Full Speed Ahead for Indoor Rowing CPD


Rowing machines are a regular feature on the gym floor, but now more and more members are looking to group rowing classes. ‘Crew classes’ are emerging as a new trend in group fitness training.

Indoor rowing has been around for over twenty five years. American Olympic rowers Pete and Dick Driessigacker wanted to replicate the on-water movements when the rivers and lakes of Vermont, USA were frozen during the winter months, and created the first Concept 2 rowing machine.

For personal trainers, indoor rowing is an efficient choice for client training. Although it primarily provides a cardiovascular workout, it also strengthens arms, leg, back, shoulder and abdominal muscles all at once.  Clients and class participants from age 9 to 99 can gain huge benefits as rowing places minimum stress on joints and has been used very successfully on weight management projects and community health initiatives. Charles Morley, 81, who took up indoor rowing when running became painful on his joints, clocked up an impressive time of 09:38.2 over 2000 metres in the 2014 English Indoor Rowing Championships!

Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors want to know how to challenge clients using rowing machines with exciting, innovative fitness training programmes.

Indoor Sports Services have just achieved SkillsActive endorsement to offer 10 REPs CPD points for their new Indoor Rowing Instructor Training Course. “The training teaches Instructors and PTs how to raise their own performance and in turn show their clients how to get the best results in technique and effectiveness”, said Angus McKinnon of Indoor Sports Services, who created the innovative course, “and gives PTs and instructors many ways to make best use of performance data to monitor and track achievement through its pre and post training support package”.

For more information contact Angus on info@framework-hr.co.uk or visit the Indoor Sports Services website.


Referrals through the QTP

Your Quality Training Portal page is not only a marketing and promotional tool for you to shout about your organisation and endorsed training or accredited qualifications – it is also a way of potentially getting direct referrals by using the Scheduling option.

Simply add the training venue in the Venue section on the menu, then go to Scheduling to bring your venue and programme together in order to create a referral table on your QTP page. Anyone interested in your training will be able to click on the Enquire link in the referral table to request further information by supplying their contact details.

If you need any help setting this up on your QTP contact us at 020 7840 1911 or endorsement@skillsactive.com.

UFIT Launch 2015


SkillsActive’s Rob Wilkie and Ian Taylor were at the launch event in Marseille in October of UFIT, a two year European Union funded project which has developed a training resource for instructors and managers of fitness facilities which allows them to make their fitness provision more inclusive and accessible.  Whilst this would primarily benefit individuals with disabilities, it would also benefit the older demographic or those with dementia.  The project was led by the Institute of Technology, in Tralee, Republic of Ireland, and SkillsActive was a key partner in the design and development of this important resource.

Further information can be found at http://www.justdoufit.com.

Food Matters Live 2015


Food Matters Live returns to London’s ExCeL from 17 – 19 November 2015.

Alongside the Food Matters Live Conference, 8 dedicated seminar programmes containing 80 seminar sessions offer a unique, unrivalled learning opportunity with sessions dedicated solely to mainstreaming sports nutrition. View all seminar programmes >

Seminars feature 300 expert speakers from across health and nutrition, central and local government and the food and drink sector.  Themes include: mainstreaming sports nutrition for the active, health conscious consumer; active nutrition – exploring the latest R&D; motivating dietary behaviour change; personalised nutrition; and communicating health and well-being to consumers.

All seminar programmes are free-to-attend and CPD accredited by the British Dietetic Association and the Association for Nutrition.

Food Matters Live is free to attend including entry to the Conference, Seminars and all visitor attractions. To register visit www.foodmatterslive.com.

Leisure Industry Week 2015



The Health and Fitness Industry saw the first LIW this year run under Body Power (formerly UBM). The event had a great feel and it was encouraging seeing more fitness professionals attending.  The lecture theatres and live demonstrations were really interesting and well attended.  Over the duration of the conference, LIW managed to cover a multitude of disciplines in their Education Zone, all endorsed by SkillsActive to support REPs members.

We noticed a lot of newly endorsed providers attending.  However, some larger suppliers were missed.

After much thought and collated feedback from our members REPs decided not to hold their annual conference at LIW this year.  However, it meant that they were able to run more conventions up and down the country promoting the register and meeting members rather than hosting one or two large conferences.  Feedback seems to show that this is working well and engagement with our members has certainly increased.  REPs conventions offer to our endorsed training providers an opportunity to speak to and present/demonstrate the benefits of their training to REPs members, as well as providing the most up to date research for them to take away.  For more information on presenting at one of our events, please contact john.byers@skillsactiveregisters.org.

Whilst at LIW we were fortunate to meet the following endorsed providers:

  • Physical Company – showcasing all their new and exciting equipment with supporting education
  • Keiser – promoting their new products and education
  • Jordan Fitness – showcasing exciting new products and supporting education
  • Clubbercise – spreading the word of exercising to music with a club feel and those all-important glow sticks! Endorsed education supports those who want to become an instructor too
  • Future Fit – promoting their portfolio of extensive training programmes as well as meeting with industry leaders
  • KBT Education – showcasing their up and coming endorsed training as well as the work they do with British Weightlifting.
  • Schwim – promoting their new products and education
  • Burlesquercise – showcasing their recently endorsed training, demonstrating how to use Burlesque to whip you into shape!

For those providers we didn’t get to meet we will be attending more conferences in the New Year so keep your eyes peeled for the next Newsletter.  Alternatively give us a call on 020 7840 1911 or drop us an email – we would love to hear from you and also support you in any way.

SkillsActive next year hopes to continue to support LIW and bring more offers and discounts to our endorsed training providers. Watch this space!

Is your Twitter feed displaying correctly?

We noticed some interesting variations of code added to the ‘back end’ of some QTP accounts, in the hope that they will magically transform into Twitter feeds on the live pages. Unfortunately lots of them aren’t!

What you are looking for is your Twitter widget number – this is a row of numbers something like 123541256321.

Anything else won’t work, or you will just get a link – which does work but doesn’t look as good as seeing the proper feed on your page.

So if your Twitter feed isn’t showing properly, give it another go using our guidelines.

Don’t forget you can also upload a YouTube video!

Training for the disabled

Inclusive Fitness Initiative has been collaborating with one of our endorsed providers looking at new, assessed CPD training aimed at fitness professionals working with the disabled. This is as a result of the removal of funding from this area, making it difficult for organisations to maintain the correctly qualified staff ratio. To support the sector, SkillsActive has removed the pre-requisite of a full disabled qualification as of 1 October 2015.

This will remain in place until funding is again available and the National Occupational Standards are reviewed.