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  1. Core stability – what is it and why is it important?

    There are many definitions of core stability. Core Stabilisation (CS) has been described as the ability to maintain spinal and pelvic alignment using trunk and hip muscle endurance and strength (Yu & Lee, 2012: Wilson et al, 2005). It has also been described as an action whereby muscles stabilise the spine statically or dynamically while other muscles carry out a movement involving other joints (Siff, 2004).

    In simple terms, core stability is the process of holding the shoulder and pelvic girdles (that is, the centre part, or core of the body) stable in order to support the movement forces from the arms and legs, which in turn will also increase the ability to balance.

    To do this, the muscles that are responsible for the stabilising role must function correctly in order that the muscles responsible for movement are able to perform their f

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  2. NCFE qualifications REPs ready

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    National awarding organisation, NCFE, has redeveloped its Level 2 Gym Instructing and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications to meet the UK’s fitness industry standards, which have now been approved by PD:Approval – the independent quality assurance organisation providing endorsement services for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

    These qualifications will allow more of NCFE’s learners to access the UK’s largest register of fitness professionals and gain international recognition through the International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs):

    New Qualifications

    NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing 603/3931/7

    NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training 603/3491/5

    NCFE has also released new qualifications that can be added by members as continuing profess

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  3. The Tremendous Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Survivors

    Latest research shows that if you are born after 1960, your lifetime risk of being diagnosed with cancer is now 1 in 2. There are over 360,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year – that's nearly 1000 every day (CRUK).

    On a more positive note, new effective cancer detection methods and sophisticated treatments have resulted in cancer survival rates doubling in the last 40 years. Currently, over 50% of people diagnosed with cancer will survive for more than 10 years and the prognosis increases to 80% survival rate with cancers such as breast, prostate, testicular, melanoma and Hodgkin lymphoma.

    Unfortunately, with some cancers – such as stomach, brain, oesophageal, lung and pancreatic cancers, which are difficult to diagnose and/or treat – the 10-year survival rate is less than 20%.

    The importance of exercise

    Over four million p

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  4. How to Hire Quality Coaches and Expand Your Fitness Services

    Whatever stage your business is in, you should always be on the lookout for growth opportunities.

    Whether it is searching for the required skills and qualifications when expanding your team or looking into diversifying your current services offering – this webinar will offer a starting point.

    It features REPs Business Development Manager John Byers, who delivered advice to MINDBODY customers which included thought-provoking ideas on the following topics:

    • Skills, qualifications and personality – what to look for when recruiting
    • Opening new doors – spreading your education and training methods
    • Thinking out of the cube – online and international opportunities

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  5. 3 Smart Ways to Ensure Your Gym Is Inclusive for All

    With recent data revealing that a shocking 62% of UK adults are overweight or obese, ensuring your gym is welcoming and appealing has never been so important. But from cardio-crazy gym veterans to testosterone-pumping bodybuilders, gyms can be an understandably intimidating environment for out-of-shape newbies and atypical gym-goers.

    So here, courtesy of Tom Brialey (the Founder and Director of Action Storage), are a few smart ways you can ensure your gym is fully inclusive, regardless of age, gender or ability.

    Let’s take a closer look…

    The changing rooms

    As gym-users’ first port of call, your changing rooms require a thoughtful and c

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  6. Pushing Boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise

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    Opportunities for women in sport and exercise are expanding rapidly, whether it is in leading a governing body, excelling in elite competition or simply participation for fitness, camaraderie and the love of sport. However, there is still much work to do to achieve a level playing field. Having started as an all-male event, women competed for the first time in The Olympics in the 1900 Games in Paris. According to the International Olympic Committee females represented just 2.2% of the 997 participating athletes, competing in just five sports at these Games. Significant progress has been made since then, with females now making up almost half of the athletes at the Summer and Winter Olympic games (Noland & Stahler, 2017). However, gender parity at the Olympic Games is not en

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  7. In a world of wearable fitness technology, why CPD is now even more important for personal trainers

    As we venture into another January crush in gyms worldwide, with people eager to run off that extra mince pie or lift their way out of the pool of brandy cream they waded into somewhere around the 28th December, fitness professionals come out of hibernation ready to feast on the influx of a new batch of novice health conscious humans.

    These people are ready to spend their last remaining pennies on employing someone to get that beach body ready by any means necessary. However, increasingly these spare pennies are being spent on tech not trainers. In 2014 5 million units (Statista, 2019a) of smart watches were sold. This number increased by 380% in 2015 and in just three years it rocketed further still to 43.5 million in 2018 (Statista, 2019b). What’s more, the trend isn’t showing signs of stopping and industry predictions show that by 2022

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  8. Pearson qualification REPs ready

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    Graduates of a new fitness qualification can now access the UK’s largest register of fitness professionals.

    Pearson’s BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Fitness Services meets the membership entry requirements for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

    This REPs recognised qualification increases the employability of those pursuing a career in the health and fitness industry, which upon successful completion provides access to REPs’ level two fitness instructor categories, including Level 2 Gym/Fitness Instructor, Level 2 Circuits Instructor, Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor and Level 2 Aqua Instructor*.

    Pearson Sport Sector Manager Becky Laffan said:

    "It's really important to us that learners are offered the opportunities to be the best they can be, which is why we'r

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  9. The power of love: Tips to strengthen your customer relationships

    So, now that Christmas is a fading memory, I’m sure that you are back into the swing of things, all guns blazing, tires firmly on the tar and (hopefully) sticking to whatever goals and targets you set yourself both personally and professionally whilst welcoming in 2019 with open arms.

    I’m sure you’re holding on tight to the fitness rollercoaster that’s trailblazing in so many different directions right now from budget to boutique, indoor to outdoor, not to mention the extremely exciting and dynamic digital space.

    But before we look to the future I’d like to reflect a little.

    The past nine years my family and I have resided in South Africa, so our annual trip back ‘home’ every December is one that we as a family really look forward to.

    Of course, it’s all about reconnecting with family and friends but it’s the little things that trig

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  10. Have your say on the future of workforce development

    The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) are delighted to launch the first EU Skills Survey — embracing sport and physical activity across the EU — and we are asking for your participation. 

    The two associations share a mission to build a more active society and ensure we have a skilled workforce to deliver a successful future.

    Building on their memorandum of understanding signed in London at the European Congress in 2017, IHRSA is requesting all Clubs, Associations, Federations, Suppliers and other Industry Employers to support this survey below as part of the European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport and Physical Activity, a three-year project led by EOSE and funded by the EU under Erasmus Plus.

    Detailed research and consultation is underway at a national

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