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Well it certainly has been a few days for all of the team here at REPs!

First of all we’d just like to say thank you to all of our incredible guest speakers and presenters over the past two days here at the REPs National Convention, which was hosted by LIW, and an even bigger thank you to all of our members who made the trip up to Birmingham.

In case you were unable to attend not to worry we thought we’d give you a bit of an update of what happened.

Day one of the REPs National Convention was kick started with our very own Head of Membership Greg Small, who gave our introductory speech on both mornings, discussing all things REPs with our members.

Speaking to us Greg said:

“It’s always great to be able to come to the REPs Convention as it means we are able to interact with our members face-to-face and to gain vital feedback in order to understand the wants and needs of our members.”

He continued to say:

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself here at the REPS Convention, and felt that this year we had an even better line up than before with some fantastic speakers such as Louise Hazel and Anna Turner who were able to inspire our members and give them new ideas to take into the workplace, which is what it’s all about.”

Highlights over the two day event included our keynote speech on day one from REPs ambassador Louise Hazel, who gave our members a bit of an insight as to what we can learn from the training regime of athletes and making sure as exercise professionals we plan properly to get the best out of our clients. 

We also had a fantastic range of workshops including a great session from Sam Dovey at KBTEducation, who brought Olympic and Commonwealth Weightlifter Zoe Smith along with him for a great session over in the CPD masterclass arena, teaching our members some advance weightlifting techniques and skills.

Day two’s highlights included an inspiring talk from Paralympic Skier Anna Turney, who got our members thinking more about inclusive fitness and what we can do as exercise professionals to help individuals with access requirements and to inspire training and setting goals for our clients.  Anna also got our members thinking about the personal barriers they may face as personal trainers, and how to engage and communicate clearly with individuals with access requirements.

Speaking to REPs after her Keynote speech Anna said:

“The REPs Convention was really interesting for me. Meeting trainers to understand their challenges on working with disability and how they can improve their performance was really enjoyable. I hope I’ve helped them realise new ways to engage with and inspire people to commit to health and fitness.”

But it wasn’t all just going on at the REPs Convention, we also had some fantastic activity happening over on the REPs stand including our competition with Louise Hazel who was challenging attendees to do as many burpees, sit ups or press ups as they could in 60 seconds. We’d also like to say a big thanks to Belrobics, Primal  Academy, StarTrac Fitness and Rocktape UK for providing some great prizes and activity for our competitions.  (Results to be revealed soon if you took part).

We hope everyone who came had a fantastic time and just as a reminder we really appreciate your feedback so please don’t forget to fill in our survey which will be sent to all attendees soon. Session notes from the Convention are available here.