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  1. REPs qualification helping the fight against cancer

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    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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  2. 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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  3. HIIT and LIIT – The new power combo

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    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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  4. REPs to represent at fitness trade show

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    The Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs) will be in attendance at the BP: Fitness Trade Show, taking place on the 12-13 September at the NEC, Birmingham.

    The trade show will focus on education and the business of fitness, delivering an extensive exhibition with over 100 innovative brands that offer fitness solutions to various markets, including: Personal trainer studios, independent gyms, universities, schools and colleges, hotel gyms, boutique fitness studios, student accommodation gyms, corporate and company gyms, CrossFit gyms, gym chains and franchises, and residential care homes.

    Such is the push to develop a trade show that delivers world class education, and brings together the right speakers to th

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  5. To Screen or Not to Screen: The Role of Specialist Exercise Instructors in Client Assessment

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    The issue of pre-exercise screening and assessment is potentially contentious, writes Director of Later Life Training Bex Townley (pictured). 

    As the evidence for exercise strengthens and the awareness of its benefits in improving health outcomes widens, so the demand for longer-term community exercise provision increases. Leisure trusts, community projects, public health commissioners and clinical commissioning groups are all in the frame for funding and establishing evidence-based exercise interventions to support people living with long-term conditions.

    For Later Life Training [LLT] trained instructors working with clinical populations, this takes the fo

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  6. World class education for free

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    REPs members can experience an exceptional line-up of educators including the likes of Phil Learney, running his ACA conference for non-members, Luke Johnson, Chris Burgess and Martin MacDonald.

    Whether it’s fitness business discussions, including client retention, sales or marketing, or practical coaching and nutrition, BP: Fitness Trade Show on 12th and 13th September 2017 is a perfect destination for any fitness professional.

    The NEC, Birmingham will host thousands of likeminded trade professionals and BP: Fitness Trade Show will feature an extensive exhibition with varied networking opportunities. We will be in th

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  7. 8 Steps to Faster Growth and Getting More Freedom as a Business Owner

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    One of the most frustrating aspects of growing a fitness business is developing others to sell your services for you.

    But until you are able to multiply yourself in this area of your business, you are forever tied to speaking with every prospect and personally completing every consult just to bring new revenue in the door.

    If you want to step out of the sales role in your business, follow these steps to get the right people on board and lead them to success month after month.

    Once you have the systems and tools to duplicate yourself AND understand how to hire, train, and develop someone else to perform the sales role in your business effectively… you&

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  8. The Importance of Physical Activity and Exercise in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease

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    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for all diseases of the heart and circulation including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation (AF), congenital heart disease and inherited heart conditions. There are an estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK with coronary heart disease being the single biggest killer in the UK.

    An ageing and growing population and improved survival rates from cardiovascular events could see these

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  9. 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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  10. Level 3 is just the beginning for a Personal Trainer

    Level 3 is just the beginning for a Personal Trainer

    Once someone has passed their Level 3 personal trainer course and achieved the qualification, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that studies are done and work begins. The focus will naturally move towards bringing in clients, client retention and job prospects. Prospects should of course be paramount in a personal trainer’s thoughts, but never at the expense of continued education.  In an increasingly popular and competitive marketplace, it’s becoming ever more important for one to continue to learn and develop new skills. Indeed, by choosing not to, a personal trainer may well be harming their potential earnings and job security.  

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