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  1. HIIT and LIIT – The new power combo

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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 imp

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  2. REPs to represent at fitness trade show

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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 th

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  3. To Screen or Not to Screen: The Role of Specialist Exercise Instructors in Client Assessment

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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 fo

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  4. World class education for free

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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 th

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  5. 8 Steps to Faster Growth and Getting More Freedom as a Business Owner

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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&

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  6. The Importance of Physical Activity and Exercise in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease

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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

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  7. 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 realis

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  8. Level 3 is just the beginning for a Personal Trainer

    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.  

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  9. Strength Training for Distance Running

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    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 overtrainin

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  10. REPs statement following announcement of purchase by Sports Coach UK

    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 th

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