Don’t miss out on the REPs #SEConvention 2014

At REPs, we are continually finding new ways to connect, develop and create opportunities for our members; this year is no different. We are delighted to launch the South East Convention 2014, delivered in association with FitPro.

This year’s huge convention is attracting over 7,500 fitness experts from all parts of the globe and is taking place in the heart of the historic docklands, at London’s Excel Centre.

Our keynote presentations from leading speakers are:

  • Friday 18th July – A superb panel of obesity experts Dr Ian Campbell and nutritionist Dr Janet Aylott taking your questions
  • Saturday 19th July – GB Olympic swimmer, now Personal Trainer, Kate Haywood

Workshops sessions will be delivered by:

  • BACPR
  • Evolve Leisure
  • Later Life Training
  • Oxford Brooks
  • Premier Global
  • The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method
  • The Traditional Yoga Association

To see the full programme, you can download it here

By delivering our convention in association with FitPro, you have the opportunity to attend both events and explore the convention area, filled with the latest technologies, products and endorsed training providers.

To celebrate this partnership, we have an early bird ticket opportunity until 18th June and the first 100 tickets sold will receive guaranteed access to Katie Piper’s Keynote, taking place at FitPro Live.

Lastly, we have developed an opportunity for you to attend the REPs South East Convention and to ‘top up’ and gain access to 2x FitPro sessions and the Live event. The exclusive ‘top up’ tickets to allow you to gain full access to the FitPro exhibition, saving you up to £80 on standard pricing.

To purchase tickets for the REPs South East Convention, please follow this link.

REPs to conduct CPD audit

When working a busy schedule, juggling commitments and giving your all too each client, it is all too easy to push thoughts of your own professional development to one side. However, it is worth thinking about yourself and your development as a practitioner and an individual. This is where CPD training can help by letting you pursue the areas that interest you in more depth, developing your career in the direction you want it to go.

To enhance the integrity of REPs as the touchstone for professionalism within our industry, a CPD audit will be conducted on 31st October 2014, to ascertain the compliance of REPs members with their CPD requirements.

The process for this audit will be as follows:

  • A proportion of members with over two years’ continuous membership will be randomly selected.
  • These members will have their current CPD compliance checked against the agreed criteria.
  • If the member is lacking in CPD points, they will be given six months to make up the missing points.
  • If the member still has not completed their CPD requirement by the end of this six month period, then they will be considered to be in breach of their membership requirements and suspended from the Register.

Through this auditing process, we are keen to enhance and reinforce the integrity and trust that being a member of REPs entails.

We are aware that many of you will have completed CPD already but may not have logged it onto our system. We advise that you complete this activity before the audit period.

Those selected for audit will be contacted in November.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact REPs Compliance and Standards Manager Rob Wilkie directly using this link.

10 Misconceptions of a Personal Trainer…

Let’s face it – as exercise professionals we are often faced with a bad rep, and it’s not until someone actually experiences the benefits of our work that their view begins to change.

Through Greg Small (Head of Membership and REPs registered trainer) and you, our members, we have listed 10 major misconceptions of a personal trainer.

  1. We all use fake tan. (Most trainers actually just love being outdoors, especially when the weather allows it)
  2. The mirrors in gyms are just for us. (The fact that it allows a client to observe their own technique seems to be an after-thought for most gym goers)
  3. You must be young and gorgeous to be a good personal trainer.
  4. Our clipboards just contain a list of our upcoming social events.
  5. All we consume is protein shakes. We are in fact the biggest advocates of a healthy, balanced diet.

The top five from REPs members

  1. “That we won’t be happy with the session unless you spew your guts up!  The ‘go hard or go home’ attitude works well with some people but definitely not for everyone.” Murray Smith
  2. “That we are also all fully competent running coaches! The number of times I have seen people post on running forums asking for advice and happen to state they are a PT or fitness instructor and then get routinely abused as they should know all the answers!” Darryll Thomas
  3.  “People think just because they are paying you and coming to see you maybe once or twice a week they think they will get results. They only pounds they will lose are sterling. They have to do the homework. Plus we are fitness experts not dieticians.” Carol Snowden
  4.  “That as PTs we know everything about every diet, training technique, nutrition idea, etc. There are so many specialist areas that we can’t possibly know everything.” Shaun Gray
  5.  “The idea that a PT has to be a solid block of muscle. A good personal trainer should obviously be fit and healthy but being muscular does nothing to guarantee the quality of your training sessions/programmes or your client motivation.” Jim Clements

We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog… for more fun and debates why not Like us on Facebook to join in the conversation!

Posted by in ezine

Permalink 1 Comment

REPs delighted to launch new Member Benefits

As part of our ongoing commitment to our members and the services we provide, we are delighted to announce that REPs will be working in partnership with AddMore to provide a fantastic range of discounts and offers to our members. Brands include Virgin Media, Sainsbury’s and House of Fraser just to name a few!

Greg Small, Head of Membership for REPs commented:

“It is important for us to reward and recognise the commitment our members have to Continuing Professional Development and their careers, which is  why I am delighted that we are working in partnership with AddMore in order to provide a great range of offers for our members.”

In order for REPs members to access their member benefits and to see all the available discounts and offers, members will need to log into the Members Area, select the REPs logo and then select the ‘Member offers’ button which can be found on the right hand side of the page.

To see a full list of the brands on offer please click here.

We hope you enjoy!

Don’t miss out on the REPs #SEConvention 2014

REPs_SouthEast_Convention_email_sm

At REPs, we are continually finding new ways to connect, develop and create opportunities for our members; this year is no different. We are delighted to launch the South East Convention 2014, delivered in association with FitPro.

This year’s huge convention is attracting over 7,500 fitness experts from all parts of the globe and is taking place in the heart of the historic docklands, at London’s Excel Centre.

Our keynote presentations from leading speakers are:

  • Friday 18th July – A superb panel of obesity experts Dr Ian Campbell and nutritionist Dr Janet Aylott taking your questions
  • Saturday 19th July – GB Olympic swimmer, now Personal Trainer, Kate Haywood

Workshops sessions will be delivered by:

  • BACPR
  • Evolve Leisure
  • Later Life Training
  • Oxford Brooks
  • Premier Global
  • The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method
  • The Traditional Yoga Association

To see the full programme, you can download it here

By delivering our convention in association with FitPro, you have the opportunity to attend both events and explore the convention area, filled with the latest technologies, products and endorsed training providers.

To celebrate this partnership, we have an early bird ticket opportunity until 18th June and the first 100 tickets sold will receive guaranteed access to Katie Piper’s Keynote, taking place at FitPro Live.

Lastly, we have developed an opportunity for you to attend the REPs South East Convention and to ‘top up’ and gain access to 2x FitPro sessions and the Live event. The exclusive ‘top up’ tickets to allow you to gain full access to the FitPro exhibition, saving you up to £80 on standard pricing.

To purchase tickets for the REPs South East Convention, please follow this link.

REPs member Naomi Di Fabio hosts Dance Fitness event #FitmalionEmpowerment

fitamlion

REPs is delighted to support Naomi Di Fabio, Founder of Fitmalion.com, as she hosts the first #FitmalionEmpowerment Dance Fitness event for Charity, which will be held on the 15th June in London.

#FitmalionEmpowerment is being held in aid of Womankind Worldwide and is a unique event, featuring the hottest dance fitness classes with top UK female fitness professionals. People of all abilities are invited to sign up and dance together to bring empowerment, changing their own lives and the lives of others by supporting Womankind Worldwide.

#FitmalionEmpowerment is about celebrating the unique qualities and strengths that each of us possess, regardless of age, race or gender.

Discussing the event here’s what Naomi Di Fabio, Founder of Fitmalion had to say:

“As an international fitness presenter and former Zumba celebrity, I was lucky enough to work with some brilliantly talented dance fitness professionals. Now I want to shine a spotlight on the amazing things that women in the UK are doing in fitness and I want to invite everyone to join in and celebrate their abilities.”

Naomi continued to say,

“The aim of Fitmalion Empowerment is to encourage people to be true to themselves and to be unafraid of revealing who they are; Relying on their own strengths, talents, values, beliefs and life experiences to propel them forward on their path. As a woman in fitness, I wanted to create an event that gives us, as female fitness presenters, the opportunity to showcase what we do and use that to empower others.”

Sponsoring this event is the social enterprise, 9 TeaCups, who work to encourage people from all walks of life to embrace themselves as they are and their support for this event so far has been fantastic.

Our Head of Membership Greg Small commented:

“It’s always great to see our members actively engaging with the community, providing expertise and knowledge in helping create an active and health lifestyle. We wish Naomi every success in her event.”

When? 15.06.2014

Where? Old Town Hall Finsbury, London

Tickets: Tickets cost £40 until the 1st June (rising to £55) available from www.fitmalion.com, profits will be donated to the charity Womankind Worldwide.

Check out this video to see what the day is all about and what to expect!

REPs Members Area – Your user guide

Having officially launched the new Members Area at the beginning of the month, we’ve had some great feedback. We are glad to hear that it’s becoming a useful resource for you. However, in order for you to get the most out of it we thought we’d put together a little guide on how to use it.

What is available to me?

On the new Members Areas you will be able to add your Qualifications and CPD (which we will go into details further on this blog), you will be able to find the latest high street offers on the new Members Area which can be found on the same page the Qualifications and CPD icon. You’ll also be able to renew your membership and download any necessary resources such as your insurance and registration certificates all from this central page.

Homepage 2

 

On the central homepage you will also find an icon that shows your current CPD points, as seen above.

You will have received an email from us prior to the launch of the new site stating that “You do not need to do anything in terms of transferring your details and CPD points” The new Members Area currently displays the most recent CPD added and the number of points allocated to your current membership period (i.e. 2014-2015). We are continuing to develop this function of the site and we will keep you informed of any updates to the Members Area.

How do I access the new Members Area?

Step 1) Visit www.exerciseregister.org

Step 2) Select My Membership -> Manage my membership -> My profile

Step 3) You will need the following in order to login

  1. Your REPs number
  2. Your Password (which is provided in your welcome email)

Step 4) Click on the REPs logo – this will take you through the Members Area

REPs

 

Once you have logged you will see our newsfeed on your homepage keeping you updated with what’s happening on our social media channels, providing you with all the latest industry news.

How to add Qualifications and log CPD:

The new Members Area will allow you to add your qualifications. Here is our step-by-step guide in how to add your qualifications:

Step 1) Just as you would to log in please follow the same steps. Once logged in please select the ‘+Qualifications and CPD’ icon.

cpd and quals

 

Step 2) Please select Qualifications that will appear in the drop down box

adding cpd and quals

 

Step 3)You will then be able to add your qualifications by searching ‘Qualification Name’, ‘Awarding Organisation’, ‘Level’ and ‘Training Provider’ as seen below.

quals only

 

Please note all of these areas with a red asterix will need to be completed in order to submit your qualification.

How to log CPD:

The new Members Area will also allow your track and log your CPD at ease, here is our step-by-step guide in how to add you CPD points:

Step 1) Just as you would to log in please follow the same steps. Once logged in please select the ‘+Qualifications and CPDs’ icon.

cpd and quals

Step 2) Please select ‘CPD ‘that will appear in the drop down box.

adding cpd and quals

Step 3) You will then be able to select your CPD from the list provided as seen below.

cpd only

 

If your training provider is not listed then please select ‘Other’ and enter the details of your CPD manually.

How to edit your Public Profile:

Homepage 2

 

On the left hand side of the Members Area you will see a pink tab that says ‘Edit Public Profile’. This is what the public will be able to on the Members Directory. You can edit your profile as much as you like, showcasing your skills by adding in any new CPD or qualifications that you hold that you think potential clients may benefit from.

Why take 5 minutes and enjoy the delights of your new Members Area?

Inactivity in Children

The recent findings from the All Party Physical Activity Commission has illustrated we must reassess how we engage children and young people in an active lifestyle. REPs member Arj Thiruchelvam  shares his thoughts in our latest blog.

arj

The noticeable rise in obesity and inactivity in children has many causes, one possible link relates to our fear of allowing our children to compete. Therefore it is important we find the middle ground of fun and friendly competition.

Children, like adults, respond to the right individual, however unlike adults who will take it upon themselves when absolutely necessary, children will generally not motivate themselves. In the early years children will always associate their initial experience with a strong emotive response, this indicates the importance of the coach or instructor.

With such a responsibility the coach or instructor must be inspiring, a role model, fun yet serious in the correct situation to gain mutual respect from the group. So much relies on forming a good rapport and as a result the person in charge has to be a ‘people person’ who enjoys the satisfaction of seeing their young athletes develop physically and socially.

Some suggestions…

As a nation we have been overly concerned that competition will negatively impact a child if they lose. It’s quite the contrary, as long as the environment and coach or instructor are right, such as a non-judgemental group where support is very apparent, and will always aid a child following a poor performance or loss. Children tend to have a very natural tendency to compete and improve right from infancy and this must be nurtured not neglected in order not to develop this fear of failure and competition.

Therefore, create games that appear to the child, not to have any relation to the sport but actually promote components of fitness with real objectives and low levels of competition. For example an item retrieval game in teams will promote running speed and endurance (over a prolonged period). The children don’t associate this with formal sport (or competition); they develop a strong social bond with their teams (camaraderie) whilst boosting their health and well-being.

For the coach or instructor there are great progressions such as teaching simple running drills beforehand and asking the children to think of key points during the game or even stating that a new rule is to perform that drill (i.e. high knees) to the item rather than running. Always ensure the winning team receives a polite applause for positive reinforcement, whilst any booing is stopped abruptly and an inspiring message is delivered to the other teams in preparation for the next game.

As with all objectives, competition should gradually increase, if it is commonplace, it won’t be feared or become a cause of stress but in fact enjoyed by your group.

Benefits of your REPs Qualifications

Obtaining your REPs qualifications, particularly Level 2 Physical Activity for Children,is a fantastic way to give you a strong foundation of knowledge when working with children, whilst also boosting the confidence of those who may have spent some time doing so already. These qualifications blend scientific considerations you must make, such as the anatomy and physiological differences between children and adults, with the vital operational requirements such as health and safety and child welfare in a fitness environment.

Consider these physical differences when planning your session, for example endurance for a child is significantly different in intensity and duration than it is considered for an adult. This doesn’t mean you cannot introduce more challenging objectives, just do so gradually and tailor it specifically to your group.

Having worked for Local Authorities, private facilities, schools and Universities I cannot emphasise the importance of health and safety and child welfare enough. You are always responsible and the first point of contact for parents, guardians and teachers so always prepare your sessions well in advance. Ensure the environment is safe to exercise and remember the weather. Hydration and fatigue are greatly effected by the climate in combination to the session; children cannot monitor this effectively so the instructor must always do so acutely.

To conclude, to get children active again we must create fun games that have clear, fun and rewarding goals that introduce competition. From this point make sure you develop into the actual sport and outcome over time. Children love playing games, so the way you introduce them is vital, be positive! To work with children you must want to do your job, enjoy the satisfaction of seeing children progress and be prepared to be fun and inspiring whilst also possessing firm pillars of leadership.

Patience really is a virtue, so provide feedback and positive reinforcement to develop strongly secure, junior athletes to prepare them for future sporting and lifestyle challenges. You never know you may be the person who inspires a future Olympian!

About Arj Thiruchelvam

Personal Trainer/Coach/Nutritional Advisor/Sports Scientist

Arj has over 8 years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. During this time his positions have ranged from coaching to management, he has coached and trained alongside several international athletes and coaches whilst also helping others achieve their personal goals, whether that’s fitness, weight loss, lean muscle or specific physique challenges. He is currently the owner of www.performancephysique.co.uk, a nutrition, coaching and personal training company and is a regular fitness columnist for GNC, an exclusive gym group and a large sports recruitment website.

 

Win the chance to deliver your fitness class on stage to 1500 people

Big Burn bannerWe have teamed up with BIG BURN, the new mass participation fitness event in London, which is taking place on 31st May at Alexandra Palace. BIG BURN offers a spectacular festival atmosphere with 1,500 people working out together. Each session will be led by a celebrity instructor to help people get in shape for the summer!

BIG BURN is offering you, as REPs members, the opportunity to take centre stage and teach thousands of people your work out. One lucky member will picked from the competition to teach their routine to a live audience.

Here is all the information you’ll need to enter:

Competition Details

Step 1 Click here to enter

Step 2 Upload your best picture and 20 words about your routine by 31 March 2014

Step 3 Share, tweet & send to your friends and fitness followers asking them to vote for you

Step 4 Remember that voting closes 30 April 2014 – Vote Here

Selection Process

  • You MUST be a REPs certified instructor to enter the competition
  • The 5 instructors with the most votes will be reviewed by the BIG BURN panel
  • 1 instructor from these top 5 will be selected to perform their fitness routine on stage at AlexandraPalace, London on 31st May
  • The winner will then be announced on 6th May

More information

  • The fitness routine will last between 10 and 15 minutes and take place as part of one of the headliners sessions
  • The routine must be equipment free
  • The winner will receive a range of promotional benefits from BIG BURN
  • Headliner instructors include Darcey Bussell, Josie Gibson and FitSteps® duo Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite
  • Go to www.BIGBURN.co.uk for more information about the event

So what are you waiting for? Get ready for the BIG BURN and enter the competition now!

A call for responsible journalism

Newspaper

In recent times it has become the norm to open the paper and to find out that something is bad for our health, can give us cancer, or can help fight obesity, which for the average member of the public can become very confusing, and lead to a contradiction in determining which advice to take.

In the past couple of months there have been reports that “Seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave”, “High Protien diets are just as bad as smoking” and “Want to lose weight? Play Tetris: Classic game distracts dieters from food cravings”, all of which have featured in broadsheets such as The Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, not just the tabloid newspapers.

With the case of high protein diets and smoking, we were quite shocked that the newspapers could even put the two in the same category as we all are fully aware of health implications smoking can cause. The NHS has decades of evidence proving that smoking kills and – fortunately for meat lovers – it would seem that this latest comparison with high protein diets is to be a triumph of PR spin. The story itself came to light in a recent press release about a large study which found that for people aged 50-65, eating a lot of protein was associated with an increased risk of dying. However, the study, which assessed the diets of Americans in a single 24-hour period (rather than long-term), found in those aged over 65 that a high protein diet was actually associated with a reduced risk of death from any cause or from cancer. These differing findings meant that overall there was no increase in risk of death, or from dying of cancer with a high protein diet.

As stated in the NHS’s Behind the Headlines “We need to eat protein, we do not need to smoke.” and here at REPs we certainly agree with this.

The NHS stated: “The reporting of the results of the study was reasonable. However, the prominence given to the story (which featured as a front page lead in The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian) in the UK media seems disproportionate. The headlines suggesting a high protein diet is “as harmful as smoking” was not a specific finding of the study and could be seen as unnecessary fear-mongering. This is particularly of note given that the effects of a high protein diet were found to differ dramatically by age.”

Here at REPs we understand the effects health articles in the media can have on our perceptions, which is why as Exercise Professionals we should perhaps being telling our clients to sometimes question what it is they are reading and to seek out professional advice when it comes to our health.

The NHS’s Behind the Headlines is a great place to start if you are wondering whether or not a health story has any truth in it, as they provide an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that have been in the news.

At REPs we would like to see a more balanced approach when comes to reporting of health news and perhaps headlines that aren’t so fear mongering. As always we would advise that it’s best to seek out health and fitness advice from the trained, qualified professionals rather than sensationalist headlines.

%d bloggers like this: