My Journey of Becoming a Fitness Professional

Read our latest blog courtesy of the lovely, Helena Philippou; Registered Exercise Professional and REPs Council Member…

As a REPs accredited personal trainer, I find great reward in leading others to a fitter, more balanced lifestyle, especially as I have already been through that journey myself.

For many years I battled with my own weight, fluctuating between dress sizes and adopting a series of fad celeb crash diets…what a mistake!

After a while I decided to make a total lifestyle change, which was the best decision I’ve ever made.

I remember the moment when I started feeling great about my body and I even had friends offering me money to help them achieve their fitness goals. At this point I wasn’t qualified to offer this type of support, which is when I turned to REPs.  This was the moment when I decided I wanted to be part of the fitness industry and become a fitness professional to help others reach their goals – the real way!

Each REPs accredited course and opportunity for Continual Professional Development (CPD) which I’ve taken part in has allowed me to gain insight of how exercise and diet are so closely related.

I have developed a really good understanding of physiology and nutrition, including the knowledge to ensure my clients can achieve and maintain their ideal weight (through a combination of healthy eating and physical activity).

For me the importance of training both body and mind come hand in hand. Offering my experience across all aspects of training gives me great satisfaction and my aim is to continue delivering this level of support to all of my clients.

Helena Philippou, REPs Council Member.

10% OFF recommended books for REPs this October…

The team at SkillsActive, Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, are offering their recommendations on the best reads this month…

Ideal for fitness industry professionals looking to further their skill knowledge into specific areas, these books include:

The ‘Exercise Your Way to Health’ series, which covers;

The book series from Anita Bean including;

Purchase any of these books (via the links provided above) before Wednesday 7th November 2012 and receive 10% OFF at checkout!  Alternatively call 0845 6 472 120 to place your order.

Remember to quote FIT10 at online checkout to claim your 10% discount!

Remember – everything you spend with SkillsActive is reinvested into the industry.

Jean-Ann Marnoch attends YMCA event…

Yesterday (Monday 1st October, 2012) Jean-Ann Marnoch, Registrar for REPs, attended the YMCA Building Brighter Futures event at the Paramount, Centre Point, London.

Below, Jean-Ann gives a nice round-up of the night:

“The event was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about how the world’s first YMCA programme has transformed young lives for the better by increasing sport, fitness, children’s play and youth work opportunities throughout local communities.  It was also attended by several celebrity guests including; Team GB Olympians Greg Rutherford, Christine Ohuruogu, Zoe Smith, Daniel Purvis and Mike Hanney.”

Jean-Ann spent time with each Olympian, discussing the value of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). She even discovered that Christine Ohuruogu’s brother is about to qualify as a Personal Trainer.

Mike Hanney, Team GB Paralympian and has agreed to write a piece for the REPs journal based on his experiences as a REPs Personal Trainer… keep an eye out for this in the next Journal edition!

REPs Attends Nordic Walking Conference

The Nordic Walking Conference (28th & 29th September 2012) proved a successful event for the REPs team, offering attendees the chance to explore the benefits of walking, gain latest industry news and understand new approaches health and fitness.

Set at the Heart of England Events Centre near Coventry, both days offered individuals plenty of networking opportunity as well as the chance to attend practical and seminar-based sessions.

Keynote speakers included Robin Gargrave, Bob Laventure from British Heart Foundation and Dr John Searle OBE, who gave an insightful presentation on Exercise and the Management of Obesity and its effect on healthcare in the UK.  John’s seminar offered a ‘common sense’ approach for those looking to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle.

Several industry delegates visited the REPs stand to discuss how they could join the Register and benefits of association.

Nordic Walking has recently become an endorsed qualification on the Register of Exercise Professionals and will allow qualified walkers the ability to join the Register.

We are extremely pleased to have this new category on the Register and encourage instructors join!

The British Heart Foundation Annual Conference

Join ‘Innovate to Activate’ – The British Heart Foundation (BHF) 12th Annual Conference.

Thursday 22nd November, 2012, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

Exclusive entry offer for REPs members – £170 plus VAT (normal price £185 + VAT)

The conference explores creative solutions to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour.

Keynote presentations will include:

  • Professor Stuart Biddle, Loughborough University – Why sedentary behaviour should be a priority for public health professionals.
  • Dr Simon Marshall, University of California San Diego – The use of new technology to promote physical activity.
  • Alison Hardy, Headstrong Thinking – Overview of Change4Life and the use of marketing to change behaviours and… much more!

Follow this link or call 01245 328777 to book your place.

  • Online bookings – select the ‘I am a REPs member’ and enter your REPs membership number to claim your discount.
  • Entries made by phone – quote your REPs membership number.

Supersize sugary drinks banned in New York

The health board of New York city has passed a law prohibiting the sale of high-sugar drinks larger than 16 ounces (473 ml) in a bid to reduce obesity.
Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg heralded the ban, the first of its kind in the United States, as the biggest step a city has ever taken in the fight against obesity.
Violators of the ban, which does not include diet sodas, face a $200 fine.
About one-third of Americans are obese, and about 10 per cent of the nation’s healthcare bill is tied to obesity-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

We have moved!

We’ve moved! After 10 years the REPs team has left sunny Croydon and is now based at SkillsActive’s offices.

Our new address is:
Register of Exercise Professionals
Castlewood House
77-91 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1DG
Our new telephone number is: 020 7632 2022

Inspired by the Paralympics…

…..and want to know more about working with clients with disability?

Check out our book of the month from the SkillsActive shop – the Disability Sports Training Guide.

Remember all profits from the SkillsActive shop are re-invested into the industry.

NEW – the REPs app

The REPs team has been working with app developers to create an official REPs app (for iphones). 

The app, which will be free to download, will be available to all but will include special additional features which will be exclusively available to REPs members only. 

Full details of the app and its functionality will be launched at LIW so come along to find out more!

Don’t miss out and meet the team

The REPs three-day convention has been listed as one of the top 10 reasons for visiting LIW by the show’s organisers.

Event co-ordinators at Leisure Industry Week, held at the NEC in Birmingham from Tuesday 18th September to Thursday 20th September, described the convention as: “bursting at the seams with dedicated keynotes and interactive workshops to keep you up-to-date with what makes your clients tick.”

As well as the convention they also cited the 300 plus exhibitors, 100 planned new product launches, special guests including Olympians Greg Searle, Gails Emms and Beth Tweddle, and the Fitness Industry Association’s Independent Operators Unite Forum as their top-pick reasons to visit.

REPs will also have a stand at the LIW show so come and meet the team at H665. You can sign up for an interactive demonstration of activepassport and see more of the REPs iphone app.

There’s still time to get last minute tickets for the REPs convention (which includes entry to the show for delegates) but places are going fast. For the first year REPs members can choose to mix and match which days and/or sessions they attend. Click here for full booking details and timetables including special discounts for Thursday’s event (September 20th).

Virtual exercise can lead to the real thing…

People who play on games consoles like the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox-Kinect are more likely to want to take more exercise according to new research.

Health psychologist Dr Angel Charter, and her team, from the University of Bedfordshire, set out to investigate whether it was possible to predict people’s physical activity intentions and whether these intentions are influenced by their mood and past behaviour. The researchers also aimed to determine whether playing or observing interactive games like the Wii and Kinect could improve people’s mood and make it more likely that they would plan to take exercise in the future.

The researchers surveyed 120 people, measuring their mood and beliefs about physical activity (for example, whether they felt it was beneficial to their health and whether they believed they had the personal control to engage in it despite any barriers they may have).

They were then asked to either play or observe the Wii or Kinect, before their mood and beliefs were measured again.

The results showed game play increased the intention of participants in the study to take future exercise compared to any activity they had done before. The same was true, though to a lesser extent, of people who had merely watched others playing. However, the type of game and console played didn’t seem to matter, they both had a positive effect on the psychological factors that are known to influence physical activity and mood.

For more, click here

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