20% OFF Kinetica Sports Products!

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As part of our promise to offer REPs members even more great benefits, we’re delighted to have partnered with Kinetica Sports; leading sports supplement brand.


Fantastic products at great value…

Kinetica’s three core categories include Recovery and Endurance, Power and Strength and Health.

All Kinetica products are rigorously tested and scientifically proven to work, to help ensure peak condition before, during and after training.

They taste great too!

Simply enter REPS20 at checkout to claim this great discount.

Follow this link to start purchasing today. Hurry, offer ends 31st January 2013.

 Watch this space for exciting news, brought to you by Kinetica in the New Year!

Offer terms and conditions:

 The promotional code entitles you to 20% off any Kinetica Sports Products purchased online at http://SkillsActive.kineticasports.com?code=REPS20

  1. The promotional code is valid from 20th December 2012 until 31st January 2013.
  2. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer.
  3. Offer is subject to availability, whilst stocks last.
  4. The promotional code can be used in multiple transactions.
  5. Retailer reserves the right to refuse any promotional code if it suspects misuse, abuse or fraud.

Are You Looking For A New Challenge In The New Year?

The Leicester Kidney Exercise Team have posted a recent vacancy for an Exercise Research Facilitator, to support their research activities into exercise and kidney disease.

This is an interesting position. The research team are open minded about the background and qualifications for this post and I think it might suit someone with exercise or fitness qualifications.

Dr Alice Smith who leads the team said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for someone with knowledge and/or experience of exercise theory and training to join a friendly and enthusiastic multidisciplinary research team. We carry out a variety of research studies to investigate the benefits of exercise for people with kidney disease, and to develop tailored exercise programmes for introduction to the clinical service. The successful applicant will assist the researchers with all aspects of the work, including supervision of exercise programmes, monitoring participant progress, and administration of NHS research studies. This is an interesting and varied role which involves working with healthcare and exercise professionals to improve the health and quality of life of people with kidney disease, kidney transplants and those on dialysis.”

The online application system and further particulars can be found here:


The job number MBP00756 needs to be entered into the system to find this particular vacancy.

Join REPs At The Welsh Convention, 2013



Want to keep on top of your Continued Professional Development in the New Year and gain valuable CPD points?  

JOIN REPS at the Welsh Convention and gain 4 CPD points. 

Where: Virgin Active, Ocean Way, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 5HF

When: 9.30 – 16.00 – Wednesday 6th February, 2013 

Entry fee is £45 for REPs members (£60 for non-members) and this includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.


  • Keynote presentation on ‘Obesity – An Un-tapped Fitness Market’ led by Pete Cohen (Weight Loss Guru).
  • 12 interactive and informative workshops to keep you up to speed with all the latest industry news and developments for 2013 and much more… 

Follow this link to book today.

We hope you can make it!

The REPs Team

VIVOBAREFOOT Exclusive Offer REPs Members!



If you’re looking for the perfect treat for yourself, or any other fitness professionals this festive season then REPs has just the thing…

Receive 20% off any VIVOBAREFOOT shoes and Training Clinic Bookings before the 31st December!

The Shoes


In 2003, VIVOBAREFOOT became the pioneer of barefoot movement by launching the first barefoot shoe with a patented, ultra thin puncture resistant sole, offering maximum sensory feedback and protection.

This was driven by the knowledge that 70% of our information for movement comes from the proprioceptive system, the majority of which comes from the nerves on the soles of your feet. The more you can feel the ground, the greater your body’s understanding of its surroundings and natural movement.

 Follow this link to make your purchase today. Simply enter REPS20 during checkout for any shoe purchases.

The Training Clinic


In 2011, VIVOBAREFOOT launched the Training Clinic in partnership with Lee Saxby.

Saxby is at the forefront of applied barefoot science. He has been coaching movement for 20 years and has spent the last 10 years coaching barefoot technique to help runners overcome injury and increase performance. Saxby is considered by many as the best in his field, and has been described as “The World’s Best Running Coach” by Christopher McDougall, Author of the international bestseller, Born to Run and by Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman as “Exceptional”.

For info about the Training Clinic go to http://trainingclinic.vivobarefoot.com/

To book your place in one of the Saturday Clinics go to http://barefootrunningclinicldn-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/

Simply enter REPS20 during checkout to claim your 20% discount!


  1.   The promotional code entitles you to 20% off any VIVOBAREFOOT shoes via http://www.vivobarefoot.com/uk/  and Training Clinic Bookings at http://barefootrunningclinicldn-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/. It cannot be used for any other product or at any other websites.
  2.  The 20% off Training Clinic bookings is valid for Saturday bookings only. Saturday Clinics are held on the 2nd Sat of every month
  3. The promotional code is valid for use between 13th – 31st December 2012
  4. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer
  5. Offer is subject to availability, whilst stocks last
  6. The promotional code can only be used once in one transaction
  7. Retailer reserves the right to refuse any promotional code if it suspects misuse, abuse or fraud
  8. By making a purchase in conjunction with this offer at http://www.vivobarefoot.com/uk/ / http://barefootrunningclinicldn-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/or with the VIVOBAREFOOT team via email/telephone you are consenting to receive marketing communications from REPs and VIVOBAREFOOT. You will be given the option to opt out of further communications should you wish to. We will not pass on your details to third parties not previously mentioned without seeking your permission first. 

SkillsActive Launches New Register For Aquatic Professionals


Building on the success of The Register of Exercise Professionals, which celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year, SkillsActive has developed an independent Register for those employed in the aquatics sector.

This Register of Aquatic Professionals will be piloted in England initially, with eventual roll out across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

RAPS will be operated by SkillsActive, with support provided by key partners from industry; the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) and The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS).


Like REPs, this new Register is being developed to increase professionalism in the sector and protect the general public. This will provide assurance that registered individuals hold relevant qualifications required for the job they undertake.

For employers, RAPs will provide clarity, structure to training and Continued Professional Development (CPD), supporting their workforce to develop within the sector.

The pilot phase will launch in January 2013 to test the new system, raise awareness across the industry and enable employers and individuals to engage in its development. The full register will be launched later in 2013.

Read the full RAPs FAQs here.


Your Chance To Win With REPs and Leon Restaurants!




At REPs we understand the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.  The foods which we eat hold huge effect on our mood, performance and health, therefore getting it right is key.

We’ve joined forces with Leon Restaurants to offer REPs members the chance to win:

1 of 3 Leon ‘Friends and Family’ Cook Books!

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And it gets better, we’ll be running similar competitions over the next few months so there’s even more chance that you could win!

So What Do You Have To Do?

WEEK 1 – Jonny Jeffery’s Fluffy Egg Challenge


All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is; re-create this protein-rich recipe, take a photo and upload it to the REPs Facebook page.

This competition will close on Monday 31st December 2012 so get cooking today!

We’ll select our favourite Fluffy Egg photo the following week and email the winner directly!

Follow this link to read the recipe and get started now.

Once you’ve made the recipe and taken a photo, simply post it to our Facebook wall here.

For more recipes from Leon cookbook 4 to share with Family and Friends, why not treat yourself or a loved one this Christmas and buy this great cookbook on Amazon.

For Further information about Leon Restaurants and to join the Leon Community online, visit their Website, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon sites

Keep an eye out for more recipes to follow soon for your chance to win!

And finally… watch the authors of Leon 4, John and Kay cook some more recipes from Family and Friends here.

Competition T&Cs:

  1. The prize winner will be selected by the REPs team (based on replicating the egg recipe displayed).
  2. ‘Week 1’ competition ends on Monday 31st December 2012 at 9pm. Any images uploaded to the REPs Facebook page after this time will not be entered.
  3. The winner, In conjunction with ‘week 1’s competition – The Jonny Jeffery’s Fluffy Egg Challenge’ will be emailed within 2 weeks of the competition closing date (Monday 31st December 2012).
  4. By entering this competition, you are consenting to receive marketing communications from REPs and Leon Restaurants. You will be given the option to opt out of further communications should you wish to. We will not pass on your details to third parties.


Poor Summer May Lead To Vitamin D Deficiency


Our summer months are more than ever, experiencing lower than average hours of sunshine. This has led to high risk of vitamin D deficiency amongst the UK population, this winter.

According to Professor Norman Rathcliffe, from Swansea University; 2012 has experienced one of the dullest summers on record, and as consequence many people’s natural vitamin D stores may not have been replenished in time for winter.

Figures from the Met Office reveal that recorded hours of sunshine this summer were 18 per cent lower than the average over the last 30 years and lower than any of the last ten summers.

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He commented:

“Vitamin D inadequacy may stretch over much of the period from June 2012 until the spring/summer of 2013.

“The effects of low vitamin D levels in the body are very serious as adequate levels may be necessary to prevent common cancers, heart and autoimmune diseases, rickets, osteomalacia (bone pain and muscle weakness), diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and depression.”

Earlier this year Prof Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, highlighted that up to one in four people have low levels of vitamin D, commenting:

 “People at risk of vitamin D deficiency, including pregnant women and children under five, are already advised to take daily supplements.

“Our experts are clear – low levels of vitamin D can increase the risk of poor bone health, including rickets in young children.”

Read the full article here.

Industry Confidence – On An Upward Curve


At REPs, we’re always interested in providing our members with the most up to date industry information. As well as producing our own annual surveys, the recently published Fitness Industry Confidence Survey (FCIS), offered interesting content for our sector this year.

 The survey was carried out by insight specialists Leisure-net Solutions, and sponsored by Leisure Industry Week (LIW), with key findings are detailed below:

gym  “Almost half (42%) of Senior Managers across both public and private sectors of the leisure, health and fitness industry are more confident about the future of their business.

“In addition, the industry’s confidence in primary income streams is also up – the figure has risen to over a third (39%) this year, up from 23% in 2010.

Leisure-net Managing Director, Mike Hill, commented: 

 “From the 2012 survey it seems that, while macro economic conditions continue to present problems, for the first time we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, with most key indicators showing signs of improvement.”

Other key findings included:

“Employment levels for 2013 also look optimistic, with 26% of respondents stating they intend to employ more people compared with only 15% saying they will be employing less.

“Despite the industry’s increasing positivity overall, the FICS highlighted some areas for concern. Senior Managers still believe there will be significant challenges in 2013, including the economy (43%), secondary income streams (29%), member retention (15%) and utility costs (11%).

“Respondents also highlighted competition as a concern for the coming year – only 7% felt competition for business had got easier, where as 59% think things have become harder.”

Follow this link or email info@leisure-net.org for further information about the Fitness Industry Confidence Survey.

Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign For The Sector


A campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer amongst active sport, leisure and wellbeing professionals has been launched by the Habia Skills Academy (HSA).

The Skin Cancer Awareness campaign aims to educate sector professionals about the signs of skin cancer so that they can pass on potentially life-saving guidance, as they are ideally placed to notice skin changes and provide information on where to seek medical advice.

Skin cancer, or melanoma, is one of the fastest growing cancers amongst young people in terms of incidence, and yet can be effectively treated if caught early, dramatically improving the chances of a positive outcome.

The HSA, in collaboration with a number of organisations, including founder sponsor VTCT and campaign partner SkillsActive, is developing guidance and materials for businesses and learning providers, including:

  • Leaflets from the British Association of Dermatologists and the HSA
  • A smartphone app compatible with iPhone and Android
  • A Learning Support Unit, to be used to teach learners about skin cancer
  • A window sticker and posters.

Siân James MP, who chairs the Parliamentary Melanoma Taskforce, said:

“Professionals in the sector can play a key role in spotting the signs of skin cancer as they see peoples’ skin all the time.

“We want to take forward the guidelines the Taskforce published so that professionals in these industries can begin to make a real difference and play their part in improving outcomes for patients and saving lives.”

To download the smartphone app for iPhone and Android, go to http://www.habia.org/hsa/skincancer

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