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  1. New qualification increases employability of those pursuing career in health and fitness industry

    The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) have given their stamp of recognition to a new fitness qualification from Pearson – one of the UK’s largest awarding organisations.

    Pearson have announced that 4 brand new BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport suites are available to teach right away. This includes the Sport, Fitness and Personal Training qualification, which meets the membership entry requirements for REPs and means learners can join the UK’s largest register of fitness professionals after graduating from the course.

    Certification is a fantastic entry point to the health and fitness profession, allowing progression to roles such as Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.

    The new suites are geared towards exciting, fast-growing areas of the sport industry, and have all been dev

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  2. You are never too old to get fit

    Somebody once said that youth is wasted on the young, well they were right and that’s because they have nothing to compare it against.

    As a person who has kept fit all my life, the prospect of retirement was something I regarded as being bit of a mystery tour, but not in a good way. I don’t see myself as being old and I couldn’t see any good reason why I should stop doing any of the things I’ve done in the past. So, as I moved more towards the idea of part-time work, I thought it would be a great opportunity to set aside more time for keeping fit.

    However, there seemed to be a lot of stuff out there telling me that I needed to be careful and that exercising at my age might even be dangerous!

    Benefits of staying fit

    Society certainly seems to reflect this thinking; recent stats show approximately 3

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  3. Fitness-focused Brits are missing out on their goals through poor nutrition knowledge

    • Over 80% of Brits who exercise regularly admit they don’t have a clue what foods they should be eating to support their hard work
    • Experts say that nutrition is as important as exercise to achieve fitness goals
    • 30% of consumers say they would like to get nutritional information from their personal trainers
    • The Optimum Nutrition for Health & Performance Course is available for PTs and fitness experts who are looking to further their nutritional education to provide a deeper understanding and nutritional advice to clients and consumers.
    • The course is available to REPs members at the reduced cost of £59 (usual price £99). It provides a certificate of nutrition certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and completing the course will also earn REPs members 7 CPD points
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  4. Moving Your Way to Good Health

    If there was a treatment that could reduce heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%, would you be interested?

    How about if it was free, and you can start immediately?

    This same treatment – without any medical interactions – can also help people struggling with mental health issues. It can improve sleep, self-confidence, mood and motivation, reduce social isolation, fatigue levels and short term sickness absence.

    It’s not new. This has been tried and tested for centuries. You’ve guessed it, physical activity does all these things.

    Yet in England only 40% of men and 28% women [Wales 36% male, 23% female; Scotland 43% male, 32% female, Northern Ireland 33% male, 28% female] do the recommended amount.

    It’s even less in children [England 2-15yo 32% boys, 24% g

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  5. Why messaging around perfect body image has to change

    Phill Wright is a health and fitness educator, coach and mentor who sits on the expert panel for REPs.

    He has written a passionate plea to gyms and fitness professionals, calling for a radical change in what he deems is the pervasive practice of promoting unrealistic body ideals, and for those working in the sector to consider the potential physical, psychological and emotional repercussions of pushing clients towards achieving the ‘body beautiful’.

    The sentiments expressed are Phill’s own. REPs appreciates this is an emotive topic and that everyone will have their own distinct views, covering a wide spectrum of opinion.

    Do you agree with Phill’s thought-provoking blog – that there is too much focus on quick wins, which can lead to clients’ vulnerabilities being exploited

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  6. Shout-out to the Dance Fitness boom

    It’s a fact that “Dance Fitness” or “Dance-Based Fitness” group exercise classes are more popular than ever.

    Health clubs, leisure groups and dance schools are adding these alternative classes to their timetables due to popular demand.

    Dance-based fitness classes bring the world of fitness and dance together and capture a market of clientele who recognize the importance of both mental and physical health benefits.

    Attending a regular group exercise Dance Fitness class builds strength, increases stamina, reduces stress, improves co-ordination and confidence, provides social interaction, develops flexibility and boosts weight loss.

    So whether it’s the fun social interaction, exercising without knowing you are exercising or the stimulation and feeling of achievement of learning a dance skill that you’ve always wanted to do or used to enjoy as a ch

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  7. It’s Elementary, Coaching is the Secret to Physical and Mental Well-being

    We massively undervalue coaches in this country. They take on many guises and go by many names but, whatever the moniker, a good coach will have a meaningful and measurable impact on people’s lives. Coaching is a catalyst for positive change; the magic ingredient on a journey towards personal success and fulfilment. Yet coaches do not get the public acclaim or attention they deserve.

    Which is why REPs leapt at the opportunity to become an official partner of Coaching Week, joining forces with UK Coaching to shine a spotlight on coaching’s instrumental role in helping to create the conditions for individuals, groups and communities to thrive.

    In the health and fitness industry, every bit as much as the sport sector, coaching is an essential element. Carbon may be the building-block of life, but coaching is the cement th

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  8. Why the Level 4 Award in Mental Health is the WRIGHT choice for REPs instructors

    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, REPs wanted to shine the spotlight on the Level 4 Industry Awards that we recognise, and that is endorsed by our independent endorsement provider PD:Approval.

    We want to highlight:

    • the important work of the training providers who deliver them
    • and the importance of providing REPs instructors with the tools to support their clients who might have, or who are, experiencing mental health issues.

    WRIGHT Foundation Training Division Director Lorraine Nicholson explained to us what to expect from attending the endorsed Level 4 Award in Mental Health and the impact that it is having for those instructors who have successfully completed it.

    We asked Lorraine:

    How long have you been endorsed to deliver the Level 4 Award in Mental Health? 

    “WRIGHT Foundation

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  9. Beth Tweddle's mission to inspire 30,000 children in 2019

    Beth Tweddle MBE is Britain’s most successful female gymnast, and she is on a mission this year to create opportunities for every child to get involved in gymnastics.

    Since founding her gymnastics programme with fellow Olympian Steve Parry back in 2010 – which started with 20 children in a school hall in Speke, Liverpool – Beth has been relentless in her efforts to inspire a new generation of gymnasts.

    Fast forward to 2019 and Beth Tweddle Gymnastics, which is partnered with British Gymnastics, consists of Beth Tweddle Gym Stars and Beth Tweddle Academy programmes, teaching classes to over 3,300 children (from two years upwards) weekly across Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

    Beth and her team are also taking gymnastics into primary schools through Beth Tweddle

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  10. REPs backing Clean Sport Week

    The Register of Exercise Professionals is supporting UK Anti-Doping’s third Clean Sport Week, which launched on Monday.

    This year’s campaign, which will again have the support of a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports organisations and UK sports stars, will celebrate clean athletes and their success, and promote the work of the anti-doping community in the fight for clean sport.

    The campaign will also have a strong focus on Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs), and particularly the attitudes towards, and motivations for use of, IPEDs in the gym environment. New research is set to be revealed during the week to encourage a wider public debate on the issue.

    A number of events will take place between 20-26 May to help raise awareness of clean sport and anti-doping programmes led by UKAD, NGBs and sporting b

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