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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  1. REPs supports CYQ Fitness Trainer of the Year Competition

    2013 Competition Winners 

    We are delighted to be partnering with CYQ at this year’s Fitness Trainer of the Year Competition, which will be taking place at St. George’s Park on the 1 May 2014. The competition winners will be recognised and rewarded through receiving a REPs membership, insurance and a goody bag.

    The CYQ Fitness Trainer Competition is a skills competition for students of the fitness industry. Delivered in collaboration with British Colleges Sport (BCS), the competition celebrates the excellence of fitness instructors and personal trainers educated within further education colleges across the UK.

    All finalists involved will be competing to become the UK's top fitness trainers in the following categories:

    • Level 2 Gym Instructor
    • Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor
    • Level 3 Personal Traine
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  2. Zuu: The new exercise regime that will bring out the animal in you

    Our Head of Memberships Greg Small has featured in the Metro again, discussing body movement when exercising!

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  3. REPs Members Area – Your user guide

    Having officially launched the new Members Area at the beginning of the month, we've had some great feedback. We are glad to hear that it’s becoming a useful resource for you. However, in order for you to get the most out of it we thought we’d put together a little guide on how to use it.

    What is available to me?

    On the new Members Areas you will be able to add your Qualifications and CPD (which we will go into details further on this blog), you will be able to find the latest high street offers on the new Members Area which can be found on the same page the Qualifications and CPD icon. You’ll also be able to renew your membership and download any necessary resources such as your insurance and registration certificates all from this central page.


    On the central homepage you will also find an icon that shows your current CPD po

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  4. Inactivity in Children

    The recent findings from the All Party Physical Activity Commission has illustrated we must reassess how we engage children and young people in an active lifestyle. REPs member Arj Thiruchelvam  shares his thoughts in our latest blog.

    The noticeable rise in obesity and inactivity in children has many causes, one possible link relates to our fear of allowing our children to compete. Therefore it is important we find the middle ground of fun and friendly competition.

    Children, like adults, respond to the right individual, however unlike adults who will take it upon themselves when absolutely necessary, children will generally not motivate themselves. In the early years children will always associate their initial experience with a strong emotive response, this indicates the importance of the coach or instructor.

    With such a responsibility the coach or instructor must be inspiring, a role model, fu

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  5. What the All Party Report means for Exercise Professionals

    The first stage of the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity report: ‘Tackling Physical Inactivity’, makes recommendation to address the harmful levels of inactivity in the UK.  The population’s sedentary lifestyles pose a serious threat to health, wellbeing and life expectancy posing a huge burden to public services. As exercise professionals we have a large part to play in raising activity levels for children and adults.

    The study has found that only 51% of children reach the recommended levels of sixty minutes of daily exercise, which falls off dramatically by the time they reach adulthood. Only 22.5% of adults perform half an hour of exercise a week, as compared with the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more. This highlights the need to encourage activity at every stage of life, particularly in young children to establish an active lifestyle

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  6. Is BMI just a big fat lie? The obesity measure under the microscope

    Great to see our Head of Memberships Greg Small in the Metro this week giving his opinion on BMI. When it comes to BMI it would seem a good case of common sense should be applied to the guidance of professionals.

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