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TRAINING Are you the world’s best personal trainer?

A competition has been launched to find the world’s best personal trainer, with an expenses- paid trip to the grand final and a US$5,000 prize up for grabs. Life Fi tness has

teamed up wi th a host of global fitness organisations, includ- ing the International Confederat ion of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeAct ive, Li fe Fitness Academy and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to launch the fiſth annual Personal Trainers to Watch. The competition seeks to recognise and

reward elite trainers around the world who “embody the same passion and commitment to the profession as Life Fitness.” Nominations are collected from 1 June to 15 July, while the top 10 finalists will compete in a live global competi- tion in October (location TBC) to determine the winner of the US$5,000 grand prize. Anyone can nominate a personal trainer who supports a powerful vision, shows

The best PTs are the ones who understand how you think

IAN TAYLOR is chief executive at SkillsActive

Former finalist Fiona Ross – a PT from New Zealand – works a client

exemplary commitment to enhancing client experiences and pursues continuing education for mastery of the profession. Nominees will be judged on leadership, client motivation, inspi- ration, certifications and prior recognitions. “The Personal Trainers to Watch pro-

gramme seeks the best in the profession, and is our way of recognising those who share our passion for helping people live healthier, more active lives,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. Details:

Activity to be used to treat depression

Mental health charity, Mind, has launched the country’s first large scale programme to encourage those experiencing mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, to participate in physical activity. Get Set to Go is supported by Sport

England, with £1.5m of National Lottery funding and a further £514,000 from other sources. The initiative will first focus on

eight areas which have been iden- tified as having either high rates of inactivity or mental health issues. Paul Farmer, chief executive of

Mind, said: “Structured physical activity can play a key role in some- one’s recovery from a mental health problem and in staying well long-term. However, mental ill health can create significant obstacles which prevent people from taking up sport in the first place.” Te programme will draw on the experience of those who have suffered from mental health issues. Training will be given to sports instructors to help them to better relate to those who have mental health issues and

© CYBERTREK 2015 Outdoor exercise can reduce symptoms of depression

to help them overcome the barriers involved in taking part in sport. Instructors will be expected to offer coaching and motivation. Mind’s Elana McIntyre, said: “We’re cur-

rently working with coaches and people with experience of mental health problems to design the training so we can provide a course professionals will find interesting and useful.” Details:

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killsActive has launched a part- nership with international psychometric assessment pro- vider, Tomas Sport, to enhance

the programmes and coaching styles of REPs accredited personal trainers. We’re partnering Tomas to empower members of REPs to achieve excellence through understanding how their clients think with the help of psychometric assessments. Thomas International Sport delivers

assessments that provide coaches and athletes with increased self-awareness and an understanding of their own and others’ behavioural and emotional traits. Te understanding and application of

psychological principles is becoming a key element of performance enhancement in sport and fitness. Te more we know about the role the mind plays in sport per- formance, the more we can maximise the potential of athletes, coaches and trainers. SkillsActive will use Tomas’s psycho-

metric assessments to help members of REPs not only achieve a comprehensive understanding of their own communi- cation and training styles, but be able to understand their clients’ basic fears, motivators and preferred work style to ultimately enable more effective training. To help them take their clients’ perfor-

mance to the next level, REPs accredited personal trainers can undergo the Tomas Sport Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) International Certification Programme. On completing a PPA, they’ll gain insight

into their personality traits, behavioural tendencies and preferred ways of being trained by an exercise professional; while personal trainers will gain insight into their own styles of training, communication style, motivation and emotional intelligence. Armed with the insight into their

clients’ preferred work style and motivators, REPs personal trainers will be able to deliver a carefully-tailored training session to each individual client, allowing them to reach tangible goals.

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