Louise Hazel announces plans to come out of retirement for Glasgow 2014

ImageREPs ambassador and international heptathlete Louise Hazel has confirmed that she has come out of retirement in a bid to defend her Commonwealth title later this year.

 

We are delighted by the news that Louise, who won gold in Delhi 2010 , has come out of retirement. Speaking to BBC Sport yesterday she said the lure of competing in Glasgow was too strong to resist.

 

“I’m in better shape than I thought I was in. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get started,” said Louise.

 

Louise announced her retirement from heptathlon last September, but added she was “not ruling out other sports”.

 

But after a series of tests on Wednesday, involving sprint work, the long jump, shot put and sessions in the gym, she confirmed her return.

 

“I was really pleasantly surprised by my tests. It’s a thumbs-up for Glasgow, if I’m selected,” said Hazel, who will now put together a “plan that involves coaching and sponsorship”.

 

She added: “I also have to chat to Commonwealth Games England to discuss the selection process and to see what hurdles have to be overcome.

 

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I could successfully defend my Commonwealth crown – I’m definitely targeting the podium.”

 

After making her major championship debut for Great Britain at the 2006 European Championships, Hazel finished 14th at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

 

Her personal best of 6,166 points, set in Germany in 2011, makes her the seventh best British heptathlete of all time, but she could only finish 27th at London 2012, where Ennis-Hill took goldand another fellow Briton, Katarina Johnson Thompson, was 15th.

 

Whilst there is still a long way to go before Glasgow 2014, which begins on the 23rd July, the REPs family is 100% behind Louise and we wish her the very best of luck.

REPs in the News

Wow 2013 certainly was a busy year for REPs, gaining some great coverage across both national and local press as well as featuring in various magazines. So we thought we would share a few of our highlights with you.

Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen national media approach REPs more often for comment across a range of exercise and health issues.

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We also worked with Women’s Health on a fantastic article which discussed how important it is to have an appropriately qualified trainer.  (Monthly circulation of 107,965)

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REPs Operations Manager, Greg Small also featured in the Mail Online commenting on Miley Cyrus. While we can all agree the topic is perhaps not the most newsworthy, it’s great to be acknowledged as an ‘expert’ when health and fitness is being discussed in mainstream press. Click here to read the article in full. (Daily circulation of over 10million unique browsers)

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As well as our print and online press coverage, we were delighted to feature on BBC Radio 5 Live Radio (audience of 6.12 million listeners) and BBC Breakfast (daily reach of 6.8 million), giving our expert advice on key fitness issues.

 

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We hope 2014 continues to be a prosperous year for the Register!

Worried about picking up a bug? Maybe stay away from the gym…

As we write these blogs, the process often starts with some research, be it online, on the phone or even directly with you, our members.

Something we perhaps didn’t see coming was the current discontent around hygiene in gyms, something that is coming more to the forefront at a time of year known for being that bit busier with newer gym goers.

Despite being known for the place to go to remain fit and healthy, we were drawn to wonder whether there is actually more chance of picking up a bug or illness in the gym.

In a survey in a popular fitness magazine, it was seen that germs appear in all corners of gyms, right from benches to changing rooms, and of course, in swimming pools.

The lack of hygiene in some areas has concerned trainers, who, spending much of their working week in these environments, have to keep a close check on their health.

While a gym filled with sweat and kit will unlikely ever be ‘germ free’, we have recommended some tips that may help keep risk of illness to a minimum.

Sanitisers
Encourage your gym to install hand sanitisers. You’ll find people are encouraged to use these, and they will help prevent the spread of germs.

Towels
Does the person before you wipe down the equipment after use? Encourage your gym to encourage its members to bring towels, or at least provide tissues and spray to clean equipment after use.

Flip flops
Shower at the gym? Make sure you cover your feet. Changing rooms are a hotspot for verrucas and athlete’s foot.

Staying hydrated
We all re-use water bottles, so there’s no shame in that. Just make sure you change it every couple of weeks.

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Join us in Cardiff at the next REPs Convention

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CPD points are on offer at our next convention, taking place on Wednesday 12th February at the Spot Wales National Centre in Cardiff.

A major event for exercise professionals, a range of workshops will take place throughout the day, offering an excellent professional development opportunity.

Our key note speaker Matthew Wallden (Faculty Member, at CHEK Europe), will be delivering ‘Flatten your abs forever’, which will be an eye opener for all attending. The workshop will use the unique holistic and multidisciplinary approach that the CHEK (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute is renowned for.

Matthew will explain all the reasons why your exercise programme may not be getting the results it should. You will also learn about the common problems preventing people from achieving flat abs including ineffective exercise programming, poor nutritional habits, hormonal imbalance, gynaecological, gastro-intestinal disorders and much more.

We are certain that you will leave this presentation with some new ideas to take back to your classes, PT sessions and exercise programmes!

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

Along with Matthew’s session and 11 other interactive informative workshops, the REPs Convention is also a chance to speak directly with some key people at REPs, including Compliance and Standards Manager Rob Wilkie. Delivering the ‘Welcome’, Rob will be available throughout the day to address any concerns or questions you may have.

The day-long event is £45 for REPs members (£60 for non-members) and this includes refreshments and a buffet lunch. Please note any bookings made after the 4th February are subject to an additional £5 ‘late booking’ charge.

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER NOW!

REPs proud to be training staff to work with those with disabilities

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We are delighted to be partnering with the European Commission on a new two year project, European Fitness Inclusion Training for Work, which will equip fitness professionals with the sufficient knowledge, competence and skill to work with people with disabilities in fitness environments.

The initiative is led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Fitness & Recreation, and is also being delivered in partnership with the European Observatory of Sports Employment, Universidad Poltenica De Madrid, Palacky Univerity, MonentumBD Ltd and International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

The project uses an innovative approach by embedding inclusive fitness professional training within the fitness club environment in a sector skills alliance involving trainers, trainees, employers and people with disabilities.

Justification for the project stems from the reality that people with disabilities are three times less likely to be physically active and twice as likely to be obese than the able bodied population. They are under-represented in mainstream fitness environments. Many fitness centre managers and instructors do not feel confident working with people who have disabilities. This unease is exacerbated by a lack of awareness among employers, those with disabilities and their families regarding the benefits to be gained from their participation. A number of factors contribute to this including: the vocational preparation of professionals, operating policies and attitudes of staff, employers and society as a whole. Few Vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes equip fitness professionals with sufficient knowledge, competence and skills to work with people with disabilities. The project will be piloted initially in Ireland, the UK, Spain, France and the Czech Republic with instructors in their work environments.

This is huge project of which REPs is proud to be a part. Importantly, this project is predicted to have an impact upon 30,000 clubs, and over 1 million staff and associated VET providers.

If you have any questions about the project or would like more information please contact our Compliance and Standards Manager Dottie Calderwood, who will be leading this project.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so please don’t hesitate to comment in the space below.

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