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Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 8

A partnership for active workplaces

Lee Mason
Lee Mason
Lee Mason,

CEO,

County Sports Partnership Network


Your recent workplace wellness article (see HCM July 16, p50) highlights the fantastic work being undertaken by a range of employers who, with a growing evidence base, are realising the benefits of an active workforce. Inactivity has a huge impact on the health of employees and the economy, and more employers can follow the excellent examples featured in your article.

CSP Network is keen to help employers get their workplaces moving with our own Workplace Challenge. We’re asking for employers’ support to change the way we work in the UK, by introducing flexibility into the working day. This isn’t about creating new rules and formal policies. Instead, we’re urging employers to consider their workplace culture and – if it’s creating sedentary, unhealthy behaviours – to encourage their employees to be active in and around the working day by adopting simple steps outlined in our manifesto… making it fun, creating challenges and so on.

We have evidence to show that this shift in culture could not only improve the wellbeing of the working population, but also save businesses across England an estimated £2.8bn.

Thousands of businesses have already become active with the help of the County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and the Workplace Challenge, providing inspiration and opportunities for employees to become more active.

We’re now reaching out to organisations that wish to work in partnership to develop a compelling workplace physical activity and employee wellbeing programme across England. Find out more at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk

Simple steps can greatly improve staff health / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Simple steps can greatly improve staff health / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

HR training: just one factor in delivering results

Martin Franklin
Martin Franklin
Martin Franklin,

CEO,

Les Mills UK


Is heart rate training the magic bullet to help all members get results? This question was asked in a recent feature in Health Club Management (see HCM July 16, p66) – and it’s such a specific question that the answer has to be ‘no’.

However, do people achieve results if they train in the right heart rate zone, with an effective and balanced programme and a balanced nutrition plan? Yes.

It’s also been proven that, when wearables are used in a group, they create cohesion – which in turn improves member retention.

Working out at the correct heart rate is therefore an important part of our programmes. For example, GRIT – our HIIT programme – has been widely recognised by global research institutions to be a true HIIT programme, due to the specificity of the rest intervals built in to the music and choreography.

The real question, as the tech revolution continues to gather pace, is how operators best incorporate HR training. Customers want insightful guidance – they don’t just want their data to pile up in yet another training diary. They also expect the data to be accurate and the technology discreet and easy to use.

We’ve partnered with Polar, as its heart rate monitoring devices and Polar Flow app offer guidance for improvement, as well as logging results and tracking progress.

We encourage all customers to embrace heart rate training. But it isn’t a magic bullet: programming and motivation for the individual remain at the core of success.

People need insightful guidance on heart rate training data / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
People need insightful guidance on heart rate training data / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Level 4 not enough for specialist interventions

Cliff Collins
Cliff Collins
Cliff Collins,

Programmes director,

EuropeActive


The editor’s letter in HCM May – on the topic of the new Healthier You diabetes prevention programme – rightly posed the question of whether the fitness sector can step up to the mark to engage positively in the interventions being planned by the NHS in 27 locations across the UK.

This programme needs exercise professionals with higher skills in the specialist area of pre-diabetes training – a huge opportunity for REPS UK and CIMSPA to have put into place a positive response to support their high-achieving members to gain a qualification in this area, and with it a route into the delivery teams.  

Based on some excellent work already underway in the Netherlands, EuropeActive has developed Level 5 training standards for pre-diabetes – standards that are recognised by the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS). Hopefully it isn’t too late for the responsible people at REPS UK and CIMSPA to also embrace this, encouraging members to attain this Level 5 knowledge to gain the respect of other health professionals who will be delivering the Healthier You programme.

EuropeActive has also put into effect a graduate entry programme through EREPS at Level 6, and invites the UK fitness sector and its leading exercise professionals to become more involved.

EuropeActive has set Level 5 standards for pre-diabetes
EuropeActive has set Level 5 standards for pre-diabetes

One organised sector voice is crucial

Gary Denton
Gary Denton
Gary Denton,

Director,

Icon Training


If we truly want to see the sport and physical activity sector in the UK evolve and become not only inspirational but aspirational, we need the organisations that represent us to be fully aligned.

We need to ensure that those already working in the sector, as well as those considering it, are 100 per cent clear on what the available pathways are – and that we’re equipping people with the right skills.

Clarity is also vital if we truly want to inform and influence the way in which governments, education bodies, citizens and health boards understand and support us.

CIMPSA and SkillsActive have to work together to enable decisions to be made, and to develop a collaborative and cohesive body that represents, informs and supports us. If they cannot work together then we must, as a sector, rally behind one voice.

CIMSPA is gaining momentum because the message it’s delivering to the sector is not only what it wants, but also what it needs. SkillsActive is almost non-existent at present and has delivered no reassurances to the sector, or anything of value, in recent months or years. Frankly it has become a distraction to us all.

The next few years are crucial as funding, apprenticeships and associated long- and short-term skills shortages are negotiated and hopefully resolved. 

We need one set of recognised qualifications and standards, one body that accredits and monitors, one skills strategy. We need one set of guidelines and one place to go when we need to understand latest legislation or changes in policy.

Either the two bodies will have to work closer together and come to some agreement on the way forward, or the decision will be made by employers and providers voting with their feet.

The sector needs one set of recognised qualifications
The sector needs one set of recognised qualifications
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The importance of improving employees’ health and the effectiveness of HR training are topics up for discussion this month
Lee Mason, CEO, County Sports,Partnership Network Martin Franklin, CEO, Les Mills UK Gary Denton, Director, Icon Training Cliff Collins, Programmes director, EuropeActive,Workplace wellness, corporate wellness, heart rate, Lee Mason, Martin Franklin, Les Mills, SkillsActive, CIMSPA, qualifications, skills, Gary Denton, Cliff Collins, EuropeActive
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features

Letters: Write to reply

Do you have a strong opinion or disagree with somebody else’s views on the industry? If so, we’d love to hear from you – email: [email protected]

Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 8

A partnership for active workplaces

Lee Mason
Lee Mason
Lee Mason,

CEO,

County Sports Partnership Network


Your recent workplace wellness article (see HCM July 16, p50) highlights the fantastic work being undertaken by a range of employers who, with a growing evidence base, are realising the benefits of an active workforce. Inactivity has a huge impact on the health of employees and the economy, and more employers can follow the excellent examples featured in your article.

CSP Network is keen to help employers get their workplaces moving with our own Workplace Challenge. We’re asking for employers’ support to change the way we work in the UK, by introducing flexibility into the working day. This isn’t about creating new rules and formal policies. Instead, we’re urging employers to consider their workplace culture and – if it’s creating sedentary, unhealthy behaviours – to encourage their employees to be active in and around the working day by adopting simple steps outlined in our manifesto… making it fun, creating challenges and so on.

We have evidence to show that this shift in culture could not only improve the wellbeing of the working population, but also save businesses across England an estimated £2.8bn.

Thousands of businesses have already become active with the help of the County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and the Workplace Challenge, providing inspiration and opportunities for employees to become more active.

We’re now reaching out to organisations that wish to work in partnership to develop a compelling workplace physical activity and employee wellbeing programme across England. Find out more at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk

Simple steps can greatly improve staff health / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Simple steps can greatly improve staff health / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

HR training: just one factor in delivering results

Martin Franklin
Martin Franklin
Martin Franklin,

CEO,

Les Mills UK


Is heart rate training the magic bullet to help all members get results? This question was asked in a recent feature in Health Club Management (see HCM July 16, p66) – and it’s such a specific question that the answer has to be ‘no’.

However, do people achieve results if they train in the right heart rate zone, with an effective and balanced programme and a balanced nutrition plan? Yes.

It’s also been proven that, when wearables are used in a group, they create cohesion – which in turn improves member retention.

Working out at the correct heart rate is therefore an important part of our programmes. For example, GRIT – our HIIT programme – has been widely recognised by global research institutions to be a true HIIT programme, due to the specificity of the rest intervals built in to the music and choreography.

The real question, as the tech revolution continues to gather pace, is how operators best incorporate HR training. Customers want insightful guidance – they don’t just want their data to pile up in yet another training diary. They also expect the data to be accurate and the technology discreet and easy to use.

We’ve partnered with Polar, as its heart rate monitoring devices and Polar Flow app offer guidance for improvement, as well as logging results and tracking progress.

We encourage all customers to embrace heart rate training. But it isn’t a magic bullet: programming and motivation for the individual remain at the core of success.

People need insightful guidance on heart rate training data / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
People need insightful guidance on heart rate training data / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Level 4 not enough for specialist interventions

Cliff Collins
Cliff Collins
Cliff Collins,

Programmes director,

EuropeActive


The editor’s letter in HCM May – on the topic of the new Healthier You diabetes prevention programme – rightly posed the question of whether the fitness sector can step up to the mark to engage positively in the interventions being planned by the NHS in 27 locations across the UK.

This programme needs exercise professionals with higher skills in the specialist area of pre-diabetes training – a huge opportunity for REPS UK and CIMSPA to have put into place a positive response to support their high-achieving members to gain a qualification in this area, and with it a route into the delivery teams.  

Based on some excellent work already underway in the Netherlands, EuropeActive has developed Level 5 training standards for pre-diabetes – standards that are recognised by the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS). Hopefully it isn’t too late for the responsible people at REPS UK and CIMSPA to also embrace this, encouraging members to attain this Level 5 knowledge to gain the respect of other health professionals who will be delivering the Healthier You programme.

EuropeActive has also put into effect a graduate entry programme through EREPS at Level 6, and invites the UK fitness sector and its leading exercise professionals to become more involved.

EuropeActive has set Level 5 standards for pre-diabetes
EuropeActive has set Level 5 standards for pre-diabetes

One organised sector voice is crucial

Gary Denton
Gary Denton
Gary Denton,

Director,

Icon Training


If we truly want to see the sport and physical activity sector in the UK evolve and become not only inspirational but aspirational, we need the organisations that represent us to be fully aligned.

We need to ensure that those already working in the sector, as well as those considering it, are 100 per cent clear on what the available pathways are – and that we’re equipping people with the right skills.

Clarity is also vital if we truly want to inform and influence the way in which governments, education bodies, citizens and health boards understand and support us.

CIMPSA and SkillsActive have to work together to enable decisions to be made, and to develop a collaborative and cohesive body that represents, informs and supports us. If they cannot work together then we must, as a sector, rally behind one voice.

CIMSPA is gaining momentum because the message it’s delivering to the sector is not only what it wants, but also what it needs. SkillsActive is almost non-existent at present and has delivered no reassurances to the sector, or anything of value, in recent months or years. Frankly it has become a distraction to us all.

The next few years are crucial as funding, apprenticeships and associated long- and short-term skills shortages are negotiated and hopefully resolved. 

We need one set of recognised qualifications and standards, one body that accredits and monitors, one skills strategy. We need one set of guidelines and one place to go when we need to understand latest legislation or changes in policy.

Either the two bodies will have to work closer together and come to some agreement on the way forward, or the decision will be made by employers and providers voting with their feet.

The sector needs one set of recognised qualifications
The sector needs one set of recognised qualifications
Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/HCM2016_8letter.jpg
The importance of improving employees’ health and the effectiveness of HR training are topics up for discussion this month
Lee Mason, CEO, County Sports,Partnership Network Martin Franklin, CEO, Les Mills UK Gary Denton, Director, Icon Training Cliff Collins, Programmes director, EuropeActive,Workplace wellness, corporate wellness, heart rate, Lee Mason, Martin Franklin, Les Mills, SkillsActive, CIMSPA, qualifications, skills, Gary Denton, Cliff Collins, EuropeActive
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Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
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Company profile: TRIB3 International Ltd
First established in Sheffield in January 2016 TRIB3 is a bootcamp boutique studio designed to ...
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Company profile: Les Mills UK
For over 50 years Les Mills has been leading the way in fitness to inspire ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
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MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
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Newport, Shropshire
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