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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.

Lately there has been untrue rumours spread by poor imitators perhaps – you tell us and we’ll put the facts straight. So far we have just been doing what we do best – run a service for you. You have told us that you want to keep the costs down and focus on key insurance benefits, so our costs are amongst the lowest of any professional registration membership. So we haven’t spent your money on PR consultants, rumour mongering, constant Twitter feeds, lies, lobbying and misquotes.

But let us focus even more on what you want and let us be more responsive to your needs and those of collaborative employers.

2016 will be a year of transformation with REPs seeking to provide a stronger membership offer throughout all membership levels and giving you a voice within your industry.

We are here to create, develop and improve - and over the next few months we will be launching our Member Satisfaction Survey 2016 which will allow you to shape the future of your register, give your views and have your say on where and what you would like REPs to do in 2016 and beyond. We are by far the UK’s largest exercise professional registration body, and throughout 2016 we will continue to attract recognition within the UK, allowing us to grow our offers to members.

Further, we can offer our members a route into working in fitness internationally, including Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UAE and others.

Watch out for news on our website over the coming weeks and months about our future developments and as always if you want to get in touch for any reason, please give us a call on 0330 004 0004 or email at info@skillsactiveregisters.org.

Be part of the future, be part of REPs.

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REPS PIC01Lifetime Training is partnering with Matrix Fitness to deliver its new Education Programme. The aim of the partnership is to provide Matrix customers with quality training and education so their fitness teams can provide an excellent member focused service to help improve client retention.

Lifetime will provide a suite of REPs accredited courses. These will enable clubs and centres using Matrix equipment to ensure their team of trainers are fully educated in the delivery and execution of all major programmes, providing the best possible service to members and customers.

With twenty years of experience in training, Matrix customers will benefit from Lifetime’s expertise in quality education for Traineeships, Apprenticeships, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in addition to leadership and management qualifications. CPD courses include development of instructor communication skills to drive customer experience, and advanced Level 3 training, as well as tailored CPD courses in key topics such as functional training and pre and post natal training. The plethora of versatile courses aims to meet the career requirements and team progression in any facility. 

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REPS PIC01Dance fitness classes are more popular than ever, with thousands of people choosing dancing as their way of keeping fit. Dance fitness crazes come and go but the best thing about them is they welcome all levels – so whether you’re a trained dancer or a complete beginner, a dance fitness class is a fun way to work out. DancingClasses.biz has released its top seven dance workouts.

Without a doubt, the top dance inspired workout class, which is now world famous, is Zumba. The cardio workout with an element of toning fuses many different styles of dance, mainly South American, including salsa, cumbia, merengue, hip hop and reggaeton. It is one of the most popular dance workouts worldwide with an array of merchandise including clothing, DVDs and video games.

One dance style which you probably wouldn’t expect to take off as a dance based workout is ballet. Ballet barre classes, which focus on repetitive toning exercises using a barre and light weights, are coming to the UK after being successful in the US and Australia. Some classes also have elements of yoga and pilates to increase flexibility.

Next on the list of dance inspired workouts was one of the first to get us moving – Jazzercise. Founded in 1969, the classes use a mix of music and dance styles mixing jazz, hip hop and even kickboxing moves to ensure the dance party burns 800 calories an hour.

Belly dance fitness classes take the number four spot, which are growing in momentum and even claim studio space in some of the UK’s biggest chain gyms such as Fitness First. Pole fitness is also a very popular workout which people are starting to take more seriously. Combining gymnastics, acrobatics and pole dancing, pole fitness strengthens and tones the entire body while also improving flexibility and coordination.

At number six, Masala Bhangra offers a combination of low impact exercises mixed with Bollywood dance moves. Finally at number seven it’s the latest cardio workout – twerking. This infamous booty move is now at the centre of a new 'twerkout' but the experts predict this one might be a passing phase.

To find out more about DancingClasses.biz visit the website at www.dancingclasses.biz

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Make fitness fun, sociable and more approachable, a new guide by Sport England today recommends. Aimed at the people who create opportunities for women to get active, ‘Helping Women & Girls to Get Active: A Practical Guide’ offers advice on how to break down barriers which are stopping women and young girls from getting active, and keep them coming back for more.

Rejecting a ‘one size fits all’ approach, this guide encourages facilitators to consider a range of barriers which may be preventing women and young girls from signing up. For example, research found that many women find mirrors in exercise studios intimidating and are often fearful of appearing to be the odd one out in classes. The guide also includes common sense solutions to encourage repeat visits to classes, such as teaming up with a local business to offer a free coffee as a reward for completion of a certain number of sessions. Some of the other top tips include:

  • Make sure the changing rooms have full length mirrors and good quality hairdryers
  • Mirrors in studios can make some women feel self-conscious
  • Selling the sport or activity doesn’t always work, instead sell the benefit, promoting the fun, friendship, social aspects, as well as de-stressing effect
  • Consider alternatives to sporty images, ads with women in relaxed clothing having fun can resonate better
  • Avoid stock photos, people prefer to see either local women or women who feel like them in marketing material
  • Images of women exercising on their own or in small groups appeal more than images of large groups
  • Record a quick video demonstrating the class and post online so possible attendees can see what the activity is like and the people taking part
  • Reduce the fear factor by advising women what to wear, what to bring, how much it is, and that there will be other people at a similar level to them there either on your website, Facebook page or by talking to them

Despite 13 million women and girls saying they want to play more sport, in reality only half that number actually do. This free online guide sets out to change this. Targeting women specifically, it aims to close the gender divide which currently sees two million more men than women exercising per week.

This new guide brings together all the results of Sport England's female-focused campaigns including I Will If You Will*, and This Girl Can*, and research study, Go Where Women Are*. I Will If You Will, a project delivered by Bury Council, has seen the number of local women doing sport and physical activity in the town double in the last two years. The multi award-winning This Girl Can campaign is transforming the way sport and physical activity is marketed to women and how women talk and feel about being active.

Sport England Director of Business Partnerships, Tanya Joseph, said, “We know that men and women think about sport differently, and encouraging women and girls to get involved requires more work

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A passion for fitness is the main reason people choose to work in the fitness industry according to findings from the Working in Fitness Survey 2015. The survey, conducted by SkillsActive and the Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP), surveyed the 35,000 members of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) which works to support, develop and unite the brightest and best fitness professionals in the UK.

The Working in Fitness Survey revealed that 70% of fitness professionals want to work in the fitness industry because they have a genuine passion for fitness. In fact, over 50% of respondents love what they do so much that they decided to come into the fitness industry from a completely different sector.

The survey also found that fitness professionals are not only passionate, they’re altruistic. 44% of respondents said that they came into the sector because they wanted to be a help to other people, and it’s the opportunity to really make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing that they love the most. The majority of respondents working in the fitness industry revealed they gain the most satisfaction from the degree of responsibility given to them.

Greg Small, Head of Membership at REPs said: 'It’s great to see that people are coming into the industry because they genuinely love what they do and want to help other people, showing that the fitness industry continues to be a rewarding and appealing sector to work in. The fact that 40% of respondents have been working in the sector for more than ten years and have no plans to leave in the next five is testament that fitness professionals truly are a happy workforce.'

Although 50% of respondents said that low income would be a key deciding factor for leaving the industry, there is evidence to show that the industry continues to thrive and salary figures are rising. What’s more, job security is clearly not a pressing concern for fitness professionals, with only a very small percentage saying they would leave the industry because of the end of a contract or redundancy.

Jade Moulden, Insight Lead at EMDP said: 'The fitness industry offers great benefits in terms of working flexible hours which is probably why the sector attracts predominantly women. With 67% of the fitness workforce consisting of women, it is an ideal career for those with families who can’t afford to have a regimented nine to five schedule and want the freedom of working for themselves. It offers excellent career opportunities.' 

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Leading fitness equipment supplier and manufacturer Precor has unveiled the Precor Coaching Centre, to help guide and educate both customers and fitness professionals.

The new destination area offers a wealth of web-based information and tips to help fitness professionals and exercisers optimise their workouts, and ensure operators get the most value out of their equipment. This regularly updated content is available online at www.precor.com/en-gb/coaching-centre

The Precor Coaching Centre features three main sections, targeted at fitness professionals, operators and exercisers. For fitpros,the online centre explains how PTs can use Precor equipment in new ways to help clients stay engaged while having fun. Content includes a series of three minute trainer tip videos on core training, High Impact Interval Training (HIIT) workouts and AMT coaching, along with downloadable workout templates and coaching guides.

For operators, the content is all about providing educational resources for staff. This includes a dedicated Fitness Professionals Area, Precor Education Onboarding Checklist (a guide to key educational resources available on each product) and Precor Product Tutorials. There’s also resources that operators can use as blogs on their own websites, covering everything from trend-based workouts, nutrition and sleep recommendations, to Precor product tutorials for members.

Exercisers can also gain from the new coaching centre as Precor-recommended workouts in both video and PDF format deliver fresh perspectives and training tips that help exercisers stay engaged. Frequently updated featured workouts provide a results-oriented variety of plans. This section also features ‘Get to know our equipment’ tutorials which show how to use each machine correctly, and inform which muscles are being trained.

Find out more at www.precor.com

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Do you have what it takes to be the best in your field? Popular sports nutrition brand Bio-Synergy are providing the perfect opportunity for personal trainers to elevate their careers to new heights with their exclusive competition to find the number one personal trainer in the UK. Part of their coveted Bio-Synergy PT Programme, the competition will be launching at this years Fitpro event in London in association with fitness-centric title Personal Trainer Magazine.

To enter this career-changing competition, all PTs need to do is email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where they will then be directed to a sign up page. To complete the application, all entrants must submit a short vlog stating why they should be considered as UK’s number one PT. Personal trainers will also need to provide various supporting documents such as testimonials, before and after client photos, information about how long clients have maintained objectives, explaining what actions have been taken to further their qualifications and career  as well as any specialities they focus on, such as sports performance, weight loss or competition preparation.

A panel of judges – including Ben Isaacs, Editor at Shortlist magazine and David Cooper, Brand Director at Gym Box – will then whittle the number of entrants down to 10 candidates for the next exciting stage of the competition, where participants can really showcase their creativity, niches and passion for fitness. The second stage of the competition will see the chosen top 10 devise a new workout that can be done at home, in the gym or outdoors. The workouts will then be voted on by clients, with the highest scoring three personal trainers then succeeding in to the final round of the competition, where the experienced judges will select the final winner.

The winner will not only be crowned the number one PT in the UK, but will also get to star in their very own Personal Trainer Magazine cover, also taking home £500. Each of the runners up will receive a feature within the fitness-focused publication as well as £100. All entrants will gain entry into the Bio-Synergy PT Programme.

Make your mark within the industry and apply today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to transform your fitness career!

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upmysport, the platform designed to make it easier for people to meet recommended sport and fitness instructors in their area, has announced a successful seed round of fundraising totalling £1m. The round was led by private investors working in partnership with Government backed investment fund, the Angel CoFund.

Founded in early 2013 with a vision to be home to the best instructors in Europe, upmysport is designed to meet the need for a simple, digitally-based service for arranging sessions with reliable instructors in a chosen activity. The service allows you to browse through and book into private sessions or courses, updating your phone diary and taking payment in just one click. Users can also create a shortlist of their favourite instructors for easy future booking. For instructors, the app serves as a full relationship management and marketing tool.

The tech startup is based in Tech City in East London and in Chamonix, France. This investment round is the second raised by upmysport, who previously raised £150k under SEIS. Investors include business leaders and successful entrepreneurs from across Europe, all of whom share upmysport’s passion to fill the consumer technology gap in the instructor-led activity market and therefore help more people enjoy being active.

This latest funding will go towards further development of upmysport’s online and mobile offerings, and to support the development of strategic partnership opportunities. The startup has remained London-centric to date, and is now expanding its reach. In its latest partnership, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust joins upmysport as a UK charity partner, giving the startup the opportunity to support underprivileged young people with their own active aims.

Tim Mills, investment director of Angel CoFund said: 'London has become an incredible breeding ground for tech startups but is also home to many people who are keen to learn new sports, build fitness or simply hone their talents. upmysport is focused on helping consumers navigate the challenging process of finding the right coaching and tuition, making it effortless to locate, evaluate and hire professionals to suit their needs. Their platform fits a real need in the market – both in terms of digitising the instructor-led activity market, but also in terms of enabling people to get more involved in sport and achieve the active lifestyle they want on the go.'

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Stephen Hughes Landers, the UK’s #1 ranked calisthenics athlete, is bringing calisthenics and street workout to FitPro LIVE for the first time. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the training methodologies of this exciting new sport from the country’s best practitioner. In this practical workshop Stephen will demonstrate the progressions and regressions needed to master the most iconic calisthenics move, the muscle up. Stephen will also provide details of his REPs accredited one-day Calisthenics for Fitness Professionals workshop, worth 6 CPD points, designed in partnership with training provider Sideways 8 Training.

 

 

There’s still time to book your ticket to this year’s FitPro Live if you haven’t already, visit http://www.fitpro.com/live for more information.

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With just three weeks to go FitPro Live (9th and 10th July) is set to be a highlight for industry professionals wanting to develop their skills and find out the latest industry news. There will be a wide range of sessions and talks on offer, aiming to inspiring and engage visitors.

 

 

A leader in forward-thinking fitness,Physical Company is delivering a range of highly energetic sessions for visitors at this year’s FitPro LIVE. UK master trainer Kelly Edwards will present two high-intensity classes – 3D XTREMETM and BOSU® On The Minute – to give PTs hundreds of new ways to use BOSU while getting their hearts racing. Kelly is joined by certified strength coach Jeremy Boyd, who will deliver two Triplex Untamed sessions. His integrated functional training session combines three of the best pieces of equipment in the Physical Company toolbox: RMT® Clubs, The Surge® and freeFORM Boards.  REPs members will be able to gain 3 CPD points for attending FitPro Live and then claim additional points* for attending SkillsActive endorsed training provider workshops and seminars, which can be logged on the Members Area.

 

 

What is BOSU 3D XTREME?

 

BOSU 3D XTREME is an exciting new group fitness class created by titans of the international group scene: Jay Blahnik, Douglas Brooks, Candice Brooks, Julz Arney, Keli Roberts and Greg Sellar. The 50-minute high-intensity workout combines functional training with explosive calorie-blasting cardio and interactive team challenges to provide XTREME results.

When and Where?

3D XTREME: Thursday 9th July 10:45-12:15 Group X Room

BOSU® On The Minute: Friday 10th July 13:30-14:30  Group X Room

TRIPLEX UNTAMED: Thursday 9th July 15:00-16:15 and Friday 10th July 09:15 – 10:15 PT Workshop

On the stand

 

Physical Company will not add VAT to any orders taken at FitPro LIVE and will discount 30% off the trade price on all used equipment purchased after the sessions on Friday 10 July. In addition, Physical Company is inviting visitors to take part in a pull-up challenge for the chance to win £100 worth of Physical Company vouchers. Competitors will have 60 seconds to do as many pull-ups as they can and the winner at the end of the show will receive the voucher. Last year’s record stood at 58 pull-ups for men and 44 for women, so a bit of sneaky practise ahead of FitPro LIVE wouldn’t go amiss before you take the challenge on stand 84!

Places are limited for the classes, so ensure you don’t miss out by visiting fitpro.com/live

 

* Delegates are eligible for up to 13 REPs points for attending the education sessions at FitPro LIVE; up to eight (8) points for one day or thirteen (13) points for two days.

 

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Following on from my recent blog about information overload, I wanted to share the following story, told to me by one of my mentors a few years ago when I was feeling overwhelmed with the amount of I felt I needed to learn, wondering how I would ever know as much as those I looked up to.

A brash tourist is on safari in Kenya. He asks his guide to take him to see a lion on his own so he can take photos up close.

“No no”, says the guide, “lion does not like photos”.

But the tourist insists he wants to get close to a lion and nags the guide until eventually he agrees to take him.

Before they set off, the guide takes a small rucksack from his truck and slings it on his back. The tourist briefly wonders what’s in the bag but thinks nothing more of it.

After walking for some time the guide spots a lion in the distance. “Take photo here” he says to the tourist.

“No, I want to get closer” the man replies.

“Too dangerous” the guide warns, but again the tourist argues and convinces the guide to go further towards the lion. So they carry on walking, the tourist with his camera, and the guide with his rucksack.

After another minute the guide stops. “Lion too close,” he whispers, “you must be quiet”.

“He won’t hear us” says the arrogant tourist loudly and begins setting up his camera, with all its clicks and whirrs.

“Uh oh”, says the guide, and the tourist looks up to see the lion has noticed the two men and is staring at them closely. Then it starts to take a few steps towards them.

“What do we do?” asks the tourist nervously.

With that, the guide quickly but calmly takes the rucksack off his back and out of it produces a pair of trainers, much to the tourist’s surprise.

“What are you thinking??” he exclaims, “you can’t outrun a lion!”

“I don’t need to outrun lion”, the guide replies coolly, “I just need to outrun you…”

 

As a personal trainer, there will always be other fitness professionals you aspire to be as good as, and you will likely always feel there is more to learn than you could ever know (that’s a good thing – it means you don’t get complacent). But don’t put undue pressure on yourself - you don’t need to be the world’s best trainer to be successful. Remember that as long as you are able to coach, educate and support your clients more than they could help themselves, you are offering them a valuable service.

 

Paul Swainson is Head of the Future Fit School of Personal Training, a role to which he brings over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. Having run his own personal training business and worked as a PT manager and tutor for some of the UK’s leading brands, his aim with the

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With tens of thousands of personal trainers now in the UK, taking the time to carefully market your services is crucial in order to be successful in such a competitive market.

Read our tips to help you plan out an effective marketing strategy so that you can take the steps needed in order to build and improve your business.

Reverse engineer your goals

Reverse engineering involves working backwards from a clearly defined goal in order to figure out the activity that needs to be carried out to reach the objective.

For many personal trainers, their marketing goals tend to centre on growing their customer base. When determining your exact goals, ask yourself questions such as:

-          How many new customers do I want to win in the next six months?

-          Who is my target audience?

-          Do I want my new clients to fit a certain demographic?

-          How am I going to reach my new customers?

When you set your business objectives, consider your current workload. While you may want to focus on winning new business, you need to make sure that you will be capable of providing the highest level of service to existing customers and to any new clients you win.

Marketing methods

Once you have determined the goals you wish to achieve, it is time to figure out the marketing techniques to use in order to reach your objectives.

In the digital age, the introduction of online marketing and social media has transformed the way businesses can interact and engage with their audience. Meanwhile, promoting services through business cards, flyers and posters remains effective, and can be a great way to gain local clients.

Planning an integrated marketing strategy that utilises the right styles of promotion can help you achieve the greatest possible results. When putting your plan together, take the time to consider the following marketing techniques:

  • SEO (search engine optimisation)

Optimising your website so that it is search engine friendly and easy to locate is crucial in the competitive fitness industry. SEO can be complicated, but by making sure your website is optimised for the phrases you want your website to rank for is a great starting point.

  • PPC (pay per click marketing)

Google Adwords is the most popular and successful PPC marketing platform in the UK, which enables companies to market their business through adverts that appear above the organic results on Google.

  • Social media marketing

With over 2 billion users on social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, marketing your business through such websites can bring tremendous rewards. Using the platforms to exhibit your services and engage with your customers is essential to keep up with the competition.

  • Referral incentives

Offering your existing customers incentives for referring their friends and family can be a great way to earn new business, particularly in the fitness industry. Cash rewards, free sessions or vouchers are popular ways to entice people to encourage their friends to sign up. 

  • Flyers and
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Anyone who runs their own business and has read the fantastic book The E-Myth by Michael Gerber, will have had a lightbulb moment that hopefully revolutionised the way they do things (working on their business, rather than in it, as Gerber would say).

It’s worth noting at this point that most personal trainers are sole traders or the only person in their company, and are in the situation, initially at least, where they only earn money while they are physically with clients, meaning income is limited by how many hours you work. This is why many would say ‘traditional’ PTs have a self-employed job and aren’t actually running a businessat all, as a true business enables you to earn while sat at home doing nothing. In the modern world of the internet, online training and the sale of information products has changed this situation, removing the limit on earning potential.

However, whether you’re a sole trader selling your time, or have multiple revenue streams, the principles of The E-Myth still apply and can make the difference between working long hours for little return, and making the money you want whilst working less.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, the E-Myth is this:

"Because I am good at the technical aspects of my job, I would be great at running a business based around that job".

Thus the 'E' stands for 'entrepreneur'. So for example, a plumber who considers himself to be adept at fixing taps and installing showers, may believe he could run a successful plumbing business. This may of course be true, but it requires the plumber to have sufficient ability in the fields of marketing, sales, accounting and administration, amongst others (or at least the desire to learn them very quickly). Without the skills to run a business, the individual is left with nothing more than the trade skills that enable them to fulfil a job, which is what they were doing before.

Applied to the fitness world, many personal trainers fall victim to a version of the E-Myth - but they are not in the same situation as someone who already has a job in the industry in question. Indeed the problem often arises before they have even begun their qualification. The version of the myth is:

"I enjoy exercise and training, therefore I can run a business training other people."

Again, this proposition can be true in many cases. However the two fundamental points to consider for a lot of budding fitness professionals are 1) training yourself is not the same as training someone else; someone who has different goals, different motivation and different physiology, and 2) being able to coach someone in exercise and nutrition is one thing, but finding them in the first place and getting them to pay you for it is another.

The first issue is of course addressed by completing a quality personal training qualification along with continual research and learning, which all trainers should want to do. However, this

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At REPs, we are continually finding new ways to connect, develop and create opportunities for our members; this year is no different. We are delighted to launch the South East Convention 2014, delivered in association with FitPro.

This year’s huge convention is attracting over 7,500 fitness experts from all parts of the globe and is taking place in the heart of the historic docklands, at London’s Excel Centre.

Our keynote presentations from leading speakers are:

  • Friday 18th July - A superb panel of obesity experts Dr Ian Campbell and nutritionist Dr Janet Aylott taking your questions
  • Saturday 19th July - GB Olympic swimmer, now Personal Trainer, Kate Haywood

Workshops sessions will be delivered by:

  • BACPR
  • Evolve Leisure
  • Later Life Training
  • Oxford Brooks
  • Premier Global
  • The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method
  • The Traditional Yoga Association

To see the full programme, you can download it here

By delivering our convention in association with FitPro, you have the opportunity to attend both events and explore the convention area, filled with the latest technologies, products and endorsed training providers.

To celebrate this partnership, we have an early bird ticket opportunity until 18th June and the first 100 tickets sold will receive guaranteed access to Katie Piper’s Keynote, taking place at FitPro Live.

Lastly, we have developed an opportunity for you to attend the REPs South East Convention and to 'top up' and gain access to 2x FitPro sessions and the Live event. The exclusive ‘top up’ tickets to allow you to gain full access to the FitPro exhibition, saving you up to £80 on standard pricing.

To purchase tickets for the REPs South East Convention, please follow this link.

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At REPs, we are continually finding new ways to connect, develop and create opportunities for our members; this year is no different. We are delighted to launch the South East Convention 2014, delivered in association with FitPro.

This year’s huge convention is attracting over 7,500 fitness experts from all parts of the globe and is taking place in the heart of the historic docklands, at London’s Excel Centre.

Our keynote presentations from leading speakers are:

  • Friday 18th July - A superb panel of obesity experts Dr Ian Campbell and nutritionist Dr Janet Aylott taking your questions
  • Saturday 19th July - GB Olympic swimmer, now Personal Trainer, Kate Haywood

Workshops sessions will be delivered by:

  • BACPR
  • Evolve Leisure
  • Later Life Training
  • Oxford Brooks
  • Premier Global
  • The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method
  • The Traditional Yoga Association

To see the full programme, you can download it here

By delivering our convention in association with FitPro, you have the opportunity to attend both events and explore the convention area, filled with the latest technologies, products and endorsed training providers.

To celebrate this partnership, we have an early bird ticket opportunity until 18th June and the first 100 tickets sold will receive guaranteed access to Katie Piper’s Keynote, taking place at FitPro Live.

Lastly, we have developed an opportunity for you to attend the REPs South East Convention and to 'top up' and gain access to 2x FitPro sessions and the Live event. The exclusive ‘top up’ tickets to allow you to gain full access to the FitPro exhibition, saving you up to £80 on standard pricing.

To purchase tickets for the REPs South East Convention, please follow this link.

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The winners of the CYQ/BCS Fitness Trainer Competition have been announced after an exciting national final at the prestigious home of the FA, St George’s Park on 1 May 2014.

REPs would like to give a huge congratulations to this year’s winners and we were delighted to be involved in this year’s competition by offering the winners free membership on to the Register.

There were 15 finalists in total who competed in three categories, Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Gym, Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Exercise to Music and Level 3 Personal Trainer, to lift the coveted 2014 trophies.

Kathryn Ingles from Warwickshire College was named winner of the Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Gym competition, Deborah Terry from Truro and Penwith College took the Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Exercise to Music prize and Callum Green from South Downs College was awarded first place in the Level 3 Personal Trainer category.

The winners were presented with their trophies by a line-up representing the organisations behind the competition including Lori Randall of CYQ, Head of Business Development; Carole Stott, Chair of World Skills; Justin Smith of Technogym, and Richard Burley, the outgoing Vice-Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire college.  The winners were understandably delighted with their success.

REPs Head of Membership Greg Small said:

‘This competition is such fantastic opportunity for these young, aspiring trainers to apply their knowledge and skills in a controlled environment. The experience will enhance their CV and further prepare them for a career in the fitness industry.

We are delighted to have been able to support this CYQ event, and feel the trainers will greatly benefit from this partnership.  Contests of this nature can only help to improve standards in the industry and be of benefit to participants.’

Greg continued to say:

‘I would like to congratulate Callum, Kathryn and Deborah on winning this competition. To see the competitors show the same values as REPs through their commitment to career development and professionalism is particularly pleasing, and it is a pleasure to be able to offer the winners complimentary membership to REPs.’

Callum Green, winner of the Level 3 Personal Trainer category, enthused, ‘Before enrolling on my personal trainer course at South Downs College, I did not have much of an idea as to where my career was heading. The knowledge and tools my tutor - James Clack - and all of my lecturers have provided me with have been instrumental in my success. I can't thank them and CYQ enough for this amazing opportunity.’

Kathryn Ingles, winner of the Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Gym competition explains, 'I am thrilled to have won. It was an honour to be involved in such an event and, although nerve wracking, the day exceeded all expectations.’

And Deborah Terry the Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Exercise to Music category

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CYQ comp 2013

2013 Competition Winners 

We are delighted to be partnering with CYQ at this year’s Fitness Trainer of the Year Competition, which will be taking place at St. George’s Park on the 1 May 2014. The competition winners will be recognised and rewarded through receiving a REPs membership, insurance and a goody bag.

The CYQ Fitness Trainer Competition is a skills competition for students of the fitness industry. Delivered in collaboration with British Colleges Sport (BCS), the competition celebrates the excellence of fitness instructors and personal trainers educated within further education colleges across the UK.

All finalists involved will be competing to become the UK's top fitness trainers in the following categories:

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer

Here’s what our Head of Membership Greg Small had to say about the competition:

“We are delighted to be supporting these young, up and coming professionals in their careers. By recognising these professionals, we are offering them the best start to their careers as they look to enhance the health and fitness of the nation. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring professionals to make their mark in the industry and we’d like to take this moment to wish everyone involved the very best of luck.”

The finalists

Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Gym

Name College
Liam Swan College of West Anglia
Hannah Palk Brockenhurst College
Amy Davis Cornwall College (St. Austell)
Chris Wood Darlington College
Gareth Jones West Cheshire College
Kathyrn Ingles Warwickshire College
Jake Rock Grimsby College
Stephen Donnelly South West College, NI

 

Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Exercise to Music

Name College
Jack Colbourne Brockenhurst College
Deborah Terry Truro and Penwith College
Ross Jarvis Warwickshire College

Level 3 Personal Trainer

Name College
Philip Lant College of West Anglia
Callum Green South Downs College
Holly Walsh Cornwall College (St. Austell)
Ross Pickersgill Redcar and Cleveland College
Alex Bruce North Warks & Hinckley College

So what will the judges be looking for?

All finalists have already successfully completed an online test and personal statement. The personal statements’ score will be added to the marks achieved at the finals.

Each competition requires the competitors to gather information about their client/s, within an agreed time frame and instruct their session to published criteria. The Level 3 Personal Trainer also requires a progressive plan to be written within timed conditions.

The judges will be observing, amongst many things, the ability of the competitor to relate to their client/s, and the quality of the competitor’s instructional and motivational skills. Plus, they will be judged on their ability to work in a pressurised, time sensitive and professional environment whilst maintaining excellent levels of customer care.

From all at REPs, we’d like to wish everyone taking part the very best of luck.

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In recent times it has become the norm to open the paper and to find out that something is bad for our health, can give us cancer, or can help fight obesity, which for the average member of the public can become very confusing, and lead to a contradiction in determining which advice to take.

In the past couple of months there have been reports that "Seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave", "High Protien diets are just as bad as smoking" and "Want to lose weight? Play Tetris: Classic game distracts dieters from food cravings", all of which have featured in broadsheets such as The Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, not just the tabloid newspapers.

With the case of high protein diets and smoking, we were quite shocked that the newspapers could even put the two in the same category as we all are fully aware of health implications smoking can cause. The NHS has decades of evidence proving that smoking kills and – fortunately for meat lovers – it would seem that this latest comparison with high protein diets is to be a triumph of PR spin. The story itself came to light in a recent press release about a large study which found that for people aged 50-65, eating a lot of protein was associated with an increased risk of dying. However, the study, which assessed the diets of Americans in a single 24-hour period (rather than long-term), found in those aged over 65 that a high protein diet was actually associated with a reduced risk of death from any cause or from cancer. These differing findings meant that overall there was no increase in risk of death, or from dying of cancer with a high protein diet.

As stated in the NHS's Behind the Headlines "We need to eat protein, we do not need to smoke." and here at REPs we certainly agree with this.

The NHS stated: "The reporting of the results of the study was reasonable. However, the prominence given to the story (which featured as a front page lead in The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian) in the UK media seems disproportionate. The headlines suggesting a high protein diet is “as harmful as smoking” was not a specific finding of the study and could be seen as unnecessary fear-mongering. This is particularly of note given that the effects of a high protein diet were found to differ dramatically by age.”

Here at REPs we understand the effects health articles in the media can have on our perceptions, which is why as Exercise Professionals we should perhaps being telling our clients to sometimes question what it is they are reading and to seek out professional advice when it comes to our health.

The NHS’s Behind the Headlines is a great place to start if you are wondering whether or not a health story has any truth in it, as they provide an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that have been in the news.

At REPs

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Wow 2013 certainly was a busy year for REPs, gaining some great coverage across both national and local press as well as featuring in various magazines. So we thought we would share a few of our highlights with you.

Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen national media approach REPs more often for comment across a range of exercise and health issues.

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(Daily circulation of 1million)

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(Circulation of 1.9million per issue)

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We also worked with Women’s Health on a fantastic article which discussed how important it is to have an appropriately qualified trainer.  (Monthly circulation of 107,965)

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REPs Operations Manager, Greg Small also featured in the Mail Online commenting on Miley Cyrus. While we can all agree the topic is perhaps not the most newsworthy, it’s great to be acknowledged as an ‘expert’ when health and fitness is being discussed in mainstream press. Click here to read the article in full. (Daily circulation of over 10million unique browsers)

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As well as our print and online press coverage, we were delighted to feature on BBC Radio 5 Live Radio (audience of 6.12 million listeners) and BBC Breakfast (daily reach of 6.8 million), giving our expert advice on key fitness issues.

 

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We hope 2014 continues to be a prosperous year for the Register!

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