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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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Two of the UK’s leading sports organisations are joining forces to maintain a register of qualified exercise professionals.

Sports coach UK, a charity that promotes the education of sports coaches, has teamed up with SkillsActive, a careers advisory council, to run the national Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

First launched in 2002, the independent register had previously been run by just Skills Active. It regulates health and fitness instructors across the UK.

It allows employers and members of the public to check that exercise instructors meet the National Occupational Standards set by the industry.

Anna Lowe, co-founder of social enterprise Active Together, told Frontline: ‘Physiotherapists and exercise professionals have a shared interest in supporting the national physical activity agenda, both have a huge role to play in encouraging and enabling people to be active whether this is through sport, activity or rehabilitation.

‘Ensuring quality and governance in this sector is essential and safeguarding the future of the Register of Exercise Professionals is a really positive step.

'This is a great opportunity to further align health and fitness sectors with the aim of creating flexible, accessible activity opportunities for everyone.'

Joining the register

CSP members are not automatically eligible to join the register, but physio students, assistants and qualified physiotherapists can be included if they gain a recognised exercise referral and instructor qualification. More details on joining

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Two leading sports organisations have announced a major initiative to create better strategic alignment and clarify the sporting landscape. sports coach UK and SkillsActive have collaborated to run the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the independent, public register which provides regulation for health and fitness instructors.

REPs was launched in 2002 to provide confidence to employers and the public that instructors and trainers meet the National Occupational Standards set by the industry. As well as protecting the public, the Register enhances the employment prospects of exercise professionals by recognising their skills and qualifications. For employers, it offers an efficient mechanism for verifying qualifications and ensuring the competence of staff, especially in the specialist areas linked to health rehabilitation.

The immediate benefits of this initiative to the 30,000+ registered members of REPs are continued quality of service, protection and the opportunity for further relevant professional development and on-line learning, ensuring they are properly equipped to meet the emerging needs of the government’s new sports strategy.

For the wider sport and activity community, the benefit is that the service is capable of extension to a wider set of registers and users, providing employers and the public with the same confidence that the REPs badge has bestowed on its members since 2002.

Commenting on the initiative, Sport England’s Director of Sport Phil Smith said: "The Government's new strategy for Sport Sporting Future is very clear about the need for the industry to support its professionals at all levels. Sport England has recently consulted widely on what the industry needs to do next, and the call for simplification was loud and consistent. This change is a positive step in that direction and is aiming to make life better for exercise professionals."

Sports coach UK Chair Gillian Wilmot said: “We’re committed to driving the development of coaching across the whole sport and physical activity landscape. Exercise professionals play an important role in motivating people to become active and stay active, whether through sport or physical activity. The whole sporting workforce should be equipped to deal with the challenge of getting everybody active every day.”

SkillsActive Chairman Peter Rowley said: “We recognise this opportunity to benefit employers, professionals and the public in other sectors of sport and wellbeing. There’s great scope for structures like REPs to increase public confidence and engagement, ease employer processes and simplify the professionalisation of sporting skills in line with the new DCMS strategy. Skills Active will focus on playing a full role in the standards for the skills agenda in sport underpinned by initiatives such as the Registers.”

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REPs has been leading the way in representing exercise professionals in the UK since 2002. The membership has grown steadily and stands at over 30,000 current members which is over two-thirds of the fitness workforce in Great Britain! There is no scheme as successful nor as recognised anywhere in Europe in any sector.

Every month we communicate with more than 3,000 members. We listen, we consult and we develop more ideas to support the opportunities for you - our community of members. In any month we consult more people and more members than any consultation in the history of the fitness sector but we don’t make a song and dance about it – we just get on with doing our job for you.

Lately there has been untrue rumours spread by poor imitators perhaps – you tell us and we’ll put the facts straight. So far we have just been doing what we do best – run a service for you. You have told us that you want to keep the costs down and focus on key insurance benefits, so our costs are amongst the lowest of any professional registration membership. So we haven’t spent your money on PR consultants, rumour mongering, constant Twitter feeds, lies, lobbying and misquotes.

But let us focus even more on what you want and let us be more responsive to your needs and those of collaborative employers.

2016 will be a year of transformation with REPs seeking to provide a stronger membership offer throughout all membership levels and giving you a voice within your industry.

We are here to create, develop and improve - and over the next few months we will be launching our Member Satisfaction Survey 2016 which will allow you to shape the future of your register, give your views and have your say on where and what you would like REPs to do in 2016 and beyond. We are by far the UK’s largest exercise professional registration body, and throughout 2016 we will continue to attract recognition within the UK, allowing us to grow our offers to members.

Further, we can offer our members a route into working in fitness internationally, including Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UAE and others.

Watch out for news on our website over the coming weeks and months about our future developments and as always if you want to get in touch for any reason, please give us a call on 0330 004 0004 or email at info@skillsactiveregisters.org.

Be part of the future, be part of REPs.

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NHS England announced today the launch of their Diabetes Prevention Programme with the aim of identifying those people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and referring them onto an evidence-based behaviour change programme to help reduce their risk. There is robust evidence that behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

Initially up to 20,000 places will be available on the scheme, with the aim of having 100,000 referral places by 2020. There will be a strong emphasis on interventions focused on increasing activity levels amongst those referred onto the scheme, and REPs members will be ideally placed to provide the activity advice and exercise programmes which are a cornerstone of the programme. In particular, those members holding the Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes category will have the specific skills and knowledge to work in this specialist area.

Visit the SkillsActive Quality Training Portal qualitytraining.skillsactive.com for more details on endorsed courses which will train you to work in this important and exciting area.

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logoforrepsarticleResearch commissioned by e-commerce fitness specialist Gym-Partners shows that 43% of gym members would be ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to purchase fitness products from their gym, if it had a well-stocked online store.

The You Gov research, which polled 1500 gym members, also found that:

  • 53% of members spend money on fitness clothing every month with 12% spending over £25 and 5% spending over £50
  • 29% spend up to £50 a month on supplements
  • 18% spend monthly on equipment

Gym-Partners works with leisure operators, fitness companies and industry influencers to provide a turn-key, online retail solution, which monetises their health-conscious database. These businesses and individuals benefit from a high-quality webshop, built to their brand standards and tailored to their exact requirements, completely free of charge. Gym-Partners takes care of sales and promotion with a range of targeted email and SMS communications, supported by in-gym POS and staff and member promotional codes. They also handle all orders including delivery and tracking.

Social influencer, PT and calisthenics Pro Stephen Hughes-Landers is working with Gym-Partners to promote his favourite fitness products to his network of over 50k people, while Jubilee Hall Trust is the first operator to successfully trial the concept:

“We are always looking at ways to improve the gym user experience and to increase secondary spend opportunities,” says Phil Rumbelow, Chief Executive of Jubilee Hall Trust. “This partnership enables us to achieve both of those things with minimal risk and without the inconvenience of carrying large quantities of stock. So far, the feedback from our members has been very positive and we look forward to developing the concept across all of our clubs.” Stephen Coles, Director of Gym-Partners adds; “Operators are fast realising that, aside from bricks and mortar, the value of their business is tied up within their database. An online retail offering can generate substantial additional revenue, but it can also directly and positively impact member experience and retention. Those members who invest early on in the right kit - especially new members - are more likely to feel comfortable in the gym environment, be more "tooled-up" to achieve their goals and therefore more likely to continue their membership. Allowing them to go elsewhere to buy what they need is a huge missed opportunity.” Gym-Partners retails in excess of 50 brands including Adidas, Fitbit, MaxiNutrition, Under Armour and Trigger Point.

“Some of the major barriers for operators in setting up retail opportunities are understanding the art of retailing, holding stock/fulfilment and being able to source a wide enough range of products to create a truly complete solution,” says Coles. “At Gym-Partners we take care of all of this, leaving the gyms to concentrate on their core business.”

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Better Gym Stratford, located in the heart of East Village in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, just a stone’s throw from Westfields Shopping Centre and Stratford International Station, has now opened and provides the local community with a no contract, low cost offering.

Leisure design and build specialist Createability transformed the area above the local Sainsbury’s into a 10,000 sq ft health club showcasing 130 Technogym stations, a functional training area with an XCube functional frame and a free weights zone with dumbbells up to 40kg, squat racks, bench presses, a lifting platform and Technogym pure strength plate loaded machines.

The £900,000 gym also features a 2,000 sq ft studio offering a range of classes including cardio, aerobics, dance, HIIT, strength, calm, indoor cycling and circuits, a stretch area, changing rooms and one small office for the gym team, admin and management to use. Security access turnstiles enable fast track entry to the gym. Several layers of specialist flooring were used in the free weights and treadmill areas as an acoustically engineered solution to minimise possible noise and vibration too.

Ongoing membership costs £28.95 a month and includes access to all group exercise classes. Members can access any GLL Better venue, centre or pool by paying a small £3 access fee for each visit, although full unlimited access to all Better Gyms, centres and pools is available with a Better Health and Fitness UK membership for £55 a month.

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Speedflex, the unique, HIIT circuit based training concept has recently revealed new data demonstrating the effectiveness of Speedflex training for fat loss, gaining lean muscle and improved health and wellbeing.

Collecting the pre and post health assessment data of 200 customers who had completed at least two Speedflex sessions per week over a six to eight week period from across five Speedflex centres in the UK, the study saw significant improvements in body fat percentage, visceral fat levels and muscle mass. The main findings include a substantial percentage increase of muscle mass in 76% of participants, a decrease in body fat percentage in 96% of those analysed and an improvement in visceral fat area in 97% of those who took part.

There was an average decrease in visceral fat of 11.8 cm2 which equates to a 12% loss of starting visceral fat area. There was also an average weight loss of 2.1kg and an average increase in muscle mass of 0.7kg. Absolute body fat was also significantly reduced by an average of 3.1kg, which equates to a 13% loss of starting absolute body fat.

Tapping into the growing trend of HIIT training and group exercise, Speedflex offers individuals an effective alternative to conventional exercise with excellent results. With an emphasis on motivational group exercise, each 45 minute circuit based session is led by an experienced personal trainer and combines a low impact, high intensity, cardiovascular and resistance workout for optimum calorie burn.

Users can also benefit from a health assessment and support programme developed by Speedflex Physiologists to ensure that they get the most out of their training and reach their goals. The comprehensive health assessment includes a body composition analysis, a breakdown of blood chemistry and tests aerobic fitness levels which can give users a baseline for development.

For further information on Speedflex, visit www.speedflex.com

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Conducting a UK wide survey in collaboration with YouGov, Predator Nutrition discovered the state of British fitness is looking bleak.

42% of Brits would describe themselves as fairly overweight or very overweight, however, a House of Commons briefing paper on UK obesity puts the average at 61.5%. This means there’s an unaccounted for ‘fat gap’ of almost 20%. Lifestyles are also looking lacklustre as 48% of participants admitted to doing no cardio whatsoever in an average, and 69% saying they don't do any strength training either. Only 22% of Brits are doing more than 60 minutes of cardio exercise week.

On the nutrition side of things, survey results demonstrated that just 11% of participants eat between 29 and 35 portions of fruit and vegetables a week, although around a fifth (21%) of Brits eat sugary or processed food two to three times a week, and 16% eat this type of food every day. On the whole though, Brits were found to be trying to improve their health, with 36% drinking no alcohol in an average week and 31% giving up smoking.

By taking Predator Nutrition’s quiz, which arrives on their website this month, participants can see how far they compare to the average Brit’s level of fitness. Over a series of questions, the quiz compares a participant’s results to those of 2106 UK adults. Then, using a fitness scale devised by Predator Nutrition’s in house fitness experts, their data is graded and compared to the UK average.

Their final result shows how they perform compared to the UK average, and creates a personal fitness profile based on their own data.

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Active IQ, the UK’s leading specialist awarding organisation in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector, is helping to drive quality within the industry as well as support the needs of learners through the introduction of its Professional Recognition service.

The service delivers enhanced quality status for non regulated training programmes and can be applied to courses of any length, delivery method and context, as long as they meet Active IQ’s quality guidelines. By using the Active IQ Professional Recognition kitemark, organisations can benefit from increased customer appeal and authentication through the Active IQ brand.

Since Professional Recognition was launched, a growing number of providers have signed up to the service including City of Glasgow College, The Fit Box and The Power Pilates UK Studio. Designed to complement Active IQs accredited qualification offering, Professional Recognition gives organisations the ability to promote their programmes on the Active IQ website and to undergo quality assurance review to ensure programmes continue to meet quality guidelines.

Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director at Active IQ comments: 'Changes to the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) have inevitably led to some concerns and confusion over the quality of training delivered within the sector so Active IQ has recognised the need to give organisations the opportunity to have their own bespoke CPD training recognised.'

Active IQ Professional Recognition is available in four packages, ranging from Bronze for one training programme to Platinum which covers 10 or more training programmes. For further information, please visit www.activeiq.co.uk

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Active IQ, the UK’s leading specialist awarding organisation in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector, is helping to drive quality within the industry as well as support the needs of learners through the introduction of its Professional Recognition service.

The service delivers enhanced quality status for non regulated training programmes and can be applied to courses of any length, delivery method and context, as long as they meet Active IQ’s quality guidelines. By using the Active IQ Professional Recognition kitemark, organisations can benefit from increased customer appeal and authentication through the Active IQ brand.

Since Professional Recognition was launched, a growing number of providers have signed up to the service including City of Glasgow College, The Fit Box and The Power Pilates UK Studio. Designed to complement Active IQs accredited qualification offering, Professional Recognition gives organisations the ability to promote their programmes on the Active IQ website and to undergo quality assurance review to ensure programmes continue to meet quality guidelines.

Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director at Active IQ comments: 'Changes to the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) have inevitably led to some concerns and confusion over the quality of training delivered within the sector so Active IQ has recognised the need to give organisations the opportunity to have their own bespoke CPD training recognised.'

Active IQ Professional Recognition is available in four packages, ranging from Bronze for one training programme to Platinum which covers 10 or more training programmes. For further information, please visit www.activeiq.co.uk

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Active IQ, the UK’s leading specialist awarding organisation in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector, is helping to drive quality within the industry as well as support the needs of learners through the introduction of its Professional Recognition service.

The service delivers enhanced quality status for non regulated training programmes and can be applied to courses of any length, delivery method and context, as long as they meet Active IQ’s quality guidelines. By using the Active IQ Professional Recognition kitemark, organisations can benefit from increased customer appeal and authentication through the Active IQ brand.

Since Professional Recognition was launched, a growing number of providers have signed up to the service including City of Glasgow College, The Fit Box and The Power Pilates UK Studio. Designed to complement Active IQs accredited qualification offering, Professional Recognition gives organisations the ability to promote their programmes on the Active IQ website and to undergo quality assurance review to ensure programmes continue to meet quality guidelines.

Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director at Active IQ comments: 'Changes to the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) have inevitably led to some concerns and confusion over the quality of training delivered within the sector so Active IQ has recognised the need to give organisations the opportunity to have their own bespoke CPD training recognised.'

Active IQ Professional Recognition is available in four packages, ranging from Bronze for one training programme to Platinum which covers 10 or more training programmes. For further information, please visit www.activeiq.co.uk

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An innovative new partnership between Cancer Research UK and bounts, the app that rewards exercise, is set to inspire people to take up exercise and help them achieve their fundraising goals at the same time.

The CRUK Active app, which launched in the App Store last month, will encourage current exercisers to go beyond an annual Race for Life event or charity cycle, to maintain their fundraising efforts and physical activity throughout the year. The app incentivises users with reward points which can be redeemed for cash vouchers from big named brands and high street retailers. It will also motivate inactive individuals to take up a challenge or Cancer Research UK sporting event. Participation levels are found to be 30% higher in people using a fitness reward system, with a recent survey highlighting that over 70% of people believe fitness reward apps would engage and motivate them to do more exercise.

The CRUK Active app, powered by bounts, connects to members’ Just Giving pages, and enables them to receive additional reward points when they hit fundraising goals. The app will allow people to track a range of activities from walking, running, swimming and cycling. Referring friends, reaching fundraising goals, connecting with other tracking apps and entering leisure venues are just some of the ways members can earn points.

Find out more about bounts at www.bounts.it or visit the Android Play store or The App Store, to download the CRUK Active app now.

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Technogym, the world’s leading wellness and fitness company, have announced that its global ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ challenge will take place for the third year running. From the 1st to the 19th March 2016, gym members in fitness facilities all over the world will challenge each other and join forces to donate their movement in support of promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles in their local community and beyond.

Participants’ MOVEs – Technogym’s unit for measuring movement – will be logged through Technogym’s mywellness cloud, the industry’s first cloud based open platform. The top three most active fitness facilities in each participating country – those which accumulate the highest number of MOVEs – will win the opportunity to help children in the local area get more active by donating Technogym funded equipment to a school of their choice. There will also be prizes awarded to the members who give the best contribution to the challenge. The ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ challenge is a great opportunity for clubs to attract new members, thanks to both the initiative’s communication campaign through web and social media, as well as the viral effect created by existing members sharing their training sessions online. 'Let’s Move for a Better World' is also a unique and powerful tool to build member loyalty, motivation and footfall through its competitive mechanic. By placing the spotlight on the club’s local community, it creates a positive team spirit that brings people together towards a common objective.

The 2015 edition saw impressive improvements for participating facilities: visits increased by an average of 34%, new memberships increased by 17%, and more than three quarters of participants saw an increase in the engagement and motivation of existing members. Crow Wood Leisure Centre based in Lancashire won the UK national competition coming top of the rankings against 59 other participants completing an impressive 3,126,802 MOVEs.

For further information on the campaign, regulations, and to get involved, get in touch with your local Technogym contact, or get more information at www.technogym.com

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The Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP), the national governing body for dance fitness, was named winner of the ‘Sport England Community Partnership of the Year’ award at this year’s Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame and Awards Evening.

The annual awards ceremony took place on Thursday 8th October at the Underglobe on London’s Southbank and celebrated the contribution made by volunteers, coaches, participants, officials and partner organisations.

As winner of the Community Partnership of the Year, EMDP was recognised for their great work introducing the London Youth Games Dance Competition in March 2015, which saw 15 London boroughs compete. The inaugural event took place at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and featured Warren Russell, member of Britain’s Got Talent’s dance troupe, Diversity, as a guest judge.

As the national governing body for dance fitness, EMDP continues to support the London Youth Games and plans to embed dance activity in schools, focusing on key stage 4 pupils as well as continuing to engage London boroughs in the upcoming London Youth Games Dance Competition. To date, 27 London boroughs have already signed up to take part in next year’s event, which takes place on 3rd February 2016.

Emma Forward, Chief Operating Officer of EMDP, says: 'We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with London Youth Games and celebrate the amazing work young dancers have been doing in London. Receiving the award was a fantastic achievement and we look forward to building on our success in the coming year.'

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With news that takeaway joints are reaching their highest levels in over two decades, the team at MotivatePT has created an infographic designed to highlight the areas of the UK worst affected by the fast food fandom.

Due to the current high obesity rates in the UK, this news is closely linked to the known risks of type 2 diabetes, with much being blamed on the need to get food as quickly and conveniently as possible. In the past 18 years, the volume of establishments per 10,000 has soared to 3.8, as well as a 45% increase in the number of takeaway restaurants in the same time period.

The infographic illustrates cities such Edinburgh, Bury and Leicester, explaining the amount of fast food outlets and giving stark statistics from across the country, with the highest coming in at 198.6 takeaways in the Blackpool area alone. Amazingly, a poll also revealed that 14% of 16-24 year olds claimed that they ate no fruit or vegetables at all, spending an average of £63.65 on food per week despite earning less any other category.

According to the research, more than three million individuals prefer to organise a takeaway meal rather than cook from scratch, and more astonishingly, 74% of men and 64% of women are predicted to be overweight by 2030. Using the infographic as a pinpoint to delve further into the crisis, is it any wonder the name ‘fast food nation’ is being thrown around?

You can view the infographic here: www.motivatept.co.uk/takeaway-uk-infographic/

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Capitalising on the growing interest in Boxercise as a form of personal fitness, research charity Ovarian Cancer Action has launched a new fundraising campaign, Box 2 Beat Cancer, specifically for the Fitness industry.

The campaign, which is endorsed by Apprentice finalist and award winning personal trainer - Katie Bulmer-Cooke, will see Personal Trainers and Boxercise instructors invited to become a Box 2 Beat Cancer Event Organiser and plan an event in their local area.

The events, which are officially endorsed by partners Boxercise, will see participants partake in a gruelling 3 hour class by their Boxercise instructor, to raise much needed funds for Ovarian Cancer Action’s life-saving scientific research.

Emily Legg is Corporate & Events Manager at Ovarian Cancer Action. She said: “In the UK, a woman dies of ovarian cancer every 2 hours. Ovarian Cancer Action is fighting back by funding world-leading scientific research. To ensure we can pack a stronger punch, we need the fitness industry to join us and Box 2 Beat Cancer.”

Katie Bulmer-Cooke said: “I'm so excited to be involved in this campaign. Not only because it is a great cause but also because it gives fitness professionals an opportunity to make a real positive impact on the health and fitness of their local community and their business. The events are going to be buzzing and I'm certain we will smash our fundraising targets in a bid to find a cure for ovarian cancer.”

To get involved, register for a free Box 2 Beat Cancer Event Organisers Pack at www.ovarian.org.uk. You will receive a suggested workout plan including pad and glove workouts, cardio and core exercises, circuits, and team games. You’ll also receive top tips from UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012 and UK Fitness Professional of the Year 2013, Katie Bulmer-Cooke, on how to maximise business opportunities from your involvement.

Box 2 beat Cancer is officially endorsed by the Registry or Exercise Professionals (REPS). Greg Smalls, Head of Membership said: “With 1 in 54 women in the UK at risk of developing ovarian cancer it is of paramount importance that research and funding is made available for this life changing health issue. REPs fully endorses what Box 2 Beat Cancer is trying to achieve and would urge all members of the public to show up, sign up and box it out with our REPs members. Collectively we can ‘beat’ ovarian cancer into submission.”

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REPS PIC04aYou may not view your lifestyle as sedentary, however a combination of driving, sitting for periods of time at work or at home as well as sleeping, means that most people are off their feet for up to 21 hours each day.

A recent study found that the world’s population could increase their life expectancy by two years if they reduce the amount of time spent sitting to less than three hours a day. Also another 1.38 years can be added by reducing television viewing to less than two hours a day. By sitting less you can live up to 3.38 years longer. The health benefits from sitting less are clear to see; those who sit for five or more hours in a working day have an increased risk of up to 34% for having heart failure than those who stand up more. Other risks include diabetes, depression and even cancer.

Since 1950, sedentary jobs have risen by 83% and most office workers get less than an hour of exercise a week. With this, obesity, heart disease and many variants of cancer have also risen, and could be attributed to a lack of movement each day.

One way that has been highlighted to tackle this is the use of a standing desk, such as the Varidesk,

which allows you to quickly lift and lower your workstation. This in turn enables workers to get in to a routine of standing to work for as little as 15 minutes for every hour seated. There are now even free apps available that remind employees to stand. You can burn an additional 30 calories per day, just by standing 15 minutes per hour. Interestingly, people who use standing desks have higher productivity, by up to 12%.

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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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