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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Strength Training for Distance Running

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    At first it might appear as though training with heavy weights and distance running are worlds apart. Why would the distance runner need to get weight on the bar and bust their gut in the gym when they could be out pounding the roads and getting more miles in?

    But it’s actually in this very question that the problem lies. It’s this constant pounding that the body takes that can lead to injuries and stagnate performance levels.

    Clearly there needs to be a certain volume of work completed which will be different for every individual and for each event that is being trained for, however unnecessary volume can at best be wasted time and at worst lead to overtrainin

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  6. REPs statement following announcement of purchase by Sports Coach UK

    We are pleased to announce 100% ownership of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as we strive to enhance the offer to members and ultimately improve the service of the register. While doing so, we are committed to working with the industry to ensure that REPS is current and fit for purpose.

    Throughout all of our work we will ensure that the qualification and CPD offer from REPs meets the current national and professional standards expected by employers. We will also work with an independent endorsement provider to ensure the provision of our service meets the required high quality.

    Fitness professionals make a significant and vital contribution to an active nation. Whether this is a personal trainer, leader or an instructor, these individuals provide the excellent experiences needed to ensure that people across the UK become and stay active. We intend to provide the necessary high quality support to help th

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  7. Sports charity and skills council collaborate on exercise register

    Two of the UK’s leading sports organisations are joining forces to maintain a register of qualified exercise professionals.

    Sports coach UK, a charity that promotes the education of sports coaches, has teamed up with SkillsActive, a careers advisory council, to run the national Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

    First launched in 2002, the independent register had previously been run by just Skills Active. It regulates health and fitness instructors across the UK.

    It allows employers and members of the public to check that exercise instructors meet the National Occupational Standards set by the industry.

    Anna Lowe, co-founder of social enterprise Active Together, told Frontline: ‘Physiotherapists and exercise professionals have a shared interest in supporting the national physical activity agenda, both have a huge role to play in encouraging and enabling people t

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  8. Major investment to enhance the sporting workforce

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    Two leading sports organisations have announced a major initiative to create better strategic alignment and clarify the sporting landscape. sports coach UK and SkillsActive have collaborated to run the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the independent, public register which provides regulation for health and fitness instructors.

    REPs was launched in 2002 to provide confidence to employers and the public that instructors and trainers meet the National Occupational Standards set by the industry. As well as protecting the public, the Register enhances the employment prospects of exercise professionals by recognising their skills and qualifications. For employers, it offers an effi

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  9. REPs leading the way

    REPs has been leading the way in representing exercise professionals in the UK since 2002. The membership has grown steadily and stands at over 30,000 current members which is over two-thirds of the fitness workforce in Great Britain! There is no scheme as successful nor as recognised anywhere in Europe in any sector.

    Every month we communicate with more than 3,000 members. We listen, we consult and we develop more ideas to support the opportunities for you - our community of members. In any month we consult more people and more members than any consultation in the history of the fitness sector but we don’t make a song and dance about it – we just get on with doing our job for you.

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  10. NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme

    NHS England announced today the launch of their Diabetes Prevention Programme with the aim of identifying those people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and referring them onto an evidence-based behaviour change programme to help reduce their risk. There is robust evidence that behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

    Initially up to 20,000 places will be available on the scheme, with the aim of having 100,000 referral places by 2020. There will be a strong emphasis on interventions focused on increasing activity levels amongst those referred onto the scheme, and REPs members will be ideally placed to provide the activity advice and exercise programmes which are a cornerstone of the programme. In particular, those members holding the Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes category will have the specific skills and knowledge to wor

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