Posted on: 24 March 2017
ActiveLab Live! Keynote speaker Jonathan MacDonald gave his thoughts on innovation in the physical activity sector. Jonathan sets out the biggest threat to fitness operators facing what he calls the ‘three primary risks of inaction’, in a rapidly changing world.
Our job is to collectively shape the Post-16 Skills Plan and ensure our sector gets the recognition it deserves
Posted on: 23 March 2017
By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ
I was delighted to be asked to chair the morning panel at the CIMSPA conference last week, to discuss ‘the positive pay-off from investing in staff skills and training’. Firstly, having been previously involved in the development of individuals in the training sector, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that education can have on people’s lives, in relation to the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours and subsequently on future performance. Then, from an awarding organisation perspective, I’ve seen how individuals can follow clear professional development pathways, by undertaking relevant training and/or qualifications to climb the career ladders that exist within out sector. And as an employer, I’ve seen the impact that training and development can have on outcomes – in relation to all areas of the business including sales, customer service, quality assurance and management.
Posted on: 21 March 2017
Video: Tom Halls from NRG E-Sports tells us how gamification can revolutionise the way we move and provide an extra motivator for people to get active, by making physical activity a more attractive proposition.
Posted on: 08 March 2017
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke last week at Sweat, ukactive’s boutique fitness event, calling for an urgent rethink of England’s “archaic” town planning laws.
The ukactive Chair and cross-bench peer wants to see a major overhaul of planning regulations to make it easier for fitness businesses to have a positive health impact on England’s unhealthy high streets, which she said are “drowning in a sea of betting shops, fried chicken joints and empty shop windows.”
Progress and momentum has been made toward CIMSPA’s ‘single set of standards,’ although there is still work to do
Posted on: 20 February 2017
By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ
The Sporting Future Annual Report highlights the extensive work carried out by CIMSPA in its progress to develop a single set of standards for all sport and exercise professionals and “a single system of assessing, awarding and validating qualifications”. At Active IQ, we read this statement with interest, in the knowledge that Active IQ (and other awarding organisations) is regulated by Ofqual in England, Qualifications Wales in Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and also potentially moving forwards by SQA in Scotland.
Posted on: 16 February 2017
Future Fit Training has been putting ukactive through its personal training paces as three of the team are studying the Level 3 PT Diploma. Apart from gaining new skills and knowledge, the three trainees – Steven Ward, Geraldine Tuck and Jak Phillips – have really had their eyes opened and gained a whole new appreciation for the work undertaken by the UK’s personal trainers.
Posted on: 03 February 2017
By Steve Franks – Group Managing Director, Water Babies
Firstly Xin Nian Kuai Le – or Happy New year!
And what a year it’s been for us all here at Water Babies! When you think of baby swimming, few may realise that this is fast becoming a booming industry and major UK export – most recently to China! There is already one franchisee operating successfully in Xian in Western China, home of the famous Terracotta Warriors. However, the plans of our Chinese Master franchisor are ambitious, but also awe-inspiring! Managing Director, Kevin Zhang says: “There is a huge appetite in China for families to embark on this unique journey, on helping their babies to learn how to swim. Most importantly parents will be helping their babies and toddlers to learn a life-saving skill. And just like here in the UK, our classes will give thousands the chance to develop their babies, physically and mentally; mums and dads will also be able to enjoy some special bonding time with their children along the way.”
Posted on: 02 February 2017
By Huw Edwards, ukactive Public Affairs Director
At ukactive our central mission is simple: getting more people, more active, more often. There’s a simple reason for that; regular physical activity is nothing less than a silver bullet in battling the health challenges Britain faces. Our work therefore surrounds championing physical activity whenever we can, and encouraging as many people as possible to get active.
Posted on: 01 February 2017
By Dean Horridge, CEO of Fit For Sport
The state of our children’s health has never been worse. The threat to their future has never been greater. In some areas of the UK, as many as 40% of primary school children are overweight or obese. One in five children do NO physical activity at school. Our young generation is at risk of dying at a younger age than their parents.
That is simply not acceptable.
Posted on: 01 February 2017
So you want to know what's hot in boutique fitness right now? We picked the brains of those in-the-know to get these three top trends:
First and foremost, boutique fitness is getting ever more personal in its approach, often operating a pay-per-class system. This is a nod towards our general demand for greater variety and choice, as well as the option to do what we want, where want, and now. Dawn Tuckwell, who specialises in health and wellness PR, has noticed a similar trend: "The biggest thing we see is people wanting fitness on demand," she says.
Posted on: 18 January 2017
Whether you’re completely new to the boutique fitness field or an existing provider, finding a suitable new site is always challenging. That’s why Sweat spoke to Goldstein Ween, the architects behind ‘Another Space’ – the newly-opened boutique fitness concept from The Third Space – to get the inside track on sourcing a killer site.
Posted on: 06 January 2017
When applying for the Future Leaders Programme I was nervous. First-date nervous.
The programme had promised to be amazing and at this point in my career I felt ready.
Once my application had been confirmed as successful, the University delivered my cherished programme documents approximately 4 months prior to arriving.
I’d estimate there was around 20 hours’ worth of work to be done in advance, but the content is well-prepared and very easy to get into. It’s designed to be this way. Obviously your professional and social lives are still going on around you so being able to dip in and out of the pre-course work is key. But it’s absolutely vital that you put this work in!
Promising Practice 2 – building an evidence-base on ‘what works’ in getting more people, more active, more often across the UK
Posted on: 20 December 2016
At ukactive our mantra has always been to improve the health of the nation through getting more people, more active, more often. We exist to serve anyone with a role to play in encouraging people to get active in all aspects of their lives, be it at home, with family and friends, or at work with colleagues. In order to achieve this, it is important that organisations, individuals and groups working to increase physical activity levels across the UK have access to practical guidance on best practice and an evidence-base on what works at both a local and national scale.
Posted on: 15 December 2016
By KPMG Small Business Accounting
Businesses in the leisure and physical activity sector seek funding for a whole host of reasons. In many cases, funding may be needed to buy the premises, equipment or vehicles required to turn a brilliant idea into a functioning business. Alternatively, you might be looking to expand your offering, or take your existing products and services into new markets.
Posted on: 14 December 2016
By Neil Mukherjee, Fitness Coach at PT500 Oxford
How many times have you have suffered an injury whilst training at the gym?
If your answer is more than twice in 6 months with recurring or different injuries, you are most likely continuing in denial or suffering quietly. The answer to this predicament is STOP. Make a note of your injury and the date it first started as well as the likely cause of the injury; ie a slip or excessive knee pressure etc.
Posted on: 09 December 2016
The health, fitness and physical activity sector is on the brink of a revolution - with its appetite for innovation and workforce development at an all-time high. So how do we capture these moments and inspire the sector, our organisations and our teams to thrive?
Posted on: 25 November 2016
By Janis Behan, Content Marketing Manager at Trainerize
Technology is becoming a key part of the success of fitness businesses. The need for health clubs and gyms to be online and even have their own fitness app is becoming more apparent, in order to attract a wider, younger or tech-savvy demographic. Even individual personal trainers have jumped on board with online training and using mobile apps to deliver workouts and nutrition. It’s proven to be an excellent way to promote your brand to consumers and engage with clients outside of your in-person training and regular marketing tactics.
There are several personal training apps out there to choose from. With many of them, you have the option to easily customize the app by adding your company logo, maybe even your own exercise videos, as well as a personalized welcome video.
Posted on: 18 November 2016
By Chay Pickford Customer Support Manager at Johnson Fitness
Amazing; that was the first word that came into my head when I was asked what I thought of the Future Leaders Course.
At the opening meeting I thought it was going to be yet another course repeating the same old tired teachings that we’ve heard time and time again. As someone who is sometimes mistaken but never wrong, this truly was a first, I couldn’t have been any more wrong.
Posted on: 02 November 2016
The ukactive National Summit 2016, the leading political event for the physical activity and health sector, will take place at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre on 9 November. Co-ordinated by ukactive alongside headline event partners milon and GymPass, this year’s event boasts its widest and most impressive combination of keynote speakers, and breakout sessions yet. Alongside these, this year’s Summit also represents an unprecedented networking opportunity; attendance includes delegates from Nuffield Health, GLL, Places for People Leisure, Everyone Active and Water Babies. Here, we will take you through just a few of the many fantastic sessions in store for attendees at National Summit 2016.
Posted on: 31 October 2016
It's National Baby Swimming Week - ten good reasons why families should join in the splash!
by Group Managing Director Water Babies, Steve Franks
Everyone at Water Babies is very proud to launch the nation's first-ever National Baby Swimming Week, running from Monday 31 October. Swimming could potentially save your child's life one day. That's why we urge mums and dads to take their little ones to their nearest swimming class for some fun family time, as well as enjoying a wide range of health benefits along the way.