REPs at the Scottish Convention

Scottish convention

Nearly 100 attendees enjoyed a variety of sessions at The REPs Scottish Convention held at The Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley. The event included a brilliant keynote presentation from Keith Smith (Global Master Trainer, Life Fitness) on ‘The biggest market for the fitness industry in the next 20 years – The Independent Older Adult’. Keith was exceptionally insightful and spoke with great passion about the next “big opportunity” in fitness.

REPs Compliance and Standards Manager, Rob Wilkie, who was present on the day, gave the following feedback: 

“The day was a resounding success with fantastic information delivered to a crowd of extremely dedicated members. The variety of workshops on offer is testament to the varied numbers of roles we see as members of the Register.” 

Here’s what REPs member Kathyn McCubbin had to say:

“I really enjoy coming along to the conventions. There were so many good workshops today I couldn’t decide! It is also a great chance to meet other fitness professionals and network”

Kicking off with the day we had a number of workshops covering a spectrum of activities relevant to our members, here are highlights from a few of those workshops.

Lincoln Bryden spoke at length on ‘Metabolic Physique Conditioning: Bridging the Hormonal Gap between Muscle Growth and Fat Loss’. Highlighting that metabolic conditioning is wonderful at burning fat, but it continually falls short in the muscle building category. He explained the variances and outlined what we as a team can do to help restore the balance.

KBTEducation highlighted the benefits of advanced Olympic lifting and functional training. Lifting weights can be the ideal training for many of your clients, some of which may never have considered it.

Premier Training International led a session focused on several often ignored health and lifestyle factors that must be fully understood and applied in order to witness truly successful, long term weight management. This scientific approach to beating the bulge was a great session.

Classical Pilates UK also delivered a brilliant session outlined how current science is only now catching up with one of the longest lasting functional training methods.

Later Life Training ran a workshop that looked at the importance of evidence and good practice guidance, as recognised by bodies important in the writing of National Level Strategic Documents, including the Department of Health and Royal College of Physicians.

Drummond Education gave us all a crash course in social media in the run up to one of the busiest times of year for an instructor. This timely session gave us all insight into the ways in which we can be smart with our engagements and increase the number of clients we have, alongside keeping better connected to our existing clients.

This is short round up of what we would all agree was a fantastic day. The number of people who took time out of their busy schedules to earn CPD points and also contribute to valuable discussions was fantastic. We would like to say a large thank you to the team at the Lagoon Leisure Centre for hosting our day!

Why fit is fashionable for women

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A slim and slender frame is often viewed as the most coveted body shape for females. This ideal is reinforced by the media, fashion industry and popular culture on a daily basis. Magazines, adverts and model campaigns all show evidence of this aesthetic being lauded, and anything that deviates from it being considered less appealing. The coveting of this form appears to dictate that only skinny is desirable, showing little acknowledgment of any other form being remotely appealing.

Thankfully, there appears to be a new influx of women who are shunning this perceived ideal in favour of a healthier, more toned physique. Acknowledging their influence, many in the public eye are using their bodies to promote a healthier ideal. The July addition of Sport magazine used a stunning piece of photography on their front cover. Jessica Ennis-Hill, national treasure and London 2012 poster girl, hands on hips with her trademark abs of steel on full display.

The public reaction to this pictorial suggests healthy bodies are beginning to get the recognition they deserve. Sport magazine received many tweets praising their use of such a powerful image of whom they describe as ‘Wonder Woman’

‘In total awe of Jess Ennis’ abs on the front cover of @sportsmaguk today. More female body role models like this in the media please #positive’ @LeishaHawkEye

‘Stunning image of the iconic @J_Ennis on the front of @sportmaguk. Sometimes they really get it right.’ @rolyhamroll

‘Woah, HOW awesome does @J_Ennis look in today’s @sportmaguk? Now that is a powerful and healthy body. What a woman!’ @Sarah_robbo

The girl who can do no wrong epitomises that fit, healthy and active is beautiful. She certainly recognises the influence she holds, recollecting how she avoided the local chippy in the lead up to 2012 with her honed physic looking down on her from a poster outside.

Ennis is not the only popular figure who realises the effect her notoriety can have. Jennifer Lawrence, star of the Hunger Games, spoke of her desire to promote a healthy body image through the medium of the film.

Speaking to Newsnight’s Zoe Conway, Lawrence said:

“We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing (in the Hunger Games). They see enough of this body that they will never be able to obtain and it’s an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry”.

The growing support of healthy bodies could not come at a more important time; obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the USA in the past 30 years according to the Centres for Disease control and prevention. The figures from the UK are following the same worrying pattern.

A trend towards a strong muscular physic is a positive one. The job of exercise professionals is to encourage women that this is a healthy body to strive for, and to facilitate the ability to make it both attainable and maintainable. It is important to communicate the importance of moderation; neither extreme is desirable. Avoiding exercise for fear of an ‘unwomanly form’ is as unnecessary as lifting weights until biceps resemble Madonna’s or Jodie Marsh during her crazy phase. Promoting a lifestyle that incorporates activity as often as possible is the best way of demonstrating that fit is healthier and happier.  Rivalling Mrs Ennis-Hill or her fellow heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson – who sports an equally defined physique- in the next Olympics may not be realistic ambition, but leading an active lifestyle is. Have red cheeks; run like no one is watching. Sweating is good for you. Take pride in your cyclists calves; obliques aren’t just for men. Exercise professionals have a duty to be acclaiming activity as a lifestyle choice, and the multitude of benefits that it brings. Other than achieving a strong physique, the implications for health, well-being and stress relief are also significant.

The acknowledgment of this new aesthetic represents an important time, both for women in general and the fitness industry. Use this shift in thinking to educate people in the benefits of exercise, and it will become the norm. This could be the start of a movement where more attention is given to females winning grand slams with killer thighs than writhe around naked on wrecking balls in music videos, and rightly so.

Keeping customers engaged over the Christmas period

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Guest blog from our Registers Operations Manager Greg Small .

Christmas is coming, the release of the new John Lewis advert to pull at our heartstrings serves to confirm the fact that the festive period has officially begun to descend upon us. As well as an onslaught of highly emotive adverts, decorating trees and shopping this entails, Christmas also means endless rounds of parties, stockpiling of chocolate, and for many, the excuse to consume to excess, forgetting what exercise is. The author of this blog may have got up for an 8am 10k cross country run last Boxing Day, but many of us are not that inclined to work off this Christmas turkey, or indeed have the time to indulge in such activities. Despite the best of intentions, many might lack the time and motivation to focus on their training schedule; the warm twinkly lights and festivities of the season prove far more appealing to the harsher glare of the gym. The gym drop out rate for the Christmas period is palpable. Many adopt the ‘I’ll start again in January’ mantra, writing off their month of inactivity and poor eating choices. Over indulging will only make it harder to get back into a routine and find the motivation to do so. As exercise professionals, it is important to show clients that the festive period needn’t be a time to put exercise on hold, but can be carefully incorporated into their plans. Planning is the key to a successful Christmas. Working together on a plan that works for your clients should ensure that exercise can still have its place in their Christmas calendar, and all the good work done throughout the year needn’t be undone in one food-coma inducing sitting. Knowing when their next session is will help keep them on track.  Looking ahead into the New Year is another way of ensuring they are of aware longer term targets and have the motivation to achieve them. Communicating with your clients through this time will make them less likely to fall off the radar. Make them aware of special offers and promotions that are going on. Offering reward incentives are great ways of ensuring clients don’t become strangers! Encourage your clients to remember why they came to you in the first place, and re-address the original goals you made with them. If weight loss was the incentive, remind them of how far they have already come. Taking another set of measurements will be a sure-fire way to make anyone think before tucking in to another helping of Christmas pudding. As an exercise professional, keeping focus and not letting things slip might seem imperative, but you must communicate this mindset to your clients. You are not with them all day to guide them, so they must learn to help themselves. Ensuring that they have the right mentality to want to eat healthily and exercise properly will mean that half the battle is already won. Calling upon personal experience when giving advice on nutrition and ways of coping with extra temptation should help to enable them to negotiate this period successfully themselves. The festive period is a special time, providing a break from everyday life and the chance to enjoy ourselves. As professionals, we should understand normal exercise routines are bound to be compromised as other events take priority, but there are positives that can be taken from this too. The body needs the chance to rest and recover from exercise, reducing the intensity of fitness schedules provides the opportunity to do so. Clients can return with renewed focus and motivation after a break. REPs need to communicate to their clients the importance of balance and moderation; missing one exercise session won’t make us unfit but falling out of the routine of regular exercise will. The festive period doesn’t last forever, but successfully negotiating it will allow for plenty of enjoyment whilst keeping on track with fitness goals.

International heptathlete Louise Hazel joins as an Ambassador for REPs

Photographed by John WrightWe are delighted to announce that World Class heptathlete Louise Hazel has joined the REPs family, becoming our new ambassador.

Following her 17-year athletic career, which culminated in becoming Commonwealth heptathlon champion (Delhi, 2010) and representing Team GB at London 2012, Louise Hazel retired from the heptathlon in 2012. Since then, she has focused on promoting health and fitness through personal training. She is a qualified REPs professional member.

Greg Small, Operations Manager for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), says,

“REPs would like to take this opportunity to welcome Louise Hazel to the team. Louise is a wonderful example of how passion and determination can lead to the pinnacle of sporting success. We are very pleased to welcome her as an advocate and spokesperson for the Register of Exercise Professionals.”

Here’s what Louise had to say,

“I’m delighted to have this wonderful opportunity as REPs Ambassador to help and inspire people to integrate fitness into their daily lives.

“As a REPs member, educating people about fitness is a passion of mine, and it is essential that the public receive correct, safe fitness training and advice.”

Louise continued to say,

“It’s reassuring for consumers, employers, and healthcare professionals that all REPs registered exercise and fitness professionals are appropriately qualified and have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform specific roles. It means people know their exercise regime is in safe hands, and they can concentrate on getting fit.” 

Greg Small concludes,

“Our ultimate aim is to put the public’s safety first through the use of a REPs qualified professional. With Louise Hazel as a fellow REPs member and an ambassador, we are confident that we can continue to spread this message.” 

We look forward to the future of this new partnership and welcome Louise on board!

 

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