FIA chair slams celebrity trainer’s criticism of REPs
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Everyone Active
Unlimited earning potential
Camberwell Leisure Centre, London, UK
star job
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds, UK
star job
Xercise4Less
Competitive
Rugby, UK
Oundle School
£40,000 – £45,000
Oundle School Sports Centre, Northamptonshire
Y Club
£30,000
Y Club, Manchester City Centre

FIA chair slams celebrity trainer’s criticism of REPs

Training opportunities
training opportunity
Les Mills
location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
more training

Viscount Thurso, chair of the Fitness Industry Association, has written to the Daily Express newspaper following the publication of an article by celebrity trainer Matt Roberts, which criticised the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

In the article Roberts advised the public to seek personal trainers with a sports science degree or a highly recognized level of accreditation, such as the American College of Sports Medicine. He claimed that qualifications from private groups such as YMCA, Premier Training and other similar organisations, represented only ‘basic training’.

While he admits that such certification programmes are not ‘bad or wrong’ he told the newspaper’s readers: “The majority of private programmes take no more than eight to 10 weeks to complete and in that time cover as many as eight different subject areas. If you see these qualifications on their own, move along.”

Roberts also criticised the REPs grading system, claiming that qualifications which take “just a couple of weeks, attain the right to become the highest recognised grade (level 3) ahead of a graduate in sports science who is allowed only provisionally on the list.”

Roberts claimed the National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT) was the only credible organisation of its type in the UK, “doing its utmost to guide on standards in the industry”.

In response, Viscount Thurso has written to the newspaper saying the article’s criticisms were damaging to the industry.

“REPs was set up to protect the interests of the public, who can now check the status of a personal trainer or instructor before taking their advice,” said Thurso. “It also safeguards the industry, by giving credibility, recognition and standing to the qualified professionals working within it.”

He said that both the YMCA and Premier Training provide qualifications that are recognised by the register, while many people undertaking sports science at HND or degree level do not have any training in the practical delivery of fitness instruction.

Thurso also explained the relationship between REPs and the NRPT. “NRPT is hailed in the article as the best way of checking whether an instructor is qualified, almost to the exclusion and even dismissal of REPs.

“This is somewhat ironic as the NRPT totally supports the aims of REPs and uses the Register as a resource for checking for appropriate qualifications.”

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Viscount Thurso, chair of the Fitness Industry Association, has written to the Daily Express newspaper following the publication of an article by celebrity trainer Matt Roberts, which criticised the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
HAF,TRA,PHR
140904-thurso.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 43,157
02 Mar 2021
The merger of two tech firms will result in the creation of a business software company serving the wider fitness and boutique wellness industries. Integrated ... More
01 Mar 2021
3d Leisure has put the current lockdown to good use, by stepping in to help schools with their PE provision. As its fitness instructors, aren't ... More
28 Feb 2021
Gyms and leisure centres in Scotland are set to open on 26 April, provided that the rate of coronavirus infections keeps falling across the country. ... More
28 Feb 2021
Hundreds of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have been forced to close and thousands more are at risk unless they receive urgent, tailored, financial ... More
27 Feb 2021
People placing increased emphasis on their physical fitness, the advances made in digital fitness and the opportunities arising from a reshaped real estate landscape will ... More
26 Feb 2021
A new guide looks to offer local level practitioners and commissioners – as well as those working in physical activity – help identify and break ... More
MyZone Group Ltd
MyZone Group Ltd
25 Feb 2021
What are the effects on public health of gyms and leisure centres being shut during lockdowns? Could more people be suffering worse symptoms – or ... More
25 Feb 2021
Mobile data and analytics provider App Annie has released its State Of Mobile 2021 report, in which the company estimates that more than 71,000 new ... More
25 Feb 2021
The world's largest fitness trade fair, FIBO, has been rescheduled to November. The event will take place at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre in Cologne, Germany, ... More
22 Feb 2021
Merlin Entertainments has revealed details of the new Croc Drop attraction, set to open at its Chessington World of Adventures Resort theme park near London, ... More
22 Feb 2021
Most outdoor attractions in England – including zoos and theme parks – will be allowed to reopen their doors on 12 April. Announcing the government's ... More
22 Feb 2021
PM, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres in England will reopen on 12 April if current virus containment continues. Prime ... More
Gympass
Gympass
22 Feb 2021
The re-opening of gyms in Wales has been pushed back by the country's First Minister – just two weeks after one of his ministers promised ... More
21 Feb 2021
The physical and mental health of women in the UK has been put under unprecedented pressure by the pandemic, according to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. The ... More
19 Feb 2021
A new visitor attraction at London's Marble Arch is set to anchor ambitious plans to "reimagine" the city's famous Oxford Street shopping district. The planned ... More
TVS Sport Surfaces
TVS Sport Surfaces
1 - 15 of 43,157
HID Global
HID Global