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  1. Sports charity and skills council collaborate on exercise register

    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 t

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  2. Major investment to enhance the sporting workforce

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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 effi

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  3. REPs leading the way

    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.

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  4. NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme

    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 wor

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  5. Research shows operators could profit from online retail arm

    Research 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.

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    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

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  6. Better Gym Stratford opens

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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 Techn

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  7. Speedflex reveal fat loss results

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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.

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  8. 20% of Britons are fatter than they think

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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 fru

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  9. Active IQ launch quality course marker

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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 servi

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  10. Cancer Research UK team up with bounts

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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

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