Season’s Greetings…..

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching and 2011 drawing to a close, we wanted to wish all of our members a very, merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
2012 promises to be a great year for the industry – not only do we welcome the Olympics to London (and all the opportunities this will bring us as a nation) but REPs also celebrates its 10th anniversary. Keep an eye out for a special 10th anniversary edition of the Journal and news of other exciting events and campaigns we have planned throughout the year too.

Apply to be part of London 2012….

REPs members are being invited to apply to be part of London 2012 and help staff the Olympic Village gyms at the games. Technogym, the Official Supplier of Fitness Equipment to London 2012, is responsible for the management of the Olympic Village Gym and other gym locations during the Olympics and Paralympics next summer. It is offering a number of places to REPs members (level 2 & 3) to join its team and staff these gyms. Comprehensive training which carries CPD points will be given prior to the event.

Technogym is also partnering with Team GB and ParalympicsGB to support ‘Our Greatest Team’ of 900 athletes 60 million strong – the largest ever GB Team and with the whole nation behind the team in this once in a lifetime event on home soil. Technogym London 2012 Project Director, Tony Majakas explains “We want to build on the amazing legacy of London 2012 by offering the fitness industry, and its trainers, a chance to be part of it in a very real way, as well as encouraging members of the public, inspired by the games, to embrace a healthier lifestyle through sport and activity. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for REPs instructors.” REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch added: “We’re delighted to be able to work with Technogym on this and give our members the opportunity to be part of the Olympics on home territory. I’m sure many hundreds will apply – I only wish I was still instructing so I could be one of them!”

For more information, and to register your interest in being part of “Our Greatest Team” visit

Tax reminder for instructors

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Private fitness and dance instructors have less than one month left to come forward with any undeclared liabilities as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ‘tax amnesty’. The campaign is targeting individuals who currently profit from private tuition or instruction, either as a main or secondary income, on which the correct tax has not been paid.

Launched in October, HMRC’s Tax Catch Up Plan is available to people teaching fitness or dance; sports; personal training; musical instruments; and arts. The campaign requires tutors and coaches to register by 6 January 2012 in order to ‘notify’ HMRC that a voluntary tax disclosure will be made, with owed tax to be paid by 31 March. After 6 January, those who haven’t chosen to come forward will face an investigation from HMRC using information “pulled together from different sources”. Marian Wilson, head of HMRC campaigns, said: “This is the first step for those with undisclosed income or gains to avoid a full tax investigation and much higher penalties. Contact us before we contact you.”

For more details click here

Help mark our 10th anniversary

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations REPs will be running a consumer awareness campaign designed to tell the general public about REPs, the work it does and the importance of using a REPs registered instructor. Feedback from member surveys has shown registered instructors want the REPs team to do more to engage with the public. To help us with this campaign we’d like to invite you to take part in a small survey about what the Register means to you. Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch says: “During its 10 years REPs has been incredibly successful within the fitness industry and has earned the support of employers, training providers and, most importantly, individual instructors.

“We’d now like to spread the message of what we stand for to the general public – the very people REPs was set up to look after. We want to make checking your instructors registration status to be as automatic as not using a plumber that wasn’t Gas Safe registered.” We’re also asking members to act as ambassadors for REPs, wear your lapel badges with pride and use the REPs logo on your marketing materials.

As part of the anniversary celebrations we’re also conducting a short survey among members. Please fill in answers to the questions below and either post answers in the comment boxes below or email them to

1. Put in order your top three busiest months.

2. What is your quietest month?

3. Is there a particular time of year that you become more slack about your own fitness regime?

No I always stick to a strict regime

During holidays abroad

Over Christmas

During the winter

4. What area of their body do clients most commonly ask you to focus on when creating a training programme?

Abs/ stomach

Legs/ thighs




5. Is this your full time job?


6. What was your main reason for becoming a personal trainer?

  1. To stay healthy
  2. To help others
  3. To earn extra money

7. How many more clients did you receive last January compared to average?

Thank you! The REPs Team

Bootcamps get marching orders Down Under

Councils in Australia have banned military-style fitness classes and outdoor workout group activities in a new code of conduct. According to a report published on Antipodean website such classes have been deemed as having the “potential to alienate other park users”. Park structures such as benches and trees are off-limits and large equipment like bars, logs, tyres and heave ropes are banned. Restrictions have also been made on the maximum size of a class cutting them from Fitness Australia’s recommended 18 to 10.

To read more click here.

Depression may slow exercise recovery

Results from a new study suggest depression may affect the way the body responds to exercise.

It says clinical depression may hamper the body’s ability to recover from physical activity, prolonging the amount of time it takes for a depressed person’s heart rate to slow down and return to normal after a workout. Although it may sound minor, some research suggests that a difference of even just a few beats a minute during post-exercise recovery is associated with a shorter life span.

Scientists say the findings may help shed light on the well-known link between depression and heart disease. Studies show that depressed people have an increased risk of heart attacks, and heart patients who develop depression die sooner than heart patients without depression.

The new study, published in the November issue of the journal Psychophysiology, included 886 healthy adults, including 51 with a diagnosis of major depression. All of the subjects were given stress tests on a treadmill, and their blood pressure and heart rates were measured both at rest and during the exercise test, as well as at one-minute and five-minute intervals afterward.

Over all, compared with the subjects without depression, it took significantly longer for the depressed subjects’ heart rates to slow down to normal after the stress test. The difference was about 3.7 beats a minute.

That seemingly small disparity may have a major effect on mortality, other research suggests. A study at Stanford of more than 2,000 men who underwent similar stress tests throughout a seven-year period, for example, found that men who died during the followup period had all taken slightly longer to recover after exercise during the study. On average, these men had returned to their normal heart rates about three beats a minute more slowly than the other men in the study, which was published in 2001.

“That really highlights how important this kind of physiological disruption can be,” said Simon Bacon, an associate professor of exercise science at Concordia University in Montreal and senior author of the new paper.

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