Upcoming events

Here’s a selection of events that are coming up that you might be interested in attending.

The Future of Sport, Employment, Skills and Apprenticeships 2016
13 September 2016, Wolverhampton

This much needed conference will provide a platform to network and evaluate the Government’s Active Nation Strategy. The Active Nation strategy questions the continual focus on technical qualifications and the need to make sport an attractive career option for the brightest and most able individuals across the UK. The strategy pushes the further and higher education sector to ensure graduates are of high quality and have the right skill set for employers, and sees apprenticeships as the key mechanism to realise a sport workforce with the right skills. Full details here.

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Leisure Industry Week
20-21 September 2016, Birmingham

Something for everyone! Covering fitness, health, play, sports, facilities management, and spa and wet leisure, there will be lots to do and see.Hanna and Tom

Tom and Hanna are attending on Tuesday 20 September, so let us know if you would like to meet up to discuss either your current endorsement or your plans for future endorsement.

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Om Yoga Show
21-23 October 2016, London

Visitors go to the OM Yoga Show to immerse themselves in a truly yogic atmosphere for the whole weekend. Free open classes provide the opportunity to be inspired by leading teachers; the chance to try something new, or revisit an old favourite. Open classes, located within the exhibition, are free of charge to all visitors, and operate on a first come, first served basis. Full details here.

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Food Matters Live
22-24 November 2016, London

From mainstreaming free-from food and drink to marketing to millennials, there are 80 seminar sessions to choose from – delivered by 300 expert speakers from across the food and drink industry, nutrition and health. It’s all free to attend – register today.

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REPs Roadshows
14 September 2016, University of Sunderland

A great opportunity to network and learn new skills with our endorsed providers. Details of this and other roadshows this year here.

 

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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.

FIBO 2015

FIBO HallTom Bell, Head of Professional Development, and Hanna Boyce, Professional Development Manager, visited Cologne in April in order to attend FIBO – the biggest worldwide trade fair for the fitness, wellness and health sector. 

Held in Cologne’s huge Exhibition Centre, housing around 700 exhibitors and visited by over 116 visitors over four days, we visited all the various halls viewing stands and speaking to exhibitors about the education they deliver to support their products. There was a huge range on offer, from the largest functional training arenas, health technology monitoring, Electrical Muscular Stimulation (EMS) body suits to the latest choreography. It was a real feast for fitness eyes!

As well as being able to build new relationships we also had the chance to meet up with some of our existing Endorsed Providers and see them in action. There were exhibitors from across the world and although there were a few language barrier issues, we found that they recognised the importance of REPs and the quality assurance that is the foundation of our endorsement process, and we look forward to working with a number of them in the future.

FIBO 2016 takes place on 7-10 April next year – hope to see you there!