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  1. Food for thought: Are you giving the right nutrition advice?

    Each letter spelling out the word 'food' is represented by a different food

    In recent months, here at REPs we have noticed some confusion on social media with regards to the type and level of nutrition advice which personal trainers are able to give.

    It can be an emotive area as many PTs believe that their nutritional advice is at least as important as the exercise advice they give their clients. Unfortunately, it is apparent that many in our industry fall under the influence of the latest fad or celebrity diet, and thus give poor, confusing or potentially dangerous advice to their clients. In this statement, REPs will try to clarify what the boundaries of appropriate nutrition advice are.

    All REPs categories have what are known as ‘Occupational Descriptors’, which describe what instructors should or shouldn’t do as part of their j

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  2. Do not ignore your pelvic floor

    As Fitness Professionals should we consider the implication of exercise on the group of muscles known as the pelvic floor?

    The short answer is YES! Every movement in functional daily living and exercise involves this often neglected group of muscles at the base of the pelvis, writes Louise Field, founder of Adore Your Pelvic Floor.

    To work effectively, the balance of resting tone, strength and flexibility are required.

    As a Fitness Professional I am more than aware that we are not exempt from pelvic floor dysfunction. Between the ages of 18 and 40 I was fortunate to have had five boys, including one set of twins.

    Postnatally, I worked on regaining my posture and transverse abdominal function, and began teaching my regular classes from nine months post-partum.

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  3. Membership renewal update

    It is now much easier to renew your REPs membership online by logging into your Members Dashboard.

    Following the release of the new REPs website you can choose your package with a few clicks of a button – a far quicker process than phoning us to renew.

    From Sunday, July 1 2018 renewals over the phone will be subject to a £5 administration charge. Of course, we are more than happy to assist with any query you may have, so please do not be scared to call – we will not automatically make the charge!

    By encouraging online renewals it will help reduce the high volume of calls to our customer service team and free them up to spend more time answering your membership enquiries and e-mails.

    Please note we

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  4. New and improved REPs insurance cover for online and virtual training

    Online fitness training

    With the ever changing landscape of online health and fitness training we have been negotiating with our insurers to cover this developing mode of training.

    In the past we have not been able to cover injuries that are suffered by someone following an exercise video that has been uploaded onto the various channels – the good news is this is now included in your REPs insurance, the bit to be aware of is the standard policy does not cover any publishing or professional indemnity risk. If you require this you will need to purchase additional insurances and by contacting Howdens using the details below.

    Virtual training has always been covered by the REPs insurance where the trainer can view their client online through the various modes e.g. Skype, FaceTime, etc. but we are now able to confirm that online programming falls

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  5. Morning motivation: The benefits of getting active in the AM

    Going for a relaxing morning jog

    How are you in the mornings? Full of beans and raring to go, or sluggish until you’ve had a cup of coffee or logged onto your work computer? If the latter resonates with you, and your sleepy morning slump is hard to shake, you might be open to considering a change to your daily routine – such as exercising early in the morning, before you launch into the day.

    This post, courtesy of the workout gurus at Start Fitness, will explain the benefits of this shift towards AM exertion. There’s probably more to it than you think.

    Coming into work in the morning, having already been for a run or completed a challenging workout at the gym will leave you feeling motivated and en

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  6. Is undercharging killing your fitness business?

    NPE ebook

    There is one mistake we see far too many fitness professionals and business owners making and it’s incredibly painful to watch: They are vastly undercharging for their services, writes Sean Greeley, NPE Founder & CEO.

    Undercharging can take many forms. It can mean charging too little, poor packaging, and incorrectly structured margins1.

    But all these mistakes mean slim to zero profit in your business.

    If you’re working your butt off, and aren’t finishing with more money at the end of the month than when you started, this area needs your attention.

    How do you know if you’re currently undercharging?

    More important, how can you make changes once you’ve identified them to ensure your continued success?

    Well, let’s dive into that…

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  7. Breaking through the taboo: The menstrual cycle and exercise performance

    Menstrual Cycle

    Women have approximately 457 menstrual cycles in their lifetime, corresponding to around 35 years of menstrual activity, writes Dr Jacky Forsyth – who works in the centre for Sport, Health and Exercise Research at Staffordshire University.

    For a woman, therefore, the menstrual cycle pervades their reproductive life. And for the exercising female, the menstrual cycle may affect aspects of their exercise performance. This could be because of blood flow and severe abdominal cramps interfering with engagement in certain activities, or because excessive exercise and dietary restriction lead to a complete absence of the menstrual cycle.

    Menstruation is often still considered taboo, and something that is mocked, or considered frivolous (Kissling, 2006). It is important, however, to keep talking about and

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  8. Women in Sport and Exercise Conference

    Women in Sport and Exercise Conference

    This year’s Women in Sport and Exercise Conference: Blood, Sweat and Fears will take place at Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent on 13th and 14th June.

    The aim of the conference is to debate the female-specific health and medical issues arising from physical activity and sport, and to raise awareness of the issues and opportunities for women’s exercise participation.

    There will be two REPs CPD points available for those who attend.

    Conference keynotes come from Annamarie Phelps CBE OLY, Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association and an advocate for safe and inclusive sport for all; Angela Smith, who was instrumental in the formation of the women's squash professional organisation and circuit; and

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  9. The bountiful benefits of Barre

    Over the past 12 months Barreworks founder Vicki Anstey and leading Physiotherapist Katherine Ready have been working to create a programme which identifies the benefits of barre for rehabilitation as well as its more commonly known benefit of conditioning for fully fit individuals.

    Through their research they have identified that barre is versatile, adaptable and relevant to different audiences with simple modification. It can be used to treat end-stage rehab for Physio patients returning to exercise, just as much as it can enhance sports performance in elite athletes and offers a complete training programme for 'mainstream’ clients.

    Barreworks is uniquely placed to offer both Instructor training (for fitness professionals to draw in general audiences) and the Physio Programme (for Rehab Professionals) looking to learn new techniques to incorporate

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  10. Burnley PT wins Personal Trainer of the Year accolade

    Personal Trainer of the Year award

    Holly Lynch has been crowned the REPs-sponsored International Fitness Showcase 2018 Personal Trainer of the Year.

    Holly is the Fitness Coordinator at Fitness Evolution in Burnley, where she delivers personal training sessions and Group X classes.

    She played a key role in the opening and designing of the facility.

    Holly is pictured receiving her winner’s trophy from REPs Head of Operations & Services Tracé Barry and PD:Approval CEO Tom Bell.

    Her nomination form stated: ‘Holly's ethos is to empower and share knowledge with her clients, and this has inspired nine of her past and present clients to start working in the Fitness Industry.

    ‘The work Holly does as a National Trainer for Fit Pro and the charity projects she has coordinated will all help towards her aim of get

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