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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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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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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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