REPs registrations up 8%

FitMixPro Sponsor AdNumbers of registrations on the Register of Exercise Professionals, for both new members and returning members, is up eight per cent on last year, according to the latest figures from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). The news follows the findings of the 2011 REPs’ customer satisfaction survey which showed more than eight out of 10 REPs’ registered instructors are satisfied with the level of customer service the Register offers.

In addition the survey, the third of its kind showed: Overall, about nine in ten REPs’ members feel that a membership body is important to their work, with about two thirds identifying it as very important

  • Seven out of ten members feel their interests are (very or fairly) well supported by the Register
  • Eighty-two per cent of members said that a membership body providing recognition of professional status is important and is their main reason for joining the Register.
  • Currently, 7 out of 10 members think their interests as fitness professionals are well supported by REPs

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch said: “Next year REPs celebrates its 10th anniversary and what better way to mark a decade of the Register than with such positive figures. This is a difficult time economically for us all and to have such a tangible vote of confidence from our members in terms of their registration and re-registration is fantastic.”

27% of adults not getting enough active minutes

JLT Sponsor bannerPeople are being urged to look at the amount of activity-time in their lives as part of a new campaign. The Get Going Campaign is being launched as part of the Change4Life initiative, and calls for adults to be more active everyday.

“Doing a little bit of physical activity each day offers huge benefits. That is why my UK colleagues and I recently updated the guidelines so they were more flexible for everyone,” says chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies. “Adults can now get their 150 active minutes a week in sessions of ten minutes or more. This can be from enjoyable everyday activites such as walking at a good pace or even digging in the garden.”

Health Minister Lord Howe adds: “I hope this new campaign encourages everyone to find new flexible ways of increasing their own activity levels.” More >

Record attendance at National Convention

A record 250 delegates attended the REPs’ National Convention in Birmingham on Thursday, 22nd September, as part of Leisure Industry Week. The convention included a key note presentation from consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist Laura Finucane on non-specific back pain as well as practical workshops including ones on Kettlebell training and blastfx.

One delegate said: “I attended the Convention at the NEC yesterday and I have to say I thought it was absolutely ‘awesome’ to quote Pete Cohen’s American generalisation!  All the keynotes and workshops I attended were fantastic and very valuable.  I have come away with lots to research further.”

The National Convention co-incided with Leisure Industry Week (LIW) where REPs had a stand. REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch said: “We were delighted by how many of our members took the time to come to our National Convention and come by and see the team on the REPs’ stand at LIW.”

Peer wrong to slate exercise says Chief Medical Officer

Printable advice leaflets for your clientsDr John Searle, Chief Medical Officer for the Fitness Industry Association (FIA), has responded to an article in the Daily Mail which quotes a peer in the House of Lords condemning the Government’s promotion of exercise as a way to tackle the obesity crisis. In the article Lord McColl of Dulwich, a former professor and director of surgery at Guy’s Hospital in London, is reported as asking Health Minister Earl Howe during the House of Lords’ question time: “We are in the middle of the most serious epidemic to have hit this country for 100 years – the obesity epidemic. The cure is free – you just have to eat less. “Why does the Department of Health insist that exercise is important in this equation?”

Writing on behalf of both the FIA and the Register of Exercise Professionals Dr Searle slammed Lord McColl’s comments as misleading and irresponsible. He said: “Lord McColl is correct – we are in the midst of a serious obesity epidemic. However that is where our agreement ends! As the article rightly points out his comments contradict the evidence that exercise is an effective means of reducing the risk of a number of chronic conditions and it can also boost mood, confidence and our day to day energy. The latest guidelines from the Chief Medical Officers of the four home countries clearly sets out the evidence base for physical activity and exercise and any comments to the contrary simply undermine attempts to persuade people to be more physically active. “Of course there is no one single solution to the obesity issue. However there is now overwhelming evidence that in order to maintain a healthy body weight which in turn reduces the risk of a range of chronic conditions, we must have a healthy diet and undertake regular exercise. To advocate anything else is misleading and irresponsible.”

To read a full copy of the article click here >

Read all about level 4….

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch joins a panel of experts including SkillsActive’s Tom Bell, in the latest issue of Health Club Management to talk about the level 4  category. Click here to read more >

More research points to exercise reducing risk of dementia

According to a new report published in Science News, any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia as well as slowing the condition’s progress once it’s started. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic group, in America, examined the role of  aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and conclued that it should not be over-looked as an important therapy against dementia. The researchers broadly defined exercise as enough aerobic physical activity to raise the heart rate and increase the body’s need for oxygen. Examples include walking, gym workouts and activities at home such as shoveling snow or raking leaves.

“We culled through all the scientific literature we could find on the subject of exercise and cognition, including animal studies and observational studies, reviewing over 1,600 papers, with 130 bearing directly on this issue. We attempted to put together a balanced view of the subject,” says J. Eric Ahlskog, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic. “We concluded that you can make a very compelling argument for exercise as a disease-modifying strategy to prevent dementia and mild cognitive impairment, and for favorably modifying these processes once they have developed.”

The researchers note that brain imaging studies have consistently revealed objective evidence of favorable effects of exercise on human brain integrity. Also, they note, animal research has shown that exercise generates trophic factors that improve brain functioning, plus exercise facilitates brain connections (neuroplasticity). Read more >

Hot off the press

If you can’t wait for the postman you can check-out the latest edition of the REPs Journal on-line. Click here to access >

REPs part of new European e-learning project

The Register of Exercise Professionals is one of 19 core partner organisations and bodies involved in creating a European platform for e-learning in fitness based on European standards for fitness.

 

The eLearning Fitness project (or eLF) also hopes to produce a platform for national registers that may then be used by European countries.

 

It is hoped that once established the eLF project will not only provide e-learning that meets the minimum standards for both theory and practical skills and competencies, but also create a platform for interactive national professional registers, with the ability to collaborate with other international registers. The e-learning courses and register platform will be translated into the languages of the project members by theUniversityofRome, inItaly, which is managing the project, and the project’s 38 partner organisations.

 

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch said: “Since this project was launched in February we have been in a research phase which comes to an end inLondonthis week (September 2011). REPs will be leading the development of the national register platform as part of the next phase of eLF project.

 

“It’s a very exciting project to be involved in and one that will hopefully encourage all fitness professionals, including those who find it hard to attend conventional training courses and sessions, to keep up-to-date with current qualifications and guidelines, as well as helping improve the health of the people of Europe. “

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