We are delighted to announce that REPs member Maureen Chitty has won an iPad after taking part in the ‘Working in Fitness Survey’ back in November.
Developed in partnership with The Exercise Movement & Dance Partnership (EMDP), the 2014 survey, which is the largest and most extensive of its kind, was open to the fitness industry’s entire workforce, and covered a host of key issues including:
• Career pathways
• Earning potential
• Professional development and much more.
The Results of the survey are currently being analysed and will be announced over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on our website.
Having been a member for 10 years, REPs spoke with Maureen to find out a bit more about her and her experiences of working in the fitness industry.
Maureen started in the fitness industry after retiring from competitive athletics. She represented Great Britain in the long jump between 1968 and 1974, but after having a second child, Maureen was looking for a career that would fit round her children and commenced teaching aerobics in 1980.
Maureen competing for Great Britain
Telling us about her experience starting out Maureen said:
“I have always enjoyed being fit and once my athletic career had ceased I needed something to help me stay in shape. Having trained as a PE teacher at Chelsea College of Physical Education (now Chelsea School of Human Movement) and having left teaching in 1974 to start my family I decided, having attended a fitness class locally, that I could teach one myself.
She continued to say:
“Deciding that I should probably embark on some training I contacted the London Keep Fit Association but there were no courses at that time. Whilst attending a Laban based dance class I met a member of the Surrey Keep Fit Association who informed me that there was a Keep Fit Association teacher training class due to start locally and she was to be the trainer.”
Maureen told us that what keeps her motivated to work in fitness because she particularly loves the dance aspect and she also likes to stay fit in general. She said:
“I really love the camaraderie of the industry, particularly when working as a member of a team for displays and competitions. The Keep Fit Association and REPs have helped me to further my career by providing lots of valuable CPD. The Keep Fit Association also encouraged me to take the Teachers Advanced Certificate and then to progress to the Regional Trainers Qualification.”
Like many others within the fitness industry Maureen felt it was important to join REPS to stay in touch with the latest news in the fitness industry and to gain valuable CPD.
“The clients who come to my sessions know that I have a recognised qualification and that what I give them to do is designed to be safe and enjoyable.”
Upon giving her advice to others wanting to join the industry Maureen concluded saying that:
“If you love movement, exercise and dance and meeting lots of people it is a great career. It is also quite flexible so that you can fit the hours you work around your lifestyle.”
If you’d like advice about joining our vibrant industry click here to find more information.
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