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  1. Expert advice on building a successful PT business

    Brendan Chaplin

    We recently completed an anonymous survey of our email database resulting in 507 personal trainers (PTs) and coaches leaving their feedback. We asked them what they perceived to be their biggest challenges when it comes to advancing their career in the fitness industry.

    Overwhelmingly, the response that sits at the top of that list (in almost 70% of cases) is finding enough clients to work with. This is seconded by finding the right clients to work with, writes Brendan Chaplin (pictured), CEO of Strength and Success.

    Our findings are supported by recent research from Mindbody¹ which suggests that although 20% of all gym goers feel that PTs or fitness instructors are the most important factor when it comes to sticking to a new routine, just 4% of those people have found their perfect ins

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  2. New research reveals the impact fitness instructors have on client retention

    Personal Trainer with Participant

    • MINDBODY research reveals the importance of the right instructor for client retention, and how gyms/studios can find the right people for their clients
    • One in five people (20%) say that PTs or fitness instructors are the most important factor when it comes to sticking to a new routine, but just 4% claim to have found their perfect instructor 
    • One in four people (27%) see a friendly personality as the most important trait for a personal trainer
    One of the main challenges facing business in fitness and wellness, is how to provide a service that can drive repeat visits and increase customer retention. However, with such a wide variety in consumer preference and demand, this is no easy task.

    New research from MINDBO
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  3. New points system launched to simplify structure for REPs members

    fitness class

    A new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points system has been launched by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) to ensure the offer to members is easier to understand, manage and keep up to date.

    The new points requirement for REPs members is 10 CPD points over 12 months, replacing the previous 24 point requirement over two years. Health and fitness professionals on the register, owned by UK Coaching, can accrue points by regularly undertaking professional development. Activities may include reading, attending workshops and conferences, courses and qualifications, and online materials such as webinars and podcasts.

    Non-endorsed training can be used for a maximum of 2 CPD points per year, whereas training that has been en

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  4. Food for thought: Are you giving the right nutrition advice?

    Each letter spelling out the word 'food' is represented by a different food

    In recent months, here at REPs we have noticed some confusion on social media with regards to the type and level of nutrition advice which personal trainers are able to give.

    It can be an emotive area as many PTs believe that their nutritional advice is at least as important as the exercise advice they give their clients. Unfortunately, it is apparent that many in our industry fall under the influence of the latest fad or celebrity diet, and thus give poor, confusing or potentially dangerous advice to their clients. In this statement, REPs will try to clarify what the boundaries of appropriate nutrition advice are.

    All REPs categories have what are known as ‘Occupational Descriptors’, which describe what instructors should or shouldn’t do as part of their j

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  5. Do not ignore your pelvic floor

    As Fitness Professionals should we consider the implication of exercise on the group of muscles known as the pelvic floor?

    The short answer is YES! Every movement in functional daily living and exercise involves this often neglected group of muscles at the base of the pelvis, writes Louise Field, founder of Adore Your Pelvic Floor.

    To work effectively, the balance of resting tone, strength and flexibility are required.

    As a Fitness Professional I am more than aware that we are not exempt from pelvic floor dysfunction. Between the ages of 18 and 40 I was fortunate to have had five boys, including one set of twins.

    Postnatally, I worked on regaining my posture and transverse abdominal function, and began teaching my regular classes from nine months post-partum.

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  6. Membership renewal update

    It is now much easier to renew your REPs membership online by logging into your Members Dashboard.

    Following the release of the new REPs website you can choose your package with a few clicks of a button – a far quicker process than phoning us to renew.

    From Sunday, July 1 2018 renewals over the phone will be subject to a £5 administration charge. Of course, we are more than happy to assist with any query you may have, so please do not be scared to call – we will not automatically make the charge!

    By encouraging online renewals it will help reduce the high volume of calls to our customer service team and free them up to spend more time answering your membership enquiries and e-mails.

    Please note we

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  7. New and improved REPs insurance cover for online and virtual training

    Online fitness training

    With the ever changing landscape of online health and fitness training we have been negotiating with our insurers to cover this developing mode of training.

    In the past we have not been able to cover injuries that are suffered by someone following an exercise video that has been uploaded onto the various channels – the good news is this is now included in your REPs insurance, the bit to be aware of is the standard policy does not cover any publishing or professional indemnity risk. If you require this you will need to purchase additional insurances and by contacting Howdens using the details below.

    Virtual training has always been covered by the REPs insurance where the trainer can view their client online through the various modes e.g. Skype, FaceTime, etc. but we are now able to confirm that online programming falls

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  8. Morning motivation: The benefits of getting active in the AM

    Going for a relaxing morning jog

    How are you in the mornings? Full of beans and raring to go, or sluggish until you’ve had a cup of coffee or logged onto your work computer? If the latter resonates with you, and your sleepy morning slump is hard to shake, you might be open to considering a change to your daily routine – such as exercising early in the morning, before you launch into the day.

    This post, courtesy of the workout gurus at Start Fitness, will explain the benefits of this shift towards AM exertion. There’s probably more to it than you think.

    Coming into work in the morning, having already been for a run or completed a challenging workout at the gym will leave you feeling motivated and en

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  9. Is undercharging killing your fitness business?

    NPE ebook

    There is one mistake we see far too many fitness professionals and business owners making and it’s incredibly painful to watch: They are vastly undercharging for their services, writes Sean Greeley, NPE Founder & CEO.

    Undercharging can take many forms. It can mean charging too little, poor packaging, and incorrectly structured margins1.

    But all these mistakes mean slim to zero profit in your business.

    If you’re working your butt off, and aren’t finishing with more money at the end of the month than when you started, this area needs your attention.

    How do you know if you’re currently undercharging?

    More important, how can you make changes once you’ve identified them to ensure your continued success?

    Well, let’s dive into that…

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  10. Breaking through the taboo: The menstrual cycle and exercise performance

    Menstrual Cycle

    Women have approximately 457 menstrual cycles in their lifetime, corresponding to around 35 years of menstrual activity, writes Dr Jacky Forsyth – who works in the centre for Sport, Health and Exercise Research at Staffordshire University.

    For a woman, therefore, the menstrual cycle pervades their reproductive life. And for the exercising female, the menstrual cycle may affect aspects of their exercise performance. This could be because of blood flow and severe abdominal cramps interfering with engagement in certain activities, or because excessive exercise and dietary restriction lead to a complete absence of the menstrual cycle.

    Menstruation is often still considered taboo, and something that is mocked, or considered frivolous (Kissling, 2006). It is important, however, to keep talking about and

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