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  1. Fitness professionals have key role to play in fight against osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis

     

    Osteoporosis is a disease characterised by brittle bones, resulting in an increase in fracture risk. In the UK, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporotic fractures (National Osteoporosis Society, 2016) and this high prevalence causes a substantial cost to the National Health Service, writes Dr Jacky Forsyth – who works in the centre for Sport, Health and Exercise Research at Staffordshire University.

    Osteoporosis is not limited to old age – deterioration in bone health can start at a young age due to inappropriate lifestyle choices – however, osteoporosis is generally not diagnosed until later in life. For this reason, osteoporosis has been described as a ‘silent disease’, in that an individual will not realise that the

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  2. Exciting new developments coming your way in 2018

    We have some great news about our plans for 2018, which we are confident will enhance your member experience.

    Having listened to your invaluable feedback, over the next few months we will be introducing:

    • A new-look website with improved functionality 
    • A new and simplified CPD points system 
    • A new-look quarterly REPs magazine filled with the latest fitness and coaching tips from some of the Industry's leading voices
    • A new hub, the PD:Portal, for finding endorsed training
    • ‘Price Promise’ on our Insurance Premiums.

    Along with plans to introduce other member benefits over the year, we will continue to provide:

    • Bags of information and regular educational updates to keep you at the cutting edge
    • International recognition and portability to 10 countries across the world including t

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  3. New Professional Standards launched for health & fitness sector

    After receiving a number of enquiries regarding the introduction of the Professional Standards, we wanted to let you all know how REPs will manage the transition from the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

    CIMSPA received funding from Sport England to create the Professional Standards, which will be made available to the sector and underpin health and fitness qualifications. These standards will gradually be embedded into qualifications by Awarding Organisations to replace the current qualifications that are underpinned by NOS.

    REPs will continue to recognise and register people who have completed qualifications under the NOS standards until the Professional Standards are fully embedded. In order for new qualifications to be recognised by REPs, a formal approval process will be available to Awarding Organisations through PD:Approval – the independent organisation contracted by REPs to carry out its endorsem

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  4. REPs qualification helping the fight against cancer

    Solent University


    Each year 13 million people are diagnosed with cancer worldwide (Moore, Durstine and Painter, 2016), writes Rob Williams, senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University. In 2014, 356,630 people in the UK were given a diagnosis of one form of cancer or another (Cancer Research, UK) and there are over 200 different types of cancer, the most common being cancers of the lung, breast, prostate and colon (National Foundation for Cancer, 2016).

    Although cancer prevalence continues to rise, people survive now more than ever before due to advances in public awareness, diagnostics, surgery and treatment, with 2.5 million people currently living with cancer in the UK, which is projected to rise to 4 million by 2030, according to Macmillan. Ten-year survivorship following diagnosis is now p

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  5. The best way to whittle down your waistline

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    A flat stomach can play hard to get for both genders. It’s a soft spot that can be one of the hardest to tone up, but recent research highlights one method that works better than most.

    High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is known to burn serious amounts of fat, seriously fast. But not just any fat. New research shows that specific forms of high-intensity interval training can be key to cutting fat from your tummy.    

    The tummy trimming benefits of high-intensity interval training are highlighted in a recently published study into how different approaches to training can affect fitness and body composition in healthy adults1. The study tested two groups of exercisers. One group followed a conventional gym training program four days a week, t

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  6. HIIT and LIIT – The new power combo

    Rebound website

    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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  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. REPs launches new website

    As some of you may have already noticed, we have updated the REPs website. The new site offers a more refreshed, modernised look and feel as well as making the time spent on the site more enjoyable.

    We caught up with SkillsActive Head of Digital, Doug Burtenshaw, who gave us a little insight on the site update.

    In a newly structured team, Doug leads on all things digital at REPs, and you will be sure to see the impact of his role over the coming months.

    Why has the REPs website been updated?

    Primarily, user Journeys needed to be improved. We needed to make sure that when people visited the site, they could get what they need as quickly as possible.

    The new site is a lot more compact, and there is a clearer focus on finding the information quickly.

    What can REPs members expect from the new site?

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