Is it normal to be physically active?

In 2011, the four Chief Medical Officers (CMO) of the UK jointly issued recommendations for the levels of physical activity of our population.

They stated that:

  • Children of pre-school age (under 5 years old), who are capable of walking unaided, should be active for at least 180 minutes spread throughout the day
  • Children and young people aged 5-18 should be active at a moderate to vigorous intensity for at least 60 minutes or more a day
  • Adults aged 19-64 should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more
  • Older adults aged 65 and over should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more

Achieving the CMO’s guidelines can bring about major health benefits.  Even relatively small increases in physical activity are associated with some protection against chronic diseases and may improve quality of life.

In 2010, approximately 47% of adults were inactive, i.e. doing less than 30 minutes of activity a week.  There is a need to increase levels of physical activity across the whole population, and especially for those who lead sedentary lifestyles.

Being active is about moving more in any way which fits into our lives.  From walking and cycling as part of everyday life, to exercising in a gym, playing sports, or just tidying up the garden. Even small changes can make a difference.

Read more about CMO guidelines in Start Active, Stay Active.

REPs at IHRSA 2013


Last week the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s (IHRSA) 32nd Annual International Convention & Tradeshow took place in Las Vegas.

During the four exciting days of conference REPs UK was represented by its Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch, who addressed the IHRSA delegates in three sessions.

The first session “National Registers and International Recognition of Fitness Professionals” was co-presented by the Chair of the International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) Richard Beddie. During the talk they explained how individual training providers can gain accreditation by ICREPs in order to get recognition in countries without an ICREPs National Register membership.

The focus of the second and third session was on how to set up a Register and what benefits it holds – “Certification, a global perspective” and “Developing National Instructor Registration System: What you need to know”.

The sessions were very well received and even inspired several international organisations to set up their own Registers!

This is very good news and means that we’re one step closer to increased international recognition and a global accreditation of our members.

REPs Mini Modules

Screenshot REPs Mini Modules

Recently we have launched a brilliant tool called Mini Modules, which enables REPs members to quickly become an expert in certain areas and to earn up to 4 CPD points a year.

Modules are provided by REPs approved training providers and are free to complete online. Currently we’re offering a great variety from “Exercise for Ultimate Fat Loss – Myths and Misunderstandings” and “The Muscular System” to “Food Labelling” and “Healthy Eating Guidelines”.

Completing them you can achieve 4 of your CPD points a year (1 CPD point per module).

Visit our website and see which Mini Module you could take today!

Have you booked your REPs South East Convention tickets yet?


Join us for this year’s South East Convention!

When? 15 & 16 May2013

Where? at Raynes Park, David Lloyd in London.

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

Simply follow this link to book your place now and to receive more information about the event.

REPs at Vitality Show 2013

vitality show

The second year in a row the Register for Exercise Professionals was represented with a stand at the Vitality Show in London. It is the UK’s largest health, beauty and fitness event, which takes place at Earls Court.

We had a fantastic team of qualified personal trainers consulting the public and providing them with inspiration, encouragement and help for healthy lifestyle choices. In a competition we gave away personal trainer sessions for the visitors to win, which was a huge success and drew their attention to REPs.

The REPs stand was perceived as a great meeting point for existing REPs members and for the exercise professionals of the future, our students in training, as it offered an ideal space to network and to receive professional advice.

This year’s Vitality Show offered a great framework for the Register to further establish REPs image in the public eye and to communicate its benefits to potential members.

We’ll hope to see everyone again in the next year!

ICREPs announces first North American member


The International Confederation of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) admitted the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA) as its first North American member, which represents 10,000 exercise professionals in Canada.

Richard Beddie, ICREPs chair, said he is very happy with the outcome as the demand for independent registration bodies increases steadily. He stressed this move as timely and important as many training providers in Canada and around the world are trying to establish an accreditation system, but ICREPs only recognises the registers that work independently of training providers.

Following are ICREPs key criteria for independent registers to join:

  • Non-profit legal entity
  • Operating independently from training providers and exercise facilities
  • Operating a register on a national level
  • Supported by the industry

REPs UK is part of ICREPs, which is a membership based organisation with members operating in four continents, over seven countries, and collectively register over 60,000 individual exercise professionals.

Jean-Ann Marnoch (REPs UK Registrar) stated “We are very excited that Canada is joining ICREPs and look forward to the mapping of our standards to facilitate the reciprocal arrangements so that our members will be able to work in Canada.”

REPs UAE gains global recognition


We’re delighted to announce that REPs UAE has achieved full membership of the relevant global organisation for national fitness registers. Following a rigorous application process REPs UAE was admitted to ICREPs at a major global fitness convention in the United States.

REPs UAE Chief Executive Naser Al Tamimi and Technical Director Ben Gittus attended the annual IHRSA convention in Las Vegas from 18 – 21 March. At the convention REPs UAE were able to present the application for full membership of ICREPs in person. The ICREPs Board who took the decision to admit REPs UAE includes representatives of fitness registers in UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

REPs UAE can also announce that Richard Beddie, CEO of Fitness New Zealand and Chair of ICREPs will join a new ‘REPs UAE Oversight Committee’ which will oversee general running of the register and confirm REPs UAE operates on a non-profit basis.

Global acceptance as a high quality fitness register is a key milestone in the development of REPs UAE. Working with partners including Dubai Sports Council REPs UAE will continue the drive to increase and maintain standards of instruction in the UAE fitness industry.

REPs UAE Chief Executive Mr Naser Al Tamimi said ‘I was very pleased to attend IHRSA 2013 in Las Vegas and interact with the global fitness industry and the other fitness registers from around the world. Full membership of ICREPs confirms REPs UAE is being set up in line with global best practice and allows us to move ahead with increasing professionalism in UAE fitness and promote exercise to the community’.

Richard Beddie, Chair of ICREPs said ‘it is fantastic that we have been able to admit REPs UAE as a full member, we look forward to working with them to improve industry standards in UAE, the wider region and the world. On a personal level, I am delighted to join a committee to support the operation of REPs UAE’.

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