REPs Member Survey 2012

Calling all REPs members!

Have your say in our REPs Members Survey and be in with the chance of winning*:

  • A pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes of your choice
  • FREE entry to one of the VIVOBAREFOOT ‘Experience the Feel of Running’ Training Sessions

We’re always looking at new ways to improve REPs member benefits and services so we’d like to hear your response to the following survey questions.

Follow this link to complete the survey today!

Remember… your feedback can help us shape your experience as a member going forward so we need as many REPs members to take part so please spread the word!

The survey will run for 2 weeks only (Thursday 18th October – 1st November 2012) so follow this link to begin now!


*One lucky winner will receive a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes of their choice, as well as entry to one of the VIVOBAREFOOT ‘Experience the Feel of Running’ Training Sessions.

To be in with the chance of winning, simply fill in your email details at the end of the survey.

The survey is easy to complete and all responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Prize draw terms and conditions;
1. The closing date for entry is Thursday 1st November 2012.
2. The email address supplied will only be used to contact the winner.
3. The winner of the prize draw will be randomly drawn on Friday 2nd November 2012 and the winner will be notified by email within six weeks.
5. There is no cash alternative.

Don’t forget there’s still time to JOIN REPs at the Scottish Convention this November. Follow this link to REGISTER TODAY!

COMING SOON – REPs iPhone Fitness app


Our all new app will allow you to;

Communicate with Clients Directly:

See what your clients are doing between face-to-face sessions, allowing you to congratulate when they are working hard and motivate when they are slacking!

Maintain Engagement between Sessions:

You will be able to track the exercise your clients have done and monitor the food they have been eating, using the Exercise Timeline, Run Tracker and Food Diary.

 Gain Public Recognition

Promote yourself as a Registered Exercise Professional to members of the public, who also have access to download and use the app.

Keeps an eye out for the official launch coming very soon!

JOIN REPS at the Scottish Convention

The REPs Scottish Convention takes place on Tuesday 6th November at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley.

Tuesday 6th November – £20 OFF entry for REPs members!



We are pleased to introduce Professor Phil Hanlon from the University of Glasgow as our key note speaker at the convention.

There will also be choice of 12 interactive and informative workshops to keep you up to speed with all the latest industry news and developments.

The charge for the day is £40 for REPs members (£60 for non-members) and this includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.


UK’s Leading Doctors Recommend ‘Exercise as a Medicine’ For All Patients

Read this interesting report below courtesy of Ann Gates, REPs Council Member and Founder of Exercise Works!

The Royal College of Physicians has just approved the report: ‘Exercise for life: Physical activity in health and disease’

The report states:

‘There is evidence for the benefit of exercise in many forms of disease. It is effective, inexpensive, with a low side-effect profile, and can have a positive environmental impact. Despite this, there remains a reluctance within the medical profession to use exercise as a treatment. This probably reflects a lack of knowledge among doctors of the benefits of exercise, and a lack of practical skills in the prescription of exercise in disease states. Frequently, the risks of exercise are misunderstood and overestimated. The working party has concluded that there needs to be a concerted effort directed at improving medical knowledge and engagement in this process, and that there is an opportunity for the medical colleges and faculties to show leadership in this area and thus drive health

We know exercise advice and support to patients with non communicable diseases is lifesaving medicine. Patients deserve world class exercise expertise in helping them to enjoy healthier lifestyles. Health and fitness professionals are the experts in providing brief intervention on physical activity during consultations.

For exercise advice to work effectively, it has to be seen as regular, fun and help patient’s and their families to enjoy daily chores, leisure activities with friends and family, and work, within all abilities!

Saying to patients, make sure you exercise for 150 minutes each week, is like giving an asthma inhaler without showing a patient how to use it effectively and safely. Giving just 12 weeks of exercise referral prescription is like taking the asthma inhaler away after just 3 months of use.

For exercise advice to be a safe and effective medical intervention, we have to be prepared to say, ‘this patient has a non communicable disease, the exercise advice and support will be part of my continuing clinical care. I will ensure that any exercise plan is developed with the patient that suits their health needs, helps them to self manage their disease condition more effectively and enables them to feel the health benefits of regular exercise.’

Regular exercise advice consists of 150mins of heart healthy (cardiovascular) exercise together with twice weekly strength, flexibility and balance exercises. Here is a booklet to help you understand which exercises will suit your health needs best, and there are qualified health and fitness professionals, such as physiotherapists, cardiac and rehabilitation specialists and exercise professionals who can advise you further

Exercise advice and support has now been established as a critical part of evidence based medical care. While delivering the science and medicine, let’s not forget the art!

For more information on why ‘Exercise is a Medicine’ see Recommendations of the Sport and Exercise Medicine Committee Working Party of the Royal College of Physicians.
Ann Gates BPharm(Hons) MRPharmS
Founder of Exercise Works! and Author
Personal Trainer, Non Communicable Diseases Exercise Specialist, BACPR Exercise Instructor…. and on a mission to help every patient to access quality exercise advice and support from every health professional… globally!

Tips For a Healthy Winter

Do you want to come through winter months fighting fit?

Follow this simple guide to looking after your health (and your clients’)!

1. Boost your diet
Eat your way to a strong immune system by ensuring your diet is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc.

Think colour and variety to give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs!

  • Broccoli – high in antioxidants.
  • Carrots – full of the antioxidant beta carotene.
  • Red pepper – massive hit of vitamin C.
  • Kiwifruit/ Oranges – each fruit contains your entire daily requirement of vitamin
  • Green tea – powerful antioxidant.
  • Mushrooms – rich source of antioxidants.
  • Seaweed – rich in zinc (add strips of kelp, nori, or akrame to soups, salads and stir-fries)
  • Oysters – high in zinc and iodine
  • Berries – packed with antioxidants and low in calories

2. Scrub up
Coughs and sneezes spread diseases so make sure you protect yourself and your clients by washing your hands and keeping any exercise equipment clean. Experts recommend soaping hands together for at least 30 seconds before rinsing under running water for effective cleansing.

3. Look after your voice
Teaching classes, training sessions or fighting to make yourself heard over a noisy gym floor can play havoc with your vocal cords, particularly in cold weather. Sip soothing drinks like lemon and honey or try a natural throat remedy that contains an anti-inflammatory like Vocalzone which contains Myrrh (how seasonal!). Vocalzone works by reducing swelling in the throat, fighting infections and is a firm favourite of singers including Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins. If it’s good enough for them…!

4. Keep hydrated
It’s easy to chug down litres of water when the weather’s hot but it’s just as important to drink lots during colder weather – particularly if you spend a lot of time in centrally-heated buildings. Try herbal brews like green tea to refresh and revive or even hot water with mint or lemon to maintain your fluid intake.

5. Take the seasonal spirit easy!
While there’s nothing wrong with a seasonal tipple, alcohol;

  • Can weaken your immune system
  • Stays in the body for longer than most people realise (on average it takes one hour for the body to break down one unit of alcohol)
  • Is also packed with calories

6. Get outside
It might be cold outside but exercising in the great outdoors is fantastic for the mind and the body. As well as helping to blow the cobwebs away, exercising outside can provide a much-needed dose of natural light and vitamin D during the winter months, helping to keep Seasonal Affective Disorder away while keeping your immune system strong.

7. Dress right
Make the most of modern technology by wearing clothes that help maintain constant body temperatures, while keeping perspiration at bay. Layer up, wear a hat and gloves (during cold weather blood flow is concentrated to the body’s core leaving your extremities vulnerable) and make sure your trainers are designed to cope with wet or icy conditions.

8. Get yourself an MOT
When was the last time you took some of the advice you give your clients and assessed your exercise regime? Are you setting yourself new goals? Are you using good techniques or is the way you move more habitual than mindful?

Take the time to re-assess the way you exercise and set yourself the kind of challenges you give your clients. And don’t forget as a REPs member you qualify for special discounts from BUPA for a comprehensive health check too to make sure everything’s tickety-boo.

9. Sleep well
A lack of sleep can compromise your immune system so make sure you get enough shut-eye. Sleep experts also recommend having a soothing bedtime routine and trying to go to bed at the same time each night to get the optimum sleep.

The Summit – Together Achieving More

22nd November – Congress Centre, London

FIA members early bird 10% discount available until 25th October 2012

Follow this link to attend the sector’s political event of the year to;

  • Hear from headline political speakers on the latest developments in public health
  • Learn more about the Games Legacy and…
  • Be  the first to see the unveiling of the FIA’s new brand and digital future

Confirmed speakers include:

  • John Inverdale: TV Broadcaster
  • Anna Soubry MP: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health
  • Andy Burnham MP: Shadow Secretary of State for Health
  • Carolyn Downs: Chief Executive of the Local Government Association
  • Professor Mike Kelly: Director of the Centre of Public Health Excellence at NICE
  • Mike Farrar: Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation
  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE: Peer in the House of Lords and Paralympic Gold Medallist
  • Sally Gunnell OBE: Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Kate Hoey MP:Member of Parliament and Commissioner of Sport for GLA 

Entry costs;

  • FIA member only £100*
  • FIA Vanguard member £85
  • Non-member £200

Book your place online. Alternatively email or call 020 7420 8564

Plus… Follow this link to book your place on the FIA’s professional development seminars sponsored by Precor Accessing Funding held later this month.

REPs at Leisure Industry Week 2012!

We are delighted to report yet another successful year for REPs at Leisure Industry Week (LIW) with over 250 REPs members joining us at stand H665 and even more industry professionals at our various convention workshops!

There was much excitement around the recent launch of activepassport™ platform and the REPs iPhone app… coming soon!

Our team received excellent feedback on the level of insight and knowledge gained from those attending the convention seminars. We couldn’t agree more, with each session being led by industry experts including; Pete Cohen (Weight Loss Guru), Tim Fearon (from The Extraordinary Coaching Company) and Bob Laventure (expert on Later Life Training) and… many more!

The final day ended on a high, with celebratory 10th anniversary REPS cupcakes for everyone and the grand unveiling of the lucky iPad winner; Paul Bernthal.

Thanks to all REPs team members for making the three days run so smoothly and to members for joining us!

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