost 160,000 individuals dying from CVD every year in the UK. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single biggest killer in the UK and is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths in UK each year, an average of 190 people each day, or one death around every eight minutes. Most deaths from CHD are caused by a heart attack. An estimated 915,000 people alive in the UK today (640,000 men and 275,000 women) have survived a heart attack. More than 2.3 million people in the UK are living with some form of coronary heart disease (CHD) and more than 500,000 with heart failure.  

Risk factors for CVD, both modifiable and non-modifiable are well established and lifestyle interventions which target the modifiable risk factors have been shown to have many benefits including reducing cardiovascular mortality, reducing hospital admissions and improvements in health related quality of life. 

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BACPR Executive Director Sally Hinton
 

Physical inactivity is a key preventable risk factor of CVD and is considerably more prevalent than other major risk factors. Increasing overall levels of sustained in physical activity and avoidance of prolonged sedentary behaviour are associated with reduction of CVD risk. In addition low physical fitness is a strong independent predictor of CVD events. The mechanisms by which physical activity and increased fitness may decrease the risk of developing coronary heart disease include the favourable effect that

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Let’s make this perfectly clear: The difference between qualifications and CPD courses

We all do courses and training to improve our knowledge and skills, but what do these terms mean? Do they result in you being appropriately qualified to teach the new skill to your clients and customers? Tom Bell, Director of PD:Approval, with experience of endorsing REPs-recognised training for over 12 years, will tell you everything you need to know about choosing the appropriate piece of training…

In the course of our work as the endorsement body for REPs, we come across many fitness professionals, training providers, employers and general public who are unclear about the difference between a qualification and a piece of continuing professional development (CPD) training, or indeed realise there is a difference.

The simple explanation is that qualifications are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which is the national framework of UK qualifications, and the certificate of achievement is issued by an Awarding Organisation. Your certificate means you are ‘qualified’ in that subject. Certificates for qualifications included in the REPs framework will include the REPs CPD point logo.

CPD can be developed by any individual or organisation, but unless it is endorsed by a recognised body, ie PD:Approval, does not come with any safeguards in quality for learners or any support for the learner if things go wrong. The certificate will be issued by the endorsed provider and means you are ‘certified’ in that subject. Certificates for PD:Approval endorsed training will include the REPs, CPD point, and PD:Approval Endorsed logos.

There is also a lack of understanding about what learners should know about the training they are undertaking – will there be an assessment, what does the certificate mean, is my insurance affected? We hope to be able to provide a clear picture to help you in the training choices you make.

Education and training is an essential part of any profession and most professional membership bodies require a qualification or degree to gain entry. Each profession and sector is different and all have their own ways to protect the integrity of their industry and qualifications. But they all recognise the importance of the provision of recognised skills for employment so that the learner is competent as well as confident in what they are doing.

REPs and PD:Approval champion the provision of recognised skills and aim to ensure that we continue to drive up achievement within the UK through the REPs framework of qualification categories (Level 2, 3 and 4). Coupled with PD:Approval endorsed CPD training to support ongoing learning, this offers a clear career pathway for REPs members to progress whilst gaining recognition for their efforts. More importantly, it gives them peace of mind knowing that all endorsed training is covered by their REPs insurance (REPs members can use other bodies to provide their insurance but REPs insurance guarantees cover for REPs recognised training).

To be able to make a more informed choice it is important to understand the detail behind the different levels of learning.

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Vocational Qualifications:

Vocational qualifications provide the skills for employment

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Level 3 is just the beginning for a Personal Trainer

Once someone has passed their Level 3 personal trainer course and achieved the qualification, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that studies are done and work begins. The focus will naturally move towards bringing in clients, client retention and job prospects. Prospects should of course be paramount in a personal trainer’s thoughts, but never at the expense of continued education.  In an increasingly popular and competitive marketplace, it’s becoming ever more important for one to continue to learn and develop new skills. Indeed, by choosing not to, a personal trainer may well be harming their potential earnings and job security.  

“Put yourself in the potential client’s position. They have any number of personal trainers they could work with. If you were that client, would you go with the trainer who has a Level 3 certificate and some workplace experience, or the trainer with a Level 3 certificate who also has sports conditioning, suspension fitness, kettlebells and Olympic lifting certificates plus workplace experience?” comments Steele Williams, Director of TRAINFITNESS.

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So, what are some of the other benefits of upskilling and what sort of courses could a personal trainer benefit from?

Working with niche clients

There are a range of different clients out there with different needs. Some might be looking to improve general health, fitness or fat loss, while others will have specific needs they’ll want a personal trainer to address. These might be sport-specific, strength or posture-focused. With the population becoming far more in tune with what it takes to live a healthier lifestyle and having a much great awareness of and interest in specific skills and training protocols, personal trainers need to have a greater range of knowledge under their belts to satisfy client requirements. Courses such as Padwork, Sports Conditioning or Olympic Lifting can widen a client base and ensure that clients have their every specific need met.

Staying relevant

The health and fitness industry is one of the fastest evolving out there. Each day brings new techniques and innovations. After only a few months of working as a personal trainer it’s likely that something has changed or a new technique has become popular.  Training techniques can go in and out of fashion, so it’s a good idea to upskill to stay ahead of the game. One day kettlebell training is all the rage, the next group exercise, HIIT or outdoor fitness. For a personal trainer, having those additional courses under their belt can help maintain relevancy and most importantly, keep a PT busy.

Keeping it interesting

A personal trainer might get bored delivering the same sessions week in week out.  Clients might get bored receiving the same sessions week in week out too, even if they’re seeing progress. By upskilling and making sure there is the ability to offer a variety of training styles and activities, a personal trainer can keep workouts fresh and interesting, even if it’s only a case of adding one or two new ideas and techniques into the

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Strength Training for Distance Running

At first it might appear as though training with heavy weights and distance running are worlds apart. Why would the distance runner need to get weight on the bar and bust their gut in the gym when they could be out pounding the roads and getting more miles in?

But it’s actually in this very question that the problem lies. It’s this constant pounding that the body takes that can lead to injuries and stagnate performance levels.

Clearly there needs to be a certain volume of work completed which will be different for every individual and for each event that is being trained for, however unnecessary volume can at best be wasted time and at worst lead to overtraining and/or injury.

This time could be better spent strengthening the body and recovering.

What do the best do?

At the highest level, distance runners embrace strength training and are seen to be engaging in strength and conditioning programmes that they feel are a key area to their success.

Here is a comment from Bernard Lagat after being beaten by Mo Farah in the Monaco 5000m:

“To be able to beat Mo Farah I need to put my training up a notch," Lagat said. "I am happy with my speed. The only thing I need to work on is the strength. I can see that Mo Farah is a guy that is very strong. He is like a racing horse. What I need to do are the things that will get me even with him.”

And what about our very own Paula Radcliffe? It’s well known that Paula is an extremely hard trainer and engages in many types of training to improve her performance. Here’s a quote from her physiotherapist Gerard Hartmann outlining the approach they took with Paula:

“Paula runs twice a day, and that may account for 1.5 to 2 hours of her day. On top of that she is spending between another two and five hours between her treatments, her stretching routine, her plyometrics, her core stability, and her strength training."

“It is no different to what Sebastian Coe did with his father, Peter and with George Gandy many years ago. Seb Coe was not the biggest of athletes, but they developed him into an athlete. He did not just run, he did dynamic exercises, plyometric exercises, strength exercises, squats, lunges, and heavy weight sessions. We brought this approach to Paula Radcliffe’s training program after the Olympic Games and it was less than a year later that we saw she won her first world title”.

Although it seems pretty clear that the top runners are looking to strength and conditioning to gain that extra edge, for recreational runners the message doesn’t seem to have passed down as many runners are not aware of the potential benefits of a good strength training programme.

Is it our god given right as a human to be able to run? Shouldn’t we be doing a little more to prepare our bodies for the

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We are pleased to announce 100% ownership of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as we strive to enhance the offer to members and ultimately improve the service of the register. While doing so, we are committed to working with the industry to ensure that REPS is current and fit for purpose.

Throughout all of our work we will ensure that the qualification and CPD offer from REPs meets the current national and professional standards expected by employers. We will also work with an independent endorsement provider to ensure the provision of our service meets the required high quality.

Fitness professionals make a significant and vital contribution to an active nation. Whether this is a personal trainer, leader or an instructor, these individuals provide the excellent experiences needed to ensure that people across the UK become and stay active. We intend to provide the necessary high quality support to help them in their everyday efforts. To do this we will:

  • Bring the register back to life and make sure more people can access the opportunities available from being part of the most recognised register for the fitness industry.
  • Provide benefits that work for our members.
  • Keep members up to date with the latest industry information.
  • Enhance our customer experience.
  • Make it easy for members to promote themselves as fitness professionals.
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Following on from my recent blog about information overload, I wanted to share the following story, told to me by one of my mentors a few years ago when I was feeling overwhelmed with the amount of I felt I needed to learn, wondering how I would ever know as much as those I looked up to.

A brash tourist is on safari in Kenya. He asks his guide to take him to see a lion on his own so he can take photos up close.

“No no”, says the guide, “lion does not like photos”.

But the tourist insists he wants to get close to a lion and nags the guide until eventually he agrees to take him.

Before they set off, the guide takes a small rucksack from his truck and slings it on his back. The tourist briefly wonders what’s in the bag but thinks nothing more of it.

After walking for some time the guide spots a lion in the distance. “Take photo here” he says to the tourist.

“No, I want to get closer” the man replies.

“Too dangerous” the guide warns, but again the tourist argues and convinces the guide to go further towards the lion. So they carry on walking, the tourist with his camera, and the guide with his rucksack.

After another minute the guide stops. “Lion too close,” he whispers, “you must be quiet”.

“He won’t hear us” says the arrogant tourist loudly and begins setting up his camera, with all its clicks and whirrs.

“Uh oh”, says the guide, and the tourist looks up to see the lion has noticed the two men and is staring at them closely. Then it starts to take a few steps towards them.

“What do we do?” asks the tourist nervously.

With that, the guide quickly but calmly takes the rucksack off his back and out of it produces a pair of trainers, much to the tourist’s surprise.

“What are you thinking??” he exclaims, “you can’t outrun a lion!”

“I don’t need to outrun lion”, the guide replies coolly, “I just need to outrun you…”

 

As a personal trainer, there will always be other fitness professionals you aspire to be as good as, and you will likely always feel there is more to learn than you could ever know (that’s a good thing – it means you don’t get complacent). But don’t put undue pressure on yourself - you don’t need to be the world’s best trainer to be successful. Remember that as long as you are able to coach, educate and support your clients more than they could help themselves, you are offering them a valuable service.

 

Paul Swainson is Head of the Future Fit School of Personal Training, a role to which he brings over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. Having run his own personal training business and worked as a PT manager and tutor for some of the UK’s leading brands, his aim with the

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Total Fitness have announced a partnership with Pulse Fitness, to continue a multi-million pound investment across its 17 clubs. The new kit to be installed for exercisers consists of spin bikes, cardio pieces, rowers, strength machines, a full refurbishment of Hammer Kit, plus brand new Functional Training Areas, including Functional Training Rigs. To introduce the latest equipment to members, Total Fitness will hold a variety of charity challenges, special classes and induction sessions. Several of the clubs will also undergo a completely new layout for a more spacious, comfortable training environment.

Craig Battersby, Company Fitness Co-ordinator, managed the deal with Pulse Fitness, saying ‘After a very successful refurbishment of our new Wrexham club, we were very impressed with the quality, service and delivery of the Pulse Fitness equipment and are excited to be delivering the next stage of the Total Fitness investment plan together. The Pulse Fitness kit compliments Total Fitness vision of offering the highest standard of fitness expertise to our members and the best training facilities whatever your level or goal.’

Total Fitness has 17 sites across the North of England and Wales, for more information go to www.totalfitness.co.uk

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Virtuagym, the leading Dutch provider of fitness software for fitness clubs and personal trainers, has announced it has signed a deal with industry leader Fitness First Germany. Virtuagym’s all-in-one software solution will be implemented in their new concept, ReLevel.

The cooperation with Virtuagym is focussed on their second brand, ReLevel, which is a completely new and specialised concept in Germany. Christophe Collinet, Chief Strategy Officer at Fitness First said: 'We had an extensive pre-selection process and determined that Virtuagym delivered what we needed for ReLevel, especially when it came to user experience. In a time where consumers are used to high quality software experience, it made sense for us to work with Virtuagym, as they have proven to be succesful in both the consumer and the professional market.'

For Virtuagym, which has been growing rapidly these past years, 2015 will be a year focused on further international expansion. Virtuagym already supports over 1300 businesses in the health and fitness industry in over 20 countries worldwide, including several clubs in Germany. Germany is the second-largest fitness market in Europe, and as such provides the company with great opportunities for expansion.

Visit www.virtuagym.com/software

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A recent study confirmed that inactivity is twice as likely to lead to an early death than obesity, with the research revealing that people who engaged in moderate levels of daily exercise were 16% to 30% less likely to die than their inactive counterparts.

The study, which looked at the effects of obesity and exercise on 300,000 European men and women over a course of 12 years, has shown that a brisk 20 minute walk every day is all it takes to counteract the risk of premature death. Study leader Professor Ulf Ekelund from the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at Cambridge University said: 'This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive.'

DancingClasses.biz are using these interesting stats to encourage men and women, adults and children to get moving, and find a local dance class via their online platform. Providing a comprehensive range of dance classes available in a range of different styles, DancingClasses.biz showcases ballet and ballroom to Zumba and jazz, with classes helping to develop fitness levels, tone the body, trim the waistline and above all, counteract the risk of premature death due to inactivity.

Find out more at www.dancingclasses.biz

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Amer Sports brands Precor and Suunto have announced the integration of Preva and Suunto’s online sports community, Movescount, allowing users to access and record indoor cardio equipment-based workouts, as well as outdoor exercise in Preva, making it easier for exercisers to track progress towards fitness goals, whether they opt to hit the treadmill, or their local park.

At the gym, Preva automatically captures workouts on any networked Precor 880 line cardio equipment, whilst the Preva Mobile App can record strength and functional training. For workouts outside of the gym, exercisers can sync to Preva via either Movescount.com or the Suunto Movescount Mobile App. A Suunto sports watch can track outdoor sport activities and relay information including heart rate, speed, elevation and recovery rate.

Jonathan Griffiths, Precor UK Marketing Manager, said: 'We know people don’t train exclusively in the gym or outdoors, they do both. Knowing this, we wanted to give fitness enthusiasts a way to track their indoor and outdoor training effectively and help them follow their progress. By connecting Movescount and Preva, exercisers can work towards their fitness goals regardless of where they train.'

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Women across the exercise sector joined forces on Saturday 7th March to celebrate the first ever all female fitness professional conference, Women In Fitness Empowerment (WIFE), tying in with International Women's Day. A top line-up of speakers, including Katie Bulmer-Cooke from BBC1’s The Apprentice, Charlotte Ord, former trainer on ITV’s The Biggest Loser and regular contributor on Sky News, as well as Rachel Holmes one of the best known female presenters in the UK, covered topics such as mentoring, eating disorders, social media and marketing as well as public speaking and successful presentation skills for trainers.

Attended by 80 women, the event was founded by fitness tutor and personal trainer Jacqueline Hooton, who has been working in the industry for over 12 years. Jacqueline says: ‘Women working in the industry are outnumbered by men, we often find ourselves in the minority at training events and many industry days are dominated by male speakers. The aim of the conference was to give women a platform to speak, celebrate the contribution we make to the industry, and raise our profile. I also wanted a place where professional women could network and support one another as many of us work isolated, free-lance, or from our own facilities which can leave us lacking the support of our peers. Many women working in the industry share similar pressures and concerns, the objectification of women in fitness, and the success of Sport England’s “This Girl Can” campaign were just two current themes that caused much debate and discussion’.

As well as the talks and presentations throughout the day the delegates were able to enjoy networking over lunch which was included in the ticket price as well as during refreshment breaks. Due to the success of the conference, Jacqueline is promptly making plans for future events, including WIFE Rising Stars on Saturday 19th September, as well as new networking group WIFE on Wednesday.

For more information on WIFE, contact Jacqueline on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07708 839330.

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Leading fitness equipment supplier and manufacturer Precor has announced its latest addition to the Preva network fitness portfolio, the Preva Exerciser Activity Report, a new way to gain visibility into member activity on cardio usage equipment. Located on the Preva Business Suite dashboard, the Exerciser Activity Report provides a variety of data that operators can use to better target members and get the most out of their cardio equipment, while providing them with user insights to help attract and retain members.

The report will display useage trends, as well as offer contest participation so that clients can engage in friendly competitions over distance travelled or calories burned, for example. It can also highlight personal weekly workout goals, also offering insight in clients' cardio sessions.

Jeff Bartee, ?Principle Product Manager for Networked Fitnessat Precor, said: 'We discovered that operators face a huge barrier when it comes to running personalised in-club promotions that keep members engaged. The Preva Exerciser Activity Report gives operators a business edge – it offers detailed information about members’ equipment usage, patterns and preferences, which operators can use to deliver personalised class and service recommendations.'

For more information, visit www.precor.com

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With figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealing that there was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were overweight, from 57.6% to 67.1% in men and from 48.6% to 57.2% in women, BodyPower have chosen the ideal time to launch their exclusive Body Transformation Challenge. Beginning back in January, currently more than 2,000 people have registered to the scheme, which aims to help exercisers achieve their health and fitness goals.

The 17 week challenge is designed to motivate and incentivise participants to achieve their goals, with registration free for all entrants, and entry remaining open so that people who wanted a shorter challenge could do so too. Each participant also benefits from access to free fitness articles written by some great contributors from the fitness fraternity. To help encourage participants, weekly emails have included training tips, nutrition advice, competitions, and masses of inspiration.

Winners of the contest will be announced on Saturday 16th May, 2015. There will be two grand prize winners, one male and one female. For more information about the 2015 BodyPower Transformation Challenge sponsored by Musculi, please visit www.bodypowerexpo.co.uk

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UK vocational training provider Lifetime Training have brought their Personal Training Diploma online so that students can access learning resources no matter where they are, or how busy their schedule is. The online diploma includes all the modules currently available in the Level 2 Fitness Instructor certificate and the Level 3 Personal Training diploma, such as Anatomy and Physiology, Planning and Instructing Gym Sessions, as well as Nutrition and Business Planning.

Within each course there are multiple ways of learning, including resources to read, videos with tutors to highlight teaching points, webinars with slides to illustrate underpinning theories and learner videos which provide course participants with the opportunity to analyse and correct via peer assessment. An app, which is available on Android and iTunes, is also available so that learners can download and access content on the move. Lifetime Training's brand new social learning hub ‘mylifetime’ is also featured in the portal, where all members.

Mike Jones, Commercial Director at Lifetime Training, said: 'By providing our PT diploma online, we can make this qualification accessible to different markets of learners, including professional athletes, who simply cannot attend course days due to training and competition commitments, and people whose busy working lives don’t afford them the flexibility to attend the tutor led sessions which form a key part of our intensive and part-time PT diplomas.'

For further information visit www.lifetimetraining.co.uk/onlineptdiploma

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Working in Fitness

Findings from the Working in Fitness Survey 2015, conducted by SkillsActive and the Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP), have revealed that:

  • 70% of fitness professionals want to work in the fitness industry because they have a genuine passion for fitness
  • 44% of respondents came into the sector because they wanted to be a help to other people
  • Women working full-time in the fitness industry earn 97% of a full-time male salary
  • London has the highest average wage, and East Midlands the lowest

SkillsActive & 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.

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