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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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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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seniors weights

Perhaps it was when a 74 year old woman approached me and said "I want to get fit" and weeks later, she was speed walking on the treadmill, working with light weights, balance boards and Swiss balls and making great progress.  Maybe it was when a 68 year old man came to me and said "how long should we be holding a plank position for because I'm holding one every morning now for 8 minutes".  Perhaps it was me, qualifying as a Personal Trainer aged 42, a couple of stones overweight, not particularly fit but three years down the line, two stones lighter, fit and strong.  Any one of these scenarios tells me one thing.  It is NEVER too late to review a diet and exercise regime and improve, big style!

Barriers to fitness?  There are many and age is just one.  It is a  thought to get a tired, inflexible and perhaps overweight body to move.  It is far easier for people to believe that the potential for change has passed.  It is up to us to inspire, motivate and encourage in as many ways as we can.

Over the course of each week, I see around 60 female clients through a mixture of one-to-one PT, group PT and classes.  They fall into two categories; 40 – 60yrs and 65yrs and over.

Let’s take the first category.  With no wish or intention of putting everybody in the same basket, having worked with this age group for some time, there are a number of things that I see and hear on a regular basis.  Many women neglect their fitness after having children, not through choice, more through lack of time and a change of priorities.  Stepping back into an exercise environment after several years is brave.  I acknowledge this and spend time making sure every client builds self-belief and regains confidence in the fact that they’ve made a really positive decision for themselves and will benefit greatly over time, both physically and mentally.

Secondly, people have busy and often stressful lives.  Exercise is an effort so it needs to be enjoyed.  Most women in this age bracket are not looking for a GI Jane style of instructor.  Some are, in which case they will enjoy Bootcamp, Metafit or Insanity but a more gentle approach works with my clients and I have great rates of retention.  I create an environment where we can all laugh at ourselves.  A loud ‘harumph’ by one lady ten seconds into holding a plank allows everyone to relax and have a giggle, despite the fact that others may be holding their plank position for two minutes.  I make sure that we are all supportive and encouraging towards each other and this allows me to provide adaptations easily, without causing embarrassment or making anybody feel less able.  One of my clients said to me recently, “I work hard all day and despite the fact that exercise is good for me, I would not be rushing home, sorting

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We are very pleased to announce that we have selected Timely as the recommended business software supplier for our members. This software provides fitness businesses with a range of features that will directly improve the way you operate.

Timely is appointment scheduling software that launched to a global audience in 2012, and has since developed a strong customer base within the fitness industry.

Being cloud-based, Timely is affordable for the sole business owner and offers a range of features. With an initial 30 day free trial available, it is possible to try before you buy and have a good look around the system to make sure it suits you and your business. Plans start at only £15 a month for an individual and an additional £5 for every extra employee (or you may wish to consider the £60 offer that covers an unlimited number of staff). If you are currently using pen and paper, you will make that money back in one day in saved admin time

As a REPs member, we are able to offer you 20% off for the first 12 months, as well as 200 SMS credits to help you get started. Coupled with unlimited support and the 30 day free trial, this software will prove a valuable addition to your business. This offer can be accessed from the REPs Members Area.

How many hours a week do you spend ringing up or texting clients to arrange session times? The features available in Timely mean that you won’t need to do this anymore, saving you time, allowing you to spend more time running classes or sessions, growing your business and doing what you love.

If you’re more interested in the specific features, here is a breakdown:

Beautiful design and very easy to use

While not necessarily a feature, we had to mention this one. Timely is just really nice to look at and intuitive, which means that it is very easy to use. Jacob Moller-Anderson of MaX-Fit in County Durham looked at a range of appointment scheduling options, but couldn’t go past Timely because it was so easy to use.

Wherever you go, Timely can go too

The real beauty of Timely for personal trainers is that it can work anywhere. If you use an iPad with your clients, you can also use it to book them in for their next session. You can use it on your smartphone or on your desktop at home.

Another bonus of this cloud software is that if you lose or break one of your devices, all you need to do is log on with another device, and all of your information is there waiting for you.

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SMS and email reminders

Get rid of no-shows from your personal training business! Timely offers the ability to send SMS reminders out to your clients, at a given time frame before their session that you can select. The SMS credits are additional but you get 200 free SMS to get you started if

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best-fitness-trackers

 

Last month you may remember we posted on our blog some new research on why consumers are ditching the fitness tracker. However, like any product when used properly it can have a real impact!

 

 

REPs member Sara Taylor recently posted an article on her blog about how using a fitness tracker can really make a difference.

 

The accessibility of modern apps and gadgets has evolved considerably since phones became smart and computers became hand-held. Their role in all areas of our lives is now without question, but one of the areas of biggest impact seems to be with our health.

 

Seriously, technological development has gone hand-in-hospital-glove with the medical revolution which sees more individuals taking responsibility for their own health and fitness, as means of illness prevention and fitness improvement. As the BBC’s Monitor Me programme demonstrated last year, some GPs are now just as likely to prescribe an app or online programme such as the Couch to 5K podcasts (see the NHS website for more details… yes, really) instead of a pill for more fitness-related health issues! With many gyms now also offering a wide range of exercise videos to help you get started from the comfort of your own home. But why and how can tracking your fitness actually improve fitness levels?

 

Accountable me…

One reason why tracking is successful is that it motivates individuals to be accountable: hence why those on food or fiscal diets are similarly encouraged to keep intake and spending diaries. With fitness too, logging your daily activity is an act of accountability:

  • Initially in providing a base-line of “usual” activity.
  • Then to act as a record of all actions towards a final goal – that push for progress.

The thing is, by simply tracking what you do (or don’t do) to begin with, you begin to become an active participant in your own health, reducing levels of passive behaviour and starting to sow that seed of activity and motivation.

 

All of which starts to build up self-awareness, that point where mind and body jog along together nicely. Just as that couch potato mentality fuels passivity (and vice versa) so self-awareness fuels activity and motivation – a stimulus in itself to improved mental health which can kick in even at the monitoring and information-gathering stage of the tracking. Once you’ve started monitoring your physical activities to improve fitness and health, you’ll receive the benefits of improved mental health, including stress reduction, the release of happy endorphins as well as boosting self-confidence and esteem, which in turn boost motivation to keep on going.

 

Keep on tracking…

So how to track effectively? Technology means there are now lots of devices available, for example FitBit Flex and Jawbone Up fitness trackers, which are worn on the wrist. These are a step on from the casual pedometer, providing instead information on 3 dimensions of activity and allowing users to choose their own data comparison point from which to measure

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When working a busy schedule, juggling commitments and giving your all to each client, it is all too easy to push thoughts of your own professional development to one side. However, it is worth thinking about yourself and your development as a practitioner and an individual. This is where CPD training can help by letting you pursue the areas that interest you in more depth, developing your career in the direction you want it to go.

To enhance the integrity of REPs as the touchstone for professionalism within our industry, a CPD audit will be conducted on 31st October 2014, to ascertain the compliance of REPs members with their CPD requirements.

The process for this audit will be as follows:

  • A proportion of members with over two years’ continuous membership will be randomly selected.
  • These members will have their current CPD compliance checked against the agreed criteria.
  • If the member is lacking in CPD points, they will be given six months to make up the missing points.
  • If the member still has not completed their CPD requirement by the end of this six month period, then they will be considered to be in breach of their membership requirements and suspended from the Register.

Through this auditing process, we are keen to enhance and reinforce the integrity and trust that being a member of REPs entails.

We are aware that many of you will have completed CPD already but may not have logged it onto our system. We advise that you complete this activity before the audit period.

Those selected for audit will be contacted in November.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact REPs Compliance and Standards Manager Rob Wilkie directly using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*Please note that members associated with the following organisations are exempt from the audit as their CPD is managed independently.

British Wheel of Yoga
EMDP
Body Control Pilates
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Life Fitness has opened nominations for its world’s best Personal Trainers to Watch competition, in partnership with the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeActive, Life Fitness Academy and the American Council on Exercise® (ACE®).

 

We are delighted to be supporting this year’s competition and highly encourage our members to take part, as many of you may remember that REPs member Kim Ingleby one the coveted prize last year.

 

Now in its fourth year, the Personal Trainers to Watch programme recognises and rewards elite trainers around the world who embody passion and commitment to the profession. Nominations will be collected throughout the month of July, and the top 10 finalists will compete in a live global competition this fall to determine the winner.

 

Head of Membership Greg Small commented:

 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to get in involved in. Having seen the impacts this competition has had on REPs member Kim Ingleby, this certainly can be  a life changing competition for the winner, and I would highly encourage them to enter this prestigious competition”

 

“The 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch programme earned worldwide support and recognition, with nearly 1,500 entries from personal trainers in 43 countries,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness.

 

He continued to say:

 

“This year, we continue to expand the reach and impact of the program, and we look forward to finding those trainers who share our passion for enhancing the profession’s growth and success.”

 

Exercisers, personal trainers and gym owners alike can visit the LifeFitness website 1st and 31st July 2014, to nominate a personal trainer who supports a powerful vision, exemplary commitment to enhancing client experiences and pursues continuing education for mastery of the profession. Nominees also will be judged on leadership, client motivation, inspiration and previous recognitions. Ten finalists will be invited for a final round of judging where they will be immersed in popular training techniques incorporating the Life Fitness Synrgy360, a state-of-the-art functional training system.

 

All finalists will receive an expense-paid trip for final evaluation, continuing education course credit from Life Fitness Academy, international recognition and a personalized award plaque.

 

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 USD toward his or her personal training business, international media recognition as the global 2014 Personal Trainer to Watch, continuing education course credit from the Life Fitness Academy and a personalised award plaque.  

 

Judges

The Personal Trainers to Watch programme will be judged by six esteemed fitness industry experts:

  • Kim Ingleby – 2013 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and REPs Member
  • Alexis Batrakoulis – Member of the Standards Council of EuropeActive
  • Richard Beddie – Chair of ICREPs and CEO of Fitness New Zealand
  • Anthony J. Wall – Director of professional education for ACE
  • Joanne Blackerby – 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and owner of Spirit Fitness Training in Austin, Texas
  • Chris Clawson – President of Life Fitness

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Life Fitness has opened nominations for its world’s best Personal Trainers to Watch competition, in partnership with the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeActive, Life Fitness Academy and the American Council on Exercise® (ACE®).

 

We are delighted to be supporting this year’s competition and highly encourage our members to take part, as many of you may remember that REPs member Kim Ingleby one the coveted prize last year.

 

Now in its fourth year, the Personal Trainers to Watch programme recognises and rewards elite trainers around the world who embody passion and commitment to the profession. Nominations will be collected throughout the month of July, and the top 10 finalists will compete in a live global competition this fall to determine the winner.

 

Head of Membership Greg Small commented:

 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to get in involved in. Having seen the impacts this competition has had on REPs member Kim Ingleby, this certainly can be  a life changing competition for the winner, and I would highly encourage them to enter this prestigious competition”

 

“The 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch programme earned worldwide support and recognition, with nearly 1,500 entries from personal trainers in 43 countries,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness.

 

He continued to say:

 

“This year, we continue to expand the reach and impact of the program, and we look forward to finding those trainers who share our passion for enhancing the profession’s growth and success.”

 

Exercisers, personal trainers and gym owners alike can visit the LifeFitness website 1st and 31st July 2014, to nominate a personal trainer who supports a powerful vision, exemplary commitment to enhancing client experiences and pursues continuing education for mastery of the profession. Nominees also will be judged on leadership, client motivation, inspiration and previous recognitions. Ten finalists will be invited for a final round of judging where they will be immersed in popular training techniques incorporating the Life Fitness Synrgy360, a state-of-the-art functional training system.

 

All finalists will receive an expense-paid trip for final evaluation, continuing education course credit from Life Fitness Academy, international recognition and a personalized award plaque.

 

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 USD toward his or her personal training business, international media recognition as the global 2014 Personal Trainer to Watch, continuing education course credit from the Life Fitness Academy and a personalised award plaque.  

 

Judges

The Personal Trainers to Watch programme will be judged by six esteemed fitness industry experts:

  • Kim Ingleby – 2013 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and REPs Member
  • Alexis Batrakoulis – Member of the Standards Council of EuropeActive
  • Richard Beddie – Chair of ICREPs and CEO of Fitness New Zealand
  • Anthony J. Wall – Director of professional education for ACE
  • Joanne Blackerby – 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and owner of Spirit Fitness Training in Austin, Texas
  • Chris Clawson – President of Life Fitness

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misconceptions

Let’s face it – as exercise professionals we are often faced with a bad rep, and it’s not until someone actually experiences the benefits of our work that their view begins to change.

Through Greg Small (Head of Membership and REPs registered trainer) and you, our members, we have listed 10 major misconceptions of a personal trainer.

  1. We all use fake tan. (Most trainers actually just love being outdoors, especially when the weather allows it)
  2. The mirrors in gyms are just for us. (The fact that it allows a client to observe their own technique seems to be an after-thought for most gym goers)
  3. You must be young and gorgeous to be a good personal trainer.
  4. Our clipboards just contain a list of our upcoming social events.
  5. All we consume is protein shakes. We are in fact the biggest advocates of a healthy, balanced diet.

The top five from REPs members

  1. “That we won't be happy with the session unless you spew your guts up!  The ‘go hard or go home’ attitude works well with some people but definitely not for everyone.” Murray Smith
  2. “That we are also all fully competent running coaches! The number of times I have seen people post on running forums asking for advice and happen to state they are a PT or fitness instructor and then get routinely abused as they should know all the answers!” Darryll Thomas
  3.  “People think just because they are paying you and coming to see you maybe once or twice a week they think they will get results. They only pounds they will lose are sterling. They have to do the homework. Plus we are fitness experts not dieticians.” Carol Snowden
  4.  “That as PTs we know everything about every diet, training technique, nutrition idea, etc. There are so many specialist areas that we can't possibly know everything.” Shaun Gray
  5.  “The idea that a PT has to be a solid block of muscle. A good personal trainer should obviously be fit and healthy but being muscular does nothing to guarantee the quality of your training sessions/programmes or your client motivation.” Jim Clements

We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog… for more fun and debates why not Like us on Facebook to join in the conversation! 

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Big Burn bannerWe have teamed up with BIG BURN, the new mass participation fitness event in London, which is taking place on 31st May at Alexandra Palace. BIG BURN offers a spectacular festival atmosphere with 1,500 people working out together. Each session will be led by a celebrity instructor to help people get in shape for the summer!

BIG BURN is offering you, as REPs members, the opportunity to take centre stage and teach thousands of people your work out. One lucky member will picked from the competition to teach their routine to a live audience.

Here is all the information you’ll need to enter:

Competition Details

Step 1 Click here to enter

Step 2 Upload your best picture and 20 words about your routine by 31 March 2014

Step 3 Share, tweet & send to your friends and fitness followers asking them to vote for you

Step 4 Remember that voting closes 30 April 2014 - Vote Here

Selection Process

  • You MUST be a REPs certified instructor to enter the competition
  • The 5 instructors with the most votes will be reviewed by the BIG BURN panel
  • 1 instructor from these top 5 will be selected to perform their fitness routine on stage at AlexandraPalace, London on 31st May
  • The winner will then be announced on 6th May

More information

  • The fitness routine will last between 10 and 15 minutes and take place as part of one of the headliners sessions
  • The routine must be equipment free
  • The winner will receive a range of promotional benefits from BIG BURN
  • Headliner instructors include Darcey Bussell, Josie Gibson and FitSteps® duo Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite
  • Go to www.BIGBURN.co.uk for more information about the event

So what are you waiting for? Get ready for the BIG BURN and enter the competition now!

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