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2013 it’s a Wrap! REPs Industry Roundup

2013 it’s a Wrap! REPs Industry Roundup

2013 has been a big year for those making a contribution to their health through exercise, as well as for those who work in the exercise industry to make this happen.

On the international stage, we have seen ICREPs (the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals) release the first ever global standards for exercise professionals. This means that registered exercise professionals will be recognisable across the globe as meeting international standards, so that consumers can know they are getting the safest and most up to date exercise advice.

In November, 1500 of the top personal trainers from all over the world entered the ‘LifeFitness Personal Trainers to Watch’ competition. When the top ten finalists were announced, 3 New Zealand REPs Registered Personal Trainers were amongst them and had the opportunity to compete overseas, showing that New Zealand trainers are amongst the best in the world.

On the home front, the newly released Ministry of Health Going to the Gym guide recommended using REPs Registered Professionals. This was important recognition of the safe and effective exercise advice delivered by REPs Registered Trainers, and provides a range of useful information to consider before getting started into exercise.

In an about to be released journal article outlining research into the effects of exercising with a personal trainer verse working out in a club without one, has confirmed what we already suspected - that working with a personal trainer is more beneficial than working out alone.

It didn’t end there though. At this years annual industry conference FitEx, over 600 individuals showed their commitment to their profession learning from some of the best international presenters, and taking the latest cutting edge research and skills back to their members and clients.

And finally, the NZ Fitness Industry Awards proved once again that we are an industry committed to improving the exercise levels of all New Zealanders. The winner of the innovation award cityfitness have introduced a mobile gym, or ‘truck’ as it is affectionately known, as part of a ‘Get Active’ campaign that aims to take exercise to the community. It is clear that the exercise industry is growing and maturing, with 2014 already shaping up to continue all the great work from this year.

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself this Christmas is the gift of health. So while you are out celebrating, make sure you take time to look after yourself. It doesn’t have to be all about running marathons on Boxing day; in fact a few weeks of less work stress, balanced indulgence on the food front, and some active family time will keep you in good health ready to face the new year.

Speaking of New Year, when setting those new year’s exercise and health resolutions, make sure you get help and advice from a REPs Registered Exercise Professional. Using a REPs Registered Professional will ensure that the trainer or facility you choose follows industry best practice guidelines, meets all education requirements, and continues to up-skill.

Merry Fitness from the New Zealand exercise community of REPs Registered Exercise Professionals and Facilities.

www.reps.org.nz

Who is the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)?
REPs is an independent non profit organisation administrating the New Zealand exercise professionals register to ensure that the public receive safe and effective exercise advice.

Using REPs Registered Exercise Professionals is the “Warrant of Fitness Check” that exercise professionals and facilities meet New Zealand and internationally benchmarked standards to deliver exercise advice and instruction. REPs is affiliated globally to other national exercise professional registers representing over 70,000 exercise professionals through the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) - www.icreps.org.

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