Do you want to offer your clients more?

Endorsed provider Human Kinetics invites you to look at little closer to find out what they can do for you.

For 41 years Human Kinetics has been involved in every area of physical activity, health and fitness. Today we have over 70 REPS endorsed online fitness courses.

Working in partnership with our global brand can offer you countless benefits such as; additional revenue streams, an enhanced reputation and the ability to provide a more well-rounded service to your clients.

Our niche courses will compliment your current services, whilst helping you enhance your CPD offering into areas that were not previously viable. We can increase your reach to fitness professionals worldwide, helping your business to grow and take the next step toward your goals.

We have courses covering everything from prenatal and postpartum exercise, to dumbbell and marathon training.

Our courses help your clients expand their knowledge and gain an original and competitive edge, in a very competitive market. Enabling them to cater to the needs of their customers in more ways than ever.

The Human Kinetics range of online courses is expanding rapidly, and with new courses appearing every month it is a great time to get involved.

Call Nick for further information and see how you can be the best training provider you can be:

0113 255 5665 (203)

nickd@hkeurope.com

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Block Fit, the workout with a heart!

chicco groupBlock Fit, the creation of Chicco Slimani, is described as “The workout with a heart”. Since its launch last year at the “IFS” – The international Fitness Showcase in Blackpool – it has seen a meteoric rise with over 320 instructors trained in under 5 months and a national release across 67 Duncan Bannatyne gyms across the UK, from 2 May 2016.

Jacqui Hobbs, Professional Development Quality Manager, seated left of Chicco in the picture, talked to him about the why, when, where and what now.

How did Block Fit start?

Block Fit was inspired by my hero Bruce Lee’s concept where he took different fighting styles and created his own style of workout.  So I spent time researching what people might need and want from a class, and chose four styles that have been here since time immemorial, combined them together and Block Fit was born.

What is Block Fit?

Block Fit is a revolutionary fitness brand, and the first of its kind. It fuses 4 workouts in 1 class:  from Dance, Combat, High & Low and Yoga inspired moves and meditation, to an easy to follow block of choreography performed to upbeat motivational original music sung by yours truly.

How did you make the transition from singing to fitness? 

I just combined my two passions together, music & fitness …. because I sing on all of the Block Fit music which means it’s original and PPL free. I’ve been into fitness ever since I can remember from martial arts in my teens to natural bodybuilding in my twenties. I’ve lived my whole life helping  people to get active and  fit so I just saw it as a natural progression to take it from a hobby into a livelihood.

I also wanted Block Fit to stand on its own feet as a genuine product of quality and not just a fad by a public persona trying to jump on the fitness band wagon. So I qualified as an ETM (Exercise to Music) instructor, and did my assessor and tutor training so I can be certified to train instructors to the highest standards. This is where I met Jacqui Hobbs and the amazingly supportive team at SkillsActive who trained me, and have helped me get Block Fit endorsed and stand proud in the busy exciting CPD marketplace.

How did you find the endorsement process?

I didn’t realise just how much went into getting something endorsed, and I credit Tom, Hanna and Jacqui for helping me through it. I couldn’t have done it on my own but it has really made my idea a success.

How many calories does Block Fit burn?

According to your body type, age, and intensity, people burn between 650 to 1000 calories.

What are your future plans?

I have just returned from FIBO in Germany, where we met distributors from around the world who loved the Block Fit concept and want us to go out and showcase it across the globe from Europe, Africa and Asia to America. Judging by the reaction we are getting in the UK, my vision for it is to become a worldwide programme.

What does success look like?

Success to me is a healthy body and a healthy mind. To live life inspiring people by being the spark that fuels their fire to go higher and become a better version of themselves. Block Fit makes it possible for me to do that.

What is the Block Fit message?

Our message is very simple.

If it’s not universal we don’t teach it

And if it ain’t love we don’t preach it

Dream it-Believe it- Work for it- Achieve it 

 

To find out more about Block Fit, visit their website.

An update on the endorsement of nutrition based programmes

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On 17th March, Public Health England launched the new Eatwell Guide and revised 5 A Day information.   The Guide replaces the previous Eatwell Plate and was required due to changes in the official recommendations for free sugars and fibre intakes. The new Eatwell Guide provides information on the proportions of the food groups that help individuals meet official advice and nutrient requirements.

To support fitness professionals, personal trainers, sports coaches and fitness class teachers provide the correct nutrition information to clients, Public Health England, along with Association for Nutrition (AfN) launched new standards for the  nutrition training and skill for fitness professionals in October 2015.  These new standards are called ‘AfN Competence Framework in Nutrition for Fitness and Leisure’ and are published here.

Following a call for interest, 12 nutrition courses aimed at fitness professionals working at levels 1-4 are participating in an AfN pilot to assess nutrition training and skill development to these new standards.  The pilot is supported by Public Health England and will be rolled out in summer 2016.  Its aim is to test a new quality assurance process in conjunction with Skills Active’s endorsement of nutrition courses.

Courses which meet the new standards will achieve AfN Course Certification at the appropriate level and will qualify for eligibility for REPS CPD points (a separate application to REPS post-certification will be required).

Once the first stage of the pilot concludes in May, the second phase of nutrition courses aimed at the fitness industry will apply for AfN Certification, before the scheme is opened to general applications.  Nutrition course teams interested in preparing an application for AfN Course Certification are strongly encouraged to get in touch with our friendly quality assurance team as soon as possible to understand the application process and the evidence required to demonstrate your course meets the new standards.

One significant shift in the new process is a solid emphasis on UK evidence-based nutrition science, and clear referencing in course material to up-to-date and scientifically sound nutrition resources and information. AfN Course Certification is also an assurance to course participants that the basics are secure – that the course is delivered by appropriately trained and supported staff; that there is adequate quality assurance of any assessments you might undertake; a complaints procedure if things go wrong;  and a commitment to evidence-based nutrition science and protection of the public from unsafe practice.

Whilst course participants successfully completing an AfN Certified course are not eligible to refer to themselves as a ‘Registered Nutritionist’ or ‘Dietician’ (a title protected by law), they will understand their  scope of practice in relation to the nutrition advice they give clients and the public, and adhere to a Code of Practice.  In addition, Government, employers and fellow professionals will  be confident fitness professionals’ nutrition practice meets PHE standards.

For more information on the work of AfN, and to learn more about AfN Course Certification, please visit www.associationfornutrition.org or email j.quinn@associationfornutrition.org.

Keeping pole fitness safe

The Professional Development team was delighted to be asked recently to help spread the word about the work going on to safeguard those in the pole industry:

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The pole dance/fitness industry is ever growing and is now as popular as any other fitness regime, with classes being held in most gyms and studios across the world. Pole fitness has positioned itself as one of the best fitness activities amongst men and women. But with the industry becoming so popular it was apparent that some form of regulation was needed.

The PoleSafe Federation was created out of the need and desire to keep the industry safe. Pole fitness is a fun way to keep fit however it takes skill and training to become an instructor.  The pole industry is now being driven by the desire to get that next trick and not by safety. With this shift in student and instructors’ wishing to move quickly through tricks, skip some ‘boring’ ones and move to the hardest as quick as possible, the industry is being damaged and safety disregarded.

The PoleSafe team felt that the entire industry needs to all work hard to keep pole safe and the risk of injuries to students and instructors to the minimum.

As an industry we do not have any regulatory body to oversee and advise Pole instructors. So with the support of SkillsActive and the Exercise Movement and Dance Partnership, The PoleSafe Federation has created a website which allows the industry to come together. No matter what type of pole you practise, PoleSafe is a resource group run by some of the most knowledgeable instructors and trainers in the industry.  As an instructor/event/studio or product you can apply to become a PoleSafe member and receive a huge amount of helpful resources on how to safely and effectively run your business within the industry.

On the 29th January the PoleSafe Federation held its first FREE open seminar where it had lectures on Accounting, Marketing, Social Media to name a few.  Over 80 individual studios and instructors from across the UK and Europe attended the full day, learning and discussing the future of the pole industry. Many conversations were had regarding the safety of the industry and the importance of education, correct insurance and being fitness trained.

This was the first step for the pole industry to really group together and progress our own future. The event was a huge success and we plan to have more in the future.

If you would like to become a PoleSafe Federation member please see our website www.polesafefederation.com.

S&C Education leads the way

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Brendan Chaplin, CEO and Founder of Strength & Conditioning Education, has recently received approval from SkillsActive for his Level 4 Award in Strength and Conditioning:

“S&C Education has been developing coaches capable of working within elite sports since 2010 through our Mentorship programme, conferences, coaching workshops and more.

Most recently we have become the very first Endorsed Provider of the Level 4 Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Award through SkillsActive. This is a part of the industry that will continue to expand rapidly over the coming years, and we are extremely proud and excited that the wealth of experience and expertise of our team will be leading the way to develop the S&C leaders of the future.

Since obtaining our endorsement, we have received hundreds of enquiries, including many through the SkillsActive Quality Training Portal, which is an excellent indication that the industry is craving this qualification.

The endorsement process was extremely thorough which will ensure that the highest quality is maintained, meaning that successful graduates will be perfectly placed to become confident and competent S&C Coaches – capable of excelling in any environment.
The support we received from SkillsActive throughout the application process, and since the approval, has been commendable. We are absolutely delighted to be working with them to provide such a well devised qualification that will certainly raise the quality of the fitness industry within the UK and beyond.”

If you would like to  apply for endorsement for this award, visit the SkillsActive website to view the evidence checklist or call the Professional Development team on 020 343 3484 to find out more.

For more about S&C, visit their website.