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  1. New 'how to' guide to get more women and girls active

    Make fitness fun, sociable and more approachable, a new guide by Sport England today recommends. Aimed at the people who create opportunities for women to get active, ‘Helping Women & Girls to Get Active: A Practical Guide’ offers advice on how to break down barriers which are stopping women and young girls from getting active, and keep them coming back for more.

    Rejecting a ‘one size fits all’ approach, this guide encourages facilitators to consider a range of barriers which may be preventing women and young girls from signing up. For example, research found that many women find mirrors in exercise studios intimidating and are often fearful of appearing to be the odd one out in classes. The guide also includes common sense solutions to encourage repeat visits to classes,

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  2. Places for People snag top award

    Places for People snag top award

    Places for People Leisure recently received the coveted Multi Site Approved Training Centre of the Year (15+ sites) at the IQL UK Awards 2015. This award recognises a training centre with 15 or more sites who demonstrates a clear dedication to the provision of pool lifeguard training, career development and the promotion of wider water safety messages.

    The prestigious Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK National Awards returned this year with the addition of six new categories. The event, which took place on Friday 12th June 2015, gave Pool Lifeguards, Trainer Assessors, National Trainer Assessors and Approved Training Centres the chance to recognise and celebrate those who continually raise standards an

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  3. PTs gather to learn at UK’s first Meeting of the Minds

    PTs gather to learn at UK’s first Meeting of the Minds

    ‘Don’t stop learning’. That was the verdict from some of the industry’s top Personal Trainers and thought leaders at this year’s Meeting of the Minds, hosted by FitPro and Lifetime Training, who almost unanimously voted on the importance of ongoing education and training beyond becoming a Level 3 Personal Trainer.

    The day-long educational event - Movement, Mindset and Metabolism - was the UK’s first Meeting of the Minds (MOTM), which originated more than seven years ago in Colorado under FitPro’s PTontheNet, and saw around 160 leading industry professionals receive exclusive invites to attend ExCel in London and learn from world

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  4. Slo-mo running helps to burn fat

    Slo-mo running helps to burn fat

    New research from TomTom reveals that nearly 40% of Brits believe High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) will see fast fat burn results, but less than 20% actually know that slow and steady running can be just as effective.

    Weight loss is the reason that 60% of the nation starts a new training regime and more than one in 10 (13%) plans to pull on their trainers and head out for a run to lose the pounds. With 69% of Brits considering themselves overweight, a quarter are seeing the summer months as a reason to adopt a new fitness routine, with 20% adding that a forthcoming holiday is enough motivation to get exercising. Almost a fifth said that using a heart rate monitor to analyse their training had helped them lose w

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  5. Life Fitness take on active ageing fitness market

    Life Fitness take on active ageing fitness market

    Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, has announced that SCIFIT Systems Inc. will join the company’s brand family. The addition of SCIFIT provides Life Fitness with an expanded product line-up and increased access to the growing active aging market, as well as the medical wellness and rehabilitation fitness segments. SCIFIT was acquired by Life Fitness’ parent company, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

    Founded in 1987, SCIFIT has an extensive line of fitness equipment designed to address the needs of active seniors and patients undergoing rehabilitation. With products that are highly accessible for any age or ability, SCIFIT products are staples

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  6. Perfect Gym set to bring 20 new fitness facilities to market in 2015

    The Perfect Gym provides Personal trainers and fitness entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open their own facility for a fraction of the upfront cost.  Perfect Gym is offering 20 Licences to open a gym under the Perfect Gym brand.  Licensees will be able to access over £80k of set up materials including fitness equipment, IT systems and sales and marketing resources.

    Perfect Gym will work with the licensee to create their perfect gymat a venue of their choosing.  Essential IT systems including a front of house membership system and direct debit collection software will be installed. The space will then be kitted out with all the fitness equipment for no upfront fee. CV and strength equipment as well as free weights and indoor cycles are included in the package.  All equipment comes in excellent condition from Pulse resale with a full service history.  For added piece of mind the licence inc

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  7. 70% of fitpros have a passion for their job

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    A passion for fitness is the main reason people choose to work in the fitness industry according to findings from the Working in Fitness Survey 2015. The survey, conducted by SkillsActive and the Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP), surveyed the 35,000 members of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) which works to support, develop and unite the brightest and best fitness professionals in the UK.

    The Working in Fitness Survey revealed that 70% of fitness professionals want to work in the fitness industry because they have a genuine passion for fitness. In fact, over 50% of respondents love what they do so much that they decided to come into the fitness industry from a completely different sector.

    The survey also

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  8. Bio-Synergy search for the UK's best PT

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    Do you have what it takes to be the best in your field? Popular sports nutrition brand Bio-Synergy are providing the perfect opportunity for personal trainers to elevate their careers to new heights with their exclusive competition to find the number one personal trainer in the UK. Part of their coveted Bio-Synergy PT Programme, the competition will be launching at this years Fitpro event in London in association with fitness-centric title Personal Trainer Magazine.

    To enter this career-changing competition, all PTs need to do is email makeithappen@bio-synergy.co.uk where they will then be directed to a sign up page. To com

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  9. upmysport receives £1m in funding

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    upmysport, the platform designed to make it easier for people to meet recommended sport and fitness instructors in their area, has announced a successful seed round of fundraising totalling £1m. The round was led by private investors working in partnership with Government backed investment fund, the Angel CoFund.

    Founded in early 2013 with a vision to be home to the best instructors in Europe, upmysport is designed to meet the need for a simple, digitally-based service for arranging sessions with reliable instructors in a chosen activity. The service allows you to browse through and book into private sessions or courses, updating your phone diary and taking payment in just one click. Users can also create a shortlist of their favourite instructors for easy future

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  10. UK’s top calisthenics athlete to lead session at FitPro LIVE

    Stephen Hughes Landers, the UK’s #1 ranked calisthenics athlete, is bringing calisthenics and street workout to FitPro LIVE for the first time. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the training methodologies of this exciting new sport from the country’s best practitioner. In this practical workshop Stephen will demonstrate the progressions and regressions needed to master the most iconic calisthenics move, the muscle up. Stephen will also provide details of his REPs accredited one-day Calisthenics for Fitness Professionals workshop, worth 6 CPD points, designed in partnership with training provider Sideways 8 Training.

     

     

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