REPS: Just who are they and is your Trainer really qualified?

Firstly apologise for not writing a blog now coming up to two weeks due to another op left me in limbo land, for what I had intended to do, lets just say, I am sore to demonstrate, so stuck for exercises to do indoor’s with this shyte of a weather we are all experiencing fear not soon in future blogs will be posted and of course video images, for now though the subject is REPS, who are they what are they, read on..

Thanks to the growing fashion of celebrities hiring Person Trainers, more and more people are deciding they want the same by employing their very own fitness guru.
All is well and good wanting the same treatment as there favourite idol, after all you to have a body and health to keep into shape.
But what if your trainer you’ve chosen hasn’t got the qualifications and knowledge to back up what they’re advising?

I am a member of of The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS)- an independent register of Fitness instructors and Personal Trainers.
I also sit on it’s council of members- a body of instructors who advise on policy and current working practice.

I believe your body is with you a lifetime so it’s you’re interest in keeping fit and working to higher levels.
But if you’re thinking of taking a class at your local centre or employing the services of a
Personal Trainer advertised in your local paper,ask yourself this, are they qualified and know what they are doing to avoid injuries or evan damage pre-longed future?
Why be a target to a money grabbing cowboy instructor when you can have a qualified trainer who has taken time and invested in keeping ongoing education on this subject as well as experience, not forgetting keeping on top of the game with the latest fitness equipment.

By taking time to verify if your future Instructor/ Personal Trainer is a member of The Register you’re not only checking they’re qualified to do the job you also know they’re committed to learning more and have relevant insurance.

Such checks can be made quite easily on-line via REPS website:
All members can be looked up either by name or membership number.
Each member is given a unique code and a membership card which has this number printed on it, making it easier on checking their registration and qualifications status more simple.
This number always starts with (R00 followed by five digits).

Up to date membership also means the instructor’s qualifications and any additional qualifications gained are recorded onto their website visible for all to check as well as prove of public liability insurance of up to £5 million.
Agree to be bound by professional code of conduct and sign up for continued professional development is also part of the agreement REPS has with its members.

REPS was set up in 2002 to help professionalize the fitness industry.
Parented by Skills Active, it bands all it’s members according to qualifications and experience providing a clear structure of career progression from student to specialist instructors trained to work with specific medical conditions.
Since it launch REPS has become very well respected within the industry, resulting to most well known fitness chains refusing to employ instructors unless they’re on the Register.
REPS currently has 28,000 plus members an estimated 70 percent of those working in the fitness industry and is still growing today

Remember: Investing in your health is one of the most important things you can do, so why allow someone to jeopardise you physically?

Last but not least, don’t forget that REPS is set up, yes for you the public to access information if your Trainer is who they say to be, know you are clued up more knowing this, now who’s The Boss.

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