REPs member Kim Ingleby in the finals of ‘Personal Trainers to Watch’ Program

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We would like to say a big congratulation to Kim Ingleby who has managed to secure her place in the final 10 of Life Fitness’s ‘Personal Trainers to Watch’ program.

The ‘Personal Trainers to Watch’ program rewards and recognises personal trainers from all over the globe that embody passion and commitment to healthier lifestyles.

The competition started back in June, with the nomination process closing at the end of June. Since then the public have been able to vote for their favourite on the Life Fitness website. Now it has been whittled down to just ten finalists from around the world included our very own Kim Ingleby!

Full of enthusiasm Kim Ingleby said, “I really can’t believe I’ve made it to the Final 10, totally amazing, humbling and exciting. I love what I do, always learning, developing Energised Performance and working with a huge range of amazing clients all over the world, it’s a true privilege”.

Kim then expressed her gratitude to those who nominated her, “a huge, big thank you to everyone who nominated me, I have no idea who did, but I really, really appreciate it, thank you! It’s especially poignant being short listed this year, as I have had an interesting few months overcoming Weil’s disease. I will do my very best at the Live Final Judging on 27th September, fingers crossed”.

With less than a month to until the final, the finalists will face panel of industry experts who will take the following criteria into consideration when judging:

  • A Personal Statement
  • Education
  • Awards
  • Tenure as a PT
  • Client experience
  • Third party endorsements

The finalists will also be taking part in a personal trainer’s workshop on the day which their participation levels will go towards their final score. The winner of this prestigious competition will receive a $5,000 USD cash prize.

We wish Kim the best of luck for the finals and you can too by sending her tweet @kimingleby. The finals will be taking place at Nuffield Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Centre on September 27th 2013!

For more information about the competition and the other finalists taking part please visit the Life Fitness website.

About Kim

Kim is the founder of Energised Performance located in Bristol and has over 15 years experience in the industry. Her mission is to give clients the tools to empower them to be their best, inside and out, becoming fitter, stronger and more energized. She is an award winning brand ambassador, fitness model, athlete & coach and writes for various leading UK national fitness magazines. In addition, Kim is passionate about fundraising, having raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The economics of fitness

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New research by Bristol University has found eight out of 10 people do not do enough to keep fit. The research also found social and economic reasons were often factors of determining how likely people are to exercise.

The fitness industry is one of the fastest growing industries, however it can often prove expensive. Gym memberships can range from over £100 per month to a more affordable pay-as-you-go scheme. The cost of the kit we all wear to the gym and supplements ranging from £30 to £100 (depending on what you take) all adds up!

So what can we do about this?

  • Train in the park (there’s been a real emergence of Parkour and outdoor bootcamps recently, it’s definitely something to look into)
  • Do what you enjoy – if you enjoy dancing, dance. If you enjoy running, run. If you enjoy lifting, lift
  • Commit to a balanced diet and consult a GP if you are concerned or feel you need supplementation 

Here is a selection of 50 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere by Laura Schwecherl.  Laura is Growth Director at Greatist, a leading health and fitness website.

Clock Lunge: Time for a challenge. Complete a traditional forward lunge, then take a big step to the right and lunge again. Finish off the semicircle with a backwards lunge, then return to standing. And all that’s one rep! Aim for 10 reps and then switch legs.

Squat Reach and Jump: Ready to add some pizzazz (and cardio!) to that squat? Perform a normal squat, but immediately jump up, reaching the arms straight overhead. Aim for 15 reps, taking a quick breather before the next set.

Standard Push-Up: There’s a reason this one’s a classic. With hands shoulder-width apart, keep the feet flexed at hip distance, and tighten the core. Bend the elbows until the chest reaches the ground, and then push back up (make sure to keep the elbows tucked close to the body). That’s one!

Superman: Want some superpowers? Lie face down with arms and legs extended. Keeping the torso as still as possible, simultaneously raise the arms and legs to form a small curve in the body. Cape optional.

Mountain Climber: Starting on your hands and knees, bring the left foot forward directly under the chest while straightening the right leg. Keeping the hands on the ground and core tight, jump and switch legs. The left leg should now be extended behind the body with the right knee forward. Next up? Everest.

Shoulder Stabilization Series (I, Y, T, W O): OK, it may look crazy, but stay with us. Lie down on your stomach with arms extended overhead and palms facing each other. Move the arms into each letter formation. (Gimme a Y, you know you want to!).

Segmental Rotation: Target those obliques. Lying on your back with your knees bent and core tight, let the knees fall gradually to the left (feeling a good stretch). Hold for five seconds, return to center, and repeat on the right side.

Russian Twist: Sit on the floor with knees bent and feet together, lifted a few inches off the floor. With the back at a 45-degree angle from the ground, move the arms from one side to another in a twisting motion. Here, slow and steady wins the race: The slower the twist, the deeper the burn. Feel like a fitness czar yet?

We all need to encourage everyone to keep fit, no matter what their economic background is, and fight obesity.

Take a look at the full list of Laura Schwecherl’s bodyweight exercises here .

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Fantastic opportunity for REPs members – Become a Volunteer Lay Committee Advisor

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The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, which is part of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, is looking for volunteers to get involved as Lay Committee Advisors, helping to shape the future of Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer your views and learn more about Sport and Exercise Medicine, giving valuable input into the UK’s leading organisation for promoting and setting standards in Sport and Exercise Medicine.  The FSEM’s Council and Committee members include some of the UK’s leading medical experts in sport and exercise who work on a voluntary basis for the organisation setting standards, overseeing research, training, curriculum and assessment of SEM Doctors. Successful applicants will be working alongside our doctors as Lay Advisors.

The Faculty of SEM is looking for volunteers who are passionate about exercising and take an interest in exercise as a means to health and recovery from illness to take an active role in Committees and Working Groups.

The Faculty is also looking for volunteers who play sports regularly, have experienced a sporting injury and are passionate about sports to take an active role in the FSEM’s Committees and Working Groups.

Volunteers will be able to get involved in raising the profile of sport and exercise medicine, enter into the debate helping to ensure standards are high, develop the arguments for investment in the specialty within the UK and bring new ideas to the Council from a public perspective.

Sport and Exercise medicine not only treats elite sports persons, it also has a large scale application in improving the health of the general public through exercise advice and prescription. There are around 70 physicians registered as SEM specialists with the General  Medical Council (GMC), a small percentage of the 235,000 GMC registered Doctors in the UK*. The FSEM would like to see many more Doctors specialising in SEM, especially within the NHS, in order to improve the health of the nation and recovery time from illness through prescribed activity.

If you think you fit the bill or you know anyone you’d like to nominate as a volunteer Lay Committee Advisor** for the FSEM please email: pr@fsem.ac.uk. Or download an application form here

*Source: General Medical Council July 2013 

** Applications for Lay Committee Advisors will be reviewed by the FSEM Council. Please note Lay Committee Advisors offer their services on a voluntary basis and will not be remunerated.

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REPs look to tackle childhood obesity

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With recent obesity statistics coming to light, the REPs level 2 qualification (Physical Activity for Children) is of the upmost importance. Data from the NHS, as part of its annual child measurement programme, has revealed that between 2006 and 2012 there were seven children who weighed over 20 stone.

Established in 2006, the National Child Measurement Programme measures the height and weight of children in reception and year six annually.  Available under Freedom of Information laws, OpenWorld News discovered the data revealing one boy aged just 11 years old standing at 1.32m (4ft 4in) weighing 147kg (23st 1lb). 

As REPs members it crucial to stress the immense health and economic implications of this data and to highlight the need for accessible, practical education and support for overweight children and their families.

As Registered Exercise Professionals and having the expert industry knowledge, we have the ability to combat this issue, but surely prevention at an early age is best way to move forward. This however, can only be done through collaboration with parents, schools and the NHS with REPs at the forefront of a development strategy to keep children active and engaged in a healthy lifestyle.

Greg Small, Operations Manager for REPs said, “Ensuring children are engaged and enthusiastic about learning the correct exercise habits from an early age should be a major responsibility of accredited professionals. It’s imperative that parents have confidence in their children’s physical activity programmes, knowing that professional guidance is ensuring not only a safe and health weight, but also the self-confidence to go through the teenage years as a happy, healthy weight-appropriate adult. We must ensure that the battle for our children’s health and future happiness is in the best possible professional hands and the work of the Register of Exercise Professionals is an important part of achieving that goal.”

Educating children about the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle is the first step to tackling this strong national crisis. As we all know prevention is better than cure.

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Join us at our national convention at LIW 2013! You’ll only kick yourself if you don’t.

ImageWith little over six weeks to go until LIW and the REPs National Convention, there is still time to book your place at what is undoubtedly a major event in the REPs calendar.

Taking place at LIW in Birmingham, the two-day September event will offer great development, networking and learning opportunities for our delegates.

With keynote speakers Dr Ian Campbell (as seen on The Biggest Loser) and Keith Smith (Global Master Trainer for Life Fitness) already confirmed, the programme is not one to be missed.

Download the full programme here.

Want to know a bit more about what a REPs Convention is like? Watch our short film on the last event held in London earlier this year.

REPs members can attend the convention at a discounted price: Image

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Leaving your booking until the last minute is just too risky. Why live on the edge? Don’t leave anything to chance and sign-up today.

If you are interested in attending LIW then you will need to visit the LIW website and register. Providing you register in advance it is free for you to attend. However, non-registered visitors will have to pay a £30 entry free on the door.

This annual trade show connects you the with the latest products, services and innovations the industry has to offer and with the attendance of leading companies and industry experts you will be able to see what’s new on the market, and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and experiences for your members and customers.

We really hope to see you all there!

No matter who our clients are, Mothers really do know best – give them the support they need!

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Guest Blog from Lucy Miller:

– When it comes to careers and relationships, we know we need to stick to it and put in plenty of effort and enthusiasm to get the best from it. Somehow, this doesn’t seem so easy when it comes to a fitness routine.

Mothers in particular feel time-pressured, juggling endless tasks at home with work commitments, nursery drop-offs, the school runs. A day can regularly spill into the night, and there‘s often an overwhelming feeling of not being able to get anything done. Once you factor in the dreaded sleepless nights, it can be almost impossible to even contemplate putting on trainers and heading out to take part in something that will exhaust you even more.

Added to this, we cannot discount the women who just dislike exercise. Or at least assume they can’t do it. Let’s not forget the thought of all that lycra. How can we be expected to dress like that and share our post-baby bodies with the general public?

As a mother of two, married to a super-committed, international jet-set career man, work means juggling the children, housework and my own business. Managing as a single parent until superman returns, it can be hard to keep on top of things.

In my experience, an understanding of the everyday pressures of my clients is vital to my programming calendar. Sometimes this means offering classes at times when I’d really rather be relaxing on the sofa. Some of my most successful courses for women have taken place as the sun comes up on a Saturday morning and sets on a Sunday evening.

The 2 most important factors that make my classes a success are:

1. Timing

Familiarise yourself with your clients’ personal commitments. Be flexible. Find a time that will always work for your clients. It will be harder for them to turn you down. It will be harder for them to fail.

2. Variety

If your fitness routine is the same every week, you will get bored. Fact. Commit to making your routines as varied as possible. It keeps your clients guessing, eliminates boredom and keeps them entertained. Oh, and of course, it gets great results.

The best measure of success for me is how much fun my clients are having. If they are enjoying my workouts, I will be too. They will want more, and so will I.

About Lucy

Lucy Miller is the founder of Urban Fox Fitness. After successfully launching her business in south east London, Lucy is now developing her client base with native English speakers in Berlin, Germany. www.urbanfoxfitness.com

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