REPsTeam Reviews ShockAbsorber Ultimate Run Bra

Two weeks ago a few (female) members of the REPs team began road testing the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run bra, to find out if this product really made a difference to their running experience.

Being regular running club goers, all of the team put their bras fully to the test, with one ‘road tester’ clocking up an impressive 22 miles in just one week!

Here’s a report from one of the ladies Natasha:

The bra was easy to fit, and once on, felt comfortable and supportive.

After just one test run, we all noticed a significant decrease in bounce while running with the Shock Absorber bra.

I think for me, the main thing is feeling confident that I’m taking care of my body and preventing any unnecessary damage to my breasts. I would never wear an uncomfortable pair of trainers, so why should my sports bra be any different?

According to research¹ 44% of women don’t wear a sports bra to exercise at all!

If you don’t wear a sports bra or if you’re looking for more support during exercise, then this exclusive offer for REPs members may be of interest:


Simply quote REPS12 at checkout to redeem this great offer.

View the full offer Terms and Conditions here.


  1. 1.    GFK Shock Absorber U&A study 2012

Changes to PPL

Please read our latest update, with an update from REPs Registrar, Jean-Ann Marnoch, on the changes to PPL…

Having come across various Facebook and blog comments regarding recent changes to PPL, I can see the reasons for most of the concerns.

As an Exercise To Music (ETM) teacher for 26 years I understand many of the issues and hope that I’m now in a position to put some clarity around the recent changes.


The PPL tariff in question was introduced over twenty years ago. Over that period, the price has only ever been altered based on inflation, adjusted in line with the Retail Price Index.

In that time, both the way our sector works and the way music is used has changed beyond recognition.

PPL first approached the FIA and REPs to start a review of this tariff in 2008. This came at the same time as the Australian Fitness Industry was facing a costly court battle based on unilateral fee rises which, in the end, resulted in a fee level far in excess of what has been agreed in the UK.

At the time, the FIA together with the working group which included REPs took the view that we would be better served working with PPL than fighting them through the courts; other industries had taken that option and failed.

PPL has a legal right to collect fees which are deemed to fairly value the use of music in public, so they have considerable support.

Working Group

Working with the FIA and the working group (experts drawn from across the sector including REPs, Les Mills, Fitpro and Industry Operators and PPL), REPs helped to conduct an extensive consultation with exercise professionals, both those that work within fitness facilities and in the wider community.

Whilst over 50% of Instructors reported doing more than 200 classes per year, less than 5% of the licences purchased by PPL covered this amount. The current system was not working and needed reform.

82% of professionals solely work at fitness facilities. The reforms to the system mean that their Employer will now be responsible for holding the licence.

68% of respondents, when given the choice, advocated a system whereby operators were responsible for classes in their facilities, and Instructors took responsibility for the classes that they ran at community venues. A further 15% advocated a sole operator responsibility. Exercise professionals were advocating a move to the system, which has now been adopted.

80% suggested that the ‘per class’ model should be the basis of the licence, with 70% arguing that this model  was the single most suitable determinant to base the fee, which in fact it has become.

Ultimately, whilst no-one ever welcomes an increase in fees, it is important that this agreement is viewed in the context of much larger increases in fees across other sectors (such as; retail, pubs and nightclubs), and in particular, the costly challenge faced by the Australian Fitness Industry to counter a unilateral increase in fees by the Australian equivalent of PPL.

It should be noted that the fee agreed by the Working Group, which included REPs, reflects a considerable reduction on the initial fees demanded by PPL at the start of the negotiation.  This agreement marks the result of four years of discussions between the FIA, its Working Group of experts drawn from across the sector (REPs, Les Mills, Fitpro and Industry Operators and PPL). The final fee, which will only come into effect in five years’ time, brings the fees to a comparable level with PRS for Music – an existing licence which exercise professionals are required to hold.

Finally, you should be aware that this fee is only for PPL licensable music and there are other providers ‘out there’ where you do not need to purchase a PPL licence to play their music. PPL were made fully aware during this process that there was considerable potential for Instructors to switch to rights included music, which Instructors should be willing to consider.

The below costing will come into effect on the 1st May 2013, for further information, and details on the transitional process please visit

1 May 2013 to 30 April 2014          £0.95 fee per class
1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015          £1.25 fee per class
1 May 2015 to 30 April 2016          £1.50 fee per class

REPs remit

It is worth reminding everyone of the reason for REPs.  It is NOT to act as a union for the members, quite the contrary actually, it is to protect the public and professionalise the industry and improve the credibility of the sector as a whole..

In fact we refuse entry to around 600 applicants per year because they don’t meet the agreed National Standards. We have also removed nine registrants from REPs in the last three years for breaching the Code of Ethical Conduct.

With 29,000 registrants we are able to gather opinion on subjects such as PPL, and are extremely happy to do so.

I can assure everyone that the FIA and the Working Group including REPs worked extremely hard on the industry’s behalf to get a huge reduction to the fee that was originally proposed and find a workable solution based on feedback from the REPs members.

Both REPS and the FIA welcome any further feedback and if you have any questions about the new system that we can help to answer, please do not hesitate to ask. We are happy to feed in your views to PPL and provide further clarity where possible.

Exclusive Prize Giveaways for REPs Members!

To celebrate the launch of our all new REPs Health and Fitness app, we’ve teamed up with Vita Coco, 100% natural coconut water, to offer:

The 1st – 25th member downloads

A Vita Coco Seeding Box containing 1 x carton of each delicious flavour.

The 26th – 50th member downloads

A Vita Coco canvas bag containing one unit of Vita Coco 100% natural coconut water, sweat bands and discount coupons. 


*1 month’s supply of Vita Coco and 1 x Vita Coco t-shirt for the 100th REPs member to download the app*

To be in with the chance of winning any of these great prizes simply:

  • Follow this link to download the app today and log in via the ‘REPs Instructor Login’ by entering the same email address which you use to log in to the REPs activepassport™.
  • Existing REPs Members – You should have received an email from us, containing your unique app password.
  • Newly Joined REPs Members – Your unique app password will have been sent to you by email upon registering.

This will allow you to start connecting with your clients!

Download the app today and log in via the ‘REPs Instructor Login’ to avoid missing out. 

Remember, you must log in to be in with the chance of winning!

Prize draw terms and conditions;

1.     The prize winners for each category will be notified by email within (4) weeks of downloading the app.

2.     There is no cash alternative for any of the prizes.

3.     Month’s supply is equal to 3 x cases of 12 x 330ml Vita Coco 100% natural coconut water

4.     By downloading the app and taking part in this competition, individuals accept future communication from REPs and Vita Coco.

REPs Member Survey 2012

Calling all REPs members!

Have your say in our REPs Members Survey and be in with the chance of winning*:

  • A pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes of your choice
  • FREE entry to one of the VIVOBAREFOOT ‘Experience the Feel of Running’ Training Sessions

We’re always looking at new ways to improve REPs member benefits and services so we’d like to hear your response to the following survey questions.

Follow this link to complete the survey today!

Remember… your feedback can help us shape your experience as a member going forward so we need as many REPs members to take part so please spread the word!

The survey will run for 2 weeks only (Thursday 18th October – 1st November 2012) so follow this link to begin now!


*One lucky winner will receive a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes of their choice, as well as entry to one of the VIVOBAREFOOT ‘Experience the Feel of Running’ Training Sessions.

To be in with the chance of winning, simply fill in your email details at the end of the survey.

The survey is easy to complete and all responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Prize draw terms and conditions;
1. The closing date for entry is Thursday 1st November 2012.
2. The email address supplied will only be used to contact the winner.
3. The winner of the prize draw will be randomly drawn on Friday 2nd November 2012 and the winner will be notified by email within six weeks.
5. There is no cash alternative.

Don’t forget there’s still time to JOIN REPs at the Scottish Convention this November. Follow this link to REGISTER TODAY!

COMING SOON – REPs iPhone Fitness app


Our all new app will allow you to;

Communicate with Clients Directly:

See what your clients are doing between face-to-face sessions, allowing you to congratulate when they are working hard and motivate when they are slacking!

Maintain Engagement between Sessions:

You will be able to track the exercise your clients have done and monitor the food they have been eating, using the Exercise Timeline, Run Tracker and Food Diary.

 Gain Public Recognition

Promote yourself as a Registered Exercise Professional to members of the public, who also have access to download and use the app.

Keeps an eye out for the official launch coming very soon!

Jean-Ann Marnoch attends YMCA event…

Yesterday (Monday 1st October, 2012) Jean-Ann Marnoch, Registrar for REPs, attended the YMCA Building Brighter Futures event at the Paramount, Centre Point, London.

Below, Jean-Ann gives a nice round-up of the night:

“The event was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about how the world’s first YMCA programme has transformed young lives for the better by increasing sport, fitness, children’s play and youth work opportunities throughout local communities.  It was also attended by several celebrity guests including; Team GB Olympians Greg Rutherford, Christine Ohuruogu, Zoe Smith, Daniel Purvis and Mike Hanney.”

Jean-Ann spent time with each Olympian, discussing the value of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). She even discovered that Christine Ohuruogu’s brother is about to qualify as a Personal Trainer.

Mike Hanney, Team GB Paralympian and has agreed to write a piece for the REPs journal based on his experiences as a REPs Personal Trainer… keep an eye out for this in the next Journal edition!

REPs Attends Nordic Walking Conference

The Nordic Walking Conference (28th & 29th September 2012) proved a successful event for the REPs team, offering attendees the chance to explore the benefits of walking, gain latest industry news and understand new approaches health and fitness.

Set at the Heart of England Events Centre near Coventry, both days offered individuals plenty of networking opportunity as well as the chance to attend practical and seminar-based sessions.

Keynote speakers included Robin Gargrave, Bob Laventure from British Heart Foundation and Dr John Searle OBE, who gave an insightful presentation on Exercise and the Management of Obesity and its effect on healthcare in the UK.  John’s seminar offered a ‘common sense’ approach for those looking to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle.

Several industry delegates visited the REPs stand to discuss how they could join the Register and benefits of association.

Nordic Walking has recently become an endorsed qualification on the Register of Exercise Professionals and will allow qualified walkers the ability to join the Register.

We are extremely pleased to have this new category on the Register and encourage instructors join!

The British Heart Foundation Annual Conference

Join ‘Innovate to Activate’ – The British Heart Foundation (BHF) 12th Annual Conference.

Thursday 22nd November, 2012, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

Exclusive entry offer for REPs members – £170 plus VAT (normal price £185 + VAT)

The conference explores creative solutions to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour.

Keynote presentations will include:

  • Professor Stuart Biddle, Loughborough University – Why sedentary behaviour should be a priority for public health professionals.
  • Dr Simon Marshall, University of California San Diego – The use of new technology to promote physical activity.
  • Alison Hardy, Headstrong Thinking – Overview of Change4Life and the use of marketing to change behaviours and… much more!

Follow this link or call 01245 328777 to book your place.

  • Online bookings – select the ‘I am a REPs member’ and enter your REPs membership number to claim your discount.
  • Entries made by phone – quote your REPs membership number.

The Lancet: physical inactivity ‘just as dangerous as smoking’

A new study published in medical journal The Lancet has claimed that sedentary lifestyles and a lack of physical exercise are responsible for 5.3 million deaths – just as many as smoking – throughout the world.

Among the conclusions of the report is that the problem has become so widespread that it should be treated as a pandemic, with physical inactivity said to be the “fourth leading cause of death worldwide”.

The report states: “Although evidence for the benefits of physical activity for health has been available since the 1950s, promotion to improve the health of populations has lagged in relation to the available evidence.

“Promotion of exercise has only recently developed an identifiable infrastructure, including efforts in planning, policy, leadership and advocacy, workforce training and development, and monitoring and surveillance.

“The reasons for this late start are myriad, multi-factorial and complex. This infrastructure should continue to be formed, intersectoral approaches are essential to advance, and advocacy remains a key pillar.

“Although there is a need to build global capacity based on the present foundations, a systems approach that focuses on populations and the complex interactions among the correlates of physical inactivity, rather than solely a behavioural science approach focusing on individuals, is the way forward to increase physical activity worldwide.”

The publication of The Lancet report is timed to coincide with final preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games, with Lord Krebs, chair of the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee (STSC), criticising the legacy plans of the Games.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Krebs said the government had no credible plan to produce a health legacy from the Olympics and described sport minister Hugh Robertson as being “disinterested” in the issue.

He added that the STSC’s report on sport and exercise science – published on the same day as The Lancet report (click here to read more) – revealed that none of the 48 London GP practices surveyed were aware of the latest Physical Activity Guidelines.

Click here for the full report from The Lancet.

30 per cent off Polar Products – exclusive REPs member offer

To celebrate this great summer of sport, REPs has teamed up with Polar to offer REPs members only, the opportunity to purchase any heart rate monitor, before the 31st July 2012, from a selected range.

Ideal for fitness enthusiasts looking to improve strength and cardio, all these products have been carefully selected for our REPs members.

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