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Posts Tagged ‘REP’s’

Tom Godwin becomes part of the REPs Council

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

HI All,

Just wanted to let you all know about an exciting new development, in June I attended my firs meeting of the Register of Exercise Professionals Council of members.  This body was put together to represent the interests of the some 40,000 members of the register, and is made up of representatives of the membership and the registrar of REPs.

I feel that this is an important role and one that will allow me to focus my passion for the industry into somthing that will help to shape the future of the industry.  I am looking forward to representing the REPs membership and look forward to being part of the REPs council team.

I will be part of the council for the next 3 years before having to be re-elected, so if you are a REPs member and would like me to discuss anything on your behalf or if you have an interest in REPs and how it works and would liek more information please do feel free to contact me.


How to Choose a Personal Trainer

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Personal Training Manchester

Hi All,

How do you go about getting the right Personal Trainer for you here in the UK?  It can be a very daunting task, with many companies and individuals operating across the UK, when you type in Google Personal Trainer and your area literally hundereds of results may be returned.  So how do you decide what to look for in a training company/trainer?  Who is going to be the right person for you?

Well here is my quick guide to the key things to look for in your future personal trainer!

What to look for in your future Personal Trainer (in no particular order):-

1) Register of Exercise Professionals’s registered – A personal trainer should be registered on REP’s at level 3, this is basically a register run by a Skills Active (the fitness industries skills council) that makes sure that all those on the register have adequate qualifications and also are insured.  You can check the status of your future personal trainer by filling in any potential trainers details on the Member Search section of the website.  This is an awesome scheme and personally I would not consider using an instructor who was not REPs registered at Level 3.

2) Insurance – A personal trainer should have insurance cover at a minimum of £2,000,000 liability.  It is worth checking that all services you are using are covered by the policy, as some policies are very specific about what they do and do not cover. For example a different type of insurance is needed for Sports Massage Therapy, or rehabilitation work.

3) Qualifications – As mentioned above by being registered at level 3 on REP’s you can be pretty sure that the instructors training is to a high standard, some trainers are now at Level4.  This is not a necessity unless the trainer is working with special populations.. To check out individual qualifications and what specific knowledge they cover you can look at the training providers/awarding bodies web site for more details. You should also look for a trainer who is continually updating their skills, this is done by Continuing Professional Development (a requirement of REP’s). You should look at the personal trainers profile and look for them continually adding to their qualification list, and knowledge base.

4) Experience Level – Most personal trainers will have at least three to five years experience in the industry, if they are newer they may still be good but be aware that the first 2 – 3 years of a personal trainers career is a steep learning curve.  Generally most Personal Trainers who are newer to the industry charge less.

5) Communication Skills – This is a very important factor in my opinion, you need  a personal trainer who you can communicate with effectively, you need to get along. This will ensure that you get the very most out of your training sessions and the trainer themselves, also you want the sessions to be fun and enjoyable!  I think many people underestimate how important it is that you can develop a strong relationship with your trainer.

6) Motivation Skills – Your trainer needs to be able to effectively motivate you, this is one of the skills that will come out of good communication and experience.  This is in most cases what people are paying for, if you do not enjoy exercise on the whole and find it difficult to get yourself going you need a trainer that can do that for you.  But will not annoy you, patronise, or pressurize you in the process of doing this.

7) Equipment – The trainer needs to have a good range of equipment that will allow you to have a challenging workout, and will keep you guessing about what is coming next.  The amount of equipment is not the be all and end all, a body weight session can be a killer if done right!  It is most important that your personal trainer is competent and has a bit of imagination.

8) Cost – You need to look for a personal trainer that is within your price range, remember that the most expensive is not always the best. Have a look at a few trainers to gage what the average session price is in your area.  Then look at what is within your budget.

Before signing up to any number of sessions with a personal trainer I always recommend that you to do a taster/one off session, this will allow you to see if the trainer is someone you feel can help you work towards to your goals, inspire, and communicate effectively with you.  But most of all you want someone who will get you RESULTS!

If you are looking for a high quality Personal Trainer in Manchester, try Foresight Personal Training.

Padbox Review

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Some of the personal training team here at Foresight have recently done the Padbox Course.  Boxing classes designed for fitness are now becoming very popular, with a wide range fo people.  If you use it as a stress reliver, a good bit of exercise or even to learn how to look after yourself a bit.  STytems like PAdbox, Boxercise and OutBox are on the rise, all are great but by far the best oen i have seen so far has been Pad Box!

The course was designed by Ian Burbedge, an ex armature boxer and Andrew Scott, a sports scientist. The course offers personal trainers the chance to learn actual boxing skills and apply them to a fitness setting. The course covered areas of footwork, technique, combinations, pad work, show boxing and much more.

My experience in martial arts set me up with what I thought was the basics of how to use focus mitts, but the pad box course gave me a great deal more skills. The trainer were great, very supportive and encouraging. Above all they seemed to understand that we were not looking to become pro boxers and was looking at the skills from a fitness perspective, but gave us a great deal of information in a very short period of time. Well done!

The course as a whole was one of the best practical based courses i have done, and many of my clients should enjoy the new combos, and skills that the course has enabled me to pass on to them. Myself and the rest of the Foresight team who have done the course really rate it and can’t wait for further modules to be added to this initial offering.

Cheers for some great training!


PS.  Look out for our interview next week with Pad Box creator Ian Burbedge!